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Mayuary... what the heck is going on?

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Daniel Swain of Weather West said it best when he asked "What the heck is going on?" Although late season storms are fairly common in late May and early June in the Sierra's and the Carson Range the duration and intensity of our current storm cycle is quite unusual. If you jumped the gun and planted anything outdoors in the Truckee Meadows you know what I mean. Late tonight the NWS is calling for the snow level to reach down to possibly 5000 feet. Oh lord. I'm kinda done with the cold and wind. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I still believe in the Doug Coombs quote "There is no such thing as too much snow, but, jeez, there does seem to be too much cold and wind and clouds for May, at least to my liking. I kinda was hoping for some spring skiing... y'know, sun and blue skies and soft consistent snow till noon and all that. Not gunna happen, not for while anyway.

Remember when we would get blue skies with storms wedged in between for a day or two …

Happy Birthday Sven... here's a couple of feet of pow at Squaw Valley for ya...

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It shall remain one of the best birthday gifts of all time...  new snow blown in knee deep in places and great wind buff in others with more snow falling in between crystal clear blue skies followed by a boatloads of cumulous clouds in a spring mountain sky ballet. From 8 to 4 (KT-22 staying open longer due to it's last weekend of operation, hoorah) let us ski till our legs were jelliefied. From one end of the resort to the other and a little beyond in spots, we hiked for new freshies every run venturing further as the day wore on to access tree stashes and ridge runs where others dare not follow uphill, over logs, rocks and stumps to find the goods. Our last run was along the ridge East from KT all the way to the last tracks... and then a little further coming down under the Far East Express and the old Olympic 90 meter jump run-out then walking straight to the Cornice Cantina for cold beer and nachos with some friends. Really, its hard to imagine a better day than that. Thanks …

European Skiing Still Happening

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Andermatt's Gemstock lift unload is showcased in the photo above and the snow is still coming if you are in the mood for a quick hop across the pond for some end of season pow. They are looking at fresh snow this week and have had a banner year already. If you go please bring along a large duffle bag with room for me!

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Almost forgot... the Employee Ski Day Party Returns to the Mountain!

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Jim Najima (pictured above) proud of his step into womanhood... the employee ski day was the perfect place to really be yourself with no holds barred... good luck with the estrogen treatment Jim... looks like its really coming along.

Rose returned to the Employee Ski Day Plus One this year after last year's Drunkfest and Vomitorium didn't prove sustainable and I happened to be invited and felt obliged to share some pics with you of the festivities. It was still wild and woolly but this year focused on skiing instead of overindulgence. It was time for emps and their spawn to let loose and have some fun. Great awards were given to deserving employees by their respective managers including the coveted Golden Shovel Award. On tap was great skiing, some pretty amazing costumes and (although I didn't think it was possible) a picture of Beth actually sitting and enjoying herself without a tray or a clipboard in her hand. The Ski Pimp, Jimmy and a Squid were among others electing…

Squallywood, Alpine and Mammoth a good ski bet right now...

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Ample snow remains at Alpine, Squaw and Mammoth. Alpine will remain open on a Friday through Sunday schedule through May while Squaw and Mammoth are promising skiing into July. Both of the latter are operating seven days a week through Memorial Day at this point with limited operations thereafter. With Rose's early closing this makes the Ikon Pass a pretty good bet for now plus access to many other resorts next year with such big names as Jackson Hole, Big Sky and a host of others.

Went over for the Cushing Classic Pond skim and I gotta say the skiing was superlative this weekend with KT-22, Siberia and Granite Chief all operating providing plenty of opportunity for some steeper riding and skiing. The pond skim itself is surely the Royal Crown Jewel of events at Squaw. It was opened with the National Anthem done Hendrix-style on electric guitar from the inrun with an American Flag waving and finished with the same Hendrix coverman rocketing down the inrun at 40 mph while trailing…

One helluva Last Day, Last Chair, Last BBQ

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The Rose 18/19 season ended with a bang full of fun, frolic and fast runs down The Chutes. Frivolity was at the forefront as folks feasted, flaunted and figured out how to ski steeps in costumes... or nothing at all. Husbands, wives, family and friends all got together on a picture perfect day to close out the season. The weather was perfect as were the spirits of those in the parking lot and on the hill. Of course last chair and run would not have been the same without the Werschky Posse sharing their Giant Flask of Fun with everyone and organizing the Whirling Circle of Death down Bonanza. There was definitely a very good showing from the Nevada Department of Adventure (NDOA). Dare I say everyone contributed something to the party that lasted all day. Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did making them. And as a Mark I know stated so eloquently at the end of the last run as he was clicking out of his skis... "Let the Summer Chutes Season Begin!" And so it goes. The s…