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Video Update: La Niña Ski Report

by Ben Jervey

November 24, 2010

The bottom line: Skiers and snowboarders in the Pacific Northwest are going to be very, very happy this winter.

One amazing stat that I learned from the video (which should have Washington-based snowbirds drooling) is that during the 1998-1999 La Niña winter, Mt. Baker received 1,140 inches of snow. For those of you who don't speak "pow," that's a ridiculous, mind-blowing, adrenaline-spiking amount of snow. Mt. Baker's average is 615 inches; Alta's is 514 inches; Vermont's Jay Peak, which is generally considered the East's snowiest resort, averages 355 inches.

Of course, whenever there's a big snowstorm—or big snow season—someone will use it as an opportunity to disprove global warming. Which is actually getting it quite backwards, as Weather Underground's Jeff Masters told us last winter.

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Video Update: La Niña Ski Report