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I would agree with your hypothesis about the wind IF this year was a big year for the west side, and the usually westerlies had not pushed the snow over to the stake. But it's not. So many west side lines this year are, frankly, rather bare.

On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Jonny Adler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
RE: stake. I think this has as much to do with how the wind blows as anything
else.  You see it clearly on Mt Washington. One year, something will be literally
a snowless pile of rocks. The next year it is an entire snowfield. Also it's how it
falls...last year we got one gigantic dump that bumped it up really high; this
year has been consistent hits where it has settled between.

Either way the burlington snowfall data and days of snow on the ground is
almost as telling as the stake in terms of measuring quality of skiing around
here, especially if the BC is what you care about. The other just as important
thing is length of time between thaws.

Regardless of the snow total and stake total, I think this has been a much above
average season for snow quality and top-to-bottom base.  Last year was one of
he worst years I can remember. Even the big dump was bad surface conditions
by the time the storm was over.

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