This has been a brutal winter, for sure. No snowfall and warm temperatures have led to scarce powder days. Ski shops and mountain resorts have both felt the impact financially; never have there been so many skis left on shelves, nor so many chairs without butts. Really though, the biggest impact has been the lack of fun winter normally brings skiers across the country.
It seems bad, and it looks like there’s no light on the horizon (regardless of what some lying groundhog suggests), but a little advice for you: go ski. Thanks to the tireless (and expensive) efforts of eastern ski mountains, conditions and coverage have been solid. Yes the snow is man-made and groomed, but you can’t argue the snow that’s there considering what we are working with. Take a half-day, pack up with some friends, and enjoy some turns.
As for the pinkish light you may see on the horizon: winter is selectively gracing us with its presence across the country. If you are the impulsive type, and have some vacation time you want to burn, consider the following: Jay Peak saw 50 inches since Friday, Steamboat topped 100 inches in February (as well as the largest single snow day in their history), and Mt Baker hit 65 inches in a week. Compound those pretty figures with the incredible deals revenue-starved resorts are offering, and you could be in line for an incredible spring ski vacation.
While this season hasn’t offered much to be happy about, a few turns might be enough to cheer you up about it.