SnoCountry Reports Latest Skiing Conditions Information

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from SnoCountry Worldwide

    LEBANON, N.H., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing
 conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Reports as of Tuesday,
 April 24, 2001, 7:00:55AM EDT.
     Skiing conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier traffic and
 other factors.  Be aware of changing conditions.
     Snow conditions for resorts nationwide are available online through
 PR Newswire on CompuServe.  To access, merely type, GO ENS (Executive News
 Service).  From there you access PR Newswire which carries the full national
 report from SnoCountry Reports each day.
 
                       SNOW CONDITION DEFINITIONS & TERMS
 
     This glossary of terms is used by all ski areas when they report to SCR.
 The code allows for communication with skiers in a universal language.
     NOTE:  The standard abbreviations next to each definition reflect the way
 ski reports are communicated in print (newspapers).
 
     New Snow:  Natural snowfall which has fallen in the past 24 hours or
 continuously for more than one day.  An average accumulation from summit to
 base is reported.
     Average Base Depth:  An average of the high and low amounts of snow over
 the entire ski area.  Machine made and natural snow amounts are combined.
     Primary Surface Condition:  The type of snow condition which covers at
 least 70 percent of the terrain open to skiers.
     Secondary Surface Condition:  The next most prevalent snow conditions,
 covering at least 20% of the skiing terrain open to skiers.
     Powder-PDR:  Cold, new, loose, fluffy, flaky and dry snow which has not
 been compacted.
     Packed Powder-PP:  Powder snow, either natural or machine made, that has
 been packed down by skier traffic or grooming machines.  The snow is no longer
 fluffy, but is not so extremely compacted that it is hard.
     Hard Pack-HP:  When natural or machine made snow becomes very firmly
 packed.  The snow has never melted and re-crystallized, but it's been tightly
 compressed through grooming and continuous wind exposure.  You can plant a
 pole in hard packed snow, but it takes more effort than packed powder.
     Machine Groomed Snow-MGS:  Loose granular snow that has been repeatedly
 groomed by power tillers so that the texture is halfway between LSGR & PP.
 Some of the snow is granular & has been so pulverized that the crystals are
 like powder sugar.  It's neither LSGR or PP.
     Wet Snow-WETSN:  Powder or packed powder snow that has become moist due to
 a thaw or rainfall, or snow which was moist when it fell.
     Wet packed Snow-WPS:  Natural or machine made snow that has been
 previously packed and becomes wet usually because of rainfall.
     Loose Granular-LSGR:  This surface results after powder or packed powder
 thaws, then refreezes and recrystalizes, or from an accumulation of sleet.
 This is also created by machine grooming of frozen or icy snow.
     Frozen Granular-FRGR:  This is undoubtedly the most misunderstood surface
 condition in ski reporting.  It is defined as a hard surface of old snow
 formed by granules freezing together after rain or warm temperatures.  Frozen
 granular will support a ski pole stuck into its surface while ice will chip
 away and not support a pole.
     Wet Granular-WETGR:  Loose or frozen granular snow which becomes wet after
 rainfall or high temperatures.
     Icy-ICE:  Not to be confused with frozen granular, ice is a hard, glazed
 surface created either by freezing rain, ground water seeping up into the snow
 and freezing or by the rapid freezing of snow saturated with water from rain
 or melting.  Ice will chip away and not support a ski pole when stuck into it.
     Variable Conditions-VC:  When no primary surface (70%) can be determined,
 variable conditions describe a range of surfaces that a skier may encounter.
 Parts of trails can be Loose Granular, partly Packed Powder, and parts Frozen
 Granular, for example.
     Corn Snow-CORN:  Usually found in the spring, Corn Snow is characterized
 by large, loose granules during the day, which freeze together at night, then
 warm up again and loosen during the day.
     Spring Conditions-SC:  This is the spring version of Variable Conditions.
 It is used when no one surface can describe 70% or more of the terrain open
 for skiers.
     Windblown Snow-WBLN:  Powder or granular snow which has been blown by wind
 into forming a base.
 
     NORTHEAST
     MAINE
      Sugarloaf/USA - Mon 11:27p spring snow 50 - 78 base 121 trails, 96% open,
       3 lifts
      Sunday River - Mon 4:00p spring snow 60 - 90 base 69 trails, 54% open,
       3 lifts
     MASSACHUSETTS
      Jiminy Peak - Closed/Season
      Wachusett Mountain - Closed/Season
     NEW HAMPSHIRE
      Loon Mountain - Tue 3:00a spring snow 6 - 36 base 44 trails, 275 acres,
       100% open 3 lifts
      Mount Sunapee - Closed/Season
      Wildcat - Mon 3:30p wet granular 24 - 50 base 45 trails, 98% open,
       2 lifts
     NEW YORK
      Gore Mountain - Closed/Season
      HoliMont - Closed/Season
      Mt Van Hoevenberg - Closed/Season
      Whiteface - Open apr 27-29; Info: 800-462-6236
     VERMONT
      Ascutney Mountain - Closed/Season
      Jay Peak - Mon 11:00p spring snow 40 - 75 base 74 trails, 100% open,
       3 lifts
      Killington/Pico - Mon 1:04p w spring snow 35 - 75 base 82 trails,
       40 miles, 41% open, 2 lifts
      Mad River Glen - Mon 2:11p spring snow 34 - 48 base 28 trails, 65% open,
       1 lift
      Okemo Mountain - Mon 2:24p spring snow 38 - 52 base 53 trails, 54% open,
       2 lifts
      Smugglers' Notch - Closed/Season
      Stowe Mountain - Tue 6:00a w spring snow 46 - 74 base 24 trails,
        17 miles, 50 open, 1 lift
      Sugarbush - Open Sat/Sun; Info: 802-583-7669
 
     MIDWEST
     MICHIGAN
      Ski Brule - Closed/Season
 
     ROCKIES
     COLORADO
      Ajax - Closed/Season
      Arapahoe Basin - Mon 2p csr 5 new powder 74 base 59 trails, 490 acres,
       100% open, 5 lifts
      Berthoud Pass - Mon 2p csr 12 new powder 101 base 61 trails, 95% open,
       6 lifts
      Breckenridge - Closed/Season
      Copper Mountain - Closed/Season
      Keystone - Mon 2p csr 4 new packed powder 65 - 68 base 57 trails,
       42% open, 6 lifts
      Loveland - Mon 2p csr 11 new powder 79 base 63 trails, 95% open, 5 lifts
      Snowmass - Closed/Season
      Vail - Closed/Season
      Winter Park - Closed/Season
     MONTANA
      Blacktail - Closed/Season
      Great Divide - Closed/Season
     UTAH
      Alta - Closed/Season
      Brian Head - Closed/Season
      Brighton - Closed/Season
      Snowbasin - Closed/Season
      Snowbird - Mon 5:00a powder 126 base 82 trails, 2500 acres, 100% open,
       8 lifts
      Solitude - Closed/Season
 
     PACIFIC SOUTH
     CALIFORNIA
      Alpine Meadows - Mon 6:00a spring snow 66 - 125 base 70% open, 6 lifts
      Big Bear - Closed/Season
      Boreal - Closed/Season
      Donner Ski Ranch - Mon 7:03a spring snow 65 base 25% open, 1 lift
      Heavenly - Mon 4:00p spring snow 22 - 50 base 60% open, 11 lifts
      June - Closed/Season
      Kirkwood - Mon 6:41a packed powder 72 - 108 base 40 trails, 5 lifts
      Mammoth - Mon 1:00p spring snow 72 - 84 base 110 trails, 2975 acres,
       85% open, 15 lifts
      Mountain High - Mon 7:30a spring snow 12 - 24 base 26 trails, 4 lifts
      Northstar at Tahoe - Closed/Season
      Sierra at Tahoe - Closed/Season
      Sierra Summit - Open Apr 27-29; Info: 559-233-3330
      Snow Summit - Closed/Season
      Snow Valley - Closed/Season
      Soda Springs - Closed/Season
      Squaw Valley USA - Mon 6:30a spring snow 28 - 100 base 85 trails,
       75% open, 8 lifts
      Sugar Bowl - Closed/Season
     NEVADA
      Mt Rose - Ski Tahoe - Closed/Season
 
     PACIFIC NORTH
     IDAHO
      Sun Valley - Closed/Season
     OREGON
      Mt Bachelor - Open Fri-Sun; Info: 541-382-7888
      Mt Hood Meadows - Mon 5:00a wet granular 75 - 85 base 80% open, 6 lifts
      Timberline - Mon 5:00a spring snow 60 - 123 base 31 trails, 2 lifts
     WASHINGTON
      Mt Baker - Open Apr 27-29; Info: 360-671-0211
      The Summit at Snoqualmie - Closed/Season
      White Pass - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 509-672-3100
 
     CANADA
     BRITISH COLUMBIA
      Fernie Alpine - Closed/Season
      Mt Washington Resort - Closed/Season
      Panorama Mountain - Closed/Season
      Whistler/Blackcomb - Mon 6:00a spring snow 83 base 80 trails, 5 lifts
     -QC-
      Mont Sainte-Anne - Mon 5:00a spring snow 45 trails, 2 lifts
      Mont Sutton - Mon 5:00a spring snow 15 - 47 base 53 trails, 2 lifts
      Ski Bromont - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 866-276-6668
      Tremblant - Mon 6:00a spring snow 23 trails, 3 lifts
     ALBERTA
      Fortress Mountain - Closed/Season
      Lake Louise - Mon 5:00a spring snow 34 - 56 base 94 trails, 12 lifts
      Marmot Basin - Mon 8:00a spring snow 31 base 45 trails, 5 lifts
      Sunshine Village - Mon 6:00a packed powder 68 base 91 trails, 3168 acres,
       100% open 12 lifts
 
     ALASKA
     ALASKA
      Alyeska Resort - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 907-754-7669
 
 

SOURCE SnoCountry Worldwide
    LEBANON, N.H., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing
 conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Reports as of Tuesday,
 April 24, 2001, 7:00:55AM EDT.
     Skiing conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier traffic and
 other factors.  Be aware of changing conditions.
     Snow conditions for resorts nationwide are available online through
 PR Newswire on CompuServe.  To access, merely type, GO ENS (Executive News
 Service).  From there you access PR Newswire which carries the full national
 report from SnoCountry Reports each day.
 
                       SNOW CONDITION DEFINITIONS & TERMS
 
     This glossary of terms is used by all ski areas when they report to SCR.
 The code allows for communication with skiers in a universal language.
     NOTE:  The standard abbreviations next to each definition reflect the way
 ski reports are communicated in print (newspapers).
 
     New Snow:  Natural snowfall which has fallen in the past 24 hours or
 continuously for more than one day.  An average accumulation from summit to
 base is reported.
     Average Base Depth:  An average of the high and low amounts of snow over
 the entire ski area.  Machine made and natural snow amounts are combined.
     Primary Surface Condition:  The type of snow condition which covers at
 least 70 percent of the terrain open to skiers.
     Secondary Surface Condition:  The next most prevalent snow conditions,
 covering at least 20% of the skiing terrain open to skiers.
     Powder-PDR:  Cold, new, loose, fluffy, flaky and dry snow which has not
 been compacted.
     Packed Powder-PP:  Powder snow, either natural or machine made, that has
 been packed down by skier traffic or grooming machines.  The snow is no longer
 fluffy, but is not so extremely compacted that it is hard.
     Hard Pack-HP:  When natural or machine made snow becomes very firmly
 packed.  The snow has never melted and re-crystallized, but it's been tightly
 compressed through grooming and continuous wind exposure.  You can plant a
 pole in hard packed snow, but it takes more effort than packed powder.
     Machine Groomed Snow-MGS:  Loose granular snow that has been repeatedly
 groomed by power tillers so that the texture is halfway between LSGR & PP.
 Some of the snow is granular & has been so pulverized that the crystals are
 like powder sugar.  It's neither LSGR or PP.
     Wet Snow-WETSN:  Powder or packed powder snow that has become moist due to
 a thaw or rainfall, or snow which was moist when it fell.
     Wet packed Snow-WPS:  Natural or machine made snow that has been
 previously packed and becomes wet usually because of rainfall.
     Loose Granular-LSGR:  This surface results after powder or packed powder
 thaws, then refreezes and recrystalizes, or from an accumulation of sleet.
 This is also created by machine grooming of frozen or icy snow.
     Frozen Granular-FRGR:  This is undoubtedly the most misunderstood surface
 condition in ski reporting.  It is defined as a hard surface of old snow
 formed by granules freezing together after rain or warm temperatures.  Frozen
 granular will support a ski pole stuck into its surface while ice will chip
 away and not support a pole.
     Wet Granular-WETGR:  Loose or frozen granular snow which becomes wet after
 rainfall or high temperatures.
     Icy-ICE:  Not to be confused with frozen granular, ice is a hard, glazed
 surface created either by freezing rain, ground water seeping up into the snow
 and freezing or by the rapid freezing of snow saturated with water from rain
 or melting.  Ice will chip away and not support a ski pole when stuck into it.
     Variable Conditions-VC:  When no primary surface (70%) can be determined,
 variable conditions describe a range of surfaces that a skier may encounter.
 Parts of trails can be Loose Granular, partly Packed Powder, and parts Frozen
 Granular, for example.
     Corn Snow-CORN:  Usually found in the spring, Corn Snow is characterized
 by large, loose granules during the day, which freeze together at night, then
 warm up again and loosen during the day.
     Spring Conditions-SC:  This is the spring version of Variable Conditions.
 It is used when no one surface can describe 70% or more of the terrain open
 for skiers.
     Windblown Snow-WBLN:  Powder or granular snow which has been blown by wind
 into forming a base.
 
     NORTHEAST
     MAINE
      Sugarloaf/USA - Mon 11:27p spring snow 50 - 78 base 121 trails, 96% open,
       3 lifts
      Sunday River - Mon 4:00p spring snow 60 - 90 base 69 trails, 54% open,
       3 lifts
     MASSACHUSETTS
      Jiminy Peak - Closed/Season
      Wachusett Mountain - Closed/Season
     NEW HAMPSHIRE
      Loon Mountain - Tue 3:00a spring snow 6 - 36 base 44 trails, 275 acres,
       100% open 3 lifts
      Mount Sunapee - Closed/Season
      Wildcat - Mon 3:30p wet granular 24 - 50 base 45 trails, 98% open,
       2 lifts
     NEW YORK
      Gore Mountain - Closed/Season
      HoliMont - Closed/Season
      Mt Van Hoevenberg - Closed/Season
      Whiteface - Open apr 27-29; Info: 800-462-6236
     VERMONT
      Ascutney Mountain - Closed/Season
      Jay Peak - Mon 11:00p spring snow 40 - 75 base 74 trails, 100% open,
       3 lifts
      Killington/Pico - Mon 1:04p w spring snow 35 - 75 base 82 trails,
       40 miles, 41% open, 2 lifts
      Mad River Glen - Mon 2:11p spring snow 34 - 48 base 28 trails, 65% open,
       1 lift
      Okemo Mountain - Mon 2:24p spring snow 38 - 52 base 53 trails, 54% open,
       2 lifts
      Smugglers' Notch - Closed/Season
      Stowe Mountain - Tue 6:00a w spring snow 46 - 74 base 24 trails,
        17 miles, 50 open, 1 lift
      Sugarbush - Open Sat/Sun; Info: 802-583-7669
 
     MIDWEST
     MICHIGAN
      Ski Brule - Closed/Season
 
     ROCKIES
     COLORADO
      Ajax - Closed/Season
      Arapahoe Basin - Mon 2p csr 5 new powder 74 base 59 trails, 490 acres,
       100% open, 5 lifts
      Berthoud Pass - Mon 2p csr 12 new powder 101 base 61 trails, 95% open,
       6 lifts
      Breckenridge - Closed/Season
      Copper Mountain - Closed/Season
      Keystone - Mon 2p csr 4 new packed powder 65 - 68 base 57 trails,
       42% open, 6 lifts
      Loveland - Mon 2p csr 11 new powder 79 base 63 trails, 95% open, 5 lifts
      Snowmass - Closed/Season
      Vail - Closed/Season
      Winter Park - Closed/Season
     MONTANA
      Blacktail - Closed/Season
      Great Divide - Closed/Season
     UTAH
      Alta - Closed/Season
      Brian Head - Closed/Season
      Brighton - Closed/Season
      Snowbasin - Closed/Season
      Snowbird - Mon 5:00a powder 126 base 82 trails, 2500 acres, 100% open,
       8 lifts
      Solitude - Closed/Season
 
     PACIFIC SOUTH
     CALIFORNIA
      Alpine Meadows - Mon 6:00a spring snow 66 - 125 base 70% open, 6 lifts
      Big Bear - Closed/Season
      Boreal - Closed/Season
      Donner Ski Ranch - Mon 7:03a spring snow 65 base 25% open, 1 lift
      Heavenly - Mon 4:00p spring snow 22 - 50 base 60% open, 11 lifts
      June - Closed/Season
      Kirkwood - Mon 6:41a packed powder 72 - 108 base 40 trails, 5 lifts
      Mammoth - Mon 1:00p spring snow 72 - 84 base 110 trails, 2975 acres,
       85% open, 15 lifts
      Mountain High - Mon 7:30a spring snow 12 - 24 base 26 trails, 4 lifts
      Northstar at Tahoe - Closed/Season
      Sierra at Tahoe - Closed/Season
      Sierra Summit - Open Apr 27-29; Info: 559-233-3330
      Snow Summit - Closed/Season
      Snow Valley - Closed/Season
      Soda Springs - Closed/Season
      Squaw Valley USA - Mon 6:30a spring snow 28 - 100 base 85 trails,
       75% open, 8 lifts
      Sugar Bowl - Closed/Season
     NEVADA
      Mt Rose - Ski Tahoe - Closed/Season
 
     PACIFIC NORTH
     IDAHO
      Sun Valley - Closed/Season
     OREGON
      Mt Bachelor - Open Fri-Sun; Info: 541-382-7888
      Mt Hood Meadows - Mon 5:00a wet granular 75 - 85 base 80% open, 6 lifts
      Timberline - Mon 5:00a spring snow 60 - 123 base 31 trails, 2 lifts
     WASHINGTON
      Mt Baker - Open Apr 27-29; Info: 360-671-0211
      The Summit at Snoqualmie - Closed/Season
      White Pass - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 509-672-3100
 
     CANADA
     BRITISH COLUMBIA
      Fernie Alpine - Closed/Season
      Mt Washington Resort - Closed/Season
      Panorama Mountain - Closed/Season
      Whistler/Blackcomb - Mon 6:00a spring snow 83 base 80 trails, 5 lifts
     -QC-
      Mont Sainte-Anne - Mon 5:00a spring snow 45 trails, 2 lifts
      Mont Sutton - Mon 5:00a spring snow 15 - 47 base 53 trails, 2 lifts
      Ski Bromont - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 866-276-6668
      Tremblant - Mon 6:00a spring snow 23 trails, 3 lifts
     ALBERTA
      Fortress Mountain - Closed/Season
      Lake Louise - Mon 5:00a spring snow 34 - 56 base 94 trails, 12 lifts
      Marmot Basin - Mon 8:00a spring snow 31 base 45 trails, 5 lifts
      Sunshine Village - Mon 6:00a packed powder 68 base 91 trails, 3168 acres,
       100% open 12 lifts
 
     ALASKA
     ALASKA
      Alyeska Resort - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 907-754-7669
 
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