Why 2013 may the best ski season in years.

 

That thing calledsnow” is back. What deterred thousands of skiers last season isn’t an issue this year- the Northeast alone has gotten a steady stream of storms from Nemo to “Q” and enjoying a nice dump every week or so. Northern VT, which got somewhat starved last season, is raking in the pow, surpassing last year’s totals. The best part is the outlook for late season: If you look at average temps for, say, VT and NH, we’re about 10 degrees colder than average. If that trend continues into next month, we’ll have decent conditions into early April at least.   

 

Great deals. In the Northeast, many resorts and hoteliers are offering deep discounts from last year to make up for damaging losses from Hurricane Irene and lack of 2012 powder. Resorts have also taken consumer feedback (made easier by the closet research social media offers via Facebook, Twitter et al) to temper rising lift ticket prices. Plus, the advent of lift ticket discount sites like Liftopia.com and Working Advantage (a corporate discount site run by confessed ski buffs) make getting disocunted lift the rule rather than the exception—much like airfare, hotel and everything else in travel.

 

National coverage. Where most seasons the heavy snowfall across the North America is an either/or proposition between East and West, this season is showing consistently great dumps from Colorado to Maine. When you open up the choices for skiers to travel, that keeps prices down—resulting in the great deals above.

 

Tech advances. With consolidation of ownership of some resorts around the US, many are investing in new lifts and base lodges, possibly taking advantage of cheaper labor because of the lagging economy.  Gear has its advances too—the rocker ski has become popular, along with boot advances (cheaper orthotics, custom fits) and bindings that completely prevent serious injury.

 

There’s lots of season left. Are you ready to take advantage of it?

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