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Tahoe - 28-29 January

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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.

 

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The reason everyone was relegated to the groomers was this:

 

 

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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:

 

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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:

 

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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.

post #2 of 9

Heinous.  That's the only word that comes to mind when I look at your pictures, especially the top two at Squaw.  Sorry that didn't work out for you.  Makes me feel much better about only having a little bit of wind-slab to deal with occasionally.  At least B.C. and the PNW have had some new snow most of the season.  That second picture is just about as ugly as it gets.

post #3 of 9
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Just found another one that shows "groomed" versus not:

 

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Nasty!

post #4 of 9

That's odd.  The people i talked to who went to squaw on saturday said that the off-trail stuff in your first picture was really good corn in the afternoon.   I think they also like sun bowl and west face of K2 at the end of the day, but i'm not 100% sure of the last one.

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That's odd.  The people i talked to who went to squaw on saturday said that the off-trail stuff in your first picture was really good corn in the afternoon.   I think they also like sun bowl and west face of K2 at the end of the day, but i'm not 100% sure of the last one.



As of 2:30 K2 was spinning, but no bodies were loading.

post #6 of 9

I haven't even bothered booking a trip this year.

 

It's 7 degrees outside (45 for you Imperialists).

 

In Toronto.

 

In January.

 

Normally we call this "April".

 

Wife bought snow shoes earlier, haven't had snow on the ground long enough to try them.

 

 

post #7 of 9

Glad someone made it to Tahoe, but for me, it's almost not worth the trip from the Sacramento side of the Sierra for coral reef.

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

Glad someone made it to Tahoe, but for me, it's almost not worth the trip from the Sacramento side of the Sierra for coral reef.



 

I concur.  I went up to Kirkwood (for the first day of my season!) on Saturday only because I couldn't let January go by without getting at least one day in.  It wasn't worth it.  I picked up my pass...pummeled myself on the concrete coral reef off piste, zoomed a few groomers (actually underneath Chair 4 was nice...just boring), and then called it beer-thirty early.  I won't go back up until it starts storming again (hopeful for 2nd half of February).

 

On the bright side, I LOVE Kirkwood in low-tide conditions.  The terrain is just so much more varied and fun.  All it needs is some real winter snow and it will be super fun again.

post #9 of 9

You should have come to Kirkwood.  I spent Saturday and Sunday chasing my 7 year old through the trees there.  It wasn't *great*, but the off-piste was definitely skiable.  A bit crusty in spots, but the best parts had piled up sugar snow.

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