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Yahoo reports ski areas exaggerate snow totals on weekends, Tell me it ain't so!

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I'm not surprised. I went skiing at Gore Mountain on January 2nd and they were claiming "Packed Powder" condition. The mountain was a sheet of ice.
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...in other news, the pope has answered a question about his religious beliefs, it turns out he's a catholic, and bear poo has been found in the woods.
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Well, I guess if you pack it down hard enough it eventually becomes ice, so it isn't technically incorrect
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I'm not surprised. I went skiing at Gore Mountain on January 2nd and they were claiming "Packed Powder" condition. The mountain was a sheet of ice.
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Well, I guess if you pack it down hard enough it eventually becomes ice, so it isn't technically incorrect

 
Well I guess I can't always be right.
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We have all seen fudging of the numbers, its good for our business. BUT, integrity trumps deception for profit in my book.  
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 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100129/ap_on_re_us/us_snow_exaggeration

In the words of Capt. Renault
 
Hilarious. "I'm Shocked!"
In the east it almost matters more if it snows in New York and Boston to get people out. It just needs to be cold at the ski area.
I can tell you that Big Sky and Bridger Bowl in Montana are somewhat notorious for under reporting snowfall. Last April at Big Sky it was kind of funny, we stopped even listening to the report which was a phone message every morning. They'd say a few inches and often it was over a foot. Every day was like ground hog day. A few inches down below, many times that up above. Bridger's even worse I hear if they get dumped on.

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I'm not surprised. I went skiing at Gore Mountain on January 2nd and they were claiming "Packed Powder" condition. The mountain was a sheet of ice.
Yes, how about "frozen granular?"
There are times when there's "Packed Powder" in the east - last year had a bunch of them I believe, but let's face it, you've got to be suspicious of that one.
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I think I have seen some effect of this forum on snow reporting. I said here that certain areas were conservative and honest, others were always over reporting depth and conditions.
 
Then the local TV sports network snow reports from the resorts began to contain words such as: the patrol just skied down and told us the new snow since yesterday 4pm is......  or:  from out measuring stick which is in a meadow at mid mountain the new snow since last night at 6pm is.......

In other words, they became aware of public skepticism and are addressing their credibility issues by trying to be more specific and more accurate.
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I'm not surprised. I went skiing at Gore Mountain on January 2nd and they were claiming "Packed Powder" condition. The mountain was a sheet of ice.

Don't eastern snow report pages always say "packed powder"?  Reading the snow conditions page is like listening to the weather forecast in Vermont; good entertainment value, but little practical value.
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