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Snow report glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Last snowed
The date of the last snowfall.
Fresh snow
The depth of the last snowfall.
Last 7 days
The total snowfall reported over the last 7 days.
Next 9 days
The total amount of fresh snow predicted at mid-mountain level from our detailed 9 day forecast.
Upper piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the upper prepared slopes.
Lower piste depth
An indication of the snow depth on the lower prepared slopes.
Piste quality
An indication of the general piste conditions on the open pistes.
Resort runs
An indication of the conditions on the lower, open runs back into the resort base.
Off piste snow
An indication of the general off piste conditions.
Lifts open
An indication of the number of lifts that are open out of the total number of lifts possible in this resort/ski area.
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Snow report
19 Dec 2014 13:13
 
Hard base, light dusting of fresh snow
Snowfall:
Last snowed 16 Dec 2014
Fresh snow 5cm
Last 7 days 13cm
Next 9 days 7cm
Depths:
Upper piste depth 61cm
Lower piste depth 61cm
Snow conditions:
Upper pistes Good
Resort runs Closed
Off piste snow Limited
Lifts:
Lifts open 8 out of 30
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Weather forecast glossary

Snow and weather data can vary depending on many factors. The data we provide gives you an indication of the conditions you can expect but, as conditions can vary so widely, the data is not a guarantee of the conditions at this resort. Weather data comes from our detailed weather forecast.
Weather
The predicted weather for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
Snow expected
The predicted amount of snow.
Maximum temperature
The predicted maximum temperature for the afternoon period at mid-mountain level.
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Snow & weather forecast
 
A dusting of snow on Fri morning. Freezing level rising with drizzle on Sat night. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 7°C on Sun morning, min -3°C on Fri night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the SW on Fri morning, light winds from the NNW by Sun night).
Friday 19 December 2014

Snowing lightly, refreshing pistes

Friday 19 December 2014
Light snow

4cm snow expected

-1°C max temp

Saturday 20 December 2014
Light snow

0cm snow expected

2°C max temp

Sunday 21 December 2014
Some clouds

0cm snow expected

7°C max temp

Snow overview for USA
Thursday 18 December 2014

It has been a good week for skiing in North America, following good snowfalls earlier this week and several top ups in the past few days.

Telluride (94cm) saw the most snowfall on Thursday 18th December, with 21cm of new snow. Elsewhere, up to 10cm of snow has fallen at resorts such as Vail (79cm) and Breckenridge (89cm).

Excellent snow has also been reported in California this week, with two large storms depositing big snowfalls, particularly on the upper mountain. Squaw Valley (97cm) saw 33cm in the latest storm and with more forecast, the conditions will be fantastic in the run up to Christmas.

The east coast has not missed out either, with new snow reported on Thursday morning at Sunday River (51cm) and Killington (40/60cm). Cold weather, accompanied with sunny skies is forecast for the weekend so the skiing should be great.

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Kate Batey
Posted: 07/01/08
Heavenly review
Kate Batey

Just got back from 8 days skiing based in Heavenly (but with a pass that covered 8 resorts around Lake Tahoe). Overall the snow was disappointing by US standards. Another poor start to the season around Lake Tahoe, so we were limited to skiing on the pistes. Heavenly by all accounts usually has the worst snow in the region as its right on the edge of the lake.

Only the blue runs were groomed (these in places correspond to reds in the Alps) and there are lots of very flat "linking" runs to get you from one part of the mountain to the other. The black diamond runs seem to just mean "ungroomed" - they are reasonably steep but, unless you are good at moguls, very tricky. The lack of snow meant no tree skiing and no off-piste/bowl skiing, so overall it was quite limited.

On the plus side, even at New Year, there were very few queues and blissfully empty pistes. The resort staff were very friendly and fantastic at filling the lifts, which made a big difference. On the down side, the mountain restaurants were universally awful with very limited indoor seating. You're much better off going down to the bases and eating there!

The lift pass we bought (only available to internationl visitors in advance) allowed us unlimited access to six other resort in the region. Of these, Kirkwood was superb varied and interesting skiing, both on and off piste, with a lovely atmosphere and generally a much higher standard of skiiers/boarders. The snow was much better here too.

Also good was Sierra at Tahoe, with one (finally) decent mountain restaurant (with stunning views) and lots of tree lined runs, so good in poor weather. The same grooming complaints applied at here too i.e. black diamond just means ungroomed (rather than steeper/narrower). Squaw Valley was also fun for a visit too, with more European style skiing.

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