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Weather Updates / Sierra Snow this weekend..

post #1 of 16
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As avid skiers, I would bet that we are all weather buffs and follow impending storms very closely. I've just been wondering why I never see any posts regarding upcoming weather - weather and snow is probably more important to on-hill enjoyment than nit-picky differences between skis, is it not?!

Anyway I'm going to start....

Whoo Hooo.....Bust out the fatties in Tahoe this weekend!!

Just checked the National Weather Service web site...and we now have a Winter Storm Watch for the Tahoe area this weekend... the mountains should get 3"-6" by tomorrow afternoon...then the real precip starts with another 1-2 feet by Monday (I'm off for Prez Day)...snow levels from 4500ft-5000ft so it should be nice a light (for Tahoe standards) but I still won't have to shovel down in Reno!! 70 mph winds over the tops on Sun so the upper mountains won't be open anywhere, except maybe Rose, and the roads will be a mess...but Monday should be NICE!!!
post #2 of 16
Sounds great. Hopefully this will hit UT as well.
post #3 of 16
Tahoe has been warmer than usual the past 3 weeks so snow levels have been 6,000 and above. Rained towards the end of the storm on Wednesday. They are saying this storm coming in is even warmer than the last, so let's keep our fingers crossed that we get some type of cold with it and not warm like it's been. So if you like Sierra Cement, you'll be fine!
post #4 of 16
Man, it's about as sunny as it could be here this morning, hope the clouds and snow move in soon!
post #5 of 16
patience ski_rick, patience

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WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA-WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK-

1019 AM PST SAT FEB 19 2005



...SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 PM

PST SUNDAY...



SNOW IS FORECAST TO BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON OVER THE NORTHERN SIERRA

NEVADA...AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. ONE TO TWO FEET OF SNOW

IS FORECAST FOR THE WEST SLOPE OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA AND

WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY.



COLDER AIR FROM WESTERN CANADA WILL LOWER SNOW LEVELS TO 4000 TO 5000

FEET.
post #6 of 16
It's getting cloudy
post #7 of 16
Squaw was great yesterday.

Packed powder at top with powder staches at Granite Chief; spring conditions at bottom 1/2 of mountain.
post #8 of 16
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Mt Rose was (in the words of the Boston retards (Bo-tards) I used to see at Killington) 'FREAKIN KILLA'....they said on Sun morn's report 6"-8" but in reality they got more like a foot....I was skiing mostly untracked down the Chutes all morning....since I stick to snaking trees on the spines and the woods between "the chutes", it was AWESOME all day...I'm pooped!!

...but alas the snow this weekend was nothing like they said it was going to be....we're looking at another 2"-4" or so today....then NOTHING in the forecast after today....I think it's supposed to go back to a dry, warm Sierra Sunny period starting later in the week...

...gotta go heading back up to finish the job on my thighs and knees before I go back to work tomorrow!!

"DUDE OUTA LIMITS IS FREAKIN KILLA!!"
post #9 of 16

Enough snow to avalanche

An avalanche in the backcountry near Sugar Bowl illustrates how much snow has fallen and how dangerous conditions are. 11 people were there and several were caught in the avalanche. One fatality, and she was wearing a beacon. The following is from the Sacramento Bee this morning:

Quote:
Originally Posted by By M.S. Enkoji and Jennifer K. Morita -- Bee Staff Writers
An avalanche between the Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley ski resorts and a two-car accident near Dixon left four people dead over the weekend.

About 11:10 a.m. Sunday, the Placer County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from skiers who had been caught in an avalanche in the back country. One woman died, Sgt. Dave Wells said.

A group of 11 skiers were on public lands when the avalanche hit and trapped three people in snow. One person was able to dig himself out, while another was rescued by other members of the party, Wells said. A Placer County Sheriff's Nordic Search and Rescue Team set out on foot, while another team out of Truckee tried to reach the party on snowmobiles.

Wells said roughly 3 feet of snow had fallen in the area the night before, making the steep and rugged terrain dangerous to navigate.

The woman's body was located using an avalanche beacon device. Her identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
post #10 of 16
I skied Tahoe this weekend, Homewood Saturday and Northstar Sunday. There was plenty of fresh snow Sunday, and crowds were surprisingly reasonable for a holiday weekend. Storm wasn't as big as initially reported.
post #11 of 16

Rose Ruled On Sunday 2 10 05

I skied Rose on Sunday and got to the East Bowl at 8am.

It was AWESOME !!!!! Powder boot deep in the East Bowl to knee almost thigh deep in parts of the Chutes.
post #12 of 16
Snow was a bit heavy at Alpine on Sunday but still tons of fun. If you're willing to do a little traversing fresh lines were too be found right until the end of the day, not as crowded as I was worried it might be.
post #13 of 16
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Rose was Killa yet again today...with the exception of the pea soup fog that is. The time spent w/ zero visibility between the lift and the Chutes was by far the most dangerous....

The Chutes ruled though....tons of more fresh...untracked lines.....it was all great except for the rock I hit (not sure where) that took a 4" chunk out of my base and knock my ski off - sending me straightlining a 30' section of tight 40 degree trees on one ski.....almost pulled it out...not quite....my buds gave the wipe out a 9!!!

Anyway, back to the weather...apparently the low has stalled off CA coast...we should have on and off snow showers in the Northern Sierras right through the week...nothing major...probably 2 or 3 waves of 6"....it should still be good next weekend!!
post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by X-EastCoaster
sending me straightlining a 30' section of tight 40 degree trees on one ski.....almost pulled it out...not quite....my buds gave the wipe out a 9!!!
Did that once. Quite the slide, eh? Glad you're OK.
post #15 of 16
Rose was sweet today (tuesday). We were gonna head to Alpine, but they were reporting 7-10" while Rose was reporting 9-12" this AM. Seems the storm swung in from the SE and thus hit the Carson Range stronger then the West Shore. It was drier and lighter then the snow has been recently too!

Managed to time the Cutthroat gate of the Chutes perfectly, as if the ski patroler was holding the door open just for me. Told him he was my hero, he said "you're gonna have fun."

Awesome day, my out of town friends were quite impressed.
post #16 of 16
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The last bit of precip came in from the West...so Rose probably did get the most...

Alas, this round of snow is done through the weekend...maybe a snow shower or two but nothing measurable....

Next Monday & Tuesday another low is going head down to the So Cal coast...very similar to this last one (poor So Cal...almost makes you not want to enjoy our pow...almost!!!)....the resorts down South will get the most and up in No Tahoe we should see some....still very iffy on how much....

Man I wish I could get up there today....I bet it's awesome...oh well, bases are getting repaired anyway...maybe tomorrow afternoon for a couple of hours....
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