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Prune Juice Posse Special Report

As most of you found out yesterday… early cloudy mornings this time of year can result in rock hard conditions right off the bat due to the warm afternoons. I arrived yesterday about 11:30 and Silver was just corning up into perfection as was other runs of the same aspect. As morning morphed into afternoon the Rose side showed signs of springy corniness as well. Word to the wise: come later when clouds are present.

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April Snow remains Winterlike… so do avy conditions

Chutes are skiing well today and anywhere else that hasn’t gotten burnt by the sun. The cloud cover is making the spring warm up a little slower today and likely will the rest of the week. However, there is still winter like snow in North faces like the chutes providing excellent skiing.

For those of you in the BC this week. Avy conditions can change with the sun’s heat from hour to hour. There are also wind slabs up high still releasing up on Carson Pass and Mt. Rose proper and elsewhere above 10K. You can check a Go Pro slide ride a skier had yesterday at: http://snowbrains.com/video-skier-goes-ride-avalanche-carson-pass-ca-yesterday/

Good time to ski with caution. Had a control turn trigger a mile long slide yesterday in Rose side country. You can catch that one at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ScVgrkMvnQ

Good reminder to not let your guard down just because its April. Ma Nature doesn’t care what month it is… just like the Honey Badger.

Sven

Snow is still moving… have your gear, training ready… expect nothing… be ready for anything!

April Powder with No Chowder

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 will go down as one of the best Spring Powder days in the history of Mt. Rose and the Sierra Range at large. Staying cold the two feet of snow was augmented occasionally during the day by refill winds and occasional pow showers.

You couldn’t say describe the quality with too many adjectives really. My favorite run happened later in the morning after we had skied a lot of longer lines when I arrived at the top of Shangri La… opps I thought, “Skied out” but then looked to my right and realized that the Mountain Mahogany Line facing almost due South off the top was untracked, and more unbelievable, deep enough to ski in April. Typically this South facing ridge of rock and brush isn’t  skiable at all, much less in April. Launching turn after turn, tentative at first and then with abandon, I let gravity take me a dance I shan’t soon forget. In my mind it was slow motion turn after turn after turn in powder that was cold smoke and deep.

I think many of us shared moments like that in The Chutes or elsewhere on the mountain… finding little secret stashes and returning through some trees until we tracked them out with happiness. To put it bluntly, if you didn’t have a stellar time yesterday on the mountain, make an appointment with a mental health professional, you need some serious counseling.

We did a partial BC day yesterday and there were some pretty big slides. As the sun warms up the snow today be on the lookout if you are skiing BC for some instability and you’ll probably find it depending on the aspect and gradient. Happy Sunday Everyone!

Sven

Joey Rolshoven goes Slide Hunting
Justin Cutler contemplating deep penetration

17 degrees with a couple of feet. Really? April? Wow!

Unbelievably good conditions await. Drop those clubs and deal with the chubs. This is a April Pow Day Extraordinaire!

Sven

Yesterday the Back country skiing was amazing… today: Epic!

Storm info update: late Thur

Wind has been howling all day unabated. Snowing the last hour or so and wind is letting up slightly with all the snow coming down (from 60 to 45 mph). Looks like everything is as predicted so far. Expect this wind to be nasty enough to make running the lifts problematical though, at least through tomorrow, so be sure to check before coming up. Check out the graphic of what a well formed Low it is and an ample moisture tap… looks like a storm in January… not April!

Sven

Its a beautiful LOW centered off the West Coast and coming our way