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2/4/11 Chutes Re-Open

Good morning skiers and riders,

Surprise Surprise! The Chutes reopened today well into the third week of their hiatus. As first public in I can definitely say “Be Careful”. Clearly the skied in, old tracked up ice is still very much there and hardened into coral but if you locate places in the trees less skied and not rock hard you have been a dedicated ski sleuth. Only the lower gates were open as of this morning, Lowball, Cuthroat and Millers but there were rumors that Beehive was next… so who knows. Stop by the Patrol shack and check with them and get the lowdown or just go explore… with some caution highly recommended. An uncontrolled slider down one of the steeper chutes  would likely result in the human cheese grater effect and even if you didn’t hit something you would arrive at the bottom sans clothing and equipment most likely. Conditions being what they are, it was nice to see the chutes reopened just from a philosophical perspective… and no, I didn’t do a second run.

Groomers were many and perfect with a Triple Header of great runs that are seldom all groomed on the same day: Zephyr, Outlaw and Bruces. The other side was also wonderful with light crowds and great snow with a little warmer temps today. Yes, you can eat lunch and have a beer on the deck without your hands turning blue so come on up and enjoy the quiet before the weekend onslaught!

Sven Svenhardt

2/2/11 Groundhog Day Report

Skiers and Riders,

The Mt. Rose Groundhog has seen its shadow… is winter over soon you ask?

Who knows… certainly not the TV weatherman. But it is still early February with a few months left for potential powder days so lets not lose all hope…

There are only three kinds of people that predict the daily weather… newcomers, fools and those paid to talk without any accountability whatsever.

Sunny skies and fantastic grooming with the new snow from Sunday working into and softening the glaciers makes today a great day to come up to Mt. Rose. The only slightly annoying factor is the speed of the Zephyr Chair which is running a little slower than usual due to the monthly running of the diesel engine. There is a frigid Northeast wind as well and temps in the teens so dress in layers and be ready for some windchill. This morning’s low was in the single digits so the snow is great!

Sven Svenhardt

2/1/11 Good But Be Prepared For Cold

The Early Bird Skiers and Riders enjoyed a beautiful (although single digit cold) morning at Mt. Rose with groomers extraordinaire and some shallow powder for those courageous enough to go out and explore. Some unexpected runs were groomed again today including Sunset and Aida’s among others. Crowds were light and early on the sun was out encouraging the Sparkle Gardens to bloom once more. The valleys below were all fogged in leaving us beaming above the clouds. The Zephyr Chair was running normally today so they must have worked the bugs out.

The Northeast wind was beginning to pick up as we left bringing fog up the mountain which is resulting in a “now you see me, now you don’t” kind of experience from run to run. Come dressed for success with many layers and you’ll be guaranteed to have a great time!

Sven Svenhardt

1/31/11 New Snow, Lift Slow

Good Monday morning Skiers and Riders,

The biggest snow of the Year (all 4″ or 5″ of it) yesterday has helped a lot. Groomers were great with more than the normal amount of runs groomed. Outlaw and Zephyr were both groomed as well as Bruces which led to much merriment. The only detracting factor this morning is trouble with the Zephyr lift and it was running super slow mo taking over 6 minutes to get to the top when it wasn’t stopped (and that happened a lot).

In terms of the weather and challenging conditions the last couple of weeks… Mt. Rose has met the challenge of bullet proof off-piste by working overtime to groom more runs for those of us committed to skiing come what may. Great Job Dave and the grooming crew!

The off-piste was more skiable than it has been but the dust on crust description is still in play. Where the new snow is scraped off it is as bad as it has been the last couple of weeks. That being said, low angle pow is still mucho fun as long as you don’t dig your edges in to the concrete laying underneath. Blue skies, no wind crowds and things are looking good for early morning groomers… not so good for enough sun to warm up and corn the Southern slopes though, at least not early to mid week. Lots of surface hoar frost sparkles today with the cold temps, first chair teens up top.

Sven Svenhardt

1/30/11 Biggest Storm Of The Year

Huge Dump of the Month…and….Biggest Storm of the Year!

Both true unfortunately… Mt. Rose received 3″ to 4″ counting both last night and today and it makes both headlines true! Due to a snag on Highway 431 at the Reindeer Lodge this morning, there was  barely six of us for first chair this morning on the Slide Side… much to our chagrin! The three inches of 17 degree pow did help on the groomer enjoyment level immensely, but the off-piste remained dust on crust or flour on coral or sugar on jacks or spray paint on gravel… whatever you want to call it… the turns could be heard for a 100 yards if you were inexperienced enough or masochistic enough to try any of the steeper non-groomers.

The new snow and low winds were good enough to make even the runs not groomed last night enjoyable. BTW, Mt. Rose has done a great job of grooming typical bump runs that have been turned from ice cubes on a pitch, into cord heaven. Although we may pick up a little more out of this system it pretty much looks tapped out for now with another dry but colder (thank Gawd) week ahead of us in February. Hope springs eternal however as Paul of the Tahoeweatherblog.com is forecasting wetter weather in mid Feb. If you haven’t already, go check out his website and blog. He is a breath of accuracy compared to the blowhards on TV.

So… all in all. Any new snow helps. but do pay attention to the firm conditions beneath the virgin blanket, the off-piste still has teeth!

Sven Svenhardt