January 17th, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates



Tuesday, January 17th, 2012



Event totals: 0.2” Snow/0.01” L.E.


We had a little snow overnight at some point, but it was just cloudy when I was taking my observations this morning.


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


New Snow: 0.2 inches

New Liquid: 0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0

Snow Density: 5.0% H2O

Temperature: ~27 F

Sky: Cloudy

Snow at the stake: 9.5 inches



View Postborderwx, on 16 January 2012 - 10:27 AM, said:

that sunset pic is friggin awesome J. thanks for sharing that one.


View Postpowderfreak, on 16 January 2012 - 10:42 AM, said:

Wow that sunset pic is one of the best shots I've ever seen posted on here, JSpin.

And yes the powder is almost getting better with age. It seems to have lost the wind skim coat on top and its now just sparkling fluff. Loving the low angle hardwood woods right now over near the Mansfield triple. Just great noodle turns through the trees in boot deep fluff.


Thanks for the comments on the photo guys; the slopes of Bolton Valley are great for those westward views.  I was near the top of my ascent when I noticed that the sun was just about to start slipping behind the horizon, so I knew I’d better get a shot before it was gone.


We were out at Stowe yesterday for turns, and as PF mentioned in the ski thread, those early morning lows were not all that inspiring for an early start.  Knowing the forecast for great temperatures in the afternoon, we were probably like many folks; we didn’t start until late morning and focused on the second half of the day. There were actually some pretty amazing on piste conditions on the hill – I’m usually less than impressed with the conditions on the snowmaking trails because of how the snow turns to ice with skier traffic, but conditions on many of those trails were head and shoulders above what I’ve seen on them in quite a while.  For whatever reason, perhaps the good combination of dense snow/mix followed by fluff, there was a layer of natural snow that really had staying power to mask the manmade stuff underneath - runs like Centerline and Hayride come to mind (I think they’ve both got snowmaking).  The steepest pitches still got down to that slick stuff, but wow, that was a good storm for producing some packed powder conditions.  Coverage was quite impressive as well – at one point my wife said she couldn’t believe that we were in the midst of a low snowfall season.  One thing that impressed me in that regard was the fact that the top section of Waterfall was open – with plenty of coverage and great packed powder.  I’m not sure if it’s just my timing, but that area never seems to be open, so that says something about the coverage and snow quality.  The conditions were great just about everywhere we ventured on natural snow terrain, although that’s usually par for the course as long as the weather hasn’t been too warm.  I added one image below from when I was parking the car – each time I park over at Spruce Peak in a different location it seems as though there’s another inspiring angle of the Stowe Mountain Lodge with Mt. Mansfield towering above.  It was great having ski conditions as good as the scenery:




Event totals: 0.4” Snow/0.14” L.E.


It looks like we picked up some frozen precipitation at the house today, as there were a couple tenths of an inch of slush on the snowboard this evening.  The slush contained 0.05” of liquid and the rain/snow gauge contained 0.13” of liquid.


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


New Snow: 0.2 inches

New Liquid: 0.05 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 4.0

Snow Density: 25.0% H2O

Temperature: 33.1 F

Sky: Cloudy/Mist

Snow at the stake: 8.5 inches





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