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post #1 of 22
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heavenly cam 

Heavenly is advertising 26 inches of snow in the past 24 and they still have more to come !

 

Normally, you can see something really big and blue called lake tahoe from this heavenly cam: http://www.skiheavenly.com/video_cams/cams/tram/; not today !

 

It's a good thing i live in Houston and not reno; or i would have already faked an illness.

 

Man o' Man ! 50 @ ski hill looks good: http://video.dot.ca.gov/

 

First memphis and atlanta and now this ! Dam, Dam this global warming !

 


Edited by skicougar - 3/3/2009 at 04:12 pm


Edited by skicougar - 3/3/2009 at 04:25 pm
post #2 of 22

I just saw this on CNN.  Two to FOUR feet predicted over the next two days in East CA

Bring on the stoke reports CA Bears!

post #3 of 22

The storm came in with very high snow levels (rain on most bases except maybe Kirkwood Sunday, followed by high winds.  Snow levels have held at 7500 feet until this morning, and tehy are now dropping to aroung 4500 which should bring some good conditions.  I did not brave the rain and wind yesterday, but tomorrow is a possibility.

 

In spite of storms, we are at 80% of normal snowfall and need more to prevent punishing water restrictions this summer.  Earlier this winter we were at 40% of normal, so we're definitely headed the right direction.  February brought some of the best conditions in terms of snow and light pow that I have seen here.

post #4 of 22

Cirque, you getting some slope time?

 

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

 

The storm came in with very high snow levels (rain on most bases except maybe Kirkwood Sunday, followed by high winds.  Snow levels have held at 7500 feet until this morning, and tehy are now dropping to aroung 4500 which should bring some good conditions.  I did not brave the rain and wind yesterday, but tomorrow is a possibility.

 


 

Cirque -- I was at Kirkwood on Sunday and they did in fact recieve ALL snow all day at all elevations (jeez - I'm beginning to sound like their marketing department  ).  It was a classic KW storm day and things just got better as the day went on.  The thing that suprised me the most was that Chair 10 rain nearly all day, and Chair 6 got started up around 11 and ran til close as well.  The winds were RIPPING at the top and it was nice to see them able to keep the upper lifts running given the history they have with shutting lifts down over the past year.  They seem to be doing a much better job this year for sure.

 

I wish I go up tomorrow...but I may on Thursday.  Some friends are in town, and the conditions are getting similar to what they were in March of '06...who knows.......

post #6 of 22

I hope this means that this storm is heading to Utah right when I get there!

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Originally Posted by skicougar View Post

 

heavenly cam 

Heavenly is advertising 26 inches of snow in the past 24 and they still have more to come !

 

Normally, you can see something really big and blue called lake tahoe from this heavenly cam: http://www.skiheavenly.com/video_cams/cams/tram/; not today !

 

It's a good thing i live in Houston and not reno; or i would have already faked an illness.

 

Man o' Man ! 50 @ ski hill looks good: http://video.dot.ca.gov/

 

First memphis and atlanta and now this ! Dam, Dam this global warming !

 


Edited by skicougar - 3/3/2009 at 04:12 pm


Edited by skicougar - 3/3/2009 at 04:25 pm


 

Ah yeah, I live twenty minutes from Heavenly and will be "sick" on Wed or Thurs.  Hopefully, though, I'll be sick on both of those days, if it works out in my favor!

post #8 of 22

Today Kirkwood is reporting...

 

THREE FEET OVERNIGHT, FOUR FEET IN 24 HOURS, and SEVEN TO EIGHT FEET since this storm began Sunday morning.

 

I'm kinda glad I have a work meeting today to defend an important project bid as both roads to KW are still shut for avy control and it's going to take a looooong time to open up the upper mountain with avy control.  Obviously I wouldn't mind if I was stuck in my car waiting for th passes to open though....

 

I will be there tomorrow....I'm guessing the backside might not open until then anyway (keeping fingers crossed).

 

post #9 of 22

I dunno, that sound pretty risky, and since you're not a risk taker, you better just stay at home and watch old movies.  

post #10 of 22

Lake Tahoe received up to 7 feet of snow from this latest early March 2009 storm. 

 

While it's not the 11 feet that we received a few weeks ago (www.epicski.com/forum/thread/81192/lake-tahoe-up-to-11-feet-of-new-snow-in-last-7-days-how-is-the-season-going-in-your-area), it will definitely continue to help the snowpack.

 

With the governor declaring a drought state of emergency last week after 3 years of below average rain/snowfall, California needs all of the rain/snow it can get.  While snowpack is at 80% of normal from the latest monthly snow surveys, the cumulative impact of below average rain & snowfall from the last 3 years have put Northern California's five largest reservoirs at 46% full which is far short of the 15 year average of 76% for this time of the year.

 

CalTrans closed about 76 miles of Interstate 80 from Applegate to the Nevada state line for 11 hours.
 
I'm looking forward to seeing some epic photos & videos posted in the Trip Reports subforum www.epicski.com/forum/list/36.

 

 


SNOW STATS

 

http://www.snowstats.com/statereport.cfm/CA.htm

California
Snow Report

Resort Surface New Base Note

 

Alpine Meadows
      Mar 4, 6:03 am  PDR/PP 22-30 110-200 43-60" storm total

 

Boreal
      Mar 4, 6:14 am  PP 35-45 70-125 57-77" storm total
  
Heavenly
      Mar 3, 7:27 am  PDR/PP  60-84  

 

Homewood
      Mar 4, 6:16 am  PDR/PP 20-28 55-100 25-39" past 48 hrs
 
Kirkwood
      Mar 4, 5:33 am  PDR/VC 43-48 116-178 74-86" storm total

 

Mammoth Mountain
      Mar 4, 6:43 am  PDR/PP 20 136-200 40" past 3 days

 

Northstar-at-Tahoe
      Mar 4, 6:23 am  PDR/PP 37 78-139 48-77" past 7 days
 
Sierra-at-Tahoe
      Mar 3, 6:39 am  PDR/PP  53-129 25-50" past 7 days
 
Soda Springs
      Mar 4, 6:19 am  PP 35-45 70-135 50-72" past 3 days

 

Squaw Valley
      Mar 4, 6:03 am  PDR/VC 12 170 30" past 72 hrs

 

Sugar Bowl
      Mar 4, 6:08 am  PDR 25-37 69-148 49-68" storm total

 

Tahoe Donner
      Mar 2, 5:48 am  PP  60-85  

 

 

 

SNOWFALL TRACKERS

 

http://www.kirkwood.com/main.asp?pID=124

Kirkwood Snow Report
Wednesday March 4, 2009 10:45 am

Snow Stats (snow totals in inches)
Last 24 hours  43-48"
Season Total Range 318-392"
Last 48 hours  53-64"
Mid Mountain Base  140-218"
Last 7 days 80-92
Storm Total 74-86"


http://www.squaw.com/snowfall-tracker

Snowfall Tracker 2008-09
REPORT DATE  24 hr NEW SNOW
(inches)  SEASON CUMULATIVE TOTALS (inches)
   6200'  8200'  6200'  8200' 
Mar 4, 2009  18-20"  20-24" 247  390 
Mar 3, 2009  18-20"  28-30" 227  366 
Mar 2, 2009  2-4"  16-18" 207  336 
Feb 26, 2009  2-4"  4-6" 203  318 
Feb 25, 2009  1-2"  2-3" 199  312 
Feb 23, 2009  1-2"  11-12" 197  309 
Feb 22, 2009  1"  4-6" 195  297 
Feb 18, 2009  3-4"  4-6" 194  291 

 

post #11 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by SkierScott View Post

 

With the governor declaring a drought state of emergency last week after 3 years of below average rain/snowfall, California needs all of the rain/snow it can get.  While snowpack is at 80% of normal from the latest monthly snow surveys, the cumulative impact of below average rain & snowfall from the last 3 years have put Northern California's five largest reservoirs at 46% full which is far short of the 15 year average of 76% for this time of the year.

 


 

All true.  I have to say though, there were some pretty touchy times during that 15 yrs where the rivers were nearing or at flood stage & the required releases from Shasta & Folsom were serious balancing acts.  And still some serious flooding up & down rivers occurred.

 

So it is nice to see the rivers having plenty of room to handle the tons of runoff this storm, and the resevoirs have plenty of capacity for the current dramatic increases of inflow this week.  It's all good at the moment and we can hope for plenty more March storms, and a few in April maybe ?

post #12 of 22

Not to attract too many folks, but Kirkwood will have blue skies and open roads tomorrow and will open the back side according to thier site.

 

If I have tracked it correctly, they have had 7 feet or so since the back side was last open!

 

I feel a cough coming on

 

Tyrone, having seen some of your video posts; you are their (whether you realize it or not) "Viral" networking dept.  Although tomorrow you may not be able to find as many rocks as you usually do!

post #13 of 22

Great day at Heavenly today.  Snow was so deep that Gunbarrel lift was about the only thing steep enough to ski. 

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Great day at Heavenly today.  Snow was so deep that Gunbarrel lift was about the only thing steep enough to ski. 

Did you leave anything untracked for me?!... Going up tomorrow..

post #15 of 22

Hitting Alpine on Saturday. Stay safe out there fellas.

 

Now might be a good time to throw a couple bucks S.A.C.'s way.

 

http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/

post #16 of 22

Heading up to Kirkwood tomorrow morning, hope the spur stays open!  I am feeling the stoke 

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Originally Posted by crazymick View Post

 

Tyrone, having seen some of your video posts; you are their (whether you realize it or not) "Viral" networking dept.  Although tomorrow you may not be able to find as many rocks as you usually do!


 

oh we found them today :)

 

unfortunately, I rocked my neck off of Kodak today in the morning when I went for a stomp and the landing wasn't quite as deep as I thought it was.  So I was poppin Advil all afternoon and keeping my skis on the ground after that point.

 

But my buddies went MASSIVE today in Thunder Saddle.  I should have pics of them soon.

post #18 of 22


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Originally Posted by crazymick View Post

 

Not to attract too many folks, but Kirkwood will have blue skies and open roads tomorrow and will open the back side according to thier site.

 

If I have tracked it correctly, they have had 7 feet or so since the back side was last open!

 

I feel a cough coming on

 

Tyrone, having seen some of your video posts; you are their (whether you realize it or not) "Viral" networking dept.  Although tomorrow you may not be able to find as many rocks as you usually do!


 

    Had two awsome days at Kirkwood last week, including a hike up the 99 steps (more like 500) but had to fly back to Oz on Sunday. Enjoy it folks.

post #19 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post

 


 


 

oh we found them today :)

 

unfortunately, I rocked my neck off of Kodak today in the morning when I went for a stomp and the landing wasn't quite as deep as I thought it was.  So I was poppin Advil all afternoon and keeping my skis on the ground after that point.

 

But my buddies went MASSIVE today in Thunder Saddle.  I should have pics of them soon.

 

 

As he said... massive.

 

 

 

 

Stupid firm landing on Kodak. *shakes fist*

 

post #20 of 22

Sorry to hear about your neck Tyrone, hope I didn't jinx you!.

 

Other than that it was a great day - the rush down below the Cirque was hilarious when they opened it, and the back side was also great.  A lot of folks got stuck in the flats when they ran out of momemtum under the lift which drew the usual "feedback" from the gallery above.

 

Rode one chair with a guy from Jackson Hole who was complaining about Kirkwood being kind of flat and I thought of Tyrones videos and smiled!

post #21 of 22

Skiing was "all-time" yesterday. I took out the AK Rockets because they were the most floaty thing I've got   Maybe next year for the fatties, but after a dry start to the season, this was the second season of no gear purchases after gorging in 2006/7.  Anyway, the snow was so deep in the morning that I could practically straight-run the fall line off Sentinel.  I could have spent the whole day exploring stashes on that part of the mountain.  The mountain opened in sequence with runs down eagle bowl and and even the back-side .Thunder Saddle had all these loonies going big everywhere.  My skis stayed mainly on the snow.

 

A bluebird powder morning gave way to clouds and flurries.  I was spent by 1:30 and had to get back home anyway and...wait for it...

meet with the wife downtown for dinner then go to my tango lesson and practica.  I took the motorcycle downtown on a nice cool evening.

 

I'm sore.   Nice therapy for my sick day off.

post #22 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by crazymick View Post

 

Sorry to hear about your neck Tyrone, hope I didn't jinx you!.

 

Other than that it was a great day - the rush down below the Cirque was hilarious when they opened it, and the back side was also great.  A lot of folks got stuck in the flats when they ran out of momemtum under the lift which drew the usual "feedback" from the gallery above.

 

Rode one chair with a guy from Jackson Hole who was complaining about Kirkwood being kind of flat and I thought of Tyrones videos and smiled!


 

Regarding KW being flat...with all this snow, it actually IS skiing much flatter!  Alot of cliff lines are completely buried!

 

And this is what gave me a case of huck neck.  Went for a stomp when I probably should have hip checked.  heh.  It wasn't nearly as deep here as we thought it would be.  We think some heavier snow fell, then slid out, then a lesser amount of light stuff came down on top making it a firm landing.

 

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