In New York, the University of Utah snow study team was finally able to enjoy some of the fruits of their labor. The final numbers are in and, from 7-18 December, we recorded 252 cm of lake-effect snow at our North Redfield observing site. That's 99 inches, which falls just short of the coveted 100 inch barrier, but we would have easily been over that if we had included some of the non-lake-effect snow that also fell during the period. Very impressive.
With freshies to be had, the team hit Snow Ridge ski area, which is on the east side of the plateau and offers up 450 vertical feet of the tugs finest. Apparently they had a pretty good day, although they would not share with me any photos of their "secret stashes." Maybe they are pulling my leg, but having skied Snow Ridge when I was in high school many years ago, it would not surprise me if they found some pretty good powder turns.
|Advertised base 36-72 inches, whatever that means. I suspect the settled snow depth is comparable to or better than Alta right now.|
|Few on the trails|
|First in the field, first on the hill. Looks like a mixture of twigs and fatties for boards.|
|And food is easy on the expense account, making me happy. One of my students|
remarked that you can't get a packet of ketchup in Vail for what they sell burgers
for at Snow Ridge.
Tug Hillers: I will be giving a talk on lake-effect, snow, and our field program at the Barnes Corners United Methodist Church at 10 am Saturday 11 January. A $5 donation is requested and space is limited, so sign up in advance. For more information, click here.