Tuesday, December 21st, 2010



Event totals: 0.4” Snow/0.02” L.E.

Tuesday 12/21/2010 6:00 A.M. update: When I got home yesterday evening around 6:00 P.M. flakes were falling, and the snow has been very light since that point. Our
NWS point forecast for snow was a bit higher yesterday, but currently has us down for up to 3 inches through tomorrow.

While we could always use another storm, conditions on and off piste were excellent around here over the weekend, and the snow from this event should only help. I added a couple of images from my
Saturday and Sunday Bolton Valley reports below:

Some details from today’s 6:00 A.M. observations are below:

New Snow: 0.4 inches
New Liquid: 0.02 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0
Snow Density: 5.0%
Temperature: 22.6 F
Sky: Light Snow
Snow at the stake: 7.0 inches



Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010



Event totals: 0.5” Snow/0.03” L.E.

Wednesday 12/22/2010 6:00 A.M. update: The snow has been quite light and intermittent over the past 24 hours, with just a tenth of an inch of accumulation at our location. It was snowing lightly at the house this morning when I left around 6:00 A.M., although the intensity jumped up as I was driving east into
Waterbury and stayed at the higher level while I was there. Our NWS point and click forecast has us down for up to 3 to 5 inches through tomorrow, although snowfall has not been very robust with this event so far and we’ll have to see if it ramps up or flake size increases to get to those levels.

Some details from the 6:00 A.M. observations are below:

New Snow: 0.1 inches
New Liquid: 0.01 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 10.0
Snow Density: 10.0%
Temperature: 27.0 F
Sky: Light Snow (1-2 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 7.0 inches



Event totals: 1.7” Snow/0.13” L.E.


Wednesday 12/22/2010 6:00 P.M. update: I was busy all day in my office and didn’t even have a chance to check in with Northern New England thread to see what was going on around the region. However, when I finally looked outside near the end of the day it was snowing in Burlington and doing a fine job of accumulating – I see that Powderfreak was doing some nice work updating that information in the thread.


My wife picked me up around 3:30 or 4:00 P.M. as we had to do a bit of holiday shopping, so I got to observe the snowfall as we were driving around the South Burlington area. The flakes were small, but it was really coming down steadily and notable accumulations would form on the car in just a few minutes. Driving around wasn’t too problematic, since the roads were in decent shape, and everyone has got their winter driving skills going by now. It definitely felt like the holidays with the steady snowfall.


On the way home on I-89 it snowed all the way until about a mile past the Bolton/Waterbury line, and then it literally shut off. We went from vigorous snow in the air and snow-packed roads to nothing in the air and nothing on the roads in the span of a few moments. There were a few tenths of snow accumulation on my car at the Waterbury Park and Ride, but that must have happened at some point earlier in the day. I was very curious to see what was happening back at the house. There was nothing in the air as we headed west back toward the Bolton/Waterbury line, and then just a bit before the Cider House Restaurant, about a mile from the house, the air was filled with snowfall, the roads were covered again, and we were back in it. I’m not sure if that gradient is still taking place, but it was very impressive, and was certainly the sharpest cutoff in snowfall I’ve seen in our area this year.


I found 1.2 inches of new snow on the snowboard at 6:00 P.M., comprised of 0.10 inches of liquid. The flakes were falling pretty hard, so even though they were small (1-3 mm) they were quickly covering the board in the minute’s worth of time that I went to check the stake. It’s still snowing and accumulating, but only so fast with the small flakes.


Some details from the 6:00 P.M. observations are below:


New Snow: 1.2 inches

New Liquid: 0.10 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 12.0

Snow Density: 8.3%

Temperature: 27.9 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-3 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 8.0 inches



powderfreak, on 22 December 2010 - 08:05 PM, said:


“Advisory just issued. We will see how this works out. I bet BTV gets the higher end amounts and wouldn't be surprised if my location struggles unless a wind shift occurs.”



adk, on 22 December 2010 - 08:17 PM, said:


“Got some reliable reports of 6+ along the Camels Hump region. Btv really seems like it got caught with its pants down on this one.

Oh well.

Don't say we didn't tell 'em.”



You guys definitely pointed it out the other day on the board, and it was interesting that there wasn't much discussion about it anywhere else.


Anyway, just got a call from my colleague Stephen and he said they had already picked up 6 inches at their place in South Burlington by around 8:00 P.M. - he had to go and clear the driveway. Being right along the spine, it looks like we are right on that sharp cutoff that you mentioned Scott.


We were all set to head to Smuggler’s Notch tomorrow for some turns because we've got some free tickets to use up before Christmas, but after talking to Stephen I'm wondering if we'll go to Bolton Valley instead. If this setup is similar to the event from early January, Bolton Valley on the west side of the spine might do a lot better than Smuggler’s Notch.


We'll check the snow reports in the morning and make the ultimate decision.


Scott what would you expect based on what you're seeing now?



Wednesday, December 23rd, 2010



Event totals: 3.8” Snow/0.32” L.E.


Thursday 12/23/2010 6:00 A.M. update: The snow fell overnight as generally a continuation of the small flakes we’ve seen, so a decent amount of liquid was in the 2.1 inches I found on the board this morning. The average snow density here for the 6:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. period was 9.0% H2O, so this snow should add a nice shot to the snowpack in locations where it’s come down. As of this morning’s totals, there’s been about a third of an inch of liquid from this event at this location. Flake size was up to the 3-5 mm range at observation time and the snow has been topped off with bit of fluffier material, although snowfall is now very light.


Below is a north to south list for 24-hour snow accumulations at some of the Vermont ski areas:


Jay Peak: 4”

Burke: 3”

Smuggler’s Notch: 3”

Stowe: 5”

Bolton Valley: 7”

Mad River Glen: 3”

Sugarbush: 5”

Killington: 3”

Okemo: 4”

Bromley: 4”

Stratton: 3”

Mount Snow: 2”


Some details from the 6:00 A.M. observations are below:


New Snow: 2.1 inches

New Liquid: 0.19 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 11.1

Snow Density: 9.0%

Temperature: 27.1 F

Sky: Light Snow (3-5 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 9.0 inches



Event totals: 4.2” Snow/0.35” L.E.

Thursday 12/23/2010 2:00 P.M. update: With
Bolton Valley topping the accumulations list from this event, we headed there today for turns. Consistent with their report, my depth checks on new snow around the mountain generally revealed about 7 inches. The new snow was fairly dense, pretty consistent with the 8-9% H2O snow we’ve been picking up at the house from this event, so the mountain may have received in the range of 2/3 of an inch of liquid in the past 24 hours. With this event, Bolton Valley has picked up 99 inches of snow for the season.

It snowed on and off while we were skiing, although occasionally it came down quite hard, and I’d say there was another ½ inch to inch of accumulation on the car when we left. I wondered if any of that activity had reached down to the house, and found that we’d picked up 0.4 inches of additional snow this morning.

Some details from the 2:00 P.M. observations are below:

New Snow: 0.4 inches
New Liquid: 0.03 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 13.3
Snow Density: 7.5%
Temperature: 28.8 F
Sky: Flurries
Snow at the stake: 9.0 inches