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conditions here are steller! the reports are typically under-reported. the past few days have been pretty consistent with about 6-8 per day. Yesterday (12/20) was epic.  They reported 5" fresh, Ira and I went up about 10am to find the sidecountry mostly untracked with at least 8" and many areas over a foot. not the typical blower we get but still fairly light. it pretty much nuked all day and by noon it had changed over to a very light powder. We skied pretty much across from Sundown, including the 2 and 3 o'clcok trees, priest creek, sundown lift line, closets, shadows then over to the twister trees which were proably about the best on the mountain. Maybe due thier exposure and NW facing proximity they were holding knee and mid-thigh shots of light powder.  Going up the Elkhead lift, the trees to the right were virtually untracked. These start out fairly spaced but turn steep and tight. the snow in them was knee deep.

 

It nuked all evening and into the night, right now its 7am and its ben snowing since 5:30. Again, the mountain is only reporting 10" in 24 hours....... my guess is there's a good 18".

 

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not the typical blower

 

You got that right, some of the heaviest snow I've experienced here, most definitely the "base building" variety!  Saturday snuck out for some canyon laps and the northern facing, higher elevation stuff was noticeably lighter.  My legs are screaming from 5 days straight of heavy stuff.  Coworker said his car thermometer registered 69 degree temperature difference at the Yampa bridge on Hwy129 between Friday morning (-25 degrees) and this morning (44 degrees).  Thankfully temps are supposed to drop tomorrow night, and supposedly some more snow on the way Thursday.  Enjoy!  And Finn... if you see me out there, don't be afraid to say hi... navy HH jacket with light blue zippers and pink helmet with Ski the East and PSU stickers... either on Bacons or lime green Dynastars.

post #3 of 18

Why would they under-report?

 

Here in Jackson Hole, both of the snow-study sites are US Forest Service stations and the reports come pretty much unvarnished from there. There are plenty of times when it SEEMS like there's more snow than they reported, but I think they're very accurate overall.

 

Glad to hear you're getting it at Steamboat.  It's been ridiculously good here.  We even had sunshine today for the first time in what feels like two weeks.

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I agree oftentimes it seems like more snow than reported, especially since we tend to have very light snow... but I actually think our measurements are very accurate.  What also happens often is that our snow totals are reported at 5am like most other resorts (not by USFS, but actually by a guy that lives at the top of the gondola and I believe groomers provide the summit reports)... those are the totals published to the website and on the snow phone first thing in the morning.  Another measurement is taken at roughly 8am, but this amount doesn't really get published, it's just on the snow phone update and I think maybe it's twittered... so the 5-8am totals don't really get accounted for on the official snow totals until the midday report (12:30pm roughly)... so even though the 5am report says 10", it could be a lot more by the time the lifts start running at 8:30am.  Once nice thing about our snow report phone line is that it does give the amount that fell since prior day closing, so of the 24hr total, you can tell how much fell after the lifts stopped running (today the 5am was 10" in 24, but only 4" since closing).

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Glad to see you posting up pictures Finn.  With your relative silence the past couple of days I was afraid you had fallen in a tree well.  The skiing looks awesome, especially for this time of year.

post #6 of 18

Finn,

 

Check your DIN on your left toe in that last pic, it looks like it is set .5 low. When you come to Tahoe, you will be treated to some Pony Express type terrain. 

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Why would they under-report?

 

Here in Jackson Hole, both of the snow-study sites are US Forest Service stations and the reports come pretty much unvarnished from there. There are plenty of times when it SEEMS like there's more snow than they reported, but I think they're very accurate overall.

 

Glad to hear you're getting it at Steamboat.  It's been ridiculously good here.  We even had sunshine today for the first time in what feels like two weeks.

 

That's easy....because at Copper at least they report snow totals at mid mtn and the upper mtn generally gets a good bit more snow.  So it seems as if there is more snow because it is the rare day at Copper or especially Steamboat that I go below halfway down the mtn except to get to some other part of the mtn.

 

post #8 of 18

That looks like a reason to head to Steamboat!

post #9 of 18
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Hey Tam, I appreciate you sayig even you were tired, at about noon yesterday I called it quits!  5 days, I am toast. We skied xmas trees and across to pony and hit the trees down. The snow was noticably heavier yesterday. Ira hung in there a bit longer but said it wasn't pretty!  We are both taking today off  (and since we only got 4".... damn,we're spoiled already!) .  New storm heading in tonight and tomorrow might be better. Tam, I am PM'ing you now

 


 

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not the typical blower

 

You got that right, some of the heaviest snow I've experienced here, most definitely the "base building" variety!  Saturday snuck out for some canyon laps and the northern facing, higher elevation stuff was noticeably lighter.  My legs are screaming from 5 days straight of heavy stuff.  Coworker said his car thermometer registered 69 degree temperature difference at the Yampa bridge on Hwy129 between Friday morning (-25 degrees) and this morning (44 degrees).  Thankfully temps are supposed to drop tomorrow night, and supposedly some more snow on the way Thursday.  Enjoy!  And Finn... if you see me out there, don't be afraid to say hi... navy HH jacket with light blue zippers and pink helmet with Ski the East and PSU stickers... either on Bacons or lime green Dynastars.



 Hey Bro' thanks! I just tweaked it!  Such great service from purchase to "on the snow" ! 

 

Pony lift opens this Friday but its been hit already via Morningside.  



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Finn,

 

Check your DIN on your left toe in that last pic, it looks like it is set .5 low. When you come to Tahoe, you will be treated to some Pony Express type terrain. 

post #10 of 18
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some pics from yesterday-Christmas tree bowl,  Ira's in the trees at the top, just below the snow line, yu can see his legs. It was a uber tight line out. the other pics are from somewhere in the trees :)

 

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post #11 of 18

Those could easily be taken at Beaver Mt. Very similar terrain and conditions here in Logan. Its been heavy wet snow and even a bit of rain a couple weeks ago (never seen that before in Dec at 8000'). But conditions last weekend were amazing. ~30" of sierra type snow in 2-3 days with 8" of lighter stuff on top Sunday and monday.

 

Snow like this super fat rockers really are the way to go IMO.


Edited by tromano - 12/22/10 at 8:28am
post #12 of 18
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its actually NOT snowing today,,,,, so far.... 

 

 

BTW- Bent Chetlers and Ira is on Obsetheds

post #13 of 18

I love it when the conditions are so good that you can't be bothered with going out because there is only 4" of new snow.  Let the legs recuperate for hopefully a deeper day tomorrow.  Are you really getting rain there today?

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Why would they under-report?

While waiting for phase 3 of this epic storm to kick in...here's my $0.02 on the issue of whether Steamboat under-reports.  Uh...well...they don't, but that's not the point.  The issue for me is that the "midway" measurement location gets far less snow than the preferred skiing areas that are quite a distance behind and above mid-mountain.  Sure all ski areas generally get more snow at the top of the mountain, but the difference seems to be more striking at Steamboat (so much that I often jokingly say "it was a Steamboat 6-inch day" meaning it was more like a foot).  Steamboat's "mid mountain" is actually on a subpeak--called "Thunderhead"--from which you descend into two protected valleys to get to the lifts for the main mountain ridge 1,500' higher.  It almost seems like Thunderhead acts as a barrier to contain and enhance the orographic weather-making of the main ridge...such that the snow doesn't always spill over very much onto Thunderhead...at least that's my theory and I'm sticking to it...even if I have my science and facts wrong....

post #15 of 18
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PWDERhnd- no rain today, we actualy had this strange orb in the sky that radiated bright light....  next round of snow due in tonight and tomorrow. Legs are rested and ready to be worn down again... bw- if you ever ski with Ira, know that he has one mode; full speed ahead, no stopping, no breaks, no warmups 100% trees...  but lots of laughs and great skiing... icon14.gif

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PWDERhnd- no rain today, we actualy had this strange orb in the sky that radiated bright light....  next round of snow due in tonight and tomorrow. Legs are rested and ready to be worn down again... bw- if you ever ski with Ira, know that he has one mode; full speed ahead, no stopping, no breaks, no warmups 100% trees...  but lots of laughs and great skiing... icon14.gif

Thanks Ron...that is until you call it quits for the day and I continue the act by heading off into the trees to die with a pained smile on my face...oy my back is killing me.

 

post #17 of 18

So jealous!

 

Keep on keepin' on dood!   

post #18 of 18

Those are gorgeous looking trees (and snow). Envious. Enjoy!

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