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Snow Science: Finding Perfect Powder

11th August 2016 | Tim Shisler

Resorts in this article: Steamboat

Yes, the skiing really is that close to the city.

Yes, the skiing really is that close to the city.

Copyright: Steve Lloyd

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 indescribable. 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? Last season I spent two weeks with Meteorologist Joel Gratz riding snowmobiles to remote weather stations, sitting in freezing temperatures to capture time lapses of clouds and speaking to experts in search of the answer. The answer we found was complicated. But there was a constant.

It's what Utah boasts as "the greatest snow on earth" and what [R425R, Steamboat] calls "champagne powder." 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. Here’s how...

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Ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world:

We have been proud to provide you with free access to snow reports, resort guides and more, and we are beyond grateful for your readership and contributions to our community over the years.

Unfortunately given the changing media landscape, Mountain News Corporation has experienced financial declines in recent years. With additional economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic now facing our business, it is not financially viable to continue operating.

Mountain News Corporation and our OnTheSnow and Skiinfo websites will be shutting down. We will explore the possibility of selling, partnering, or contributing assets to another media outlet if there is an opportunity to allow for a consistent or enhanced online experience. For inquiries about Mountain News Corporation, please email Feedback_OTS@mountainnews.com.

We want to thank our loyal employees for their tireless work over the years to bring great information to all of you. We take comfort knowing that our collective passion for the sport of skiing and snowboarding will certainly live on.

We’ll see you on the mountain.


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