They are probably closer, yes. I was in much more than 5 inches up high this morning. But not everywhere. The thing is, snow doesn't fall like an even blanket. Wind, altitude, all that stuff makes a difference. Copper's snowstake is in a more protected area than Breck's. That's all. Sometimes Breck does get more, but they almost always report more. And they have a lot more terrain that is subject to wind loading and refill, as well. So I always look at both stakes and can get a pretty good idea of how much Copper will really have.