Snow and Ski Data for Colorado

At my last Boulder Community Hours (or Random Day, or Bunker Hours, or whatever the latest branding of “office hours” is), I spent 15 minutes with Joel Gratz who runs the great site Colorado Powder Forecast

Even though we only spent 15 minutes together, Joel sent me a nice comment:

“Office hours is such an amazing resource – many thanks for making yourself and others available to the community.  This must be a unique concept in the professional, non-academic world!

Thanks Joel!  And if you are a skier in Colorado, this is a must read site either by email, RSS, or Joel’s twitter stream.  And Bunker Hours for me for 1/26 still has plenty of slots in case you are interested.

But wait, there’s more.  Josh Larson, a TechStars graduate now working at NewsGator, also writes a great blog titled Colorado WeatherJosh has an uncanny ability to predict the weather on the front range better than – er – most weathermen.  It could be that he used to work at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center – or maybe he’s just that good.  Apparently, Ari Newman, another TechStars graduate and CEO/founder of Filtrbox asked Joel if he was more accurate than Josh.  Joel graciously replied that they are good friends.

But wait, there’s more.  When on a long, cold run with Kelly Taylor of The Fuel Team (now owned by PR Newswire), he told me about the new Vail iPhone app named Realski that is an augmented reality trail map of Vail Mountain.  Since I haven’t skied on Vail recently, I haven’t been able to test it out but if you are an iPhone user on Vail, try it and tell me how it rates.

Update: The Boulder Daily Camera wrote an article today that lists Five iPhone apps that will help you plan skiing, snowboarding trips.

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  • Both are fantastic blogs! I'm not really a weather guy but it has been so fun to read what these guys write.

  • Brad – thanks for the mention! To clarify, Resort Technology Partners is the company that created the RealSki iPhone app. Many of the folks at RTP came from Vail Resorts, but they are independent now. I just downloaded the Vail augmented reality trail map and will put it to the test on Thursday AFTERNOON (Thursday morning is reserved for powder, as there are no friends or augmented reality apps to slow you down on a powder morning:-)

  • Brad – neat post! It dovetails together nicely with Fred Wilsons post on the evolution of the social web today ( It's amazing all of the communities being built around niche audiences to centralize information and build places for like minded people to share information.
    I am heading out to Steamboat in the March with the boys, this site will no doubt get us fired up.

    Have a wonderful New Year.

  • This blog is good having detail research . I am going to read now 2nd one. Thanks for sharing useful facts, which are hidden in some blogs.

  • Marissa also holds office hours, a habit she also learned from college

  • Marissa also holds office hours, a habit she also learned from college

  • Thanks for pointing to the Business Week article – it’s a good one.

  • thanks for share