Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snow Cam

Well, we finally have a Snow Cam. You can find it on our website with the other webcams. We spent a lot of time pondering this project. We wanted this cam to be really fun and to give people a qualitative understanding about what the weather is actually doing up here. We decided to avoid a pure "quantitative ruler" stake and came up with a cool image of the iconic "Flaming A" (thank you Master Woodworker Bumpy).  The "Flaming A" is 18 inches tall. We looked at a lot of snow stake cams and our favorite was "Gnorm the Powder Gnome" at Revelstoke. We tried to mirror the spirit of that very creative image.

So if you are totally into geeking out about the exact inches of snow compared to other areas, you might be disappointed. On the other hand, if you are trying to get a feel for what is going on here while you are away, recognizing a 4" day a The Basin with the good wind can be like skiing 6" or 8" elsewhere, you might really get a kick out of this. I do hope you enjoy it.

......And it has snowed more than two feet the last couple of days.



9 comments:

Dan Scannura said...

awesome Al!! I've been waiting for this for years!!! I check the snow cams obsessively and as you know Keystone is not always a good indication of what's going on at the basin!!

Anonymous said...

You guys rule. Where they zig, you zag (in the correct direction).

Anonymous said...

Snow cam looks great! All hale the Basin and RIP Arnie J!

beholdthefield said...

Al,

Breckenridge would like to confirm that the image above shows 19" of new snow. This will remain the case all of the time, and no matter what the weather does.

P.S. There's a wind drift on the left side of Founders Ridge [above Durrance] that will knock your socks off! Seriously, I saw a 10-year-old implode there today. His socks were completely off!

Anonymous said...

Measuring your enthusiasm one could guess the puns were intended. Well done.��

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool. It is good you guys went a different way. Obviously the halfway (9") mark is pretty clear. May not be obvious, but is clear.

Mike Holm said...

Thanks Al! Gnorm is my favorite too.

Anonymous said...

Some Zig, some Zag; the Dude Abides

Anonymous said...

Have you thought about adding a ruler to the snowstake? It would make it easier to determine the exact amount of snowfall that Arapahoe Basin has received since the platform was last clear. Just a suggestion.