Accurate, Informative & Trustworthy Snow Reports vs Vague & Questionable Snow Reports

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    Accurate, Informative & Trustworthy Snow Reports vs Vague & Questionable Snow Reports

    The idea for this thread came because I consider Mad River Glen to be extremely detailed and accurate in their snow report. So much so, in fact, that if somebody tells me it sucks and MRG snow report says it's good, I trust MRG over a random person with a different opinion.

    Magic Mountain is also very detailed and honest. They will tell you to avoid certain trails unless you're willing to accept scratches and so forth.

    Mad River Glen is so detailed they will tell you if there is "scratch between the bumps" or not. And exactly what kind of snow you should expect. Much much more detailed than the typical "Packed Powder / variable" you get at most places.

    Bolton can be pretty detailed too, Burke as well.

    So I'm getting the feeling that basically the Indy resorts at least in some cases will give you detailed information to make an informed decision. Many of the bigger resorts give you straight BS "PP/variable" and leave it at that.



    Feel free to discuss and do so tangentially if desired.
    2019/2020 season

    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10, 1/22, 1/24]
    Bretton Woods [1/3, 1/30]
    Cannon [2/19]
    Gunstock [1/2]
    Mad River Glen [1/29, 2/11]
    Magic [3/1, 3/8]
    Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2]
    Pico [2/23]
    Smugglers Notch [2/12]
    Wachusett [12/16]

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    Wildcat historically will point out possible issues, like wind. Not sure what’ll happen when Vail digs into it.


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    MRG really are great. And the daily video snow report.

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    I don't think it necessarily has to do with an independent mountain or not. Killington will say a couple times a season stuff like "sleep in" or "drink that extra cup of coffee" if it's shitty out. Also not afraid to say when a storm is a whiff.

    Truthfully in this age of the informed consumer you're not gonna see flagrant snow report truth stretching. Sugarcoating yes, but trying to say stuff like packed powder conditions two days after rain is not something I have seen.
    2019-2020 59 days and holding...
    Thunder Ridge: 12/7, 12/8, 12/21, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/31, 1/4, 1/5, 1/11, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/26, 2/1, 2/2, 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, 2/16, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 3/7, 3/8
    Killington: 11/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/23, 1/3, 1/30, 1/31, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12
    Mount Snow: 11/27, 12/2, 12/24 Sunday River: 1/8, 1/9, 1/10 Greek Peak: 1/13, 1/14 Jiminy Peak: 12/6 Catamount: 12/13, 3/5 Pico: 12/19, 2/28 Mohawk: 12/27 Burke: 1/1 Ragged: 1/2 Wildcat: 1/6 Cannon: 1/7 Jay Peak: 1/23 Mad River Glen: 1/24 Magic: 2/14
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    I think it has generally improved... and it's definitely not Indy vs Affiliated as a rule.

    For example Berkshire East gives almost zero information on their website, except you can tell if a trail is groomed or not.

    Killington and Pico I find generally vague, and spending most of the "snow report" text on promotion of upcoming events and unrelated things, but as you said ss20, they will occasionally let you know if it really sucks.

    Webcams do help for sure -- you can pretty well see for yourself especially if it's a high res cam pointed at the slopes at multiple locations. Pretty much ideal.
    2019/2020 season

    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10, 1/22, 1/24]
    Bretton Woods [1/3, 1/30]
    Cannon [2/19]
    Gunstock [1/2]
    Mad River Glen [1/29, 2/11]
    Magic [3/1, 3/8]
    Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2]
    Pico [2/23]
    Smugglers Notch [2/12]
    Wachusett [12/16]

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    I think they should start including town wide happy hour specials and beer tap lists. A pothole update would be nice.

    I've noticed the past 5-7 years Killington's snow reporting has been pretty much on the money. There have been a few WTF days, but I have to say the overall snow reporting is very good. Conditions reporting is still pretty much sunshine and lollypops, unless its a lift icing day or a wind hold day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mister moose View Post
    snow reporting has been pretty much on the money...Conditions reporting is still pretty much sunshine and lollypops, unless its a lift icing day or a wind hold day.
    How do you define the difference between "snow" and "conditions" reporting? That was pretty much synonymous in my mind.
    2019/2020 season

    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10, 1/22, 1/24]
    Bretton Woods [1/3, 1/30]
    Cannon [2/19]
    Gunstock [1/2]
    Mad River Glen [1/29, 2/11]
    Magic [3/1, 3/8]
    Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2]
    Pico [2/23]
    Smugglers Notch [2/12]
    Wachusett [12/16]

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    Stowe is pretty vague..and their webcams suck..
    Lets go!
    I'll drive.

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    ^
    agreed... it's almost worth looking at a Bolton and Smuggs report if you plan to head to Stowe and aren't sure about conditions
    2019/2020 season

    Berkshire East [12/20, 1/7, 1/10, 1/22, 1/24]
    Bretton Woods [1/3, 1/30]
    Cannon [2/19]
    Gunstock [1/2]
    Mad River Glen [1/29, 2/11]
    Magic [3/1, 3/8]
    Mount Snow [11/14, 11/21, 12/2]
    Pico [2/23]
    Smugglers Notch [2/12]
    Wachusett [12/16]

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    Sugarbush's is ok, luckily I can read Mad River's if I am questioning what SB's says.

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