"Statistically, winters during which the ‘la Nina' phenomenon is in effect, provide 52% more snow than non-la Nina years at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, that's a lot of snow." said a statement from the famous Wyoming resort.
Although only one ski area is currently open in North America (Timberline in Oregon) a number of resorts are pointing out they have so much snow lying from last winter 2010-11, large amounts will not melt before next winter, meaning they'll have a guaranteed base for their planned autumn opening dates.
Squaw Valley in California, one of dozens of resorts that reported their most ever snowfall in a season last winter, is one of those still running their lifts to ‘experience the snow' and escape the California heat, even though they are not open for skiing and boarding.
Long range meteorologists forecast a return of the famed La Nina Pacific weather phenomenon for the winter of 2011-2012.