Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe
One reason why Jay gets so much more snow is that the exagerate their totals. I was there last year in late March, and was completely unimpressed. They still had decent amounts but nowhere near the 300"+ they quote.
You're right, they sometimes exaggerate, but that 300"+ is total snowfall, and doesn't take into account thaws, melts, etc. You need to look at the settled base figure to know how much snow is on the mountain. It is this way with ALL resorts. Look at reports for Le Massif (which does tend to get lots of snow) and MSA, and they list those two different totals and there is a huge difference between them. Unfortunately for the East, because of our weather cycles, it's very rare that the resorts retain the bulk of the seasonal snowfall. Heck, Snowbird will report 500" but there is not that much on the mountain, there may be 180" on the mountain. Today's report at Snowbird says 351" to date, base of 119". It's just not as noticeable in the West as it is in the East to have less on the mountain than the total snowfall figure.
I think the only recent year the resorts in the East retained most of their snow was 2000/01, when Jay got 571 inches of snow (and most others got in the high 400s). No one questioned that snowfall, you could tell they had to dig out the trail signs and dig out the chairlifts. We have pictures of us standing on our skis on top of buried trail signs!