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WANT TO KNOW WHERE THERE IS 17 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND...RIGHT NOW?
02.17.13 09:10 AM
It's still snowing around the region at a few locations. I received a few emails overnight asking who got the most snow. So we'll get to that in a moment. Some ski areas saw 7" of snow in the last 24 hours and they have 17" of snow on the ground right now. That's a tease that you'll have to read deeper to find out about.
...Snowshoe is getting snow this morning. See it fall via the live snowcam!http://www.resortcams.com/webcameras-snowshoe-shavers-centre.php
Some of you guys OFF THE MOUNTAIN saw as much or more snow than we had here in the High Country. For example, Waynesville, NC saw 4.8" of snow overnight, compared to 4.3" at Beech and Sugar.
I made a road trip to Watauga Lake on Saturday to check on my boats and was surprised to see more snow on the ground in Hampton, Tennessee on the top of my boat than what was on the ground in Banner Elk. That is NOT an over-statement. It snowed HARD while we were at the lake and I and my crew had actually planned an impromptu "polar plunge" into the lake, but we had to call that off when the heat in the boat wasn't working properly. It was 21° outside and 40° inside the boat. Four portable heaters and three hours later (around 6pm) it was still only 55° inside the boat so we called it off and headed back to the warmer interiors of Sleepy Hollow!
The roads were covered around Roan Mountain and of course as we got back to around the foot of Sugar Mountain. I was still surprised to see more snow on the ground at Lakeshore Marina in Hampton than at Alpine Ski Center at the base of Sugar.
The snow and some awesome cold temps will combine for yet another amazing day to be on the slopes. Pick and resort, head to it and you'll enjoy your day.
...Bayfield, Wisconson looks pretty cold and snowy! See this and more cams at www.ResortCams.com
Did any of you stick around and watch the LIVE OUTHOUSE RACES BROADCAST at 2pm on Saturday? Honestly I forgot about it because I had planned a little trip over to Watauga Lake to check on things at my boats and upon arrival there was met with more snow and harder snowfall than we had at home in Banner Elk!
I didn't see where Sapphire provided a link to the race broadcast (afterwards) but I was able to find this short clip posted on YouTube. http://www.skisoutheast.com/videos.php
That's ALL you guys want to know, so I'll compiled this bit of information and then you can read the rest of the details per ski area to see how much snow is on the ground and how much snow has fallen all season long. Also remember that ours is the only snow report that includes all of this data at one glance. You can also click on ANY resort and get seasonal snowfall totals anytime all season long.
9.1" - Canaan Valley Resort (17" of snow on the ground.)
7.1" - 24 hrs
Right Now Canaan Valley and Timberline are showing 17" of natural snow on the ground. Want to know where to head to play in deep snow? Look no further!
Anyone else notice that Wolf Ridge has not made snow in a while? At 8° this morning all other resorts were bombing their trails. Wolf has not had more than 10 trails open all season without natural snow. Have to wonder if they are looking at riding out what they have on the slopes right now.
Old Joe Stevens gets as riled up as I do about base depths, because SOME resorts tend to use them as "marketing numbers" rather than accurately measured snow depths. Base depth figures aren't important at all to some ski areas as they never change them once the season starts. We incorporate reported base depths in our snow reports...and I'm not sure why. As Joe always says, "You can only ski on the top several inches of the snow anyway. So WHAT if there are four feet of snow below you."
Regardless some resorts rocket base depths up at the beginning of the season when snowmaking is ongoing and then during thaw periods they barely creep downwards. The only reason I'm even mentioning them this morning is that one ski resort rocketed their base depth up by 10" since Saturday morning evidently taking note that a couple of their neighboring resorts had reported base depths much, MUCH higher than them. On the other hand Canaan Valley hasn't changed their base depths since winter officially arrived back in mid December.
The resort that rocketed up their base since Saturday by 10" will have to bump theirs up a bunch more as their neighbor upped theirs by 5" from yesterday. Time to play catch up...
SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN: 6" of New Snow; 9" since Friday; 120" on the season
WOLF RIDGE: 2" new Snow; 3" since Friday; 32.3" on the season
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