Christmas Getaway Planned? It will be a GREAT one…

… if you’re headed to any of the Southeast or Mid Atlantic Ski Areas!

I’m going to provide you with a couple of forecasts and I want you guys to try and figure out which forecast is for which area.

Area One: I’m looking at the seven day forecast and seeing SNOW in every single forecast window for all seven days (and nights). Highs are forecasted in the TEENS and low 20s with snow and lows in the teens each night and there are some single digit overnight lows in the forecast. Area One has lots of snow on the ground with potentially LOTS of snow in the 5-7 day forecast.

Area Two: 1-2" of snow within the next 24 hours but then sunny with highs in the upper teens and 20s and no snow through the next seven days or so. Lows in the single digits – but again no snow. Area Two has very little snow on the ground and only a small amount in the next 5-7 day forecast.

By now, I’m certain that you guessed Area One is our Southeast and Mid Atlantic region forecast. Area Two was Mont Tremblant in eastern Canada (Quebec). Mont Tremblant has seen 45" of natural snow so far this season. Some of the Southeast ski areas have seen more than 50".

I find myself JEALOUS of the fact that our area has more natural snow in the forecast and potential powder conditions on the slopes. Why would I be jealous? Ummm, aaaa, ummm – I’m going to Tremblant for the Holidays. Right now I kind of wish I was headed to Snowshoe, Timberline, Canaan Valley, or Wisp – where most of the weeklong snows are forecasted. However, from Friday (Christmas Eve) through Monday pretty much the entire Southeastern mountaintops should all see significant snows.

Don’t feel too bad for me, because fortunately for me I’ll get to experience the best of both worlds. We’ll be around for the snows through Sunday before we head to the airport and fly to Montreal.

Meteorologist Brad Panovich is travelling for the Holiday as well and he’ll be posting his latest Skier’s Forecast Video on Thursday and he’ll CERTAINLY be forecasting a White Christmas. Just HOW WHITE is still somewhat up in the air (pun intended) but several forecasters are leaning towards a significant Saturday, Christmas Day snow event! The basic summary that we’re seeing right now is that ALL of our ski resort communities will see SNOW! Snow may be heavy in some of those resort areas and we’ll just have wait another day before we’ll start getting some accummulation projections.

Just Saying…

I had a novella written after reading some of the US Census Bureau’s release of data on Tuesday. I reread the story four times. I had to edit myself and pull the story. It’s tough when you have to play editor on yourself. I’ll summarize my thoughts by asking, "Does ANYONE actually believe the US Census Bureau got the figures right?"

Me neither.

Go hit the slopes as it could be getting p-r-e-t-t-y crowded in another decade or two is Census Bureau projections are accurate.

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