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As they say in France…. Crappay is on the Way

In terms of our weather… well, it looks like Crappay is on the Way for much of the month of May. According to our friends at Tahoe Weather Blog, the weather looks to remain unsettled on and off most of this month with large weather anomalies playing a central role. In the short run, we can expect similar weather as last week for our closing weekend with snow showers in the forecast all four days. To learn more go check out: www.tahoeweatherblog.com.

Here is the NOAA forecast:

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a south wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Rain/Snow
    Likely and
    Breezy

    High: 42 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Rain and snow showers likely before 11pm, then a chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Rain/Snow
    Likely and
    Breezy then
    Chance Snow
    Showers

    Low: 34 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind around 10 mph becoming east in the morning.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    High: 36 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    Low: 32 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible.  Cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    High: 37 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible.  Cloudy, with a low around 31.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    Low: 31 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    High: 36 °F

    As you can see, there is NOT a light at the end of the tunnel. Temps will also keep the snow warm, dense and wet. Oh boy.

    We will most likely not be seeing this:

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    The Ski Patrol DEEP water well will NOT be in play this closing weekend.

    Not to say some diehards won’t feel the call and be out there anyway… perhaps talking about all the “powder” they are skiing. Good for them. Whatever floats your boat I say! No matter what the weather we can always rest assured that skiing the white muck and clowning around with friends is infinitely better than not skiing at all!

    Sven

Top 20 Skiers Celebrate King of the Mountain: Join the Century Club

Despite the Golden Gate Bridge-like fog where you could barely make out the chair in front of you… the Top 20 Skiers with the most days at Rose gathered for their annual celebration. The Century Club members had all skied over 100 days and some had over a 150 under their belt. A potluck BBQ and fanfare with copious amounts of beer and champagne fed both the Nose up in the Air and Low Brow Crowd bringing these skiers together for the one thing they love: A Celebration of Skiing in all its manifest nuanced conditions, from perfect powder to breakable crust.  From bluebird to 100 mph winds with snow coming down thicker than creamed corn, these guys are here as long as the lifts are spinning, and sometimes longer.

All Hail to the KING OF THE MOUNTAIN, Doug Burnett with well over 160 days skied! Second place was tied by three skiers: Mike Selby, Bill Fallon and Mimi Longballa. Tim Briody, number 9 in the lineup this year quipped it was much better celebrating in person this year rather than from the hospital bed of last year after his failed 94 foot jump off Silver over the boulders and brush.

One thing is for sure, these guys and gals are here most everyday to quench their passion, the fact is, they just LOVE to ski on Mt. Rose. Like the postman, neither rain, sleet nor snow will stop these intrepid from First Chair to Last Chair. Their art can be seen in the snow, from nested tracks to Figure 8’s. They are the lucky ones because they know how to keep a smile on their face. They have found their art. Our hats are off to all those who have their passion and know how to share it.

Sven

Ullr Kind to Rose Wine and Beer Party

While Reno experienced hail, lightning, rain and snow in spots… Mt. Rose was basking in some beautiful sunset over Lake Tahoe conditions with wild clouds and a wind that pretty much died at the top of Lakeview.

Beer and wine was a reasonable $2 and appetizers were free with Beth serving as hostess with the mostess if you hung around till closing… all together an awesome Rose pass holder party!

Skiing was actually not bad until about 5:30, at which point all bets were off, but, Dave the Groomer came in and saved the day by grooming a trail down ATW for the drunks to stagger off the mountain on one board or another. Conditions today will be cold with a few inches of new snow. Winter is still firmly entrenched as I look at the frigid dawn.

Sven

Good Mornin Mt. Rose Skiers (think Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam)

The sun is shining, the Bluebirds are singing, the snow is softening… hard to go wrong today, especially after the week we’ve had. Expect things to soften under the spring sun fairly quickly, although we did get a good freeze last night with learning skies…

Have at it!

Sven

Fog, Pow & Sun

A typical spring day with cold pow and crusty conditions in the off-piste with almost everything softening up and luckily, clearing up throughout the day. There was some great light pow skiing this morning if you could find some trackless expanses and were willing to hike a little. If not, there was still some excellent skiing on get groomers, many of which were enriched with a nice light topcoat of pow.

Rode First Chair by myself this morning but it was awfully easy making decisions on where to go. Had to figure  8 my own tracks. One of the reasons I love spring skiing really… not too many people around. Was able to hit untracked cord at 10:30 am… nice.

Tomorrow should be sunnier, but expect some glue like snow in spots if it warms up much or even reacts to the high long wave radiation in the late April sun. Wax might be a good option.

Tomorrow night is the Friday Night Wine and Cheese Party at the top of Lakeview after closing… should be fun!

Ski you later,

Sven

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Feels like Winter…

A couple inches of snow fell last night and it feels like winter… dress for success. Remember, Slide Lodge is closed. Try not to complain about there being no bathrooms… you’ve been warned over and over. If you need rentals or lessons… forget about it. Not going to happen for you. Mountain Top Sports just down the road may be open for rentals and ski servicing but thats about it.

Its called the “Tail End” of the ski season because most folks are sitting on their tails. As James Brown said… “Get Up Off Of That Thing” and you’ll feel better.

Sven