Spring has sprung in the mountains with pre-corn conditions for the most part. Big roller balls and wet slides can be found in steeper slopes and mushy snow can be found where the sun is
warming it up into dense snow cone consistency. Early morning when the sun first hits its hard but will soften if its facing the sun into infinitely skiable snow. Real corn not quite yet up high but my bet is full South facers may be having it served up now or pretty soon. Remember your sunscreen, its bright out there. And its just warm enough to take a dunking into the lake at the end of the day if your feeling frisky.
Greetings all, Well, winds have ravaged the BC pow quite a bit but there are isolated pockets of good snow still waiting out there if you hunt and peck. The actual surface conditions will remain quite good on the groomers in the morning and in the trees through the middle of the week. Get your turns in now tho as Juneuary is about to descend upon us late this week and through the weekend. Expect highs in the 60's in the valleys and 50's up in the hills. This will not be good for an already meager snowpack. With temps too high at night to make snow, you can expect to see skid marks again rear their ugly faces, especially on any slopes getting more direct sun exposure (like Silver Face). Tahoe is now approaching and will reach less than 50% snowpack average in places this week. Our fall quarter snowfall was weak in Tahoe and much of the West and improvement is not forecast anytime soon. The Palmer Drought Index kind of says it all. Green and blue is good, yellow, red and brown
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