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Kirkwood 1/6/07 Our Last Snow

post #1 of 16
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Lots of concern has been expressed about our Tahoe conditions so I thought I'd post a few updated pictures since our last storm cycle. Kirkwood received a solid 18 inches of snow, but unfortunately we experienced 80 MPH winds over the crest that wind-hammered the exposed ridges. Some aspects remain very thin, while protected chutes and slopes with trees are in great condition. Today, I was skiing solo and was checking out the new Atomic Sugar Daddy skis in the variable conditions that ranged from scratchy ice and hard moguls to wind slab and soft cut-up powder. Afraid I wasn't motivated for first tracks, so arrived at about 10:00 and skied to 3:45. That's enough for me being out of shape.

Big Jims is the large rock in the background. Its totally wind scoured and IMO the chute is not skiable yet. The entire Wall was still rocky and no cornices have yet formed along this Northeast exposure.





Moving towards Sentinel the traverse is in good condition as is Zacherys and Rabbit runs, at least on the tree sheltered side.





The backside Sunrise lift was open, so access to the Saddle, Vista and the many chutes at the base of the Cirque are available.
Some chute in lower Cirque nicely filled and being descended by a boarder:




I stopped halfway down to take a picture back at the entrance and exit. Why do cameras make these things look like sidewalks? :





A very nice day, and as the sun sets, I get a warning that I have a flat tire. Actually, I had enough pressure to get home, but looks like tomorrow is not a ski day, but a tire repair day.



Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The Sugar Daddys have a durable base that stands up well to rock strikes. These float a little better than the Mantras and prefer a longer radius turn. They handle a straightline in variable snow better as well. The longer radius turn is a bit of a disadvantage in tight chutes and trees, but I didn't find anywhere that they were unmanageable. One thing about twin tips is you can't stab the tails into a steep hill to make a platform for taking off. I kind of miss that.
post #2 of 16
Very nice.
Thanks for posting!
post #3 of 16
Thanks for the update Cirq, it's been sad to hear about the slow start down there, but I'm sure Tahoe will get burried with six or seven feet within a week soon enough.
post #4 of 16
Nice TR. One of these days I'll have to get myself to Tahoe in the winter -- we were planning a trip this February, but with a baby on the way, we had to change our plans. Maybe next year -- I'll definitely have to have you give me the tour! :-)
post #5 of 16
nice TR & pics Cirque.

I was up both Sat & Sun as well. Saturday, i made one lap on Chair 6, then spent the rest of the day on Lookout Vista. I didn't want to deal with the lines on Chair 4 on the backside, so I was just lapping Chair 2 and hiking Vista. I think I hiked it 4 or 5 times...the wind deposited alot of snow over there and it was pretty good windbuff. Could get a little grabby on highspeed arcs through untracked but I was pretty surprised at how good it was. After Vista, since the boundaries were open, our last two laps of the day were past the gates in Palisades...some of the best untracked turns of the day...at 3:30 PM!!

Sunday, met up with skier666 from TGR and since there were so little people there in the morning as compared to Sat, we just made a few high-speed groomer laps so I could get a feel for PMGs 192 fatty's (first day on 'em for me). then went over to 10 and accessed Lower Cirque by staying as high skier's right from Eagle as you possibly could. Lots of interesting chutes and lines in there this time of year. Snow was really good too....fast, predictable windbuff.

After that, we thought about hiking out to CA Chute, but wanted to get a closer look at it before committing, so we skied one of our favorite, sun-protected lines OB out in West Shore. STEEP long line with rocky exposure and billygoating moves at the bottom, but great carvy, edgeable windpack...just don't fall. Looooong traverse back to the bottom of Chair 4 though as we were the first ones out there for the year it looked like as the traverse back had not yet been set. (btw -- up close, CA Chute looked like it got HAMMERED by the winds...not really in condition yet).

I'm sure skier666 will put up a TR on TGR from this weekend in the next day or so.
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Dear Moderators,
Please do not allow pictures from the west to be to be posted until the NORTHEAST GETS SOME SNOW!

p.s. great pics
post #7 of 16
sier666 cross-post from our weekend at KW 1/6 - 1/7. Good snow and good consistent steeps to be found despite the low snowfall totals so far this year:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...=1#post1074416
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the cross-post Tyrone! Nothing can compare to 666 Trip Reports, and you guys really found some nice lines. The West Shore adventure looks pretty gnarly with that coverage, and I must have missed anything skiable around the Fingers. :
post #9 of 16
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Unfortunately this was our LAST SNOWFALL

Without any additions, Conditions are really getting lean. So I'm going to have to post up an update soon. Unfortunately this past weekend, I got blown off the mountain by the 86 MPH winds that shut down the lifts.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Unfortunately this was our LAST SNOWFALL
Without any additions, Conditions are really getting lean. So I'm going to have to post up an update soon. Unfortunately this past weekend, I got blown off the mountain by the 86 MPH winds that shut down the lifts.
Hey mister! What's all this complainin'? "The wind on the mountain should be just a reflection of the song in your heart!" - My momma told me that before they gave her the lethal injection. Cuz the longer ago for the last snow...only means the sooner for the next one! Allllright!! As long as we have two legs, and maybe even only one, what does it matter if the snow is old or new? You just have to get out and ski with nature mister, alllright!!!

post #11 of 16
Yikes! I'll be there in two weeks, better get the snow falling fast!

It will be a welcome change from the North East, but damn, I need some powder! LOTS OF IT!
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by molecan View Post
Yikes! I'll be there in two weeks, better get the snow falling fast!

It will be a welcome change from the North East, but damn, I need some powder! LOTS OF IT!

It's not looking promising. I'm usually an optimist and i'm even starting to get down lately. At least for the past month, even though we've had no snow, it's been cold, so we didn't have to worry about what little we have melting away. But now it looks as though things are going to warm up this week and there's still no snow on the horizon....so now I'm worried. Especially with June Mtn down south in the Eastern Sierra's recently announcing they're closing for the season. yikes.
post #13 of 16
wow!

okay, so i kinda doubted you and went to June Mtn's website. Sure enough!

http://www.junemountain.com/home/?CF...TOKEN=39285567

I found it odd that they said "Put A Smile On Your Face!" and then had the announcement that they were closing.

Of course they are honoring all June passes at Mammoth, which might be a reason to smile.

Mammoth, it seems, is still eeking by, though.
post #14 of 16
ok, so maybe it wasn't toooo bad at KW this weekend if you look in the right areas and don't confine yourself to the usual areas. Here's another TGR crosspost trip report by skier666 from our days at Kirkwood this weekend (actually these photos are all from Saturday)

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=75235
post #15 of 16
I'm heading out to Tahoe to ski Monday - Friday (5-9).
Wish me luck!

Any bears feel like meeting up to enjoy the missery with me?
post #16 of 16

kw

Hey Tyrone thanks for the crosspost, that was fantastic stuff! I was there fri, sat and sun having a blast around the mountain. Not in the radical tracks you all were making but having a blast nonetheless.

I cannot wait to get up there to the 'wood again.

Cheers.
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