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I'm having fun so far. Really tired of hearing all the doom & gloom.
While certainly not an epic season thus far, I've come to realize that especially in the Northeast, the reality is over an entire season we might get on a good year 5 to maybe 10 days of GREAT skiing, a bunch of decent to good days and then some semi ugly to ugly days. The weather variability is, and always has been, a characteristic of skiing in the Northeast.
I'm lucky enough that I get to ski a lot of days a season, most of which is based on my kids race and training schedule, so I'm going to go out and make some runs regardless of the weather and/or snow conditions. Even this weekend when there was everything from serious cold to high winds to rain, I had a good time on the slopes, even if the slopes weren't at their best.
Has this season been historically good so far? Nope. That being said, I've still had a bunch of really good days that involved anything but powder and/or tree skiing (2 things that I DO enjoy for sure).
Just think about it this way, if mother nature continues her challenging ways in New England this year, the reality is that the dreaded AZ "who's closed already" thread will start popping up in a couple of weeks, and could grow much quicker than usual this year For all the folks holding on to various vouchers, sick days, etc with the hopes of things changing, would you rather at the end of your season still have a bunch of those on hand because those "epic" days you were hoping for never happened or would you rather have gotten in more "ok" days instead of less total ski days??? Time to make some lemonade out of the lemon of a season the next 2 to 6 weeks for most ski areas, and who knows how far beyond that for a few others???
Way too early to say whether it is the worst. For me the worst in recent memory was 2011-2012. I recall the end of March skiing Mt Ellen where you had to upload and download on GMX and there was still barely anything open up top (only 2 people were allowed per chair on Summit due to the narrow path you had to ski on when getting off the chair onto Panorama).
I'm kinda lookin forward to skiing in 80º temps again in March. :smile:
2012 snow depths = Not nearly as bad. Sure maybe it melted out quick but there were points during the season that you could ski in the woods: