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Feb 15, yeah, another powder day at the boat..... Lots of pics! (will it ever stop snowing here?)

post #1 of 26
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so for ther past 3 days its been pretty much snowing. The visibility has been pretty bad so its not been hit very hard, and last night we had some pretty big winds that shifted and piled up snow.  Ski-ra and his wife and 2 friends came up and we hooked up here an there with some others throughout the day.  5 reported at mid and 9 at the top with heavy snow starting about 6AM made for the typical Steamboat powder fest.  Easily 15-18 with many wind loaded areas along ridges and trees lines of "feet" of snow.  It was yet another big day.  I'm in the blue helmet, Ira in the red.  Do you think Ira is bored of waist high powder shots? our friend is in the black/white jacket   

 

 

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Edited by Finndog - 2/15/13 at 6:40pm
post #2 of 26

I wasn't quite as good a photog today, perhaps I was distracted by the fabulous conditions?  Though I did get the "money" shot of Ron that he posted above, in addition to the following:

 

But many of the rest of them were obscured by the snow and foggy conditions....

 

 

 

post #3 of 26
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it was another stellar day!  One second later on first pic would have been 'epic"   that was seriously deep there with a nice drop.  

post #4 of 26

Niiiice. As dry as a good martini here in Tahoe. 

post #5 of 26

Good thing you got those DPS' Dialed in!

post #6 of 26
I hope it holds until next weekend. Conditions look amazing.
post #7 of 26
This morning's ski report was confirmation that it was skiing like close to 20" in our "photo'd" locations (just like Ron was speculating). They reported 11" new at top (the photo'd areas) in 24hrs. (which mostly fell yesterday), so with the 9" new on top yesterday...voila - 20"!

This, for me, is further proof that the 'boat's best terrain (the famous treed areas) gets waaay more snow that the official mid-mountain annual snowfall of 330". Unlike most other ski areas in CO the "top" is actually a separate mountain set well back from mid-mountain (and seemingly subject to much more orographic-driven snow), so the offiicial midmountain report of 3" today & 5" yesterday is not even close to the real story. I wonder if the yearly total "on top" snow figures are available since I would speculate that it might be in the 400-500" range, which is quite a disparity vs. other ski areas. Hmm....
post #8 of 26
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But what a fine martini it is! icon14.gif

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Niiiice. As dry as a good martini here in Tahoe. 

 

the ski is awesome, the skier is still a work in progresswink.gif

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Good thing you got those DPS' Dialed in!

post #9 of 26
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This morning's ski report was confirmation that it was skiing like close to 20" in our "photo'd" locations (just like Ron was speculating). They reported 11" new at top (the photo'd areas) in 24hrs. (which mostly fell yesterday), so with the 9" new on top yesterday...voila - 20"!

This, for me, is further proof that the 'boat's best terrain (the famous treed areas) gets waaay more snow that the official mid-mountain annual snowfall of 330". Unlike most other ski areas in CO the "top" is actually a separate mountain set well back from mid-mountain (and seemingly subject to much more orographic-driven snow), so the offiicial midmountain report of 3" today & 5" yesterday is not even close to the real story. I wonder if the yearly total "on top" snow figures are available since I would speculate that it might be in the 400-500" range, which is quite a disparity vs. other ski areas. Hmm....

I don't think this is different from a lot of other ski areas, though ... Vail regularly reports 4 or 5 inches that ends up being waaaay deeper than that in a lot of places, especially back bowls. I was at Alta Thursday after a 1" report  -- yeah, right. It wasn't an epic Alta powder day, no, but there was so much more than an inch. Breck moved their stake, not sure where, but they are now reporting much more snow than they used to -- it isn't necessarily overreporting as maybe they were underreporting earlier. I'm not sure, as I don't ski there often, but Copper is right across the way, and they report sometimes drastically different amounts. I was at Copper on a 17" day when Breck reported 26" -- and 26 was much closer to what I was skiing than 17.

 

I'm not saying Steamboat isn't getting more snow than the other resorts -- because I'm sure they are -- but I think the same thing happens everywhere, it's just hard to measure an entire mountain (or series of mountains) in one spot.

post #10 of 26

Ski-ra, 

Although yes many time summit does record more snow, the yearly totals really aren't that much more than mid... don't have the snowstats in front of me right now, but the difference really is not that dramatic.  Going off of memory I believe the summit only exceeded 500" twice (07/08 record year, and the year there was a 200+" January... 96/97?).  This season I don't think there is a huge variance as we had a few storms where mid was deeper than summit.  Yes, yesterday was definitely waaaaaay more snow at the summit but there really aren't that many days with a difference as drastic as yesterday.  I think more of a factor is location on the mountain, not elevation.... ie areas closer to the buff pass side tend to get hit better in NW flows.  And like Seg said, this really is the same at other places... we just have had way more storms than everyone else this year! 

 

With that said, I'm off to go ski!  If you see me out there, don't be shy... bright blue helmet with an afro of curls stickiing out, red Flylow jacket.

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Ski-ra, 

Although yes many time summit does record more snow, the yearly totals really aren't that much more than mid... don't have the snowstats in front of me right now, but the difference really is not that dramatic.  Going off of memory I believe the summit only exceeded 500" twice (07/08 record year, and the year there was a 200+" January... 96/97?).  This season I don't think there is a huge variance as we had a few storms where mid was deeper than summit.  Yes, yesterday was definitely waaaaaay more snow at the summit but there really aren't that many days with a difference as drastic as yesterday.  I think more of a factor is location on the mountain, not elevation.... ie areas closer to the buff pass side tend to get hit better in NW flows.  And like Seg said, this really is the same at other places... we just have had way more storms than everyone else this year! 

 

With that said, I'm off to go ski!  If you see me out there, don't be shy... bright blue helmet with an afro of curls stickiing out, red Flylow jacket.

That's a look that gives you street cred!! icon14.gif

post #12 of 26

Great to see you back in fine form after injury last year.icon14.gif  I was out at Steamboat during 2012 season, but it was when you were down.

post #13 of 26
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That's a look that gives you street cred!! icon14.gif

It also gives me lots of snowballs frozen to my hair... it ain't easy being steezy.

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Ski-ra, 

Although yes many time summit does record more snow, the yearly totals really aren't that much more than mid... don't have the snowstats in front of me right now, but the difference really is not that dramatic....

So much for that theory....

 

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Ski-ra,

....With that said, I'm off to go ski! If you see me out there, don't be shy... bright blue helmet with an afro of curls stickiing out, red Flylow jacket.

Would have loved to finally make some turns with you but yesterday's ski frenzy made this cold that I'm nursing into a "Uh, I guess I am sick..." day today.  Maybe when I'm up next....

post #15 of 26
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It also gives me lots of snowballs frozen to my hair... it ain't easy being steezy.

 

if there were ever a signature line...  icon14.gif

post #16 of 26

A timely post on opensnow.com today:

 

First, a quick note about forecasting deep powder days. Last Friday was a great day for many northern resorts (Steamboat, Loveland, Breckenridge, Vail) as many of you found deeeeep powder days. Some folks expressed frustration that my forecast was too low and caused them to miss these days. In actuality, the forecast was about right, but some parts of these mountains saw snow that was twice as deep (or more) compared to the official resort measurement. I can't wait for the day when we have our own computer model and I can say "Vail will report 12 inches from Wednesday through Friday, but it'll ski like 24 inches in the bowls". However, that's not possible right now, so on any days that look like they could be fun, you just need to go skiing, explore the mountain, and perhaps find snow that's far better than you hoped. For the three-day period last Wednesday through Friday, I forecasted up to 13" at Vail (they reported 12") and up to 19" at Steamboat (they reported 12"). The discrepancy comes when some areas of the mountain get a lot more snow than the official measurement, or when days and day and days of consistent snow ski way deeper than simply the addition of each day's report. Trust me, I hate not being able to tell you that certain areas of certain mountains will see massive powder days, but that's not possible with our current models just yet, at least for many mountains. We'll get there, and your support for this site will allow us to build our own models to hopefully never let you miss another powder day.

post #17 of 26

LMAO @ people blaming Joel for missing a powder day.  SMH.  24 hr forecast is the key, by then they are pretty locked in on precip. amounts.  I don't trust anything else, I've seen the forecast go from 10" to 4" in the 48 hr window.

post #18 of 26
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No complaints with Joel whatsoever. He pretty much nailed it.  Again, as he stated Steamboat reports in such a convoluted way, it wasn't till the next day that we really got a better idea of what fell (20").  this 12 hour reporting format is crazy

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LMAO @ people blaming Joel for missing a powder day.  

No shit

post #20 of 26
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you just need to go skiing, explore the mountain, and perhaps find snow that's far better than you hoped

 

This applies to every day of the ski season.  Just go, powder day or not.  It might be better then you expected!

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This applies to every day of the ski season.  Just go, powder day or not.  It might be better then you expected!

Funny that you mention that. I usually follow that rule - BUT after freezing today in the wind at Sugarbush with less than great surface conditions and holiday crowds, I'm probably going to skip tomorrow rather than risk a repeat and start the 8ish hour ride home early. Guess I'm getting soft.
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This applies to every day of the ski season.  Just go, powder day or not.  It might be better then you expected!

 

...and it probably won't be worse!

post #23 of 26

Finn, I'm stoked for you, glad you are there and healthy to enjoy the bountiful harvest from Ullr... careful with the 'when will it ever stop snowing' stuff, I would hate for the almighty to be having a night of imbibing his own brand and misconstrue your stoke as a plea for a drought!

post #24 of 26

I chase groomer or powder days, I think that applies to a lot of people on this site.  My local ski area reports "undisturbed settled snow base" this year which I've yet to figure out.  I guess this gives them deniability because the upper mountain and base area often have significant variance.

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Finn, I'm stoked for you, glad you are there and healthy to enjoy the bountiful harvest from Ullr... careful with the 'when will it ever stop snowing' stuff, I would hate for the almighty to be having a night of imbibing his own brand and misconstrue your stoke as a plea for a drought!

 

well, 9" new overnight and its still snowing.......

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Finn, I'm stoked for you, glad you are there and healthy to enjoy the bountiful harvest from Ullr... careful with the 'when will it ever stop snowing' stuff, I would hate for the almighty to be having a night of imbibing his own brand and misconstrue your stoke as a plea for a drought!

 

well, 9" new overnight and its still snowing.......

 

Ok, then yer safe; party on, and keep everything zipped.  icon14.gif

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