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El Niño Winter Stoke

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Ray J. Gadd

El Niño or as Chris Farley referred to in simpler terms as, "The Niño", brought about a mixed bag of early season predictions from meteorologists far and wide. Skiers and boarders throughout the west became overnight skeptics serving up their own myriad of prophesied forecasts as to whether it would be a lack luster winter or flashback to being like the "good old days". At the end of the day, no one could put any weight behind their hunches for what the 2015/2016 season would bring. Fast forward to the first actual day of winter and we have a bit of empirical data to suggest that this El Niño is coming through huge, bringing those good old days back to Sun Valley. As of December 22nd, Bald Mountain has seen nearly 7 feet of crowd-pleasing snowfall. We're savoring all-time conditions that have opened up access to certain terrain that hasn't been rideable in years past. Enough hyping up the winter we're having here - we'll let the photos below do the talking for us.

Valley Views // skier: Ray J. Gadd Valley Views // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier: Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier: Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier: Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Collin Collins // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier: Collin Collins // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Collin Collins // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier: Collin Collins // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Wyatt Caldwell // photo: Ray J. Gadd rider: Wyatt Caldwell // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Karl Fostvedt // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier: Karl Fostvedt // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

 Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd skier stoke: Gabe Schroder // photo: Ray J. Gadd

 

The El Niño winter stoke is alive and well here in Sun Valley. Convinced? Check out our great lodging options here.

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