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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Other thing I noticed... does Mammoth really get almost twice as much snow as June? I know they get more and are higher elevation, but they’re pretty close by and 626 vs 338 seems insane.
    Strangely, that figure isn't all that surprising. I would ordinarily guess 60/40 split, but June gets substantially less snow than Mammoth. Very very strong precip gradient down there. Looked on the Google, yep - June claims 250/yr average. ETA: even stronger gradient than I guess - Mammoth claims 400/yr.

    Northstar...LOFL for real.

    BA (I think) put together a post a while ago about where resorts measure. IIRC, Squaw measures at 8200. Alpine dunno. Northstar measures 600 vertical feet above their summit.
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    Alpine used to have a plot mid mountain, in the trees, on a bench that is the bottom o one of the upper bowls. Above the Sisters I think. Alway thought it was great spot to measure the snow.

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    How is inflating your snow totals any different than giving runs multiple names to inflate the number of trails a mountain has?


    In regards to June vs Mammoth snow totals, I know in years past June has closed sometimes as early as April when Mammy stayed open until June (ironic?)...methinks it would be a combo of not enough snow (their base is pretty low and melts out much quicker than the higher mountain) and not enough visitors?
    Purely surmising on my part, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meter-man View Post
    Northstar measures 600 vertical feet above their summit.
    ?
    Only snow/weather site I've noticed at NS is in Grouse Alley trees, over by the Powder Bowl cat-track.
    Heading there today, actually.
    Yes, AM measure site is atop 3 Sisters drop in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by meter-man View Post
    BA (I think) put together a post a while ago about where resorts measure. IIRC, Squaw measures at 8200. Alpine dunno. Northstar measures 600 vertical feet above their summit.
    hahahah +1 for the Nstar comment.

    In all actuality, in regards to the Alpine and Squaw split, I did notice that earlier in the year Squaw was seeming pretty filled in while parts of Alpine didn't have very much snow. I know that seems weird, but theres never been that much of a difference in the past -making me think that they do measure it legitimately.

    We had a bunch of earlier storms that pounded Sugar Bowl and Donner summit, but skipped the rest of the lake. Maybe the storm track was just right (from NW) to dump the clouds over squaw and leave less precip. for Alpine? IDK

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    Alpine has a few different snow stakes.
    The Sisters
    Sherwood
    One near the top of roundhouse
    And the base area weather station.
    The base area one is the reported data.
    I am not sure about squaw but it sounds like a mid Mountain snow stake.



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    Anyone in the south lake area who’d mount some sticks for me? I deal in beer or cash


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    Headed up this afternoon...two sets of chains on each tire to be safe.

    Fucking hell I can't wait to ride tomorrow....haven't been to Squaw since February 11th. Only snowed 7 trillion feet since my last visit. However, I did get 7 days straight of skiing in Telluride and it wasn't too shabby either...and shocker, not one lift line.

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    Yesterday’s spongey layer stiffened a lot with the drop in snow level this morning. Rain/snow mix later this morning down to at least 2500’

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    Homewood reporting 50” more snow this season than Kirkwood or Alpine was worth a great laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    How is inflating your snow totals any different than giving runs multiple names to inflate the number of trails a mountain has?

    To me there is a difference. Terrain and runs do not change with every storm. Although I don’t like it, renaming runs or over classifying them (backside at Northstar) aren’t as bad because once you visit a resort you know what you are getting. Not being able to use resort’s snowfall totals to decide where you can ski kind of sucks.

    For the record, I wish all resorts would give you three snowfall numbers: base, mid mountain and summit. Mid mountain should be reported if only one number is reported. No way marketing will allow this to happen especially with climate change.

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    Mammoth is a snow magnet. Biggest, snowiest, perfect orientation to get loaded by prevailing winds with nothing close to as high around it for several miles. It's kind of a geologic/topographical freak. Love that place.

    Still haven't skied June, but I have zero doubt that the difference in averages is accurate. Would love to hit June on one of those sleeper Mono Lake Effect days when there's a good base to the road.

    In other news, it'd be nice if we got a little more than an inch or two to combat dust-on-choppy-crust effect inbounds now that it's cooled down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRanger View Post
    it'd be nice if we got a little more than an inch or two to combat dust-on-choppy-crust effect inbounds now that it's cooled down.
    Well above average snowfalls are never enough it seems !

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    Heheh. I'm thankful for every day, don't get me wrong.
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    OFFICIAL TAHOE 18/19 STOKE, CONDITIONS, WEATHER THREAD

    Kind of a sleeper day at Squaw. If you followed the wind you could find near boot deep stashes. Caught one of the first chairs up Granite and it was way better than anything I expected to ski today. Nice and cold again for a change so even the cut up pow is skiing nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skier666 View Post
    Headed up this afternoon...two sets of chains on each tire to be safe.
    I wish the word would spread around that you should have a *spare* set at least because they do break and then you are up ice creek without a...
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    Also, just a heads up about the old rain layer. In my roof shoveling of the last three weeks, I’ve found consistent, clean shears at the top of the still-not-frozen wet grains so be ready for a big cycle with rapid warming or a high rain event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skier666 View Post
    Headed up this afternoon...two sets of chains on each tire to be safe.

    Fucking hell I can't wait to ride tomorrow....haven't been to Squaw since February 11th. Only snowed 7 trillion feet since my last visit. However, I did get 7 days straight of skiing in Telluride and it wasn't too shabby either...and shocker, not one lift line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Kind of a sleeper day at Squaw. If you followed the wind you could find near boot deep stashes.
    Sleeper day at Alpine too with more than an inch or two of new snow, which would have made Light Ranger happy. Still guessing there was 17% more snow at Squaw. You made a great choice TahoeJ.

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    I bet you guys regret not getting an epic pass. I heard Northstar got the most snow out of this storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gone2alpine View Post
    Sleeper day at Alpine too with more than an inch or two of new snow, which would have made Light Ranger happy. Still guessing there was 17% more snow at Squaw. You made a great choice TahoeJ.
    Excellent. And, shit, even an inch or two is better than skiing a desk like I did today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRanger View Post
    Mammoth is a snow magnet. Biggest, snowiest, perfect orientation to get loaded by prevailing winds with nothing close to as high around it for several miles. It's kind of a geologic/topographical freak. Love that place.

    Still haven't skied June, but I have zero doubt that the difference in averages is accurate. Would love to hit June on one of those sleeper Mono Lake Effect days when there's a good base to the road.

    In other news, it'd be nice if we got a little more than an inch or two to combat dust-on-choppy-crust effect inbounds now that it's cooled down.
    That’s because it’s a super volcano and the whole area will probably blow at some point. In the meantime though.... let the snow fly! ;-)
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    Tried as I might, I was unable to find this crust you speak of at Kirkwood today. Just soft spongy snow.

    Arrive about 10:45 to a fairly full valley from TC in. Lots of people on the road. Shared the single last parking spot with GBB. Thought it was going to be skied out and crowded. Nope. Lapped great snow all day. Maybe 8 Thunder Saddle runs. Final run off 10 was wind loaded fun. Might ski inbounds tomorrow. Dunno. But it is really good right now. Almost Epic like it says on my pass.

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