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Predictions/Guesses: Season start in Tahoe?

post #1 of 17
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So what does everybody think? When will this season kick off in the sierras? Where is a good place to look for longer term weather forecasts? How reliable are they?

All I can think of all day is skiing -- I'm desperate. Please help me get my hopes up
post #2 of 17
2 years ago we skied on Halloween at SAT. I'm thinking Oct 28 this year REALLY HARD. Will it happen? OF COURSE, The power of the mind is incredible!!!!!!!:
post #3 of 17
I heard through the forum grapevine that Dodge Ridge opened on the 14th or thereabouts either last season or the season prior.

Heavenly sent out an email blast last month stating 11/17 as opening date, but they haven't posted anything official on their website.

Squaw, I believe has listed 12/3 as their opening date.

I know that there's been snow at KW and Dodge...so it's only a matter of weeks.
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by weirded View Post
So what does everybody think? When will this season kick off in the sierras? Where is a good place to look for longer term weather forecasts? How reliable are they?

All I can think of all day is skiing -- I'm desperate. Please help me get my hopes up
Try this on for size.

Sonora, Ebbetts and Tioga passes are closed as we speak. An event that usually doesn't happen this early.
post #6 of 17
Tioga must have just closed recently. My buddies tripped down there on Sat/Sun...
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Tioga must have just closed recently. My buddies tripped down there on Sat/Sun...
Yep. It was a short closure. 36 hours. The passes I mentioned are now reopened as of 3PM today. Still though, a hopeful sign of things to come.
post #8 of 17

Thanksgiving/early December plans

I dunno about first opening, but I cannot wait. I'm thinking moderate to light El Nino, but with a decent early season starting late November/first week of December. I was planning to use my Snowbomb "Sugarwood" ticket & hit Kirkwood during Thanksgiving weekend for a day.

I've already made reservations for River Ranch (Alpine/Squaw) the weekend of December 8-10 and for 4 days around New Year's (I have to work in Auburn the morning of January 2, bummer; not!).

Now, if I can get my wife to commit to 3 days in Utah for MLK weekend, I'll be all warmed up by the time I hit Aspen for 4 days at the end of January (already booked that, too.). After that, who knows?...
post #9 of 17
Northstar's web site says November 18. Squaw Valley's web site says November 17.
post #10 of 17
I believe KW's site says the 18th, as well.

What kills me is that I signed up on all the site's email blast lists and none of them have sent out notices about opening day yet. Wondering what the hell they're doing with my email address anyway!

DINO, damn, dude! Utah and Aspen? (it's all good, I'll probably be hitting Utah, Colo, and talking about Montana and Europe this season...it all depends on everybody's finances and schedules).

Lemme know when you're gonna be on the slopes and I'll make a point to crash into you. I've got a family engagement on the 18th, so I might hit up somewhere on the 19th.
post #11 of 17
well, its not looking good for mid-november openings as the PNW and the 4 corners are not in the storms paths and they look to be hitting the deep south or midwest; but all it takes is one storm.

and Dino, you may want to rethink that mlk trip. that weekend, just about every ski club in texas has groups hitting park city(including myself) and there will be no shortage of "yall" and "aints" and a severe shortage of beer going around. but youre(or yall is) welcome to join us. i promise to make the other guys keep their chew out of sight.
post #12 of 17
Every year has been snowy before X-mas from 2003-06. I wil go with Jan 15th for things going off. A late year.
post #13 of 17
For some reason I am betting on a late start in the Sierras as well... we have had pretty early seasons the past few and last season went on forever... I bet we have to wait a bit this season

Andrew
post #14 of 17
Andrew, we skied October 22 in 2004, but waited until December 12 last year. I hope we don't have to endure another year of watching the entire country go off before we get to ski. OTOH, we made up for it with a near record snowfall year that carried us into July. If we could persuade the Bay Area that skiing is great in April and May, we would have long seasons at the ski areas. Most close in mid-April from lack of interest or Forest Service permit restrictions.
post #15 of 17
It already snowed in Heavenly and kirkwood. Check this out -

http://www.skiheavenly.com/audio_visual/snapshots/

Somewhere I read that they are expecting a foot of snow this next week. Heavenly will start their snowmakers as soon as the temperature is low enough. I remember I was skiing 1st week of November in 2004 (though last year was really depressing waiting and waiting).

Time to do ur snow dance
post #16 of 17
I'm hoping for at least an average season; i'm thinkin the opening will be week after thanksgiving, however. Nursing a couple bruised ribs right now so the snow can take its time.

Yah, would be nice to keep more tahoe resorts open longer, but then I'd have to agonize over skiing, fishing, and golf.

From hoppy brewing company...........stevescho out
post #17 of 17
Steves....I like the Amber. Have one for me
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