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A new one for the ski report

post #1 of 11
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I've got a desktop widget running that shows the ski conditions at different resorts. Now anyone who's ever followed ski reports knows there are only a couple possibilities.  Powder, packed powder, and late in the season, spring conditions.  Today the condition at Abasin was "wet pack".  I've never seen that one and just down the road and at lower elevation Keystone reported the ever popular "powder".   ???
post #2 of 11
Here on the East Coast we have (in increasing order of snow firmness):
Powder = Made snow last snow
Packed Powder = Made snow 2 nights ago
Wet = It's raining
Firm = What most people normally call ice

Extra Firm = What East Coasters normally call ice

Shiny = What real skiers normally call ice
Extra shiny = You can see quarter buried an inch down
Glaciated = Extra shiny with a blue tint
Race conditions = Perfect skiing
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

Now anyone who's ever followed ski reports knows there are only a couple possibilities.  Powder, packed powder, and late in the season, spring conditions.
You should get out of Colorado once and a while.
post #4 of 11

My local area is famous for having nothing but "packed powder," even though it has not snowed for 3 weeks, and it has been above freezing everyday and refroze each night.  Technically, once snow falls on a  run and gets packed, it remains "packed powder" the rest of the season.

 

post #5 of 11
 My favorite used to be "Frozen Granular".
post #6 of 11
In the Cascades we have several others.

Damp:  Bring rain gear
Wet:  Bring scuba gear
Raining:  Bring kayak

That is all we ever get here so everybody go to Colorado and Utah. 
post #7 of 11
we have about 5 or 6 ski areas in the same locale. you should see the discrepancy in their reporting. K is the least reliable, most likely to exagerate. surprisingly, NS is usually spot on, even though they do the most snowmaking and are least affected by fluctuations in weather. S is decently honest, except for what lifts will be open when.
post #8 of 11
i think squaw consistently under reports snowfall.

either that or everyone else over reports and squaw can't because they have those NOAA sensors on the mountain.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
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Wet = It's raining
Firm = What most people normally call ice

Extra Firm = What East Coasters normally call ice

Shiny = What real skiers normally call ice
Extra shiny = You can see quarter buried an inch down
Glaciated = Extra shiny with a blue tint
Race conditions = Perfect skiing




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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post



You should get out of Colorado once and a while.
 

Because....?

Years ago I experienced "race conditions" at Squaw. It had rained 10" at 10k feet and then turned cold. On the Mountain Run you could see grass 3-4' below you through the ice. They were trucking the beginners down the mountain.

I'm ok with powder and packed powder.
post #10 of 11
When I skied back east, I always liked the fact that it could be 10 degrees out and raining. Someone forgot to mention rime. Makes the lift towers look real pretty.

And ice is actually nice. It does make you a better skier . . .

But, here in Colorado, I get a kick out of some of the local, um, famous areas, saying its a "deep powder" day when they get 2" new.

A White Raven
post #11 of 11
Out here 6" of fresh is a big POW day that brings out people on 100+ mm waist skis wih avalungs.


Just kidding about the avalungs, but you get the picture..
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