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Weekly Shred Report – 28th April 2014

Hey there,

Sad times, the resorts are closing, the snow is still falling, the winds are calm and the sun is shining. Oh how i love spring skiing, minus the rain of course.

First up sorry folks for the infrequent posting, i’ll do better next season.
In better news, i’ll be writing a season that was account of the Alberta and BC ski season in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
Almost lastly, we’ll be expanding our maps to France and potentially New Zealand this year so tweet us your preference! We’ll also be looking at expanding and improving our capture of LIVE resort snow data from the awesome and amazing folks at MountainWeather.com.

For the last week of the 13/14 ski season, let’s go crazy, put on some onesie’s, fluro leg warmers and glide across the slush and review the snowfall for the last week.

Resort of the week

This week’s resort of the week with a final hurrah is Whistler Blackcomb with a spring time 16cm to go with the lovely warm temps. Nothing like some last minute back country before the Mountain Bikers arrive.
Oh and i heard this years World Ski and Snowboard Festival was pretty freakin amazing as well so big up Whistler!

P.S Hudson Bay Mountain oh yeah!!

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Top 10 Resorts with the most fresh snow

Let’s see the top 10 resorts across the slushy warming land:

  1. Whistler/Blackcomb British Columbia 16cm
  2. Nakiska Ski Area Alberta 14cm
  3. Cypress Mountain British Columbia 12cm
  4. Sunshine Village Alberta 8cm
  5. Mt Washington Alpine Resort British Columbia 7cm
  6. Lake Louise Alberta 6cm
  7. Marmot Basin Alberta 5cm
  8. Grouse Mountain British Columbia 4cm
  9. Hudson Bay Mountain British Columbia 4cm
  10. Panorama Mountain British Columbia 3cm

Have fun!
Jussy

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Weekly Shred Report – 5th April 2014

G’day skiers and boarders alike,

How amazing is this snow!!! Just the car park at Louise was knee deep. March was incredible, April keeps it coming.

How incredible, well lets take moment and look at some of the stats from around the hills:

  • Lake Louise saw a 23% increase in its base in March
  • WhiteWater had a 26% increase in its base jumping from 228cm to 309.
  • Sunshine had a better February but was a reasonable 18% increase from 170cm to 209cm.

Let’s stop now and focus in on Fernie, because they had a March that will be held to remember for the ages.
Of the 31 days in March, Fernie had 26 days with fresh snowfall!

Fernie’s base increase:

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And incase you though April might be dying off, check out Sunshine Village LIVE from our friends at MountainWeather.ca

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Resort of the week

Ok let’s get onto this week’s resort of the week, and no surprises it’s Fernie with another massive week, 135cm!

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Top 10 Resorts with the most fresh snow

Ok now onto our top 10 resorts for the week:

  1. Fernie Alpine British Columbia 135
  2. Whitewater British Columbia 97
  3. Castle Mountain Alberta 89
  4. Sunshine Village Alberta 74
  5. Lake Louise Alberta 65
  6. Kicking Horse British Columbia 51
  7. Cypress Mountain British Columbia 41
  8. Whistler/Blackcomb British Columbia 39
  9. Revelstoke Mountain British Columbia 39
  10. Red Resort British Columbia 36

Have fun! Jussy

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Weekly Shred Report – 16th Feb 2014

Hi, thanks for stopping by but why aren’t you out there shredding? It’s amazing conditions right now.

This week has been an epic week for snowfall in the Canadian rockies with pretty much every region receiving a healthy dose of snow for us to chew on.
A lot of it arrived recently with the last 4 days throwing down +10cm each day. So what are you waiting for!

Resort of the week

This week’s resort of the week for 2 weeks running is Castle Mountain which was covered in 83cm of glorious white fluffy stuff!

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Top 10 Resorts with the most fresh snow

Ok now onto our top 10 resorts across the freezing blue bird land:

  1. Castle Mountain Alberta – 83
  2. Revelstoke Mountain British Columbia – 71
  3. Cypress Mountain British Columbia – 64
  4. Hemlock Valley Resort British Columbia – 63
  5. Whistler/Blackcomb British Columbia – 61
  6. Kicking Horse British Columbia – 56
  7. Fernie Alpine British Columbia – 56
  8. Panorama Mountain British Columbia – 56
  9. Mt Seymour British Columbia – 54
  10. Mt Washington Alpine Resort British Columbia – 54
Have fun!
Jussy
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Weekly Shred Report – 7th Feb 2014

Why hello there and welcome to this week’s shred report.

This week has been a fairly average week for the Canadian Rockies low temperatures, high winds and not a whole deal of snow to contend with. If you can get down state side you may found yourself with some powder envy especially around Utah. For those of us tied to the Canadian rockies it may be a wait for some new snow. Anyway onto the details.

Resort of the week

This week’s resort of the week is our awesome community of friends down in Castle Mountain who got dealt a respectable 16cm this week. Most of it between Monday and Wednesday.

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Top 10 Resorts with the most fresh snow

Ok now onto our top 10 resorts across the freezing blue bird land:

  1. Castle Mountain Alberta – 16cm
  2. Whitewater British Columbia – 8cm
  3. Apex Mountain British Columbia – 8cm
  4. Fernie Alpine British Columbia – 5cm
  5. Kimberley British Columbia – 4cm
  6. Panorama Mountain British Columbia – 4cm
  7. Nakiska Ski Area Alberta – 3cm
  8. Big White British Columbia – 3cm
  9. Sun Peaks British Columbia – 3cm
  10. Red Resort British Columbia – 3cm
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The need for open real-time ski data

Over at my favourite ski resort blog The Lake Louise Lowdown a fantastic article on how ski resorts conduct their snow reporting.

I do the reports on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, so when I awoke at 4:30am this morning I was greeted with the happy task of letting people know what an epic day we were about to be faced with. I’m able to access the precipitation gauge at our Pika weather plot via the internet from my home, which is handy since the weather in Banff, and snowfall in particular, is rarely indicative of what’s happening in Lake Louise.

A precipitation gauge does not measure snow – rather, it collects falling snow and melts it, then measures the amount of resulting water. We can then use a formula to convert water into snow equivalency, and it is this number that represents the number you see on our snow reports for mid-mountain snowfall.

A lot of the ski resorts utilise technology such as precipitation gauges to help them understand the weather conditions. As is mentioned in the above quote from the Lowdown blog but this raw information is not available to the ski hills visitors. It’s only available as part of the summary put together by the ski hills forecaster, which is extremely valuable non the less.i

My question was so why cant we, as visitors to ski hills and parks get access to this data? It would be mighty helpful in determining whether or not to go, real-time conditions, lift prices, avalanche risk and safety etc.

We are getting there, some resorts like Kicking Horse are providing this real-time weather information, just not in a usable format such as xml or rss even. But as the Lowdown suggests these devices sit on the resorts internal network and the data is not shared potentially due to corporate policies.

Opening this data up to developers and analysts, as with other industries, would give rise to innovations we cant conceive of right now. For example, better communication of hazards and avalanche conditions.  Or by knowing the wind, temperature and wind chill visitors can choose the right jacket to take or layer appropriately or whether to take the young children up or not.  Or targeted marketing based upon snowfall and proximity to the ski hill. Or overlay trail maps with cameras and weather data.

And i wouldn’t stop at just weather data, some additional real-time information i would like to see:

  • Accurate & consistent snowfall calculations and reporting.
  • All historical weather data.
  • High Definition Video streams.
  • Lift status.
  • Amount of lift tickets sold and pre-sold.
  • Lift lines, amount of tickets being scanned in at lift stations.

Imagine, knowing that only 1000 people were at the ski hill and there’s 20cm fresh pow. Or even better, 500 pre-sold with 40cm of pow arriving and -10 degrees no wind!

From a business perspective, unsold tickets are like unsold hotel rooms. Not selling these tickets is a cost overhead. Open data would provide opportunities to reach out to audiences you never knew you had by releasing control of the data to be moulded into whatever fashion the developers can think of.

For example, lower priced tickets for less favourable days such as wind closures or -30 and higher priced tickets for more favourable days like 30cm snow etc. Or perhaps, only 250 people at 10am let’s send a communication out to our followers offering 25% off.

So what ski resort data would you like to see?

Later

Jussy

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The simple ski resort equation

The simple equation is this:  Show me the best days to go skiing in a resort.

This is the most snow with the most lifts open with the least people with an acceptable  danger rating and a “feels-like” temp not below -15 c.