When it comes to snow reporting across the globe, North America leads the league in timeliness, clarity, and accuracy. The traditional method is simple– keep a tally of the following metrics– daily low/high temp, 24 hour snowfall, 72 hour snowfall, a base depth, and season total snow.
So why– why is it so hard for so many ski areas across South America to keep a decent tally and present it on their website? To be honest, this is less of a question as it is me pleading for better numbers from our ski partners down south.
As of now, the best way to get an idea of what conditions are like in Chile or Argentina is Instagram. One literally has to seek out pro skiers to find out where they’re skiing and following them day by day to find out whether it’s DOC (*dust on crust) or POW.
Not only does this force ski bums to sift through self-righteous captions to find out what the conditions are like, they also have to spend the time comparing and contrasting who got the better powder shot. It’s just not fair.
So please, please South American ski areas and resorts– get some better numbers will ya!