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The last run...

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My friend and adventure brother for over 40 years Bob Drake took his last ski a couple of weeks ago down Slide Mountain. Little did we know as we laughed our way down pretty "interesting" snow conditions that it would be his last ski, ever.

Bob died last Sunday from what many of us believe to be complications from Covid 19. I spoke to him just the night before and he said he was feeling much better after his test came back negative for Covid last Friday. He said he was very relieved from the test results and was feeling much better. I told him if he needed anything to just call me as he was just in Truckee and I could be there in a little more than a half an hour. By next morning he was dead.  His phone untouched by his side in bed. All of us who had the pleasure to know him are reeling and looking for solace. I caution everyone out there to take any Covid 19 symptoms seriously as the disease can lower your blood oxygen count without prompting you to be out of breath. The re…

Snowpack Gonzo: Down to 4% of average

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The literal half-ass winter (we finished off winter in the 50% area) combined with a generally warm spring has shrunk the Sierra Snowpack down to just 4% of what it should be for today. This latest heat wave sets us up for an abnormally dry brush and timber fuel condition. With potential lightning later in the week and an entire long and dry summer ahead, we have the potential for significantly higher than normal fire conditions. If you are a smoker... this would be a good time to quit.

Sven



Whitney to Remain Closed/Nevada Casinos to Open.... Whaaaaat?

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Inyo National Forest has announced that Mt. Whitney will remain closed to climbers with no immediate plan to reopen. Mt. Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States at a little over 14, 500 feet and a permit system to moderate the crowds wanting to climb has been in place for decades. Contrast this decision with the fact that Nevada casino's will be reopening to the world June 4th according to Governor Sisolak and my reaction is just that... Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?  Local, statewide and federal responses to Covid 19 have been all over the map from the over reaction of chasing surfers down by boat and handcuffing them in San Diego to not Social Distancing early enough in New York and everything in between. There have been counties in California and Nevada who don't have one single case but have been shut down for over two months with great economic hardship the result. Just like I say every presidential election year when I have to choose... "Can't we do …

Why do we ski? Local Sparkly Legend Cindy Sparkles Reveals All

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Long time fan of the blog and Purveyor of GS Cookies to many Rose lifts, Cindy Sparkles sent me an email today with this poster, probably off her wall by the looks of it. It is truly revealing. The only way to know how we diehards feel about skiing is to be a skier. Otherwise, its like explaining love making to a 5 year old. It will just never make any sense.  Thanks Cindy for being a sparkling member of the Rose Ski Village!

Sven


Montana Ski Resort Wetslab A Monster!

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A monster of an avalanche released this week at the private Yellowstone Club Ski Area in SW Montana just South of the Big Sky Boundary. The large wet slab slide had a 6'+ high crown and ran past lift towers to the bottom of the slope well over a thousand feet. Although naturally triggered, this large destructive slide reminds all of us in the skiing and riding tribes that slides don't stop just because the forecast centers are closed for the season or because you've turned the calendar another page toward summer.

Sven


Another one bites the dust: Las Lenas, Argentina DOA this season

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With Argentina's airports closed to both international and domestic flights until September, Las Lenas ski area has thrown in the towel for this season. It is expected other South American ski resorts will likely follow suit. Las Lenas is one of the premiere areas with a hair under 4000 vertical feet and lots of hike to extreme lines from the top of chair as well as cat skiing for the out-of-shape and overweight... or just plain rich and lazy. Oh, shoot, was I not politically correct? Too bad. It is what it is and you won't find me mincing my words.  On this site you get what you get and you don't throw a fit. Or... don't bother reading. Honesty appeals to me over euphemisms and tiptoeing around sensitive subjects. Its best just to be clear... for everyone. Call a Spade a Spade and a Diamond a Diamond.
Not exactly a popular and revered theme in our tiptoe through the tulips times. But it works for me. Next week will bring very warm temps and I suggest you go find some …