Sven Svenhardt Back on the Air
Greetings all and Happy New Year 2023;
Have had some technical issues on my end so please pardon the fact that this is the first post of this winter. Despite the National Weather Service dire predictions of a low snow year, so far this has not been the case as December puts us heads and tails above the averages.
Mid-December skiing was some of the best we have ever had with the last storm cycle ending with windless stellar flakes falling straight down with temps in the low teens adding up to 18" of the lightest fluffiest powder I have seen in the Sierras in a long time. Result: skiing was unbelievably good both on-piste and off. After the initial avalanche cycle ran its course with some major climax releases in Miller Time and The Hourglass the snow stabilized nicely for the next 10 days. With colder than average temps and no wind to speak of the snow stayed Colorado-like resulting in fantastic skiing for more than a week.
The only negative at Rose was the almost complete lack of grooming on the Slide side some days. Days after the storm only Mine Train was groomed... this left skiers and riders with age-hardened mash potato's or really tracked in pow in the trees. Case in point: on Christmas Eve there were only two runs groomed on the Slide Side, Bonanza and Silver which, with the holiday crowds, were quickly skied off. The grooming quality has also been an issue as evidenced by unexpected pits, ridges, frozen in snow boulders and a lack of tapering resulting in drop-offs. We can certainly tell that Dave Hahl is no longer in play keeping the grooming satiny smooth as a putting green. Hopefully things improve with time.
On the plus side the skier packed tree skiing and bump skiing had been mind blowingly good since the storm. Wahoo... it made all wonderful for sure!
Looks like we have "Gully Washer" coming our way this week. Stayed tuned to Tahoe Weather Blog where they will give you the straight skinny no BS weather forecast for the East Siders like ourselves!