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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

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