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First powder day of the season

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Just happened.  March 19th.  Pitiful.

 

At least I got to try the new skis I bought at the end of last year, before next year.

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Soooo, where'd you ski? 

 

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Oh it was at China Peak.  They had similar weather to Tahoe all week.  Claiming 8" in the morning, but I don't think they had that much since closing down, however piled on top of the 5 feet or whatever they had the previous few days it was still deep.  But the main runs were tracked out when we got there at opening...so I doubt 8".  It was still possible to hit rocks and stumps though.  No base at all.

 

We were at Tahoe last week before the storms hit, and we're trying it again this weekend it looks like.  Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows and somewhere yet unknown.

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Shoot a message to me.  I think we're planning on AM on Friday......perhaps. 

 

post #5 of 21
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Oh we won't be up until Friday night.  Ski Sat-Mon.

 

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My first serious powder days of the year were at Mammoth on the 18th and 19th.  Monday was one of the best pow days of my life. Just a quick photo showing my poles in 4 feet of fluff and me floating on the 196 Lhasa Pow's.  So happy Ullr finally delivered for me.

Lhasa's.jpg

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I used my 190 Elan Boomerang yesterday.  120 underfoot and I still sank right in.  They logically seem to work better the faster or steeper it gets, but they didn't work any miracles trying to get across any deep flat areas.

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My first serious powder days of the year were at Mammoth on the 18th and 19th.  Monday was one of the best pow days of my life. Just a quick photo showing my poles in 4 feet of fluff and me floating on the 196 Lhasa Pow's.  So happy Ullr finally delivered for me.

Lhasa's.jpg




NICE!

 

Well, you can thank my wife and I for that...starting to think we bring the snow lol. It's been such a dismal year for snow we've only used our passes a few weekends. Every time we've gone they had a pretty good little dump right as we've left. This time we got there Saturday and skied in some pretty good conditions, but the majority of the mountain was closed. Sunday was the same...closed although we had some good runs off 22. Really windy and cold as well. I knew Monday was going to be nice.

post #9 of 21

Just wondering where this is? Dragons tail area? Headed there today. Hopefully still some left for me :)

agreen

 

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My first serious powder days of the year were at Mammoth on the 18th and 19th.  Monday was one of the best pow days of my life. Just a quick photo showing my poles in 4 feet of fluff and me floating on the 196 Lhasa Pow's.  So happy Ullr finally delivered for me.

Lhasa's.jpg



 

post #10 of 21

^^^^^ the back off chair 14.

post #11 of 21
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I used my 190 Elan Boomerang yesterday.  120 underfoot and I still sank right in.  They logically seem to work better the faster or steeper it gets, but they didn't work any miracles trying to get across any deep flat areas.


Perhaps the snow in your area is blower pow.  Mammoth normally gets a heavy wetter snow that sets up like mashed potatoes or whipped creme cheese as the winds dry it out.  Consequently, it is easy to float on with long pow skis. I actually really like it when the snow is light enough I can get down in it for face shotswink.gif

 

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Perhaps the snow in your area is blower pow.  Mammoth normally gets a heavy wetter snow that sets up like mashed potatoes or whipped creme cheese as the winds dry it out.  Consequently, it is easy to float on with long pow skis. I actually really like it when the snow is light enough I can get down in it for face shotswink.gif

 



My mountain is like 30 miles from Mammoth :)

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Fujative

 

Which one is your mountain?

post #14 of 21
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Home mountain is China Peak.  Highway between Mammoth and CP is closed all winter but physically, it's very close.

 

Anywho, I skied Alpine Meadows for teh first time ever today.  It was ice/hard pack in the AM turned slush in the PM.  Started off cloudy and got sunny though so that was nice.  I really like the main lodge there.  Plenty of seating and lots of food variety.  Parking lot sucks.  Views of Tahoe are decent.  Once again, wish it was snowing.  I've missed every storm everywhere this season.

 

Going to Homewood tomorrow.

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Home mountain is China Peak.  Highway between Mammoth and CP is closed all winter but physically, it's very close.

 

Anywho, I skied Alpine Meadows for teh first time ever today.  It was ice/hard pack in the AM turned slush in the PM.  Started off cloudy and got sunny though so that was nice.  I really like the main lodge there.  Plenty of seating and lots of food variety.  Parking lot sucks.  Views of Tahoe are decent.  Once again, wish it was snowing.  I've missed every storm everywhere this season.

 

Going to Homewood tomorrow.


We had a great powder day at AM for the first official day of the EpicSki Gathering.  Wish you could have enjoyed it with us.  It was especially great because we had some local guides to show us around. 

 

 

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Remember China Peak with great fondness.  Skied there 68-71 with the Cal Poly ski club.  Four and sometimes five people crammed into a VW with all our gear tied to the roof, eating TV dinners at nite and sleeping on the floor of a room with lots of people in it.  Those were good days. 

 

Look forward to getting back there someday for some nostalgia.  The snow forecast looks good.  All of our snow  melted several weeks ago after two weeks of slush.  Oh well, there's always next year.

post #17 of 21

i ride at squaw and i've had plenty of powder days. maybe re locate your skiing?

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Another great pic of Mammoth from the same day last week.

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i ride at squaw and i've had plenty of powder days. maybe re locate your skiing?



I've been to Squaw Valley this year.  As well as Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Kirkwood, Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Sugar Bowl, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Snowbasin and China Peak.

 

I've still only had 1 1/2 powder days all season.

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Originally Posted by steezinEC View Post

i ride at squaw and i've had plenty of powder days. maybe re locate your skiing?



If like myself, it isn't the location I ski at, but when I can ski that effects my powder days in a season. When you live 6 hours away, you need to book your trips. I normally go skiing Thurs/Sunday. Over the years, it has felt like I would be better off skiing Sunday/Wed for more powder days. Sadly I can't talk the ski club into that schedule. So to get a pow day here and there, I need to drive up to Mammoth myself and rent a hotel room for twice the price as going with the ski club. But ya, at some point you just have to pay to play.

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Yeah.  I have to bid in November for all my vacations for the next year.  I bid a week in January, February, March and April, and I just worked my schedule around a week at Christmas.  Other than that I pretty much have weekends off.  If it doesn't snow on those days, not much I can do.

 

It didn't snow those days.

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