Who Wants A Monster Ski Season?
I do, I do, and with all this talk of El Nino, we might just get one.
You can’t have missed the all the talk on the news of the El Nino weather pattern that continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, and what that cycle might mean for skiers this coming winter.
References to ‘Godzilla’ and comparative studies to the 1998 El Nino (AKA the ‘King Kong’ of `98) that smothered Colorado in feet of powder suggest that we could indeed be in for a MONSTER ski season. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
So what exactly is El Nino? Well, after extensive research, I was able to put together the following definitions.
El Nino – Defined By Dictionary.com as:
A warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the cost of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes cause catastrophic weather conditions.
El Nino – Defined By Old Time Skiers as: Powder
El Nino – Defined By Chris Farely as:
Yes, it’s still a little early in the day to make definite predictions, but with all this crazy weather talk, this half-full kind of gal is eyeballing some new powder skis for this ski season!
While we’re on the subject of the upcoming ski season, Winter Park has a couple of changes going on that are well worth mentioning.
The first, is the introduction of new Hands-Free RFTD lift passes. These chip embedded passes will replace all paper tickets and should significantly speed up the lift boarding process at all base area lifts.
How do they work? Simple. Skiers just stow away the pass in their jacket pocket and the soon to be installed lift gates will automatically open when the pass holder walks through the scanner. Rumor has it that your ski pass photo might also pop up for the Lift Crew to verify you as the pass holder, so make sure you smile pretty for the camera this year.
Next up for discussion is the opening and closing of a couple of stores and restaurants opening in Base Village. Rocky Mountain Eyewear (next to Riverside Spirits) has been replaced by a traditional Candy Sweet Shop with an awesome selection of yumminess guaranteed to have your kids bouncing off the walls in no time. The other big change is the departure of the Cheeky Monk, we’ve not heard what it will be replaced with yet, but will keep you posted with any updates.
The last (and admittedly very unofficial, but a gem of a rumor), is that we’ve head a whisper in the wind that Winter Park Resort is toying with the idea of taking on A-Basin & Loveland as the ‘Last Man Skiing’ resort for 2016. Nothing has been confirmed by Winter Park Resort, and the last official word on the street was that the resort is still scheduled to close in Mid April, but the rumor going around town is that there’s a possibility that areas of the resort could stay open as late as May 7th???
Whatever the truth, so long as El Nino does his thing, we’re going to be in for an epic 2015/2016 ski season, so plan on coming up to Winter Park to join in the fun.
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