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Kirkwood Feb 2nd & 3rd

post #1 of 20
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We are going to be skiing Kirkwood Feb 2nd and 3rd(sat/sun).

Anyone else hitting Kirkwood this weekend?
post #2 of 20
I will definitely be around both days (unless we decide to do a BC day somewhere).

Primarily white Aegix jacket, tan pants, black smith helmet...most likely on the burnt orange 192 fat Bro Models.
post #3 of 20
Hey Guys, I will definitely be up there 2nd and 3rd. Heading up Thursday or Friday night, still up in the air.

White camo jacket, retro orange dynastars 8800's, still need to mount the bros.
post #4 of 20
I'll be around. With all the new snow, KW should be in prime condition again.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
I'll be around. With all the new snow, KW should be in prime condition again.
Oh it is....

I took a sick day today and headed up there. Nearly choose Monday for this, but when I saw the winds that were forecasted for Monday, and given KW's inclination to not run chairs on high wind storm days, I figured today would be a better option with less forecasted winds, and maybe more importantly, lower snow levels.

My gamble paid off

Today was really, really good. Driving up I hit snowline at about 1,500 ft and I kept looking for evidence of winds (treetops, blowing snow on ridges etc.) but saw none. So I was really getting excited on the drive up.

At about 8:50 AM I pull in just below Chair 6 under completely bluebird skies and absolutely zero wind and cold temps (14 degrees when I pulled in). Perfect.

The snow was super light and dry and it just skied absolutely fantastic. There was no one there and those who were literally got to pick and choose which of their favorite lines they wanted freshies in next.

I think I actually had one of my all time best runs at KW today. On my second run of the day I'm riding up Chair 10 and think "Hmm...I haven't straightlined Once is Enough in about 3 years, I bet it's about perfect right now". So I head on over there and I see I'm the first one over there. It's still fresh and untracked. I glance over my shoulder as I click into my skis and notice a group of 3 hiking up behind me so with about 2 seconds to think about it, I just dropped in. Straightlined through the choke and arced one looooong turn to skiers left wrapping underneath Heart Chute. I was the first tracks over here as well, so without hesitating or slowing down I just pointed my tips directly down the falline of the gully in front of me...and arced non-stop wall-to-wall-mach-10-snow-billowing-up-to-knees-slashes all the way down to the drain and on through to the Chair 10 lift corral. Definitely the best non-stop top-to-bottom run I've had at Kirkwood in my 6 seasons skiing there.

The rest of the day was just a blur of nothing but non-stop top-to-bottom pow runs. I haven't skied solo in awhile but DAMN you can rack up the very on a pow day when you are by yourself

And the best thing about all of this.....the storm tomorrow is going to cover all of today's tracks too. Shite...I might try to sneak back up there Friday too Tahoe is definitely on fire right now.
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
and arced non-stop wall-to-wall-mach-10-snow-billowing-up-to-knees-slashes all the way down to the drain and on through to the Chair 10 lift corral. Definitely the best non-stop top-to-bottom run I've had at Kirkwood in my 6 seasons skiing there.
Very cool dude, I'm stoked about driving up tomorrow night to wake up to a Friday through Sunday at Kirkwood. I might bring those bros up and get them mounted at Cornice.
post #7 of 20
Ron, what route did you take. Is Shake Ridge passable?

Sounds like all time up there. thanks for the report. Yeah, I feel better now. :
post #8 of 20
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Ron, what route did you take. Is Shake Ridge passable?
Yep, Shake Ridge is easily passsable (came home that way). I wasn't sure about it in the morning, so I went down to Ridge Rd. to 88, but on the way home it was a breeze.

All bets are off for these next storms though. Tomorrow's storm looks to have a bit higher snow elevation, but the 3500 - 4000 ft level still includes the top of Shake Ridge so YMMV.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Tyronne, Sounds like a pretty sweet day.

This weekend I’ll be in a Orange jacket, brown pant and green kryptons. Skis will be blue Sanouks or black Mantras. I’ll probably be on chair 6 for the 1st hour or so until MrsStormDay (blue/white jacket on Auras) gets back from dropping our daughter off for a lesson.

Nova2: We are staying over at Sun Meadows this weekend. Want to try connect up after skiing?
post #10 of 20
Stormday,

Sounds like a plan, name a when and where. MC or SM suds and soak?
post #11 of 20
Anyone else planning on braving the trip up 50 tonight?
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US 50
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW
TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 4 MI EAST OF PLACERVILLE TO MEYERS (EL DORADO CO)

SR 88
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA]
CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW
TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM DEW DROP (AMADOR CO) TO 5 MI WEST OF PICKETTS JCT
(ALPINE CO)

80
[IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA & THE SIERRA NEVADA]
CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM COLFAX (PLACER CO) TO TRUCKEE
(NEVADA CO)
EASTBOUND IS CLOSED TO SINGLE AXLE TRUCKS PULLING DOUBLES AT APPLEGATE
(PLACER CO)
EASTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED AT APPLEGATE (PLACER CO) - DRIVERS MUST
HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED - PERMIT LOADS ARE
PROHIBITED
WESTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED 5 MI WEST OF RENO (WASHOE CO) - DRIVERS
MUST HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED - PERMIT LOADS
ARE PROHIBITED


Could be getting pretty good:
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by nova2 View Post
Stormday,

Sounds like a plan, name a when and where. MC or SM suds and soak?
Might be best to plan for beers and snacks at Monte's or Bub's around 4:30 and figure things out from there.

Lot will depend on how my little ones are doing.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Nova2,

Turns out we are down in Meadows, not Sun Meadows. Want to meet at 4:30 at Bub for beers and little food?
post #15 of 20
Stormday,
I had an unfortunate turn of events not allowing me to be here Thursday night and Friday day.
Alas, I made it up Friday and we are here for Saturday Sunday. It's gonna be fun!
Yeah, if I don't see you guys on the trails let's plan on 4:30 at Monte's. We can do either Monte's or Bub's, or grab the kids a beer and soak at the mountain club.

Any other Bears? Bring your suits.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by nova2 View Post
Stormday,
I had an unfortunate turn of events not allowing me to be here Thursday night and Friday day.
Alas, I made it up Friday and we are here for Saturday Sunday. It's gonna be fun!
Yeah, if I don't see you guys on the trails let's plan on 4:30 at Monte's. We can do either Monte's or Bub's, or grab the kids a beer and soak at the mountain club.

Any other Bears? Bring your suits.
ok, Monte's at 4:30.
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
aTyrone: I think I saw in saw in line for chair 6. Called "Change for a nickel". But, that just resulted in some strange looks from the people next to me.

Anyways, met up will Nova2 and we had a good run in Palisades before the power went out.

Cirquerider: Did you make it out?

Looks for me on blue sanouks tomorrow.

Off for beers at bubs....
post #18 of 20
Was up at 5 AM to see if I could get through the storm today.

No dice and Kirkwood is reporting closed with both the spur and Carson Pass closed. The webcam isn't on, reports of power outages...Is anyone still stranded there for a first-hand report?

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KIRKWOOD WILL BE CLOSED TODAY 2/3 The Kirkwood Inn and Cross Country Center will remain open Sunday, Feb. 3rd. However, Kirkwood will be closed today, Sunday February 3rd, due to adverse weather conditions and road closures. Please continue to check our website at http://www.kirkwood.com for updates or our snowphone at 877 KIRKWOOD. We apologize for the inconveniences and frustrations this may cause but keep in mind the snow just continues to pile up. Enjoy the Super Bowl.

Kirkwood Management Team
post #19 of 20
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...Is anyone still stranded there for a first-hand report?
I was up on Saturday (had a great day)...and around 3 PM the lifts shut. Liftees I talked to at the time when I asked "it's not a power problem again is it?" just shrugged and walked away. Head back to South Lake Taco and have a great evening driving around in the nukeage for sushi and to a friend's party and it was really interesting trying to drive up to our cabin through a foot of fresh on the roads and into our unplowed driveway.

Morning dawns and call KW at 6 AM and listen to Cohee and his "overwhelmed by snow" reports and realized there that it would be a long shot to open up the mountain today. Got up and spent 2 hours digging out the driveway and the cars with our crew and got a call from a KW patrol buddy up there that although they did get nearly 30" of snow from this latest storm, the thing that was holding back opening was indeed power issues. Then soon after, at about 10 AM, I get a call that the Heave just started loading the Gunbarrel chair.

So we rally down there and make a bunch of laps in avy bowl, Raley's bowl, and Firebreak. Freaking sick. Were the first ones out and breaking trail into Raley's bowl...all untracked, deep, and fuuuun. Ended up being a great day today despite KW and their lack of investment into basic infrastructure....
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Is anyone still stranded there for a first-hand report?
We were stranded until about 3:30 this afternoon...

No power at KW today. There was some cat skiing going on in the afternoon around chair 5.

Also, around 2pm some of the valley got powder back. But, the building we were staying in did not. :

I think KW is going to need to fix the power issue or it is going to start to hurt the condo/timeshare sales.
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