Snow Report 12/21/14

Mid Mountain Base: 40”
New Snow 24 Hour: 2”
New Snow 48 Hour: 2”
New Snow 72 Hour: 0”

Comments: 20” of new snow in the past week!! 8 feet of early snow! El nino off to a great start for 2014-15. Photo from: 12/15/14

Check out the TGR Behind The Line Segment from AK. “In this week’s episode of Behind The Line, The Dream Factory crew heads to an unexplored zone in Alaska’s Northern Chugach Mountains. With the help of Silverton Mountain Guides founder Aaron Brill, Sage Cattabriga-alosa, Seth Morrison and Dana Flahr successfully open up new terrain. Get the inside scoop on what goes into the trip and how everyone works to get the goods..”

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How is snow reported? Snow data is from a mid mountain elevation of 11,800’ on the northside of the mountain. The peak of the mountain is 13,487’ and top of chair is near 12,300’.

Is there windloading? You bet. The whole mountain gets consistently windloaded and is one reason why the snow is usually so deep and skiing so nice. The mountain collects snow like a catcher’s mitt. The snow data is from an area below ridgeline as leeward ridgelines get silly amounts of snow that are not representative of overall snow depth.

How come there may be thin snow cover on the ridgetop if you have such a deep base? The wind scours the tops of ridges and deposits the snow on the leeward sides. Snow does not fall in an even blanket like it does at lower elevations. Some aspects with more sun may hold less snow than shaded north aspects.

Aren’t base depths supposed to be from the base area elevation? No. All ski areas report from a mid mountain base depth. Base depths are reported from an area of undisturbed and uncompacted snow. When skiers ski on snow it packs it down and it becomes much denser.

Does snow settle on its own? Yes. Snow naturally settles over time as air escapes and snow crystals lose their form. 34” of new light density snow may settle to boot high snow over a few days.