How Warm Weather Hurts Ski Conditions
Sunny skies are wonderful. Warm weather is not. Late in the season during the spring there are situations where warm weather can turn the right snow at the right elevations into perfect corn snow. Skiing corn under sunny skies on a warm Spring Day is an awesome experience. It’s rarely the focus of a GNASA.
GNASA’s demand great snow conditions. And that requires cold weather, not warm weather.
Problems With Warm Weather
- Icey runs from daytime melting and overnight freezes
- Bad snow conditions (slush, mush and sierra cement)
- Storms in warm weather drop rain, not snow (see Rain)
Expert Tips On Avoiding Warm Weather
Travel During The Colder Winter Months
On average, the coldest months of the year are December, January, and February. Planning your GNASA during these months increases your odds of avoiding warm weather.
Choose Resorts At Higher Elevations
Resorts at higher elevations will have colder temperatures. If you’re planning on taking a GNASA in March or April, picking resorts with high base elevations can increase your odds of avoiding warm weather.