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Harvey Harvey
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I just joined. Pretty cool.

Especially if it is accurate.

OS is telling me that snow will start around 1pm on Sat and start to hammer around 7pm.

I'm sure it will shift but if it ends up being accurate on Friday night, it's worth paying for.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Z Z
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I’ve subscribed for years
They tend to over predict some storms and usually over predict winds for WF
I finds the temps are really accurate wh8ch is a big help for me picking race waxes for away races in particular
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Harvey Harvey
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I don't really care if the inches are correct.

Rarely am I shut out by wind. 3 of my top 4 areas are running fixed grip chairs from base to the summit.

I want to know:

When is it going to start?
Is it going to mix?
Who is getting the most?
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Harvey Harvey
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I'm finding Open Snow quirky.  Sometimes storms disappear from the day by day and then come back. Like for a while last weekend Plattekill was showing 1" and Belleayre was showing 15.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
jmc5040 jmc5040
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Joel Gratz who started Open Snow in Colorado adjusts the resort forecasts in CO during ski season... otherwise it would pull data from weather sources and self populate the forecast. With so many Northeast resorts I would suspect there isn’t much fine tuning taking place outside of major areas, but that is purely speculation. If the models are all over the place then that could yield an individual mountain forecast that changes a lot. The forecast difference between two close by Catskill resorts is certainly odd though! Regardless, I always got the most out of Open Snow in Colorado by reading the forecast discussion and taking in the overall trends that various models are spitting out and how the forecaster is interpreting that data. I’ve always been a basic member so haven’t had access to everything. Obviously if you know where to look and have the time to do it you can keep track of those models. I’ve really just started following the New England forecast this season so don’t have a good feel for how good it is. I will say Joel knows his stuff in CO and can only hope the rest of his team knows their zones equally...
marznc marznc
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jmc5040 wrote
Joel Gratz who started Open Snow in Colorado adjusts the resort forecasts in CO during ski season... otherwise it would pull data from weather sources and self populate the forecast. With so many Northeast resorts I would suspect there isn’t much fine tuning taking place outside of major areas, but that is purely speculation. If the models are all over the place then that could yield an individual mountain forecast that changes a lot. The forecast difference between two close by Catskill resorts is certainly odd though! Regardless, I always got the most out of Open Snow in Colorado by reading the forecast discussion and taking in the overall trends that various models are spitting out and how the forecaster is interpreting that data. I’ve always been a basic member so haven’t had access to everything. Obviously if you know where to look and have the time to do it you can keep track of those models. I’ve really just started following the New England forecast this season so don’t have a good feel for how good it is. I will say Joel knows his stuff in CO and can only hope the rest of his team knows their zones equally...
I've never bothered to look at OpenSnow for the northeast and certainly not for the southeast since SkiSoutheast covers that region far better than any general snow weather website.  Have found OpenSnow good for Taos, Utah, JH, and Montana in the last few years after signing up.  I don't really care what the snow will be like since I plan my trips months in advance, but it helps to know what to pack the week before in terms of temperatures and potential for skiing and/or driving in a snowstorm.  Only have one-pair of all-mountain skis for trips out west and rent powder skis when I get lucky, so that's not a consideration for packing.
JasonWx JasonWx
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Those numbers  do not come from a forecaster. There is some sort of computer program / algorithm .
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NorEaster27 NorEaster27
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Snowy week upcoming maybe 4 inches today another 6 to 10 Tuesday and the wild card is any LES after that as we get cold with a decent flow over the lakes as the cold comes in from the west
marznc marznc
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Now that OpenSnow has added more multi-resort passes under Season Pass, the map option is more fun.  Especially for the regional passes like Peak or Freedom.  Paying for the subscription and being able to look 10 days out has some value for me when thinking about where to go when I'm driving and have flexibility.

There is a link to OpenSnow on the MCP webpage.  So presumably some revenue is involved.

Here is the 10-day forecast map for today for Peak:

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In New England open snow is staffed by Plymouth State Meterology grad students.  They have no coverage for the Daks and Cats or farther south so no one is directly monitoring it.  I think it’s more accurate in New England because of that.

It seems to work really well for the areas that they cover with deadicated mets out west.
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