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Does this much snow affect the ability to ski?

post #1 of 7
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I have never seen the likes of the amt. of snow that the Sierra resorts are getting (namely Heavenly, Mammoth, Squaw). Upwards of 8-9ft in a day to two? I am curious (from those who have seen this ...well......something like this, because I am betting on this as some kind of record) as to whether the resorts can handle this and if it is even possible to ski in this type of situation!
All I can say is WOW and prayers for those who have to deal with the rain as well.
Thanks!
post #2 of 7
It looks like the conditions are awesome and I'm stuck down here in the flatlands

This much snow just makes it another powder day. You are really only sking the surface layer or layers. It is not as if you are going to sink 9 feet down into the snow.

With these past storms in the Sierra, wind has been the factor that has effected the snow the most. You need to watch out for drifts and holes created by the howling winds.
post #3 of 7
What it really effects is my ability to get any work done.
post #4 of 7
I had actually heard about snow deep enough that it was very difficult to ski. I read about Bridger Bowl getting a 5 foot dump a year ago and it being very very tough to ski. I believe the problem does not lie in the skiing, it begins when you fall down.......

Alfonse
post #5 of 7
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My point exactly. That being on getting work done and falling down.

Seriously, I thought that it would be difficult for the snowcats to manage that much snow and with it coming down constantly. Since I haven't perfected skiing powder, and for those like me, I imagine it would be hard as heck. Thoughts?
post #6 of 7
I have seen heavy powder days in the Cascades break skiers. I know a guy who got so frustrated he switched to snowboarding. This is before fat skis however. Skiing powder is definately not for everyone. My friend worked in customer service at a mountain and said when it snowed people would ask for their money back because of the lack of groomers. I wish there were more people like that, would mean more powder for me

Alfonse
post #7 of 7
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Don't get me wrong. ....I want to get better at skiing powder. It is the only thing I can't do ( steep/moguls don't really unnerve me). I have skied in 6-8 inches of fresh stuff, but that is about as deep as it has gotten for me. I hear Alta has great powder lessons. Maybe I can hit them up this year or next. Or on our trip to Big Sky, though it doesn't look promising there.
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