Oh, Snow! Ski Areas Exaggerate Weekend Snowfalls?

Ever hit the slopes to find less snow than you were promised?

A study by two Dartmouth College professors may reveal why. The study says ski areas have exaggerated their snowfalls on the weekends to entice skiers.

But the report also finds an iPhone application that lets skiers report real-time snow levels is now keeping resorts honest.

The report says ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada reported an average of 23 percent more fresh snow on the weekends than during the week, compared to area weather stations.

But resorts question the findings. They say the weather stations aren't necessarily in the same snowy spots as the slopes. And they say overreporting does them no good if disgruntled skiers find less snow than expected.

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