^Deep snow in California. 2011. Photo: Andrew Gauthier.
NOAA has all but assured us that this winter will start with a strong La Niña event. You can click here for the full blog post explaining how they’ve come to that conclusion.
The natural phenomenon typically brings wetter and colder conditions to places like the Canadian Rockies, PNW, and Northern Rockies while the southwest stays drier and warmer.
Nobody can be 100% sure how this season will play out, but the good vibes of a La Niña forecast are keeping me hopeful.
Here’s hoping that 2022-2023 looks like 2010-2011 and we’re skiing powder until our legs fall off. That winter was absolutely epic, and I think we’re due for another, don’t ya think?
Let’s take a look at on snow totals from resorts across North America during the 2010 La Niña winter. Could they be a sign of things to come or just a tease?
I’m hoping for the former…
All data pulled from BestSnow.net:
Winter 2010-2011 Snowfall Totals:
Resorts With Record Highs:
Palisades Tahoe, CA: 783″
Mammoth Mountain, CA: 653″
Mt. Bachelor, OR: 630″
Vail Mountain, CO: 524″
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, CO: 465″
Resorts With Above Average Snowfall:
Mt. Baker, WA: 857″
Alta Ski Area, UT: 725″
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR: 620″
Whistler, BC, CAD: 607″
Stevens Pass, WA: 540″
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY: 539″
Mt. Rose, NV: 464″
Mary Jane (Winter Park), CO: 414″
Brundage, ID: 373″
Smugglers Notch, VT: 340″
Resorts With Below Average Snowfall:
Taos Ski Valley, NM: 172″
Arizona Snowbowl, AZ: 168″
Snowshoe, WV: 159″
Keep the good vibes going by watching Matchstick Production’s 2011 film ‘Attack of La Niña’ this evening. You won’t regret it.