i think we're being reverse tom sawyered here... :)
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2012 / 13 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke Thread - Page 10
Poll Results: Should we lock 2012-13 season stoke thread after Labor Day?
5 Total Votespost #271 of 125212/5/12 at 7:59pm
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 #272 of 125212/5/12 at 8:31pmQuote:
Not a whole lot of inferior gear kickin around your house....
Gonna day trip up there sometime next week, I'll let ya knowpost #273 of 125212/5/12 at 8:57pmpost #274 of 125212/5/12 at 9:14pm
So, what was happening on the slopes during the weeding out process- I have not looked at the weather, and I wonder if the promised warm rain materialized at elevations that matter... Been sitting in the office all day...
Never mind, here is the report courtesy of Unofficial...
Edited by alexzn - 12/5/12 at 9:40pmpost #275 of 125212/5/12 at 9:21pmpost #276 of 125212/5/12 at 9:41pmQuote:
I saw you in the Comstock lift line. I was going to ask you how you liked your Sambas. I ended up four chairs behind you. I was on my Cochises.
Dennispost #277 of 125212/5/12 at 9:43pmpost #278 of 125212/5/12 at 9:47pmpost #279 of 125212/5/12 at 9:48pmpost #280 of 125212/6/12 at 12:25amThread Starterpost #281 of 125212/6/12 at 7:02pm
Phil: you really need to hire me as your editor...
Squaw today was interesting. One thing is for sure: they need to take some pointers from the grooming experts over at NS. You'd never find a run littered with death cookies the size of russet potatoes at the Star. Speaking of taters, all the runs off of Shirley Lake were littered with chunks mostly in the range of new potatoes, yet despite the debris the runs were evenly edgeable from top to bottom.
Siberia held Tahoe Boiler Plate extreme. They had Granite Chief open, but one run down proved why nobody was riding the lift: it was teeming with refrozen tracks, protruding stalagmite death cookies that knocked you about, deep runnels, luge-like channels of hard snow and teeth jarring inconsistencies. Every turn was accompanied by the nails-on-chalkboard scraping of edges making shaved ice (remember to bring your flavor syrup!).
The run underneath Emigrant was actually soft and very spring-like, but it was the only run like that.
Ambitious folks were lapping The Funnel, the top part being fairly decent, but the bottom half back towards SL was reminiscent of the snow off of GC.
Weather-wise it was all bluebird with a serious crisp tinge (my toes were frozen all morning).
All in all not a bad day considering all the rain we've had lately.
AM opening day on the morrow!post #282 of 125212/6/12 at 7:33pmThe true beauty of Squaw is the lack of grooming! Admittedly some days will suck but when conditions improve, the foundation will have much more character than worn corduroy.
Sounds like it needs snow. St Croix isn't looking like a bad move...
Ericpost #283 of 125212/7/12 at 8:29pm
AM opening day was interesting.
Since the mountain hasn't been skied in roughly a month, everything off-piste was smoovey smoove; Tahoe Boiler Plate smooth, but smooth nonetheless.
There were a lot of yahoos out and it was like playing Frogger down low where all the trails merge to get back to Roundhouse and Summit chairs. So much so that after one warm-up run on "Dance Floor" I headed over to the Alpine Bowl Chair. That entire side of the mountain was empty, and with good reason: everything there, from "Palisades" to "Terry's Return", was buffed boiler plate that was barely edgeable (no matter how much I tried to dig in, my turns kept skidding). Still, I liked the peace and quiet and emptiness so I put up with the less-than-ideal conditions in favor of no crowds.
On my second lap down I ran into some co-workers and we decided to head over to Summit Chair and check out "Wolverine Bowl". We traversed over to "Lower Beaver" and scored some genuine spring conditions. It was so good that on the next lap we traversed and hiked to the top of "Beaver Bowl" proper. Ran into Errol the Jamaican Ski Team dude who picked our lines out for us: he pointed to the crux of the bowl and stated emphatically and energetically "There's some sweet spring snow right there, I'd hit that." So we did. And it did not disappoint.
After a short break to ditch some layers we decided it was time to hit "Lower Saddle." It's clean surface had been tempting me all day and we figured with the warm temps that it would be soft. Boy were we mistaken. It was beyond-boiler plate and on my second turn in my skis slipped out from under me and I went into an uncontrolled slide toward the tree line below. I lost a pole, which skidded down and out of sight and I was unable to dig my edges in and slow my descent. In a last ditch effort to cut speed and stop, I steered into two young saplings and slammed my right thigh rather nicely. Not the most professional of self-arrests and I've got a nice Charlie Manson (the most killer of Charlie Horses) brewing on my thigh, but other'n that it's all good. The irony of the situation is that earlier the kids I was skiing with asked about the "Know How To Self Arrest" sign plastered on one of the lift towers on the Alpine Bowl Chair. I only wish my demonstration had been a bit more professional.
With a throbbing thigh in tow I ascended the Summit Chair and hit up a short shot on the backside of "Pete's Peril's Trees" back down to the top of Roundhouse and then I gingerly made my way down "Dance Floor" to call it day.
Not sure what tomorrow will hold for AM. If it freezes tonight, then all the stuff that got skied out on "Wolverine", "Beaver", and "Estelle" will be really chunky and sucky. Everything else (i.e. the aforementioned runs off the Alpine Bowl Chair) should still be silky, yet diamond hard smooth.
Keep on your A-game and be careful if you hit it up as it's still very much early winter conditions out there!post #284 of 125212/7/12 at 9:27pm
Rose and Kirwood on Ski Magazine's "Ten Best Mountains You've Never Skied". I used to go to Rose while still learning (when I thought that Kit Carson is the steepest run known to men) so it made me all warm and fuzzy inside:post #285 of 125212/8/12 at 4:59pm
I like it when I see a forecast from someone who is creating Tahoe weather forecasts exclusively title a post "Cold and Snowy Days Ahead" referring to the rest of December. Check out the latest post from www.TahoeWeatherDiscussion.com:
Hopefully this means a good start to our snow season. Those first storms were a bit too warm.post #286 of 125212/8/12 at 10:10pmThread Starterpost #287 of 125212/8/12 at 10:13pmpost #288 of 125212/9/12 at 10:45am
First turns this season yesterday Saturday 12/8. Kirkwood, sunny with high thin clouds, 9am temp at freezing that warmed up to low 40s midday. Base 3>4 feet and looked it. First day with the whole mountain open including the back side. On drive up SR88 rather bare below 7k. Both Silver and Caples Lakes mostly ice free. Had watched those warm storms the last couple weeks come through via the two CDEC remote weather stations in the area that showed near or above freezing temps so knew what the snow quality was going to be. Yoyo'd groomed runs top to bottom non-stop making agressive rebounding fall line short and medium radius turns all day on my 68mm waist Twisters. Good ski muscel workout. Lot of skiers on the backside:
Many check out the backside:
Snow on groomed runs was ok except where it became skied off to hard icy slabs below. Was mainly an issue on steeper pitches like Zacchary's. Few riders went up on Chair 10 where I noticed most sliding off the exit ramp very cautiously so figured that was unpleasantly icy. Although coverage will be bomb proof the rest of the season given this good concrete layer, lets hope colder storms forecast by next weekend bury it with a solid layer of mid winter packed powder snow.
Poked about some off the groomed areas and was mostly unpleasant except where no one had skied and some sun had a chance to soften the refrozen top layer that had fallen as sleet. This pic at noon was below Lookout Vista in The Cirque where almost no tracks showed even though backside areas were all tracked out. I've skied this condition before and it is like the smooth curving surface of a billiard ball. Sometimes can be a unique blast of a good time, however the air temp was only in the low 40s which was not enough to soften the top up enough for me to bother with skiing this slope more than once although was probably fine on a few slopes with better morning sun like the west side of Vista or Eagle Bowl.post #289 of 125212/9/12 at 11:46ampost #290 of 125212/11/12 at 9:21am
Oh baby, all reports are looking like Tahoe is about to be hit with about another foot by the weekend across the board starting Wednesday.post #291 of 125212/11/12 at 9:40ampost #292 of 125212/11/12 at 10:15amQuote:
I was at Northstar all day Monday skiing in a lesson with a few friends and Mike Hafer.
I would tell you what I was wearing, but I can't keep track
It was skiing pretty well, wasn't it!post #293 of 125212/11/12 at 11:57amQuote:Originally Posted by dmourati
Oh baby, all reports are looking like Tahoe is about to be hit with about another foot by the weekend across the board starting Wednesday.
I am stuck in the East Bay Wed. night, but will drive to Kirkwood or Heavenly if I can wake up early enough on Thursday. Anyone skiing there? I am selfishly hoping Heavenly is on a Wednesday wind hold, but the early reports indicate the winds won't be too bad.post #294 of 125212/11/12 at 1:29pmpost #295 of 125212/11/12 at 1:31pmpost #296 of 125212/11/12 at 1:43pmpost #297 of 125212/11/12 at 1:47pm
Saw this pop up on the National Weather Service page:
Looks like the stars are aligning for the Tahoe ski resorts with the storm coming in Wednesday - dusting off the powder skis as we speak....post #298 of 125212/11/12 at 2:22pmpost #299 of 125212/11/12 at 2:26pmpost #300 of 125212/11/12 at 3:36pm
I would say that with the base at Kirkwood right now and this incoming weather things are about to get REAL good. Today was fun but the snow is definitely firm. Time for mother nature to fire up her snow groomer!!!!!
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