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More drought news...

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 Looking bad all over the West with the exception of the NW, Washington is doing pretty darn well with the large Pineapple Express storm they got. Mt. Baker is reporting tons of wet deep snow covered with dry pow and then back to wet... a crappy snow sandwich perhaps but better than what we have. In case you were thinking of escaping to Utah here is the drought monitor for the West as of this week.  Spring conditions will again hit the slopes today and so will I, between 11 and 1 will be your best window! Sven

Mercury Rising

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 Skiing has been spring-like as long as you follow the sun and are at Rose in the middle of the day. If not.. bad news with your choice between frozen vegetables or sheet ice (what the resort would call "Firm Conditions" near the very bottom of the snowpack... speaking of the snowpack. There isn't much of it. Although the Rose side is skiing pretty well on-piste the sun's effects are showing on the Slide side. Although, skiing is still excellent in the trees between Bonanza and Zephyr as long as you avoid the roads and logs which occasionally protrude. Even Bruces and Zephyr are skiable as long as you slow it down and take care to avoid the obstacles. Thank being said, the thermometer on my truck read 54 today and for the middle of January (Juneary more like) and that is not healthy on a meager snowpack on top of the daily receding low tide. Gotta hand it to Dave and his crew of groomers... they are mining snow wherever they can find it and keep covering up the skid m

Palmer Drought Index... so far.

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 Greetings all,  Well, winds have ravaged the BC pow quite a bit but there are isolated pockets of good snow still waiting out there if you hunt and peck. The actual surface conditions will remain quite good on the groomers in the morning and in the trees through the middle of the week. Get your turns in now tho as Juneuary is about to descend upon us late this week and through the weekend. Expect highs in the 60's in the valleys and 50's up in the hills. This will not be good for an already meager snowpack. With temps too high at night to make snow, you can expect to see skid marks again rear their ugly faces, especially on any slopes getting more direct sun exposure (like Silver Face).  Tahoe is now approaching and will reach less than 50% snowpack average in places this week. Our fall quarter snowfall was weak in Tahoe and much of the West and improvement is not forecast anytime soon. The Palmer Drought Index kind of says it all. Green and blue is good, yellow, red and brown

Waiting and wondering: Is it worth it?

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 So, with a few inches of new snow in what so far has been a meager year and all passes good again... a photo was sent in by Sue of Zephyr Load this morning. I can't imagine the line if we get a real powder day with a couple of feet of cold smoke, you might be faster skinning up the hill. According to sources the wait was well over 25 minutes at times today. I know we are all anxious to get some skiing in but, jeez, you gotta stop and wonder where you draw the line of whether its worth the wait. For me its not as I would rather throw on a pair of skins and catch some freshies the natural way, but for all of you that went, good on you. You have more patience that I.  I really hope Rose can find a way to load more folks in a chair, perhaps put another single in the middle or something to help shorten the wait. Seems more dangerous to let this many people mill around sharing air than putting a third person its the middle, or how about we have a "Chair Stuffers" line that sig

Kristmas Krowds a little rocky

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 Sunny days and little pow dumps have left the slopes a little nicer lately although today parts of Bonanza were a foggy bottomed gravel hazard. Looks like a tiller hit pay dirt bigtime and spread that shit way downhill on the left side. Ski carefully instead of carefree if you are headed that way.  Face runs and the rest of the Rose side provided great snow conditions although the freezing fog on your lens was a little frustrating. Wind was blowing and crowds were out big time on the Rose side. By 10 am it was time to ski home and be done with it. For those if you that enjoy the social interaction of the line's slow movement... its your day to shine.  As always the Slide Dogs were on it keeping the Zephyr spinning and crowds moving through the gates whether they knew what they are doing or not. I cannot say the same for the other side where chair stops were pretty common today and staff was not standing at the gate "helping" customers figure out when and where to move to

Our ship comes in with some Xmas Pow!

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 The best day of skiing at Rose this season happened this morning. Consistent powder was providing big smiles. Even the 15 minute lift line wait was worth it. NICE! The Upper Traverse may not open till we get another decent storm as Upper Zephyr is way too bony. Golds and Climax are also at Low Tide and are still full of land mines although some folks elected to traverse in. In both instances there were severe P-tex causalities.  Sunny blue bird powder beckons and we heard the call! Thanks to all for keeping the Iron Curtain up until the Slide folks who had waited patiently for a late start were allowed to get a first good run in before the curtain dropped. Very kind on Rose's part. Thanks to Cliff, the Slide Side Supervisor for running a safe, clean and caring site. Once more the Slide Dogs show the rest of the mountain how it should be done.  Sven

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Goodnight!

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 Christmas Day at Rose was a blow out... literally with Zephyr and NW shutting down mid-morning. Riding the skid marks on Lower Bonanza I was quite happy to know it would snow tonight and cover up all the skid marks and gravel. Yes, we need it. Powder makers be morphing into Gravel Spreaders in places like Lower Bonanza. Another storm follows this one early next week so cross your fingers and hope Ma Nature feels like Santa and brings it! Merry Christmas, Happy Chaunaka and Joyful Kwanza... I think I got the bases covered... Sven