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Spring Conditions Ahead!

Plenty of snow remains to be skied both on and off-piste. Warning though, it is Rock Hard first thing in the morning.

Plenty of snow remains to be skied both on and off-piste. Warning though, it is Rock Hard first thing in the morning.

Skiing was great today after it loosened up… and that took awhile. However, High Pressure has moved in once again to provide sunny skies and beautiful weather. Expect the slopes to loosen up much earlier tomorrow and even more so on Friday when temps in Reno are pushing 80. Mid-morning should be optimal tomorrow.

In other good news, Turnin Tim has taken some positive steps toward healing the last several days and we are cautiously optimistic at this point. One thing for sure, he is a fighter, but he has a long long way to go. Keep your thoughts flowing for our First Chair buddy!

Sven

 

Great Skiing and a Goodbye to Doc!

Skiing was the best on-piste first thing in the morning than its been for weeks with the new snow being tilled in at cold temps. Waterfall was my favorite, although it was hard to go wrong on any of the face runs, Silver or Bonanza. Should be good again tomorrow as well as its staying overcast and keeping the snow cold today.

We have lost a big smile on the mountain with Doc's passing and no one will ever replace him.

We have lost a big smile on the mountain with Doc’s passing and no one will ever replace him.

There was a wonderful tribute to Doc of “Docs Pondo Condo” on the Slide side on Sunday with many in attendance to pay their respects and hope that Doc somewhere is still turning… after a nice service, balloons were released in his honor with messages to the heavens. As a veteran worker on the mountain for many many years, we all miss the guy my kids mistaked as Santa Claus when they were younger… but then again, maybe the kids were not all wrong either. Doc was one of the nicest and happiest people you could ever meet. So, in their honor and his, I am not going to wish Doc to Rest In Peace but rather, to keep turning and smiling… wherever he is. Thanks to Mt. Rose for taking good care of one of “their own.”

A Great Tribute to a Great Man. All of us on the mountain miss your smile.

A Great Tribute to a Great Man. All of us on the mountain miss your smile.

Sven

When Spring Pow Comes to Town

 

Maybe not bottomless but it doesn't mean you can't have some fun. 10th biggest storm of the season!

Maybe not bottomless but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. 10th biggest storm of the season!

Bulletin: NW and the Flying Jenny just went on Windhold… yep, Jenny’s were flying alright. Check their website before coming up. Winds are on the upswing.

Sure, you can say it was only 3″ but hey, sometimes 3″ makes all the difference in the world…. riiiiiight?

Wind was howling and temps were cold with an ambient temp of 24 up top and wind chill in the minus 20’s at times, but man it sure felt good to actually get some snow and have some wind and feel like the old Mt. Blows we all know and love.

By 9:00 AM the Slide Dogs had only just broken double digits on skiers loading, so you might say you had the place all to yourself. Were there icy plates and dust on crus? Oh yeah, you betcha, but if you found the lee on most slopes, you also found where it had piled up ankle deep or more. Chasing the swirling snonadoes down Bonanza and Silver is always a favorite pastime and the Rose side also skied fantastic as long as you found those lee drifts. Waterfall skiers left was particularly good and believe it not, if you skied it just right, you might find a face shot! 2″ to 3″ is not much to get excited about… yeah, well, its the winter of 2014/15, so we get pretty excited if the surface is just lily virgin white after the sticks, rocks and dirt we’ve been skiing for quite awhile.

Off-piste… dust on crust unless you could find some pockets. Regardless, its white, baby so come on up!

Mike

Windy and Colder

Bobo’s  Spring Demo Days plus Doc’s Tribute are set for tomorrow so of course the wind is gonna blow and temps will cool. The Spring Demo will be hosted on the Rose side with Doc’s tribute on the Slide side. Hopefully the winds will not make things unbearable. Sunday and Monday looks like some snow, and when I say “some”, I mean, not too much but up to 4″ give or take 4″. West side should get more up high if models play out. But, to tell you the truth, its a matter of too little, too late most likely. Perhaps just enough to cover the many rocks, logs and sticks at West side ski resorts. Next week will be colder which will better preserve the snow.

Skiing today was good once it warmed and the brick hard surface warmed up.

Enjoy it while you can.

Sven

Spring Skiing Continues

While about half of Tahoe’s ski areas have shut down or will this weekend (last day of Sugar Bowl is this  Sunday) Rose is still looking good enough to finish out the season and may hold the title this year… who knows! Squallyalpinewood tix are now down to $39 so thats a pretty good indication of just how godawful funky it is over on the West Side. As can see below… the % of snowpack has dropped wildly from our 50% the last time we checked to below 10% of average in spots. The liquid precip (on the right) fared much better but doesn’t help the skiing any!

Too little and too warm is the  theme of the 2015 winter season.

Too little and too warm is the theme of the 2015 winter season.

Contrary to what’s going on in the rest of Tahoe, Mt. Rose is still serving up delicious spring skiing. Golds, Macho Bowl and Climax delivered up incredible good conditions with soft forgiving bumps. Yes, there were obstacles but you could easily ski around them. Zephyr was also in great shape and looking at Bruces and the return trail, it might not last long (see below).

This rock can be found at the middle of Upper Bruces… it is melting fast so better get it  while it lasts!

This rock can be found at the middle of Upper Bruces right below it’s junction with Zephyr Trail… it is melting fast so better get it while it lasts!

Bobo’s will have their 2015 Spring Demo Day with next year’s skis and boards this Sunday. This Sunday will also host a tribute to DOC of Doc’s Pondo Condo fame at the Slide Lodge from 11:00am to 3:00pm with a DJ. The Burner Meet and Greet has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 29th with a slalom race, fashion show etc.

So, lots to play with at Rose this weekend!

Sven

 

Spring Skiing at its Best/Tim Brioady still in ICU

Good morning folks,

Spring conditions can be enjoyed today on both sides of the mountain by simply following the Sun starting with Silver. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Also, Tim Brioady is still in the ICU at Renown after his accident on Saturday and we are all pulling for him. There is a card for him at the admin front counter until today at 3:30 pm and it will then travel to Bobo’s for the weekend. If you know Tim and would like to give him a shout out, this would be a good way to do it. He is definitely in a fight and could use your kind words.

Sven

Another beautiful Spring Day at Mt. Rose (Photo courtesy Zack Forrester)

Another beautiful Spring Day at Mt. Rose (Photo courtesy Zack Forrester)