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

1/9/11 Things Are Firming Up

Greetings Mt. Rosites,

The warm temps and windy conditions had an effect on the snow and lifts today. Snow was decidedly harder and lifts were much slower. The wind was cutting through jackets like they were not even there. However. the West winds made the Slide side much more enjoyable as well as the chutes. The sun played hide and seek with the clouds but has stayed out long enough for fairly good vis most of the time. Dress warmly if you are coming up today. The groomers were in good shape with Shangrala groomed once more to our surprise although it was closed later in the morning due to races.

If you are skiing off piste, try to stay off the Southern exposures as they are hard as blazes. North and East sides still holding up well but the warmer PM temps yesterday are starting to take their toll on the pack as well as the fact that we haven’t had snow now for quite a few days. Things in the long range are looking up though with snow in the forecast for Tuesday and later in the week. Keep your fingers crossed!

Sven Svenhardt

1/8/11 Time To Double Down

The groomers were busy last night with more runs than I can remember being groomed beautifully including: Upper Ramsey’s, Aida’s, Bonanza, Silver and Sunrise, Central, Bruces and Shangrala. The morning was a lot of fun with Colorado style groomers at high speed with very low crowd quotients. Powder was still holding up well on Northern and Eastern exposures for those who wanted to hike.
The Double Down Terrain Park is finally open for business and it was looking like there was a lot of fun to be had under the Zephyr Chair. The lifties were all happy today as if they received a post Christmas Bonus. Hope they did! They deserve it with Hunter and Jessica getting a special salute for efficiency while still being hospitable. That must be what living up on the mountain will do for you. Skies were blue most of the day and the West winds were increasingly throughout the day but not too bad up until lunch.

Sven Svenhardt

1/7/11 Warming Trend But Still Winter Snow

Greetings Skiers and Riders,

Today was excellent and tomorrow looks like a copy. Grooming was again stellar on most of the runs with the exception of Badlands and Upper Ramseys. The off-piste is still great in the chutes and most aspects but the South. It did warm up today and Southern and some SW aspects are feeling the effects of the higher temps with a light sun crust. North and East faces are still wonderful and will deliver smiles.

Crowds were minimal today and all had a good time. North facing, skied in bumps were particularly fine with Sunset ranking #1. Tomorrow will not disappoint!

-Sven Svenhardt

1/6/11 Pow Hunt

Jan 5
Beautiful blue skies greeted skiers today with fantastic grooming on Shangrala. Bruces was left ungroomed as well as Upper Ramsey but there were exceedingly nice tracks to be had on Shangrala. NW was running on impulse power which slowed things down a little but the lack of wind made up for all imperfections. All in all a beautiful day!
Jan 6
Another perfect day for the record books with great groomers in the morning and good weather all day long. A little warmer so the South facing pow is finally being effected after a week. Not too shabby even by Colorado standards…
There is still cold pow to be found on all Northern exposures if one is willing to hike. (And I am).
Grooming was super fine today with Central, Bruces, Upper Ramsey and Lower Ramseys and Lower Lakeview all groomed and beautiful. The Big Jumps are also being constructed in Double Down as I write this so things will be looking up soon for the Park Monkeys by this weekend.
The sun is out up here in the mountains and all is wonderful. Come up when you get the chance!

-Sven Svenhardt