Posted on December 30 2016
Not El Nino, Not La Nina, Not Champaign Powder
Check Open Snow now for powder coming to a mountain near you!
Joel doesn't just forecast the powder, he lives for it!
Snow has always been the most exciting weather event. From the snow days home from school to the powder days as an "adult" a good forecast gets the stoke levels elevated high. Just as our maturity levels progressed a long way from being kids wishing for snow days to "adults" wishing for powder days, so too has our "science" around snow forecasting. We went straight to the source, founder of Open Snow and our local powder forecaster Joel Gratz.
Joel is a busy guy so we jumped at the chance to have him on the show even if it was at noon! We had to use the back up studio in our warehouse instead of the bar, but don't worry, we still brought the beer!
I have heard him called many things around the mountains of Colorado. In Vail he is the shaman the man that calls down the snows from above, but I prefer his new nick name the meteorologist of stoke. Put a beer in my hand and I can talk for hours about skiing, but each post to the website seems like a chore and I don't know how this guy does it day in and day out throughout the whole winter. But what could be better than a weather website for skiers by skiers. As we all know there is way more to powder skiing than just inches (or hopefully feet). Moisture content, wind speed and temperatures all play into that perfect powder day and Joel's in-depth forecast include it all.
We have joked about it for years, but finally with Joel we finally have someone to shed some life on el nino, la nina and all the other weather phenomena that we hear locals spraying about in ski bars around the country. The best part of this episode is that the outlook for Colorado looks good! And as always we are releasing this post a week or 2 after the recording and I can vouch for Joel, he was right! Here is a little of our own spray to show what happens when the powder gods smile kindly.
New shop tech Gary goes totally deep!