Lookin' a little soggy this morning - wouldn't be surprised if they delay a week to catch the forecast cold storm around the 11th.
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2014 / 15 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke - Page 12post #331 of 253912/4/14 at 8:35am
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Went to Rose today. Better conditions today than they ever had last season. I thought Ski Patrol was up to something suspicious, and they were! Setting up the Slide side, it's opening tomorrow. That leaves just the Chutes, and then Rose will be open 100%.post #333 of 253912/4/14 at 7:41pmpost #334 of 253912/4/14 at 9:17pmQuote:I wouldn't go that far. Still exposed areas and thin coverage towards the bottom of the runs. Greg s gamble ruts were exposed. Bullwinkle bottom is not the best. The upper 2/3s was really good though.
Slide looks good but the coverage is suspect. I should at Rose or Northstar tomorrow. Still debating. If anybody has any input let me know.post #335 of 253912/5/14 at 9:27pmThread Starter
Mammoth is in pretty good shape. When I showed up there this morning they opened Chair 12 for the first time...
Hopefully it doesn't rain up top at Squaw tonight and ruin all of the snow they've been saving off Sibo, Emigrant and Shirley for tomorrow (Saturday). Supposedly we'll get a few more inches, but right now I'm skeptical.post #336 of 253912/5/14 at 10:07pm
I did a lap on hourglass and then proletariat back to the truck. Made it to Rose a little after 9. Fun groomers on Rose side for an hour and then they opened Slide. It was a nice little pow surprise. Little thin. I did get a nice little core shot after opening it up but there was enough coverage to feel good about letting her rip. Before and after the core shot.post #337 of 253912/6/14 at 12:32pmThread Starter
Squaw was pure mashed potatoes today. Was on the second chair up Sibo and the top was wind-scoured and you couldn't see, the middle was actually pretty nice for a bit, then it was hang on for your life (or your knees) at the bottom. Too bad they didn't open some of those chairs sooner before the rain ruined all of the snow.post #338 of 253912/6/14 at 12:48pmI am having fun... Coverage on the upper mountain is pretty solid, you can ski your main ski and not risk a core shot. The very top skis fine, but about third way down you hit the rain line and things go downhill. The early fun of the day was on Sirley bowl and in the trees, even with some packed powder turns. Siberia was great on traverses where a lot of untouched snow still could be found. Later in the day Shirley had an electrical issue, so a lot of purple got stuck in the basin. bummer. I think Squaw did the right thing by keeping the runs closed until now and letting the snow settle. Otherwise it would have been quickly dug down to the rocks. Hopefully there will be more of it...post #339 of 253912/6/14 at 1:50pmQuote:
Thanks for the pic! I'm planning to go up Friday, now that the late week storm is looking pretty solid. I wonder if enough will come down to open upper gondola...post #340 of 253912/6/14 at 2:18pmpost #341 of 253912/6/14 at 2:27pmMy.Rose was really good today. Northwest and Ramsey s was very good. The snow was not too firm, nor too soft. Edges were digging in and releasing great.
It was better than Thursday for sure. Not sure if the grooming crew went over it and covered some of the bare spots or what, but it was really nice. Slide side, silver dollar, was very good too.
I would be cautious on the slide side if you like your skis. Many just covered obstacles and your edges eat it.
Bonanza was not that much fun.
If we get a big storm at the end of the week, Rose will be killer and completely open I think.post #342 of 253912/6/14 at 2:27pmpost #343 of 253912/6/14 at 4:48pmpost #344 of 253912/6/14 at 5:11pmQuote:
The upper gondi was open today. I am rolling in on Thursday thru? I need to ski. If your not busy, PM me to do a few laps.post #345 of 253912/6/14 at 6:48pmpost #346 of 253912/6/14 at 7:04pmThread Starter
The upper gondola at Mammoth could have opened on Friday - Cornice bowl looked great, but they saved it for today. What a difference a little elevation can make these days.
As for Squaw, I'm not sure why letting rain pour on the snow another night would have preserved it any better than opening some of that terrain a day earlier. It was sticky and the lines got long by 10:30 due to loading only 2 at a time on both Sibo and Big Blue. I downloaded around 11 or so and didn't feel nearly as bad about it considering there were a few folks we would all recognize at the bar who had done the same, also in the interest of preserving their ACL's.post #347 of 253912/6/14 at 9:48pm
I was at Mammoth Friday and Saturday for the season opening races and it was in pretty good shape - too bad I couldn't say the same about my slalom ...
Edited by ScotsSkier - 12/7/14 at 6:22ampost #348 of 253912/7/14 at 5:16ampost #349 of 253912/7/14 at 10:16amQuote:
Cold is expected to come with the next Thurs.-Fri. Storm, but the question is how fast it comes after the rain/snow starts dropping. Open Snow is questimating 3"-4" liquid minimum, and I suppose that means 30"-40" of snow or more at the higher elevations with the cold coming in at some point during the storm. This is good news for the reservoirs and those of us who make occasional day trips, and better news for the smaller areas (Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge, etc.) that greatly or entirely depend upon Mother Nature. This means one more good storm before X-Mass (following the expected Thurs.-Fri. dump), and the bulk of the terrain can open almost everywhere. This beats the heck out of last year, doesn't it?post #350 of 253912/7/14 at 2:44pm
It certainly does. I think that Slide side opened in January last year. I really think that the Chutes might be open after the next storm, if we get what they say we are supposed to get.
The big question for me will be where to ski on Friday due to the high winds. I'm going with Rose for elevation, but the winds might impact operations. If that's the case I'm hoping it's cold enough for Northstar because they 'll be open for sure.
Season ha been great for me so far.post #351 of 253912/7/14 at 2:53pmpost #352 of 253912/7/14 at 5:00pmQuote:
Yep, knee tearing manke is the word on the street. Looked at the temps, added in the Saturday factor and stayed home. Fingers crossed for the Thursday-Friday storm, need to get my boots worked on a little also.post #353 of 253912/7/14 at 6:02pmpost #354 of 253912/7/14 at 6:15pmpost #355 of 253912/8/14 at 8:41am
NS skied well at the top 1/3 of the mountain, lower 2/3 were were rained on and it showed. Runs off Eastridge had the best snow. Only Lumberjack was open right above Comstock (no Cascades) and it was a zoo in that short stretch. I'd be surprised if no one got hurt in that short stretch.post #356 of 253912/8/14 at 9:56am
Sunday was a very different day from Saturday, because everything froze overnight and almost nothing was groomed. So, despite having perfect sunny weather and no wind, death cookies, and frozen mank was the name of the game and it just didn't make for very exciting skiing. Finally a few sports on the runout to Shirley and Siberia started showing some rocks. I am sure it was done for financial considerations, but in retrospect, it was a very good decision by Squaw to delay opening more terrain before the weekend, I can't imagine what those runout would have looked like if they had two or three days of skier-induced ruts. The freeze was surprisingly solid and it helped to stabilize the base, so I am afraid we will hear about this frozen layer later in the season, especially if the next storm comes in colder and does not bond with this layer.
An inexplicable blunder was having Big Blue load only two people at a time almost all weekend, which made the BB line to be almost an hour. After spending 20 minutes in it and literally getting nowhere, I had to hike out. Only later in the day on Sunday I think they allowed 4 people on a chair, and that got rid of the line in no time. Why would you run a high-speed 6-pack like this, is beyond me. It was not a crowd control issue as sometimes they do on Siberia, and I'd hope they got all their maintenance done before the season.
A few more tidbits from our first weekend. It was great to see all the familiar cast of characters. Squaw has new uniforms for team coaches and ski school, which is much better than the old one and seems to get a universal thumb-up from the staff. The cell phone coverage has not improved, and seems to get worse (probably all those new phones that take more bandwidth. There is still no phone coverage inside Gold Coast lodge (believe it or not), I understand that its a metal building but why can't Squaw out in there a few microcells is beyond me. presumably they have network access there for all the retail and food establishments.
Here is a better photo to Shirley on Saturday showing the coverage. Keep your fingers crossed for the next storm.post #357 of 253912/8/14 at 10:21ampost #358 of 253912/8/14 at 11:06amThread Starter
Well, we have a good base to work with for this next storm coming in, so that's good. @alexzn - a liftie told me the issue with Big Blue had to do with the snow available for the ramp and loading area. I still don't understand why they couldn't at least load 3 or 4 people per chair - there was plenty of room for that many.post #359 of 253912/8/14 at 11:36amQuote:Originally Posted by JayT
Well, we have a good base to work with for this next storm coming in, so that's good. @alexzn - a liftie told me the issue with Big Blue had to do with the snow available for the ramp and loading area. I still don't understand why they couldn't at least load 3 or 4 people per chair - there was plenty of room for that many.
Interesting... They ended up loading 4 by the end of the weekend, and there was no new snow coming down, so perhaps they just went too conservative. But the Big Blue line was a frequent topic of conversation on Sun (and Sat). Yes, keep your fingers crossed for the next storm. I think we will be hugely lucky to be able to ski KT by Christmas, so far it does not look like it is happening anytime soon.post #360 of 253912/8/14 at 12:09pm
A good weekend to test my knee nine months post-ACL. Hoping to get real ski
I was one of the lucky ones stuck on the lift for half an hour. My leg was not happy dangling on my brace.Quote:
Seriously. Did fast groomer laps for a bit more than an hour, until the masses scraped it off, then called it a day.
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