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Winter 2018
Farmer's Almanac

October 16, 2017

The 2016/2017 winter season was all time. One of the best for a while. All 3 of our local mountains - Grouse, Cypress and Seymour - all opened early with great snow from day 1 til the end of the season which lasted well into May! We were lucky enough to have 2 feet of fresh powder on opening day at Whistler and some of the office crew even managed to get some fresh tracks right at the end of the season after some late season storms and big snow dumps. A lot of Canada wasn't quite as lucky with some areas experiencing less favourable weather than normal.

The USA saw similar weather patterns with parts of the country getting record snow - who else remembers the headlines from Mammoth Lakes when they almost beat their 2010/11 season record, getting 616 inches (almost 16 metres!) of snow. This was made all the more amazing as it followed what had been 5 years of drought and terrible snow seasons for the area. This snowfall has certainly helped build the stoke with a lot of riders with many people getting more excited this past season than we can remember.

The 2016/2017 winter season was all time. One of the best for a while. All 3 of our local mountains - Grouse, Cypress and Seymour - all opened early with great snow from day 1 til the end of the season which lasted well into May! We were lucky enough to have 2 feet of fresh powder on opening day at Whistler and some of the office crew even managed to get some fresh tracks right at the end of the season after some late season storms and big snow dumps. A lot of Canada wasn't quite as lucky with some areas experiencing less favourable weather than normal.

The USA saw similar weather patterns with parts of the country getting record snow - who else remembers the headlines from Mammoth Lakes when they almost beat their 2010/11 season record, getting 616 inches (almost 16 metres!) of snow. This was made all the more amazing as it followed what had been 5 years of drought and terrible snow seasons for the area. This snowfall has certainly helped build the stoke with a lot of riders with many people getting more excited this past season than we can remember.


The office crew getting fresh tracks in March 2017


So what does the 2017/2018 season hold for North America? Are we looking at another incredible year or was it all just a bit of a fluke? We turn to the ever faithful Farmer's Almanac for our forecast!

First off the winter is set to be colder than last year - much, much colder! Despite this it isn't due to be any colder than usual. Large parts of the northern US will actually experience milder than average temperatures, with much of the South and West feeing slightly cooler than normal. Florida and the Southeast escape a small amount as they will get milder than usual temperatures. We still recommend packing your thermals, especially if you're going to be riding in some of the central states.

Secondly it's looking like there will be more rain and snowfall across the country, which combined with some colder temperatures will mean the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, the Intermountain region and Tennessee through to new Mexico will get some significant snow. The Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest might want to get out the waterproofs though as the milder temperatures here could mean more rain than snow. Overall it's looking like the US will get a good season in parts, so start planning your weekend trips now!

So what does the 2017/2018 season hold for North America? Are we looking at another incredible year or was it all just a bit of a fluke? We turn to the ever faithful Farmer's Almanac for our forecast!

First off the winter is set to be colder than last year - much, much colder! Despite this it isn't due to be any colder than usual. Large parts of the northern US will actually experience milder than average temperatures, with much of the South and West feeing slightly cooler than normal. Florida and the Southeast escape a small amount as they will get milder than usual temperatures. We still recommend packing your thermals, especially if you're going to be riding in some of the central states.

Secondly it's looking like there will be more rain and snowfall across the country, which combined with some colder temperatures will mean the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, the Intermountain region and Tennessee through to new Mexico will get some significant snow. The Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest might want to get out the waterproofs though as the milder temperatures here could mean more rain than snow. Overall it's looking like the US will get a good season in parts, so start planning your weekend trips now!



On to Canda and our home turf. Can we expect the Great White North to live up to its name? Probably not so much...

Temperatures are looking like they are going to be milder than usual overall which will come to many that aren't snowboarders as a bit of a relief but may spell some less than desirable days on the hill for us lot! As for snowfall, we're going to be seeing pretty average levels of snowfall and rain with the southeast and northwest being expections with the chance for some good snow. For the east and maritimes this might be a welcome change to the usual rock hard slopes but for us over here on the west coast, we might be not be so lucky.

On to Canda and our home turf. Can we expect the Great White North to live up to its name? Probably not so much...

Temperatures are looking like they are going to be milder than usual overall which will come to many that aren't snowboarders as a bit of a relief but may spell some less than desirable days on the hill for us lot! As for snowfall, we're going to be seeing pretty average levels of snowfall and rain with the southeast and northwest being exceptions with the chance for some good snow. For the east and Maritimes this might be a welcome change to the usual rock hard slopes but for us over here on the west coast, we might be not be so lucky.



All in all it's certainly not a sure thing and we can all still keep praying to the snow gods that wherever you are this season, they will look down and dump on you! Days like those pictured above are still there to dream of and remmeber how lucky we are to enjoy these winter environments.

All in all it's certainly not a sure thing and we can all still keep praying to the snow gods that wherever you are this season, they will look down and dump on you! Days like those pictured above are still there to dream of and remmeber how lucky we are to enjoy these winter environments.


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