This kind of bugs me too, not sure why really it's just words.
Friday was definitely a powder day at Plattekill. I'll bet most who were there would agree. I'd day the first five or six inches were borderline, but the next two feet were pow. Eastern pow? Maybe.
When the snow is really good, even if your skis aren't that fat (97mm for me), the skiing becomes almost effortless. I skied all day, and tele'd almost everything.
I can vouch for Harv. My family had the opportunity of a lifetime to ski Platty on Friday and Saturday for Telefest. It was only heavy when you fell in it on Friday. Saturday it did set up with wind-packed cement (but got broken up by a few thousand new friends who got turned away from the other Catskill ski area. A ton of fun both days and I only had 95mm underfoot and my wife pulled it off with 88's.
So maybe we call all snow powder, but reserve "genuine powder" for well... powder.
This got me to thinking about a guide to writing a snow report:
Trace (only use pre-October 1)
Storm of the Year | Decade
Refer to NWS web site, or:
Invent name proportional to month of season, e.g. November - December names in letters starting from A-F; Jan. -Feb. use names G-K; after April use a name starting with letter Q.
Note: Best to use non-specific gender names. Safe to use the name of any kid born after 2010.
Huge dump (default)
Pounded with snow
Reaches grandpa's testicles (<--social media use only)
100% but may vary according to ski patrol discretion
Bare spots = natural hazards (always exist)
Rocks = summer moguls
Snow coverage like a Holstein cow = spring conditions
Rain = spring conditions
Freeze/thaw = pre-storm preparation
WROD = pond skimming weekend
WROD = great deck weather (if pond skimming has already been used)
Sent from the driver's seat of my car while in motion.
Had super fun on Saturday and Sunday, and agree lets not call this stuff powder. Whats up with Windham though, had never been there and they weren't up for the task of hosting so many riders. The lifts that were running were old and slow, and some lifts were not running.
Woodstream? Try reopening Deer Run, where we Oneonta gen-xers learned to shred.
I'd love to, but It's owned by some Jewish camp now and I'm not sure how well a ski area would thrive in Stamford. It would have to be marketed as a locals area, and I love that idea, but not sure if it would work or now.