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Great Divide Snow Report for 10 Dec 2016

  • Weather Forecast for Great Divide at  m altitude issued: 4 pm10 Dec 2016 (local time)  
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Great Divide Snow Report for 10 Dec 2016

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Our Snow Report for Great Divide brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Great Divide snow report shown below was updated on 10 Dec 2016. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Great Divide.

Great Divide Snow Report Issued: 10 Dec 2016

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Most recent snowfallon 10 Dec 2016
Fresh snow depth:3cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
41
36
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pistePacked Powder
PowderOff piste-
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:3 out of 0Lifts open.Resort is open. 4 inches (10 cm) past 6 days.

  
*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sun Mon Tue

(1799m — 2204m)

snow report today

0 km away

41
36
Packed Powder 3 cm
today
21
4
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2002 m
500m 0m 100m

(2088m — 2484m)

snow report today

94 km away

Discovery Ski Area webcam
46
30
Packed Powder 3 cm
today
25
15
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2286 m
500m 500m 250m

(2073m — 2500m)

snow report yesterday

120 km away

22
14
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2286 m
550m 0m 0m

(1525m — 2317m)

snow report today

131 km away

56
30
Packed Powder
26
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1921 m
550m 350m 150m

(1920m — 2255m)

snow report yesterday

131 km away

51
36
Variable Conditions
18
3
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2088 m
300m 0m 0m

Notes on the Great Divide Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Great Divide. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Great Divide piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Great Divide snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Great Divide, the Great Divide weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Great Divide weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Great Divide, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Great Divide. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Great Divide snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Great Divide snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Great Divide snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Great Divide snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Great Divide, study the Great Divide piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Great Divide snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Great Divide on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Great Divide (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Great Divide Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Great Divide snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.