As autumn approaches and the leaves begin to fall, the excitement begins to build for snow sport athletes everywhere. While most people would prefer warm weather over cold, snowboarders get excited as winter rolls around because that means that their favorite powdery substance begins to fall from the sky. This week, the Farmers’ Almanac released its annual winter weather forecast for 2017-2018, and it looks like it could be a rough season for snowboarders and skiers in the United States.
Obviously, the top destinations for anything related to snow sports are located in the western region of the continental United States; therefore, for the purposes of this article, we are not going to forecast the eastern half of the States.
Some of the most popular mountains to snowboard in North America are located in the Northwest portion of the United States. In fact, three of the top ten mountains in North America are located in Oregon, Washington, and Southwestern Canada. So if you are planning a trip to Mount Bachelor, Mount Hood Meadows, or Mount Baker this winter, you are in for a brisk but dry season. The frigid temperatures should allow resorts to produce their own snow, but there will not be as much falling from the sky than in years past.
Three more of the continent’s most desirable snowboard locations are located just south of Mount Bachelor in California and Nevada. Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley are located in California, while Heavenly is located in Nevada, just east of Lake Tahoe. This region is expected to have a mild winter with average precipitation, but these particular locations are familiar with warmer climates than other mountain passes.
The Rocky Mountains are visited by thousands of people on a yearly basis. Some come for the beautiful ambiance, but the majority come to shred the mountains of Colorado. There is good news here folks. The winter in this region will receive plenty of powdery precipitation, and the temperatures are expected to be less harsh than normal. So, enjoy!