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HOW TO MEASURE SNOW

Weather experts across the Alps are using satellite imaging and hi-tech equipment to record the huge November snowstorm.

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Some prefer a more old fashioned way. Scientists and weather forecasters are pouring over their charts. 

Multiple measurements are being taken at different locations, changing altitudes and a variety of slope aspects.

Data is being fed into computer models and conclusions reached.

The sales & marketing director of VIP SKI, Gareth Crump, has an altogether different approach – a balcony, an old tape measure and a piece of wood.

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

VIP SKI, Val d’Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

VIP SKI, Val d’Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He arrived last week in heavy snow.

On Thursday morning he pulled out his tape measure and set to work.

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

VIP SKI, Val d’Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

VIP SKI, Val d’Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Thursday afternoon it was still snowing and Gareth recorded 40 cm.

By the evening another 10cm had fallen with levels up to 50 cm.

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

VIP SKI, Val d’Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As he went to bed it was 55cm

And at first light Friday it was still snowing – 65cm now.

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

VIP SKI, Val d’Isere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

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VIP SKI, Val d'Isere

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Another of our readers, Rob Rees from the ski school Inside Out, has his method. 

He photographs a tree outside his accommodation in Arc 1800.

Arc 1800, France

Arc 1800, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And takes pictures of fences.

Arc 1800, France

Arc 1800, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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