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True Vertical of Your Favorite Ski Areas

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I came across this link on TGR and found it pretty interesting.  If their numbers really are "true," then a lot of ski areas are seriously inflating their vertical.

 

http://mountainvertical.com/ 

post #2 of 7

My local areas are accurate.  No inflation.

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post #4 of 7

They claim 505 but the last time I skied there I wore an altimeter watch and I measured 525 averaged over 30+ runs...

 

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The poma lift and glade are no longer there and a chairlift now serves the main run. Perhaps the lift's elevation added the extra 20 feet. :)

post #5 of 7

Yeah and I wore a NEW altimeter watch all the time at Camelback mountain (800 feet) and it kept telling me the vert was 1000.  I sent it for repair and battery change (Avocet), it still registered that.  The old Avocet was always dead on.  Now you can't tell me the mountain UNDERREPORTED their vertical....

 

Now I have a Brunton.  I ski for EIGHT DAYS comparing the chairlifts I ride with the vertical recorded.  It measures ascents and descents separately.  THEY ARE NEVER EQUAL.  I also replace the battery if over the eight days the cumulative amount of each is more than 5%.  ANY INDIVIDUAL DAY COULD BE OFF FAR MORE THAN THAT, depending on the weather. 

 

So, one day?  I wouldn't rely on that.  And I've been using altimeters of various kinds since 1989. 

post #6 of 7

Was it telling you overall vertical or total vertical loss? Were you skiing bumps?

post #7 of 7

Dam, Buttermilk has more vertical than Alta!

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