Originally Posted by Skizoo
That data shows Stowe and Jay Peak as having 15.3% and 16.1% of ski days between Dec 1 and March 31st as being 6+ inch powder days, Copper And Winter Park (Mary Jane) come in at 11%and 14.2%., Steamboat 15.2%, not one area listed on bestsnow.net for central and northern Colo matches the numbers for the big 2 Northern Vt areas in % of 6"+ powder days.
I'm not trying to argue which is better, or whose snow is better, but the data you cited shows Northern VT does not lack for pow days, and Mac's comments about the trees of Northern VT are valid.
No your right. Vail and Jay get about the same ammount of snowfall (350 inches). Jay is more consistent i think and vail will get like a 10" dump and then not snow for a week and then sprinkle 3 inches than not snow for 5 days than 20 inches...It adds up in Vail somehow?
and Also ski resorts certify snowfall at the resort base not on the mountain. So with Jays Peak itll only get maybe a couple extra inches up...Vail has a higher top to catch more moisture, and its go a backside*, and blue sky basin which is another mountain. Some parts of Vail get 380+ inches a year. Vail is 7 miles wide, if you go 7 miles west from vail to beaver creek, they get only 310 inches a year (really like 350 tho, its got 4,040 vert)
*I know people that say Jay Peak HAS a backside too