A beautiful sunny day to be at Rose. NW spun for the first time this season at 9:00 am this morning bringing high speed fun and rescuing us from the long slow ride up Lakeview. The Face Runs were initially closed but a gate was opened mid-morning to let in enough folks to make sure the snow wouldn’t blow away next week. Too thin to groom and barely thick enough cover to ski, many intrepid and adventurous (read: Too Stupid to Know Better) souls (including myself) jumped in for a run or two. Didn’t meet anyone that had the balls (or enough P-tex at home) to try it a third time. Patrol was stationed at the top warning folks that they skied through this gate “at their own risk” and that the run was now rated a Double Black Diamond.
*Patroller name and ID changed to protect the innocent
The Diamonds should have been replaced with irregular and abrasive boulders and been rated a Double Black Granite run as thats what you were hitting on the way down… many expletives were dropped as well as P-Tex and a significant amount of steel edge.
Still, there were some very redeeming features… it wasn’t crowded, it felt good to be on something steeper than ATW and there was Pow (although very wind effected in places). Nothing like breakable crust on very thin cover… With some age hardening this snow will become a good base for the future. With conditions today we renamed the runs to: Needmorptex, Edgebegone and Wheresmyteeth? I don’t think the Face Runs will be open again until we get a significant amount of snow.
However, KC Bowl was in great shape thanks to the grooming and snowmaking crew and there was plenty of snow to have some fun on. The weather forecast however, doesn’t look so good in the short term and daytime temps were in the fifties up here. I would expect quite a bit of damage to the cover in the next couple of days in places so beware. I would leave your new skis in your closet for now.
To end this on a positive note however, There is a possibility for a cold storm early next week and its just past mid-November and we are skiing off the summit at Mt. Rose so… life ain’t too shabby! Gone this weekend so hope you come and get some turns in in my absence. Ski you next week!