Well, that was ugly.
The rain and warm
temperatures that tore their way through much of
ski areas, even forcing some – including Wildcat, Mad River Glen, Saddleback,
and Wachusett – to close up shop for the day in order to preserve the snowpack that
Wildcat remains closed
today, and though Mad River Glen had planned to celebrate “Roll Back the Clock
Day” with $3.50 lift tickets, the mountain was in a holding pattern until 7
a.m., when management made the decision to shut down operations. The promotion
has been rescheduled for April 1.
The good news? Well, as far
concerned, Josh Fox of the Single Chair Weather Blog, sees snow in the forecast
for the valley beginning this afternoon, with 5-10 inches by tomorrow, prior to
the deep freeze that will invade all of
That should provide decent snowmaking weather, though one of the last things
you want to hear on the doorstep to February is “good snowmaking weather.”
But you’ll remember
three years ago we were in this same sort of pattern when the Valentine’s Day
Blizzard pretty much took care of that, turning a ho-hum snow season into an
epic one. And wouldn’t you know it, Farmer’s Almanac has the following for Feb.
12-15: “Very stormy. Blizzard
to 2 feet snow possible.”So, there could be that to look forward to in a few weeks.
We’ll see if we’re in for a
repeat of that event, if not pray for it. But all signs –and meteorological
chatter – do seem to point to a strong February.