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Tahoe Openings...Finally

post #1 of 16
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I called Kirkwood this morning and they are planning to open chairs #5 and #6 on Thrusday December 1. More should be open by the weekend.

Heavenly is schduled to open using the Gondola access on Wednesday November 30.

Squaw is schduled for December 3, but you never know, they could try for an earlier date with other openings being scheduled.

Its been raining in the low elevations here on the west slope (monday morning) and the web cams are finally looking promising. Lets hope for a major blast of winter this week to really set off the season.
post #2 of 16
Hope to be making some turns Sun at No Star, they say limited runs but since it's paid in advance ,thats ok. Any word on Sierra? The web site is quiet.
Mark
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Northstar is opening Wednesday.

Sierra is starting from zero and has a lot of terrain under 7000 feet. They will probably make an announcement Tuesday afternoon after seeing where snow levels end up in this first storm. Sierra is top to bottom skiing, no mid-station or high altitude, so they need coverage at the bottom. Just a guess, but I think they could open Saturday, and it might be very limited. It takes at least four to five feet to open the most interesting terrain.

I'll probably go to Kirkwood if the storms pan out.
post #4 of 16
Well if the weather I looked at this morning pans out, you could be in for 2FT above 7000'. That should get a decent amount of terrain open for Tahoe.
post #5 of 16
too early to call multiple openings on what this stoem may bring, but this is pretty good: http://mvara.com/weatherdata/ bijou pines gives good accumulation shot + heavenly shows whats happening on the hill.

>>i'm now revising my earlier prediction:
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...TAHOE CITY... TRUCKEE...MARKLEEVILLE...GLENBROOK...INCLINE VILLAGE 1128 AM PST MON NOV 28 2005

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PST TUESDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PST TUESDAY. SNOW AND RAIN WILL CONTINUE IN THE LAKE TAHOE AREA THROUGH TONIGHT. SNOW LEVELS WILL RISE TO ABOVE LAKE LEVEL LATE THIS EVENING OR EARLY TUESDAY MORNING...BUT MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE ABOVE 7000 FEET. EXPECT 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW AT LAKE LEVEL BEFORE SNOW LEVELS RISE MONDAY NIGHT. ABOVE 7000 FEET EXPECT 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW THROUGH TUESDAY. SOUTHWEST WINDS WITH GUSTS OVER 80 MPH ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE RIDGES WITH AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN THE PASSES AND EXPOSED UPPER ELEVATIONS.
>>weather channel has had snow clouds over the lake all day. much should be ready to ski this weekend !
post #6 of 16
boreal opened thanksgiving weekend.
It's on, everything will be opened by this coming weekend......
DUMPING OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #7 of 16
it was snowing HARD all day at kirkwood.....(monday the 28th).

Hopefully they'll have chair 10 open by the weekend.
post #8 of 16
alpine's web cam today was a satisfying white blur..........whee!
post #9 of 16
well, apparently its on and murphys law has held true; as squaw has a foot down at '8200, kirkwood has almost 2 feet down up top and have both been showing snow all day. i would think thats another 3 inches at least for tomorrows report. heavenlys snow report guy has apparently taken today off.
meanwhile, my sister who hasnt skied in a decade gets to enjoy it this weekend while i cancelled my trip that was 10 days ago. :

update: heavenly clocks in w/ 8" in the last 24 and 14" in the last 7.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
THURSDAY LOOKS BUSY WITH TWO STORIES TO COVER. ONE...TWO PLUS INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION ALONG THE SIERRA CREST AND TWO...STRONG WINDS IN
THE LEE OF THE SIERRA. AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION...SNOW LEVELS WILL
RISE EVEN MORE THURSDAY AS THE WARM MOIST "RIVER OF AIR" ADVECTS
INTO THE REGION. CURRENTLY...WE HAVE SNOW LEVELS AT 7500 TO 8000
FEET FROM TAHOE SOUTHWARD (PERHAPS EVEN A BIT LOW). WITH TWO INCHES
OR MORE OR PRECIP...WE EXPECT UP TO 2 FEET OF SNOW AT THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF THE SIERRA.

Elevation is critical. Heavy snow is good for base, but rain is bad.
Base elevation at Kirkwood is 7800 feet, so they look to be OK.
Sierra gets washed out in the West Bowl with low elevation at 6600.
The highest elevations (8800 ft) are OK, but chairs start at 7000 feet.
Upper Heavenly is OK, but forget the Face,Gunbarrel and Stagecoach.
Lower Squaw is hurting again, but upper slopes do well.
We will have skiing, but higher is better.

PS: Kirkwood needs about 100 inches to ski off-piste.
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
THURSDAY LOOKS BUSY WITH TWO STORIES TO COVER. ONE...TWO PLUS INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION ALONG THE SIERRA CREST AND TWO...STRONG WINDS IN
THE LEE OF THE SIERRA. AS FAR AS PRECIPITATION...SNOW LEVELS WILL
RISE EVEN MORE THURSDAY AS THE WARM MOIST "RIVER OF AIR" ADVECTS
INTO THE REGION. CURRENTLY...WE HAVE SNOW LEVELS AT 7500 TO 8000
FEET FROM TAHOE SOUTHWARD (PERHAPS EVEN A BIT LOW). WITH TWO INCHES
OR MORE OR PRECIP...WE EXPECT UP TO 2 FEET OF SNOW AT THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF THE SIERRA.

Elevation is critical. Heavy snow is good for base, but rain is bad.
Base elevation at Kirkwood is 7800 feet, so they look to be OK.
Sierra gets washed out in the West Bowl with low elevation at 6600.
The highest elevations (8800 ft) are OK, but chairs start at 7000 feet.
Upper Heavenly is OK, but forget the Face,Gunbarrel and Stagecoach.
Lower Squaw is hurting again, but upper slopes do well.
We will have skiing, but higher is better.

PS: Kirkwood needs about 100 inches to ski off-piste.
what are we going to do in 50 years when global warming makes such high elevation snow/rain lines a fact of life?
post #12 of 16
Perhaps if the States sorts out it's pollution it might not happen. Kyoto rules!
post #13 of 16
i'll take all of this global warming you want to give me as tahoe had record snow for october last year and colorado had october records the year before ! in addition to that, i skied colorado end of april and tahoe end of may. yep, global warming is okay with me !
post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by skicougar
i'll take all of this global warming you want to give me as tahoe had record snow for october last year and colorado had october records the year before ! in addition to that, i skied colorado end of april and tahoe end of may. yep, global warming is okay with me !
Anecdotal evidence strikes again. Say it is/n't so bacause it is/n't happening to me right now.
post #15 of 16
Global warming is a bit of a misnomer. Weather wise it really means that things will change i.e. some colder areas might get colder or warmer and same with current warm areas, plus there will be more extreme weather i.e. hurricanes, etc.
post #16 of 16
Heard the snow wasn't too bad on Heavenly yesterday. Comet/Dipper open, and I'd guess Tamarack?

It's been raining all day at lake level with a bit of snow mixed in, and this morning on S. Benjamin (~7,300). My friend lives on N. Benjamin up another 500' or more, and she said she had 4" this morning.

So yeah, I'd imagine the snow level is ~8,000' and lowering.

At 1:41pm today (Thursday), it's still mostly rain at lake level.

At least Warren Miller films at Ceasar's tonight.
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