Monday, November 19, 2007

Trade Shows

Sara and I did two local trade shows this fall. The first was at the Silver Mtn Ski Patrollers Ski Swap in Couer dÁlene and the second was the Warren Miller & Spokane Inlander Ski Show. We stayed at Coit House in Sandpoint, ID and also sponsered part of the TGR flick at the local cinema. Good food, wine and great people in both Idaho and Washington. Thanks for coming by the booth. Maybe next year we will head over to Toronto and Chicago? for the trade shows back east. As soon as we hit the Canadian border coming back North we could see the snow on the mountains. I guess that's why they call it the Great White North. See you soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sandpoint, ID

We spent last weekend down in the Sandpoint, Idaho region just N-E of Spokane, WA. There's a bunch of fun patrollers from Silver Mtn and Lookout Pass that organize a great ski swap and we do a small booth to promote Wildhorse Catskiing. Sandpoint also puts on the latest TGR flick on the weekend and we do a little promotion there as well. These are great areas to visit before or after flying into Spokane, WA. Schweitzer Mtn in Sandpoint is on the way from Spokane to Ymir, BC. In Canada - Red Mtn in Rossland, Whitewater in Nelson and Fernie are all great ski areas to drop in on.

La Nina

I must admit to not having done a lot of research on the forecasting of future snowfalls. Frankly, it just has not seemed necessary. We have always had great snow conditions by early December. I did get an email today which talked about this winter being a La Nina winter which
“....keeps the Pacific jet stream farther north, toward Oregon, Washington, and Canada, so the U.S. Southwest and Southeast get less moisture.” explains Bill Patzert of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I'm fine with that. We have been getting snow storms hitting us since early October with another one dropping 12" yesterday. There's a picture on NASA's website showing the differences in the height of the sea due to warmer and cooler water. What we don't know.