Which Ski Weather Report Should You Trust When Planning a Ski Trip?

We live in an age where you can now view a webcam shot of your favourite ski run, to see how the weather looks. But if you’re looking to plan ahead, you need to rely on forecasts. 

Our relationship with meteorology is a love/hate affair. We love it, as long as it has good news.  And we absolutely hate it when the report is wrong.

So let’s take a look at how to get the best information.

Getting the facts

Let’s face it, sometimes the weather seems like it’s trying to mess up your plans on purpose.  If you don’t do your homework it could all unravel in the blink of an eye.  So how should you go about getting the most accurate read on conditions?

The first thing you ought to look at is a weather report that covers the whole region.  Don’t do it the day of, or even the night before.  The key to avoid being blindsided by a sudden shift in weather is to check it consistently.  Most people don’t trust the weather for good reason though, so how do you make sure that what you’re looking at is the best possible forecast?

The answer is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) or it’s branch the National Weather Service.  These are the folks who gather all data from satellites, weather stations and commercial or scientific installations.  They release weather alerts and if you’re going for accuracy you might as well go straight to the source.

The NOAA has an international section you can browse to have a look at an individual weather station’s actual readings, meaning the data is pretty raw.  Even though these are as close as you can get to having your own satellite, there might be a better place to check conditions for your trip.

How’s the weather up there?

We’re a real do-it-yourself culture so when it comes to planning our trip we tend to get tunnel vision and forget that it’s okay to ask for help.  What do I mean?  Call the resort or visit their website for snow conditions.

There’s nowhere else that is more qualified to telling you what the slopes are looking like than the resort itself.  They’re the ones who are responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of skiers and families trekking to their slopes and can tell you about what condition the snow is in and what to expect.

Prognosticating

If it wasn’t clear enough from the above, the one thing you should never do when planning a trip is forget to check the ski weather report.  Multiple sources is better than one and there’s no shortage of them out there.

Don’t let winter’s wild side keep you from expressing yours on the slopes.

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