Monday, March 27, 2017

Snowpack at 133%

Watching a squall blow through this afternoon, I was prompted to check on how the snowpack was doing at A-Basin. The US Department of Agriculture has an extraordinary website for Snow Telemetry, SNOTEL, https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/. It is easy to create a number of reports there. I focus on Snow Water Equivalent (SWE and commonly referred to as the snowpack) and Year To Date Precipitation. SWE is the inches of water on the ground in the snowpack.

Just outside of the ski area is the Grizzly Peak SNOTEL site. As of today, that site has 133% of the median Snow Water Equivalent and 126% of average Year To Date Precipitation. I think the Grizzly Peak site info is very indicative of snow and precipitation conditions at The Basin and it is easily accessible online.





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also know as open until June.

Anonymous said...

Open Snow has charts for each ski area, based on nearby snowtel sites (might be open access only?)

Jame Willdell said...

Al, How come A Basin doesn't post year to date snowfall total as part of their snow report like most every other ski area?

Jack A said...

Great photo Al, It'd be great if we could use some of your photos. Great article.