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Coming up on 15 years gone...

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 It's been nearly 15 years since Shane McConkey's untimely death and his impact lives on at home base at Palisades Tahoe, the ski and base jumping world and beyond. Although it would be easy to make the case that he was one of the best, if not THE best ski athletes ever to hit the ski scene, it is Shanes irrepressible sense of self-deprecation and his ability to laugh at himself and the ego driven world of the professional skier that makes him my hero. Shane was the very poster boy of not taking your yourself too seriously and keeping your self-serving ego in check. Enter: Saucer Boy!  Hope you'll check out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ffyMGbD-3c  as his homage! 

April Wind Brings May Pow

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 Well, our weather has been, shall we say, "different" this spring with lots of wind and occasional bouts of weather we might expect in January, (and by the way, where WAS this weather in January?) like snow in Reno, single digit nights in the mountains and, low and behold, enough new pow to actually make some turns in. Yesterday was a pow lover's delight as long as you knew where to look. With high winds the fresh snow had stacked up to 8" and more in certain locations. Another advantage of a late storm like this is that you can go out after work and get a good climb and ski in while its still light and give your dog a great walk as well. Bottom line is, if the weather is going to ruin your hiking, biking and water sports, you might as well strap those boards back on, get a workout and enjoy the ride down. And that is precisely what I did. Sven

The Pow Queen Grants Us The Privilege...

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Although the lifts may have stopped spinning it doesn't mean the skiing has stopped... when the Pow Queen graces us it would, for all intents and purposes, be a disservice and disgrace not to yield time to bask in her flowing and sparkling white ropes... Especially on a crystal clear blue bird day in picture perfect snow. Not wanting to piss off the Queen we headed out and up. Most lifts have stopped their spin so now you just have to earn your turns. And as for yesterday... it was well worth it. Excellent skiing in 16" of cold smoke was available yesterday anywhere in the Sierra's above 7500 feet.  Due to the lateness of the season and the sun angle however... shelf life is short so timing was everything. For those of you that made time to make it happen like retired Snow King Dave Hahl... it was well worth it. Sven

Great Ones...

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 You can check the website, look at lift status, check the webcams and all can look good till you get up to the parking lot and see the lift not spinning or the closed sign up... use of many expletives come at this point typically, but once in awhile it all works in your favor and your in the right place at the right time.  As I came around the corner into the parking lot the truck was buffeted by gusts and visibility was marginal. But... the chair was spinning and the pop fences were going in... things were looking good so far. Despite heavy wind and snow first chair loaded at exactly 8:30 today and all nine people loaded the slow ride to the top, was it windy? Well, all of us were happy that someone had the balls to yell "Bar Down" when a wind gust grabbed our skis and tried like hell to lever us out of the chair. Arrival and we cackled "Have a good one!" into the wind and dumping snow and took off on our independent missions. I and another gentleman took Bonanza

Snowing Heavily: Last Pow Day of the Season

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 Hey folks now is the time to mobilized if they manage to keep the lifts spinning. Heavy snow this morning outside and the groomers will be sweetness and if pershance it keeps up... could be a great day on the mountain.  Sven

A storm is what you make of it...

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 Well it was 7" in places where they measure for sure... other places, well, not so much, more like dust on crust with ugly bumps rearing their frozen heads. Definitely had to be a little picky to find the goods but it was possible as evidenced here. Those secret stashes are so nice to find, especially when you can come back and again and again and nest your tracks. Well it looks like we will get a week of January in April which I gotta say is classic Nevada weather. 75 one day, below freezing the next. It appears we are set up for several more little pow dumps this week which, if nothing else, will freshen up the groomers and inject some lighter snow into the hard pack. Hope everyone had fun today on the new snow. Waaaaaaay better than nothing! Sven

A 65 year Curse?

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 No, not me damn it, at least I hope I'm not the cause, but it is a little suspicious I'll give you that... The National Weather Service just came out with some climate info that is quite cogent if you love skiing and riding on the snow. Glancing at the chart below it's easy to see, with a few exceptions, that we have been continuously losing our snowpack for the last 65 years. All of us that that live up in the high country are quite aware that our blowers more and more sit idle for weeks or even months at a time and we can survive on just one tank or maybe two tanks of gas all winter long. That was rarely the case in the old days. Although we have had some heavy years the last few decades, (2011 and 2017 are good examples) for the most part we have witnessed within our lifetime a decrease in not only snowpack but the length of winter. Where my summer business at 7500 feet used to only open in late May and close in October we are now opening up in April and occasionally in