A Rose by any other name... a thing of beauty to be sure

Beautiful windless fall weather punctuated by crisp mornings and warm afternoons have not led to much snowmaking the last few weeks as the mercury edged up and make blowing snow an impractical enterprise. As much as Rose would like to open top to bottom and despite the fact that 90% of the KC Traverse and the run itself waits like a perspective bride... there just hasn't been the cold temps to make the connection across the flats to the Wizard runs.

Some of this may change next week when temps drop considerably mid-week and we see our first opportunity for some natural snow. My guess is the guns will be firing on all cylinders in order to drive the "White Spike" of connection (RR reference for those of you who don't know what the transcontinental railroad is or was...). In any event, its the Great Wizard Social Scene and definitely worth a few rides in order to run into your winter time homies and ease into the winter scene.

Although there is some griping and worries…

Early Winter Outlook

Daniel Swain of Weather West and NOAA are on the same page when it comes to the extended early winter forecast... warmer and drier weather is to be expected. With the warm water (the Blob) stretching from Alaska to Hawaii to Mexico, the set up is eerily similar to the drought years of 2014-15. Although the judge and jury are out on this one there does seem to be a correlation between warm water Eastern Pacific anomalies and drier and warmer weather for the West Coast. The islands of Hawaii are once again experiencing a large coral bleaching and die-off as a result of the warmth and more tropical animals are moving North into more temperate waters. Still a climate change skeptic keeping lockstep with the Prez? Even the US Military are making plans for rising seas and changing weather along with every major corporation and government agency worldwide. Want the truth? Quit drinking the "Kool-Aid" put out by both parties and follow the money and investment and you'll usually…

October 25th Opening?

Well well well its been a long hot summer hasn't it? That is until the September snow storm hit and rocked us all out from our summer slumbers... Rose is predicting an October 25th opening but of course that is very much weather dependent as anything can happen. Rose has been making snow whenever they it gets cold enough but the warm weather recently has put a damper on that. Still have about ten days to see what Ma Nature dishes up interns of weather.

Rose has done some work this summer adding snow guns, towers and summer grooming Aida's to boost our skiing experience. Now... if we can only get them to stay open longer in the spring when skiing is so awesome!

In any event hope all are happy and healthy and expect to hear from me a little more often.

Wax'em up baby!


Weather or Not?

Well May has been an interesting ride with lots of wet and wild weather across the Sierra's. With some locations reporting up to 400% more than average for this month most of us have been under snow or rain most of the month and it has seemed almost non-stop on the Grey Bird Days. The silver lining is that it has kept the snow from melting off very quickly and there is still lots of snow available for sliding on. Unfortunately Squaw has closed KT and Granite Chief for the season which is a bummer... we could have ridden Granite Chief into the middle of next month the way it looks.

Mammoth on the other hand still has lots of skiing available and that may warrant a trip down South for many in the coming weeks. Mammoth has announced they plan on skiing and riding into August now so... Jesus, this IS the year to head South, right? Ski, swim, boat, fish and repeat. Sounds like a pretty good cycle.

In any event most of the world has been experiencing weather anomalies with a very warm …

South to Mammoth Mountain

It seems that whatever mountain we lay our skis on, the situation is the same... 99% of the people are on the same slopes and when they mostly go left off the chair... I tend to go right. The only tracks I really like to follow are the animal tracks... they will often lead you away from the party to where its nice and quiet and you can make your own way with only ravens calling down to you once in awhile.

Had a great couple days at Mammoth and now that Squaw is down to Friday through Sunday operations it may be time to head South. There was plenty of snow and they had lifts running from Cloud Nine to Chair 23 so there was plenty of terrain to check out. Had some fresh snow as well (this winter just cannot seem to let go) although one day it was definitely a "Dust on Crust" situation.

Whenever you poke around away from the crowds you are sure to find some freshies. Mammoth has a soft boundary so exploring off-piste is relaxing and you can be on your own pretty quickly and th…

Mayuary... what the heck is going on?

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...

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 …