How Long Does a Powder Day Last in the East?
Two criteria are really needed IMO to make a great powder day:
1. At least 5" of snow that is relatively dry
2. Low enough windspeeds that one is not going from crust to drifts
Yesterday (1/18/2017) we (Crotched Mtn.) had a 7" to 9" without wind. The major runs were reduced to chopped by 10AM. I've experienced simiar at WV and Jay Peak.
(Naturally, if your area has glades, that extends the powder through most of the day, but there is a large segment of the skier community who avoid glades because of the risk of damage to skis.}
But IMO, a New England powder day last about one hour. Your thoughts?