We're committed to reporting our snow as accurately and transparently as possible.
The official mid-mountain snow stake is located near Tubing Hill, at elevation 6875'. We strive for accuracy every day, for every report, and have checks and balances in place to achieve this.
There have been situations in which someone has mistyped a number or when a natural occurrence such as wind or snow drifts have resulted in an inaccurate reading.
The cam also captures a 24-hour time lapse of snow accumulation.
Snowfall measurements for this stake are used solely for the purpose of the online mountain cam.
Occasionally, the snow will be higher on one side of the snow stake.
To report the most accurate number possible, we take the average across the width of the stake. Snowfall amounts are reported from the official summit snow stake and official mid-mountain snow stake before a.m., usually sometime between and a.m. The number on the stake is recorded into our database which then automatically delivers this number to our websites, our snow report email newsletters, and to third party websites.
Northstar's skiable terrain covers two mountains (Mt.
Pluto and Lookout Mountain) and a large land area, which makes reporting snowfall very difficult since snow totals can vary across the area.
While the official summit snow stake and the unofficial snow stake cam are located only 25 feet apart from each other, slight differences in measurement between the official snow stake and the mountain cam snow stake may still occur. The official summit snow stake and the unofficial snow stake cam are located just off of Flume Trail at 8,283' feet in elevation.