Ski Resort Defends Snow Total Reporting

By: AP
By: AP

VAIL, Colo. (AP) -- Ever wonder how a ski resort can report a foot of new snow while the weather service reports only a few inches?

Vail Resorts says snow reporting is an inexact science after it was forced to retract its report of a foot of snow on Feb. 23 and change it to 2 inches.

The resort said the reading of the mountain's snow measuring stake was inaccurate because high winds had blown in too much snow.

Vail Mountain security manager Bob Norris tells the Vail Daily talk of Vail Mountain intentionally inflating its snow reports is ridiculous.

He says the resort wants to be as accurate as possible. He says resorts are not doing it to increase the number of skiers.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    Seems like getting the weather report right in Colorado is a tough thing to do.
  • by Bill Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Big Lots has tape measures for $3.99. The last time I used mine to check snow depth on my porch it was 100% accurate.
  • by RICO Location: Springs on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    I have a '96 Pontiac Bonneville, that gets 36 MPG in the city...No, really.
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