Location, Location, Location may apply to snow stakes as well as real estate.
I heard a guy on the bus the other day saying that he looks at the Breck report to figure out what Copper really has- Breck has reported 249" for the season while Copper has reported 156"
Notice how the Copper Mountain Snow Stake is raised above the immediately surrounding area. Another bear was telling me that is is under the Flyer lift in an area that does not seem to be particularly favored for snow compared to other spots on the mountain. I may have even heard her say that Thursday was the best 2" day she had ever had. Of course, they reported 8" Friday with most of that coming while we were skiing on Thursday- but even 10" seemed on the conservative side for certain aspects that we skied on Thursday afternoon.
How much does location of the snow stake affect reporting at the mountains you ski?