The annual "What will winter be like" presentation of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorologists Society was held at OMSI today. Every presenter agreed that we are headed into a La Nina winter, which should pile up an above average snowpack at Mt. Hood Meadows this season.
The only question seemed to be when it would start - and just how much above average snow will accumulate this winter.
Watch the video to see the expert's forecast.
Tyree Wilde says this La Nina is good news for skiers and snowboarders - expecting above average snowpack and consistent snow throughout the season.
George Taylor and Pete Parsons both feel that we could be open by Thanksgiving. Parsons said he forecasted the mild October we are enjoying, but in another week or so things could change. Taylor said watch out for the "snap" a very abrupt start to winter which will bring a lot of pre-Thanksgiving snow to the mountains.
Parsons expects lower freezing levels resulting in a dryer, more powdery snow. Can you say 07/08 all over again?
So prepare yourself for a big snow season at Meadows. Purchase your season pass before the November 7 deadline. Check out Outer Limit Sports and the High Performance Center for the apparel and equipment best suited for a big snow season.
We'll see you on the mountain - hopefully soon!
-- Meadows Team