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3/3/11 From Slurpy to Pow abracadabra

Good morning skiers and riders;

Mother Nature has performed another of her miracles overnight as the
whipping cream on oatmeal we skied yesterday has morphed into a foot
of pow. With the sun out it WILL be a great day with some winds still
left in the forecast but great vis. Hope you come up to partake in
this mid week powder bash. Its going to be a good one! Dress warm,
with the wind and colder temps it may be a little challenging to stay
warm after all the subtropical air we basked in the last several days.

Sven Svenhardt

3/2/11 Wet just thinking about it…

Good morning skiers and riders,

Temps hovering around freezing this morning with several inches of new
wet snow. My advice, bring along a bottle of flavored slushy mix that
you can squirt in your open mouth as you ride the soggy lift for a
delicious slushy ski snack. Temps are forecast to drop at the tail end
of the storm which will make for better ski conditions. That being
said, as always, it is a little bit of a crapshoot as the conditions
may be much better at the top of the mountain. My best guess… you
will probably need wipers for your goggles today although as always,
any day of skiing is better than sitting in an office.

Sven Svenhardt

3/1/11 Marching in like a lamb…

A nice quiet March morning on Mt. Rose with winds much lighter than
yesterday but still blowing on top. Groomers were good, with the
exception of Bullwhip which had some mange in places and the ungroomed
section of Badlands between the first old jump and the Bonanza side
gate which for some strange reason was left ungroomed after a groomer
led one down the Primrose Lane. Looks like the groomers came down from
the top and up from the bottom without meeting. Reminded me of the old
days earlier in the season when the trail to Upper Ramseys was groomed
but the actual run itself was firm enough to skate on…. watching the
hapless tourists either trudging back up with their skis on their
backs or sliding into home all the way down on their hips whilst
distributing their equipment here and there down the hill, garage sale
style.

The off-piste is holding up well especially the untracked on North
slopes. The wind has had some negative effect on SW slopes as well as
a suncrust on South facers which is to be expected this time of year.
Fact is, we were lucky Davis stayed in shape as long as it did thanks
to the 25 degree below average temps. The higher sun reeks havoc on
the pow this time of year when the clouds clear. Chutes and most bump
runs are in good shape and Northwest has been left in its natural
state which makes for a decent bump run. Six Gun was in great shape
today with many of the rollers reduced and rolled out completely which
makes for some good high speed cruising toward the bottom.

The new park has been further dialed in by the Park Crew and has some
great elements in it. Just wish we would tip the slope up another 5
degrees or so. So… come on up for some nice skiing on Mt. Rose today
and you won’t be disappointed. Also recommend a trip up either Friday
or Saturday night for some night skiing and a trip to the bar. It WILL
be fun despite the fact that its just Pondo. It does make one dream
about a lit up Carson and night skiing on weekends… wouldn’t that be
a good time!

Sven Svenhardt

2/28/11 Back To Nevada Conditions

Good morning Skiers and Riders,

After an epic weekend of CPN (Cold Pow Now) we have awakened as if
from a dream that we were in Montana to the less than cold reality of
warmer temps and stiff winds. Rose had some nice soft bumps yesterday
with great morning groomers and some nice off-piste chutes skiing with
places where the snow had set up into stiff batter. One had to hunt
and peck. Today expect potential wind holds and lifts with gusty SW
winds. Call before you call. I will update the report after a sneak
preview. The sun yesterday did do damage on South facers however and
sadly… the Davis run has crusted over…

For all who did ski Davis Creek yesterday… I am sure you still have
the same stupid smile on your faces as your memory drifts back to
miles of powder. Congrats to Nathan Corona who is pictured below who
managed to rack up a magnificent 20,000 vertical feet of powder turns
yesterday in Davis skiing from bell to bell. Not many people can say
they have skied that much bc pow without a helicopter! Also
condolences to Bill Rolshoven of Reno, who wound up sticking to
warming epoxy-like powder which sent him to the bar after two runs.
May the beer be with you my brother.

Of course I went along to verify Nathan’s record as your loyal servant
and I can verify, as long as the runs were not facing South, it was
steep, religiously deep and orgasmic.

Sven Svenhardt

2/27/11 Loose in the candy store…

Good morning skiers and riders on this day of worship;

Let us all bow our tips this morning and hope that one of our
brothers, Cory Neill, makes the just and right decision today to come
unto the Lords White House of Powder Worship instead of squandering
this 7th Day of Pow. And I hope you do too!

Mt. Rose skiing was great in the morning yesterday as the chutes
opened just about when most else was tracked up. There is still some
great off-piste skiing to be had today if you are willing to work for
it or run a car down to Davis Creek Park. All avy gear is still highly
recommended as there have been some natural and man made slides with
the extremely cold temps although the snow seems to be bonding quite
well. Its below zero up here this morning but winds are calm. Layers
would be good esp. if hiking as the sun is getting pretty intense this
time of year.

Kudos to Nate Corona of the Washoe County Hasty Team who gave up
skiing the Perfect Run to head up a Rescue Mission of a skier who
wound up in Ophir Creek while we kept lapping him…

So… sally forth with natures good tidings and hold your head up,
WAAAAAAY up… so you can still suck a breath in every couple of turns.

Sven with a Smile

2/25/11 PM Holy Shit Addendum

Lifts ran until shut out by increasing wind about 10:30 AM. Then off
the ski Slide Access and play highway hockey with the tourists and
those in 2 wheel drives. Barney’s slid right on a couple of cars that
had to be towed out of the debris and the traffic was a cluster on the
highway with no NHP in sight, or snowplows for that matter. The
highway was closed at Barneys until a few of us pulled shovels out of
our trucks and opened up a lane. Slide access had some naturals slides
and a few we cut purposely in order to ski it safely. Things were
definitely moving out there. Be careful tomorrow on any wind loaded
steep slopes. The backcountry should only be attempted by those
familiar with proper avy knowledge and experience. Even then, route
selection and judicious choice of slopes to be skied will help
mitigate risk. I would highly suggest both in and out of bounds to ski
with a buddy and if attempting steeper slopes that are not skied in,
to wear and know how to use a beacon, shovel and probe. See pic below
of our exploits…

Tomorrow will be epic no doubt. Winds have died down and the snow is
still falling.

Sven Svenhardt