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Poll Results: Should we lock 2012-13 season stoke thread after Labor Day?

 
  • 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
5 Total Votes  
post #691 of 1252

My last day of the season here will be spent at kirkwood. I'm gonna miss waking up and skiing everyday...damn

post #692 of 1252
Heavenly was a mad house today, especially California side. About a 1/2 hour wait for Sky Express. Snow was a lot better than last weekend @ NS. Face was groomed, only the second time I've ever seen it groomed.

It started coming down pretty hard at around 8am and got my hopes up, but didn't last long.
post #693 of 1252
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Originally Posted by CaliSki View Post

Heavenly was a mad house today, especially California side. About a 1/2 hour wait for Sky Express. Snow was a lot better than last weekend @ NS. Face was groomed, only the second time I've ever seen it groomed.

It started coming down pretty hard at around 8am and got my hopes up, but didn't last long.

Yea... the face was great first thing in the morning.  We were doing killebrew laps and wanted to shoot ourselves every time we got into the lift line at dipper chair.

post #694 of 1252

Saturday at Squaw was pretty good overall, woke up to a surprise couple of inches of snow at TD... The parking lot was completely full, and the crowds were noticeable at Granite and Shirley lines, but everything else was quite manageable. High winds last night made for an interesting snow situation- there were patches of windbuffed snow interspersed with sheer wind-scoured ice.  As expected, a lot of high-angle terrain sloughed off, so the usual steep lines were not very rewarding, and instead you had to seek lower angle lines that had better snow.   Best lifts of the day for me - Headwall and Solitude, best snow of the day- Granite Peak.   Here is a short video of a few runs (cameo appearances by davluri, and couple of non-epic friends):


Edited by alexzn - 2/24/13 at 11:47am
post #695 of 1252
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Originally Posted by snoseek View Post

My last day of the season here will be spent at kirkwood. I'm gonna miss waking up and skiing everyday...damn

Safe travels my friend and hope to hook up next season.

post #696 of 1252
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Originally Posted by snoseek View Post

My last day of the season here will be spent at kirkwood. I'm gonna miss waking up and skiing everyday...damn

Last day? Why the short season?

post #697 of 1252
Btw, what's up with all the Heavenly employees being all over the place? I guess there may have been a lot of them all over in the past, but I don't pay attention to that stuff. Missis was with me yesterday and noticed it. It almost seemed like you couldn't do a run without seeing at least one.
post #698 of 1252
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Last day? Why the short season?

Want to make $$$$ and want to ski some pow on the way home.

 

Pulling plug on the season, preparing for next winter. May buy a Killington spring pass for 199, things look ok back there for now

post #699 of 1252
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Originally Posted by snoseek View Post

Want to make $$$$ and want to ski some pow on the way home.

 

Pulling plug on the season, preparing for next winter. May buy a Killington spring pass for 199, things look ok back there for now

Sorry to hear. I hope your sacrifice will let Ullr make you regret your decision. wink.gif

post #700 of 1252

Found all kinds of snow At Kirkwood today, from boilerplate, to wind chunk to creamy chalk. All in all a good last day in Tahoe.

 

I suppose I have all summer to work, make money and figure out how next winter is gonna go, lots of plans floating around in my head. I do know I've taken a liking to the terrain here, funnest terrain ever. The living situation is also perfect, affordable and comes with loads of benefits.

Hope you all have a great snowy spring!

post #701 of 1252

Here's a picture of davluri and me hiking The Slot at Squaw on Sunday.  You can see Lake Tahoe and Alpine Meadows in the background.

 

 

 

Funny story about this.  Some friends took a private lesson Sunday morning.  As they're riding the chair, their instructor points out a skier and says that guy is really good.  My friends look over and say those two people behind him are my friends.  Turns out it was davluri, me and my wife coming down The Slot.

 

I forgot to turn on my GoPro for that run, but I have a ton of footage from the week to sift through and post.  Stay tuned.


Edited by Xela - 2/25/13 at 4:36pm
post #702 of 1252

"You can see Lake Tahoe and KT-22 in the background."  Looks more like Scott Peak at Alpine on the right in the background.

 

 

post #703 of 1252

tseeb, good call.  I clearly didn't spend the time to look carefully at that picture.  Still a nice panorama, though.

post #704 of 1252
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Originally Posted by tseeb View Post

"You can see Lake Tahoe and KT-22 in the background."  Looks more like Scott Peak at Alpine on the right in the background.

 

 

Well, you do see a tiny bit of KT backside there.  But, yes, so see KT proper you need to go quite a bit further down that path. Once you get to the edge of the run, KT views will likely be the last thing on your mind though biggrin.gif.  Slot entrance is always pretty gnarly.   

post #705 of 1252
Thread Starter 

Well, this pretty much sums it up.  Let's hope the March 6th storm delivers and this is long forgotten.

 

post #706 of 1252
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Well, this pretty much sums it up.  Let's hope the March 6th storm delivers and this is long forgotten.

 

My god, that is depressing. I knew it was dry, but that really drives it home. 

 

I'm not holding my breath for the "storm" on March 6th. I have seen way too many of these high pressure systems set up and it is never the first storm that drives it out. We need a string of storms. 

post #707 of 1252

Yes, that drives it home, although thanks to the Christmas week storm, those two months did not feel as dramatic as the previous year.  We do need a  string of storms and if those do not come, we may be in deep..er...wrong word probably...trouble.   But we are getting deep into March, and by that time the rising temperature and the general pattern is against us and we typically need a good base to sustain the season deep into April or May.  My bet is for relatively early closure this season.

post #708 of 1252

 

 

 

The whole West is generally quite droughty again this winter though this 6 month link below colors a better season given the big December.   Colorado and New Mexico are just as dry.

 

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/anomimage.pl?wrc6mPpct.gif

post #709 of 1252

Death Valley is even in a drought!

 

I predict an early opening of Ebbetts, Sonora and Tioga Passes.

post #710 of 1252
Thread Starter 

Always fun to watch a pro ski crappy resort conditions.  Rahlves off Lincoln at Sugar Bowl yesterday...

 

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151280668150877&set=vb.342761045816608&type=2&theater

post #711 of 1252

Isn't this about the time last year that winter finally started? I had a number of excellent powder days in March and April last year. Why are so many people already talking about the end of winter in Tahoe?

post #712 of 1252
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Well, this pretty much sums it up.  Let's hope the March 6th storm delivers and this is long forgotten.

 

 Now I know why there is so little motivation to ski more this season (at least after New Year's).  I thought it was just age.  Those stats do not bode well for the water supply or the wildlife. 

post #713 of 1252
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TallSkinnyGuy View Post

Isn't this about the time last year that winter finally started? I had a number of excellent powder days in March and April last year. Why are so many people already talking about the end of winter in Tahoe?

 

Last year things started around February 25th or so... and then just kept going.  Right now we're crossing our fingers for a March 6th storm that still has a chance of getting pressure blocked out on us, although it's starting to look more encouraging.  I'm sure we'll get ours eventually... uh... right?  right?

post #714 of 1252
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Always fun to watch a pro ski crappy resort conditions.  Rahlves off Lincoln at Sugar Bowl yesterday...

 

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151280668150877&set=vb.342761045816608&type=2&theater

Rahlves is an incredible ambassador for the sport and he's sincerely passionate about skiing.  

Beyond that, I've been skiing a bit this week, in spring like conditions and even though I'd love to see more snow, I'm stoked at how well the snow is holding up. 

I'm also impressed with the way the snow is corning up.  If we get a storm on top of corn............yahoo.gif

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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

 

Last year things started around February 25th or so... and then just kept going.  Right now we're crossing our fingers for a March 6th storm that still has a chance of getting pressure blocked out on us, although it's starting to look more encouraging.  I'm sure we'll get ours eventually... uh... right?  right?

Last year the snow started the opening day of the EpicSki Gathering on February 27th.  These dates are some that will stick in my head for a very good reason. biggrin.gif

post #715 of 1252
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Originally Posted by TallSkinnyGuy View Post

Isn't this about the time last year that winter finally started? I had a number of excellent powder days in March and April last year. Why are so many people already talking about the end of winter in Tahoe?

Part of it is because all the forecasts all seem to say storms coming 2weeks out; and the small intermittent storms that allhave a conflicting forecasts on whether it's going to dump or not.   Versus having a clear unanimous forecast that a stream of storms is coming and all of the reports agree we're going to get a lot of feet of snow(ala xmas and new years)

 

The way I tried to explain it to my not-as-dedicated-to-snow  friends is that weather forecasting is more like movie Minority Report where there's multiple precogs in a room not always agreeing what's going to happen in the future.  Having the minority report that it's going to fizzle out definitely doesn't raise the stoke level.

post #716 of 1252
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

 

The way I tried to explain it to my not-as-dedicated-to-snow  friends is that weather forecasting is more like movie Minority Report where there's multiple precogs in a room not always agreeing what's going to happen in the future.  Having the minority report that it's going to fizzle out definitely doesn't raise the stoke level.

 

No kidding.  This 50/50 odds crap is driving me nuts.  In March / April last year, if one storm missed there was another one right behind it.  Doesn't look that way so far this year.  If this holds up I'm going to remember it as the year of the teaser storm.

post #717 of 1252

Yeah but the first part of last year was UTTER TORTURE in Tahoe. mad.gif

 

Now those people in the Cascades keep getting some cause it passes by us.

 

and knowing that fact drives me up the wall. 

 

Just gotta sit here and wait or ....

 

road trip maybe

 

And yes the snow is holding up well

post #718 of 1252
Thread Starter 

Right as we prepare ourselves to abandon hope, they pull us back in.   wink.gif

 

post #719 of 1252
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Right as we prepare ourselves to abandon hope, they pull us back in.   wink.gif

 

post #720 of 1252

I am a bit more pessimistic than last year.  If the storms come late March, it would be too late to rescue the season- by that time it will be too warm to keep any decent base .  I'd love to be wrong on that though.  But at this point its clear that Tahoe has had two pretty crappy snow years in a row.  Two two-month long periods of record low precipitation in the middle of the season.  Out of six big holiday periods, only one  (this Christmas/NY) has good snow conditions.  It must be really tough for the industry.   

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