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post #1 of 19
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The latest storm cycle that hit the major Tahoe region was underestimated by a looooong shot.

the 5-10 inches of new snow for Wednesday ended up being more like 2 ft, the 8-15" on Thursday ended up being another couple feet (or more) and the dumpage that we woke to on Friday peaked the three day snow fall at something like 90 inches!

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That's over 7 feet of snow in three days!!

 

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Coincidently, Philpug and I had three days of that coincided with this storm cycle, so.....I got an extra dose of RAWR,  we loaded up my big ass SUV and headed to the mountains.

 

The good news is that we got 3 amazing powder days, the likes of which I'd never imagined.  The bad news is that it makes for a lousy trip report because we were hard pressed to stop for pictures.  For one thing, it was hard to get going again with the 2-3 ft of fresh powder, and another thing.........we were having too much fun!!

 

This is the one lonely shot Phil got of me

 

P1040795.JPGThank you Tahoe Monster!!!

post #2 of 19

great shot!  Glad you guys got the goods for sure , hoping some of its still around today.  

post #3 of 19

Pretty awesome! Reminds me of Gathering Alta/Bird '08. One pic of each person but lots of stories!

 

I guess Tahoe is OK then? LOL

 

I told my wife the other day if we ever decide to just sell it all and move west, Tahoe area is choice #1. 

post #4 of 19

good for y'all...

 

I've missed this cycle entirely so far.  We'll be out hiking today and tomorrow though.  I've been hoping some of my south facing shots didn't get cooked too much by that surprise bluebird day yesterday.

 

I guess you gotta pay dues though, I have a company ski trip to mammoth first week of march that is likely supposed to have a little cycle like this (can't imagine it'd be quite as big) and 10 days across the nevada desert a week after that...

 

And it's supposed to be all bluebird today with a little time for that 7+ feet to settle down in the bc.

 

post #5 of 19

Read the Avi warning issued for BC yesterday. looks like a couple days to settle is a wise decision 

post #6 of 19

Amazing!! I still can't believe we missed it by about 10 days. *Sigh* I guess I'm getting payback for those days when I lived in Sacramento and a nice storm would blow through and I'd call in sick the next day and go skiing.

 

My niece, who attends UNR, is hitting Northstar today. hissyfit.gif I did tell her she might want to consider demoing some powder skis.

post #7 of 19

Nice shot Phil, and nice look, TC, and nice turn, and nice snow....niiiiiiice.biggrin.gif  beercheer.gif to Tahoe Monster

post #8 of 19

I was at Sugar Bowl on Wednesday and Thursday -- Wednesday was great with powder up to my knees and filling in throughout the day. Thursday's powder was up to my waist in many areas and required very steep slopes to keep up the momentum. We had a 5-hour drive to get back down into the foothills on Thursday (a trip that would normally take just over an hour), so we decided to skip Friday, especially since I discovered that a rat hat made a nest in my engine compartment and bit through a rubber hose, causing a very strong fuel smell that I wanted to get fixed on Friday.

 

I was surprised at how much the weather forecasters underestimated the storms -- even on Wednesday the consensus seemed to be that Thursday was going to start off light and then get heavier in the afternoon and drop only a foot or so late Thursday. However, the storm started way earlier and dumped way more than expected. Usually the forecasters seem to be pretty accurate about the next couple days, but not this time. That was some crazy deep snow.

post #9 of 19

I got up to Sierra on storm-day Friday.  My biggest ski is a 99 mm and I augered in on anything less than 30 degrees.  The slopes refilled all day, with main slopes producing knee to waste deep.  When I was ready to go home, the road was closed.  We got an opening two hours later.  Truly amazing conditions.  I figures Saturday would be a junk show with President's Day crowds, but Friday, most people stayed home with the chain controls and road closings active.   I have to envy Phil and Trek who don't have to traverse from the West slope valley, and can be there relatively quickly, and have access to an unlimited powder ski collection from the Starthaus Demo arsenal.

 

post #10 of 19


 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

The latest storm cycle that hit the major Tahoe region was underestimated by a looooong shot.

the 5-10 inches of new snow for Wednesday ended up being more like 2 ft, the 8-15" on Thursday ended up being another couple feet (or more) and the dumpage that we woke to on Friday peaked the three day snow fall at something like 90 inches!

snowfalling.gif

That's over 7 feet of snow in three days!!

 

yahoo.gif

 

Coincidently, Philpug and I had three days of that coincided with this storm cycle, so.....I got an extra dose of RAWR,  we loaded up my big ass SUV and headed to the mountains.

 

This is the one lonely shot Phil got of me

 

P1040795.JPGThank you Tahoe Monster!!!


NICE!

can just 'image' this run...

I am stoked!

Mammoth reports almost 8 ft from this dump!

I'm 4 days away from a longish wkend there and from longterm forecast it looks like I better bring a snorkle cause itz supposed to add dumpage on coming Friday, and thru the weekend!

Dec. storm was just about enough for Avy Chutes, Dragon's Back, but I ripped a big base groove on Hangman's which was a bit rocky.

Should now be perfect to pop the cherry on my spanky-new Sick Birds!

WOOO HOOO!

 

Howz the moisture content?

Did you wax?

waddya use?

How'd it woik?

post #11 of 19

Snow was just unbeleivable, not only in the amount..but the AMOUNT. Even skiing Powdercats, I don't recall skiing snow so deep. More snow coming later this week, but will be working. 

post #12 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by moreoutdoor View Post


 


NICE!

can just 'image' this run...

I am stoked!

Mammoth reports almost 8 ft from this dump!

I'm 4 days away from a longish wkend there and from longterm forecast it looks like I better bring a snorkle cause itz supposed to add dumpage on coming Friday, and thru the weekend!

Dec. storm was just about enough for Avy Chutes, Dragon's Back, but I ripped a big base groove on Hangman's which was a bit rocky.

Should now be perfect to pop the cherry on my spanky-new Sick Birds!

WOOO HOOO!

 

Howz the moisture content?

Did you wax?

waddya use?

How'd it woik?

The moisture content was a bit sticky on Wednesday but fluffy on Thurs/Fri!

I used Beta Wax from Holmenkol which is the "go to" wax for Tahoe, and Start Haus

It worked GREAT!!
 

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by moreoutdoor View Post

 

Howz the moisture content?

Did you wax?

waddya use?

How'd it woik?

I used Briko-Maplus Race Base Medium. My skis were sticking a little like everyone's on Wednesday, but the main resistance on Thursday was the powder that my legs were plowing through. I did not put any wax on my ski pants or boots biggrin.gif.
 

post #14 of 19

made it out finally...

 

the first couple runs in the trees were nice...

 

and in the trees so no camera...

 

we ended up skiing the south face out...

 

it was fun

 

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post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

Splitter you're killin me!!!  Awesome Shot!

post #16 of 19

Can personally attest to the vast amounts of new snow out there as I was in the North Shore area all last week.  Amazing as Saturday through most of Tuesday was warmer and snow-free.  Then the winds kicked up with the snow.  Seemed to be a foot on the rental SUVs every time we returned to them.

 

Deepest powder I've ever skied - by a big margin.

 

Two days of clear groomers - Sunday the 13th at Alpine Meadows and Tuesday at Homewood.

 

Two days of crazy snowfest - Wednesday at Northstar and Thursday back to Homewood for the amazing depths of pretty light pow...

post #17 of 19

I’m beat. Fist time in a long time I left early every day. Just stay on the steep stuff. Wax does not seem to makes any difference because it is so deep.  I rarely see lines so long everywhere I go Thursday and Friday.  Got some fresh tracks on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s snow is wet and I like Sunday better. I can still get untracked on Sunday but I am too tired to work for them. These are my best days ever.beercheer.gif

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

I got up to Sierra on storm-day Friday. ...I figures Saturday would be a junk show with President's Day crowds, but Friday, most people stayed home with the chain controls and road closings active. 

 


I ended up at Heavenly on Saturday and with all the pass blackouts there was hardly anybody there.  Lines on dipper/sky were like a mid-week day and there was never a line at Mott chair.  We ended up getting mostly untracked all day (since most of there people there that day stuck to the trails and the most obvious off-trail terrain).  Heading west down the hill Saturday afternoon I noticed a lot of traffic going into town from Sierra so I'm thinking that is where everybody ended up skiing on Saturday.

post #19 of 19

The Weather Geek sent me a notice.  We are looking at Colorado-type powder for Friday's storm with 25:1 conversions (snow/water ratio)  Forecasts are for 2-3 feet and up to 4 feet in places.  This comes at the cost of very cold temperatures and snow reaching the Sacramento Valley floor.  As you can imagine, the Californians are very excited.

 

 

Quote Tahoe Weather Geek www.tahoeloco.com:
Another cold winter storm -- possibly the coldest storm of the season -- is on its way to Tahoe. It should hit by late this afternoon.

This low pressure system is coming on a line down from Canada, then sweeping just far enough out into the Pacific to tap into a moisture plume that will supply about an inch of precipitation, measured in liquid equivalents. Combined with the system's own moisture and the very cold temperatures, we should see two to three feet of new snow at 7000 feet, and possibly more higher up. The liquid in this system will turn to snow at a ratio of 20 to 1 or even 25 to 1, a very efficient powder-making machine.

The snow should peak early Friday but continue throughout the day before tapering to showers Friday night. We might see a second surge Friday night as the front passes through and we get some action on its backside. Depending on how quickly the system moves on we could see some lingering showers into Saturday. But just like last weekend, Sunday should be mostly clear. And cold. Temperatures Saturday and Sunday behind the front will be 15 degrees or more below normal. Highs on Saturday at the mountain passes might struggle to make it out of the teens.

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