For a guy who lives in Atlanta, Paul Goodloe might have the best job an out-of-town skier can get. The 49-year-old on-camera meteorologist has worked for The Weather Channel since 1999, co-anchoring morning weather television shows like Weekend Recharge. From winter storms to tropical hurricanes, he covers events of nature that are serious and can be destructive.
Come winter, though, the middle of the storm--where Goodloe works when he is in the field--is a great place to be for a skier.
Skiing has been a part of Goodloe's life since he was a kid.
He met his wife on the slopes at a National Brotherhood of Skiers event in Whistler, and while he didn't become a meteorologist to chase first tracks, his job comes with benefits--like work trips that align perfectly with milky, windy, deep pow days.
Julie: So, essentially, when the forecast calls for a big storm, you get the call and go.
Paul: Basically. Whether it's a tropical storm, hurricane, snowstorm, severe weather, typically we know things are coming. So we have an idea that, hey, this is going to be big.
What was the most recent storm you've covered that coincided with you getting to ski a lot of powder?
It was early January. I'm flying out to California to cover the beginning of this stream of atmospheric rivers slamming the West Coast. We went to South Lake Tahoe. The snow levels were crashing, and while I was there it was the first time I had ever been snowed in, officially. I could not leave. So I thought, hey, I might as well get out there and enjoy what we're talking about. I got to enjoy my first days of the year in knee- to waist-deep powder.
When did you first become in awe of nature's force?
I grew up in New Rochelle, New York, a suburb of New York City. I was always fascinated by the weather. We had four seasons there, and big snowstorms. I remember a blizzard when I was a kid. I was just amazed at how one day looking out my front window, I saw our front yard and the grass. I went to bed and woke the next morning and the landscape was smoothed by two feet of snow. I was just awed by that.
What have you learned from covering the weather all these years?
Weather is the great equalizer. It doesn't matter where you live, how much money you make, your political affiliation, your race, your religion. No one is above the power of the weather.
When did you become a skier?
I started skiing as a kid in New York, a little bit in New Jersey as well. I skied Hunter Mountain, I skied Windham. In high school, Vernon Valley (now Mountain Creek) was close enough that if we got out at noon, we could be skiing by 2 in the afternoon and we'd ski till 6 or 7.
As adults, night skiing is super cold. As kids, you don't have that concept of cold or pain. I went to grad school in Berkeley, and I kept hearing people say there's great skiing in Tahoe. I finally went up there with some friends and I'm like, 'Oh my god, this is unlike anything I've ever experienced.'
Any advice for skiers trying to time their next pow day?
We have a really good accuracy rate in terms of the next three days--72 hours. We're not infallible. We are wrong every now and again, but people only remember when we're wrong. They never remember when we're right.