Got some great feedback from ski patrol on one of my posts. The deal is that there is just not enough snow at the bottom of The Chutes to allow safe egress to the lift owing to a high snow line for most of our storms. The springs and wetlands just uphill from The Chuter load have very little if any coverage. With that being said… it would be ideal to have a nice heavy layer of high density snow and some cold weather to make a nice base down there below 8000 feet. The Chuter load is suffering the same fate as Sky Tavern, we just don’t have quite enough to ski safely at this point nor does it look like we are going to get that “big wet storm” any time soon. The folks over at the Tahoe Weather Blog as well as NOAA are forcasting dry and warmish for the next several weeks.
Since misery loves company, you might feel better when I share the fact that no one in the West is doing very well until you reach up into Washington, Montana and the Northern Rockies. Place to be: Bridger Bowl near Bozeman, Montana who is reporting an average year with 100% of their terrain open (good beer to be had in Bozeman as well since its a college town). Notice on the map of snow water equivalent and snow depth that with a few exceptions most of the West is in the red zone where some stations are running only 15% of the normal snow depth for the end of January. Many of the mid to low elevation sites are reporting little to no snow since most of our storms have had a high snow line.
With all the doom and gloom in the snow analysis when comparing this season to last, I still had a great day at Rose this morning high speed cruising the groomers with nary a rock to be seen on the Rose side. So… bottom line, even without much snow there is great fun to be had on a board or two sliding around on the snow with your buddies. Better get it while you can. No one knows how this is gunna end, but end it will at some point with more brown than white. As with skiing and dinner, be prepared and eat your dessert first!