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Tahoe this Christmas?

post #1 of 18
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We are thinking of going to Tahoe for a couple days this Xmas and would like to check the condition there with local bears. Does this recent storm mean there will be enough snow for some off piste attempts ? Secondly, do the resorts in the area pretty much have the same amount of snow or are some surer bets than others? Thanks for your help
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by ChuckT View Post
We are thinking of going to Tahoe for a couple days this Xmas and would like to check the condition there with local bears. Does this recent storm mean there will be enough snow for some off piste attempts ? Secondly, do the resorts in the area pretty much have the same amount of snow or are some surer bets than others? Thanks for your help
Yes, this storm is enough for off piste. But, it will still be thin which is normal for Dec. Depending how you feel about new skis, you would probably not what to use brand new skis yet.

With this storm snow amounts look fairly consistent from north lake to south lake. Alpine Meadow is reporting 53" and Kirkwood is reporting 58". Interestingly, Heavenly is only reporting 22".

Best bets are probably Squaw, Kirkwood and Alpine.

If you are just looking to ski blue cruisers, NorthStar and Heavenly would be the better call. Both have good snow making systems. So, the blue cruisers should have good enough coverage to not worry about your skis.
post #3 of 18
Heavenly got the least accumulation as is normal for storms moving across the Sierra. Its in a bit of a rain shadow. On the other hand, they had the most terrain open before the storm.

A word of warning about this, the storm was COLD and produced powder snow with a 20:1 water ratio. That is dryer than most Utah powder. With no base under much of the area, its possible to be skiing on 30 inches of snow and hitting rocks and stumps. I expect this to consolidate by the end of this week, and with a new storm moving it should get very good.

Keep an eye on the Sierra Avalanche Advisory if you plan to be out of bounds.
post #4 of 18
Yeah, I'm going to take it easy on my backup boards at first. I'm hitting Sugar Bowl tomorrow to get in a few turns before a business meeting in Truckee.

From Sat-Wed, I'll probably be up at Squaw/Alpine/Northstar making some turns with my wife and some friends and their kids. I may try to get my <3 y/o daughter out there to skate around on her skis for a few minutes as well.
post #5 of 18
I'm hitting Squaw tomorrow for a few hours before heading back to Berkeley. I'll probably stick to the groomers.

On Friday we come up from 2 weeks at Alpine. Assuming they decide to stay open.
post #6 of 18
C'mon, StormDay -- it's gonna be open. My information says that Summit will spin Saturday, if not before.
post #7 of 18
Hey You Guys,

I went out backcountry skiing on Monday during the last part of the storm. The snow was at least thigh deep, very light, and no base at all. We skied over everything: down trees, stumps, sticks, stones, everything. But it was OK, but limited. We stayed off anything steep and basically skied down our skin track.

Heading out later today to skin up Alpine fro a quick lap in Beaver or Estelle Bowl. Bunch of my friends are already on their way up and expect the skiing to be good, but you definitely need to keep the tips up when skiing off-piste! More snow due this Friday/Saturday. If that happens, I think we will see a lot more terrain open up at the resorts. Squaw now has only intermediate stuff open.

ope to see you guys on the hill soon,
E
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
C'mon, StormDay -- it's gonna be open. My information says that Summit will spin Saturday, if not before.
From what I can see before turning off for the condo, things like red trail are starting to look covered.


BTW: Squaw was pretty good today for what they had open. Even the groomed snow was skiing pretty soft.


Edit: Eski - Didn't see any tracks in Estelle either and Estelle was looking very nice.
post #9 of 18
I don't know where exactly those guys went, may have been Beaver. But I skinned up Sherwood bowl and got a glorious run in the sun. The snow seems to have set up really well, soft and stable and deep felt like. Still very early season conditions but it's sweet. Took my dog up and she did really well in the deep snow, which made me happy. Anyway, skiing is shaping nice for sure!
post #10 of 18
If Sherwood starts to spin in the next week, I will be a very happy man. Seems like it should, given the amount of snowfall already, the amount on tap, and the way the sun exposure improves density back there.
post #11 of 18
BTW: it looked like east winds over the ridges when I left at 2pm
post #12 of 18
Summit and Roundhouse both spinning on the webcam today. Hopefully that means patrol was up bombing, covering lift towers, etc. It seems incredibly likely we will see Summit this weekend if not tomorrow, and I would expect at least roundhouse tomorrow.

I'm driving up tonight, hopefully I can get in ahead of the worst of the storm. If you don't hear from me by tomorrow night, please send send a snorkel to Donner pass.

-Adam
post #13 of 18
I was at Sugar Bowl yesterday and snow was nice and light. Once I got off the top of Mt. Lincoln, there were a few rocks under what looked like pretty decent cover, so I stuck to groomers most of the PM.

I would be surprised if Alpine didn't open Summit when Sugar Bowl was turning Mt. Lincoln yesterday...

Probably hit Squaw on Sat (mit kinder), Alpine on Sun, then ???...
post #14 of 18
ChuckT - dunno if you have figured out your Christmas plans yet. I have to say, with all the snow storms this past & immediate week, I'm trying to figure out which days I can or cannot safely cross the summits, and which days I need to make hotel res. for because 6 hrs on the highway due to snow is much worse than a night stuck in Tahoe at a hotel & another day of skiing.

Weds. skiing in Tahoe - you cannot make snowballs with this snow! Unless you have snowball making secrets (I won't share those). Do not expect corduroy on the sides of the runs to be packed. You will sink at least a foot, just keep going forward even if you can't see your ski. Lift your foot if it makes you nervous. Maybe tommorrow's storm will help it all pack. In the mean time, while off piste, don't kill the saplings you can't see.

Ooops, forgot to yell WOOOOOHOOOO!
post #15 of 18
Dino:

Look out for me on Sunday. I'll either be in a red Spyder jacket or a khaki Sessions shell, either way with a glossy black Smith helmet and black and orange Dalbello Proton 10s.
post #16 of 18
Mt Rose is opening the East bowl/side side saturday so coverage has improved. just called home and it has started snowing again so will see what it looks like over the summit on my way home
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by 911over View Post
ChuckT - dunno if you have figured out your Christmas plans yet. I have to say, with all the snow storms this past & immediate week, I'm trying to figure out which days I can or cannot safely cross the summits, and which days I need to make hotel res. for because 6 hrs on the highway due to snow is much worse than a night stuck in Tahoe at a hotel & another day of skiing.

Weds. skiing in Tahoe - you cannot make snowballs with this snow! Unless you have snowball making secrets (I won't share those). Do not expect corduroy on the sides of the runs to be packed. You will sink at least a foot, just keep going forward even if you can't see your ski. Lift your foot if it makes you nervous. Maybe tommorrow's storm will help it all pack. In the mean time, while off piste, don't kill the saplings you can't see.

Ooops, forgot to yell WOOOOOHOOOO!
This sounds really awesome, and thanks for the tip skiing powder. I am driving up from LA to ski on Christmas day.
post #18 of 18
Pretty sure we'll be spending Christmas with the family... But if you are still in Tahoe the next day & want to meet up & ski with any bears, you may want to post up in the meet up & ski forum?

p.s. - don't think that is an officially recognized powder tip, but it sure made me laugh !!!! Truly, only expert snowball fighters could make a snowball after using super secret tactics. Fairy dust floating in the sky from Truckee to Tahoe on Weds.
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