First of all, attitude is key. If you go into a season with a set of expectations that may be broken, you’ll end up being disappointed in a season that even hits par for the course. Plus, chances are you probably jinxed the snowfall from the beginning by thinking this way. But let’s turn to the facts. Over the years, plenty of seasons similar to this one have taken place. That’s right people, THIS IS NOT ABNORMAL, THESE THINGS HAPPEN.
Bad new first: this will likely continue to happen. Just as any bell curve will show, below (and above) average snow years will continue. The good news is that historically, snowfall trends upward after these sub-par seasons. In the words of Mike Douglas from a recent video he put out on behalf of Whistler Blackcomb, “In the past 40 years, there have been four seasons that have more or less sucked as bad as this one. Statistics show that each of those years was followed by a season of average, or above average snowfall.” Not bad, eh?
Yes, global climate change is an issue, and as passionate skiers and snowboarders we should not be in denial about it. But I’m confident that we’re not at the point where we need to be concerned about our winters just yet. While the west suffered from thin snowpacks and warm temperatures, the east coast saw their biggest snowfall in years, breaking a few records along the way as well.
Don’t worry, it’s not the apocalypse of winter, we’re just going through the ups and downs of Mother Nature’s moods. And with Argentina’s snowpack coming in at a below average level last season, this summer could see healthy snowfall in the Southern Hemisphere. So keep your skis and snowboards waxed, and keep your boots out from the dusty depths of your basement, things could be shaping up nicely for a South America ski trip this summer.