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What do you think Tahoe/Rose will be like this weekend?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Anyone care to speculate on what it'll be like tomorrow? I'll be hitting Rose, who looks to be right on target to get the 6"-9" snow total that was forecasted.

Judging by the cold temps with this one, I'm guessing the snow was pretty light - but it's borderline whether it'll cover the frozen stuff underneath enough to make it fun...

If anyone was there this afternoon could you report on how the new stuff was setting up?

and FYI - COLD tomorrow!!
post #2 of 19
I predict it'll be populated by an ex-East coaster... psychic powers don't fail me now...

It's full-on DUMPING outside my house right now.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
...and a little Puertorican goblin....

I like full on dumping - they had 3-5" as of 2:00....maybe they'll get a foot!!

Wear an extra layer tomorrow....it'll be 10-15 degrees tops at the summit...
post #4 of 19
WooHoo... The Chute, The Chute, The Chute......
post #5 of 19
I am so f--ked!
I have to work at Carson Tahoe hospital and there's no way I can switch out.
AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
post #6 of 19

Could be worse

I got rear ended this week on my way to work, and even though my wife is out of town, I can't ski because my neck is injured. Sux.
post #7 of 19
YES!
I got coverage. Rose reported a foot of powder.
Hospital 7am to 8:30am
Rose 8:30 to 11am
Hospital 11am on.

Got some runs on East bowl followed by first and fresh tracks down the El Cap chute: I got there 30 seconds before they opened the gate and as the rope was dropped stormed to El Cap: major face shots and untracked powder. Very light almost champagne like and not typical Sierra snow.

Then I hit the East bowl again, hucked the little cliffs near the chair lift, hit the jumps below in the terrain park, and had a few more great runs.

post #8 of 19
Sounds like a great day JimS. Glad you got away. I also just got back from a great day (skied bell to bell). Snow levels were down to 3500 feet last night and the 8 to 16 inches of new snow on the mountain was very light through the morning. Some of the best turns of the season (but I say that everytime I ski pow). April means fewer crowds, and untracked lines were plentiful to the closing bell. Lots of consolidation in the sun, but the trees stayed nice and light. Backcountry gates opened again about 9:30 and the lines were steep and about knee deep in light fluff. Snow seemed deeper in some places and there was a lot of natural sluff on the very steep lines, and some cornices let loose as the day warmed.

The Mantras handled the mashed potatoes well in the sun, and have already proven excellent in powder. Took only one fast groomer run all day.
post #9 of 19
One more week of the Chutes and then Rose closes April 17th. But Squaw is open until May 30th.

CirqueR,

I took the Explosiv out today and it may have been one of the best ski days of my life. Snow, the ski, and the fact that I didn't save my self for the last half of the day because I had to work: I let it all hang out and gave it all I had this morning and I was LIVIN' THE DREAM.

Volkl Explosiv is the best ski I have ever used and it's certainly going to Chile with me this summer.
post #10 of 19
Who needs Chile, we'll be sking to August at this rate. Just slap some AT bindings on that Explosiv, and watch your heels No more blisters::. Great day! Ya know, we really ought to ski together one of these days. Kirkwood or Squaw?
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jim S
One more week of the Chutes and then Rose closes April 17th. But Squaw is open until May 30th.
Why the Rose is closing Aprial 17th? Licenses?
post #12 of 19
My Rose day: really really fun until I crashed and my right knee went "pop." Not much pain, just achiness and stiffness now. We'll see what tonight/tomorrow brings.

-Karl
post #13 of 19
Karl,

If you need an MRI let me know.



Cirque,
I'd love to hook up with you. This coming weekend I'll hit Rose as it's the last for the season; after that Squaw or Kirkwood is sweet. I have to get some AT bindings for sure so I can ski once the lifts stop.


Chile: August baby, August.

I have no idea why Rose and Heavely close when they do: it must be for economic reasons because the snow base is dreamy.
post #14 of 19
Heavenly is staying open to May 1 as is Kirkwood. Sierra closes 4/17. Most of the areas operating under special use permits with the Forest Service don't have much choice. You can hike for turns on the closed areas, but they close like clockwork. Pretty amazing considering the base is as deep as I have ever seen this time of year. Alpine operates to memorial day every year.

If you look at the webcams on any weekday, you will notice there is no one at the resorts in April. Empty chairs, one after another and deep snow to be skied.

This year has been just amazing. Rock bands and cliff areas are fully covered...buried in deep snow even now. Lines I have never skied are accessible and relatively easy due to great coverage.

JimS, get the AT bindings and skins, I would be glad to go get blisters with you. The East bowl of Elephants Back in Carson pass is really nice when conditions stabilize. You only hike up about 1500 vertical in 2 miles (gentle grade), but get nearly 4000 vertical, then hitch back to the car from Red Lake at 88.

Karl, keep us posted. In deep snow crashes, I usually just faceplant and roll to keep my legs free. Doesn't look too good, but its functional. What happened? Someone I was skiing with pulled air off a big BC rock and ended up straddling a tree today. After careful consideration we decided it was just a bark stain. Looked ugly though. Gotta scope those landings. The main reason I personally don't often fly anymore.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider

JimS, get the AT bindings and skins, I would be glad to go get blisters with you. The East bowl of Elephants Back in Carson pass is really nice when conditions stabilize. You only hike up about 1500 vertical in 2 miles (gentle grade), but get nearly 4000 vertical, then hitch back to the car from Red Lake at 88.
Not if we take two cars, park one, and then double back!

I don't use my 179cm Seth Pistols too much so maybe I'll put some AT on them.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jim S
Not if we take two cars, park one, and then double back!

I don't use my 179cm Seth Pistols too much so maybe I'll put some AT on them.
REI has (had) some Fritschi Freerides at $249, on clearance, online. I just ordered a pair, and returned them to the store when they arrived (since in the meantime, I did a trade for some skis w/ Freerides). So they may be at the Reno REI still -- they should've gone back into stock on Friday.

-Karl
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jim S
Karl,

If you need an MRI let me know.
Thanks Jim - I probably will, just to be sure. This morning, my knee just feels stiff & achy, but there is very minimal visible swelling. I have full range of motion, but it hurts more at full extension or compression. The only real pain I notice (twinges) accompany sideways/lateral movements, like if you were to kick a soccer ball with your instep, or cross your legs by putting an ankle on the other knee.

If I blew a ligament, this has to be one of the lamest ways to do it: crashed, 1 ski popped off, no problems. Pick up the ski, attempt to ski on other ski down a few feet to a flatter area to put it one.... and catch the tip of my ski boot in the snow, causing a spin, fall, and "pop." Followed by much cursing. And an attempt to side-slip the rest of the way down the mountain; ski patrol convinced me to take the embarrassing sled ride down instead.

I can walk around, just limping. This sucks.

-Karl
post #18 of 19
Karl,

That's not lame.
I had one friend tear his ACL getting off the chairlift; another slipped in the parking lot and broke his tibia. Now that's lame!

You've got my numbers if you need.

Jim
post #19 of 19
Thanks Jim - I'll let you know how it goes. I did lots of household stuff today, and the knee feels pretty good. Definitely improved since yesterday, but still achy and stiff.

-Karl
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