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Abasin is posting pics like this on their page photos of the day

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Well, that's kind of the point, isn't it? Certain areas don't ski real well until there is a 60" or 70" base.



But knowing that their normal base on Thanksgiving day is 30" wouldn't tell you that. I agree that the information would be of limited usefulness, unless you just like looking at numbers.


See, this is what happens when you just click on "all new posts" and skip over the context. ;-)

 

I agree that "normal" is sort of an ephemeral concept, unless you go to the same place at the same time every year and know exactly what "normal" is. But whether a base is 23" or 87" is kind of important, if you like to ski steeper places with rocks.

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Well, that's kind of the point, isn't it? Certain areas don't ski real well until there is a 60" or 70" base.



But knowing that their normal base on Thanksgiving day is 30" wouldn't tell you that. I agree that the information would be of limited usefulness, unless you just like looking at numbers.


See, this is what happens when you just click on "all new posts" and skip over the context. ;-)

 

I agree that "normal" is sort of an ephemeral concept, unless you go to the same place at the same time every year and know exactly what "normal" is. But whether a base is 23" or 87" is kind of important, if you like to ski steeper places with rocks.


Yes but no one around here fits that descriptionwink.gif

 

 

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another shoot from the basin

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Here are some shots from Loveland today.  I know you always hear about how deep the pow was and there's always a hint of doubt in the back of your mind.  Well these photos are pretty impressive.

 

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If you want to see the rest go here.

post #36 of 41

Oh.... My....

 

What did I really do at work today?  

 

Mike

post #37 of 41

Vail opens tomorrow, with something like 7 lifts running.  And the Feds have scheduled a mandatory emergency evacuation exercise for my building Friday afternoon.  Hmmm.  Let me think....

post #38 of 41

 

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Tony:  Come on out to Highland's opener. You know deep down that you really want to go early season.

This is likely to be a year when that would be worthwhile.  But I have a place I can stay in SLC, which is closer to me with even more snow.  Mammoth (where I have a pass) also may get hammered over this weekend.

 

I will say that my oft-repeated advice about don't book anything before Christmas until you know about snow still applies.  Now we know.  It's almost certain to be worthwhile nailing down a flight to Denver or Salt Lake for December now.

 

Base depths are useful info only within an area's context.  30 inches might be great at Keystone but it's a minefield at Snowbird or Taos.  In early season the key statistic IMHO is percent of terrain open.  This weekend when a lot more areas open we'll likely see that many CO and UT areas will have as much terrain open as they normally do  3-4 weeks later into the season

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You know I'm just kidding you.  I agree with you 98% of the time.  I just won't stop lobbying till Aspen has a 3 for Christmas. 

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While I certainly agree that knowing a snow base says little (as different resorts fare differently with various snow depths), I believe it is of interest to know whether various resorts are getting above, below, or at normal base depths at various times of year. It would be a way for me to know if a ski resort has been getting more, less or average amounts of snow so far. Which might affect whether I decide to plan a trip to the resort during the current season.

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I just won't stop lobbying till Aspen has a 3 for Christmas.

You can stop lobbying. I changed it to 3 about a year ago after the last discussion.  I made the same change to Telluride after similar local input.  I absolutely stand by the 2's for Taos and Crested Butte, and I suspect the locals at those places wouldn't argue.

 

 

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I believe it is of interest to know whether various resorts are getting above, below, or at normal base depths at various times of year.

I post percents of normal season-to-date snowfall for many areas starting about Dec. 1 each season.  Here's Dec. 1 last season, not a pretty picture in most regions: http://bestsnow.net/120109.htm.  It will be a lot more enjoyable putting up that report this season.  I do have a season progress report up for this year http://bestsnow.net/seas11/htm which I will update over the weekend with many more areas open than last weekend.  But the percent of normal tables will begin Dec. 1. 

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