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Jamming at Rose this afternoon!

Temps were relatively colder today and it almost felt like winter (in the shade) while sitting and listening to Mojo Green belt it out. Parking lots were pretty full and the beer was flowing.

Mojo Green's Horn section keeping it real

Mojo Green’s Horn section keeping it real

Don't think this is what Hendrix had in mind with his "Foxy Lady" tribute, but Fox and Squirrel did spice up the place with their dance moves...

Don’t think this is what Hendrix had in mind with his “Foxy Lady” tribute, but Fox and Squirrel did spice up the place with their dance moves…

Looking like mid-winter action on the sun deck… if there is a drought, someone forgot to tell these folks.

Looking like mid-winter action on the sun deck… if there is a drought, someone forgot to tell these folks.

Although many of you have given up the "off-piste" there is still lots o' fun to be had when it warms up… just take it easy and choose your lines carefully! This shot is on Zephyr last week… we cycled down a half dozen times it was so good!

Although many of you have given up the “off-piste” there is still lots o’ fun to be had when it warms up… just take it easy and choose your lines carefully! This shot is on Zephyr last week… we cycled down a half dozen times it was so good!

So, let me leave you with this… why do these two have such big smiles on their faces if the skiing’s no good, huh? Riddle me that!

Smilin Billy with his "ski escort" Lavender Girl.

Smilin Billy with his “ski escort” Lavender Girl.

Don’t forget the $2 breakfasts at Slide next week. Rose is doing their best to make it a good season despite Ma Nature’s lack of cooperation with music, specials, events and give-aways. While some other resorts are putting their tails between their legs and talking about shutting down lifts or closing entirely Rose is out blowing snow, providing satin grooming and great parties…. and now $2 breakfast.

You be rocking it Rose. Keep it up!

Sven

Lost your mojo with the thin cover?

No problem… get your Mojo back by coming up and catching Mojo Green today about noon on the Rose side deck. Stellar conditions with great vis although the snow is a little scraped off in spots. Sharpen those edges. Its fast for sure!

In other news… Slide breakfasts have been reduced to $2 for pass holders on weekdays. This is undoubtedly the best ski area food deal I have ever seen (not counting when an old girlfriend worked in the mid-mountain deli in T-ride). For $2 you get a great breakfast at the Slide side lodge 7:30 to 10:00 am. C’mon up and sample it. You’ll be glad you did. You can’t eat this cheap at home!

Breakfast club anyone?

Sven

IFR RATING? & Addendum

It was so foggy we couldn’t see the chair while skiing under it in places… vis was a few yards really. If you are a pilot with an IFR rating and had all your equipment on you… you might have some fun this morning… otherwise, my advice is to wait for the fog to clear… in short the vis is miz.

Surface conditions were excellent. Just can’t see anything.

In other news… the California Dept of Water Resources did their monthly snow survey on top of Echo Pass yesterday. We are now down to just 12%… yep, thats about what it feels like too.

Sven

Noon: Fog is lifting and Turnin Tim reports good skiing if you are up for Friday Freeplay!

Forecasts not a Blast

Yesterday’s forecast was overcast all day but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky hardly… today, Mostly Sunny… and we are completely overcast early this morn so… once again, we learn basic forecasts are not something we can count on one way or another. One thing we CAN count on however… the East will continue to get hammered by snow as we bask in dry mildness from LA to Seattle for the foreseeable future.

Like I have been saying… get out on your skis while you still can (and don’t go calling Mayflower Moving all at once!

Sven

Spring is Springing…

I have a pretty wide tolerance for whatever Mother Nature provides but damn…. Yellowjackets at 8000 feet in January… well, thats just unprecedented… the pic of the tulips rearing their pretty little heads was provided by Turnin Tim in front of his house at over 5000 feet IN JANUARY.

If you are a skier and/or rider… this is definitely not a good sign...

If you are a skier and/or rider… this is definitely not a good sign…

Warmer temps are on tap again next weekend as we experience a brief cool down this week. And by cool down, I mean the temps are only slightly above the norm rather than 15 degrees above the norm. Folks are reporting plants are budding in Reno in spots… and plants don’t lie.

How’s that for the Debbie Downer part of the show… well, you may not like it, but I tell it like it is. The upshot of all this, better come out and ski while you still can folks. No one, and I mean NO ONE, knows what will happen in the next few months.

Sven

BIggest Storm of the Year!

Yeah, OK, its only a couple of inches, but it is, technically, the biggest storm of the year. Although the Slide side was a little mangy, the Rose side provided a couple of inches of equally distributed perfect pow… will it help our drought situation… probably not, but it definitely helped anyone’s spirit who was lucky enough to be there this morning. Although we are not forecast to receive a lot of snow out of the this system, it really is a LOT when comparing it to every other day in January… so we’ll take every inch we can get… yeah, I know Tim, (that’s what she said).

-Sven