Ski resorts hope wet October brings white November, December

The record-breaking rain in October was exactly what ski resorts were praying for.

WHITE PASS, Wash. – The wettest October in state history brought snow to the top of the White Pass ski resort.

Operators, as well as skiers and snowboarders, hope that’s a good sign for the rest of the fall and upcoming winter.

“Things look strong,” said White Pass Ski Area spokeswoman Kathleen Goyette.

They have had as much as a foot of snow near the top of White Pass’s slopes at times in the past month. It takes about three feet to open to skiers and snowboarders.

Goyette said a handful of cold storms could mean a Thanksgiving weekend opening. She and her co-workers always hope for what they call “Snow-vember.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting a “weak” La Nina for this winter, which would mean wetter and colder conditions than usual. That would bring more snowfall to the Cascades than the last two years.

Forecasters said a weak La Nina could bring snowfall in and around Seattle in mid to late December through January.

Copyright 2016 KING


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