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Squaw Valley | Lake Tahoe Snow Report

Where do those numbers come from? And what do they mean anyway?

Snow Totals

It's pretty simple really. We've got two snow stakes at el. 6200' and two snow stakes at el. 8200'. One each for 12 hour snow totals and one each for 24 hour totals. Additionally at each elevation we have a master stake where we measure the settled base. Each night during a snow cycle the 12 hour stake is cleared at approximately 4:30 pm so we can tell you the next day how much fresh snow you'll have to ski and ride on. The 24 hour stake is cleared with each morning reading at approximately 5am. Our mountain operations teams call in our snow totals and settled base every morning at approximately 5:30am, which we report on our website and Tahoe Ski & Ride Report. The website is updated by 6am and the Tahoe Ski & Ride Report gets delivered just after 7am every morning. Even though it would be a lot of fun to go hunting all over the mountain for the deepest snow to report, we don't get to do that. Drats! Instead we report from the same stakes day after day after day so that you have consistent information.

Weather

The majority of our weather we gather from National Weather Service/NOAA stations across our mountain. Keep in mind these are relatively delicate instruments put in sometimes harsh conditions. Occassionaly wind sensors get iced-up and we have to use secondary sources of information. But, just like the snow data, we report from the same places day-in and day-out so that you have consistent information.

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