Canada Winter Forecast: Abundant Snow For Ski Resorts

Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford also scored, and Charline Labonte made 21 saves. “It’s incredible,” said Labonte, from Boisbriand. “I couldn’t have asked for more. To bring the Canadian team here against the Americans, I knew people would answer the call. We immediately felt their support. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was worthy of Boisbriand.” Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne and Jocelyne Lamoureux scored for the Americans. Jessie Vetter allowed three goals on 13 shot in the first period, and Molly Schaus stopped seven of 10 shots in the final two periods. The game was the second of six between the teams before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. The Canadians won the opener 3-2 on Saturday night in Burlington, Vt. “We came out really strong and we had a great start and a lot of energy,” Wickenheiser said. “They tried to take some physical liberties early on and they got away with a few things early in the game. But then we came back and we just played a pretty physical game.” The teams will meet next Dec. 12 in Calgary, Alberta.

Cam Ward motivated by Team Canada snub

Despite the milder temperatures during December and January, an active storm track will bring plenty of snow opportunities to ski country in eastern Canada, while mixed precipitation will be more common over southern Ontario. @ijaycole tweeted: “@BrettAWX Couldn’t of asked for a better prediction to the start of the winter season! #enjoyskiingrestofCanada” Additional Relevant Tweets and Social Media Reaction The West The West Coast, including Vancouver, will have a changeable winter with drier-than-normal conditions for December before more typical winter storminess returns in January. RELATED: Follow Rain on the Canada Radar Temperatures will average close to normal for the first half of the winter then trend above normal for the second half of the season. Snowfall along the Coast Range in British Columbia will be typical for an average winter with the greatest potential for heavy snowfall coming in January and early February. The Prairies The winter will get off to a strong start across much of the Prairie region with shots of arctic air being directed south from the Yukon Territory with increasing opportunities for accumulating snowfall over southern and western Alberta, including Calgary. Average snowfall is expected for the central Prairies, including Saskatoon. However, below-average snowfall is forecast for the eastern Prairies, including Winnipeg, especially the second half of the winter as a seasonably cold, but dry flow of air takes over. Eastern and Atlantic Canada An active storm track through the Great Lakes during December and into a part of January will lead to above-normal precipitation this winter over a large portion of eastern Canada. Snowfall will end up higher than normal from the upper Great Lakes through most of Quebec and into Labrador. Farther south in Ontario, from Windsor to Toronto and Kingston, the milder pattern during December and January will lead to more mixed precipitation events, which will cut down on the snowfall potential. A man crosses the street as a snowstorm swept through Toronto, Thursday, March 1, 2007. (AP Photo/CP, Toronto Star, Steve Russell) Despite the increase in natural snowfall, snow-making in the eastern and Atlantic Canada resorts will be a challenge the first half of the winter due to the higher temperatures and humidity. A drier, colder pattern is expected to take over in Ontario and western Quebec during February as the storm track shifts toward the Maritimes and Newfoundland.

“It was disappointing to be left off that list, but at the same time, I realize theres a lot of great talent in Canadian hockey.” Ward is a soft-spoken guy, hes not going to come out guns a-blazing in the media no matter how much the Olympic camp snub hurt. But its obvious how motivated he is coming into this season. He wants in on Sochi. “Ive known Cam for a very, very long time,” said Hurricanes captain Eric Staal . “He may say that didnt bother him a lot, but it definitely added some fuel to the fire that was already there.” The way Staal sees it, its a win-win for Ward and for the Hurricanes if he plays well enough to get back into the good graces of Team Canada. That means a lot of Ws for Carolina in the process. And despite not going to Canadas camp last summer, Ward never felt out of the running for a shot at Sochi. “I never looked at it last summer when the camp roster came out that I couldnt make the team anymore,” said Ward. “I looked at it as extra motivation and I know that if I can play like I know I can in the first half of the season, theyll be watching and that Ill be in consideration. Thats my focus. If I make that team, obviously that means the Hurricanes are doing well, too. Thats what Im striving for, thats my goal.” First things first. For Ward, this season is about re-establishing himself and getting back into the swing of things.