How to Track the Weather
Want to be a Weather Pro? Here’s How to Track the Biggest Storms.
Like most skiers, we love powder. We get giddy hearing that snow is slated to hit our home resort, can pack the car at a moment’s notice to hit the road for fresh tracks, and have internet bookmarks that look like those of your local weatherman. When the early season, long-range forecasts hit the airwaves, in only increases the anticipation for the season to come.
But what do we really need to know about forecasting and predicting where and when all the biggest storms are going to hit? We caught up with OpenSnow’s Meteorologist Joel Gratz to find out the answers to our questions.
Gratz let us know a few important things to keep in mind prior to storm gazing:
- Don’t pay attention to long-range forecasts (3-6 months). They really aren’t a reliable source of which areas will get the most snow over a season, let alone certain months or even weeks.
- The more flexibility you have, the better your chances of scoring pow.
- Be prepared for everything and anything.
- When in doubt, toss a coin.
Now that you know the basics, here are a few rules and resources to get you started as this winter’s weather pro.
Rule 1: Know the game and play your strengths
If you can’t make last minute adjustments to your ski trip, keep your weather expectations mild. If powder doesn’t show up, it’s good to have a list of alternatives or fun ski challenges. For example, try skiing every run on the mountain or riding every lift. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the deepest snow.
Rule 2: Everybody gets it wrong sometimes
It’s true, even the pros get it wrong every now and then. The best powder connoisseurs actually don’t have a 100% success rate. No matter what the forecasters say, keep your expectations in check and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Rule 3: Quantity can equal quality
If you want to play the game well, you need to prepare for quantity. If you have the ability to chase powder four to six times each winter, chances are you will hit it right at least once. Go as often as you can.