Reporting Revised: A New Way to Snow Report
By Andrew, on Wed, Nov 27, 2013View/Hide Photos
What is happening in this week's mixed weather forecast, and how might it develop?
Well, this storm didn’t pan out the way we would have liked, but we’re still thankful it’s not a complete washout. Luckily, the forecasted inch of rain escaped us and we only have to endure a short period of cold drizzle today. We did see about four inches of heavy wet snow prior to the rain moving in, and are still forecasted to see a backend hit which will net us in the positive –probably half a foot by morning.
Recently we’ve been trying to work through our snow reporting process, so you the reader/guest gets the most accurate information in plenty of time to make an informed decision on when or where you’re going to ski or ride. After working through several scenarios, we’ve landed on a new process that allows us more resources to better report, and affords you more time to plan your ski trip.
Before disclosing details about the new process, it’s best to understand the factors that have been the driving force behind the change. As Jay skiers and riders, understanding that our mountain experiences weather (snow, wind, cold and cold wind) like no other isn’t any secret, but how the weather affects our operation is a secret to some; well, not really, we just never had a reason to tell anyone. For instance, the Flyer and Tram are frequently offline due to our prominent Northwest wind, which strikes both lifts broadside. Typically, any NW wind over 40 MPH will shut down these lifts. When it’s not a broadside hit, the threshold is slightly higher. We never like/want to shut down any lift, but have to err on the side of safety and keep you, the guest, in great hands at all times –we take pride in that.
Our Snow Reporter aims to hit the desk at 6 am to begin gathering overnight snowfall data (if necessary) from the midnight grooming crew, then pieces that together with the current trail and lift offerings, ticket rates, events, food & beverage offerings, and current deals. Other than new snow, information is gathered the night prior, as Lift Maintenance and Ski Patrol arrive after the report is scheduled to go out.
You’re probably thinking; hey, thanks for all the details, but what does this have to do with me?
Starting tomorrow night (Thursday, November 28th) through the season, we’ll be sending out evening snow report emails for the following day. This makes a lot of sense for us and equally for you as we’ll have all ops teams on-site to provide forecasting and be able to provide you with our very best guess on how the following day will look. Unlike the morning report's hard statistics of what is current, these evening projections serve as an additional avenue to help plan your ski day or reaffirm your plans to catch a matinée.
What do I do the morning of, you know, to find this so-called concrete information?
Each evening report will include a link to our Conditions & Weather page, but you can directly navigate to our Snow Report through its drop-down tab located at the top-right corner of our homepage (jaypeakresort.com). Our Snow Report information will be updated by 7:45a each morning, as this later time stamp allows for all ops teams to evaluate conditions and provide an accurate report for trail and lift offerings. Obviously, we will still face challenging weather days where information will change more frequently, but for the majority of ski days this new process should deliver mountain conditions real close to perfect right out of the gate, maybe.
If you need more clarity on what it is we’re doing, or just want to scream a bit because something is changing, please email Bryan email@example.com. This was all his idea, but please don’t scream; he doesn’t like that.