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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clear the snow stakes?

Vail:
For the official snow stake located at mid-mountain, ski patrol manually clears the stake at 7a.m. For the snow stake camera located in Blue Sky Basin, there’s an automatic system that clears the stake at 5:45 a.m.

Beaver Creek:
The snow stake is cleared by an automatic system at 5:40 a.m. each day.

Breckenridge:
The 24-hr snow stake is swept off automatically by a robotic system at 5:45 AM each morning.  The stake that measures settled base is never swept.  This is a measurement of the depth of snow on the ground.  base of the snow stake stays static.

Keystone:
There’s an automatic system that clears the stake at 5:45 a.m.

Canyons:
For the official snow stake located at mid-mountain, ski patrol manually clears the stake at 7 a.m. For the snow stake camera, located at a different site at mid-mountain, there’s an automatic system that clears the stake at 5:40 a.m.

Heavenly:
For the official snow stake located at 9,800 feet near Dipper Express, the snow stake automatically flips twice every 24 hours. For the snow stake located in Mott Canyon, Ski Patrol manually checks and clears it.

Northstar:
An automatic system clears the mountain cam stake at 5:40 a.m.
The person who is responsible for checking the official snow stake clears this stake manually, immediately after reporting the snowfall at 5 a.m.

Kirkwood:
Our official snow stake is the camera stake located beneath Chair 1 and it automatically dumps at 5:40 a.m.


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