The 2020-2021 ski season was certainly compromised as a result of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic but we still had one at Mad River Glen and we thank the efforts of all staff members that helped make that possible. On the weather side of things it was interesting because it almost always is.. We had two big east coast storms, a historic and very damaging cold wave in Texas and a persistently negative Arctic Oscillation yet in the case of northern Vermont, I can best summarize using 4 words. What could have been !
February 2021 is a month that will be long-remembered and not necessarily for the right reasons in some parts of the country. For the ski areas in northern Vermont, I consider the outcome quite unfortunate since the chess board appeared set up for an absolutely glorious stretch of winter and the results were rather ordinary at best with our rain-less, thaw-less streak ending late in the month. The 2nd of the the season's 2 big nor'easters struck on February 1st and 2nd as a classic Miller B type event with a Midwest storm transitioning its energy and moisture to what would become a much stronger coastal system. Indeed it was very strong storm and proved to be an epic event for the NYC metro with upwards of 2 feet falling in some suburbs. Snow did reach most of northern Vermont but accumulations were very garden variety and fell short of even some modest expectations. The snow that did fall was nonetheless a welcome addition to a 5-week stretch of sub-freezing, rain/ice-free weather and the week that followed was a productive one with small accumulations of snow making the first full weekend of the month, one of the best of the season. It was a point in the season where everything looked as if it was going to come up roses as the Pacific jet appeared to be finally relaxing allowing the persistent blocking at high latitudes to win the day and the month. What was even more encouraging was the continued presence of a La Nina-style southeast ridge; which, appeared ready to steer multiple storms in our direction as oppose to a confining the impact to coastal areas. Normally, I would embrace this setup and do so enthusiastically fully expecting epic results.