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Tahoe - how's it looking?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Most interested in North Lake conditions (i.e., Northstar, Alpine), but also curious about Kirkwood and happenings down south.

Thanks.
post #2 of 31
Skied at Northstar today. The snow is squeekey! Back side open. It was really crowded in part due to $35 tickets. All in all a nice day. Oh there is a lot of greenery poking thru on many runs. We need a couple more feet, but what there is, is the best this season.
post #3 of 31
Better than it was. Still not as good as it should be or needs to be. This level of coverage at Xmas pretty much guarantees a money-losing season.
post #4 of 31
I was at Alpine last weekend for a race and cover was pretty sparse. This weeks snow will have helped but we didn't get as much as originally projected. There is about 9-10 inches on my deck from the week. . Managed to get a couple of hours at Rose yesterday. A lot more of teh mountain open now but cover still relatively thin in bits.

More projected over the next few days which will help
post #5 of 31
Thread Starter 

too early for race skiis then?

how much damage risk is there with bringing out your nice race skis on the backside of Northstar or at other mountains?
post #6 of 31
Bring 2 pair. The race skis will be best on the groomers, but you should have something more beat-up for off-trail.
post #7 of 31
I was at Squaw Fri-Sun & had a good time; found minor pow remainders in the trees and they opened KT & Headwall for the first time this year. I was on Gotamas and had minor scratches. A couple of feet would be nice to cover up some rocks/stumps, etc.

I don't want to jinx anything, but: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/Map...ld2=-120.18222
post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 
I'm heading up to the North lake tomorrow. Snow forecast looks modest - a few inches over the next few days. Wind is also looking a little menacing (10-20mph, gusts in the 30-40 over ridges). If anyone was up there today or tomorrow (Friday) would love to hear the report. Thanks.
post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by ghileman View Post
Wind is also looking a little menacing (10-20mph, gusts in the 30-40 over ridges).
That is just breezy. Not even enough to keep the lift lines down.
post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
Northstar was surprisingly good on Sat. I stuck to the groomers, but there was enough coverage for my race skis. Winds were low, which I heard was not the case at Squaw.

Looks like a big dump is coming in later this week. If the temps stay low hopefully this will be all that's needed to end any concerns.
post #11 of 31

Tahoe Nuking

...stormy Weather Expected Thursday Through Sunday Over Northern
California..

A Powerful Low Pressure System Over The Gulf Of Alaska Will Send A
Series Of Storms Into California By The End Of The Week. A
Prolonged Period Of Heavy Rain In The Interior Valley...and Heavy
Snow In The Mountains Is Expected. The First Storm Will Begin To
Affect The Region On Thursday...with Several Inches Of Snow
Accumulating In The Mountains By Friday Morning. A Second Storm
Is Expected On Friday And...a Colder Third Storm On Sunday.

These Storms Will Drop Several Inches Of Rain Over The Central
Valley...and Heavy Snow Over The Mountains. A Total Of About 10 Feet
Of Snow May Fall Over The Highest Mountain Passes By The End Of
The Weekend.

Very Strong Winds Are Also Expected At Times In The Central
Valley And Mountains Later This Week. Wind Gusts Over 40 Mph Are
Expected In The Central Valley On Thursday...with Gusts Possibly
Exceeding 60 Mph Over The Higher Mountain Elevations. Even
Stronger Winds Are Expected On Friday. Weather Forecast Charts
Indicate The Potential For Extremely Strong Winds...almost To The
Magnitude Of The Storm On December 12, 1995. ..when Wind Gusts From
60 To Over 80 Mph Struck Northern California...including Portions
Of The Sacramento Valley. The Strong Winds Resulted In Numerous
Power Outages Throughout Northern California.
post #12 of 31
man Tahoe (and all of California really due to drought concerns) really needs this whopper of a storm. If it comes in as big as some of these early predictions are saying, it's going to be a junkshow trying to get to the mountain with road closures, avalanche control, and general digging out. With such forecasted high winds and the associated snow amounts, the wind loading on certain aspects is going to cause a lot of avy control work for patrollers. But when it' all said and done, Tahoe should be firing finally.

I just skied 5 straight days at Kirkwood and each day just got progressively better. Nearly every run I took was off-piste and by Saturday and Sunday, it was essentially like low-level powder days.....probably only boot top deep in most spots, but lots of untracked (i.e. Palisades, thunder Saddle, lower Cirque) and soft spongy windbuff snow. The winds on Saturday were blowing from a perfect direction and were filling in the gullies and plastering the rocks which made the low-ish snowfall amounts from the weekend ski deeper than it actually was.

I can't wait to see what this storm brings. i'm tired of pecking around looking for safe landings and being too sketched about early season conditions to hit anything bigger than 10 feet. I'm out of town this weekend to hit up the PNW (Alpental & Crystal), but I hope when I get back, due to this storm, everything will be in play and Tahoe will finally fire and go off.

Plus this storm is perfect timing for the upcoming Freeride World Tour big mountain compeitions at Mammoth January 14 through the 23rd. This whopper of a storm is sorely needed for this comp to go off too.
post #13 of 31
Thread Starter 
Where did you get this forecast? I'mlooking for a site with precise snow fall forecasts for several days out and can't find one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jclay2 View Post
...stormy Weather Expected Thursday Through Sunday Over Northern
California..

A Powerful Low Pressure System Over The Gulf Of Alaska Will Send A
Series Of Storms Into California By The End Of The Week. A
Prolonged Period Of Heavy Rain In The Interior Valley...and Heavy
Snow In The Mountains Is Expected. The First Storm Will Begin To
Affect The Region On Thursday...with Several Inches Of Snow
Accumulating In The Mountains By Friday Morning. A Second Storm
Is Expected On Friday And...a Colder Third Storm On Sunday.

These Storms Will Drop Several Inches Of Rain Over The Central
Valley...and Heavy Snow Over The Mountains. A Total Of About 10 Feet
Of Snow May Fall Over The Highest Mountain Passes By The End Of
The Weekend.

Very Strong Winds Are Also Expected At Times In The Central
Valley And Mountains Later This Week. Wind Gusts Over 40 Mph Are
Expected In The Central Valley On Thursday...with Gusts Possibly
Exceeding 60 Mph Over The Higher Mountain Elevations. Even
Stronger Winds Are Expected On Friday. Weather Forecast Charts
Indicate The Potential For Extremely Strong Winds...almost To The
Magnitude Of The Storm On December 12, 1995. ..when Wind Gusts From
60 To Over 80 Mph Struck Northern California...including Portions
Of The Sacramento Valley. The Strong Winds Resulted In Numerous
Power Outages Throughout Northern California.
post #14 of 31
If you want to get that forecast just go to weather.gov and click on california and then on tahoe. More specifically just go here http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/Map...=100&map.y=137

and then click on the special weather statement.
post #15 of 31
We never did get a storm like this last year. I'm ready for snow, unfortunately its going to be really tough to get to the ski areas, and lifts probably won't run until the blizzard level winds subside and avy control work is complete. Best bet is Homewood and Sierra.
post #16 of 31
This coming storm is why Alex put in the Funnie Have fun you NoCal freaks. I'm over the mad house traffic on Mt. Hood with all the holiday frollicers in our recent dumps.
Greg
post #17 of 31
Greg, I'm skiing Mount Hood for the first time a week from tomorrow (the 11th). Any tips? How are crowds, latest conditions, etc? I know you guys got a ton of snow in December, is that expected to keep going? I'll be renting a car, will I need chains?
post #18 of 31
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
We never did get a storm like this last year. I'm ready for snow, unfortunately its going to be really tough to get to the ski areas, and lifts probably won't run until the blizzard level winds subside and avy control work is complete. Best bet is Homewood and Sierra.
I agree. If you're not leaving tonight you might not make it up period.
post #19 of 31
Good and bad news..

We need the snow but it's going to be horrible driving conditions and horrible teaching conditions. I'm probably not going to make the drive just so I can stand around in blizzard white out conditions waiting for them to think about opening a chair or 2 coming off a wind hold, while dealing with kids that are dropped off at the ski school while the parents sit in the lodge..

DC
post #20 of 31
Reisen,
Welcome.
Depends what you want.
IMO:
Ski Bowl=smallest, least lift technology, lowest elevation, best steep skiing if snow is good, closest and easiest to get to.
Timberline=99% intermediate, great new chair with 9 new trails makes it fun, could need chains up access road, awd is fine. Great historic lodge to visit.
Mt. Hood Meadows=busiest, farthest from PDX, biggest, longest lines, most variety, great if Heather canyon is open, otherwise mediocre.
Hope this helps, plenty of snow about 100 inched of coverage, and if you don't like the weather just wait 5 minutes. Looks like the snow is continuing for now...
Greg
post #21 of 31
GR8TRN, if I might ask while off the subject:

I'm going up from CA to near there (Stevenson) in early Feb and was thinking of skiing Meadows on a Friday off, before heading back on Sat.

What is the driving time/conditions from Stevenson to Meadows, and then back to Portland PDX?

Any lodging recc near Meadows?

Thx......
post #22 of 31
Skied Heavenly yesterday. Many lifts down on wind hold all day. Coverage was wanting on the Calif side. No advanced open. Drove out last night about 7 chain controls up. Looks like snow total predictions are falling now but winds are up.
post #23 of 31
You call this backing off?

Quote:
AS FAR AS THE SIERRA...WIDESPREAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED BY LATE MORNING. WHILE SNOW LEVELS WILL BRIEFLY RISE THIS MORNING TO NEAR 6500 TO 7000 FEET...THE HEAVY PRECIPITATION RATES WILL QUICKLY BRING SNOW LEVELS DOWN STARTING AROUND NOON. EXTREMELY HEAVY SNOWFALL WITH WIND GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH OR MORE WILL MAKE ANY TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AND LIFE THREATENING. IN ADDITION...RIDGE GUSTS OF UP TO 200 MPH WILL OCCUR. AS DAY SHIFT MENTIONED... SNOWFALL RATES OF 6 INCHES PER HOUR ARE LIKELY FOR A FEW HOURS...AND MAY EVEN BE HEAVIER AT TIMES. TOTAL SNOW IN THE SIERRA WILL BE SEVERAL FEET...AND WILL BE INCREASING ACCUMULATION AROUND LAKE TAHOE AS SNOW LEVELS WILL NOT RISE AS HIGH AS EARLIER THOUGHT DUE TO THE EXTREME PRECIP RATES. EXPECT THE PRECIP TO LET UP AFTER MIDNIGHT MANY AREAS...BUT IT WILL STILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES...JUST NOT EXTREME. WINDS WILL ALSO LET UP SOME...BUT GUSTS TO 45 MPH ARE STILL LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.
Here in the El Dorado Hills, we currently have sustained winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts over 40 according to my anemometer on the house. The pressure is still falling at 28.50 in hg. Precip is a bit of a let down here with only .55 inches for the storm so far. More on the way.
post #24 of 31
Yesterday winds predicted at 120mph and 5-10ft of snow fall. We left. Right now SAT down,Heavenly down, winds and snow fall are substantial but not expected to reach yesterdays predictions. I guess bowling is in order, be back next weekend. Currently windy and raining at 4k ft, snow cams look like white out conditions. Hwy 50 still open but why drive it ?
post #25 of 31
Steve,
Sorry for the dealy, too much snow here.

Big question, so dependent on traffic. From Steven's to Meadows is a boot. U will want to head down I5 and hand a left in Porland on I84 East. Stay in Hood River the night before, then 40 minutes up to Meadows. PDX from Meadows can be best if you go back through Hood River since most of the traffic goes the other way around Mt. Hood.
Get it while you can, the snow is great.
Greg
post #26 of 31
Well. That was fun. :
post #27 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Well. That was fun. :
Someone, anyone, please report on how Fri, Sat & Sun were for any parts of the lake. Stuck in SF this wkd with the flu and I want to torture myself further with first hand accounts of the 8-11 feet I hear Kirkwood got.
post #28 of 31
I wrote in a thread somewhere, I finally got out today to sierra at tahoe. There was over 5 feet of new snow, and much of it was untouched, but with the crowds that showed up today with some sun and mild winds, we definitely had an impact. There had been 15 inches overnight so morning runs were all powder on or off piste. The trees were very deep and you had to use the steeper pitches to keep going, so Trees between Castle and Preachers, East About were very nice thigh to hip deep with plenty of soft drops to face shots. Grandview chair broke down, so that kept pressure on the West Bowl and reduced the number of people willing to ride to the summit on the old double chair.

Carson Pass and Spur didn't open, so Kirkwood wasn't an option and it should still have fresh storm turns as chairs 10 and the backside finally open up. Today, only overnight guests got the goods.
post #29 of 31
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Originally Posted by ghileman View Post
Someone, anyone, please report on how Fri, Sat & Sun were for any parts of the lake. Stuck in SF this wkd with the flu and I want to torture myself further
Torture ? There is so much snow you could choke a horse, or easily bury one or the whole herd 'til spring if they walked out into it. My 1st time having to drive 4wheel drive for 40 miles or so, and I didn't even have to go over a summit. There is sooo much snow that even one of the road crews was digging themselves out this evening below Strawberry. There is sooo much snow......

Cirque, that was a lovely ride up on that old double.
post #30 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by ghileman View Post
Someone, anyone, please report on how Fri, Sat & Sun were for any parts of the lake. Stuck in SF this wkd with the flu and I want to torture myself further with first hand accounts of the 8-11 feet I hear Kirkwood got.
I was in squaw sunday, monday. check out my TR.
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