Snow In The Air, Crazy Alaskan Run, French Alps Resort Review, Our First Reader Ski Report.

Snow dusting at A-Basin, CO, August 30, 2016.
Snow dusting at A-Basin, CO, August 30, 2016.

Snow came to high places in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado in late August.  Pike’s Peak and A-Basin had a dusting.  Colorado Springs had to bring out the plows to handle a hail storm.  Looks as if a heck of a winter is brewing up out west.  While we have been cautioned not to put too much stock in weather predictions, it looks like our La Nina July forecast might be holding up.

Here is the latest from NOAA Climate Prediction Center.  The map on the left shows temperature, the one on the right precipitation. These are for Feb-Mar-Apr 2017.  A means Above Normal, B is Below Normal, and EC is Equal Chance for Above and Below, meaning take your pick.  Ideally, we want B temps and A precipitation, like we see in the Mid-West and Northwest.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 9.46.23 AMSpeaking of snow, we also have a spine-tingling video of pro-skier, extreme athlete Richard Permin skiing along a mountain ridge in Alaska.  One wonders, and perhaps admires…

For those seeking a European ski vacation, contributor Val E. nominates Les 2 Alpes, a resort in the French Alps that offers free skiing for 72-plus skiers.  Two interesting features of L2A: You can ski on a glacier at almost 10,000 feet; there is also a summer season!

Finally, Tom Levak, a very enthusiastic reader, offers his views on ON3P skis, a handmade product from Portlandia. Tom skis into the late spring on Mt. Hood; we know because he has frequently let us know well into June how much snow was left on the hill.

We hope to encourage more contributions from our readers like Val and Tom over the season.  We depend on our readers to tell us what’s happening out there that other senior snow sport enthusiasts should know about.  More about that as the season takes shape.

Meanwhile, more surprises and interesting features are coming up next week.  Happy Labor Day!  More snow on the way.

And remember, there are more of us every day and we aren’t going away.


The "two Alps" in the name do not refer to the two facing mountain-sides that comprise the resort, but rather to two adjacent areas of the original mountain pasture on the north-south plateau on which the resort was built. These pasture areas (or 'alps') are part of the two villages of Mont-de-Lans and Vénosc that lie in the deep valleys, respectively, to the north and south. Credit: L2A Promotion
Credit: L2A Promotion

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