A Tale of Two Mountains…

The grooming crew and patrol have done a great job of patching the holes caused by the Great Warming we have been experiencing lately with Bonanza, Kit Carson and NW remaining largely dirt and rock free. But man oh man, the heat has dealt a blow to any off-piste runs and the BC. Be extremely careful when venturing out off the main groomed runs, especially if the run has been in the sun… the melting has been pretty intense. In the pic below you can see a perfectly great and skiable main bowl while right next to it is an uphill view of Shangdi-La showing some serious multiage. Caution is advised until we get some more snow and/or colder temps which should come in Sunday night perhaps.

On another note, my apologies to anyone of Japanese descent if my comment on my last post offended you, it was merely meant to point out that many of our Asian guests do end up the target of groomed runs that end in a field of bumps at which case they have to schlepp their equipment back up the groomed cat track at considerable risk to them and their family. I think this is probably due to the potential of a language barrier and their unfamiliarity with Mt. Rose. On the other hand, the grooming crew did go and flatten the monster bumps on Upper Ramsey and I did in fact witness some families enjoying that run yesterday without incident. The runout on Upper Ramsey is excellent too as patrol has widened the “Gate” at the bottom that funneled everyone into an area that was nicknamed Sciatica Ridge, this widening gives everyone the space to stay away from one another on their bottom turn and will result in less close calls in that area. Kudos to patrol for making this positive change.

In avalanche news, an usual situation for November for sure… we actually had the potential for some wet slides on South facing slopes due to the record setting heat so beware on that front, a small park is also being developed on Pondo which is awesome for the park rats! Might be open today.

In any case the skiing on the mountain remains excellent for late November and I count my lucky starts that the Slide Side is open in November at all. And speaking of gratitude… Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Sven

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