California/Nevada 2020-2021 Tahoe Ski Resorts/Conditions/Meetups

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Andy, like stopping to take a picture first before skiing down such smooth soft low gradient slopes like that. Then at bottom stop a second time to photo the result! So somewhat landscape dependent one needs to figure out a fall line looking down where a view back up works. As a smiling energetic lightweight creature, such pristine canvasses are where I can record my fun without Elmo's embarrassing crater.
If I stopped at the bottom to take a photo of my work I'd have to skate to get off the flat. Suffice it to say when there is significant fresh snow you don't want to ski this little tilt of Earth.
 

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Where many whizz by unawares:
X marks the target line. Note bare 2 trunk pine tree just right.
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The 2 trunker from the lower perspective.
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Where many whizz by unawares:
X marks the target line. Note bare 2 trunk pine tree just right.
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The 2 trunker from the lower perspective.
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I have skied that line - there are so many like that all over the mountain - just need to look for them - which few people do - meaning more for us!
 

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The hilarious thing about the lines off Crossover Road is none of the great many that are speeding by have apparently ever bothered to stop along that long stretch because to reach lower Nevada areas one needs to maintain speed to avoid poling.

On powder days I always stop along spots on the road looking ahead down the road as though that is where I plan to continue haha. Then when the road is empty climb over the short berm that blocks views of what is below.
 

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Skied Rose yesterday. The leftover wind buff in the bumps was really really nice.
We didn't stay long because the lines got long and we decided to leave the slopes to those who are only able to get up to ski during the holidays.

We'll be back next week, likely skiing Squaw/Alpine for the most part as @Justin Koski will be in town.

BA's forecast looks decent but not quite the big one we heard about earlier.
 

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Per my earlier post, Kirkwood's forecast has dropped over this period from 51 to 18 inches. Additionally the whole Tahoe region will see higher snow levels meaning lower elevation slush though easier road conditions. Let's hope what's left actually plays out without totally evaporating as history has occasionally shown. Yesterday, KW opened Caples Crest and prepped The Backside. This morning chair 4 is on HOLD showing it is about ready to open. With more terrain opening across Tahoe given imminent storms this week, NS, HV, KW have apparently upped their quotas so are now showing reservation availability for all January days. That means at least weekdays we can delay commitments till just before dates. I may ski Tuesday dependent on what the Monday storm does.
 

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I made it out to Kirkwood yesterday. First time ever for me, wasn't disappointed (especially liked the backside and the bowls off of lift 6).

Backside was opened up mid-late morning, the runs off of lift 4 were quite nice. Some areas with light snow cover so perhaps it's still advisable to bring the rock skis.

Same was the case around Sentinel/Palisades bowls from lift 6, just the traverse across alone is light cover, but a decent amount of untracked snow out there if you're willing to work for it. Definitely would advise bringing a friend for safety, very few skiers out there. At least it meant the lines for lift 6 were non-existent all day.

By the time I made it (around 11am) to Zachary off of lift 6 (the groomed black) a lot of the snow was already scraped off by sideslippers and heelsiders. Felt like a classic east coast reasonably steep groomer filled with large areas of hardpack. If you're confident on the ice it's nothing out of the ordinary. Hard to carve arc to arc turns, maybe next time if I can catch opening bell...

Lift lines were long at lift 5 and timber creek (forgot the lift number, forgive me!) most of the day.

I didn't dare make the trek up lift 10 (the wall) yet, so can't report on the conditions there.



I'll be making the trek to Northstar tomorrow after a long-overdue bootfitting at Start Haus in the early morning. Should be there by 10-1030, hopefully the snow and lift lines are manageable.
 

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The day at Squaw turned out to be more miserable than I expected. Mist in the morning, drizzle by midday. The snowpack is getting hammered, hopefully it will be cold enough this coming week for the precipitation to fall as snow.
Sounds like we didn't miss anything. Mist at Squaw, wind & flat light at Rose. It was a good day to do 4th quarter expense reports.
 

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At Sierra today.

Started out flat light and foggy. It got misty/"humid" at around 11am. The kind where it's not raining, but but the end of the run, your goggles are coated. Light drizzle by noon, and then at around 12:30, it was r.a.i.n. I stopped skiing right about then.

The groomer skiing was still pretty good in the morning. Snow hadn't soaked yet and was skiing well.

Clip from Bashful on West Bowl, just as it was transitioning to a drizzle.
 

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The day at Squaw turned out to be more miserable than I expected. Mist in the morning, drizzle by midday. The snowpack is getting hammered, hopefully it will be cold enough this coming week for the precipitation to fall as snow.
Looks like the exact conditions as Sierra today..
 

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Mt. Rose pre-emptively closing tomorrow.

Edit: not sure why.. they deleted the old tweet and put a new one up that basically says the same thing-
 
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