Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s responsible for checking the snow stakes?

Vail:
The 24/7 communications center team reads the official snow stake between 4:45 and 5 a.m. The Vail communications center confirms the snow total #s with ski patrol in the morning. The stakes are cleared at 7 a.m. And then the stakes are read again at 4 p.m. to track the overnight snow #s.

Beaver Creek:
For Beaver Creek, the 24/7 communications center team reads the snow stake between 4:45 and 5 a.m.  The 24/7 communications center then confirms the total snow accumulation with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol in the morning to ensure data capture is accurate.

Breckenridge:
Eight ski patrollers are trained specifically as official weather observers.  These are the people who check the stakes each morning by 5:00 AM and call in the results to the Vail Communications center.  The weather observers also create the avalanche forecasting and grooming reports that are used by the ski area staff to plan daily operations.

Keystone:

Our 24/7 Vail Resorts communications center team reads the official snow stake between 4:45 and 5 a.m. The Vail communications center confirms the snow total #s with ski patrol in the morning. The stakes are cleared between 5:40 and 5:45 a.m. And then the stakes are read again at 4 p.m to track the overnight snow #s.

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.

Heavenly:
At Heavenly, the snow reporting team checks all of the snow stakes every morning at 5:00 a.m. The official snow stake located near Dipper Express is cleared at 5:40 a.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. Ski Patrol members manually check and clear the Mott Canyon snow stake usually around 9:00 a.m. every morning.

Northstar:
Northstar’s mountain operations team reads the official snow stake between 4:45 a.m. and 5 a.m., then reports the snowfall totals via telephone to the Northstar snow reporting team at 5 a.m.

Kirkwood:
For Kirkwood, the 24/7 communications center team reads the official snow stake between 4:45 and 5 a.m. The Kirkwood communications center confirms the snow total #s with ski patrol in the morning.
The stake is read at approximately 5 a.m. and the 4 p.m. to accurately record daily and overnight snowfall.




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