SnoCountry Reports Latest Skiing Conditions Information

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from SnoCountry Worldwide

    LEBANON, N.H., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing
 conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Reports as of
 Wednesday, April 25 2001, 6:55:15 AM EST.
     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 - Tue 11:48p spring snow 50 - 78 base 121 trails,
           96% open, 3 lifts
          Sunday River - Tue 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 - Wed 3:00a spring snow 6 - 36 base 43 trails,
           98% open, 2 lifts
          Mount Sunapee - Closed/Season
          Wildcat - Tue 3:30p spring snow 20 - 48 base 40 trails, 87% 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 - Tue 11:00p spring snow 40 - 75 base 74 trails, 100% open,
           3 lifts
          Killington/Pico - Tue 2:08p spring snow 30 - 70 base 80 trails,
           40 miles, 40% open 2 lifts Apr 28/29: 108 trails, 3 lifts, 50 miles
          Mad River Glen - Tue 3:00p spring snow 32 - 46 base 30 trails,
           70% open, 1 lift
          Okemo Mountain - Tue 2:32p loose granular 28 - 46 base 50 trails,
           54% open, 2 lifts
          Smugglers' Notch - Closed/Season
          Stowe Mountain - Wed 6:00a spring snow 44 - 72 base 23 trails,
           16 miles, 50% open 1 lift
          Sugarbush - Open Apr 28&29; Info: 802-583-7669
 
     MIDWEST
     MICHIGAN
          Ski Brule - Closed/Season
 
     ROCKIES
     COLORADO
          Ajax - Closed/Season
          Arapahoe Basin - Tue 5:30a powder 71 base 59 trails, 490 acres,
           100% open, 5 lifts
          Berthoud Pass - Wed 4:36a spring snow 94 base 41 trails, 95% open,
           4 lifts
          Breckenridge - Closed/Season
          Copper Mountain - Closed/Season
          Keystone - Wed 5:00a spring snow 63 - 62 base 57 trails, 700 acres,
           38% open, 6 lifts
          Loveland - Tue 2p csr 1 new spring snow 75 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 - Wed 5:00a spring snow 119 base 82 trails, 2500 acres,
           100% open, 8 lifts
          Solitude - Closed/Season
 
     PACIFIC SOUTH
     CALIFORNIA
          Alpine Meadows - Tue 5:45a spring snow 60 - 120 base 70% open,
           6 lifts
          Big Bear - Closed/Season
          Boreal - Closed/Season
          Donner Ski Ranch - Tue 6:53a spring snow 65 base 25% open, 1 lift
          Heavenly - Tue 4:00p spring snow 22 - 50 base 50 trails, 60% open,
           11 lifts
          June - Closed/Season
          Kirkwood - Tue 5:07a spring snow 66 - 102 base 40 trails, 62% open,
           5 lifts
          Mammoth - Tue 1:00p spring snow 60 - 84 base 150 trails, 3500 acres,
           100% open, 17 lifts
          Mountain High - Tue 6:20a spring snow 12 - 24 base 24 trails,
           40% open, 5 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 - Tue 6:15a spring snow 26 - 100 base 80 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 - Tue 5:00a spring snow 78 - 82 base 50 trails, 3 lifts
          Mt Hood Meadows - Tue 5:00a spring snow 73 - 83 base 80% open,
           6 lifts
          Timberline - Tue 6:26a machine groomed snow 58 - 115 base 31 trails,
           4 lifts
     WASHINGTON
          Mt Baker - Open Apr 27-29; Apr 29: End of season; Info: 360-671-0211
          The Summit at Snoqualmie - Closed/Season
          White Pass - Open Apr 28-29; Apr 29: End of season; Info:
           509-672-3100
 
     CANADA
     BRITISH COLUMBIA
          Fernie Alpine - Closed/Season
          Grouse Mountain - Closed/Season
          Last Frontier Heliskiing - Tue 7:30p powder 268 - 379 base
           300 trails, 70% open
          Mt Washington Resort - Closed/Season
          Panorama Mountain - Closed/Season
          Whistler/Blackcomb - Tue 6:00a spring snow 85 base 80 trails, 5 lifts
     -QC-
          Mont Sainte-Anne - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 418-827-4561
          Mont Sutton - Wed 5:00a spring snow 15 - 47 base 45 trails, 88% open,
           2 lifts
          Owl's Head - Closed/Season
          Ski Bromont - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 866-276-6668
          Tremblant - Tue 5:28a w spring snow 25 trails, 168 acres, 3 lifts
     ALBERTA
          Fortress Mountain - Closed/Season
          Lake Louise - Tue 5:00a spring snow 35 - 56 base 94 trails, 12 lifts
          Marmot Basin - Tue 8:00a spring snow 31 base 45 trails, 5 lifts
          Sunshine Village - Tue 6:00a packed powder 68 base 92 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 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing
 conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Reports as of
 Wednesday, April 25 2001, 6:55:15 AM EST.
     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 - Tue 11:48p spring snow 50 - 78 base 121 trails,
           96% open, 3 lifts
          Sunday River - Tue 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 - Wed 3:00a spring snow 6 - 36 base 43 trails,
           98% open, 2 lifts
          Mount Sunapee - Closed/Season
          Wildcat - Tue 3:30p spring snow 20 - 48 base 40 trails, 87% 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 - Tue 11:00p spring snow 40 - 75 base 74 trails, 100% open,
           3 lifts
          Killington/Pico - Tue 2:08p spring snow 30 - 70 base 80 trails,
           40 miles, 40% open 2 lifts Apr 28/29: 108 trails, 3 lifts, 50 miles
          Mad River Glen - Tue 3:00p spring snow 32 - 46 base 30 trails,
           70% open, 1 lift
          Okemo Mountain - Tue 2:32p loose granular 28 - 46 base 50 trails,
           54% open, 2 lifts
          Smugglers' Notch - Closed/Season
          Stowe Mountain - Wed 6:00a spring snow 44 - 72 base 23 trails,
           16 miles, 50% open 1 lift
          Sugarbush - Open Apr 28&29; Info: 802-583-7669
 
     MIDWEST
     MICHIGAN
          Ski Brule - Closed/Season
 
     ROCKIES
     COLORADO
          Ajax - Closed/Season
          Arapahoe Basin - Tue 5:30a powder 71 base 59 trails, 490 acres,
           100% open, 5 lifts
          Berthoud Pass - Wed 4:36a spring snow 94 base 41 trails, 95% open,
           4 lifts
          Breckenridge - Closed/Season
          Copper Mountain - Closed/Season
          Keystone - Wed 5:00a spring snow 63 - 62 base 57 trails, 700 acres,
           38% open, 6 lifts
          Loveland - Tue 2p csr 1 new spring snow 75 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 - Wed 5:00a spring snow 119 base 82 trails, 2500 acres,
           100% open, 8 lifts
          Solitude - Closed/Season
 
     PACIFIC SOUTH
     CALIFORNIA
          Alpine Meadows - Tue 5:45a spring snow 60 - 120 base 70% open,
           6 lifts
          Big Bear - Closed/Season
          Boreal - Closed/Season
          Donner Ski Ranch - Tue 6:53a spring snow 65 base 25% open, 1 lift
          Heavenly - Tue 4:00p spring snow 22 - 50 base 50 trails, 60% open,
           11 lifts
          June - Closed/Season
          Kirkwood - Tue 5:07a spring snow 66 - 102 base 40 trails, 62% open,
           5 lifts
          Mammoth - Tue 1:00p spring snow 60 - 84 base 150 trails, 3500 acres,
           100% open, 17 lifts
          Mountain High - Tue 6:20a spring snow 12 - 24 base 24 trails,
           40% open, 5 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 - Tue 6:15a spring snow 26 - 100 base 80 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 - Tue 5:00a spring snow 78 - 82 base 50 trails, 3 lifts
          Mt Hood Meadows - Tue 5:00a spring snow 73 - 83 base 80% open,
           6 lifts
          Timberline - Tue 6:26a machine groomed snow 58 - 115 base 31 trails,
           4 lifts
     WASHINGTON
          Mt Baker - Open Apr 27-29; Apr 29: End of season; Info: 360-671-0211
          The Summit at Snoqualmie - Closed/Season
          White Pass - Open Apr 28-29; Apr 29: End of season; Info:
           509-672-3100
 
     CANADA
     BRITISH COLUMBIA
          Fernie Alpine - Closed/Season
          Grouse Mountain - Closed/Season
          Last Frontier Heliskiing - Tue 7:30p powder 268 - 379 base
           300 trails, 70% open
          Mt Washington Resort - Closed/Season
          Panorama Mountain - Closed/Season
          Whistler/Blackcomb - Tue 6:00a spring snow 85 base 80 trails, 5 lifts
     -QC-
          Mont Sainte-Anne - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 418-827-4561
          Mont Sutton - Wed 5:00a spring snow 15 - 47 base 45 trails, 88% open,
           2 lifts
          Owl's Head - Closed/Season
          Ski Bromont - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 866-276-6668
          Tremblant - Tue 5:28a w spring snow 25 trails, 168 acres, 3 lifts
     ALBERTA
          Fortress Mountain - Closed/Season
          Lake Louise - Tue 5:00a spring snow 35 - 56 base 94 trails, 12 lifts
          Marmot Basin - Tue 8:00a spring snow 31 base 45 trails, 5 lifts
          Sunshine Village - Tue 6:00a packed powder 68 base 92 trails,
           3168 acres, 100% open 12 lifts
     ALASKA
     ALASKA
          Alyeska Resort - Open Apr 28-29; Info: 907-754-7669
 
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