First of all, let me state unequivocally that the “roast” of certain “Squallywood-ready” Rose employees on the last post was not meant for 99.9% of the folks working up there, but for the .1% that have somehow forgotten that we are “guests”, that we pay their salary and that their job description includes risk mitigation and civility as well as “please” and “thank you’s”. I have always been surprised when a Rose employee is substantially less than pleasant on the mountain. They stick out like a sore thumb relative to all the folks at Rose that go out of the their way to share the joy of just being outside and working at one of the best resorts in Tahoe.
If your panties are still twisted…. now is a perfect opportunity to look in the mirror. Perhaps some polishing of your “customer service skills” are in order. For the rest of you at Rose, keep up the good work! (your head is decidedly NOT up your arse)
Today was wonderful with sunny skies and the chutes reopened yesterday. Only select gates are open with a warning that accessing the chutes through anything but these gates will be met with swift retaliation and a loss of skiing privileges. Unfortunately, when I was checking out the electronic sign on the bottom of Slide, the sign did not say which gates were actually open as they usually do, only that “Select Gates” were open… another info snafu for sure. The gates that are open should be listed! I did see the Jackpot gate open from NW and wanted to share Kevin’s post from yesterday on conditions below for all interested chute skiers:
Picked up the kids after early release yesterday (2/25) and hit Rose for some afternoon turns. We were surprised to see Jackpot gate open and decided to roll the dice…conditions were fun, chalky “packed powder”, no ice. Compared with Squaw / Alpine where we also ski frequently, Rose has the best coverage and conditions by a fair margin at this point. Another note, the upper Jetta “luge run” is a blast and the kicker in the lower Jetta park is just as big as anything in Squaw’s Gold Coast park.
So there you go! Great they are back open again. Do remember that many of the chutes have slid and the lower aspects are filled with very chunky debris at their bottoms which is almost unskiable so choose wisely when entering.
Park features have changed recently. The two jumps in the Pondo Park have been removed unfortunately. Too bad, they were quite popular. Boxes and rails have been added in Pondo as well. Jump between Jetta and Ramsey has stayed big. The LUGE park in Jetta is in place and reportedly a blast. The two jumps on Galena Park are lots of fun as along as you land in the LZ and not out in the flats like I saw yesterday (look for the bloody spot out between the jumps). The kid flew so far that we though he might hit the kicker of the 2nd jump. Looked a lot like the challenger flight with a total gear explosion when he hit (see below). We named his move the “Big Ernie” after Leonardo Decaprio’s severely retarded character “Ernie” in the movie “Whats eating Gilbert Grape?” The best way of realizing just how far this kid flew… from this position he actually flipped backwards and landed on his face!
LIke an impending car crash, we just couldn’t look away but KNEW how much it was gonna hurt. He was still headed almost straight up in this photo!
Before hurling off something you might want to check it out with small moves first, right?
In terms of weather, well, all is on track for some cold snow coming our way. No one knows for sure what we’ll get yet but it looks like it will start sometime Friday and end sometime Saturday and give us perhaps a foot, give or take… well, a foot.
Here is the GFS precipitation map for this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that we can get our powder skis out again this year!
Cold snow be comin! May even see some in town for a change! (graph is in liquid water equivalent)