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What weather conditions make for great powder snow? Do mountains really create weather? How steep is your favorite run? There's serious science behind snow, and we're here to break it all down for you, so you can be the biggest snow geek in the office. Check back weekly for new episodes.
Radar has many uses: tracking airplanes, making sure you don't go too fast behind the wheel and most importantly to skiers and riders—finding snow. Spread out across the country, radar is a key component for tracking storms and enabling you to find fresh tracks. The only problem? They're reomote—the one in the video below was only accessible via a 15-mile snowmobile ride—and their beams can't go through mountains. But that's okay, because as Meterologist Joel Gratz explains, without radar... finding snow would be a bit tougher.
It's not uncommon during the course of a winter to hear meteorologists talk about the snowpack being 115 percent above normal. But what does that number actually mean and why is it important?
It's fifteen days until your big ski vacation and the long-range forecast is calling for sun and not the powder you've been dreaming about. Should you be worried? Hardly. Meterologist Joel Gratz explains why.
It's bound to happen at some point this season. After a long day of skiing 6 inches of powder at your favorite resort, a friend calls from a resort fairly close by and brags about their epic powder day. You're tempted to call them out on it, but could he be telling the truth?
We've all been there—standing atop a run with our buddies, heart pounding with the sudden fear that it might just be too steep. The harsh reality, however, is that usually it's not as steep as we think. In Episode Two of Snow Science, we break down just how steep is steep and what it means for avalanches and your buddy who swears he just skied a 50 degree slope.
Ask any powder-loving skier what their favorite type of powder to ski is and their answer usually includes ‘deep and light.’ The feeling of floating through a bed of snow while almost choking to death is pure bliss. But is there a way to know if the powder you’re getting ready to ski is going to be the epic powder you're hoping for? The answer we found was complicated. But there was a constant. We found that the amount of snow wasn't the determining factor, but rather, how light it was. And then we realized the perfect powder day could actually be measured.