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PowCam Update

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PowCam Update

PowCam

As of March 1, 2019 the PowCam will be cleared at 5 a.m. daily to support our efforts in accurate and transparent snow reporting. The morning clearing of the PowCam provides our teams with the necessary visibility of the 24 hour snowfall each morning when crafting the daily snow report. 

How We Report the Snow 

A small team of groomers reads the snow stakes, including the PowCam just before 5:00 a.m. each day. Therefore, the official 24-hour snow report is the amount of snow which fell between 5:00 a.m. one morning to 5:00 a.m. the next day. That 5 a.m.- 5 a.m. total reporting has not changed, we have adjusted the clearing of the PowCam to match this reporting. 

Our grooming team delivers the snowfall, settled base and weather to our communication teams that update skicb.com, OnTheSnow.com and other reporting sites. 

Our snow is measured at the bottom of the High Lift located at 11,286 feet. Industry standards for ski area snow reporting require that official readings be made from the lower portion of the upper third of elevation of the resort. Our stake is located very close to the standard 11,237 feet. The location of the snow stakes, with the introduction of the PowCam in 2007, have not changed for 20 years, providing excellent historical data.

Other Changes You Can Expect to See 

The CBMR team is working on providing accurate Overnight and 24 hour totals on skicb.com and other snow reporting websites. We are also working on the technology to provide a timelapse of the PowCam for users to watch the snow pile up. Both the Overnight and Timelapse features will be available next season, if not sooner. 

In the mean time, we are posting the overnight snowfall total on skicb.com/snow and be sure to check out CBTV's 24 Hour PowCam Time Lapse.

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