December 2, 2012

Skiing in Maine: Early season skiing brings the passionate back to the slopes

By JOSH CHRISTIE

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These expansions, and similar increases in snowmaking at other Maine mountains, stand to offer a bulwark against a repeat of last season's lack of snow. Thankfully, signs are good that Mother Nature will be a bit kinder to skiers and riders this year.

AccuWeather.com, a trusted source for long-term winter forecasts, is predicting above-normal snowfall for the Northeast. Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok noted that Hurricane Sandy was an early example of how smaller storms could merge together and create larger weather events.

On the more anecdotal side, the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a colder-than-normal winter, with the snowiest periods in mid-to-late December, mid-to-late February and early March. The Almanac isn't predicting abnormally high snowfall, but a combo of cold temperatures and dry air could build long, strong snowmaking windows.

There's still no snow in most of the state, but don't let that fool you. There's snow waiting for you in the mountains, and you'll find it covered with happy skiers and riders welcoming winter back to Maine. 

Josh Christie is a freelance writer and lifetime outdoors enthusiast. He shares column space in Outdoors with his father, John Christie. Josh can be reached at:

joshua.j.christie@gmail.com

 

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