The change in the seasons is unmistakable. The mornings are more crisp, and the evenings become darker soon after the day job ends. For some, these signs signal a time to prepare for a long winter inside. These folks are plotting ways to escape and devising strategies to cope with the long Canadian winter ahead.
We, and like many other skiers out there, however think a little different. This time, is a time of anticipation, and with each rain storm in the forecast a glimmer of hope emerges that the next one could be the start of the ski season. As the early fall storms stack on top of each other, the waiting game begins for the alpine temperatures to start flirt with freezing levels. The ski season will start, sometimes with a bang sometimes with a wimper.
Last season was one of the worst seasons the coast has seen in years and had many lusting for La Nina to return. Unfortunately the little trouble maker El Nino tightened his grasp and hasn’t let go since. Though all is not lost a beautiful summer was our reward for the ski season drubbing.
What will this winter hold? All signs point to another marginal season. But the difference between a stellar year and another stinker is a few well-timed storms.
I am watching our local weather guru with great interest and here is what he is predicting: A Very Warm Autumn and Winter Ahead. All signs point to an El Nino but if there is collective crushing of barley sacrifices to Ulr we may be able to break his tough little grasp.
Fingers crossed, checking the gear and sacrificing beers to Ulr on a daily basis. Bring on the snow.