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Surface Legend
CORN - Corn Snow 
FRGR - Frozen GranularThis is undoubtedly the most misunderstood surface condition in ski reporting. Frozen granular is a hard surface of old snow formed by granules freezing together after a rain or warm temperatures. There are a wide range of frozen granular surfaces which offer different textures and ease of turning. Frozen granular will support a ski pole stuck into the surface. In contrast, ice will form chips and will not support the pole. It can return to loose granular after proper machine grooming.
HP - Hard PackedWhen natural or machine made snow becomes very firmly packed. The snow has never melted and re-crystalized, but it's been tightly compressed through grooming and continuous wind exposure. You can plant a pole in hard packed snow, but it takes more effort than packed powder. Unlike frozen granular snow, hard packed snow is generally white in color.
ICY - IcyNot to be confused with frozen granular, ice is a hard, glazed surface created either by freezing rain, ground water seeping up into the snow and freezing, or by the rapid freezing of snow saturated with water from rain or melting. It is important to note that, generally, frozen granular is opaque whereas ice is translucent.
LSGR - Loose granularThis surface results after powder or packed powder thaws, then refreezes and recrystallizes, or from an accumulation of sleet. This is also created by machine grooming of frozen or icy snow.
MGS - Machine Groomed GranularSnow that has been repeatedly groomed by power tillers so that the texture is halfway between loose granular & packed powder. Some of the snow is granular & some of the snow has been so pulverized that the crystals are like fine powder sugar. It's neither loose granular nor packed powder. This condition can occur after a warm/freeze with multiple grooming passes.
PDR - PowderCold, new, loose, fluffy, dry snow that has not been compacted. This is usually the product of fresh, natural snowfall.
PP - Packed PowderPowder snow, either natural or machine-made, that has been packed down by skier traffic or grooming machines. The snow is no longer fluffy, but it is not so extremely compacted that it is hard.
SC - Spring Conditions 
VC - Variable ConditionsWhen no primary surface (70% or more) can be determined, variable conditions describes a range of surfaces that can be encountered. It could mean that part of the trails are loose granular, part are packed powder, part are frozen granular and some are wet granular.
WBLN - Wind BlownA windy day can blow the surface snow, either powder or granular, into drifts in some places, leaving a firmly packed base snow. Corn: Corn snow, usually found in the spring, is characterized by large, loose granules during the day which freeze together at night, and then loosen again during the day.
WETGR - Wet GranularLoose or frozen granular snow which has become wet after rainfall or high temperatures. This is typically an easy to ski surface that results from rainy days or a thaw.
WETPS - Wet Packed SnowNatural or machine made snow that has been previously packed and becomes wet usually because of rainfall.
WETSN - Wet SnowPowder snow which has become moist due to a thaw or rainfall, or snow which was moist, as it fell. Spring Conditions (SC): (Only allowed to be used from March 1st on). This is the spring version of Variable Conditions. Like variable conditions, this term is used when no one surface can describe 70% of the terrain open for skiing. It is not uncommon for other evidence of spring to be present such as bare spots, a discolored surface from melting and traffic.

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