Having just come from WB where it's been puking everyday I was hoping the reports from Tahoe weren't accurate, but unfortunately they are.
Saturday was Squaw, and as much as I've always enjoyed Squaw the day was REALLY lousy. First, because of the conditions, the only thing available was groomers, and there were WAY too many people on what was available. Going anywhere all you heard was someone scraping right behind you. All the terrain behind in this picture should have been covered a long time ago, but not this year.
The reason everyone was relegated to the groomers was this:
OK, we all know the uber-gnar here who would use 115mm underfoot and slay this , but if you're not a legend in your own mind it's just a non starter. Occasionally you'd see some nitwit bro-brahing down a small portion of this, desperately trying to get back on to the groomer to save life and limb.
So Sunday was Heavenly, and talking with someone associated with the hill, they indicated that between the amount of snowmaking, and the effort put into grooming they figured it would be far better - and it was. Still nothing off piste, but at least the piste was survivable. The weather was absolutely fine for a touron, with mid 40's bright blue and no wind, but unfortunately it appears that will keep up for a while. As usual, the scenery was outstanding:
So many areas had what appeared to be great opportunities, but they were all roped off as they were bullet-proof with a thick ice covering:
I haven't skied Tahoe in a few years, and there was some weirdness I didn't remember.
First the lifties -
At Squaw some gal at the bottom of the 6 pack at Shirley was completely obsessive that everyone had to get into 6 for the lift - but the line was 3 deep - wtf?
At Heavenly every so often the liftie would take 2 groups of 4 from the singles line and put them on 2 chairs. Wait - isn't the singles line for getting on to the less-than-four groups - again - wtf?
Powder House Demo Rentals -
A special call out to "The Powder House" at the base of Heavenly. As I was only going to be there 2 days, I only brought my boots down from WB, and rented.
The first day I has a set of K2 Rictors. They were OK, certainly better than the old Recons, but then it would be hard not to be. The problem - oh, I didn't bother to look before they put them in the trusk, but figured out when I took them out at Squaw - they were 160cm!!
The second day I got a set of Nordica Firearrow, figuring I might as well have an ice skate. There's probably a decent ski somewhere there, but with the hellacious tune they had, the tips hooked, the tails wouldn't release - just awful. Whoever tuned those skis should be disemboweled.
Anyway, stay FAR away from the Powder House for rentals if you're in the Tahoe area.