Todays offering, served up via Twitter, is their top-10 list for scoring powder in the east.
There is, however, one very important omission, and that is Snow Ridge Ski Area. Snow Ridge is on the Tug Hill Plateau, which is well known for extreme snowfall. The ski area advertises an average snowfall of 230 inches, and that's probably fairly close to reality. A nearby climate station in Boonville, New York, averages 210.
Approximately two-thirds of this snowfall is lake effect and typically of high quality and low density. In fact, the average water content of snow downstream of Lake Ontario is lower than that of Utah. All snow is not created equal. In the east, many storms produce heavy or upside-down snowfalls. Much of what falls at Snow Ridge is high quality (ditto for Mount Bohemia in northern Michigan).
And, if you want to play the odds, the snowfall climatology at Snow Ridge exhibits a pronounced peak in December and January, with average monthly snowfalls of 46 and 52 inches at the nearby Boonville climate station. For comparison, Berthoud Pass, Colorado, a relatively snowy high-altitude pass near Winter Park, averages 51 and 50 in those months.
Oh yes, you can badmouth the limited vertical at Snow Ridge (500 feet), but there's a hill there and some damn good snow. Let's give Snow Ridge some props!
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