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Tahoe This Weekend?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I'm on the fence about heading to Tahoe to partake in the meager snowfall.

On the one hand I'm itching to get in my first turns and start paying off my Heavenly pass. On the other hand I'm not terribly fond of WROD and limited runs (especially at Heavenly, where parking and getting on the mountain is a bear if only the gondola is running).

Are any of the Bay Area/Tahoe based Bears heading up this weekend since both Alpine and Squaw are officially opening, as well?
post #2 of 29

sorry to say I'm waiting a bit...

I'm hoping for a dump between now & 12/8-10, when I'll head up to Alpine/Squaw. I also have a potential for N. Shore on 12/14 or 12/15 as I'll be in Truckee for work. I was hoping to use my free Sugar/Wood ticket from my Snowbomb card by now...
post #3 of 29
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Yeah, I'm so on the fence.

Part of me just wants to go up, do a few runs and then raid the shops to see if they have any deals to be found on last years skis/bindings.

I'm also looking for a helmet and my boots need to be fixed (gotta go to Village Ski Loft for that).
post #4 of 29
The wife and I will be at Heavenly on Mon, Sunday somewhere else, haven't decided yet. We have a place at Pollock Pines so the drive from there is a lot more doable than the No Bay. Iv'e been workin out on the pro fitter since the beginning of Oct and I gotta find out if it did any good. Just going to play and see the sights. Didn't they say "if theyr'e open, they will come!":
post #5 of 29
I'll be at Alpine by late morning or early afternoon Saturday, with three kids. I understand that StormDay and family will be on the hill this weekend as well.
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
^got your PM over at TGR AlpDad, plus I know your "partner in crime" is heading up, as well.

i'mma play it by ear and either head up Early Saturday or see if I can work Sat and take off Mon. again, it will depend on how many runs/lifts are running at the various places (I hate to use up my Tahoe 6-pack tix for limited coverage...plus the hassle of dealing with only the gondola at Heavenly...)
post #7 of 29
So... Did you go?

I'll be out there this weekend. Hope there's some snow... I'd hate to fly 2000 when I could find more snow in CO...
post #8 of 29
The best thing I can say about this week's conditions was that there were no lines. If it's like this next weekend, make sure your edges are sharp.

Next weekend is a first-timer's special at all (or nearly all) the Tahoe resorts. I'm a little concerned that any snowmaking gear will be directed at green circles as a result.

That said, there's some potential interest -- positive and negative -- in the NOAA discussion:
Quote:
Originally Posted by NOAA
.LONG TERM...THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...
00Z GFS AND EURO SOLUTIONS ARE MORE CONSISTENT WITH SUPPORT FROM
ENSEMBLES AS WELL. APPEARS A CHANGE TO A WETTER AND MORE EL NINO
LIKE PATTERN ACROSS THE WEST IS SET TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND.


TROUGH IN THE EAST AND HUDSON BAY LOW WILL GET KICKED OUT INTO THE
ATLANTIC ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THIS WILL ALLOW THE GREAT BASIN
RIDGE TO BREAK DOWN AND OPEN THE DOOR FOR PACIFIC ENERGY AND
MOISTURE TO MOVE INTO THE WEST. MAIN LOW CENTER SHOULD DEVELOP IN
THE GULF OF ALASKA AND EJECT ENERGY TOWARD THE REGION. MODELS SHOW
TWO PIECES OF ENERGY WILL HIT THE SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA BETWEEN
FRIDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY NIGHT. THE FIRST IS WARMER AND POSSIBLY
SLIGHTLY WEAKER THAN THE SECOND...WITH BOTH HAVING GOOD JET
SUPPORT. MOISTURE PLUME IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC IS EXPECTED TO GET
ENTRAINED INTO THE PROGRESSIVE FLOW DEVELOPING ACROSS THE PACIFIC
LATER THIS WEEK. IF THE MOISTURE AND DYNAMICS COME TOGETHER...WHICH
THE MODELS SHOW...ONE OR TWO SIGNIFICANT SNOW EVENTS ARE POSSIBLE
FOR THE SIERRA.
THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY THE MODELS REVERT TO
SPLITTING THE PACIFIC ENERGY...THUS A MUCH LOWER CHANCE FOR
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL.
post #9 of 29

Tahoe

Axebiker, if you're going to fly 2000 miles why not fly into Spokane and ski on 7 feet of snow. Went yesterday and it was awesome. See Schweitzer, 49 degree North, Silver Moountain, Lookout Mt and all are within 1 and half hours drive from airport.
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
Axebiker:

I did not go.

Sadly, got drug out for a few beers on Friday night, so I didn't get up early enough on Saturday. I did put all my gear out in the hall Saturday mid-afternoon and kept telling myself that I was going to go up to ski Sunday (plus I have some skis that need to get mounted in TC). I never got up enough motivation to drive up Saturday.

Sadly, got drug out for beers Saturday night and repeated the not getting up early enough routine on Sunday.

I am tentatively planning to head up this Friday. Again, the main objective is to get my Spatulas mounted and perhaps purchase some Sick Birds (can't find any here in SF).

PETE: did you fly from Idaho to Spokane?
I have to admit I've never heard of any of those resorts you mentioned.

When I think of PacNorWest skiing, I only know of Hood, Bachelor, and Timberline (I've only been to Bachelor). Now I'm wishing that I'd gotten off my duff and gone up that way the past several weekends. Que sera sera!
post #11 of 29

Tahoe

PNW Inland.

Fly into Spokane/ alaska / Southwest / United

Ski Areas: Driving time from Airport:

Mount Spokane, Wash, 1 hour Small area but good hill
49 Degree North, Wash, 1 hour and 20 min Medium size hill, good tree skiing
Schweitzer Mt. Idaho, 1 hour 40 min Large hill, some great open powder skiing if conditions right - largest area inland PNW
Silver Mountain, Kellogg Idaho, 1 hour 25 min, medium/large hill. Some great off piste skiing
Lookout Mt. Idaho, 1 hr 50 min, small area 2 chairs, good intermediate hill, great snow, closed Tue and Wed. Thurs sometimes is a great powder day.

All ski areas have web sites, just Google All ski areas have great skiing midweek, I've taken runs many times and never seen another skier.
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 
you bring up an interesting point about Googling.

is there, perchance, a website that compiles all of the ski areas in North America's websites into one page?

for example, one can get easy access to all the Tahoe resorts via Snoweb: http://snoweb.com/

I wonder if there's a comprehensive site for all North American ski resorts?

(and no, I didn't bother to Google to see if there was, I was being lazy)



Laziness abated.

I actually Googled "All Ski Resorts" hoping that I could call you on it for taking me to some bugged out webpage that had nothing to do with skiing at all.

However...Googling "All Ski Resorts" yielded the following:

http://away.com/skiing/ski_resorts_sitemap.tcl

Boo yaa!

as for out-of-state resorts, I just started hitting them up about 5 years ago, so i'm gradually learning that there's more to skiing than Tahoe, Whistler, Utah, Colorado, JH, and Sun Valley.

Hoping to hit Big Sky/Moonlight, Alaska (not for heli-skiing since that major $$$) and perhaps Washington State this year in addition to Utah and Colo.
post #13 of 29
SkiBonk is a much better option, IMHO. It uses Google Maps, combined with datamining from ski area websites, to display ski areas and conditions graphically. They're still in beta, I think because they're still working out the datamining kinks, but it's quite useful nonetheless. There's even a mobile version.

Here's SkiBonk for Spokane
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Axebiker:

I did not go.

Sadly, got drug out for a few beers on Friday night, so I didn't get up early enough on Saturday. I did put all my gear out in the hall Saturday mid-afternoon and kept telling myself that I was going to go up to ski Sunday (plus I have some skis that need to get mounted in TC). I never got up enough motivation to drive up Saturday.

Sadly, got drug out for beers Saturday night and repeated the not getting up early enough routine on Sunday.

I am tentatively planning to head up this Friday. Again, the main objective is to get my Spatulas mounted and perhaps purchase some Sick Birds (can't find any here in SF).

Drinking in the city probably was more fun last weekend.

It was only worth the drive if you have a pass and needed to open up a ski lease or your house for the season. Seemed that Mrs. Stormday and I were mostly making a list of things I need to bring up next weekend when I drive up solo.

I'll probably hit Alpine for a couple hours on Sunday morning next weekend.
post #15 of 29
The drive up on Friday night might get interesting. I think we may wait for Saturday morning, depending on how the forecast pans out. But Saturday looks like it could be relatively schweet, at least compared to last weekend.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
The drive up on Friday night might get interesting. I think we may wait for Saturday morning, depending on how the forecast pans out. But Saturday looks like it could be relatively schweet, at least compared to last weekend.
Yeah, I doubt Sat will be good enough so worth a long nasty drive. Better let others pack the snow around all the rocks.

The Mrs. has a board meeting at Sat. So, I'm on kid duty in Berkeley and will be driving up on Sat night.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
wouldn't mind hitting some turns with y'all...

i'll be rusty as i'm a tad out of shape and it will be the first day back on the planks since July, though.

i'm pretty much not expecting much and am fine with a half day (sadly, my pass is for Heavenly and I won't hit that until they open up the Nevada side...not a fan of $20 parking and no base to hang out at for lunch). Plus I need to get my boots tweaked at Village Ski Loft and have a set of skis mounted in TC (and look at a potential pair of planks at Bobo's if the motivation is there).



PS
and since i'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes, I just realized the brilliance of my thread title "Tahoe This Weekend?" will be good for the whole season!
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Axebiker, if you're going to fly 2000 miles why not fly into Spokane and ski on 7 feet of snow. Went yesterday and it was awesome. See Schweitzer, 49 degree North, Silver Moountain, Lookout Mt and all are within 1 and half hours drive from airport.
Why? High school buddy with a place to stay in Sac.

That said, the other high school buddy that thought up this crazy idea kinda forgot to do his homework and find out when the best time to come out might be. We're usually skiing here by now, so I guess he figured the real resorts would be ready to roll too. Neither of us have been to Cali skiing - we're CO & MT guys for the most part. Oh well - if it sucks, we can come out again in the spring. If it's like it was last year, we should be looking good.
post #19 of 29
It sucked... see you in the spring.

It wasn't that bad (Heavenly on Friday), but certainly not worth 4+ hours of driving and $64. Ouch.

We got up this morning to rain - and it stayed that way all the way from Sac to Tahoe. I was looking at the snow reports for Montana - Big Sky, Bridger, and Moonlight are looking POOR right now too. Oh well...We've got another month before we got out there.
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
Bummer, but on the bright side you got out of the house!

I'm waffling on a potential Kirkwood trek this weekend.

We'll see what my co-worker says (he's been doing last minute Sunday morning treks...so I may get "the call" late Saturday night).
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
Contemplating Heavenly on 12/23...
post #22 of 29
Sharpen your elbows!! It was a bit of a zoo yesterday

On the plus side with the temperatures downm they are blowing snow like crazy so will probably open up more soon. It looks like they are trying to get the interconnects open
post #23 of 29
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Still contemplating a 12/23 (saturday) day trip.

anybody already up there or headed up?

I've got a Heavenly pass to break in, plus a grip of Tahoe 6-Pak tickets (both of which are blacked out 26th -31st).

If it's a bust, I'll most likely be up over New Years weekend (F-M) regardless.
post #24 of 29
I think I'll be hitting Rose...not that you'd want to go to Rose but I'll be there unless the hip I f-ed up today is too painful tomorrow :

Dude you should've gone somewhere today...Kirkwood was awesome!! Very wind affected and much denser snow than I expected but I think that's a good thing as it covered all the chocolate chips and other surprise goodies. The upper mountain was brutally windy but nice and creamy windbuff (FAST) all day...lower down it was thick but the trees were sweet.

Every early season (3 now) I'm amazed at what a small amount of snow does for tahoe...I love sierra cement
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Still contemplating a 12/23 (saturday) day trip.
You should go!

temps stayed low so the snow still should be good. Plus, heavenly should be able to open up allot more terrain with all that snow.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
alas, i SHOULD have gone on Friday. the office was quiet and one co-worker went up for his last minute jones fix before heading off to FLA for the holidays.

as for making it up Sat? Still winding down from a sinus infection. didn't wake up until 9am. spent the day packing and wrapping presents and then headed up to the 'rents. packed my boots, bag, and No Ka Oi's in the truck in the event that I would get motivated to ski today (24th). That didn't happen, either.

So here's to looking at NYE weekend! (only bummer being that my Heavenly pass and Tahoe 6-Pak discount tix are blacked out!).

Here's the perhaps making Elvis day at Rose, too!
post #27 of 29
Yesterday at SAT was not "bad". West bowl was open and the conditions on snow were reasonable. All areas open except back side. Wed should be good with snow projected for Tue and Wed. Glad that I am up for the week. Got Heavenly tics at Albertsons for $62. No holliday black out. Gotta spend the cash once in a while.
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
thanks for the Heavenly ticket tip.

my darn pass is blacked out starting tomorrow through the 31st. ditto for my Tahoe 6-Pak tix.

for some reason i think the discounted tix at REI aren't blacked-out either, but don't quote me on that cuz i ain't said ishit (sorry, couldn't resist the NWA reference)

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
thanks for the Heavenly ticket tip.

my darn pass is blacked out starting tomorrow through the 31st. ditto for my Tahoe 6-Pak tix.

for some reason i think the discounted tix at REI aren't blacked-out either, but don't quote me on that cuz i ain't said ishit (sorry, couldn't resist the NWA reference)

Heavenly's web site gives a list of Albertsons that sell the tickets. Don't wait till you get to So Shore cause the local albetson's there aint on the list. Tahoe city albertsons is tho.
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