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How Ski Resorts Measure Snow Depth
The LA Times ran an interesting last weekend on how ski resorts come up with their reported snowfall inches.

As you might expect there's a lot of variation in where the measurement is done. Some report it near the a base lodge whose lower altitude tends to under-report the average for the whole resort, while some measure it higher up, or in more shelter places where the wind is less of a variable. The measurement itself it done using anything from an eyeball estimate of the height of a snowmound, to a sonar device that measures new snow depth on top of a board that is cleaned daily. Finally they point-out how a reading taken at 5am may not have much relevence to a skier arriving at noon that day if it's been warm or windy since then.

Seen on the travel blog .

02/03/06Montjoux
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