Everybody is talking about snow - or more accurately the lack of snow.
Last year was a bomber year of snowstorm after snowstorm sweeping across the country and with the lack of these storm cycles this year it's interesting to look at how it's really affected ski resorts.
The guys at SkiReports.com crunched numbers and statistics and came with some amazing differences on where we were last year on 1/1 and where we were on 1/1/12.
California, for example, has been the hardest hit. Where on Jan. 1, 2011 93% of California's 1300+ trails were open, on 1/1/12 saw only 18% open. On the other hand, 93% of New Mexico's trails were open on New Years Day this year compared to 46% last year.
These are sobering stats and show how fickle Mother Nature can be. Check out where your state stands on SkiReports.com list then stop for a minute and think of how much good skiing there still is.
This season, I've been skiing in the east and in Utah and I'm amazed at how well the conditions are on what's been covered with snowmaking. Snowmaking has risen to a high tech art form laying down a surface with color (remember the old yellow gluelike snow) and texture that makes for really good skiing.
Theme here is don't hoard those Christmas skis - get'em on and get out skiing.