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3/7/11 Addendum

Good morning skiers and riders…

Don’t get out your golf clubs just yet… 8 to 10 inches last night
with temps at 20 degrees…

There will be some wind effect and its still blowing as of 7:00 AM so
don’t expect champagne blower pow… but in spots it could happen!

Sven Svenhardt

UPDATE: Contrary to the 7:00 AM ski report, Zephyr did not open at
8:30 AM nor had it spun all morning since the first liftie arrived at
6:30 AM. Same with NW… so we rode a very slow Lakeview for a half
dozen runs and skied pockets of decent pow tucked into a pretty good
windcrust… or so my wife tells me after I took a pretty good blow to
the head after hitting some incredibly terrible wind crust camoflaged
as powder on Bullwhip. It is looking promising that at least NW will
run today as it was starting to move when we were taking off. If Slide
does open today I would search over there for some less wind effected
snow. Chutes may be good as well off the spines if you can find some
protected snow. Again, make sure you call and that the top lifts are
running or the drive up the hill may end in disappointment. Although a
bluebird day when we first arrived, visibility was dropping and the
area was experiencing moderate snow when we took off. The wind looks
to be increasing so check with Rose and the remote sensors on the NOAA
site before coming up. Word of the day… beware the wind rows!

Sven

3/7/11 March More Pow Madness

Good morning skiers and riders…

Don’t get out your golf clubs just yet… 8 to 10 inches last night
with temps at 20 degrees…

There will be some wind effect and its still blowing as of 7:00 AM so
don’t expect champagne blower pow… but in spots it could happen!

Sven Svenhardt

3/6/11 A teaser…

Good morning skiers and riders;

We have more wind than snow this morning with a chance of picking up 3
to 5 inches today. Check lift status before making the drive up to
make sure you won’t be stuck swinging on Lakeview… the winds are not
forecast to increase that much today, but then again, you know how
reliable forecasts are up here…

The big question is… did it get warm enough yesterday for everything
to be frozen custard today? That is the question. First Chair Jim
reported excellent chute conditions yesterday… hopefully that holds
for today. We enjoyed another 20,000 feet of some local backcountry
runs yesterday and in the middle of the day what had been a wind and
sun crust has morphed into corn while decent powder still hung in the
North facing shadows… yep, corn on one side, pow on the other. Just
like my fantasy played out…

So… the groomers should be good today as well as slopes that didn’t
receive direct sun yesterday for long periods, as well as the North
slopes for you hikers and chutes skiers. Have a great ski day and
since its Sunday (preceding a potential smallish dump) … don’t
forget your homage to Ullr.

Sven Svenhardt

3/5/11 Here comes the sun… maybe

Good morning skiers and riders;

Contrary to the forecast we may get some sun as of 6 am this morning
and the wind has somewhat abated after blowing yesterday afternoon and
evening. If you are toying with the idea of coming up this weekend
this might be your best opportunity as the weather is forecast to
deteriorate as the weekend wears on. Conditions will be skier packed
pow and beautiful groomers if you make it up early. Hiking for pow is
still an option but you will have to “want it” to find it. Yesterday
the Zephyr was down on a mechanical hold for several hours following
first run… luckily we were headed for a 5000 foot backcountry run so
it didn’t bother us but First Chair Jim or (One Run Jim as we now
call him ) was certainly a victim. On our second run we skied
untracked groomers at eleven am which is quite a strange feeling at
Rose nowadays. Before the Blue Light Special McPasses were sold, it
was more of a standard operating procedure on a non-powder weekday.
Looks like they have the lift problems cleared up but call if your
concerned.

Enjoy, it is March and the sun and warmer temps are upon us. Ski it
while you can!

Sven Svenhardt

3/4/11 Last Blast for Awhile…

Good morning skiers and riders,

18″ of powder can do a body good… the sun worked the South facers
today… (after all it is March) and the SW received some wind effect
but East and Northern exposures still looking good. Chutes opened
today to a small crowd who enjoyed themselves immensely… and while
we are on the subject. Rose Patrol has asked that I pass along a
request… PLEASE use the gates when entering the chutes even when the
gates are open. Apparently folks have been getting clothlined and
ripping out the bamboo pickets which have to be reset sometimes
multiple times during the day. When working on a snow day, these guys
and gals have enough to do without LWEI (Locals with entitlement
Issues) causing more problems. A particularly bad area is the entry to
Saddle or Fuse since the El Cap and Yellowjacket gates are not
directly in front of these chutes. I know… I have done it myself
when filled with Powder Fever and the only cure is… no not more
cowbell… more powder, but as the signs in the park says “Respect
gets Respect” so lets do our brothers and sisters in red a favor and
use the gates (and at the very least, don’t be a jackass and tear
their pickets out while giving yourself a neck rope burn in the
process).

Temps are dropping tonight into the teens and are forecast to dry out
the powder further so tomorrow might be a great day for hiking or
sidecountry. Do be aware that some slopes are still unstable and ski
with a partner, beacon, shovel and probe cautiously on steeper loaded
terrain. This is particularly true for Davis runs since I noticed many
people last weekend descending without any avy gear whatsoever.
Remember, the life thats lost may be that of a loved one, or YOU.

This weekend looks warmer with snowlevels at 7K on Saturday night so
get out while you can. One more reminder… night skiing tonight 4 to 8.

Sven Svenhardt

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