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Tahoe in Good Shape After Storm

post #1 of 12
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We got 1 to 2 feet (depending on elevation) last night and today. I am amazed at how filled in the mountains are. Skied Alpine today well off the main trail, through trees and near rock-bands and never even came close to hitting anything. We have far more snow now than this time last year, despite much earlier snow last year. Let me know if you want more details.

Another storm is expected Sat & Sun.

post #2 of 12
Sweet, sweet, powder. My first turns will be at Kirkwood this Saturday. I can't believe the weather forcast. The 9 day outlook calls for precip almost every day!
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I have plans to ski at Sugar Bowl for 3 days in two weeks. We haven't purchased the plane tickets yet, pending snow conditions. We were thinking of maybe heading to Alta/Snowbird considering the huge amount of snow there. I should also say that we've already paid for 2 days of private instruction at Sugar Bowl with Alan Riley, but can reschedule if we need to.

From your comments, seems like Tahoe is skiing well right now. What do you think?

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I think Sugarbowl will be fantastic in a few weeks. The "Pineapple express" assisted by the Artic blast has begun. It's cold (snow levels around 4000ft and huge amounts of moisture from the pacific islands. We are expecting 1-2 ft over the weekend and the storms are just stacking up behind the Saturday one.

Rob, Let us know when you come out. I might be able to catch up with you for a day.
post #5 of 12
oohhhhhh how exciting...I'll have to wait until next yr to get some turns in in Tahoe...off to Oz in a couple of weeks...hmmm sun, beach, beer, bbq...ahhh home..

keep the snow comin !
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
We have several decent storms lined up, but they don't seem huge (like last week's). I think 1 foot is the expectation for this weekend, then 2 more storms (who knows how big) over the following week. I expect Sugarbowl to be in fine shape for your trip, one of the best starts in Tahoe in a couple years. But Utah has received even more snow. I think you're in good shape either way (considering it is December)
post #7 of 12
Sugarbowl reports that they've already gotten 8-14 out of this overnight storm. And its hardly letting up. I'm in the bay area and its still pouring here. Hurray!!!!!
post #8 of 12
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It looks like all the forecasts for this weekend (today, tonight, Sunday, and Sunday night) have all been upgraded in terms of snow forecast. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 12
It's so damn windy that most of the good lifts are on wind hold and I'm reading Epic Ski instead of boarding!! Winds at the top of Alpine are gusting to 82 MPH, Squaw Valley's upper mountain is on wind hold. When the lifts open there will lots of fresh snow. Best December in about 3 years.
post #10 of 12
Ullr has answered my prayers:

west slope northern sierra nevada, including, blue canyon temperature ranges are for 4000 to 5000 foot elevations

400 AM PST SUN DEC 02 2001

...winter storm warning through Monday morning...

Today...windy with rain or snow...heavy at times. Southwest winds gusting over 70 mph over ridges and through passes. Morning snow level 5000 to 6000 feet or east of baxter on i-80 and east of kyburz on us-50...lowering to 4000 to 5000 feet this afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Chance of precipitation 100 percent.

Tonight...snow. Lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Chance of snow 100 percent.

Monday...snow showers...decreasing during the day. Total storm accumulations of 1 to 3 feet above 5000 feet. Highs in the 30s. Chance of snow 80 percent.
post #11 of 12
This line of storms has been incredible. I skied at Kirkwood yesterday (first day of the season) and the conditions were unbelievable. Didn't even have to think about hitting a rock. Of course, the wind was blowing directly up the mountain at like 60 mph, causing my face to become completely encrusted in ice on every run. But hey, can't complain, the amount of snow we've been getting is unreal.
post #12 of 12
Just got home from the mountains (I've been on Donner Summit since Thursday). Skied Sugar Bowl Friday, Saturday & today. Only one lift was operating today, but we still had some fun for a few hours!

Donner Summit has been getting pounded! We have gotten well over 2 feet of cold dry powder in the last 48 hours! It's the wind which is really hampering everything right now!

80 has been closed most of the day, although the road was in good shape...it's the wind which makes it a virtual white out at times.

Winter is definately here to stay...yippie!
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