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post #1141 of 2112
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

A hopeful sign--at Sugar Bowl today patrol was placing "Warning Cliff Area" signs in the closed area under Lincoln.

 

If the predicted amount of snow falls above 7000 elevation, all that terrain under Lincoln should be able to open and have decent coverage. Perhaps we can ask everyone living in the Tahoe area to blast their air conditioners and open up their doors and windows?

post #1142 of 2112
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

OK, time to jump in on this. Trip planned for Feb 2-7, and all I can see is pure suckage. My Mountain Collective Passes for Squaw and Alpine are semi-worthless (at least I can practice my P-Tex drippage skills). I guess I'll hunker down in my Incline Village condo and drink heavily. Rest assured it'll start snowing on Feb 8th.

 



I called it - almost 6 weeks ago. The day I should've been leaving Tahoe = major dumpage.
post #1143 of 2112
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

OK, time to jump in on this. Trip planned for Feb 2-7, and all I can see is pure suckage. My Mountain Collective Passes for Squaw and Alpine are semi-worthless (at least I can practice my P-Tex drippage skills). I guess I'll hunker down in my Incline Village condo and drink heavily. Rest assured it'll start snowing on Feb 8th.

 



I called it - almost 6 weeks ago. The day I should've been leaving Tahoe = major dumpage.

Holly crap that is amazing.

post #1144 of 2112
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

OK, time to jump in on this. Trip planned for Feb 2-7, and all I can see is pure suckage. My Mountain Collective Passes for Squaw and Alpine are semi-worthless (at least I can practice my P-Tex drippage skills). I guess I'll hunker down in my Incline Village condo and drink heavily. Rest assured it'll start snowing on Feb 8th.

 



I called it - almost 6 weeks ago. The day I should've been leaving Tahoe = major dumpage.

Amazing indeed!  Just stay and enjoy the snow :-)

post #1145 of 2112
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

OK, time to jump in on this. Trip planned for Feb 2-7, and all I can see is pure suckage. My Mountain Collective Passes for Squaw and Alpine are semi-worthless (at least I can practice my P-Tex drippage skills). I guess I'll hunker down in my Incline Village condo and drink heavily. Rest assured it'll start snowing on Feb 8th.

 



I called it - almost 6 weeks ago. The day I should've been leaving Tahoe = major dumpage.

 

I hate you!!!! ;) If you never came I would've had pow

 

At least I know it's not my fault there was no snow over my trip.:D

post #1146 of 2112
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Originally Posted by TallSkinnyGuy View Post
 

 

 Perhaps we can ask everyone living in the Tahoe area to blast their air conditioners and open up their doors and windows?

Yeah, it looks like we are going to need all the help we can get to keep the snow levels down to a place that we actually get a bunch all over the mountain, not just at the very tops. 

post #1147 of 2112
Thread Starter 

C'mon WIND!  Let's keep that upper mountain at Squaw closed through the weekend.  (Yeah, I'm skiing Monday)

 

:D

 

On another note, with the warm and wet temps coming through with this storm, is it enough to warrant a coat of yellow wax?  Or is it a safer bet sticking with the red (no pun intended).

post #1148 of 2112
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

C'mon WIND!  Let's keep that upper mountain at Squaw closed through the weekend.  (Yeah, I'm skiing Monday)

 

:D

 

On another note, with the warm and wet temps coming through with this storm, is it enough to warrant a coat of yellow wax?  Or is it a safer bet sticking with the red (no pun intended).

I may come up earlier if possible.  If not, I'll also pray for wind.  The SF weather stations are calling for 6-7 feet total going into Mon., and Opensnow thinks this will bring more moisture than all of 2013.  Ullr is back, and powder skis can be used once again. A classic king bed at Harvey's (if going to the S. shore) is only $55.15.  That means few tourists after Sunday, otherwise the rooms would be at least double at all the casinos.

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Opensnow:

 

If we take the NAM which is the middle of the road and assume mostly all snow above 8000 ft. that would give us around 30-40 inches for storm totals on the mountains East side of the lake, 40-50 inches West side of the lake, and up to 60 inches along and on the West side of the crest.  Looking at the NWS forecast for 8000 ft. on Squaw Valley they have up to 66 inches, so my guestimates are close but slightly lower.

All in all we don't know exactly how much precip will fall and the exact snow levels, but we do know several inches of liquid and several feet of snow above 8000 ft.  If you go on a ski resorts website you can see the base and summit elevations.  Some locations in Northern CA could pick up more precip with this storm than all of 2013.  That is good news for the drought but even better news is that we have already had a storm last week and more are in the forecast after this one.

The precip will wind down Monday morning as the ridge builds off the coast and the moisture tap is cutoff.  Not for long though as the forecast models are trending further South with the next stream of moisture off the Pacific Wednesday and Thursday as low pressure sits in the Northeast Pacific.  This looks like another warm event with high snow levels near 8000 ft. from the start.  The Canadian is the most agressive with the precip totals Wednesday through Thursday with a couple more inches of liquid over the basin.  The GFS and European are not as strong with the further south placement of the storm new on the GFS.

post #1149 of 2112

Finally dumping in South Lake Tahoe.

 

Go halfway down this page for live lake level camera. A good blanket and snow coming down steady there is a very good sign!  Thumbs Up


Edited by jc-ski - 2/7/14 at 3:24pm
post #1150 of 2112

Looks like I-80 eastbound closed at 3:21 due to spinouts.  It's gonna be a C-F.

post #1151 of 2112

Finally, California winter.  Roads closed, reporters at Blue Canyon, skiers waiting at the Spur for avy control!

post #1152 of 2112

Yeah when the Pacific decides to visit..

 

For the first time this winter, I finally brought my S3's, Twisters, and RS110 SC's from the upstairs storage down to my warm living room where I can look at them all week.  Ought to be touching some snow again by next weekend.   Also amped up after watching the gal's bump runs at Sochi last night.  Kearney is awesome.

post #1153 of 2112

Raining in SLT mostly. Big line of cars coming in, I don't think its gonna be a good weekend for the people coming in. Closed up high, wet down low. Monday should be all time!

post #1154 of 2112
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Raining in SLT mostly. Big line of cars coming in, I don't think its gonna be a good weekend for the people coming in. Closed up high, wet down low. Monday should be all time!

Here is the rain issue. When it rains then snows, then rains, then snows again you get funky layers and weird snow. I'm not expecting actual real live powder, more like cream cheese. Nice to see something coming out of the sky, about time. 


Edited by Ske-Bum - 2/8/14 at 1:52pm
post #1155 of 2112

Hopefully, this will be spackle snow to fill things in, but like Ske-Bum says, its likely to create some funky layers. 

 

At least this is something, eh? 

post #1156 of 2112

Raining at Donner Lake. Snowed steadily yesterday but the snow never got deeper than a couple of inches. The wind on Alpine Summit looks about the same as yesterday when they ran Summit, so there's hope for that--AM lists it on the schedule but that doesn't mean much. Funi/upper Squaw listed as closed.

post #1157 of 2112
All Squaw teams are canceled for today Sat, so the conditions must be sub-optimal.
post #1158 of 2112

About to head out to Northstar. All their lifts are listed as running. Northstar has also rain in the forecast so we ll see how that goes. I ll try to post when I get there.

post #1159 of 2112

Good news that a dent will be put in the drought and extra bonus for some good skiing in the Sierra this season:cool  Hope an unexpected blast of cold air slips in as well.

post #1160 of 2112
Thread Starter 

Monday at Squaw on the upper mountain is going to be good.  I'm sure there will still be some funky rain layers but less so at the higher elevation.  I think it'll be nice, deep cream cheese.  Time to finally scrape those 115 pow sticks, which sadly still have storage wax on them.

post #1161 of 2112

North lake got the better of round one but round two looks more potent and warmer. Looks like Kirkwood with a base elevation of 7800' is going to get the best of this storm. We'll see Monday.

post #1162 of 2112
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

Monday at Squaw on the upper mountain is going to be good.  I'm sure there will still be some funky rain layers but less so at the higher elevation.  I think it'll be nice, deep cream cheese.  Time to finally scrape those 115 pow sticks, which sadly still have storage wax on them.

 

The question is how many lifts are they going to run. Upper mountain was not open the day after the last storm.

post #1163 of 2112
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Originally Posted by hellside View Post
 

 

The question is how many lifts are they going to run. Upper mountain was not open the day after the last storm.

 

I'm hoping it will be Monday, but you're right it may not be until Tuesday.  They won't be able to blame the wind on Monday, however.

 

Meanwhile, Alpine Meadows looks, umm... not so fun.  Check out the line at Roundhouse: http://unofficialalpine.com/?p=2978

 

No thanks.

post #1164 of 2112
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

All Squaw teams are canceled for today Sat, so the conditions must be sub-optimal.

If by sub-optimal you mean pouring rain, then yes it is sub-optimal. 

 

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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

 

I'm hoping it will be Monday, but you're right it may not be until Tuesday.  They won't be able to blame the wind on Monday, however.

 

Meanwhile, Alpine Meadows looks, umm... not so fun.  Check out the line at Roundhouse: http://unofficialalpine.com/?p=2978

 

No thanks.

LMAO, that has to be the longest line I have even seen at Roundhouse. That is too funny, all to ski 1 minute of mank. Man, people are dying to ski something other then rocks. 

post #1165 of 2112
Thread Starter 

When the number of minutes waiting is larger than the number of turns I'll make on the ride down, that's a definite no go for me.  I'd rather hike / skin and do some safe meadow skipping.

post #1166 of 2112
Got to Cal Lodge at Heavenly at 9am. Raining in lot, but turned to snow halfway up gunbarrel lift. Powder Bowl was as high as it went till around 11:30 or so, when they cranked up Canyon Express to give access to the fresh up higher. Maybe 6", pretty nice.. Snowed and blowed the whole time, visibility was challenging. We did get soaked and finally bailed out around 1:30.

All in all pretty good, had a blast! When the wind relents and they open everything up it should be great! ;-)

P.S. The lift lines were not too bad. Nothing close whatsoever to that nightmare at Alpine.
Edited by jc-ski - 2/8/14 at 3:16pm
post #1167 of 2112

We saw that kind of line at Roundhouse during the Epicski Gathering day at Squaw a couple years ago.  It was nuking snow and everything was closed at Squaw except Red Dog.  I went with a group to Alpine, and the only thing turning there was Roundhouse with a ridiculous line.   Called it a day.

post #1168 of 2112

Maybe they should post one of these near that lift line to keep it thinned out?

 

post #1169 of 2112
Believe it or not Squaw skied pretty decent today (below the boots). nice creamy churned up snow, no ice-everything was rain-soaked. I got of for a few turns in the afternoon. Run of the day was definitely DogLeg which was open top to bottom. No lines anywhere, everyone went to Alpine:-). Above the boots- driving rain in the bottom half, snowing up top. The very bottom of the mountain is getting destroyed by the rain, I saw plenty of runnels on the lower slopes. Mid-way and up is starting to look quite good. My worst fear is that the temperatures will drop and all this rain soaked snow will turn into chunks of ice.
post #1170 of 2112

Was at Northstar today. Backside skid very nicely although it was the typical sierra cement day. At the village it was pouring rain. Mid mountain it was a mix and on top it was heavy snow. Iron Horse, Castle Peak, Rapids and Cascades was very good for 2/3rds of the run. The bottom 1/3 was pretty sticky. I would think that tomorrow, if it stays cold, will be a great day to ski at Northstar.

There were no lines at Backside Express and Promised Land.

Comstock Express had the biggest lines, but I didn;t wait longer than 5 minutes there either.

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