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post #961 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Cgrandy View Post
 

Can someone provide the "MainStreet" slope angle in any units?

 

Steepest ?  average?   upper cornice?   etc etc/

 

I'm sure the photos don't do it justice. 

 

Steeper than "Look Ma" at Vail?  Schlasman's at Bridger?

 

Here are Hillmap traces for Kangaroo Cornice/Look Ma at Vail, Schlasman's lift line at Bridger Bowl, and Main Street at Taos. Of course, snow loading and some smaller variations may affect the steepness a bit - particularly cornices - but this should be generally pretty accurate. I traced Main Street according to the trail as marked in Hillmap... I'm not sure at all if that's the groomed part - especially since it doesn't have a turn in it. Maybe it turns before the really steep part at the bottom? Someone familiar may be able to comment. 

 

Kangaroo Cornice/Look Ma :

 

Schlasman's lift line :

 

Main Street :

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Ssiiiiii muy bueno. Just what we need.
post #963 of 1026
Hey, I like that report more than others I've seen.  Nine inches of highish density thunder snow with low winds would be a really nice resetThumbs Up
post #964 of 1026

Looks like it missed to the East :(

post #965 of 1026

Today started out sunny and calmer than yesterday, I was glad I had opted for lighter layers.  When @bjohansson , Bill and I went to the base for lunch we quickly opted for an outside table.  That's when the clouds rolled in and soon we were putting back on the layers we had shed.  The taste of Second Fiddle was excellent!

 

Back on chair 1 they both spied a flake in the air but I wasn't so sure.... I had only had a taste, donchaknow...  By the top there were several flakes in the air.  We worked our way over to Hunziker for some more firm, chalky bump shots on Staub (?).  Before loading chair 4 for the second time, Bill added a mask and I added a neck buff.  It was coming down in copious quantities.  By the time we reached the top it had pretty much stopped.  Back at the top of Staub we joked that maybe 1/4" had come down.  At the bottom of that shot we were all thinking, "that 1/4" made a helluva difference!"

 

Still have fingers crossed for more than a dusting, but regardless, fun will be had and friends will be missed tomorrow.

post #966 of 1026
Edge deep
post #967 of 1026

Well its not looking too good for at least the next week or so. Unless the last 2 weeks of the season really produce, it's likely gonna be our 6th straight season with below average snowfall. 

post #968 of 1026

Yes, but still above average moisture for the entire year. Rained all last summer

post #969 of 1026
Despite the recent doom and gloom, I'm still scheduled to be at Taos skiing March 19th and 20th.

Will anyone be left around at that point?
post #970 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Dryheat View Post

Despite the recent doom and gloom, I'm still scheduled to be at Taos skiing March 19th and 20th.

Will anyone be left around at that point?

 

Don't know about others. I will be there for the last week. @bumpfreaq may be back earlier. 

post #971 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Dryheat View Post

Despite the recent doom and gloom, I'm still scheduled to be at Taos skiing March 19th and 20th.

Will anyone be left around at that point?

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Originally Posted by Dryheat View Post

Despite the recent doom and gloom, I'm still scheduled to be at Taos skiing March 19th and 20th.


Will anyone be left around at that point?

Don't know about others. I will be there for the last week. @bumpfreaq
 may be back earlier. 
Yup, I should be there. Send me a pm if you'd like =)
post #972 of 1026

I'll be there next week. Got some nice heavy snow this afternoon while I was there, from the cams it looks like it's falling again. More chances of snow in the forecast later this week, so it might freshen up more/again by the 17th.
 

I'll be back tomorrow for another day of steeps and bumps clinic, though I think we're done at noon, so if anyone wants to meet for lunch or something I'm free. Benefits of taking a class -- my instructor got us permission to hit Wild West today despite it being closed. The traverse out there is getting pretty treacherous, though.

 

Evidence below (Lift 8)  :)

 

post #973 of 1026
It's amazing how far 3" will go, Kachina is fantastic today!
post #974 of 1026
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It's amazing how far 3" will go,!

That's what you tell all the ladies...wink.gif
post #975 of 1026

Jokes aside, it was great for Wild West too. We got a run in right before they closed it, and it was a blast. The difference in conditions from yesterday to today was like night and day.

 

 


Edited by brocktice - 3/13/16 at 7:59pm
post #976 of 1026
Please see the note below from TSV Inc. :
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“We wanted to give you a heads up that tomorrow morning, Tuesday, there will be 10 concrete trucks coming up the ski valley road from the Blinking Light every 30 minutes from 7am – 11am. We wish this weren’t so, but it is. So let’s all take a deep breath, leave earlier, put on some great music, and just relax and take our time on the drive to work tomorrow. Please take your time and drive safely. This will happen again on Thursday morning as well, so be prepared. “

From Village Staff
post #977 of 1026
So, time to rebuild the moguls, huh?
post #978 of 1026
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So, time to rebuild the moguls, huh?

 

So the bumps at Taos ain't firm enough, and now they have to make them out of concrete? :eek

post #979 of 1026
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So the bumps at Taos ain't firm enough, and now they have to make them out of concrete? :eek

Having messed up on Inferno and slammed down hard on my tailbone right on the crest of a mogul Sunday afternoon, I'm glad they're not any harder.

post #980 of 1026
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Having messed up on Inferno and slammed down hard on my tailbone right on the crest of a mogul Sunday afternoon, I'm glad they're not any harder.

 

LOL

 

That also brought back the other pointed earlier:

 

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If they did that, it would need to be cleverly laid out so simple falls don't become a high speed slide all the way to the bottom.
 

 

I'm actually glad Main Street is all bumped up. I was there when Taos was "in between storms". The groomed surfaces in other part of the mountain were pretty brutal as soon as the loose snow got skied off. I would hate it if they groomed away those "speed bumps" on Main Street, especially with that gully below Main Street (if one misses that left hand turn).


Edited by at_nyc - 3/15/16 at 10:49am
post #981 of 1026
Pretty loud today at TSV. I had a reasonable time in the front side steeps following the Mufasa rule -- everything the light touches is where I go.

Some rocks and grass are suddenly showing through on skier's right of lower inferno in the troughs.
post #982 of 1026

I know New Mexico has been pretty dry for the last decade or so, but it is still shocking how little snow has fallen at TSV over the last two months.  Having said that, I'll be making a trip there this weekend and hope for the best as my first day on the slopes will be Easter Sunday.

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We are back from Indonesia and had planned to get to Taos and Telluride before the April 3 closings. We have ditched that plan due to the past 6 weeks dry weather in the Southwest.   There's no sense driving that far from SoCal when the Sierra and Utah have much better snow.

 

At least AZ and NM had a good first half of the season.  Here in SoCal it's been the 5th year in row that there has been little skiing other than on manmade.  I've analyzed El Nino extensively, noted the odds of a great natural snow season in SoCal rise from 30% overall to 60% in EL Nino years, and then put my money where my mouth is and bought a Mt. Baldy season pass for 2015-16.  That turned out to be a complete waste but fortunately only a $169 speculation. 

 

The next time we get a bunch of pre-season weather forecasting hype, people should remember this season.   Here's Utah meteorology prof Jim Steenburgh's (Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth) take on the situation.: http://wasatchweatherweenies.blogspot.com/2016/03/still-waiting-for-el-nino-in-southwest.html

post #984 of 1026
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I know New Mexico has been pretty dry for the last decade or so, but it is still shocking how little snow has fallen at TSV over the last two months.  Having said that, I'll be making a trip there this weekend and hope for the best as my first day on the slopes will be Easter Sunday.

Trudat.

 

Variable conditions have ruled for the last bit here.  I've been skiing chalk, ice (really not much), corn, slush and mashed spuds on a daily basis.  Tons of stuff is roped off including Kachina but the ridge is still open...at least some of it....skied soft winter snow on Two Bucks on Saturday and deep sugar in Spitfire on Sunday.  Groomer zooming is still high quality.

 

Seems like every week it's, "last week's forecast for snow has turned to blue sky but there's promise for next week."  This week is no different, now we're hoping for a pow day or two to end the season.

 

This all seems pretty dire but ya know what?  Skiing is still fun and not too many places offer fun on the level that Taos doesThumbs Up 

post #985 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

I know New Mexico has been pretty dry for the last decade or so, but it is still shocking how little snow has fallen at TSV over the last two months.  Having said that, I'll be making a trip there this weekend and hope for the best as my first day on the slopes will be Easter Sunday.

 

I'm rolling in on Sat night. I'll shoot you a PM if I'm skiing Sunday. Thumbs Up

post #986 of 1026
I will probably be skiing with my 7 y/o Sunday, it'll be my last day at TSV for the season unless I somehow get powder flu in the week after. Will also be up Thursday with my wife. Trying to break in my new 16-17 season pass. I'd love to ski closing weekend but I have a schedule conflict. After that I think we're going to get snow shoes and start hiking Wheeler.
post #987 of 1026
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post
 

 

I'm rolling in on Sat night. I'll shoot you a PM if I'm skiing Sunday. Thumbs Up

 

Sounds great.  Somehow we went the whole Gathering and never got any turns together.  I hope we get the chance next week.

post #988 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post

I know New Mexico has been pretty dry for the last decade or so, but it is still shocking how little snow has fallen at TSV over the last two months.  Having said that, I'll be making a trip there this weekend and hope for the best as my first day on the slopes will be Easter Sunday.

@brocktice was being far kinder on the conditions report than I would have been. The front steeps had a growing number of exposed spots. Very few of the gates off of Bambi/lift 2 were open and often only for a few hours in the afternoon (To ski patrol's credit, this was probably for the wiser)

A huge thanks to @bumpfreaq for giving me a tour of the mountain. Amazing bump skier and great guy.

Missed out on skiing Kachina. Per the instructor we shared a chair with there was one too many accidents. Maybe the addition of Tuesday's flurries along with the departures of the spring breakers will get them to spin it a bit for closing week.

I left Taos saying I'd certainly come back if I could spare the time off for a ski week. Possibly, if I could powder chase a weekend storm given that it's a semi-driveable distance for me. But seriously questioning if I'd do a planned trip again especially this late in the season. Last week of the season - best week of the season fell through this year.
post #989 of 1026
I was just trying not to be too negative. We had an amazing first half of the season this year, lower Al's is frequently closed for a month in the middle of the winter but it's been open all season. It's close to needing to be closed but still open as of Sunday.

Here's hoping tomorrow and Saturday's possible snow forecasts come true. There are so many warnings for wind and such that the nws site doesn't seem to know how to handle it.

post #990 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post

I know New Mexico has been pretty dry for the last decade or so, but it is still shocking how little snow has fallen at TSV over the last two months.  Having said that, I'll be making a trip there this weekend and hope for the best as my first day on the slopes will be Easter Sunday.

@brocktice was being far kinder on the conditions report than I would have been. The front steeps had a growing number of exposed spots. Very few of the gates off of Bambi/lift 2 were open and often only for a few hours in the afternoon (To ski patrol's credit, this was probably for the wiser)

A huge thanks to @bumpfreaq for giving me a tour of the mountain. Amazing bump skier and great guy.

Missed out on skiing Kachina. Per the instructor we shared a chair with there was one too many accidents. Maybe the addition of Tuesday's flurries along with the departures of the spring breakers will get them to spin it a bit for closing week.

I left Taos saying I'd certainly come back if I could spare the time off for a ski week. Possibly, if I could powder chase a weekend storm given that it's a semi-driveable distance for me. But seriously questioning if I'd do a planned trip again especially this late in the season. Last week of the season - best week of the season fell through this year.

It was mosdef my pleasure, pretty sure we both had fun even though conditions weren't perfect.  I hope you return soon and give those Chams an appropriate workout =)

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