Moving from the East Coast to Tahoe two years ago, I am constantly entertained by the pickiness of the local skiing brethren. I've been out on the mountain every weekend since Northstar opened. The snow surface quality on what is open has been great. I just don't get what all the complaining and lack of enthusiasm for the winter season is about. Fresh snow or not, it's ski time people... get outside, soak up some sunshine, and slice some corduroy! Sure, I'd love to see some fresh snow and tree skiing. However, the snow surface skiing in Tahoe on what is open is as good as it is mid-season and better than 50+% of the days in the East... you guys are just spoiled! Personally, I will take the fast, carvy snow available today over the spring glue anytime!
Still, I appreciate that not all mountain experiences are the same. I skied Northstar 7 days and didn't receive a noteworthy scratch on my skis... two hours at Alpine Sunday (groomed terrain), and my skis are in for repair. Sure, snowmaking makes a difference but slope maintenance is likely just as important. Big boulders and undergrowth require a lot more coverage than grass. Rocks that move also cause a lot less damage than those that don't. Thankfully, we have plenty of nearby ski hospitals so again... just get out there and enjoy the snow!
This is a great post! Where along the line did skiing become all about powder? I know for me growing up in the low lands, all I knew was that we were going skiing! As Alexzn said, it is nice to just be out in the mountains. I think that ski porn, the media & manufacturers have created a false sense that good skiing only happens when there is fresh snow... Keep on dreamin' people, cause if that is your criteria you are setting yourself up for disappointment most of the time. Although I am in Utah, we are suffering a similar lack of coverage & limited terrain. I can understand not wanting to pay full fare now if your skiing days are limited, but if you have a pass or access to discounts you have no excuse.
Today is my first day off skis since Thanksgiving & none of them have been disappointing. Yes it has been a little scary in the choke areas on Saturdays but other than that skiing has been stellar. If you don't go you won't know, get out the carvers, sharpen em' up & lay down some arcs!