I keep hearing complaints about our recent run of Arctic weather, so let's take a moment and assess our situation. Snow is good. It's as simple as that.
Snow means good snowboarding and skiing, Bogus and other ski areas make a few bucks, which ensures we will be riding lifts and sliding down slopes in the future.
Snow means everyone from snowmobilers to snow shoers have vast expanses of acreage to play in.
Snow means the mountains are stockpiling water that will help things grow and provide good feed for wildlife during the summer. That snow also means we're less likely to see a disastrous fire season. There are many other factors involved, but it's safe to say we're less likely to have a big fire season when there's more snow in the high country.
Snow means our rivers will have a big spring runoff, which helps young salmon and steelhead migrate to the ocean. It also means good flows and cool water during summer, which is good for fishing and whitewater boaters.
Snow means more water in reservoirs, which helps everything from fish to farmers to water skiers.
Snow means trails will stay hard-packed and stay firm longer into the summer, instead of turning to moon dust by early July.
Feel free to grumble about the weather; we all do it. But try to look at the big picture, and if it makes you feel better, 100-degree temperatures are likely only six months away.