Sep 16

BIG NEWS: Rose to open Halloween!!!

Greeting Winter Lovers;

Got some good news for y’all;

The rumors are out through the lifties that Dave Hahl is betting against Mother Nature since she hasn’t come through in awhile and will be making snow as soon as possible toward the end of September or early October in order to open for Halloween. If Mom can just cooperate the slightest bit, it sounds like a Rose Halloween Custom Party is in order. I know Mother Winter has been drinking lately and a didn’t want to really get out of bed the last 20 months or so… but hey, every Mother needs her rest.

However, as understanding as I can be, it’s time Mom, get off your arse and PLEASE crank out some snow for us this winter. Am I begging, yes, I am begging, OK? We want you, no, we NEED you to take care of us before we lose hope. In light of Mt. Rose’s 50th Anniversary… and your downright longish 20 month nap, I think we deserve something… we hope you agree.

In the meantime, I hope this youtube vid quickens your heart a little bit for what is coming our way. And if you haven’t been to the 9000 foot elevation gain Aquille du Midi cable car and haven’t skied the 17 miles back down to Chamonix… well, put it on your bucket list. It is amazing and ranks up there with one of the best ski runs I have ever had. Go check it out and whet your ski whistle at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK3O66rlu6A

Looking forward to a great season in any event.

Until Halloween,

Sven

Late last year right before closing we did get blessed with a little snow and were beaming about it.

Late last year right before closing we did get blessed with a little snow and were beaming about it. This shot was taken of yours truly during the AIRRE Avy II course with Rose Patroller Tom Carter

 

May 13

Powder Be Happnin in Big Sky Country

Happy Springtime to all you skiers and riders,

Just received a note from a friend of mine up in Red Lodge, Montana where Dan Seifert reported multiple feet of snow out of their latest May dump and has the pics to prove it. Enjoy! Some part of me is happy that at least someone had a great winter… that other part… extremely jealous of course!

Looking down into Powder Paradise on Red Lodge Mountain

Looking down into Powder Paradise on Red Lodge Mountain

Pow Turns in May… not too shabby! If they only knew how Powder Starved we were this season!

Pow Turns in May… not too shabby! If they only knew how Powder Starved we were this season!

May 08

Free Skiing! Free Skiing! Free Skiing! Free Skiing!

Just got a note that Alpine Meadows will be hosting all Moms for free on Mother’s Day Sunday. And to add to your motivation… offering $1 mimosas on the lodge deck as well. Being the last Tahoe resort to close, hope you can come out and support the resort that appears to be recapturing the “Soul of Skiing”!

Moms ski free this Mother’s Day at Alpine Meadows

Posted by jeffpelline on May 7, 2014 · Leave a Comment
Alpine Meadows ski resort is celebrating Mother’s Day with free lift tickets for moms and $1 mimosas on Sunday, May 11.
Moms can ski or snowboard for free all day this Mother’s Day. To redeem the free lift tickets, mothers can bring one of their kids with them to the ticket office, or present their child’s birth certificate.
Also in celebration of moms, $1 mimosas will be available to those 21 and older on the sundeck of Alpine Meadows’ base lodge on Mother’s Day.
Alpine Meadows will be open for skiing and riding Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11 – with chairlifts spinning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can ski or ride for free with the purchase of a 2014-15 season pass. Sunday, May 11 marks the final day of the 2013-14 ski season.

Hopefully ski you there! Remember, it ain’t over till its over!

Sven

Apr 28

The Pow Gods are Not Done Yet!

If you were lucky enough to get out this weekend and enjoy some pow on the mountain or elsewhere, then you know how good it was. Sure I messed up my new skis something terrible, but was it worth it, oh yeah… the cold temps, skiing with my dog and perfect morning light with clouds playing below made it a perfect day… and all the better since there were only about a half dozen of us on the mountain!

All the normal runs were good pow on a good base with the exception of the Slide side where only Silver was still skiable rock free from top to bottom. The Chutes could be skied but there was just enough pow to cover a lot of rock, esp at the bottom so play cautiously if you venture in. Enjoy the pics!

Sven

Cloudland… rather be here than anywhere.

Cloudland… rather be here than anywhere.

19 degrees with blue skies and open snow… dreamy

19 degrees with blue skies and open snow… dreamy

Peaking over Lower Ramsey… delicious

Peaking over Lower Ramsey… delicious

Top of Carson looking toward Rose, its so nice to see it untracked!

Top of Carson looking toward Rose, its so nice to see it untracked!

Sierra waits for the slowpoke. Good ski partner through as she is always ready to go

Sierra waits for the slowpoke. Good ski partner through as she is always ready to go

Headin up with some other folks early Saturday morning

Headin up with some other folks early Saturday morning

Gotta love Bonanza almost trackless… btw "S" is for Sven!

Gotta love Bonanza almost trackless… btw “S” is for Sven!

Apr 26

Correction:

I have been informed that Turnin Tim and Smokin Joe are not to be wed. Furthermore, Turnin Tim is not, never has been, nor will he ever be, “switching teams” so to speak and is happily married to his wife of 40 years. Happy Anniversary Tim and Pat!

Oh yeah, there was some great pow on the mountain today with folks doing Dawn Patrol to get first tracks on the Rose & Slide sides and even into the chutes (can you say Rock and Roll). Pictures will follow soon!

Sven

Apr 22

Best Closing Day EVER!

This had to be the best closing day EVER! Think blue skies, calm winds, a come thither warmth pervading everyone and everything topped off by kegs of cold beer! It was picture perfect weather with parties going on everywhere on and off the mountain and lots of smiles and great skiing. Whether on your boards, in the bar or sunning on the deck, all was better than well, making it one to go down in the record books. The parties in the upper lots were so good we were still going strong past 7:00 pm in the evening with kegs, ski hucks, Tom The Beard demonstrating proper dirt ski technique, a visit by Captain Powder and a return by the Bald Beaver Ski Crew for their annual Mt. Rose Ski Naked Contest at the end of the day. Catching last chair was about a dozen of us heading down Gregs on perfect rounded bumps in the evening sun, qualifying it for the “Best Last Run Ever in the Universe.” Laughter and smiles were the themes of the day and a good time was had by all in attendance. And just in case you thought that was just the beer talking… here are some pics to prove it!

Sven

The Day starts with Gus's homemade salsa on one of his world famous Breakfast Burritos!

The Day starts with Gus’s homemade salsa on one of his world famous Breakfast Burritos!

Bunnys were everywhere and so were their eggs… how did bunnys and eggs get together anyway...

Bunnys were everywhere and so were their eggs… how did bunnys and eggs get together anyway…

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The Easter Egg hunt was a knocken sockem event complete with a surly referee

The Easter Egg hunt was a knocken sockem event complete with a surly referee

Eggs and Smiles Everywhere!

Eggs and Smiles Everywhere!

Aloha to Naia and her adopted Grandaddy!

Aloha to Naia and her adopted Grandaddy!

Longboard World Champion Erik the Great and sidekick ready to tackle Pondo!

Longboard World Champion Erik the Great and sidekick ready to tackle Pondo!

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Captain Ron and Mike Selby celebrating what they agreed was a great season at Mt. Rose, despite the lack of snow.

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The Best (bar none) last Aloha Run down Gregs of the season,,, one of the best runs of my life!

The Best (bar none) last Aloha Run down Gregs of the season,,, one of the best runs of my life!

Apr 22

Burner Saturday…

Last Saturday of the season was good skiing and even better music played by the burner favorite, Mojo Green. Inviting the Burners up for a Rose Saturday demonstrates the Rose commitment to being inclusive of just about all of the Reno community and it showed, as the Burner Parade of showily dressed Burners did a ski parade from the top of NW down KC Bowl. Such a parade Rose has never seen and it was a fun spectacle to watch for sure.

Although labeled as “freaks” by some of the more conventional skiers, it was nice to see the open minded attitude of the resort in inviting them up. The dance and costume contest on the deck was even more fun in the afternoon and contestants brought down the house with laughter as they walked the “Catwalk” trying to win their Mt. Rose Swag Bag. Looking forward to next season with the potential first LGBT wedding on the deck between Turning Tim and Smoking Joe as, well, Groom and Groom. Congrats to both on their upcoming nuptials!

Sven

Did you bring your dancing shoes darlin? The deck was ablaze with stomping ski boots and bare feet (not a good combo)

Did you bring your dancing shoes darlin? The deck was ablaze with stomping ski boots and bare feet (not a good combo)

Costumers were creative and colorful where Goth meets the Grateful Dead and are married in the Goodwill by Timothy Leary

Costumers were creative and colorful where Goth meets the Grateful Dead and are married in the Goodwill by Timothy Leary

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Yep, Noa Selby won the Kids Costume Contest not with his last minute costume, but with his disco Stew moves on the catwalk

Yep, Noa Selby won the Kids Costume Contest not with his last minute costume, but with his disco Stew moves on the catwalk

This dogs going on the barbie said Jack

This dogs going on the barbie said Jack

Apr 18

Front Coming Through

A weak front came through last night resulting in no precip and very little overnight radiational cooling. As a result the snow was soupy today although good runs could be found early on Waterfall, Ramsey’s and Bullwhip. Forecast is for some possible clearing tonight so we might get a little better possibility of a freeze and better skiing tomorrow.

Slopes are browning out quickly and if Rose were to stay open another week we would all be shlepping our skis for a while. The amount melted by the upper lot is pretty discouraging, however, if you give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised. This is your last day for an attempt to win a Hawaiian Vacation so if you’ve got the cash it might be a good time to drop some if you are feeling lucky.

Well, we are down to the last weekend with Easter Sunday looking pretty good, weather wise. Hope we see you in the next couple of days to close the season officially and unofficially!

Sven

Apr 16

Spring has Sprung!

Good skiing this morning. In general there is still really good coverage, however watch out for obstacles, in certain locations they are coming out like mushrooms and by Sunday we may be picking our way down among some patches and skid marks. With this weather it is going fast!

On another note, just wanted to give all of you readers a “heads up” on a great opportunity here at Mt. Rose. The Slide Snow School operates on Slide Mountain providing practical Avalanche Courses certified through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education or (AIARE). Avy I and Avy II courses are available currently. I recently completed the Avy II Course with Tom and Andrew and the instruction and exercises were of world class quality. If you or your kids ski the chutes or ever go in the Side or Backcountry, I would strongly recommend taking at the minimum, the Avy I course so that you can hone up on your prevention, route finding and rescue skills. Remember, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself!

-Sven

Tom Carter, the infamous avy expert  demonstrating proper pit protocol

Tom Carter, the infamous avy expert demonstrating proper pit protocol

One of Slide Snow School's students analyzing the strength of snow layers and their propensity to slide.

One of Slide Snow School’s students analyzing the strength of snow layers and their propensity to slide.

Utilizing a skier's weight on skis to test slope integrity

Utilizing a skier’s weight on skis to test slope integrity

Avalanche Control in The Chutes gives one a good idea why it takes awhile before the public can explore. This is Jackpot in the last storm.

Avalanche Control in The Chutes gives one a good idea why it takes awhile before the public can explore. This is Jackpot in the last storm.

Andrew, the Avalanche Forecaster for Mt. Rose looks on as cornices are knocked off and charges thrown.

Andrew, the Avalanche Forecaster for Mt. Rose looks on as cornices are knocked off and charges thrown.

Apr 15

The Spring Rose is Blooming

Turning Tim reported excellent groomer conditions yesterday between 11:00 and 12:00 saying it was “one of my best days of the year” earning the skiing a surprising 5-Star Satin Panty Rating. Wow. Didn’t see that coming. However, keep in mind Tim did not have a breathalyzer test so that might be the Beck’s talking for all we know. I do know that by the time I made it up there at 3:00 PM it was pretty soggy skiing with piles o’ mush (but still some fun to be had). Mid-morning seems to be the right call if you can make it. Today temps are slightly warmer but more breezy as well so 11:00 am may be a good hour to come on up and check it out.

Top 20 skiers were treated to a 5 Star meal and an open bar at Winters Creek Lodge last Saturday officiated by Paul Senft and attended by the Slide Lift Crew, Mike and Kevin from Patrol and a host of others.

Top 20 skiers were treated to a 5 Star meal and an open bar at Winters Creek Lodge last Saturday officiated by Paul Senft and attended by the Slide Lift Crew, Mike and Kevin from Patrol and a host of others.

Wanted to include a shot from the Top 20 Party where Doug Burnett and Mimi Longbella were crowned King and Queen of the Mountain respectively. Fantastic effort on Mt. Rose’s part to recognize the “Soul of Skiing” as Mark Fisher of Unofficial Alpine calls it, has taken up residence at Mt. Rose. The early load and breakfast recognized the Top 20 folks that shape their lives around skiing as much as they can on both the good days and bad, who are willing to ride Pondo, Lakeview and even the flying Jenny if thats all thats running to get some turns in. Yep, those 22 minute Lakeview rides in the wind with your chair swinging wildly really does test your commitment to ski when it comes to a 2nd, 3rd or 4th run!

Hope you are getting out to enjoy this last week of goodness! You might want to stop by the Mt. Rose store in the main lodge as their 50% off sale is going on and you can score some pretty discounted gear and soft goods. The Hawaiian Sweepstakes is also going on and you only have a couple more days to enter to try your luck at winning three Hawaiian Vacations for two including air and accommodations.

Happy Turning!

Sven

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