DROUGHT BUSTER on its way
Recent Images In This Thread
- itemHeavenlytagged by marznc, 12/27/15
- itemKirkwood Mountain Resorttagged by marznc, 12/27/15
- itemMt. Rose - Ski Tahoetagged by marznc, 12/27/15
- itemNorthstar-at-Tahoetagged by marznc, 12/27/15
- itemSierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resorttagged by marznc, 4/10/16
- brandSquaw Valleytagged by marznc, 12/27/15
- itemSugar Bowl Resorttagged by marznc, 12/27/15
Related Forum Threads
- Spending Christmas in Sacramento Last post on 10/23/13 at 12:38pm in Resorts, Conditions & Travel
- Outside Magazine’s 2012 Ski Resort Rankings Last post on 11/7/12 at 7:44am in Resorts, Conditions & Travel
- 2012 / 13 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke Thread Last post on 9/9/13 at 5:07pm in General Skiing Discussion
- Typically, when are the best Tahoe conditions? Last post on 10/12/11 at 10:20pm in Resorts, Conditions & Travel
- 2014 / 15 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke Last post on 9/11/15 at 1:15pm in General Skiing Discussion
2016/17 Multi-Pass Options
Last edited: 10/24/16
- Northstar California Unofficial GuideLast edited: 10/16/13
- Sugar Bowl, CA - A PictorialLast edited: 10/14/13
- Squaw Valley Unofficial GuideLast edited: 7/17/15
- Kirkwood, CA - A PictorialLast edited: 9/9/13
Great performance , tecnica design is outstanding
The Cyclic is now in its 4th season with the only change being the top sheet graphics each year. No reason to change this ski, it is nearly flawless. Wider tip with rocker, camber, and tail rocker...
Nord-Dobe-Spitfire Pro EDT. GOD-HELL !! This is another ONE. Smooth. Damp. Grip. NO Chatter -At All. Warp-Drive. Nice transition from slip to grip. BIG SWEET SPOT. These were also the...
This is my home resort so I admit, I'm biased. But, I have been skiing seriously at Sunrise since 2009. It's located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The main towns in the area are...
The mountain was almost lost a few years back, but the rally was made and it seems on solid ground. A very relaxed atmosphere and a nice lodge. Excellent crowded weekend escape from Sunday...
2015 / 16 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke - Bring on El Nino! - Page 14
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #392 of 151912/9/15 at 12:51pm
While I don't think a set of two storms is going to take care of our drought, the Thursday and Sunday storms are going to make a huge difference with opening up more Tahoe resort terrain. I would guess that pretty much everything at Sugar Bowl will be open by Monday without much concern of hitting rocks (especially with the Thursday storm starting off with Sierra Cement to really stick and build a base over rocks). Bonus on top of that is the temps staying cold into the extended forecast, so the snow quality should be excellent for at least the next couple weeks.post #393 of 151912/9/15 at 2:22pmpost #394 of 151912/9/15 at 3:31pm
Last year when the lone AR storm came through, it only fulfilled 1/8th of the year's precipitation; we're about a full year's worth of precip behind, so we would need about 16 of these to come through to fully bust the drought (i.e. almost one of these per week).
As Mitch said, 5 year worth of 120% is going to be better than 1 year of 200%.post #395 of 151912/9/15 at 3:38pmpost #396 of 151912/9/15 at 3:52pm
I"m assuming that the "drought buster" comment was more of a joke. Having said that seems like we could have more snow coming next week. Drought isn't taken care of but we should be good to go in terms of open terrain and snow holding up (I believe BA said temps will remain below average for a while after the two upcoming storms).post #397 of 151912/9/15 at 4:49pmpost #398 of 151912/10/15 at 9:20am
Coming down hard up top, but looks like rain at lake level at this point...
And then there's...
Good start!post #399 of 151912/10/15 at 9:22amThread Starterpost #400 of 151912/10/15 at 9:43ampost #401 of 151912/10/15 at 9:43am
Couple things to keep in mind...
CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exists on slopes steeper than 32 degrees on NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects due to a combination of new wind slabs and persistent slabs. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making are essential. Large human triggered avalanches will be likely today and some natural avalanches will be possible.post #402 of 151912/10/15 at 10:03amThread Starterpost #403 of 151912/10/15 at 12:45pm
Folks, some serious wind out there today.
Squaw almost totally closed 2 kiddie lifts at bottom only.
Alpine Totally closed.
Heavenly one lift (Stagecoach) only.
Northstar upper lifts closed.
Kirkwood 2 lower lifts only (Cornice Ex closed)
Boreal HSQ closed maybe totally closed?
Mt Rose maybe OK. NW running to top
Edited by Mdskier - 12/10/15 at 1:00pmpost #404 of 151912/10/15 at 4:28pmpost #405 of 151912/10/15 at 4:44pm...Or else you book your flights out to ski somewhere else (thereby guaranteeing a dump on your departure)
Come on Paul. Do it! take one for the team.
I claim credit for this one. Im traveling internationally out friday night for 2 weeks: so guaranteed pow up through xmas for you all. You're welcomepost #406 of 151912/10/15 at 6:38pmQuote:
Fair enough point, I guess, but on the other hand seems there's no real shortage of accounts of educated and experienced skiers and boarders getting into trouble because of bad decision making, often fueled by powder fever, so what's the downside of sharing/reinforcing some good info?
And is dropping into an unmanaged (yet effectively lift-served) area just outside a ski resort boundary "backcountry"? Cause that's one place I could see the pull being very strong right about now.post #407 of 151912/10/15 at 8:48pm
Well, today's portion of the storm was pretty disappointing. Seems to have been significantly under the forecast amounts. I'm curious to hear an explanation as to why the forecasts were so far off. Fingers crossed for the next wave tonight.post #408 of 151912/10/15 at 10:09pmQuote:
It seems like the forecasts for snow levels were slightly optimistic, and it rained a lot more a lot higher than was expected. Rose (base at 8200') got just about the predicted amount last night and tonight, so the moisture is here. It was just too warm at lower elevations. FWIW, though, it's been snowing in Reno at 4500' for a few hours by now, so everywhere else will be getting some nice snow.post #409 of 151912/11/15 at 6:38ampost #410 of 151912/11/15 at 7:04ampost #411 of 151912/11/15 at 8:47amThread Starterpost #412 of 151912/11/15 at 8:52am
UPDATE 8:30AM Dec. 11th: With 18-24” of new snow, Tamarack and Sky lifts will be starting the day on a slight delay. This has nothing to do with winds, and they will only be delayed until enough snow is moved away from the lifts.
When Ski Run Blvd looks like this it's a good sign! ;-)post #413 of 151912/11/15 at 8:54amQuote:
Am thinking about heading to KW for the first time on Sunday, but concerned about wind holds. Given yesterday's report that only 2 lower lifts were open, would there be enough terrain open for an advancing intermediate? Just looking for longer (> .5 miles) blues or soft/shallow bumps to work on stuff, and cruise. (Not looking for an "adventure" ;-)post #414 of 151912/11/15 at 9:16am
KW is reporting 23 inches with 19 overnight. But that is not at their base and as I related earlier this month their reported numbers can only be upper mountain depths.
The nearby Caples gauge at 8000 or just above the KW base, before the storm was at 8.49 inches liquid and now at 8am shows 9.30 or 0.81 inches water total, maybe 7 or 8 inches of snow. The KW platter webcam showed a disappointing 3 inches by the end of the day yesterday and then overnight increased to about 9 inches, cleared, and went back up to about 4. With temps in mid 20s, a total of 13 inches of snow. Thus the 23 must be upper mountain somewhere. So a good new layer, and at the low to mid end of what was forecast, but not enough to really open up ridge line runs free of hitting rocks.
However cold snow showers will continue into tonight so some more will add. Much more optimistic is what things are forecast to look like by Tuesday as I've expected this second storm was going to be a bigger snow event even though forecasts were saying smaller and indeed latest NWS technical discussion thoughts are firming up with that view.
davepost #415 of 151912/11/15 at 9:21amGiven that thw heavy snow is forecasted for sunday 10am I think sunday will be an adventure for you but in a good way. Cruising when its dumping snow doesn't really happen for a beginner intermediate. Expect that you're going to need to work hard. As far as wind holds nobody can tell for sure.post #416 of 151912/11/15 at 9:32amThread Starterpost #417 of 151912/11/15 at 9:35am
Ray: Thanks for the reply.
"Expect that you're going to need to work hard" -- Working hard is ok (refer to my bump intent ;-)
How long are the runs on the lower lifts? Worth the trip by themselves?post #418 of 151912/11/15 at 9:39amQuote:
Looking at the forecast one could expect wind hold starting as early as noon on Saturday maybe, winds are going to be howling. Northstar maybe, Roundhouse is a 50/50 shot, Monday/Tuesday is the day.post #419 of 151912/11/15 at 10:32ampost #420 of 151912/11/15 at 12:09pm
It is always worth going but that's a personal decision. if you want to hedge your bets, you need to be prepared to be flexible.
The chance to ski while snowing is not frequent so it definitely is a unique opportunity. Whether that's "fun" or "horrible" depends more on you!
For wind protection in South Lake Tahoe, Sierra at Tahoe is typically your best best.
But for kirkwood / heavenly even if they get 1 lift open it will be fun.
Heavenly upper mountain will be more unlikely; but if just stagecoach is open that's good stuff there-the new cuts they made a couple seasons back was intended to open up a little more terrain during storm.
For kirkwood, as long as they get more than the magic carpet open, it should be fun; but exercise caution getting there. Kirkwood's runs never were "long", but they are long enough. On a storm day they'll be plenty to handle before your legs burn out. Even on a clear day you shouldn't just blast through at kirkwood-go to heavenly for that, take your time and enjoy them.
This thread is locked
- 2015 / 16 Tahoe Weather, Discussion & Stoke - Bring on El Nino!
Gear mentioned in this thread:
- Northstar California Unofficial Guide
- › "The only people who want to carve any more..." 4 minutes ago
- › Edges and Bases. Where to start ? This is 'approximatley'... 6 minutes ago
- › Two new lifts at Powder Mountain? 14 minutes ago
- › 2016-17 Northeast Region — Weather, Stoke, Craic . . . 16 minutes ago
- › What do you take when resort skiing? 21 minutes ago
- › Sun Peaks BC, 2016/17 Season 51 minutes ago
- › How do i go from snow plow to a complete parallel turn? 1 hour, 8 minutes ago
- › Help me analyse some of my turns? 1 hour, 25 minutes ago
- › How do I know if my ski binding position is in the proper place for... 1 hour, 56 minutes ago
- › Boot Buying Etiquette 1 hour, 56 minutes ago
- › Tecnica Diablo Race Pro 110 Ski Boot - Men's by CowTown
- › 2015 Head Cyclic 115 Ski by snokat
- › 2014 Nordica Dobermann SLR EVO Ski by g-force
- › Sunrise Park Resort by mitchsb
- › Black Mountain of Maine by Maineac
- › Camden Snow Bowl by Maineac
- › Mt. Abram Family Resort by Maineac
- › Shawnee Peak Ski Area by Maineac
- › Chepelare by Tom Tough
- › 2014 K2 AMP Charger Ski by Jhernon
- › Undeterred Courage: An Interview with High...
- › Park City 2.0
- › Forsake Sneakerboots - The Convergence of...
- › Feeder Hill Highlights - Snow Ridge Ski Area...
- › EpicSki Interview with James Niehues
- › 2017 Nordica Women's Santa Ana Skis
- › 2017 Nordica Men's Alpine Ski Collection
- › Head Joy Collection - Women's Skis Done...
- › 2016/17 Multi-Pass Options
- › Learn to Ski in Summer