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Lake Tahoe Rain Festival?

post #1 of 23
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What kind of skiing paradise are you guys running in the Tahoe area? I'm getting tired of looking at webcams with shots of rain and fog. I can look out my window here in the east and see that. If this is global warming then please put me down for a Prius.

Seriously, I am flying to Reno Jan. 3 and getting a bit concerned about the unusual weather. The ski areas are trying their best to put a positive spin on conditions, but frankly it looks grim. Outside of the higher elevation areas like Kirkwood and Mt. Rose the week of Christmas may not be very merry for the ski areas. Anybody out there have any words of encouragement for a nervous easterner.
post #2 of 23
First can I suggest "the week of Christmas may not be very merry for the" skiers. It's always a zoo. Now it's going to be a zoo confined to the higher elevation runs. I'd add to your list of higher altitude ski areas Sugar Bowl, Squaw (mid-mountain and up) Boringall, Soda Springs, arguably N* and Alpine. So there's skiing and snow. Where it wasn't raining it was dumping. It was dumping Sierra Cement, but still ... And the locals are still relatively friendly although Christmas/New Year might see to that
post #3 of 23

Welcome to Tahoe

Tahoe is a heartbreaker. When we get good snow, the temps rise or it rains. It's a very frustrating place to be a skier, but at least it's 65 degrees here in Berkeley.
Of course, we have some of the best terrain in the world but the snow can be very frustrating. From now on, I'm going to Utah in December.
Let's hope it get's better soon.
post #4 of 23

Want some cheese with that wine?

In the past few years, Tahoe has been blessed with early snow, and where were you then? Where were you when it dumped 12-18" the Saturday after Thanksgiving last year? Where were you when it dumped enough to ski freshies in early December the last few years? Where were you on May 1 when I was skiing Squaw?

Grow up. I got skunked last year in Whistler, but you don't see me saying the place stinks; I got in 5 good years there previously. Really, skiing is weather dependent, I get plenty of good days in Tahoe. You want good days? Get to the friggin' hill.

buncha babies, sheesh...
post #5 of 23
I have been watching the Sierra weather patterns carefully since I will be skiing in Tahoe the first week of March. I know its silly to get worried at this point because winter has just begun.

One question for all you Tahoe locals...do you find that winter patterns generally are long-lasting? In other words last winter was KILLER for Tahoe from start to finish. Have you seen winters that started out horribly but picked it up as the season began or do patterns seem to follow for a whole season? As locals is there really any reason for concern about the coming season? It seems that storms have been scarce so far and then when you finally get storms they seem too warm.

Thanks,

Marc
post #6 of 23
I get plenty of good days in Tahoe. You want good days? Get to the friggin' hill.

Ain't it the truth..I lived in the Bay for years and got up to Tahoe as much as possible..most days were good and many were better than expected..
post #7 of 23

Attitude.

I was sking yesterday, the day after the big rain. Here is what the awfull? conditions were like.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by gores95
In other words last winter was KILLER for Tahoe from start to finish. Have you seen winters that started out horribly but picked it up as the season began or do patterns seem to follow for a whole season?
Last year was great from start to finish, but one thing people seem to forget is after the big dump in late October, it really didn't pick up until the huge dumps end of Dec early Jan. I have pictures of my house just before Christmas last year and coverage wasn't much better then that it is currently. Of course, it did't let up until mid May last year.

I wasn't here, but I think it was '96 or '97 when there was almost no snow all the way through Feb. Then it snowed over a foot a day EVERY DAY in March. People around here call it the miracle March. So who knows, maybe the pattern will stick and maybe it won't. The long term forecasts I read before this season basically jive with what's happened so far, Pinapple Express conditions for this season, lots of precip, but warm.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by MTT
I was sking yesterday, the day after the big rain. Here is what the awfull? conditions were like.
Nice pic of the BROs.I need a pair.
post #10 of 23

MerryXmas;Happy Channukah

BY MONDAY MORNING. SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TO TWO FEET ARE EXPECTED....

IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOW...STRONG GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY THE STORM AND CREATE LOCALIZED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 90 MPH ARE POSSIBLE OVER MOUNTAIN RIDGES.


I've got a condo at Squaw for 5 nights Dec30 -> Jan 4!
post #11 of 23
There's alot of other things to do if the skiing sucks. Worked @ Rose in the 80's and would like to try The Chutes if they are open. Anyone been down them?
post #12 of 23
Yes, I have been down all of them many times. (But not this year)

And Merry Christmas.
post #13 of 23
seriously, you need to have some perspective of time. last year tahoe was open from halloween to mid-may and has been open thru may in several of the past years.
you should have great conditions up top at all mountains, at kirkwood and the temps have been dropping lately. the storms predicted for this week should be good for snow skiing. i'm thinking about making a mlk day trip and am not worried that there will not be enough snow if they dont get another inch.
if you want more reliable "snow" storms, go to CO or utah, but i have yet to complain about conditions in tahoe except in late may, and if youre complaining in may about snow conditions; you have no complaint.
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post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by squawbomber
From now on, I'm going to Utah in December.
I'm afraid you would be very dissapointed here this year as well. Conditions are as bad as I've ever seen them. I had an easterner tell me they were pretty typical for out there. So how bad is that? :
post #16 of 23
We spent Christmas day at Sierra at Tahoe. Conditions were excellent with warm soft snow and no crowds to speak of. The storm front progressed in during the day with high winds on the ridges. This closed the Grandview lift at about 2:30, but West Bowl remained nice. Snow flurries started at 3:30, and we drove through driving rain farther down the mountain. Temps were 45 degrees at 3000 feet, which suggests this storm will start on the wet side, but upwards of 3 feet is expected through Monday Morning. Plan for wind with your monday selection. The high altitude upper ski areas should be better on Tuesday.
post #17 of 23
I got to Norden (old 40 near Sugarbowl) around 7:30. When I came up 80 at Rainbow Road it was just turning to snow. around 5200. Chain controls were up at Kingvale. took me almost an hour to get through the lineup to the chain control. I swear all these flat landers with their SUV's need to learn to drive in snow. or put chain's on their vehicles. They think because it's 4WD they can just cruise through. But we've all hashed that rant already

I ended up spending most of my evening helping people on the road before they finally closed the road and I couldn't help any more people.

One of they guys that had stopped to help some got sideswiped by a tour bus. Some lady made it past 2 parked cars (both way to the right) and a flare and came within 2" of my van before I managed to get her to stop gunning her engine and sliding sideways.

Should be skiing 2-3ft of sierra cement freshies tomorrow!

They are expecting the next storm to be even bigger (Wed) and the Saturday storm even bigger than Wednesdays.

If the snow level stays down around 5200 it should be an epic new year
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by BCG
What kind of skiing paradise are you guys running in the Tahoe area? I'm getting tired of looking at webcams with shots of rain and fog. I..
When you get tired of Tahoe rain check out some webcams of some fantastic PNW rain and fog present at many resorts in the region.

As others have said, it's always a bonus when pre-Christmas snow is plentiful in the Lake Tahoe area. Last season was particularly exceptional.

Glad to hear new snow is on its way. The rain is also supposed to turn to snow in the PNW by tomorrow.
post #19 of 23
Tahoe's on it's way to 24-36 inches in the next week...just wait...
post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris D
Nice pic of the BROs.I need a pair.
I recommend them highly!!
post #21 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTT
Yes, I have been down all of them many times. (But not this year)

And Merry Christmas.
Happy New Year.

The Chutes, which I skied last year, are totally great and amazingly
steep. Moves the whole ski area up to the top tier with Snowbird, Alta
and Jackson Hole.

They are often not open as they wern't early this year in mid December.
I think they may have just opened for the season.:
post #22 of 23
The Chutes opened a couple time before the New Year. At this point, if the lifts are running and they aren't doing avalance work because of new snow, they should be open.
post #23 of 23
felt compelled to post bases as some have been worried that theyd be skiing white ribbons of death at tahoe all season.

heavenly - 124" base :
squaw - 116" base
kirkwood - 106" base

http://www.skiheavenly.com/audio_visual/webcams/dipper
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