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Sometimes surprises are nice, and one morning in early February the skiers and snow enthusiasts in
5:49 A.M. – “I last heard that we were supposed to have minimal accumulations of snow associated with today's event, but I just woke up to roughly a half a foot of snow on the snowboard and it's still snowing. I'll take a more accurate measurement soon, but this is somewhat of a surprise.”
A few other folks from SkiVT-L sent in observations as well, and amounts around the area were rather variable, with Michael Taub indicating 4 inches of new snow in Waitsfield, Chris Niggel noting little if any accumulation in
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008: 6:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT.
New Snow: 4.9 inches
Temperature: 32.0 F
Barometer: 28.85 in Hg
Sky: Light Snow
Cumulative storm total: 4.9 inches
Current snow at the stake: 18 inches
Season snowfall total: 123.2 inches
“After measuring the snow on the snowboard, it turns out we’d received 4.9 inches as of 6:00 A.M. It’s got decent loft and is rather fluffy, but it’s still a little sticky which is probably based on the temperature being right around freezing down here. I roughly estimated a density in the 10-12% H2O range based on experience, but then decided to get a little more accurate water measurement using a graduated kitchen cylinder that we have. It’s still somewhat rudimentary, but I took a core sample of the snow and came out with 10.2% H2O, or liquid equivalent of 0.48 inches. The snow has shut off now, but we’ve picked up another 0.2 inches of snow to bring us to 5.1 inches total from this event.”
The arrival of a substantial amount of surprise snow down at the house elevation (495’) made my morning’s course clear: it was time to head up to the mountain for some turns. It was around 7:00 A.M. when the snowfall actually shut off, and since it appeared as though the temperature was going to climb in the valley, the 5.1 inches was probably going to be where we’d end up down there for accumulation. As I hadn’t actually planned to ski based on the forecast, I had to gather up my gear and take care of a few other things, which meant I didn’t leave the house until after 8:00 A.M. On my way to the mountain, I found out that the impromptu storm still had something up its sleeve. After all the snow, the temperatures had warmed as suspected and it was actually sprinkling rain in the valley. The sprinkles continued up the access road, but had stopped by around 8:30 A.M. when I got up to the village (~2,150’).
I didn’t really have time to skin for any turns before weekday lift service began at 9:00 A.M., so I just hopped on the Vista Quad when it opened. Even up at the mountain elevations, it started to rain a bit as I rode the lift, and up near the
On my way down the access road at around 10:30 A.M., I noticed that the Timberline lift still wasn’t running and none of the trails had been touched by skiers. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, or if they were going to run it at all, but I sent out the word that it could end up being an especially nice place for earned turns during the day and evening barring any issues with crust. Sometimes the lower elevations of the Timberline area can mean that the powder isn’t quite as deep as it is on the upper mountain, but with that storm elevation didn’t seem to make much of a difference.
All in all the rain that the mountain did receive wasn’t very extensive; there was light rain for probably the first half hour that I was on the mountain (9:00 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.). After that point however, I didn’t see additional precipitation of any type. In terms of the overall state of the skiing, most of the groomed runs were a few inches of new snow over corduroy below. In the ungroomed areas it was a nice little powder day, with about a half foot of moderately dense snow that did a nice job of keeping you afloat. Although the bit of rain hadn’t seemed to hamper the powder skiing, it was possible that the snow conditions would change once the temperature dropped. The lower mountain had seemed to go above freezing, so I was anticipating that a more substantial crust might develop down there when the temperatures went below freezing again.
Despite picking up 5.1 inches of new snow down at our house in the valley,
Burke: 3 inches
Smugg’s: 4 inches
Stowe: 5 inches
Mad River: 6 inches
Sugarbush: 3 inches
Middlebury: 4 inches
Killington: 5 inches
Okemo: 4 inches
Bromley: 2 inches
Magic: 2 inches
Stratton: 2 inches
It appeared as though everyone got in on the action to some degree, although the central to north-central areas did the best, with the real sweet spot being the
Based on the forecasts, it appeared as though that winter weather event was going to kick off quite a snowy period for the area. The NWS forecast for the
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