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post #331 of 615
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I felt that parts of Mott, Killebrew and Magies canyon were in really good shape on Friday.  you could basically get fresh tracks one place or another on the mountain all day long.

Did you see the huge crowns on top of every north facing run in Mott?  they lost the top 2+ feet of snow on each one.    The debris field below the 'Y' looked horrendous.

Are you trying to make me sorry I went to Kirkwood?

 

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The lift line on dipper was a bit ridiculous though.  They need to get Comet back up and running again. 

Anybody know what is wrong with it?

I heard gearbox - see 4 or 5 posts up, but that is not confirmed.

post #332 of 615
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Are you trying to make me sorry I went to Kirkwood?

You one of the first chairs on #4.  That was probably really good as well.

post #333 of 615

 National Weather Service Reno NV   315 PM PST Mon Jan 9 2017

 

...By Wednesday, we could see up to 4 to 8 feet of snow in the high Sierra above 7000 feet, with
  2 to 5 feet around the Lake Tahoe Basin and around Mammoth Lakes. Blizzard conditions will occur over the passes and ridges Tuesday and Tuesday night. Blizzard conditions may also be widespread in  
  the lower elevations for the Tahoe Basin and 395 corridor in Mono  County Tuesday afternoon and evening...

 

Thursday morning. There is some uncertainty in another shortwave  
  for Thursday that may bring additional snowfall to the Sierra...
By Friday the weather will finally start to quiet down in the region  
  after a very active start to 2017.

 

David

post #334 of 615
Any idea on which resort will have the most (fun) terrain open tomorrow? I was thinking Heavenly or Northstar or Homewood. I enjoyed the trees off east ridge at northstar last wednesday during the storm. I prefer steeper terrain but as long as there is something open where I can keep decent speed in the powder I will have a great time.
post #335 of 615
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Any idea on which resort will have the most (fun) terrain open tomorrow? I was thinking Heavenly or Northstar or Homewood. I enjoyed the trees off east ridge at northstar last wednesday during the storm. I prefer steeper terrain but as long as there is something open where I can keep decent speed in the powder I will have a great time.


Homewood, even though usually protected from wind, must have lost all of the snow at the bottom with the rain and snowpack and surface probably was affected to the top. They will re-open Tuesday "weather and conditions permitting. Our team is working hard to get the mountain back up and running as soon as possible but please note that we do expect a delayed opening tomorrow." For tomorrow, the best you can expect is "Madden Chair, Old Homewood Express, Happy Platter and North Carpet on our North Side."

 

Heavenly is challenged by wind. You often only get to Canyon on CA and only Stagecoach on NV and they are an 8 mile drive or two bus rides apart. If snow levels are low and there is enough good base, skiing powder using Gunbarrel and Tram can be great, but that was last week, not tomorrow when snow level is predicted to be at CA base.

 

Northstar is probably your best bet, although Kirkwood has been running Cornice and The Wall during windy storms and opening them quickly after big snowfalls.

post #336 of 615
Was at Kirkwood today. They were only able to open up chair 5 and 7 and that wasn't until 1pm or so. Skied chair 5 for a couple hrs. Snow was in better shape than I expected. Ski patrol was doing A LOT of avalanche blasting.
post #337 of 615
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Was at Kirkwood today. They were only able to open up chair 5 and 7 and that wasn't until 1pm or so. Skied chair 5 for a couple hrs. Snow was in better shape than I expected. Ski patrol was doing A LOT of avalanche blasting.


Not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me or only trying to keep everyone informed, but I think it reflects well on Kirkwood that on Monday when (at least) Heavenly, Homewood, Northstar and Squalpine were totally closed, they ran a couple of (not very interesting) lifts.

 

I went here to check current winds on top of Squaw, but wind gauge may no longer be working or reporting. I wonder if that is from 170 mph gust reported Sunday evening.

post #338 of 615
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Not sure if you are agreeing or disagreeing with me or only trying to keep everyone informed, but I think it reflects well on Kirkwood that on Monday when (at least) Heavenly, Homewood, Northstar and Squalpine were totally closed, they ran a couple of (not very interesting) lifts.

I went here to check current winds on top of Squaw, but wind gauge may no longer be working or reporting. I wonder if that is from 170 mph gust reported Sunday evening.
In complete agreement with you and I too thought it reflected well that Kirkwood opened up something while everywhere else was shut down.
post #339 of 615

Woke up this morning at Donner Lake and looked out the window. Holy S ...t.

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www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/advisory

 

 

Heavenly East Peak Cam

 

If it keeps up they're gonna have to dig trenches so people can ride those lifts!   ;-)

post #341 of 615
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If it keeps up they're gonna have to dig trenches so people can ride those lifts!   ;-)

Why the winky face? Not uncommon to have to do that, at least in years past. It's been a long time since we've seen this much snow.

post #342 of 615
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Originally Posted by skirockiesftw View Post

Any idea on which resort will have the most (fun) terrain open tomorrow? I was thinking Heavenly or Northstar or Homewood. I enjoyed the trees off east ridge at northstar last wednesday during the storm. I prefer steeper terrain but as long as there is something open where I can keep decent speed in the powder I will have a great time.

 

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Homewood, even though usually protected from wind, must have lost all of the snow at the bottom with the rain and snowpack and surface probably was affected to the top. They will re-open Tuesday "weather and conditions permitting. Our team is working hard to get the mountain back up and running as soon as possible but please note that we do expect a delayed opening tomorrow." For tomorrow, the best you can expect is "Madden Chair, Old Homewood Express, Happy Platter and North Carpet on our North Side."
 

Heavenly is challenged by wind. You often only get to Canyon on CA and only Stagecoach on NV and they are an 8 mile drive or two bus rides apart. If snow levels are low and there is enough good base, skiing powder using Gunbarrel and Tram can be great, but that was last week, not tomorrow when snow level is predicted to be at CA base.

 

Northstar is probably your best bet, although Kirkwood has been running Cornice and The Wall during windy storms and opening them quickly after big snowfalls.


Can I get a do-over? Kirkwood is closed, Homewood is only running a couple of surface lifts at the bottom and Northstar was only open to Vista, which is not steep enough for feet of new snow, the last time Iooked. Heavenly is running Gunbarrel and Tram and temp in SLT is 32 so at least the top half should be good and the bottom half should be deep and is steep enough to still be fun although skiing it takes a lot of effort

 

 

post #343 of 615
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Woke up this morning at Donner Lake and looked out the window. Holy S ...t.

 

Did the same thing on the West Shore. Took me 20 minutes to get my truck out.

 

Secondary roads are one lane, snowing to beat the band still. I have seen several people go up and down the road on snowmobiles, there will probably be a few of them parked at the Bridge Tender later today. This is a good storm, no skiing, but it is setting us up for a while. 

post #344 of 615

PTO requested this morning was just approved for Friday.  :drool

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PTO requested this morning was just approved for Friday.  :drool


Thanks for the idea... i just did the same

post #346 of 615
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Thanks for the idea... i just did the same

 

Isn't this MLK weekend? Should be pretty slow up here I would imagine. ;)

post #347 of 615
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Isn't this MLK weekend? Should be pretty slow up here I would imagine. ;)


Yeah, everyone is blacked out so nobody should be there.

post #348 of 615
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Isn't this MLK weekend? Should be pretty slow up here I would imagine. ;)

 

Nobody goes skiing on MLK weekend. It's too crowded.

post #349 of 615

Holy mother of god ...... the picnic benches outside of the Sugar bowl Judah lodge have all but disappeared. 

Anything opening tomorrow will be delayed, mark my words. 

post #350 of 615
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Yeah, everyone is blacked out so nobody should be there.

Strangely, Vail Tahoe Local passes are only blacked out on Sunday.  Saturday is going to be a s#$t show.  Like everyone else, I will be out there on Friday.  I have thoughts of Firebreak, but the recent high avalanche conditions have me a little concerned.  Never seen it slide in the trees there though.

post #351 of 615
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Strangely, Vail Tahoe Local passes are only blacked out on Sunday.  Saturday is going to be a s#$t show.  Like everyone else, I will be out there on Friday.  I have thoughts of Firebreak, but the recent high avalanche conditions have me a little concerned.  Never seen it slide in the trees there though.


While I agree that it is strange there is only one blackout day this weekend, it is Saturday according to the e-mail I received. It said "As a friendly reminder, your Tahoe Local Pass is restricted at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood on January 14, 2017." I know that's Saturday as it's my anniversary and as Jimmy Buffet sings many times in Boat Drinks "I gotta go where it's warm" and will miss all the new snow.

 

I'm wondering when getting there is going to be possible as 80, 50 (just checked and 50 re-opened at 0602) and 88 are all closed. 50 has been open the most, but not sure I want to take it if it's the only open way.
 

post #352 of 615
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Originally Posted by skinorthamerica View Post
 

Strangely, Vail Tahoe Local passes are only blacked out on Sunday.  Saturday is going to be a s#$t show.  Like everyone else, I will be out there on Friday.  I have thoughts of Firebreak, but the recent high avalanche conditions have me a little concerned.  Never seen it slide in the trees there though.


Keep in mind that Powderhouse of all places had a top layer slide yesterday that went across the normal, conservative skin track and through the trees.  Not big but enough snow to knock you into some timber if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I would avoid Firebreak today / tomorrow.  Maybe, maybe Friday depending on how things settle but there's a pretty wet layer that came in last night before temps came back down so who knows what's going to happen with that.

 

This weekend is going to be nuts.  If anyone is thinking otherwise, think again.

post #353 of 615
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While I agree that it is strange there is only one blackout day this weekend, it is Saturday according to the e-mail I received. It said "As a friendly reminder, your Tahoe Local Pass is restricted at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood on January 14, 2017." I know that's Saturday as it's my anniversary and as Jimmy Buffet sings many times in Boat Drinks "I gotta go where it's warm" and will miss all the new snow.

 

 

Yup, read it wrong.  It's Saturday so thanks for correcting me.

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post #355 of 615
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I suppose KSL is going to be paying for some digging out and housing repairs.

 

That's actually amazing though - so exactly like something you'd see in a cartoon.

post #356 of 615

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This house has been hit by avalanches quite a few times. This is nothing new.

 

Okay peeps here is some advice if you are thinking about coming to Tahoe this weekend. 1. Bring food, the stores are running low on just about everything as trucks haven't able to get here for a while now. 2. Same goes with gas, full tanks are a good idea, before you get to Tahoe. 3. Also you are not going to be alone up here, I know one rental company in town is 100% booked so I imagine most of them are. 4. If the power doesn't come on in the next 24 hrs, the mountains are going to have trouble doing avalanche control, both Alpine and Squaw are shut down again today. 

 

This is setting us up for a good winter, though. 

post #357 of 615
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This house has been hit by avalanches quite a few times. This is nothing new.

 

 

 

 

We were skiing BC a few years ago and crossed the debris field of an avalanche that had taken out a house.  After we crossed,  the guy whose house was taken out, rode up on a snowmobile and started screaming that we were all crazy.  

 

I retorted, "We safely crossed an avalanche path, we didn't build our house in it."

 

He has since built a big concrete shelter to protect his house.

post #358 of 615
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I suppose KSL is going to be paying for some digging out and housing repairs.

 

That's actually amazing though - so exactly like something you'd see in a cartoon.

I'm assuming that's on Alpine Meadows road, part of which is a slide hazard area (you can't get insurance or a bank loan). The road has always been controlled by AM patrol, from Squaw Valley. Over the years the houses have been hit numerous times. Placer County owns the road and indemnifies Alpine Meadows for any damage the slides cause. There was rumored to be a guy who would park his truck in the line of fire when there was contol work to be done and get a new truck every year. The county eventually got tired of paying claims and told AM they wouldn't indemnify them, whereupon AM said they wouldn't control the road. The county backed down. I don't know if they still pay on claims or if they do the right thing and tell people that if they build in a designated avalanche hazard area it's their tough luck if they get hit.

post #359 of 615

I have MCP - given the base that's being built.  What are the chances Squaw will be open around Easter - like slightly after?

post #360 of 615
easter is a given as it is a holiday week. just about all resorts will be open at least a week through to easter.
since easter is late this year,
after that, if it's extended season it may only be weekends due to $$$$ not specifically snow so it is not guaranteed.
that bring said last year squaw was open to may
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