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!