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Alpine Meadows 12/16

post #1 of 16
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Conditions: Limited groomed runs open. Very thin off trail on lower mtn. There were some good pockets of snow off trail on the Upper mtn, but it was mostly pretty thin. The development teams started this weekend. So, the one groomed run off Roundhouse got ski petty had by 11am.

Summit and Hot Wheels opened during the day.

Weather: At opening: Partly cloudy temps around 20F. Around 11:45 it started snowing.


16th begins our two weeks in Tahoe for the holidays. Even through the Friday storms did not pan out, we had our oldest booked for a lesson. So, off to Alpine we went.

Only Roundhouse opened 1st thing. The one groomed run was good and not to crowded for the 1st hours. The development team started hitting the hill just before 10am. After that, it was really busy. Summit started turning ~10:30. I was in taking my turn watching our youngest.

Back on the hill at 11am. I ran into AlpineDad and AlpineMom at bottom of the Summit life. We took at couple runs together. We found some very nice soft wind buffed snow on the 2nd run. They headed in for lunch.

At that time conditions turned favorable. It started to snow, the wind picked up and light got pretty flat. (My mood suddenly got better, much better. )

I took another 5 runs in the same general area, working down the ridge to another spot that had less traffic. I made my first untracked turns this season. It was pretty nice. There were a bunch of small trees sticking 2-4’ out of the snow. The little trees made for fun tight lines. Those trees will be buried once we get a good base. The coverage was good in spots, but a little thin with traversing between those spots.

Fortunately, my skis did not find any rocks today.


Overall: It was good day of skiing. It was my first “Good day” this year (vs it being just good to be on skis).
post #2 of 16
nice report.

makes me wish i'd packed the Tacoma and headed up (was actually hedging on a co-worker calling me to go either Sat or Sun to KW, but he never rang) instead of lounging on the couch watching debateable television.

Glad you missed all the rocks I cleared out for you last weekend!
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nice report.

makes me wish i'd packed the Tacoma and headed up (was actually hedging on a co-worker calling me to go either Sat or Sun to KW, but he never rang) instead of lounging on the couch watching debateable television.

Glad you missed all the rocks I cleared out for you last weekend!
Today was better. Only 3". But, 3" on top of 2-3" dense soft snow is nice.

Around 11am I was on some snow that was starting to get baked by the sun (even with the colder temps). North facing stuff should stay good for a while if the cold temps hold.

BTW: I was only off trail on the upper part of the mtn. I took red trail (only thing groomer) to ski off the lower mtn.

What year Tacoma? I had a `98 until last spring. Traded it in for a more family friendly AWD wagon.
post #4 of 16
2004
Refrigerator white
Nice fist sized rusted dent on the rear corner of the driver's side bed.
No shell
No bed liner
(been too lazy to get the dent fixed and plunk down on liner/shell).

post #5 of 16
Considering how little snow we've had, it wasn't too bad. I found one rock with my good board on Sunday. None with my rock board on Saturday.

I'll be back up on Wednesday night and staying through New Years. Kids have Freeride team most days. Maybe we'll see you there. Look for me on a carving board - I'm not hard to spot.

Yesterday I went out after lunch with my daughter's snowboard freeride team group. They were going to do some basic jumping lessons (how to ollie, etc.). Top of the first run and the coach helps my daughter clip into her bindings (hard boot snowboarder with traditional bail bindings). Stupid bail breaks right off in her hand. My daughter learned how to make a controlled descent with only one foot in. I suppose that's a good lesson. Luckily I have spare bindings for her.

Hope to see you.
post #6 of 16
I should be up at the Cabin d'familia over New Years (that F-M).

if I head up next weekend it will just be for Saturday and probably at Heavenly (need to break that pass in).

I rock a combination of orange fleece/gold rain jacket and green or plaid pants.

I'll be the gaper in the rock fields....

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Considering how little snow we've had, it wasn't too bad. I found one rock with my good board on Sunday. None with my rock board on Saturday.

I'll be back up on Wednesday night and staying through New Years. Kids have Freeride team most days. Maybe we'll see you there. Look for me on a carving board - I'm not hard to spot.
It was good enough on the groomers for me to take new skis today (12/18).

We are up in Tahoe through the New Years. Look for us in the Kid Zone.
post #8 of 16
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[b]Back on the hill at 11am. I ran into AlpineDad and AlpineMom at bottom of the Summit life. We took at couple runs together. We found some very nice soft wind buffed snow on the 2nd run. They headed in for lunch.
And then headed back out after lunch to do laps on the same line.

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Today was better. Only 3". But, 3" on top of 2-3" dense soft snow is nice.
Especially compared to ice.

My best run of the season so far was my second run on Sunday, about 10am, a few hundred feet of first tracks off Peril Ridge down to the liftline. My worst was the continuation of the same run, in which I put the "fall" in Waterfall. I ended up in this narrow gully, bounded on one side by the eponymous waterfall. Then alpinemom and I joined up with another team dad and did laps on that same line StormDay showed us. Sinecure joined us just before lunch, IIRC.

I traversed out across Wolverine after lunch and was having a great time until I hit the first of two submerged rocks near where it starts to flatten (and where I was therefore starting to gather speed). I was lucky -- I hit it squarely with both skis, so I launched straight forward rather than wrenching a leg to the side, and I had enough momentum to clear the second rock before faceplanting. The only injuries were to my ego. (I think -- my upper left arm and shoulder are really sore today, but I think I just slept on them wrong.)

For me, these were the first decent days of the year.

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It was good enough on the groomers for me to take new skis today (12/18).
Which?
post #9 of 16
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It was good enough on the groomers for me to take new skis today (12/18).
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And then headed back out after lunch to do laps
Which?
Well, wasn't exactly prime for the "new to me" Sanouks.

Stockli Stormrider XL. Super sweet ski. Probably should write a review. Exec summary: Very happy w/ purchase. Make 6 stars feel like dogs. Best GS ski I have own. (XLs are not Stockli's GS ski)

Today (12/18):
Wind was hammering the top of Summit chair today. It never opened. The wind should have been dropping snow on the D's. The wind was coming from the lake/south. I ended up spending time on Kangaroo. No traffic. I could ski as fast as I wanted. Snow/grooming held up well on Kangaroo.


Tommorow: Assuming Summit opens, I'm thinking about going w/ some bigger skis (195 XXX) to start getting my legs ready for my regular skis.
post #10 of 16
We have to have you over for dinner soon, if for no other reason than to demonstrate to my wife that my current five-ski-quiver is a model of restraint.
post #11 of 16
Did it finally snow in Cali? Good, maybe they'll stop crying about how they haven't got any six foot dumps yet.
post #12 of 16
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Did it finally snow in Cali? Good, maybe they'll stop crying about how they haven't got any six foot dumps yet.
Don't misunderestimate us. We're entirely capable of whining about anything short of last March.
post #13 of 16
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We have to have you over for dinner soon, if for no other reason than to demonstrate to my wife that my current five-ski-quiver is a model of restraint.
It is a slippery slope from 5 ski quiver to the 10+ ski quiver.


Disliking shipping ski helps you sell less of your old skis.

Plus an early season like this one only encourages the keeping of old rock skis.
post #14 of 16
^and encourages the purchasing of new skis due to lack of boredom and idle time to think about the skis you "need" (tossed the quotes in for AD!)

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^and "encourages" the "purchasing" of "new" "skis" "due to" "lack" of "boredom" and "idle time" to "think" about the "skis" "you" "need"
Fixed it for ya.
post #16 of 16
"mucho gracias"

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