Good evening folks,
If you came to Rose today you know what happened. The Circus not only came… but dominated thanks to lift problems with Zephyr, a full lot, accidents on the highway, Vfog madness extraordinaire and Lot 8 parking (The Mt. Rose Highway). The line at NW this morning was absolutely the longest I have seen it in my quarter century of coming up here regularly… not only TO THE LODGE but past it… wrapping around toward Wizard Load… (see pics below). After following up the folks that had virtually camped out the night before for first chair we skied on over to Slide (as did everyone else) and experienced ecstasy on our first couple runs… that is until the chair blew a hydraulic hose and stranded about a billion of us down at the bottom with no power in the lodge and no parking lot… after 45 minutes or so some unhappy folks actually bailed walking up and out the Mine Train to Silver and out, others, warned they would have their ticket pulled or pass pulled if skiing down to the Chuter, walked up to ski down to the Chuter Load and then up the cat track to the Rose side. After an hour or so with some duct tape and bailing wire and some Stafford magic the lift evaced us out and back to the Rose side. It was time for some BC after that for some of us… we had had enough. The lift did eventually reopen but then broke again necessitating another airlift of seemingly billions of skiers (and we could hear that Fat Lady clearly belting it out at this point). Scuttlebutt on the mountain is that Zephyr will remain closed until Tuesday morning as parts have to be ordered. Again, this is just a rumor, but it may effect your Sunday plans (especially after you see the pics below).
So, some mellow BC may be in order for many of us locales. Slides are still happening out there so everyone is encouraged to do their due diligence when skiing any slopes over 30 degrees… every aspect, slope and elevation is different so be sure to check your route and think it through before making your first (and possibly last) turn out in the BC. Avy pic below was taken just below the Slide Access Road and it went BIG.
So… to sum it up. There were lots of barriers to enjoyment but the snow was fantastic when you could get to it as the pics will show.
Got some more storms taking tickets out there in the Pacific for next week. Hold on to your hats mid-week and brace for another few rounds!