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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Does anyone know the site or name of the guy that tracks storms for powder days? 

 

He was featured in a Powder or Backcountry magazine article and I can't find the bookmark. 

 

Just returned from The Bird and what an EPIC few days of fresh. Turn on! 

post #2 of 8

You're probably thinking of Joel Gratz of OpenSnow.com. If you're not, that's who you should be thinking of. ;)

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Many thanks Rachelv, that's exactly who I was trying to locate. 

post #4 of 8

like Opensnow a lot.

post #5 of 8

Opensnow is good, but this site gives you a bigger picture and longer range forecast, so I use the two together. 

  

http://powderchasers.com/

 

If you are going to SLC the best info is the Cottonwoods Canyons site that you can get to from the weatherlinks on the Alta website

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Originally Posted by mudfoot View Post

Opensnow is good, but this site gives you a bigger picture and longer range forecast, so I use the two together. 

  

http://powderchasers.com/

 

If you are going to SLC the best info is the Cottonwoods Canyons site that you can get to from the weatherlinks on the Alta website

 

1. Long range forecast are useless, what would you need them for? Reading off storm totals from them verbatim a week before is downright ridiculous and laughable. You want a long range forecast, look at the models and guess yourself! You'd probably make out better.

2. Sure supplement with powderchasers, give the guy some site traffic and some money so you can fund his pow trips! He offers and knows nothing about any specific local area dynamics; basically, he just reads off the weather forecast  with no insightful information and then asks for a donation at the end and sells add space. Downright disgraceful. But hey, this is America! There are plenty of dumb enough people out there to fall for that, got to hand the guy some cred for cashing in for sure! 

 

Opensnow has CO and UT dialed in and portrays a strong transparent true science approach to their forecasting. For the East coast, Tahoe area I have no clue, never read it. The new UT guy is growing on me, and he is doing a great job. He has the local area on lock.   

 

As for the Cottonwoods, the NWS forecast has nice fancy data for you to see, but again, they publish their models output verbatim, and the mess up huge quite often; again, like powderchasers, they  really don't put any actual thought into what they portray for the public to read.   

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1. Long range forecast are useless, what would you need them for? Reading off storm totals from them verbatim a week before is downright ridiculous and laughable. You want a long range forecast, look at the models and guess yourself! You'd probably make out better.

2. Sure supplement with powderchasers, give the guy some site traffic and some money so you can fund his pow trips! He offers and knows nothing about any specific local area dynamics; basically, he just reads off the weather forecast  with no insightful information and then asks for a donation at the end and sells add space. Downright disgraceful. But hey, this is America! There are plenty of dumb enough people out there to fall for that, got to hand the guy some cred for cashing in for sure! 

 

Opensnow has CO and UT dialed in and portrays a strong transparent true science approach to their forecasting. For the East coast, Tahoe area I have no clue, never read it. The new UT guy is growing on me, and he is doing a great job. He has the local area on lock.   

 

As for the Cottonwoods, the NWS forecast has nice fancy data for you to see, but again, they publish their models output verbatim, and the mess up huge quite often; again, like powderchasers, they  really don't put any actual thought into what they portray for the public to read.

 

Yeah, it is all completely useless. Might as well just stay home and look out the window and wait for it to snow where you live.rolleyes.gif

post #8 of 8

Joel / OpenSnow does offer 6-10 day forecasts now, as part of his new Pro package for $20 / year. Basically for 6-10 days out you get "I think it will snow a little", "I think it will snow a lot", or "I don't think it will snow", along with how confident he is in the forecast. Realistically that's all you can offer that far out, anyways. Then at 5 days out he starts locking in actual snowfall numbers. If you guys are into that kind of thing you should check it out. I look forward to what OpenSnow is gonna do once he can stop spending half of his time chasing advertising dollars to pay his rent.

 

https://opensnow.com/user/register

 

Do I need to mention that I'm friends with Joel? I'm friends with Joel; he's an awesome dude trying to make it with something new in a tough industry.

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