Tim Briody: Patroller Extraordinaire

 Tim Briody has earned the Unofficial Rose Lifetime Achievement Award as a Slide Mountain Patroller (Ret: '63-'67) for amount of days and vertical skied. His stats speak for themselves as he has amassed in his 60 years of skiing 2400 days on Mt. Rose amounting to 27,000 plus runs skied for over 40 million vertical feet.  With all that being said there is no way to measure the smiles shared after the hundreds of miles of powder skied. He shared a story recently of three days of deep pow when only a couple guys on patrol and Smitty (the crusty Mountain Manager in the 60's) stayed up at the old Slide Lodge during a huge storm cycle for three plus days and skied bottomless pow while throwing charges on Slide and down Nightmare while yards of snow fell. Mindblowingly deep they would throw a few charges down The Chutes and then ski-cut the rest day after day. They would camp out on the medical cots in Ski Patrol and fortunately also had keys to the bar and restaurant for their h

Mammoth is Buried

 This photo was taken out the Operations Window at Mammoth this morning. Groomers are pushing snow under Chair 1 so it can spin. Thats right, snow depth is such that chairs are buried or too close to skiers to operate the lift. A massive amount of snow needs to be moved. A buddy grooming at Northstar said that he and a buddy spent 24 hours just pushing snow off the summit so their chairs could unload. Two more storms on the way... you can stop doing your Snowdance now! Sven

Got Snow?

 With reports of 12 feet of groomed and compressed snow on the runs and a much deeper pack in the trees and backcountry it appears we will be skiing July 4th this year and maybe later! Check out this shot of patrol in Bear Valley in California with snow inching up toward the top of the tower followed by the load on the America lift at our very own Skytavern. With 3' to 5' in next week's forecast I think we can all agree that Doug Coombs was wrong... there IS such thing as too much snow! Sven

Oh yeah baby, yeah... I'm SO wet.

 34 degrees most of the day at 7640 feet has left the "snow" a little on the wet and mushy side and bottomless if you try to walk in it. Went up to my waist today on the ropes course shoveling between elements.  If you missed today you didn't miss much... and were able to stay dry. Good choice!  Had to shovel today like the day before and the day before that but did text my rain gear pretty well. The gloves didn't pass... Sven

Too Deep to Post...

 Sorry folks but the skiing has just been too darned good to sit down at the keyboard. If you have been able to get out since Sunday you know what I mean... its just been cold, deep and wonderful with each day being so different from the next. If you haven't had a chance to get out, GET OUT tomorrow as we have a huge weather change facing us with a monster Atmospheric River taking aim right at North Lake Tahoe as the Bullseye.  Our Pow Heaven is about to go to to the Laundromat and the Cycle is set for Warm, Long and Wet (your mind is in the gutter... come back out of there!) The rain line will be up somewhere within a thousand feet of 8K so even if we do get snow up higher it will be very wet Sierra Cement. If you haven't shoveled off your roof... now is the time. Get on it tomorrow no matter what! Friday morning will be too too late.  Get in some skiing while you can. This weekend might be a great one to do your taxes. Sven

Mt. Rose Employee of the Week

 We are bringing back our cherished tradition of Rose Employee of the Week. If you have a submission please drop a comment and tell us why with a photo and we will see what we can do. Mt. Rose has always had some incredibly committed employees who really deliver to their customers and to the betterment of the resort. Excellent service is punctuated by hard work, enthusiasm, positivity, excellent communication skills, patience with the general public (which is not always easy) and the ability to answer every question with a smile, no matter how many times it may have been asked. If you ski Rose much I'm sure, like myself, you have had experiences on both ends of the scale. Rather than grumble about those staffers that have difficulty managing a smile much less taking the time to welcome and communicate clearly with the Rose community, we have opted to celebrate the winners in the hopes they might rub off a little on those who are "emotionally challenged" to work hard, have