T-Shirts in December… oh yeah

Despite the calendar Rose offered some spring-like conditions today with some corn on South facing slopes that had enough of the white stuff to actually ski it. Unfortunately that also means the snow is melting faster than it was and the gravelly mange is starting to show in places. Places to avoid would be Upper Ramsey Cat Track, any trails coming off of Upper Traverse heading South off Zephyr and both sides of Bonanza downhill after the first roller. Although it changes on a daily basis these areas just do not have the snow… and its showing.

On the other hand, runs that have withstood the long dry spell and are skiing well include: Aida’s, Jetta, Lakeview, Lower Ramsey’s, Waterfall, Bullwhip, NW and Carson Bowl. So, there is a lot to still play on and keep your ski bottoms healthy and unscarred. Due to the early winter drought crowds are down and skiing in the morning is actually very pleasant. To all who say, “there’s no snow in the Sierra’s” well, that just isn’t true. You just have to choose your runs carefully and maybe leave those new skis you got for Christmas at home a few more weeks till we get some more white stuff.

In other news… there have been some reports of locals not being entirely welcoming to our holiday guests by skiing high speed past them or skiing close to them when they are stopped… remember, “they know not what they do” and give them a break. Nobody likes an arrogant local skiing 40 mph a couple feet from the end of their skis. I urge everyone to give everyone else some personal space while skiing and ski cautiously… you never know what the skier in front of you is going to do and they do have the Right-of-Way so please slow it down, smile and help them understand better and safer ski etiquette whenever you can. Its our mountain, lets keep it friendly.


Merry Merry Can Be Scary

Ever seen a drunk attempt to ski Bonanza late in the afternoon on boiler plate… well, you will if you hang at Rose this holiday season for sure. Yesterday the corduroy was soft and deep first run, today, not so much on the Big B as there were some boiler plates already showing up as well as some frozen in rock which would act like a shredder if you took a slide for life. Rose side was better with some good on-piste skiing as long as you came early. Parking lots were filling fast but a marked decrease from last year’s Powdermania Holiday. A friend on patrol said Heavenly was in way worse shape than Rose with more lines waiting for an available bar stool than the chairlift.

The fact is, there just isn’t that much snow and it has been a very slow start to the season with the exception of opening weekend (which was stellar). We owe much of the good ski conditions to the groomers and snow makers who have managed to make things look white despite the skinny nature of Ma Nature’s gift (or lack thereof).

However, its all in your perspective. With crystal blue skies this morning and no wind, the early morning cruising was wonderful and put smiles on our faces. It just isn’t worth it to compare this season to last year, instead, just compare it to bare dirt, which is what’s available for the most part at Northstar, Heavenly and other Tahoe ski areas.

In other news the three parks Rose has installed are fun and worthy of a look.

With great people Rose is the place to be, no matter the conditions, its just not “Where the Snow is” but “Where the Smiles are” as well. Good luck to all Rose employees getting through the next week. Remember, during the (Deleted for PC sensitivity) _ _ _ _ _ Invasion… they know not what they do when they cut in front of you, sit on the load boards, ski over your equipment or park their cars 4″ from the back of your truck… they are not stupid, just ignorant or focused elsewhere…. bless their hearts. If they seem lost hope you can stay positive and help them out, and when they do something that seems really really dumb, hope you can help educate them so that they don’t do it again. Remember… they know not what they do. Have pity and keep your sense of humor, with most people packed into a limited space due to snow conditions, it is much better to laugh it off than take any provocation too seriously.

Hey, remember, New Years Eve Rose Party is coming up. Make your plans now!


I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…

We received 3″ to 4″ last night and skiing was vastly improved this morning although I am fighting a cough and didn’t do much or stay long…

However, trees between Zephyr and Bruces were happy to be skied and although you were still feeling the bottom most of the time, it was still very pleasant having some new white stuff to play on. Crowds were down as temps were in the teens with winds in the 35+ range and sometimes much more. As a result chair rides were slow but everyone was happy we got some snow. Do we need more, yeah. We need a several feet of sticky wet dumpage to cover the rocks and brush that have reared their ugly heads in this almost snowless early winter.

For you park junkies, you are going to enjoy the Double Down park with its rails, boxes and finale jump at the end!

Don’t forget the New Years Eve Ski Party with fireworks at Mt. Rose. It will be here sooner than later!

Happy Turning!


New Parks, New Magic. Whats not to like?

Rose is making the most of what they have. No doubt. Guns have been blazing day and night since the temps dropped (thanks Snowmakers). Although thin cover is everywhere… don’t expect to see much gravel or rock on the groomers. 99.999% of the groomed runs have good coverage… good enough for new skis even. Although you wouldn’t know it by looking, Dave Hahl and his grooming crew are working with very little snow in spots and making things white with very little natural snow is just what they do.

In a galaxy long ago and far away I ran a groomer and when cover is thin, it is very easy to pull up gravel off the bottom and spread it around like a sprinkler. You just won’t see that at Rose which is a compliment to the groomer’s competence and detailed workmanship. Having said that, there are some exceptions where there simply isn’t enough snow. The left side of Bonanza after the first roller has been exposed a few times this week with rocks frozen in the pack down below the gash. After a couple runs though patrol had those picked out and moved. And while I am on the subject, patrol has done a superior job this year of keeping the rocks off the groomers and making their presence known on the hill on busy days making for safer skiing for everyone. Rusty the patroller actually came up today and asked if I had seen any rocks, sticks etc and how the hill looked in general… in my 25 years on the mountain that was a first, a patroller asking one of the general public how things look… now that is some good PR there. Keep up the good work Rusty and the rest of your colleagues… the hill looks better than it ever has been with a mostly snowless month behind us.

There are two new parks to talk about and in some new locations, Double Down park has been moved the skiers right of the chair up against the treeline where they have been making snow for weeks so that something might be built… good job snowmakers for helping Ma Nature out a bit there. It is a nice park with barrels, rails and lots to play on. There is also a “Kiddie Park” of sorts just after the entry to Mustang on the service road that has a section of rollers, alternating bumps and closing with a spine which will be super fun for the little ones. Nice job on parks this year Mt. Rose, you have really stepped it up for the park rats.

Last but not least, couldn’t help myself, just had to ride the new Magic high tech tube lift… and I gotta say, it was Disneylandish… pretty wild really. It was a little confusing how to get in through the long fence line… but once there was pretty impressive. This is a great addition to the beginner terrain and will protect new skiers and the little one from the hurricane force winds we see sometimes. Building at 8000 feet in the Sierra’s in December is always a crapshoot but with some elbow grease, long night hours and a concerted effort there, the new Magic stands ready for the holiday rush.

Looks like quiet weather forever with another possibility of some light snow midweek and then a return to Inversion City. Still, the on-piste skiing is good and this will be the last week before the invasion.



Four Horney Jedi…

Four Horney Jedi

This is the description of a great new run that is seldom groomed which was hit up earlier this week. It was amazing and if you figure it out, you can enjoy it too! Super fast and wonderful downhill cruising the last couple of weeks without a lot of change. One thing that has changed is the chance to ski all three face runs which were groomed yesterday. Greg’s, Waterfall and NW and Bullwhip as well were groomed yesterday making up for the paucity of runs available on the Slide side where grooming is limited to Bonanza and Upper and Lower Silver due to very thin cover. The Silver Face remains a minefield that you have to pick you way down amongst the rock and gravel.

Hope you enjoy your cruising before the invasion!



Tis the Season…

Mt. Rose has once again sparkled this Christmas Season with hometown magic by setting up a Christmas Cheer stand yesterday on Lower Galena complete with Brandy, egg nog and and Ginger Bread cookies. Santa’s were everywhere… and what with gifted Brandy, so was the Christmas Spirit. The best Santa by far though had to be one of our own though, Ralph The Big Man passing out candy and hugs to all the kids and others still acting like kids. Kudos to Mt. Rose once more for not selling out to the highest bidder and making our mountain something we can brag about…

Pretty much everyone there agreed that all we want for Christmas is a little snow… 60″ would be just fine!