John LaConte
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Vail, CO Colorado

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December 24, 2012
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On the Hill video ski report: Deep powder at Vail

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Vail official report: 5" new snow in the last 24 hours

Vail Daily field report: It was knee deep in places by 9 a.m.

Weather: Dumping snow at the top of the mountain

Liftline status: Pretty crowded, but Gondola One line wasn't bad approaching 9 a.m.

Run of the day: Forever

Breakdown: Colorado forecasters who have been studying different snow patterns over the years have concluded that the wind direction can make a huge difference on which resorts, and even which areas of certain resorts, get the most snow when it's falling. Recently Beaver Creek reported 8 inches in 24 hours while just down the road, Vail only had 3. Conversely, Vail got a lot more snow out of the storm before that one. But Vail is 7 miles long, with slopes facing all different directions. While the measuring stick was reporting 5 inches in one place on Vail Mountain this morning, snow was stacking in numbers twice that in others. Also, that measurement was taken at 5 a.m., and the snow was falling at that time and continued to fall for another 4 hours before crowds started getting to the slopes. The point? There was 2 feet or more in places on Vail Mountain this morning, and those lucky enough to find the good spots were in powder heaven.

Snowcast: It should keep up through this afternoon, then dry up for a few days before another storm arrives on Sunday night, says Joel Gratz of opensnow.com.

On the Hill is shot with a GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition.


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