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4/2/11 PM Addendum

Went up to Zephyr to get the kids out and found light winds and
perfect PM groomers. We climbed and skied on sunny slopes. Little Noa
couldn’t help but climb Silver and Outlaw as it was groomed while our
five year old skied Ore Cart down to the bottom of the Chuter joining
her brother for the car shuttle. Report from Noa… the snow was
AWESOME.

Morale of the story from a 5 year old… just because the lifts are
shut down doesn’t mean you have to be.

Sven

Good morning Skiers and Riders,

Winds have shut the mountain down today… what a year for closures.
It is howling up here so you wouldn’t have had any fun anyway. For
those of you that skied yesterday… you know how good it was. We put
together a small posse and had an awesome day yesterday doing some
major vertical in the sidecountry since the chutes never opened.
Velvet corn was the theme of the day turning to deep deep mush on the
ski out… all in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt no less. YES, it was
that warm yesterday. I will get a pic or two uploaded soon. Cold front
is supposed to shoot through today leaving nothing but wind and cold.
Tomorrow should be much better so don’t put our skis or boards away
for the weekend just yet…

-Sven Svenhardt

4/2/11 Shut down AGAIN

Good morning Skiers and Riders,

Winds have shut the mountain down today… what a year for closures.
It is howling up here so you wouldn’t have had any fun anyway. For
those of you that skied yesterday… you know how good it was. We put
together a small posse and had an awesome day yesterday doing some
major vertical in the sidecountry since the chutes never opened.
Velvet corn was the theme of the day turning to deep deep mush on the
ski out… all in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt no less. YES, it was
that warm yesterday. I will get a pic or two uploaded soon. Cold front
is supposed to shoot through today leaving nothing but wind and cold.
Tomorrow should be much better so don’t put our skis or boards away
for the weekend just yet…

-Sven Svenhardt

4/1/11 The Unthinkable…

Is it a good morning skiers and riders?

Although the snow will be buttery by 9:30 on the Slide side and 10:30
on the Rose side and the same for the chutes, it looks as though the
unthinkable has happened. On one of the biggest seasons ever recorded,
when Rose has actually extended its season way past any closing in
recent history, a truly lamentable thing has happened. Some of you up
riding yesterday may have noticed a lot of mechanics on lift towers
and elsewhere on Zephyr watching, looking and measuring. You also
might have noticed they were shaking their heads. The Aerial Tramway
Board was up yesterday on their spring inspection and during their
measurements noticed that three towers (#’s 6, 7 and 8) are not within
operating tolerances. That doesn’t sound that bad does it. Well it is.
Zephyr will be shut down the rest of the season starting tomorrow or
the day after for tower resetting and recalibrating. Sorry folks,
couldn’t help it… that really would be a first class bummer. Happy
April Fools. In reality… all is good to go. Have a hootin good time
in the sun today. Time for shorts and mini-skirts. (Kurt with the lift
crew, PLEASE don’t wear the skirt!)

-Sven Svenhardt

End of March (like a lamb)

Good afternoon skiers and riders,

As scheduled, March is going out like a lamb with a high temperature.
It is warm up in them thar hills. Groomers and off-piste were firm in
the morning but warmed up fairly quickly. Despite the firm conditions
on most groomers, El Cap and some other steeper chutes remained in
stellar conditions as the sun angle and temps were apparently not
quite high enough to fry them yesterday. Today is a different story
however and much warmer but only time will tell. It barely froze last
night though so it could be a little soft even first thing in the
morning. Rose suffered from LGS (Lazy Groomers Syndrome) last night as
Upper Ramseys, Bruces, Upper Lakeview and even Lower Lakeview were
left in their natural frozen pudding condition this morning. Probably
OK this PM but something to stay off in the morning.

Enjoy the sun! There are great conditions in the BC if you choose your
lines carefully! South facers are beginning to corn. Have fun out
there and enjoy the sun as this weekend the clouds are forecast to
return with possible snow and even rain showers with warm air sticking
around until Saturday night and then the temps should take a dive.
Stay tuned.

Sven Svenhardt

Interesting note: talking to a lift supervisor he noted that March had
26 days of wind watches, 11 days of partial lift shut downs and 5 days
of complete shut downs of the area. These stats could be for a normal
winter! It truly was a Miracle March. Hope you were able to get out
and enjoy one of the best Marches we have ever had!

3/29/11 The sun is gone again…

Good morning skiers and riders,

Well… so much for the sun. Yesterday we basked in its brilliance as
the somewhat crusty chutes opened to an anxious crowd. The skiing
actually improved as the crust was etched and the powder released from
its wind formed prison. Hence, skiing in the chutes was excellent into
the afternoon and grins were seen in every rising chair. The rest of
the mountain had wind issues if you were off the groomers and that
made life interesting. In places, like Bonanza, even the groomed rums
were pretty mangy from the incessant and almost week long hurricane.
Winds are calm today but skies are once again cloudy and are forecast
to stay so. Skiing surface conditions should be better today as Dave’s
machines and the spring warmth perform their magic.

The rest of the week is forecast to warm significantly to possibly 80
degrees by Friday in Reno so expect big changes in the snow quality in
the chutes and elsewhere. In some locations this could mean the first
real spring corn of the season and in other places could lead to
morning and evening ice. One thing is for sure. Conditions will be
changing rapidly this week, so if you want some of the best skied in
chute conditions on tap today better head on up here pretty quickly.
BC conditions are interesting with South facers turning to corn
already in the PM with wind packed pow in the shade and corn in the
sun on some BC runs yesterday. Conditions were unbelievably good
yesterday for epic long vert runs on the East side of the Carson Range
with relatively short walks out.

Oh, and to make your day… word on the street yesterday at the
mountain was that Rose would extend their season until May 8th open
every day. Yahoo!

-Sven Svenhardt

3/28/11 Finally… the wind has stopped

Good morning Skiers and Riders,

Yes… finally. The wind has stopped for a moment after blowing like a
cyclone all through the night. After such a hurricane it will be
interesting to see if there is any non-wind effected powder pockets
out there. However, if you found just the right pocket of North
facing, deeply protected trees, it COULD happen (and monkeys could
fly out my butt)… although you would have probably have to ski wind
crust to get to it. Good luck in your prospecting. Theoretically, all
the lifts should be running on this calm sunny morning…

The backcountry will be interesting with lots of sistrugi, wind rows
and crust. Be careful out there!

Sven Svenhardt