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2/6/11 Thank You Superbowl Fans

Greetings Skiers and Riders,

Today was bluebird perfect with corn on the South slopes and fairly good skiing in the Chutes in the Playground area. Immaculate groomers gave way to spring conditions as the mid-forties touched close to 10K today. With no wind and blue skies you would think Rose would be packed but NO, the Superbowl crowd was down stocking up on Cheetos and Coors for the game which made for absolutely no lines and happy skiers.

A big shout out to all the football fans for getting an early jump on the beer swilling and TV watching. You made our day!

Besides the December dumps of light, dry pow, today could not have been more perfect. A good time was had by all.

Sven Svenhardt

2/5/11 Fiesta Day Report

Happy Weekend Warriors Day Skiers and Riders,

Thick high clouds rolled in early this morning leaving early riders to guess the terrain they were riding over in very flat light. Gradually giving way to sun though, most of the morning was fairly bright and cheery with immaculate groomers and fairly low crowds for a weekend. The lower gates in the Chutes opened up early on with Lowball, Cutthroat and Miller Gates on the menu. In the early afternoon the snow had warmed on the South and SE facers that it had a definite corn like quality. This resulting in some pretty good off-piste skiing on the ridge line into the chutes below Cutthroat. Playground and below was in relatively good shape, considering this last month and last weekend’s off-piste conditions.

It was Fiesta Day at the Slide Lodge and Gus’s salza was better than ever, not too mention the margaritas, Coronas and chicken fajitas being served on the deck with Mexican costumed muchahas.

It looks as though the clouds have thickened however and the end of the sunny day seems to be here. Nevertheless, a good day was had by all and crowds were not too bad. Tomorrow looks to be similar weather wise but with the added benefit of having all the football nuts off the slopes, at least later in the day!

Happy Riding,

Sven Svenhardt

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