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WEATHER FAQ's

At Heavenly, we measure snowfall on the mountain with both electronic and manual accumulation stakes. 
Snowfall at Heavenly is measured and recorded at four distinct locations across our mountain –  one located at 8,800 feet near Mott Canyon, one at 8,100 feet by the top of the Aerial Tram, one at 8,400 feet by North Bowl chairlift and one at 9,100 feet by the top of the Heavenly Gondola. Our ski patrol considers all of these measurements when reporting snowfall totals and our official snow stake web camera is located near the top of our gondola.
It depends on the location of measurement, type of equipment and measurements being collected. Our official snow stake web camera located near the top of the gondola is cleared at 5 p.m. every day, while our two 24-hour stakes at Mott Canyon and the Aerial Tram are recorded and cleared at 9 a.m. each morning. The manual stake at North Bowl is recorded and cleared at 5 a.m., and recorded again at 5 p.m. 
 
Heavenly’s Ski Patrol and Grooming Department are trained as weather observers. 
To get the most accurate recording of snowfall, it is important to measure the snow in an area that is flat, protected and an accurate representation of snowfall in that forecast area. 
Measuring snowfall in multiple locations spread out across the mountain, as we do at Heavenly, gives our experts the best overall estimate of new snowfall.
Base depth is a measure of the height of settled snow above the ground. Heavenly’s Ski Patrol records the settled base snow depth each morning by reading permanent manual stakes at two mid-mountain locations. Together these stakes, provide our patrollers with an accurate read on the amount of settlement that has occurred over the season and since the last snowfall.
 
At Heavenly, wind is measured in two locations by anemometers. The specialized devices record data like wind intensity, direction and duration. Heavenly Ski Patrol uses that data to build an accurate forecast.