Below average forecasts should entice any skier or rider, because cooler temperatures help create that light, champagne powder that people dream about.
La Nina winters are often changeable, and we do expect periods of mild and dry weather, but we expect those periods will be more than offset by periods of colder and snowy weather, says Gillham.
While forecasting the perfect time can come down to luck, the regular storm cycles interspersed with sunshine can mean sensational ski days.
As for the Farmer's Almanac, some may follow it religiously, while others just take a wait-and-see attitude. One mountain local, who has seen his share of the best surprise powder days in his lifetime, just shrugs and says, "Who knows, you get what you get. What do farmers know about skiing, anyway?"
Point well taken.
If You Go
Getting to Whistler is easy, fly into Vancouver's International Airport and catch a two-hour shuttle up the sea to sky. Stay slope side - ditch the car. Plan here.
Getting to Kicking Horse or anywhere along the Powder Highway is pretty straight forward as well by landing in Cranbrook and the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Plan here.