Skiers, snowboarders and winter enthusiasts, prepare for early snow and a lot of it, said spokesperson at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Dave Tragethon.

Past weather patterns indicate it may be a snowy winter this year on Mount Hood.

Snowy enough that Meadows Ski Resort is predicting an early opening, likely by Thanskgiving,Tragethon said.

In a news report on Meadow’s blog, former state climatologist George Taylor forecast a high chance for snowfall on the mountain, about 50 percent more than the average.

Measurements are made at the Government Camp weather station at the 4,000 foot level.

Snowfall levels are amplified at Meadows where the elevation is higher, between 4500 to 7300 feet, said Taylor.

This year’s forecast parallels five past “analog” years that have had similar weather patterns leading up to winter, Taylor said.

Four of those five years, he said, saw snowfall totals substantially above average, and seasons started early with openings by or before Thanksgiving.

“History tends to repeat itself,” said Taylor.

Taylor also said we are in a “neutral” year, an El Nina or La Nina, which tend to be our snowiest years.

In recent history, 2007-2008 was one of Meadows Ski Resort’s best years for snow.

Skiers and snowboarders are hoping for a repeat, and the chances look good.

“I think right now the odds are going to be a pretty good year,” said Taylor.

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