La Niña, El Niño and Your Ski Season “Hey Ethel, you seen how fat the squirrels are this fall? It’s a sure sign, we’re in for a whopper of a winter” (Updated for winter 2018-19) Yup, it’s that time of year again. It’s time for pros and amateurs alike to expound on their weather and climate theories. Honestly, I love… Read More
It’s no secret, skiers love talk about the weather and Off-Piste Mag brings you articles and winter weather details to help fuel the passion for winter weather and backcountry skiing.
Winter Snow Forecast 2016-17 UPDATE – October 15, 2016 – NOAA Climate Center moves back to La Niña forecast! Skiers and weather forecasters talk a lot about El Niño and La Niña when gazing into their crystal balls in search of the winter snow forecast. And for good reason, El Niño (warm Equatorial Pacific sea surface temperatures) and La Niña (cool Equatorial… Read More
Ski Movie Trailers It’s that time of year again; time for the ski movie trailers to start priming the winter stoke. Though I have always felt it’s crazy to start the stoke three or four months before we’ll actually be skiing, here are the first trailers of the season. Of course it’s still early, but the climate scientists keep talking… Read More
What is the Pacific Decadal Oscillation? Dedicated skiers around North America have come to anticipate the news from climate researchers regarding ENSO (La Nina/El Nino) each season. Essentially a shift in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific – La Nina bringing cooler waters to the Pacific shores and El Nino bringing warmer waters – ENSO has proven to have a… Read More