Plattekill would say this is the result of them being on the western edge of the Catskills,which lets them benefit from lake effect that rolls all the way across the CNY lowlands. Are you suggesting something more nefarious?
Totally agree that on any given year, due to Platekill being further into Lake Effect terriority, it will get more snow then Belleayre (and Hunter and Windham also). That being said Belleayre gets its fair share of lake effect also and I can't imagine there being an 81in difference which is pretty astronomical
The one time I skied trees at Belleayre in February and then the next day at Plattekill, coverage was a little better in the woods at Belleayre. Not sure about post-Stella, but I would think their totals from that storm would have been pretty close to each other.
My comparison days were February 9th and 10th. The following week there was more snow, and looking back at the Plattekill conditions thread, that's when Coach Z did his comparison. So, Plattekill likely fared better during that storm cycle, but as noted by others, the overall numbers are likely exaggerated a lot.
Methodology and measurement points are an issue. I don't know how Belle and Platty measure, but Gore and Whiteface have very different methods.
The numbers don't affect me personally very much. I'd suspect that that might be true for many here too. How often is anyone here surprised at what they find at a NY mountain? It's rare for me to be surprised, unless something happens right before opening when I am in the car, like my day at McCauley.
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