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So I am ready to move up on skiing from blues to black.  I am going to go heavenly ski this weekend, what would be some easy black groomed run that I should try?  I don't want to go down anything harder than a light black.

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If Ellie's is groomed, try that out. Or try Milky Way, which is usually groomed. Pretty much as long as its groomed, go for it.

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Upper Ellies today (22-Jan-2011) was a bit icy, especially for a first timer.  The have a nice warning sign pretty much stating "if you fall, you're not going to be able to stop due to conditions".  If you really want to go for it, I'd start on the left then transition to the right side about one-half way down.

 

However, if you exit Sky chair right, towards Liz's or Ellies Swing, you'll be able to catch the lower end of Ellies w/o the dreaded hard pack.  I'd do that run a few times, as there weren't moguls and there was enough snow to allow a decent intermediate to "catch" and slow down (versus scraaaaaape).  Plus no one is there to watch you fall/fail (some folks are very self conscious)

 

Milky Way Bowl wasn't "that bad", and if you do it get speed as the area by the gates gets flat.  North Bowl wasn't bad but it doesn't lend itself to learning as the North Bowl Chair is painfully slow.  

 

Avoid the tree's (e.g. Nevada Woods, Aries Woods) as the snow has been brutal.  Little Dipper (Mogul Alley) has been closed due to the hard pack conditions.  I didn't see anyone try Dipper Bowl but expect conditions to be just as bad.

 

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Originally Posted by Merle View Post

Upper Ellies today (22-Jan-2011) was a bit icy, especially for a first timer.  The have a nice warning sign pretty much stating "if you fall, you're not going to be able to stop due to conditions".  If you really want to go for it, I'd start on the left then transition to the right side about one-half way down.

 

However, if you exit Sky chair right, towards Liz's or Ellies Swing, you'll be able to catch the lower end of Ellies w/o the dreaded hard pack.  I'd do that run a few times, as there weren't moguls and there was enough snow to allow a decent intermediate to "catch" and slow down (versus scraaaaaape).  Plus no one is there to watch you fall/fail (some folks are very self conscious)

 

Milky Way Bowl wasn't "that bad", and if you do it get speed as the area by the gates gets flat.  North Bowl wasn't bad but it doesn't lend itself to learning as the North Bowl Chair is painfully slow.  

 

Avoid the tree's (e.g. Nevada Woods, Aries Woods) as the snow has been brutal.  Little Dipper (Mogul Alley) has been closed due to the hard pack conditions.  I didn't see anyone try Dipper Bowl but expect conditions to be just as bad.

 



Hmm I thought the conditions in Tahoe have been awesome so far?

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Hmm I thought the conditions in Tahoe have been awesome so far?


I'm spoiled :)

 

I usually get 3-4 ski days a week in Tahoe (when work permits).  Thanksgiving until New Years was wonderful, with a few very cold weeks during the first part of Jan to keep conditions great.  My favorite spots are in the trees and the last couple of weeks (sans any type of real precipitation) with the lack of sunshine for my favorite stashes have created hard pack there.  This includes places like Mott and Killebrew Canyons which have been closed several times in the past two weeks.

 

However for folks who like the groomers, only one day was bad last week (they groomed for hours on end and it basically just iced up to hard pack) with blue skies, mild temperatures, corn growing and fewer crowds.

 

 

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