If you don’t like it… don’t ski it.
Incredibly good spring conditions today and the trees and bumps proved so worthwhile out Zephyr way that I forgoed much of the other offerings, knowing that the Zephyr Run will soon (if not sooner) be closed for the season and I wanted to get my licks in. It was one of those days where each run is your “last run” but your skis just don’t turn toward the parking lot when you get down there but into the maze instead like they are under their own power. I was alone out there for the most part, which made it even sweeter. IF Zephyr is still in play tomorrow, I highly recommend it with one caveat. It is not for the faint of heart… patrol has had a lot of pressure to close it and thank goodness they haven’t caved to the whining about there being too many obstacles. Point being, if you don’t like it, then don’t ski it. Doesn’t mean it should be closed to others that do enjoy it.
Between Dave Hahl and Patrol, they have kept most of the mountain open for us and it has cost a LOT of money. Just look at one place where the snow has been stripped from a side hill to lay out on a cat track to keep us sliding around and having access to all the good corn.
If you think this is an easy process, try getting a cat sideways on a hill like this AND manage to keep pushing snow without pushing rocks (or having boulders stop you dead in your tracks) Then the snow has to be pushed a godawful long ways to cover the dirt and mud. It is a very messy business
Like The Chutes, it is the flats that tend to melt out first having an angle to the sun that allows it to melt mornings and afternoons leading first to grey snow, then brown snow and finally just dirt. From two reliable sources at Rose the plan, as of today, is to keep Slide open another weekend after this one. Incredible. This may prove a herculean task when one looks at the condition of the slopes today.
Mine Train is highly unlikely to make it even through this weekend much less next, but other cat tracks and slopes are in bad shape too. Rose has committed to working hard to keep it open and you can expect some stripe skiing by next weekend. They are working overtime to give us as much time on the Slide side as they can and we are honored by their commitment to us locals. Come up and ski (and/or drink) to support them!
Here at unofficial, our hats are off to the management team at Rose for rallying behind us locals in keeping Slide open when it would be so easy to throw in the towel like so many other ski areas and write it off to a “bad season”. Instead, the resort will drop some major coin to keep Slide open for us. Nice Job Rose folks. Keep it coming!
Once off the cat tracks conditions were awesome (although again, some folks are going to whine that it was too sticky, or too soft, or too… whatever). In fact, it was great corn bumps on Zephyr and all over the mountain and tree skiing too if you could find spots that had been skied in a little bit. After four hours of bumps and trees, I was whipped and had to lick my wounds before I could even post tonight. All in all, sun, corn and empty slopes… made it a Perfect Day.
Once you arrived to the slope of choice, it was all yours baby and you had a ticket to ride. There are millions of good turns left up here. You just have to look for them! (photo: looking West up Zephyr)
In short, the Fat Lady is not singing just yet and together, Patrol and the groomers have been keeping everything open they possibly can, so… instead of bitching and asking them to close runs because you don’t like them, just go the bar, order a tall cold one and talk story about the run you just “survived” at Mt. Rose. Oh yeah and don’t forget to thank them. They work hard and deserve it. Looks like Alpine will be down for the count on April 5th, followed by Squaw on April 12th. Rose could end up being the last man standing… wouldn’t that be a kick!
This weekend will be a great time to get some of your last turns in on the Slide side, have a tailgater, tip back some cold ones and bring out the Aloha wear from the closets. Its rockin up here. Rockin spring corn and there is enough for everyone till your legs are jellified.
PS Don’t forget to wax up red and iron it in or you will sorely regret it frozen in your superman form in your double ejection pose