^you assume base=base. Wtf is base? Where is it measured? Surely you've been to a place that says '3ft base' where rocks are popping up.
Exactly...I was trying to make this same point several posts back. Who cares about the base depth values provided by the resorts? You're most likely not comparing apples to apples.
Jay's base very well could be deeper...just Jay and Stowe (or whoever else you're comparing against) are measuring differently. For all we know, the resorts aren't even officially measuring at the moment and just guestimating when it comes to base depth. The only number I think you can legitimately say is real is Stowe's Mt Mansfield snow stake depth.
I don't get why morris is so obsessed with whether or not the snowfall numbers are inflated. There could be an entire meteorology class dedicated just to mountain weather. It really is amazing what happens in the mountains. I've seen a "chance of flurries" turn into several inches in the mountains. I've seen it be snowing at Mt Ellen but not at Lincoln Peak even though they are only separated by a few miles.
Bottom line is Jay generally legitimately gets more snow than the mountains to their south. Are the numbers 100% accurate? Doubtful...but I wouldn't worry about them being inflated by a few inches here and there. Just go skiing and stop worrying about it.