Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Feb 15 1966, Page 28

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 15, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Ski conditions report relaying system than a declaration of War by the . Or a presidential election. For that reason the ski reports Are conveyed in code and read like braille to the skier with 20-20 vision. The big radio stations insist on a Shorter report yet Only the name of the ski area and the term a poor a a a fair Etc. No More no less. These people contend and rightly so that a ski condition report is of interest to a very Small minority. To devote More than a couple of minutes to it will offend the vast non ski minded listening audience. Depth of Snow where does the operator measure the depth of Snow on his Mountain lets temporarily forget the Small ski area and concentrate on the major areas. Does the operator measure the depth in the Middle of the Trail where 95 per cent of the skiers ski Why should he Burn up the worlds greatest electronic and wire system or Send Paul Revere Down the Road to announce a measly 2v2 Inch base when the accumulation on the Side of the trails measures 25 inches a glorious 45 inches in the Woods and not to forget a couple of windblown holes with Snow up to the armpits of the tallest patrolman i know of some big area operators who insist that they take the Snow depth measurements in 20-25 locations Over the entire Mountain Bottom Middle and top of the Mountain in the Middle and the Side of the trails As Well As in the Woods. Then these honest measurements Are added up and you guessed it divided by the total number of measurements. Out of it comes an absolutely utterly honest a a average Snow depth As Long As ifs White and slides but i am reminded of the Story of the fellow who had one foot in a bucket full of and the other foot in a bucket of glowing coals. While one foot was freezing and turning numb the other foot was getting burned to a Crisp the average temperature however was almost perfect. So much for a a average Snow depth. That is the background of ski condition reporting. Now that we presumably know the problems and complications what can be done about a More logical and More informative Snow reporting system and formula personally i think not a thing except making the most of the relatively simple system of surface Snow and As a partly informative and at least positive procedure a reasonably accurate interpretation of the skiing to be had . A fair a Good a excellent or a combination thereof. Or else go All the Way and simply state a a operating or a not accidentally in either Case my bile other reasons no one is perfect. There Are occasions when an area operator conceivably overstates his Case a bit or shall we say he is Overly enthusiastic in Reading the future 24 hours. Most of the time the reports Are As accurate As they possibly can be under the circumstances. Time lapse of As much As 18 hours Between reports issued and reports read in the paper does not help matters. To quote an old time skier Mark Twain a if you done to like new England weather wait a few to ask the individual operator to substantially downgrade his Snow and ski report from the Refore or after Tou in our cocktail lounge. Bennington lanes North on route 7 no. Bennington Rood Tok 447-7100 Norm in order to disappoint no one a not even the poorest skier with the poorest edges a would be to invite bankruptcy in the face of the existing risk his venture represents not to speak of the existing Competition he faces. This has been the Story of Snow reporting in the past. As we enter the new Winter a new system a new formula emerges. A Long winded formula that will be As popular with some operators As last Winters Christmas weather. It supposedly takes the operator off the Hook for he express his personal opinion As to fair a Good a Etc. He will however be required to make a great number of Snow measurements All Over his Mountain and emerge with the a a average Snow depth. With the a a average Snow depth plus surface Snow description the skier then is to determine the a fair a Good a himself. I have my own reservations As to whether the skier cares much if he skis on 20 inches or four feet As Long As the surface is right. And i am convinced that As far As the ski ers Are concerned depth of Snow forcibly determined on the basis of a a average will cause the same problem As a fair a Good a excellent opinions have in the past. On top of it the new system is a totally negative formula and an uninformative formula. In addition it is not a uniform system because for erne new York state and Canada and its ski areas will use the old positive system and retain the fair a Good a Etc. Furthermore so will radio and to As opposed to the associated and United press services and the newspapers. In Short confusion will dominate the new Snow and ski reporting. The Only Hope for it is a Good snowy Winter in which Case it wont make much difference. Come next summer no doubt there will again emerge a committee of Well meaning people attempting to solve the same Ever recurring Riddle meantime it is hoped that everybody will Sharpen his edges and display a sense of humor. Nothing in this world is perfect least of All a ski reporting system. Saudi at its Best Monument Cycle Bennington Flats no. Benn. Re. Benn., it. Bennington lanes open Bowling every afternoon and evening 18 new ten pin lanes for your Complete to whig enjoyment the modern Way to enjoy the delights of Snow travelling. Staying in Bennington area relax and bowl a to in the banners ski edition 17a

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