On the relation of weather and snow reports to winter sports

TitleOn the relation of weather and snow reports to winter sports
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1937
AuthorsStone, R. G.
Conference Name5th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 5th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJanuary 1938
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part II:
Conference LocationDavis, California
KeywordsWinter sports classification, Winter sports snow conditions

The classification of snow for winter sports have definite bearing on the type of skiing available to winter sports areas. A reporting system is being developed with information being sent to metropolitan areas for release by press and radio. A nomenclature of types of snow surface; fluffy powder, new glazed, wet, sticky, or slushy; hard crust or breakable crust, granular or spring conditions. These types are listed on a form for sending and receiving for uniformity in editing for release. Some attempts are made to standardize the terms for use in the East and New England winter sports areas. In the Alps, scientists, government, and mountain clubs have consistently advocated and fostered the education of skiers and climbers in the matters of rational snow-craft as a means to protection of life and enjoyment of skiing at winter sports areas. In view of the rapid growth of winter sports in the west it is advisable that some standard nomenclature of terms be adopted.