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2012 / 13 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke Thread - Page 36
Poll Results: Should we lock 2012-13 season stoke thread after Labor Day?
5 Total Votespost #1051 of 12524/3/13 at 10:15pmThanks all for the bump tips!
80% (4)Yes - After Labor Day is a good time to get on to the next season
20% (1)No - I'm not done with this season yet
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #1052 of 12524/3/13 at 11:00pmTrekchick's attitude rocks! There was a lot of fun to be had this year. Christmas and New Year was the best I can remember ever. The top of Squaw is still OK.
Regarding bump runs, the Headwall runout and the Olympic Lady gully have great bumps because only skiers who can make it down Headwall face or East face of Olympic Lady cut those nice bumps on the flatter pitches. Quality skiers make quality bumps. Pick your way down the steep stuff and enjoy the nice flatter lines when you get there. Do that enough and the steeper lines will be yours soon.
Follow the freestyle team around Squaw. Work on matching their lines and you'll get good fast. Or join them - their private course on Red Dog is fantastic (I've heard - I'd never poach it of course). Squaw's bumps are the best.
Ericpost #1053 of 12524/3/13 at 11:38pm
High T today was like Smoothie, and they shut it down before it started getting tracked up. About as good as low angle corn gets. The challenge will be to keep the cat track runout and the lift loading ramp covered. The lift op was shoveling all morning. (Do they keep a grooming machine on the Sherwood side or do they have to bring it over on Ray's Rut?--That must be getting sketchy.)
Part of the beauty of spring skiing is that you can ski stuff that might be over your head other times of the year. And stuff that is seriously steep other times of the year is fun even after the corn has turned to slop (although you pay for it with the herky-jerky runouts.) Actually, what I DON'T like about spring skiing is that I like to scare myself a little without any serious risk, and that gets hard to do in the spring.
Edited by oldgoat - 4/3/13 at 11:51pmpost #1054 of 12524/3/13 at 11:51pmQuote:Originally Posted by lovethesteeps
Exactly. If Squaw wants to realize this dream of becoming an uber resort for all ability levels, they really need to update the way they mark runs and mark them according to how hard they actually are, and not downgrade the difficultly level to make it appear as if there's more intermediate to advanced level terrain on the map. This whole double-blue thing is complete BS. Everything "Double Blue" should be re-marked as Black and most Blacks should be remarked Double-Black. Anything now marked "Advanced" should be black and anything marked "Experts only" should be double black. That's the way it would be at most other resorts around the country.
Red Dog at the bottom is way too steep for the majority of beginners who wind up side slipping their way down as other borderline-in-control intermediates go zooming past. This is only going to get worse once they put in a 6 pack. IMO they need to find a way to funnel beginners off Champs Elyses down Easy Street or something and mark the entire bottom of Red Dog Face as "Advanced only" and/or black.
And yes, pumping massive amounts of people up that mountain is going to create ginormous lines at the Squaw Creek lift if they don't update that chair also.
Leave our trail markings alone. I actually feel that they are honest. Beginner is a beginner, and advanced is what it is- advanced. If you don't understand what those words mean in English- too bad. My daughter laughs at kids telling her at school that they skied "blacks runs at Northstar" in their pizzas. Trail markings that stroke the tourists egos are pure BS. I also don't understand what a double diamond run is, and I probably been on plenty. Squaw marks them "Expert Only" depending on snow conditions and I feel that this is the right way to do it.
BTW, all the excitement about Red Dog pumping massive amounts of people is misplaced- read the specs- the distance between the new chairs is much bigger than on the old lift, so the capacity will go up but not drastically. The ride time will go down, and that's a good thing.
Upgrading Red Dog helps on storm days, upgrading Granite does not, so the logic is there.
The less can be said about the "Canyons lessons" post, the better...
As for closure of headwall and KT- KSL has nothing to do with it. Low base on both lifts is a lot more relevant.
I am with Ske-Bum on a lot of what he said- this winter has been underwhelming indeed. We all still get out and ski.
Please don't use bumps at the Shirley runout for training- it's a pretty crowded area, so it will be a hazard. Best bumps right now would be in Rainbow Bowl (Solitude lift), skiers right.post #1055 of 12524/4/13 at 12:00amQuote:
Half of what you write makes me think you are on KSL's payroll and the other half makes me think Start Haus. When you have the best chair in North America and all you have to do is push a little snow to clean up the bottom you do it. I skied West Face till 4:00 today and there is no cover issue until you get within 100 yards of the lift line. As for Headwall, if the rumor is true, that's just plain crap because there is plenty of snow there. They could close the mtn run there and have everyone take chicken bowl to the funi. Shutting the lifts down that make Squaw what it is the first weekend in April is beyond lame.post #1056 of 12524/4/13 at 12:10ampost #1057 of 12524/4/13 at 7:20ampost #1058 of 12524/4/13 at 7:25amQuote:Originally Posted by raytseng
I'm not questioning your experience or your background. I'm questioning your attitude given the name of this thread is labeled Tahoe Stoke thread. If you're posting about how sad this season is; I think it's even sadder that you let it get you down and depressed, and not only that, post about it looking for others to commiserate with you. Instead of doing something about it, switching to your summer hobbies early, or take matters into your own hands and go to mammoth, SLC, DEN or wherever the snow is.
I skied just last weekend for 3days in south shore. Even spending the time and money commuting in from SF, I have no regrets about the trip.
I have been mountain biking, will be on the trails in Tahoe soon as fast as the snow is burning off, looking at breaking out the boat and water skiing, I will be fine, I'm pretty active. You go ahead and post "stoke" on a winter that is in my personal bottom three, and it scored lower then the year I blew out a knee. You live in the city, I live in the mountains way different perspective. Believe me Ray if is good I will say so.Quote:
Don't doubt it, you can ski and can avoid the issues in the last 100 yards to the chair. Squaw is catering to lowest common denominator, not to you, sorry. I have a hard time skiing Squaw without either one of those chairs, they are my bread and butter.Quote:Originally Posted by Trekchick
As Ske-Bum eloquently states, there is some significant burn off on a lot of the lower mountain. Mostly because we've had a brutal mid/late season for snowfall, or lack thereof.
I think the upper mountain will hold up for the next few weeks if we get some cooler temps.
Are you mocking me?
I'm a born optimist from Michigan who moved here because I'm passionate about the sport, and the right opportunity arose.
One thing that continually blows my mind is how many people show up to ski the WROD in the beginning of the season and then bail on spring skiing because its not amazing. I, for one, love spring skiing and am finding some fun to be had.
This year there is a lot less snow than last spring, but the fresh snow we had last spring was pretty sticky and this spring is a little more corn like.
Maybe I'm mocking you, but I'm a born realist from the West Coast. I'm passionate about everything I do, however I will call it like I see it. Good corn snow skiing is up there with powder skiing for me, some of the best the mountains have to offer. Just wish I could get more of it this year, some of my favorite spring skiing areas at Squaw are done already, April 4th, nothing but bushes. Will ski Alpine for couple more weeks and then baring a miracle, will hang it up and move on from this year.post #1059 of 12524/4/13 at 7:29amQuote:Originally Posted by SquawBrat
Half of what you write makes me think you are on KSL's payroll and the other half makes me think Start Haus. When you have the best chair in North America and all you have to do is push a little snow to clean up the bottom you do it. I skied West Face till 4:00 today and there is no cover issue until you get within 100 yards of the lift line. As for Headwall, if the rumor is true, that's just plain crap because there is plenty of snow there. They could close the mtn run there and have everyone take chicken bowl to the funi. Shutting the lifts down that make Squaw what it is the first weekend in April is beyond lame.
I guess you've made it on Epic when you are being accused of being a corporate stooge.:-)
Push snow? From where? From the mountain run? Last time I checked it was getting brown spots already. West Face is where the snow on KT always lasts the longest, and even that was getting sketchy. Last weekend the snow on Hogsback developed a crack in one spot which tells me that there is a lot of water running down under that snow, eating into the snowpack. Ever noticed the start of this winter? When the lower mountain was brown and the top had a healthy base? The lower mountain just kept limping along and never fully established a good base. I wish that was KSL's fault, but it isn't. I am looking at the forecast for today and it says rain and temperatures in the high 40's in Truckee. That does not look good for the lower mountain.
PS. And I love KT and Headwall just as much as you do, and is be just as bummed to see them close early.post #1060 of 12524/4/13 at 7:32amQuote:Originally Posted by Ske-Bum
Maybe I'm mocking you, but I'm a born realist from the West Coast. I'm passionate about everything I do, however I will call it like I see it. Good corn snow skiing is up there with powder skiing for me, some of the best the mountains have to offer. Just wish I could get more of it this year, some of my favorite spring skiing areas at Squaw are done already, April 4th, nothing but bushes. Will ski Alpine for couple more weeks and then baring a miracle, will hang it up and move on from this year.
If I still lived in Michigan, I'd have skied corn for the past three weeks and my season would be done now. (in a normal year)
Since I've only been out here three seasons, I'm still appreciating the longer season, as marginal as it may be in others eyes.
This year my old home hill had some pretty incredible snow and are celebrating with a zombie event this weekend.post #1061 of 12524/4/13 at 8:03ampost #1062 of 12524/4/13 at 8:45amThread Starter
You can't really blame KSL for the lack of snow since December. I assume it's raining up there right now, which will make parts of KT even more sketchy.
I had a great season and will probably put in another day or two at Alpine while they're still open (although touring seems like a better option at this point), but I'm definitely in the camp that thinks this year was worse than last. I never thought I'd spend the first week of April shopping for a new mountain bike - it just feels wrong.post #1063 of 12524/4/13 at 9:04am
Yes, people have been complaining about KT closing early forever but this is different. I should have been more specific in my last post; the mountain run can be skied all the way to the KT sundeck and onto KT from the sundeck side without any problems. The high road has bare spots as it crosses under the KT towers, and that is where snow could/should be moved. There are plenty of bare spots showing up but there is also plenty of snow to harvest and top of the high road; those of you who have skied in the past two days know what I am talking about. I do not blame KSL for the lack of snow; I blame the approach.post #1064 of 12524/4/13 at 9:07amQuote:Originally Posted by JayT
You can't really blame KSL for the lack of snow since December. I assume it's raining up there right now, which will make parts of KT even more sketchy.
I had a great season and will probably put in another day or two at Alpine while they're still open (although touring seems like a better option at this point), but I'm definitely in the camp that thinks this year was worse than last. I never thought I'd spend the first week of April shopping for a new mountain bike - it just feels wrong.
There's always Mothers Day at Abasin - if you can get a hall pass.post #1065 of 12524/4/13 at 9:28amSure the season is not great. And I'm not saying I'm posting stoke. But when other people saying they're having a good time,you don't have to correct them and say no you should be having a terrible time like me. The season is bad join me in sadness, you are not allowed to say things were fun because i didnt have fun.. That's what I mean about being negative. You can just stay neutral and ignore the people having fun.post #1066 of 12524/4/13 at 9:59amThread Starterpost #1067 of 12524/4/13 at 10:24amQuote:Originally Posted by SquawBrat
Yes, people have been complaining about KT closing early forever but this is different. I should have been more specific in my last post; the mountain run can be skied all the way to the KT sundeck and onto KT from the sundeck side without any problems. The high road has bare spots as it crosses under the KT towers, and that is where snow could/should be moved. There are plenty of bare spots showing up but there is also plenty of snow to harvest and top of the high road; those of you who have skied in the past two days know what I am talking about. I do not blame KSL for the lack of snow; I blame the approach.
most years it's not lack of snow that closes KT. Lifts shutting in the spring happens at multiple areas and went on at squaw under Cushing. Ski areas start laying off folks, including patrol, after March (thank god the scum renting the house next to mine are moving out). They'll close KT when there's more and better snow than when they opened it this season. There just aren't enough West Face rats like you to keep it open.post #1068 of 12524/4/13 at 10:28amThread Starter
Question: typically at what air temps around Tahoe do you decide to make the move from red to yellow wax?
I'm asking this here because the answers can vary quite a bit in different areas, I'm sure.post #1069 of 12524/4/13 at 10:31ampost #1070 of 12524/4/13 at 10:35amQuote:
The answer is, of couse, the afternoon (air temp above 48F). This is why I went to a LF universal wax, ironing it over a rubbed-in layer of temp. specific graphite wax. If you use yellow in the morning it will be scaped off in the afternoon from skiing on frozen snow. The Hertel FC739 isn't their spring wax, but it is hard as hell and lasts a long time. "Hard" waxes are supposed to be used for cold snow, but this stuff is great up to the mid-40'sF. My proof? The cat tracks.post #1071 of 12524/4/13 at 2:24pm
KSL must be reading this ....Quote: From Squaw/Alpine EmailNew Benefit for This Season50% Off Lift Tickets for Friends & Family
Starting April 7 and through the end of the season just bring your pass to the ticket office and get 50% off an Adult, Child, or Super Senior lift ticket. One lift ticket discount per passholder per day.post #1072 of 12524/4/13 at 2:28pmpost #1073 of 12524/4/13 at 3:25pm
TC has the right attitude IMO.
I don't at all regret my decision to leave SLT early this year as I've fincially got a big head start on next winter, have skied tons of pow in New England and the corn season is all time right now with nice deep bases. Killington is talking a possible push into June. Bonus also is March/early April are very slow months if you're a chef at a club. My plan is to push hard through the summer, stay later to cover the holiday banquet season before x-mas and boogie on back there mid december. I refuse to winter somewhere else until I get the season I want in Tahoe....the last two aren't what I'm looking for, but damn is living easy so I'm gonna cross my fingers and hope for a good 2013-14. Was going to supplement my Tahoe value with Sierra but now know thats not the pass...I want a squaw/alpine instead because with that I'll get sierra anyhow.
I am jealous of the mountain bike season y'all are about to embark on....got just enough of a taste the past couple falls to know its some pretty fantastic stuff but I got to make the dough. Some day I'll do the year round thing maybe and get to experience the awesomeness that is summer in Tahoe.
Peacepost #1074 of 12524/4/13 at 5:55pm
like a cruel joke the system is on again for sunday
FORECAST MODELS HAVE ONCE AGAIN STARTED CHANGING COURSE FOR THE SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY TIME FRAME. THE GFS AND ECMWF NOW CARVE A STRONGER LOW MORE TO THE WEST OF THE PREVIOUS FORECASTS AND DROP IT SOUTH INTO WRN/CNTRL NV BY EARLY MONDAY. THIS IS A BIT SLOWER THAN PREVIOUSLY...BUT ALSO COOLER AND WETTER. THUS HAVE RAISED POPS A BIT FOR SUNDAY NIGHT AND STARTED LOWERING SNOW LEVELS AND TEMPS FOR MONDAY. BECAUSE THE MODELS HAVE BEEN WAVERING MY CONFIDENCE IS NOT OVERLY HIGH WITH THIS SYSTEM...BUT MANY OF THE GEFS ENSEMBLE MEMBERS ARE ALSO COMING BACK TO THE MORE WESTERLY SOLUTION. SO WILL TREND THAT WAYpost #1075 of 12524/4/13 at 7:02pmQuote:Originally Posted by natrat
like a cruel joke the system is on again for sunday
FORECAST MODELS HAVE ONCE AGAIN STARTED CHANGING COURSE FOR THE SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY TIME FRAME. THE GFS AND ECMWF NOW CARVE A STRONGER LOW MORE TO THE WEST OF THE PREVIOUS FORECASTS AND DROP IT SOUTH INTO WRN/CNTRL NV BY EARLY MONDAY. THIS IS A BIT SLOWER THAN PREVIOUSLY...BUT ALSO COOLER AND WETTER. THUS HAVE RAISED POPS A BIT FOR SUNDAY NIGHT AND STARTED LOWERING SNOW LEVELS AND TEMPS FOR MONDAY. BECAUSE THE MODELS HAVE BEEN WAVERING MY CONFIDENCE IS NOT OVERLY HIGH WITH THIS SYSTEM...BUT MANY OF THE GEFS ENSEMBLE MEMBERS ARE ALSO COMING BACK TO THE MORE WESTERLY SOLUTION. SO WILL TREND THAT WAY
Bolded is the key part of that whole forecast, would love to break out the pair of next years powders skis I have sitting around, but sorry Ray even the forecasters are not "stoked". One question for you natrat, what NOAA station are you reading for this?
Nevemind, found it. Reno NOAA the good ones. BTW, ski Sherwood at Alpine now, because this is going to be the last weekend, or so says the rumor mill.
Edited by Ske-Bum - 4/4/13 at 7:19pmpost #1076 of 12524/4/13 at 7:14pmpost #1077 of 12524/4/13 at 9:54pmpost #1078 of 12524/4/13 at 9:55pmpost #1079 of 12524/5/13 at 8:59amThread Starter
I believe they're building a huge jump for a film session back there. So yes (I think).
In other news, Miles (formerly of Unofficial Squaw) talked to Troy Caldwell and it sounds like the Squaw / Alpine connect will happen in 2 - 2.5 years if all goes as planned.
Edited by JayT - 4/5/13 at 12:59pmpost #1080 of 12524/5/13 at 3:29pm
"Sugar Bowl Resort announced today the final day of lift-serviced skiing and riding for the 2012/13 season will be Sunday, April 14th."
What do ya bet the biggest storm since December hits on April 15?
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