Originally Posted by newfydog
Bachelor does it too. They know the public shows up in the greatest nunbers for 4-6 inches of new. Anything over a foot and the worries about the roads and prospect of wallowing real scares them off.
You should see what they call "moderate winds"
Ha! I will never forget Bachelor's reporting of "20 inches" 2 years ago at Thanksgiving. You could see the dirt laying right under the ice! I later talked to one of the guys who does the phone report for Bachelor, and he told me "Bachelor will never report less than 20 inches". Well, the word must have gotten out, becasue we have been under 20 inches all season.
If you look at the website, I think it mentions that "moderate" winds are 20-35mph. That is AT THE BASE (they don't tell you that though). Well, being that the base is in a sheltered area, and the top of most of the lifts are at treeline, about 1500 feet above anything within 10 miles (EXPOSED!) then you begin to get a picture of how bad it gets up there. Heck, they have had to close lifts due to wind in "Moderate" conditions! I always tell customers to head up to Willamette in those conditions, which is relatively sheltered.
What Bachelor (and most ski areas) need is an automated system like Hoodoo has. I can look on the Hoodoo page, and get an update every 15 minutes. It tracks snow depth, temperature, wind, barometric pressure ect over the last 48 hours. Therefore, you can see for yourself that they aren't lying!
Check it out:http://www.callatg.com/~nsps/weather.htm