Video Update: La Niña Ski Report Video Update: La Niña Ski Report
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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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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Video Update: La Niña Ski Report