Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you measure?

The official snow stake at Vail is located at mid-mountain at approximately 10,200ft. We also have snow stakes at Patrol Headquarters and Blue Sky Basin. Elevations are approximately 11,250 and 11,480 respectively. The snow stake at Blue Sky Basin is the one that’s displayed publicly – on our websites and emails.

Beaver Creek:
The official snow stake at Beaver Creek is located just above Spruce Saddle Lodge at mid-mountain at 10,500ft. This stake is publicly viewable on our websites and in email communication.

The official snow stake cam is located in our back bowls on Peak 8, near the bottom of 6-Chair at 11,237 ft.

The official snow stake is located at mid-mountain on North Peak, our second mountain.

Park City:
At Park City, the snow reporting team checks all of the snow stakes every morning at 5:00 a.m. The official snow stake located, near Red Pine Lodge, is cleared at 5:40 a.m. and again at 4:00 p.m.

The official snow stake at Heavenly is located near Dipper Express at 9,800 feet. Two additional snow stakes are the Mott Canyon snow stake, located at 8,900 feet and the Sky Deck snow stake, located at 8,550 feet. The snow stake at Dipper Express is our official snow stake camera and the one we use to record our historical snowfall totals.

Both snow stakes are located just off of Flume Trail, on skier’s left, at 8,283’ feet in elevation.


The official snow stake at Kirkwood is located beneath chair 1 at 7,840 ft.

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