SnoCountry Reports Latest Skiing Conditions Information

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from SnoCountry Worldwide

    LEBANON, N.H., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing
 conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Reports as of Monday,
 April 30, 2001, 10:50:12 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 - Closed/Season
      Sunday River - Mon 7:40a spring snow 40 base 29 trails, 25% open, 1 lift
     NEW HAMPSHIRE
      Loon Mountain - Closed/Season
      Wildcat - Closed/Season
     NEW YORK
      Whiteface - Reopen on 05/01 for last day of season w/ mid-station shuttle
      and Mountain Run lifts
     VERMONT
      Jay Peak - Reopen on 05/05&06 weather & conditions permitting; Info:
       802-988-2611
      Killington/Pico - Mon 5:45a spring snow 35 - 75 base 30 trails, 14 miles,
       15% open 1 lift
      Mad River Glen - Closed/Season
      Okemo Mountain - Closed/Season
      Stowe Mountain - Closed/Season
      Sugarbush - Closed/Season
 
     ROCKIES
     COLORADO
      Arapahoe Basin - Mon 5:59a spring snow 57 base 59 trails, 490 acres,
       100% open, 5 lifts
      Berthoud Pass - Mon 5:14a spring snow 86 base 38 trails, 4 lifts
      Keystone - Closed/Season
      Loveland - Mon 5:00a spring snow 57 base 63 trails, 93% open, 5 lifts
     UTAH
      Snowbird - Mon 5:00a spring snow 102 base 82 trails, 2500 acres,
       100% open, 8 lifts
 
     PACIFIC SOUTH
     CALIFORNIA
      Alpine Meadows - Mon 6:00a packed powder 48 - 96 base 40% open, 1 lift
      Heavenly - Mon 6:00a spring snow 16 - 44 base 30% open, 3 lifts
      Kirkwood - Closed/Season
      Mammoth - Mon 6:15a spring snow 60 - 72 base 125 trails, 18 lifts
      Mountain High - Mon 6:00a w spring snow 6 - 12 base 17 trails, 5 lifts
      Sierra Summit - Closed/Season
      Squaw Valley USA - Mon 6:32a spring snow 22 - 95 base 75 trails, 6 lifts
 
     PACIFIC NORTH
     OREGON
      Mt Bachelor - Mon 5:00a spring snow 72 - 79 base 50 trails, 3 lifts
      Mt Hood Meadows - Closed/Season
      Timberline - Mon 4:00a 2 new packed powder 50 - 105 base 31 trails,
       3 lifts
     WASHINGTON
      Mt Baker - Closed/Season
      White Pass - Closed/Season
     CANADA
     BRITISH COLUMBIA
      Last Frontier Heliskiing - No Report 04/30
      Whistler/Blackcomb - Mon 7:00a 3 new spring snow 83 base 80 trails,
       5 lifts
     -QC-
      Mont Sainte-Anne - Open May 5/6; Info: 418-827-4561
      Mont Sutton - Mon 5:00a spring snow 8 - 33 base 35 trails, 66% open,
       1 lift
      Tremblant - Closed/Season
     ALBERTA
      Lake Louise - Mon 5:00a 2 new packed powder 27 - 53 base 94 trails,
       12 lifts
      Marmot Basin - Closed/Season
      Sunshine Village - Mon 6:00a 4 new packed powder 57 base 90 trails,
       12 lifts
 
     ALASKA
     ALASKA
      Alyeska Resort - Reopen on 05/05 for weekend summer skiing; Info:
      907-754-7669
 
 

SOURCE SnoCountry Worldwide
    LEBANON, N.H., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Following are the latest skiing
 conditions information as supplied by SnoCountry Reports as of Monday,
 April 30, 2001, 10:50:12 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 - Closed/Season
      Sunday River - Mon 7:40a spring snow 40 base 29 trails, 25% open, 1 lift
     NEW HAMPSHIRE
      Loon Mountain - Closed/Season
      Wildcat - Closed/Season
     NEW YORK
      Whiteface - Reopen on 05/01 for last day of season w/ mid-station shuttle
      and Mountain Run lifts
     VERMONT
      Jay Peak - Reopen on 05/05&06 weather & conditions permitting; Info:
       802-988-2611
      Killington/Pico - Mon 5:45a spring snow 35 - 75 base 30 trails, 14 miles,
       15% open 1 lift
      Mad River Glen - Closed/Season
      Okemo Mountain - Closed/Season
      Stowe Mountain - Closed/Season
      Sugarbush - Closed/Season
 
     ROCKIES
     COLORADO
      Arapahoe Basin - Mon 5:59a spring snow 57 base 59 trails, 490 acres,
       100% open, 5 lifts
      Berthoud Pass - Mon 5:14a spring snow 86 base 38 trails, 4 lifts
      Keystone - Closed/Season
      Loveland - Mon 5:00a spring snow 57 base 63 trails, 93% open, 5 lifts
     UTAH
      Snowbird - Mon 5:00a spring snow 102 base 82 trails, 2500 acres,
       100% open, 8 lifts
 
     PACIFIC SOUTH
     CALIFORNIA
      Alpine Meadows - Mon 6:00a packed powder 48 - 96 base 40% open, 1 lift
      Heavenly - Mon 6:00a spring snow 16 - 44 base 30% open, 3 lifts
      Kirkwood - Closed/Season
      Mammoth - Mon 6:15a spring snow 60 - 72 base 125 trails, 18 lifts
      Mountain High - Mon 6:00a w spring snow 6 - 12 base 17 trails, 5 lifts
      Sierra Summit - Closed/Season
      Squaw Valley USA - Mon 6:32a spring snow 22 - 95 base 75 trails, 6 lifts
 
     PACIFIC NORTH
     OREGON
      Mt Bachelor - Mon 5:00a spring snow 72 - 79 base 50 trails, 3 lifts
      Mt Hood Meadows - Closed/Season
      Timberline - Mon 4:00a 2 new packed powder 50 - 105 base 31 trails,
       3 lifts
     WASHINGTON
      Mt Baker - Closed/Season
      White Pass - Closed/Season
     CANADA
     BRITISH COLUMBIA
      Last Frontier Heliskiing - No Report 04/30
      Whistler/Blackcomb - Mon 7:00a 3 new spring snow 83 base 80 trails,
       5 lifts
     -QC-
      Mont Sainte-Anne - Open May 5/6; Info: 418-827-4561
      Mont Sutton - Mon 5:00a spring snow 8 - 33 base 35 trails, 66% open,
       1 lift
      Tremblant - Closed/Season
     ALBERTA
      Lake Louise - Mon 5:00a 2 new packed powder 27 - 53 base 94 trails,
       12 lifts
      Marmot Basin - Closed/Season
      Sunshine Village - Mon 6:00a 4 new packed powder 57 base 90 trails,
       12 lifts
 
     ALASKA
     ALASKA
      Alyeska Resort - Reopen on 05/05 for weekend summer skiing; Info:
      907-754-7669
 
 SOURCE  SnoCountry Worldwide