I would have posted earlier but I spent five days in Sun Valley, Idaho hobnobbing with the rich and famous and skiing. I only skiied for 3 days but got in 100,000 vertical feet. That's over three times the height of Mt. Everest!
The secret was that while the rest of the USA was lacking in snow, Sun Valley had perfect runs because they make a lot of their snow and the weather has stayed cold and kept the snow in perfect condition.
So while Californians were whining about their 12 inches in the Sierras and having their ski lifts only able to open a couple of their 100+ runs, we skiied without crowds, in sunshine and on great snow. While Colorado, Montana, Utah, etc. cried over a lack of snow, we sooshed left, we sooshed right and laughed at our ingenuity in skiing to only place you could.
And then I came home and the next day saw this at home:
Now, it doesn't snow much at all in Portland and this was just a dusting but an hour away in the mountains they were expecting 3 to 5 feet! So the drought of snow was over. What a difference a day makes.
Oh, and yes, this little dusting brought out a weather reporter camped at every intersection in the city. Yes, nobody worked and everyone panicked in traditional Portland fashion. And yes, that is a gnome in my backyard.
He's not amused with snow either!