Ski and Snow Forecast 2020 From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
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The Almanac Predicts a Powder–Packed Winter
November 12, 2021
The Ski and Snow Forecast for winter 2019–2020 is out from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Sharpen your edges, skiers, snowboarders, and snow lovers: The Almanac Predicts a Pow Pow (Powder–Packed) Winter! Get the summary plus your regional outlook—from the Northeast to the Rocky Mountains and more!
Snow and Ski Forecast General Summary
For the United States, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting no fewer than seven snowstorms this winter! While many places that usually get snow will begin to see flakes flying in mid-November, the most serious accumulations will hold off until the holidays. Many areas will enjoy a white Christmas, but it’s the new year that will bring cheers: The blizzard of snowstorms predicted by the Almanac are expected to sweep across the country, from the Rockies to New England, beginning on January 1 or in the days following. Fresh barrages of snow will continue throughout the season—and beyond. At least three snowstorms are predicted in late March and April. Spring skiing in 2020 may be the best ever!
We’ve highlighted major regions across the United States and Canada which promise the best mountain snow for skiing and snowboarding during 2019–2020. For more regions and information, pick up a copy of The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac in retail stores, on our Web site, or on Amazon.com!
Region 1: The Northeast
Covers Northern New England and upstate New York.
This winter in Northeast promises to be a white out season for snow lovers. The first of three snowstorms sweeps through in the days before Thanksgiving, giving powder hounds and shredders a lot to be thankful for! December brings fresh cover—dustings to deep dumps—from mid-month through the end of year. Then things get serious: Snow starts falling in the new year—and just does not stop, building up to a snowstorm in January’s last week, creating extremely phat conditions! Throughout February, freshies pile on to the accumulated feet of powder almost daily, including the “extra” Leap Day. (But beware: Southern parts of the region may see more wet—rain—than white this month.) Then, as the days get longer and the cold grows stronger, get ready for Round 3: On the first day of spring (March 19) or close, another snowstorm barrels into the region, extending the season well into April—and that’s no fooling!
Regions 3 & 7: Ohio Valley
Covers West Virginia and western slopes of other ranges mentioned below.
When looking for great places to ski, the Appalachian, Allegheny, and Blue Ridge mountains may not be top of mind for most people—but this year could change that.
These areas are predicted to enjoy above-normal snowfalls, including a couple of sure-to-be memory-making snowstorms: one in late November (Thanksgiving on the slopes, anyone?) and another in early January, just in time to try out new holiday-gift gear. Although temperatures are expected to be slightly above normal, the Almanac forecasts promise frequent snowfalls followed by cold air—perfect for folks taking milk runs (first of the day runs). Skiers should keep a sharp edge on their skis, though: occasional rain and mild temperatures could turn the powder into “mashed potatoes” (heavy, wet snow). The ski areas in these mountain areas (as well as nearby Ohio, where snow is also expected to pile up) offer a full range of options for new, novice, and black diamond skiers. They say in the Appalachians that winter comes early and stays long, and this year could prove that rule. Get our drift?
Region 13: Intermountain Region
Covers the Rocky Mountains and eastern slopes of Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges.
Skiers, snowboarders, and powder hounds, rejoice: You can expect an epic snow season in the U.S. West this winter!
Snow will to accumulate in feet in high altitude in late September, while lower elevations will be impacted by high winds, frigid temperatures, and accumulations of heavy, wet snow. Think of it as the prelude to a whiz-bang white season!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting three major snowstorms to pound the area east of both the Cascade Range and the more southerly Sierra Nevada across to the Rocky Mountains. The powder will begin to pile up in mid- to late December, then get ready to dig in: To welcome the new year Mother Nature will deliver a snowstorm in the form of a waist-deep dump. Cold, crisp air and sunny skies follow; pack your shades to minimize glare.
If you’re liking that, refresh and repeat: February and March predictions indicate flurries and snowy periods every few days. But the fun is not finished; sharpen your edges, it’s going to be a bumpy, doubly dumpy spring ski season. Two snowstorms are predicted in April—and that’s s’no fooling! Die-hards know where to find the perfect powder; their secret is higher altitude and northern areas and these options are almost endless in the West. Even as the days grow longer and temps climb, May could bring enough freshies (new powder) to keep the party going.
(Note: Predictions for the Pacific Northwest U.S. call for below-normal snow. The snow line on the map is largely on the east of the PNW mountains.)
Canadians should prepare for a season full of snow, snow, and more snow. And more snow. In fact, we’re calling this winter a Game of Snows.
Nearly all of Canada should expect above-average precipitation this winter, much of it falling as snow. No fewer than eight major snowstorms are predicted, including a series of significant snow events from mid- to late January in Atlantic Canada and Southern Ontario.
Our forecast calls for central and eastern Quebec, southern Alberta, and southern British Columbia to be more wet than white at times, but since skiing is so elevation-dependent, having moisture around will be good, not bad. The “wet” part of our forecast refers to more to lower elevations.
In summary, the overall “snowiness” of the whole country will be conducive to skiing and boarding just about everywhere!