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1/15/11 Skiing Appreciated, Passholders Unappreciated

Considering the warm temps in the upper 40’s yesterday, the skiing today was fantastic. Grooming was great and the corduroy was as soft as a babies bottom. So many groomed runs to choose from. The morning skiing under sunny skies and little wind was wonderful. The chutes were another story however. Even after waiting until after 11:00 AM to open them, they were still quite hard, and in places an ice rink at 45 degrees. Needless to say it might be better to wait for them to really warm up and hit them in the afternoon tomorrow or wait for more snow sometime in the distant future. As for the lines… well they were certainly holiday style after 11:00 AM and not something I would choose to stand in for long. Come up early or stay at home I say!

Also attended Passholder Appreciation Day. Looks like all passholders were appreciated for spending an exorbitant amount of money for beer and brats. Although the public paid $5, all passholders received a whooping dollar off as as good will gesture. Thats right, Mt. Rose made only a 250% profit instead of a 350% profit. I have never heard so much grumbling from the Greek Chorus. It basically boiled down to this… “I spend hundreds of dollars on food every season, I buy season passes for me and my family and the company offers me a dollar off as an “Apprecation”, thats pathetic, why bother. That is not an Appreciation, that is an insult.”

As for me… the skiing was great and thats what matters!

Sven Svenhardt

1/14/11 Better Than Expected

Skiers and Riders,
Today is stunningly good considering it rained for a small period of time yesterday. Must have snowed last night at least a little to cover up the frozen ugliness. Much to my surprise the groomers were perfectly soft and carveable and a LOT was groomed for your enjoyment. Off piste wasn’t all that bad either and there were places where the wind buff new snow had filled in the gaps and it made for good skiing.
The Chutes were closed in the morning until they could soften said patrol. The late opening is often used when the chutes are icy in the morning in a typical spring like freeze/melt cycle. I must say I was surprised they were closed this morning though, as the snow was in fairly good shape and not particularly icy considering the weather we had yesterday. Hopefully they are open now and skiers are enjoying the sparse crowds for a Friday of a holiday weekend.
Tomorrow is the German Beer Garden on the Slide Side followed by Telefest on Sunday so should be s super weekend to come on up and have some fun. Kudo’s to Jessica and her crew for cleaning up the Zephyr Load with much pick and shovel action prior to the holidays. The sloping ramp would have resulted in multiple loading issues for the tourists.

-Sven Svenhardt

1/13/11 Wind Holds

Winds have come up this morning to stop the Northwest Chair. The Zephyr was still running, albeit slowly when I left at 11:00 AM. The wind seems to be on the rise with very warm weather in the high 30’s on the mountain. Yep, snow is sticking to your goggles. All is not lost however, the windblown 3″ or so of pow collecting in spots in the chutes have made them very skiable and fun. Especially since you will have them all to yourself! Skied El Cap, Dragon Lady, Fuse, Charge and Chaos with wonderful results while the sun slid in and out of the clouds. Groomers were soft and anywhere in the trees was wind buffed and quite nice skiing. It will be worth the trip up if the lifts keep running. Call before coming for sure.

Sven Svenhardt

1/12/11 Chutes Skiing Well

Good morning skiers and riders;

Mt. Blows is living up to its name today as the West winds are rocking early this morning on both the Slide and NW sides. The Chutes remain relatively protected and a good choice for skiing today as well. Feels like an inch or two are spread fairly consistently in the lee areas of the wind. Runs like Bonanza and Central Pacific had a nice coating of pow that was light and blown. The corduroy wasn’t too bad either and had not become hardened with the wind overnight. Most of the Chutes were in much better shape than yesterday particularly on the leeward sides like Jackpot, Cutthroat etc. Winds in the chutes were nonexistent which made the long ride up the chuter chair a blessing as one could finally warm up. The sun is playing hide and seek today but for the most part visibility was pretty good.

The wrap up: new powder coating, no crowds and survivable winds if you are dressed right. Go for it!

Sven Svenhardt

1/11/11 Wind And Dusting

Good morning skiers and riders;
West winds and an inch or so of new snow have combined to bring some interesting skiing conditions to Mt. Rose. The groomers are fairly consistent and edgeable but the Northwest Chair is running a snails pace of 550 feet per minute (FPM) which is about the speed of the old chair (for those of you old enough to remember the “slow old days”). The Zephyr is faster at 700 FPM and the Slide Side is a better bet overall although the bottom section of the chair ride is fairly blustery. Tree glades not facing South or West are still good and the new snow is blown in in places to soften things up nicely. Visibility may be a problem at times so the trees give you a little more definition… altogether not a terrible day but not one for the record books either. Watch the winds carefully though and if they start to increase I would save your skiing for another day.

Sven Svenhardt

1/10/11 Cool And Calm

Good morning skiers and riders;

A very pleasant day on Mt. Rose with single digits but no wind. The groomers hit fairly cold temps last night so the tillers did a great job softening up the snow from the Hardpack Sunday we just experienced. Exposures facing East and North are still good with fantastic glade skiing between Central and Zephyr. The more the snow has been skied in the more fun it was. The area above and below the old watertank between Bonanza and Bruces was especially good. The shadier more Northerly facing chutes were in better shape although the ten days since it has snowed much has unfortunately had its effect.

The low crowds and clear skies made for wonderful skiing at full speed.

Sven Svenhardt