NOAA has been talking about it since the end of last season - La Nina is growing and should bring above average snow to Mt. Hood this season. Fox 12's Mark Nelsen posted the following on his blog.
"2. Mountain Snow
Lots of precipitation and cool weather systems = tons of mountain snow. This is probably the #2 most likely event. 11 of 12 moderate-strong La Nina events since 1954 have produced above normal snow at Government Camp. Seems like a pretty good snow signal doesn’t it? The last La Nina winter (2007-2008) was a massive snow year in the Cascades…definitely at the extreme upper end. Get a season pass!!! No, I haven’t accepted a free ski pass in years, so you can be assured I’m not biased. I told folks last year that it would probably be a bad ski season with El Nino and that’s pretty much what happened."
Everybody likes to talk about the weather - here on the Overcoming Inertia blog we advocate taking action. So with the forecast for a La Nina winter at Mt. Hood Meadows, we advise:
- Winterize your vehicle - and get those snow tires on before your first trip to the mountain. Here's a great link to TripCheck winter driving tips.
- Check out the gear we have at Outer Limits Sports to prepare you for storm riding - some of the best days (and nights) on the mountain this season will come during the La Nina driven storms so get ready for it!
- What's in your quiver? The HPC and demo center has "quiver killers" all mountain skis and boards that also provide a smooth, floaty ride in the powder. And with the 30 day price guarantee you'll find the best price available on the wide selection of high performance ski and snowboard equipment sold at the HPC.
- While at HPC make an appointment at the Boot Lab. A custom fit liner, foot beds and possibly some work on your boot shell will connect you with the performance your boot is designed to provide, and create comfort so you can stay in your boots all day run after powdery run. Nate Turner tells you more about the Boot Lab:
See more videos on equipment here.
- Take a steeps / all mountain or powder clinic. We'll be offering them throughout the season.
- And most importantly - start your conditioning now. Get to the gym, or continue your jogging. Hit the stairmaster or exercise bike. This could be the La Nina of all La Ninas so prepare yourself for it!
We'll see you on the mountain!