Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:04 am

Most of the Northeast had an outstanding fist half of February: 4 feet in most of New England and 2+ feet at Le Massif.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby jamesdeluxe » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:39 am

Tony Crocker wrote:Most of the Northeast had an outstanding fist half of February: 4 feet in most of New England and 2+ feet at Le Massif.

Nice conditions are being reported all the way south through the Catskills and southern VT: Plattekill, Belleayre, Magic, even Stratton.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:15 pm

I just completed my mid-month report: http://bestsnow.net/seas17.htm

Both East and West (average of 7 regions) are at 129% of normal snowfall. This would tie 2010-11 as highest overall snowfall season on record if it continues through the end of the season, which is of course unlikely. Average snowfall the rest of the season would still put 2016-17 in the top 5. This reinforces my opinion that 2016-17 will set a record for US skier visits.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:34 pm

The eastern report mentions the rain and this cannot be dismissed as despite above average snow ,the temps have been way above average with almost weekly rain/thaw episodes then a freeze up. Just last week a good layer of ice coated the landscape. Next warm up is scheduled to roll in by Sunday with soaring temps. So the snow depth is there but the quality is hit and miss depending on the current temps.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:55 pm

Good snow conditions today but temps warmed up above freezing and snow in the direct sunlight started to convert from powder into sticky snow. No doubt will be the same in all eastern regions as a warm week in the forecast.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:38 pm

Warm weak is a understatement as eastern snowpack in free fall due to a February heat wave. Close to two feet of snow lost this week with high temps in the forecast tomorrow before a cool down Saturday night.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:21 am

Has been been 21 days since the last day with mid winter snow ( packed powder , powder or tracked up powder ) . The last three weeks have been constant rain or a deep freeze with no new snow. Current snow pack now between 1 to 2 feet depending on where you take your measurements down from 5 feet . Temps now at - 21 C . This winter has had less than 30 days of winter type snow , the rest of the time it has been wet or frozen granular and ice . Looking to the south in northern vt the Mount Mansfield stake has gone from 102 inches to 67 inches dropping to a low of 60 inches before making a bit of a comeback . Just a few weeks to go for a chance of having a return of mid winter snow conditions before the spring temps settle in for good.
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Re: Laurentian Snow Report 2016/17

Postby Anthony » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:48 pm

Tremblant closed for the season leaving leaving only MSSI spinning lifts on their huge snow machine base . Amazing how much machine made snow goes unused in the laurentians after being built up during the year. Skiing could carry on longer but the interest just isn't there to make it profitable .
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