Summary:  Waterbury event total is 1.1” snow as of 6:00 P.M.


This morning’s snowfall tapered off in Waterbury around 9:00 A.M., at which point we’d picked up an additional 0.3 inches of snow on the snowboard to bring the event total to 1.1 inches.  The temperature had continued to rise, from 13.1 F at 8:00 A.M., to 18.3 F at 10:00 A.M.


With the warmer temperatures and new snow, I decided to head up to Bolton Valley for some skiing.  The mountain was reporting 13 inches in the past 48 hours, with 2 inches coming from this morning’s snowfall as of 7:40 A.M., and at that point it was still snowing.  To get in a workout and cash in on some of the new powder, I decided to first to skin up Timberline with my alpine fats.  At the base of the Timberline area (~1,550’) the temperature was in the range of 19 to 20 F.  I skinned up to the mid station (~2,250’) finding about 6 to 8 inches of snow above the base layer in that elevation range where the wind hadn’t hit it.  The turns were nice, but even with the fats I touched down about half the time because all the powder was pretty light.  By about 11:30 A.M. when I was back down at the car the temperature had risen to the 23-24 F range.



I next headed up to the village (~2,150’) for some lift-served skiing on my Teles.  The skiing was excellent, with generally soft packed powder on the groomed runs thanks to the past two storms. I’d say they had about 2 to 3 inches of new snow on top of the upslope snow from Sunday.  I found about 8 to 9 inches of powder above the base layer in the 2,500’-3,000’ elevation range, and the mountain was opening lots of additional terrain.  All the steep stuff between Spillway and Schuss was open for the taking, and some of those trails had some pretty deep powder and just a couple of tracks.  It was one of those typical Bolton midweek scenarios with just a handful of people, many of them beginners, so there were very few people skiing the steeper stuff and the snow just sat there.  It was a shame to see it go to waste but it will at least add to the base.  Cobrass and Preacher were open as well, and I skied Cobrass down to Cobrass run.  The steep part at the top of Cobrass doesn’t have perfect coverage yet but there was plenty of snow to work around the thin areas.


When I left the mountain at around 1:30 P.M., the temperature in the village was 29 F.  The warm air certainly seemed to be getting up at that elevation first, because there was a temperature inversion in effect.  By the time I descended back down to the valley (340’) the temperature was only 24 F.  I traveled to Burlington next, and when I got there around 2:00 P.M. the temperature was 36 F and my car was buffeted by some strong southerly winds when I was in exposed areas.


I left Burlington around 5:30 P.M. and the temperature was up to 41 F, but as I headed east into the mountains I was once again shown the powerful effect they have on the weather.  The temperature began to drop as I passed the Williston area, and the degrees were almost ticking off by the mile.  By the time I’d hit Jonesville, the temperature was down to 32 F and I made sure to be on the lookout for ice on the road.  It sounded like it was even colder the father one headed north and east, as my wife came home from Morrisville about a half hour before me and said her thermometer was right at 28 F the whole way.  In terms of precipitation, once our snow shut off in Waterbury at around 9:00 A.M., I didn’t see any for the rest of the day except for a few spits in the last few miles of my drive.


Tuesday, December 9th, 2008:  6:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 0.3 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.03 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 10

Snow Density:  10.0%

Temperature:  32.7 F

Humidity:  73%

Dew Point:  23.0 F

Barometer:  30.12 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Partly Cloudy/Sprinkles

Storm snow total:  1.1 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.09 inches

Current snow at the stake:  5 inches

Season snowfall total:  30.5 inches



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