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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

Buy A Tahoe Plate, Ski A Day For Free

Looking for yet another reason to enjoy Tahoe’s record snowfall this winter?  The new non-profit Tahoe Fund is partnering with nine Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts in California and Nevada to offer a free lift ticket for every purchase of a Lake Tahoe license plate.

Plate sales fund bike trails, lakefront parks, interpretive programs and other tangible projects that enhance the Tahoe experience for residents and visitors alike.  Newly-issued Tahoe plates are $50 in California and $61 in Nevada.

Tahoe’s ski areas were quick to embrace the collaborative bi-state effort.  “It’s a win for our companies, our customers, and our communities,” said Art Chapman, Tahoe Fund board member and owner of, JMA Ventures, LLC which owns both Homewoodand Alpine Meadows.  “We all gain with increased funding and awareness of Tahoe’s irreplaceable resources and recreational assets.”

To purchase a Tahoe plate and receive your complimentary lift ticket, visit www.tahoeplates.com.

(Sadly, Mount Rose is not participating in the program. You’ll have to take your free ski day somewhere else.)

You May Have Noticed Some Changes……

Well, as many of you know, a change at Unofficial MtRose has been in the works for some time. Don’t panic. Sven’s ski reports are still going to be posted. I’ll still be posting and offering a space for you to comment on events, conditions and operations at Mt Rose.

Some will note that the forum has been ditched. The constant battle with spammers was not worth it to support the small number of users. I’ll be looking at options for how to maximize your ability to generate new posts and comments in our new format. For now, you can comment on everything you like (or don’t like).

Things are not done yet. I still owe a few advertisers some ads. I hope to add some Facebook integration and other new features. Thanks for your patience.

– Mark

1/28/11 Be Safe, Firm Conditions

Sun, skis, no crowds and windless blue skies with immaculately conceived groomers lead to speed and lots of it. If you like to go fast, these weekday mornings are for you. A liftee was saying he was in Renown yesterday visiting a friend in the hospital and heard there had been three skier and boarder related deaths in as many days in the Tahoe area due to uncontrolled slides. That doesn’t mean the mountains are unsafe, it means one should adjust to conditions since they won’t adjust to you!

So, words of warning… the off-piste (or even ungroomed named runs) deserve much respect under these conditions. That being said, skiers and riders need only be mindful of the sun and how it works its magic to find the softened satin corn that is forming late mornings on Southern aspects. Not being mindful of what had been freshly groomed or the sun can lead to some serious consequences.

Along these lines, another victim was careflighted off Mt. Rose this week, and he took a slider off Bruces of all places, a solid intermediate route (that hadn’t been groomed of course). In some ways, the groomers that haven’t been touched in the last 24 hours can be more dangerous than the off-piste due to extremely firm conditions of the age hardened snow on a couple day old groomers.

Be mindful of the changing conditions of all mountains, imbeciles you may encounter sliding out of control above you and the old Mt. Rose Ski Patrol bumper sticker I saw recently… “You can’t stop stupid”. This will go a long way to keeping a smile on your face and in one piece.

Sven Svenhardt

1/26/11 Fast Groomers

Good afternoon Skiers and Riders,
What can be said with little snow in close to a month…
How about sun, warmth, no crowds, blue skies and 60 MPH groomers as smooth as a babies butt. Great fun!
Sven Svenhardt

1/25/11 Beauty & Perfection

Good afternoon Skiers and Riders,

Once in a awhile everything in the Universe hooks up to unfold a day of beauty and perfection. This is just such a day. Dave and his grooming crew have made the mountain into the most incredible playground. Billiard table smooth and just soft enough to get your edge in but to hold it, today was a screaming fast low crowd groomer partay from one side of the mountain to the other. With crystal clear skies, no wind and virtually no crowds… I rode up both first chairs by myself, it would be difficult to find something to complain about, given the lack of snowfall this month. For the park monkeys they are building some great new jumps in the Lower Badlands Park that will be sure to please. The sun is also turning South facers into corn heaven as well so the afternoon crew should have a great time as well.

Remember, have fun and ski carefree!

Sven Svenhardt