I poked around weather.com and www.ski-guide.com without much success. www.ski-guide.com lists an annual snowfall amount which seems to have been selectively updated. For instance, Seven Springs was listed as 100", but Laurel was listed as >200"; since the mountains are close the annual amounts should be similar. 200" sounds reasonable for last year, but not a yearly average. Bellyacre (sp?) and Plattekill (NY) had a similar discrepancy.
Thanks in advance.
[This message has been edited by JohnL (edited 11-18-2003).]
Scroll down to find the annual snowfall map - at the top it lists the amounts for last year.
I think the average for 7Springs and Laurel is in the 110-125" range. Both resorts are in Somerset county.
Take a look @ Snowshoe's REAL average over the past 10 years... 153" .
You'd be surprised how variable mountain-region micro-climates can be, especially when you are talking about mountains with good elevation and facing different directions. I haven't looked at the Tahoe stats, but a very large standard deviation wouldn't surprise me. Tahoe either gets no snow or feet of snow at a time. Not much in between.
Some variation can also be explained where in the mountain the measurements are taken.
The Whiteface, New Hampshire and Maine snow stats are ballpark to what I've seen from other sources. Surprising how little they are, especially when compared to Northern Vermont.
>> Stratton is more like 180 than 200
Care to justify that claim?
Alta and Snowbird are literally right next to one another -- Alta on average gets 40 - 80" more snow per SEASON than Snowbird. Under your thesis, this is impossible.
Tahoe is one of the most variable ski climates in America -- take a look at the stats for Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley [Squaw and Alpine put season averages on their hompeages] -- both are seperated by a 700 acre piece of land -- yet the amount of snow per season varies GREATLY between the two resorts.
The website itself actually does say that Jay Peak had more snow than Killington, so I have no idea where you got the perception otherwise. From the site itself:
RSN December Snow: Stowe 58, Killington 68, Stratton 53, Sugarloaf 7.
RSN January Snow: Stowe 65, Killington 59, Stratton 40, Sugarloaf 13, Snowshoe 54.
RSN February Snow: Stowe 51, Killington 33, Stratton 39, Sugarloaf 27, Snowshoe 53, Mt. St. Anne 35, Mt. Tremblant 33.
RSN March Snow: Stowe 41, Killington 16, Stratton 14, Sugarloaf 30, Snowshoe 23, Mt. St. Anne 26, Mt. Tremblant 41.
That website is exactly what you are looking for.
I have to disagree with you. The site looks very thorough and well put together. Its believeable IMO. Of course I trust the govt more too but I haven't seen a gov't sponsored survey of ski resorts measured at the resorts. If you ahve some kind of alternative evidence please show us. I for one have never believe that snowshoe got as much snow on avg as they claim. 200"+?? Maybe on a good year.