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Freshies, Expectation and Patrol Anger…. oh my!

Rose reported a “trace” of snow from last nights “storm” but there was some “clear powder” falling as well. The great news is that it actually helped the skiing…

The tree skiing on the Slide side was great today. Of course I came armed with low expectations and an optimistic attitude that its just good getting out and sliding around on two boards… whatever the conditions. My optimism was met with creamy bump skiing on a new inch or so of fresh heavy snow that adhered pretty well to a wet base… kinda spring-like pow is the best description. It was so good over there after my first run, well, I just stayed in the trees on those creamy bumps with Squallywood Steve, the only other character I saw out there. The moral of the story: It is always good getting out, just keep the expectation bar low and be happy to be alive and on some boards. Are there rocks out there you ask? Yeah sure, we haven’t had any significant snow in well over a six weeks, but is the juice worth the squeeze… and in my humble opinion… oh yeah, it is.

Where oh where does the anger come in you ask? It seems some locals were upset when signs, gates and ropes went up on any runs South of Silver on the Slide Side. I’ll be frank. I think the anger towards patrol is completely undeserved. The argument goes something like this… “If we let’em start roping things off those ropes and gates will be up all the time and we won’t be able to get to the areas we really want to.” This argument is kinda like the Gun Lobby argument against registering weapons, background checks or bump stocks… and its just as illogical. I can’t own a tactical nuclear weapon for a very good reason, there are lots of stupid people in the world who would use it. Likewise, stupid people have been having to be hauled off the mountain by patrol toboggan too many times to count for both courtesy rides and accidents. How many idiots have to get hurt for something to be done?

Well that number was reached recently and the ropes and signs went up to ward off stupid people from getting themselves into places way beyond their skill level requiring professional assistance. Now, patrol could have just shut down the Slide side and made it easy on themselves… instead, they installed signs and barriers up to keep the stupid and unskilled folks from getting into trouble while still allowing us locals to enjoy the mountain. I applaud patrol’s application of gates, barriers and warning signs to both protect the tourists and preserving the freedom to ski where we would like for us locals. I would like to point out that nothing is “Closed” per se, with the exception of some rocky areas you wouldn’t want to ski over anyway. The barriers have been put up to make sure folks know what they are getting into.

Anyone working in the service industry knows that no matter what decision you make, some folks will most likely not be happy with it. Those in charge have to put up with the grumbling, bitching and whining from the rest of us. At this junction let us remember, patrol is just trying to do their job, protect the folks that needs it and let the rest of us have some fun on the snow. So, next time you see someone with a White Cross on their back… just stop by and thank them for picking dirt and rock off the runs, helping keep the slopes safe and installing whatever barriers and signs they need to keep the place open and trial attorney’s down in town (where they belong).

Just so you know Patrol, most of us really appreciate all the hard work you have done to keep this mountain skiable over the last six weeks. You have moved a lot of gravel and rock for the rest of us and most of us really appreciate it.

Sven

Breaking News: Powder Wall Planned

A group of Reno-based skiers sneak over the Great Powder Curtain. Creative Commons mashup. 

RENO, Nev. — The Lake Tahoe Planning Authority (LTPA) announced Thursday their intention to build a “Powder Wall’ across Nevada’s Mt. Rose Highway to prevent Nevada skiers and snowboarders from tracking up Tahoe stashes.

The LTPA also insisted that Reno, Nevada, will be responsible for financing the construction.

In a delicately worded marketing statement, the LTPA insisted the wall will minimize traffic and extend the length of powder days for local residents while also guaranteeing “Reno will pay for everything.”

“We’re gonna build a wall, and make North Shore great again!” the LTPA statement read. “Everyone will love it — Nevada will love it, California will love it — and let us tell ya folks, people in Reno will really love it, believe me!”

PEOPLE IN RENO WILL REALLY LOVE IT, FOLKS, BELIEVE ME!

Ski town social scientists say growing lift lines and fewer in-bounds pow tracks are likely leading causes for the Planning Authority’s decision.

In response to the announcement, A Reno spokesperson said they believe all skiers — including Nevadans — should have equal access to the Tahoe Basin.

“We’re not paying for that fucking wall,” a senior Reno official told TGR. “Tahoe is a melting pot of vastly different cultures — Californians and Nevadans — and we think this diversity is what makes Tahoe truly great!”

Happy New Year!!!

Should be a great night at Rose tomorrow night with a Cat Parade, Torchlight Parade, Fireworks and other festivities. Hope you can make it. As far as skiing goes, crowds are down and there are some great runs if you choose carefully. Yesterday the face runs, Aida’s and Lower Ramsey’s were in great shape. Free stone grinds were available elsewhere on the mountain. Happy New Year everyone!

Sven

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.

Sven

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!

Sven

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!

Sven