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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

3/2/11 Wet just thinking about it…

Good morning skiers and riders,

Temps hovering around freezing this morning with several inches of new
wet snow. My advice, bring along a bottle of flavored slushy mix that
you can squirt in your open mouth as you ride the soggy lift for a
delicious slushy ski snack. Temps are forecast to drop at the tail end
of the storm which will make for better ski conditions. That being
said, as always, it is a little bit of a crapshoot as the conditions
may be much better at the top of the mountain. My best guess… you
will probably need wipers for your goggles today although as always,
any day of skiing is better than sitting in an office.

Sven Svenhardt

3/1/11 Marching in like a lamb…

A nice quiet March morning on Mt. Rose with winds much lighter than
yesterday but still blowing on top. Groomers were good, with the
exception of Bullwhip which had some mange in places and the ungroomed
section of Badlands between the first old jump and the Bonanza side
gate which for some strange reason was left ungroomed after a groomer
led one down the Primrose Lane. Looks like the groomers came down from
the top and up from the bottom without meeting. Reminded me of the old
days earlier in the season when the trail to Upper Ramseys was groomed
but the actual run itself was firm enough to skate on…. watching the
hapless tourists either trudging back up with their skis on their
backs or sliding into home all the way down on their hips whilst
distributing their equipment here and there down the hill, garage sale
style.

The off-piste is holding up well especially the untracked on North
slopes. The wind has had some negative effect on SW slopes as well as
a suncrust on South facers which is to be expected this time of year.
Fact is, we were lucky Davis stayed in shape as long as it did thanks
to the 25 degree below average temps. The higher sun reeks havoc on
the pow this time of year when the clouds clear. Chutes and most bump
runs are in good shape and Northwest has been left in its natural
state which makes for a decent bump run. Six Gun was in great shape
today with many of the rollers reduced and rolled out completely which
makes for some good high speed cruising toward the bottom.

The new park has been further dialed in by the Park Crew and has some
great elements in it. Just wish we would tip the slope up another 5
degrees or so. So… come on up for some nice skiing on Mt. Rose today
and you won’t be disappointed. Also recommend a trip up either Friday
or Saturday night for some night skiing and a trip to the bar. It WILL
be fun despite the fact that its just Pondo. It does make one dream
about a lit up Carson and night skiing on weekends… wouldn’t that be
a good time!

Sven Svenhardt

2/28/11 Back To Nevada Conditions

Good morning Skiers and Riders,

After an epic weekend of CPN (Cold Pow Now) we have awakened as if
from a dream that we were in Montana to the less than cold reality of
warmer temps and stiff winds. Rose had some nice soft bumps yesterday
with great morning groomers and some nice off-piste chutes skiing with
places where the snow had set up into stiff batter. One had to hunt
and peck. Today expect potential wind holds and lifts with gusty SW
winds. Call before you call. I will update the report after a sneak
preview. The sun yesterday did do damage on South facers however and
sadly… the Davis run has crusted over…

For all who did ski Davis Creek yesterday… I am sure you still have
the same stupid smile on your faces as your memory drifts back to
miles of powder. Congrats to Nathan Corona who is pictured below who
managed to rack up a magnificent 20,000 vertical feet of powder turns
yesterday in Davis skiing from bell to bell. Not many people can say
they have skied that much bc pow without a helicopter! Also
condolences to Bill Rolshoven of Reno, who wound up sticking to
warming epoxy-like powder which sent him to the bar after two runs.
May the beer be with you my brother.

Of course I went along to verify Nathan’s record as your loyal servant
and I can verify, as long as the runs were not facing South, it was
steep, religiously deep and orgasmic.

Sven Svenhardt