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gonzo
01-05-2005, 09:20 PM
The Honc/Gonzo/Basom mobile will be departing from San Fran. @ approx. 12:00 friday night...as we search for transport (in our country there is a problem) it would be good to know what sort of restrictions do they have. Do they ever require snow tires or chains on 4WDers?

watersnowdirt
01-05-2005, 09:23 PM
rarely, but based on last weekend, it will be a good idea to have chains even in a 4wd. lph used them on his massive monster 4wd truck. We could have used them on the AWD Audi.

They rarely - very rarely - require them to be put on cars that have 4wd WITH snow tires. At that point, the roads are usually closed anyhow. However, they might ask if you have them - since that is required in certain situations. You can either lie or actually have them. They may search, in which case you'd better have them.

lph can probably give some better insight on this...

slim
01-05-2005, 09:26 PM
If you rent a 4x4 don't bother with chains. 88 will be closed before they require 4x4's with chains.

FollowMe
01-05-2005, 09:27 PM
If it's going off as hard as it could, you might not even be able to travel through the 88. Be in touch w/ CalTRANS; take the 50 if the 88s closed, and the 80 if the 50s closed. If they're all closed...well, you're bummin' man. Good luck.

Foggy_Goggles
01-05-2005, 09:30 PM
I got # Follow up grew up in Cali

THE 88
THE 50
THE Santa Moncia
THE plastic tits

gonzo
01-05-2005, 09:31 PM
we'll get there. basom has volunteered to drive, and we all know what kind of a season he has been putting together...just killing it...



thanks for the info folks. we will be in a 4wd no matter what, so sounds like we won't worry about the chains.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-05-2005, 09:32 PM
gonzo....you have my numero, give me a buzz when you land and I can update you on the latest road conditions. also, my offer still stands.

Rent 4wd if you can. I made it through all the checkpoints last weekend in my Outback and they didn't check if I was carrying chains or not. I was cruising around South Lake without them with no problems.

If you can't rent 4wd...then you will definitely, definitely need chains.


edit: me slow...looks like you have 4wd and will be killing it. sweet.

Greydon Clark
01-05-2005, 09:34 PM
Yo, yo, yo... if we get the storm the you're flying across the country to ski, well, 88 will be closed at the spur. Drive 50 to 89 to 88, thus you won't be shut down by one of the most slide prone sections of highway in America (Carson Spur is a giant slide path).

Foggy_Goggles
01-05-2005, 09:35 PM
we'll get there. basom has volunteered to drive, and we all know what kind of a season he has been putting together...just killing it...



Ya know that scene in Rush when Jennifer Jason Lee is driving and Hendrix is playing.....good luck. Sounds like a fun trip.

mklass
01-05-2005, 09:57 PM
Just an FYI - my bro Fabio who chefs the Wall Bar says there was a natural slide today on the Spur. I'd definitely be cautious about committing to the 88 if its dumping cause they might be more nervous about things now.

Still trying to decide whether I should leave tomorrow or Sunday. What are you all doing? Looks like Sat will be most likely to close down things on the Mtn.

PS- Your recs re: V-Ex were right on. Skied the Heave over new year's and they killed it. Maybe I'll see you guys this dump at the Wood or Heazy.

MKlass

Honc
01-05-2005, 10:08 PM
Huh


Basom: Drive 50 to 89 to 88 while Honc & Gonz drink Schlitz in the backseat, thus you won't be shut down by one of the most slide prone sections of highway in America (Carson Spur is a giant slide path).

I don't make the rules, just live by 'em.

PS: Basom, looking forward to meeting you; Schlitz or no Schlitz.




















But hopefully Schlitz.

descender
01-05-2005, 10:09 PM
ARG!!! Fuckin spur!!! :cussing: ARG!!!! My facking cabin is on the wrong side of that bastard. It will not open sat I have a feeling. :cussing: :cussing: :cussing: :cussing: :cussing: :cussing:

gonzo
01-05-2005, 10:30 PM
shlitz.

greydon you da mang. looks like I80 to 50 to 89 to 88 is a good option.

tyrone, we'll be in touch. thanks again for the offer - bummed you can't be there with us... :(

Honc - just checked out the Hertz website - an Explorer or Outback would run us $191 from Friday night to Monday night. The Expedition is a lot more and the Sidekick is a lot less. For some reason you can't get them "skierized" which I guess means it comes with a rack...although I wouldn't trust their POS racks with 2 pairs of spats and a new solly deck anyways...

Alex P. Keaton may or may not join us too, depending on our car and his plane situation. If we rent and he comes, it will help to split the costs. Plus I hear he is cute.

splat
01-05-2005, 10:39 PM
I can hook up a few vagabond beeeyatches with cheap acommodations in Reno. You guys gimme a call if you need it.

Kellie
01-05-2005, 10:55 PM
And if you've got it, bring b/c gear in case KW is closed . . . prolly be some out there in the safer places . . .

skier666
01-05-2005, 11:14 PM
Caltrans 1-800-427-7623

Kirkwood 1-209-258-3000

PUT THESE IN YOUR PHONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Superstar Punani
01-05-2005, 11:24 PM
GET SOME CHAAAAAAAAAAINS, YOU CUPCAKES!!!!!

bagtagley
01-06-2005, 12:17 AM
Honc - just checked out the Hertz website - an Explorer or Outback would run us $191 from Friday night to Monday night. The Expedition is a lot more and the Sidekick is a lot less. For some reason you can't get them "skierized" which I guess means it comes with a rack...although I wouldn't trust their POS racks with 2 pairs of spats and a new solly deck anyways...

Gonz

Don't know if you've already got some Hertz connects, but I found a few useful links today while I was shopping for a rental. Sorry if this is all old news to you, just thought I'd throw it out there.

If you have AAA you can get some good discounts, just enter a 212 (mid-atlantic region) for the CDP. There are better offers, but AAA offers additional insurance and other stuff.

AAA PC Codes: http://ww1.aaa.com/coupon/ZEmemberAAA.html

Other Coupon Codes: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=349433

Free #1 Club Gold Membership: http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/messageview.php?catid=63&threadid=417707&highlight_key=y&keyword1=hertz

splat
01-06-2005, 12:42 AM
Just saw the forecast on TV. Talking four to six feet at lake level.
You guys will be hitting it at essentially the peak of the storm Friday Night.
I hope you guys didn't reserve return tickets...Lookin like another Money Monday at the Wood.

edit: new weather info

lph
01-06-2005, 12:54 AM
Dudes,

Definitely program in the two numbers skier666 gave you. you will likely be calling those often, we all do.

Get a 4wd, don't worry about chains. If you come to a checkpoint, don't roll down your window unless asked, just give the guy a nod. that is usually all that is necessary if you are in a 4wd. If he asks about chains, lie, tell him they are stuffed in the back.

if the spur is open (doubtful) take it to kirkwood and sleep in the parking lot for a few hours. if not take greydon's advice and come to SLT via 50 and then go to kirkwood by 89 to 88 over carson pass. If carson pass is closed but kirkwood is open go wait in the line up on the pass for it to open. If the mountain is closed get in touch with one of us, some will likely hit the b/c others may go to heavenly to ski the bottom of the mountain (bottom of heavenly is extremo compared to the bottom of kirkwood ;) ).

gonzo check your pm's.

good luck.

Arty50
01-06-2005, 01:13 AM
One more number...

The Cohee line: 877 KIRKWOO

And with regards to the Caltrans number, you can punch in the highway number on your keypad. If you speak the numbers you may get 15 instead of 50 and 18/80 instead 88. The voice system is kinda messed up.

The Spur closes a lot. So be prepared to go around.

Lane Meyer
01-06-2005, 01:21 AM
If 88/50 is closed, you guys can come to Truckee and stay with me and hit Squaw. Only because I knoe Gonzo's brother. Other than that, you're probably a bunch of internet psychos.

splat
01-06-2005, 01:29 AM
edit: Kinda weird, Oakland weatherman says 6 feet at elevation, Reno weatherman say 2 feet. That's a big difference.

powdog
01-06-2005, 03:10 AM
shlitz.

greydon you da mang. looks like I80 to 50 to 89 to 88 is a good option.

tyrone, we'll be in touch. thanks again for the offer - bummed you can't be there with us... :(

Honc - just checked out the Hertz website - an Explorer or Outback would run us $191 from Friday night to Monday night. The Expedition is a lot more and the Sidekick is a lot less. For some reason you can't get them "skierized" which I guess means it comes with a rack...although I wouldn't trust their POS racks with 2 pairs of spats and a new solly deck anyways...

Alex P. Keaton may or may not join us too, depending on our car and his plane situation. If we rent and he comes, it will help to split the costs. Plus I hear he is cute.

My friends and I rented an Expedition for 2 weeks in Utah over XMas in 2003, and it's such a gas hog. Bring a lot of bungee cords in different lengths to carry your Spats on the roof. Make sure to bring a large towel to wipe them off - any twin-tip powder ski will collect some road grit. I rented an Outback with three people in Utah (stayed in SLC) and it was tight on the ride to our condo from the airport and back again.

basom
01-06-2005, 06:44 AM
we'll get there. basom has volunteered to drive.

fuck, i did?

*i'm going to be so sleepy*

apk said last night in a drunken haze that he would float any additional costs for a larger rental. so i think we should hold him to that.

Big E
01-06-2005, 07:27 AM
apk said last night in a drunken haze that he would float any additional costs for a larger rental. so i think we should hold him to that.

Good call. Impressed you even remembered that ;)

basom
01-06-2005, 07:37 AM
Good call. Impressed you even remembered that ;)



was that a conference call that i was not aware of?

Big E
01-06-2005, 07:43 AM
was that a conference call that i was not aware of?
I tapped everyone's phones while I was up there (nothing else to do in Montgomery Center, that's for sure).

AntiSoCalSkier
01-06-2005, 11:43 AM
Another tip for getting through chain control:

Here in Southern California they are really anal about making 4WD vehicles show chains at the checkpoints. However, they almost never look inside the boxes. So, before you get to the checkpoint, pick up an empty chain box from the side of the road (people are always driving off leaving the box), and toss it in the back where the officer will be able to see it, but won't be able to touch it.

I spent a whole season driving through checkpoints with the wrong sized chains.

freshies
01-06-2005, 11:50 AM
EC'ers, this storm is looking like a repeat of the last big one. if that's the case, i am afraid (anti-jinx) that 80 and/or 50 will most likely be either 1) closed for periods of time fri & sat, and/or 2) clogged w/gapers putting chains on, sliding out, driving 5 mph, etc. in other words: painfully slow.

use those caltrans road numbers to keep updated (though they seem to be real slow updating them, lazy bastards...), and as many have said, i would opt the 80 -> 50 route coming out of SF vs the more slide prone route...

good luck, be safe, and get 'sum...

Honc
01-06-2005, 11:50 AM
Thanks to everyone for offers/advice. You'd almost think I didn't live in San Francisco...

Looks like Gonz lands @ SFO @ 9:30. Grabs rig, picks up Honc at the Mandate in the Castro, grab Schlitz, get Basom @ OAK @ 11:30.

APK, Gonz told me this morning that you're looking at flights to Sacto; if you can land around 2 that would be perfect...

This should be a gongshow. Looking forward to it.

gincognito
01-06-2005, 11:52 AM
GET SOME CHAAAAAAAAAAINS, YOU CUPCAKES!!!!!

Full marks for the P-Tex reference.

SaAaH (and Punani is a Stump encyclopedia),
d.

basom
01-06-2005, 11:53 AM
we are getting there.

honc, i am beyond excited.

mookie blaylock
01-06-2005, 11:58 AM
fuck, i did?


apk said last night in a drunken haze that he would float any additional costs for a larger rental. so i think we should hold him to that.

go for the deluxe alpine chateau - 21 rooms but..

powpig
01-06-2005, 12:09 PM
If 88, 50 & 80 are ALL closed, you MAY be able to get through over 49, Yuba Pass. 80 --> Auburn --> through Downieville --> over Yuba Pass --> 89 --> Sierraville --> Truckee. I did that way once, took me almost 18 hours from the bay to my front door. It was the only road open and a line of cars was following a snowplow over the summit at 5 mph, none of us daring to pass. Far from the best option but may be the only option if this thing really pounds hard. Good Luck!

freshies
01-06-2005, 12:25 PM
If 88, 50 & 80 are ALL closed, you MAY be able to get through over 49, Yuba Pass. 80 --> Auburn --> through Downieville --> over Yuba Pass --> 89 --> Sierraville --> Truckee. I did that way once, took me almost 18 hours from the bay to my front door. It was the only road open and a line of cars was following a snowplow over the summit at 5 mph, none of us daring to pass. Far from the best option but may be the only option if this thing really pounds hard. Good Luck!

that's committment! i would avoid 49, that is one slow windy road in the best conditions, especially from downieville to truckee...surely that section will be essentially impassable during this blizzard?

Arty50
01-06-2005, 01:16 PM
Some further advice:

While the SoCal chapter of CHP and Caltrans are nazis about chains, their Northern brethren are not. In other words, if you have 4wd w/ snow tires you won't get checked for chains. Just flash them 4 fingers and they'll wave you through. SoCal was a different story. I even got turned back once down there.

And while the Schlitz is a great idea, DO NOT HAVE OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINERS IN YOUR CAR IN CALIFORNIA. I can't stress this enough. If you do choose to take a chance, be mindful to conceal them.

Telenater
01-06-2005, 01:23 PM
DO NOT HAVE OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINERS IN YOUR CAR IN CALIFORNIA. I can't stress this enough. If you do choose to take a chance, be mindful to conceal them.

A very very good point! The police here will nail you if they see an open container whether you've been drinking from it or not.

Greydon Clark
01-06-2005, 01:29 PM
No worries, Schlitz isn’t sold in CA. You’ll have to go up-market and drink Pabst and Oly or go slum village with Hamm’s and Rainer.

shirk
01-06-2005, 02:43 PM
I buzzed through all chain check points during the last storm in my rented Subie. Had no chains or snow tires, just did the "4 fingers" flash as Arty suggested. Didn't have a problem at the Oregon boarder either on the way back as most everything else was pulling off to chain up.

watersnowdirt
01-06-2005, 03:42 PM
and i'm probably stating the obvious, but it's possible out of towners may not know this...

North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe are two very distinct places. They are far from each other, especially during a snowstorm. I'm not sure about the East side of the lake, but during a storm, you will NOT be able to get from North to South Lake (and vice versa) via the West shore.

Keep that in mind while planning.

basom
01-06-2005, 03:51 PM
Keep that in mind while planning.


well, its good we don't have a plan then.

mildbill.
01-06-2005, 03:54 PM
NO PLANS
NO GUESTS
NO SIMILIES
NO EMOTICONS
ALL HAIL CHAT




NO GUESTS

watersnowdirt
01-06-2005, 04:04 PM
Bring a blackberry or something and I'll promise to chat with you loonies to keep you awake while you're stuck in 9000 hours of traffic. And I promise not to use similies.

basom
01-06-2005, 04:05 PM
Bring a blackberry or something and I'll promise to chat with you loonies to keep you awake while you're stuck in 9000 hours of traffic. And I promise not to use similies.


apk and bill are addicted to text messaging anyways. you will of course have to stay awake all night, as thats at least how long we are going to be on the road.

irul&ublo
01-06-2005, 04:08 PM
If you East Coasters cant get to the 'weed, there will be maggots at Alpine and Squaw both. Just ask for change.

descender
01-06-2005, 04:20 PM
and i'm probably stating the obvious, but it's possible out of towners may not know this...

North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe are two very distinct places. They are far from each other, especially during a snowstorm. I'm not sure about the East side of the lake, but during a storm, you will NOT be able to get from North to South Lake (and vice versa) via the West shore.

Keep that in mind while planning.

The road around the east side is prett mellow and open most of the time. The West side closes instantly at Emerald bay.

gonzo
01-06-2005, 06:13 PM
Thanks so much for all the info and offers guys. Sadly, Honc got the corporate cock-shafting and has to be in LA at 7:00 am Monday. It told him he should quit. He said he would think about it.

The new retard-mobile crew is basom, mildbill, Alex P. Keaton, and gonzo. We will be in a expedition, hopefully with chains on it, which will contains 4 retards, far too many skis, one snowboard, one pair of snowshoes, water, gas, a whisperlite, white gas, mac and cheese, stinky green, sleeping bags, avie gear, two iPods with car connectors (in case one breaks), one mini-dv camera, one helmet cam, at least one digi cam, and an inflatible fuck-pig. Departing oakland at about 12:15 am and getting where ever the fuck we can get.

I think we have most people's phone numbers. Tthis should be interesting. If you can think of anything else we should bring (besides lube - we thought of that) please chime in. Hopefully our planes will land. Basom is so ready to kill it, it's not even funny.

edits: red bull, gatorade, and peanut butter cliff bars.

Lane Meyer
01-06-2005, 06:17 PM
Best pre-TR ever. I am excited, and I'm already here. I think you should fully make a documentary movie out of your trip.

PNWbrit
01-06-2005, 06:23 PM
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laseranimal
01-06-2005, 06:28 PM
Thanks so much for all the info and offers guys. Sadly, Honc got the corporate cock-shafting and has to be in LA at 7:00 am Monday. It told him he should quit. He said he would think about it.

The new retard-mobile crew is basom, mildbill, Alex P. Keaton, and gonzo. We will be in a expedition, hopefully with chains on it, which will contains 4 retards, far too many skis, one snowboard, one pair of snowshoes, water, gas, a whisperlite, white gas, mac and cheese, stinky green, sleeping bags, avie gear, two iPods with car connectors (in case one breaks), one mini-dv camera, one helmet cam, at least one digi cam, and an inflatible fuck-pig. Departing oakland at about 12:15 am and getting where ever the fuck we can get.

I think we have most people's phone numbers. Tthis should be interesting. If you can think of anything else we should bring (besides lube - we thought of that) please chime in. Hopefully our planes will land. Basom is so ready to kill it, it's not even funny.

edits: red bull, gatorade, and peanut butter cliff bars.


You need Smokey McHorndogs LS 3000

freshies
01-06-2005, 06:29 PM
Thanks so much for all the info and offers guys. Sadly, Honc got the corporate cock-shafting and has to be in LA at 7:00 am Monday. It told him he should quit. He said he would think about it.

The new retard-mobile crew is basom, mildbill, Alex P. Keaton, and gonzo. We will be in a expedition, hopefully with chains on it, which will contains 4 retards, far too many skis, one snowboard, one pair of snowshoes, water, gas, a whisperlite, white gas, mac and cheese, stinky green, sleeping bags, avie gear, two iPods with car connectors (in case one breaks), one mini-dv camera, one helmet cam, at least one digi cam, and an inflatible fuck-pig. Departing oakland at about 12:15 am and getting where ever the fuck we can get.

I think we have most people's phone numbers. Tthis should be interesting. If you can think of anything else we should bring (besides lube - we thought of that) please chime in. Hopefully our planes will land. Basom is so ready to kill it, it's not even funny.

edits: red bull, gatorade, and peanut butter cliff bars.

DON'T FORGET THE ROUTERS

gonzo
01-06-2005, 06:50 PM
Fuck! I can't believe I left the router of the list. What would we do if we wanted some fanciful edge work done when suck on I80?

edit: taste

Kellie
01-06-2005, 06:52 PM
The excitement generated in these threads is enough for me to sign off and sign outta here!!! See you fools tonight, or whenever caltrans lets the rest of you through!

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-06-2005, 06:58 PM
Thanks so much for all the info and offers guys. Sadly, Honc got the corporate cock-shafting and has to be in LA at 7:00 am Monday. It told him he should quit. He said he would think about it.

The new retard-mobile crew is basom, mildbill, Alex P. Keaton, and gonzo. We will be in a expedition, hopefully with chains on it, which will contains 4 retards, far too many skis, one snowboard, one pair of snowshoes, water, gas, a whisperlite, white gas, mac and cheese, stinky green, sleeping bags, avie gear, two iPods with car connectors (in case one breaks), one mini-dv camera, one helmet cam, at least one digi cam, and an inflatible fuck-pig. Departing oakland at about 12:15 am and getting where ever the fuck we can get.

I think we have most people's phone numbers. Tthis should be interesting. If you can think of anything else we should bring (besides lube - we thought of that) please chime in. Hopefully our planes will land. Basom is so ready to kill it, it's not even funny.

edits: red bull, gatorade, and peanut butter cliff bars.

Holy shit...departing Oakland at 12:15 AM....if you guys need a pit stop that should put you in the vicinity of Del Boca Casa Shoe Vista Lago between 1:30 & 2:00 AM. If you need caffination I'll have the coffee brewin to fuel your charge just as you begin to climb into the eye of this monster :FIREdevil Anything I can do to help the cause.


edit: holy sheet....prolly closer to 2 AM

double edit: and uhhh, mebee I should mention that my next door neighbor is CHP. just thought I'd throw that out there.... :redface:

divegirl
01-06-2005, 07:09 PM
I have lots of floor space at my apartment. Just thought I'd put the offer up in case you doods come through Sacramento.

Dammit, I want to ski Kirkwood on Saturday, but none of my friends are doing a day trip. Sunday I'm busy doing other stuff...I think. If anyone is doing a day trip, PM me.

Oh, and screw this weather. It's not happening.

gonzo
01-06-2005, 07:09 PM
Holy shit...departing Oakland at 12:15 AM....if you guys need a pit stop that should put you in the vicinity of Del Boca Casa Shoe Vista Lago between 1:30 & 2:00 AM. If you need caffination I'll have the coffee brewin to fuel your charge just as you begin to climb into the eye of this monster :FIREdevil Anything I can do to help the cause.


edit: holy sheet....prolly closer to 2 AM

double edit: and uhhh, mebee I should mention that my next door neighbor is CHP. just thought I'd throw that out there.... :redface:

Thanks bro! We very well may come calling - definitely will phone ya either way. I love how all the weather posts are telling everyone to stay the hell off roads, etc. and we are flying there to try to drive all up in the fucker...

gincognito
01-06-2005, 08:33 PM
FKNA!!!

That is all.

SaAaH (and this is serious),
d.

Honc
01-06-2005, 10:55 PM
9 PM. Still working. Going to work all night. If all goes to plan I think I can pull a day trip out of this...

I should finish work tomorrow @ 4 or so. Jam home for quick combat nap. I've now got a buddy's suby so i'll caravan with Team Core starting with Arthur Gonzarelli around 9:30.

Hopefully get to Tahoe before sun rises. Ski whatever is closest to where we are stuck on the highway. Mainline redbull, call AAA, turn around and head for San Francisco.

More as this develops. Safe travels to everyone.

Tap
01-06-2005, 11:00 PM
alls i can say is that if you don't stop at In And Out Burger on your way to/from Tahoe, then your trip is a total bust :tongue:

have fun, send some snow north

gonzo
01-06-2005, 11:44 PM
I've now got a buddy's suby so i'll caravan with Team Core starting with Arthur Gonzarelli around 9:30.

Hopefully get to Tahoe before sun rises. Ski whatever is closest to where we are stuck on the highway. Mainline redbull, call AAA, turn around and head for San Francisco.


I guess you need the subie so you can get back? This blows. Can't you sabatoge the deal or something?

G
01-07-2005, 12:20 AM
The new retard-mobile crew is basom, mildbill, Alex P. Keaton, and gonzo. We will be in a expedition, hopefully with chains on it, which will contains 4 retards, far too many skis, one snowboard, one pair of snowshoes, water, gas, a whisperlite, white gas, mac and cheese, stinky green, sleeping bags, avie gear, two iPods with car connectors (in case one breaks), one mini-dv camera, one helmet cam, at least one digi cam, and an inflatible fuck-pig. Departing oakland at about 12:15 am and getting where ever the fuck we can get.


Did you draw straws to see who gets to play the part of the inflatable fuck-pig, or will you all be taking turns at it?

basom
01-07-2005, 06:33 AM
Thanks bro! We very well may come calling - definitely will phone ya either way. I love how all the weather posts are telling everyone to stay the hell off roads, etc. and we are flying there to try to drive all up in the fucker...

NO PLANS!



this is the stupidest idea ever.

Free Range Lobster
01-07-2005, 06:38 AM
Base, make sure to kick Bill's ass and get him killin it for letting his gf get to him.

Kill it boys.

mildbill.
01-07-2005, 08:45 AM
Thanks so much for all the info and offers guys. Sadly, Honc got the corporate cock-shafting and has to be in LA at 7:00 am Monday. It told him he should quit. He said he would think about it.

The new retard-mobile crew is basom, mildbill, Alex P. Keaton, and gonzo. We will be in a expedition, hopefully with chains on it, which will contains 4 retards, far too many skis, one snowboard, one pair of snowshoes, water, gas, a whisperlite, white gas, mac and cheese, stinky green, sleeping bags, avie gear, two iPods with car connectors (in case one breaks), one mini-dv camera, one helmet cam, at least one digi cam, and an inflatible fuck-pig. Departing oakland at about 12:15 am and getting where ever the fuck we can get.

I think we have most people's phone numbers. Tthis should be interesting. If you can think of anything else we should bring (besides lube - we thought of that) please chime in. Hopefully our planes will land. Basom is so ready to kill it, it's not even funny.

edits: red bull, gatorade, and peanut butter cliff bars.

and some FUNYUNS, maaaaaaaaaaan!

Lane Meyer
01-07-2005, 10:00 AM
Morning update from elevation 6300' = heavy heavy snow. Repeat of last wekened this time when seeing across the parking lot was an impossibility. Radar is sold green and yellow all the way offshore.

Caltrans says:

[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & SIERRA NEVADA]
CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW
TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 3 MI EAST OF GOLD RUN (PLACER CO) TO THE NEVADA
STATE LINE

EASTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED AT APPLEGATE (PLACER CO) - DRIVERS MUST
HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED - PERMIT LOADS ARE
PROHIBITED

WESTBOUND TRUCKS ARE BEING SCREENED 5 MI WEST OF RENO (WASHOE CO) - DRIVERS
MUST HAVE MAXIMUM CHAINS IN THEIR POSSESSION IN ORDER TO PROCEED - PERMIT LOADS
ARE PROHIBITED

So no real restrictions on passenger cars yet. As hardrider says, it has begun. (But why must he keep shooting his dog?)

basom
01-07-2005, 10:38 AM
i always kill it with maximum chains in my possession.





make sure we have maximum chains gonzo!

mildbill.
01-07-2005, 10:45 AM
where does one get maximum chains for a ford expedition/mobile command center/rad space-space drugs ship at midnight in oakland?

and no, crack != chains

watersnowdirt
01-07-2005, 10:47 AM
good luck with that. You'll have a much easier time getting crack.

One option - if you can convince/bribe/beg Shoe to pick some up today, you can get them when you stop by in Folsom (sorry Shoe...).

mildbill.
01-07-2005, 10:48 AM
or would teh truck come with chains?

yes, this cupcake needs to get some chains for his city rig.

Big E
01-07-2005, 11:13 AM
or would teh truck come with chains?

yes, this cupcake needs to get some chains for his city rig.
Doubt it would come with chains. I don't think the rental agencies like them cuz they can mess up the car if put on wrong. Not as much as sliding off an embankment, though.

When I picked up the rental in Spokane for the BC Summit, I had to drive back and ask for an ice scraper!!

Telenater
01-07-2005, 11:17 AM
On the good side of the weather news. The NWS has been reducing their predected wind speeds but not their snow totals.....

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-07-2005, 11:37 AM
One option - if you can convince/bribe/beg Shoe to pick some up today, you can get them when you stop by in Folsom (sorry Shoe...).

The only chains these guys are in gettin in Folsom is if they get locked up in Folsom State somehow on their way through....[/cue Johnny Cash]

Actually, I might have chains already sittin around that fit. I used to have a Pathfinder...when I sold it, I kept the chains just so I had them to throw in the back of the Subie if I ever got asked if I was carrying them. I never, never have to throw them on (even in last weekends monster), but just use 'em to get through checkpoints. I wonder if they would fit the Exped? Even if not, you can just carry them around in case you get asked if you are carrying them at a checkpoint. Usually, they just nod and let you through, but ya never know...

However, if you actually do want chains for actual use, drop me a PM, and I can grab some today...cost + 80% special just for you guys. :D

basom
01-07-2005, 11:54 AM
I never, never have to throw them on (even in last weekends monster), but just use 'em to get through checkpoints. I wonder if they would fit the Exped? Even if not, you can just carry them around in case you get asked if you are carrying them at a checkpoint. Usually, they just nod and let you through, but ya never know...

However, if you actually do want chains for actual use, drop me a PM, and I can grab some today...cost + 80% special just for you guys. :D

hopefully that will be all we need, just for show.

coffee and chains at 2 am. shoe is the shit!

do they check for snow tires too? or can you will we slip by in whatever all seasons are on the expedition?


should we really have shoe actually buy chains?

gonzo
01-07-2005, 12:00 PM
hertz doesn't do chains or snowtires. and they are fucking us a bit on mileage too since all of their big rigs are being taken, which sucks. but since we are going where 5 to 8 feet of snow may fall, you could tell me that you were going to put my balls in a blender and i wouldn't get that bummed out.

i will get chains here in chi-town for the rig today. what info do you need for that? tire size?

shoe, you da mang. if i can't find chains, may we borrow yours for visual aid purposes?

Greydon Clark
01-07-2005, 12:01 PM
Yo, yo, yo… check tirechains.com, but I think the links for a Ford Exploder will be hella bling. See if you can return them if they go unused (probable).

I think me and the Monster Dump plan leaving the Bay around 4AM, we should be hitting Hwy 50 before the Saco JONGS, thus avoiding the inevitable road closure.

Back-up plans… if the road to Kirkwood is closed I’m going to jump out of a moving car at the top of Luther Pass and slay some 25 degree pow, if Echo Summit is closed SAT should be a nice place to ski, if SAT is closed meet at Tyrone’s for Omelets and then we’ll do lunch at Centerfolds in Sac.

Big E
01-07-2005, 12:02 PM
should we really have shoe actually buy chains?

It would be more fun if you bought them in Boston and packed them in your carryon and then tried to convince the security people that you absolutely needed to have them on your carryon cuz you can't risk having your luggage lost and being without them when you land in wherever you're flying into.

That seemed a lot funnier before I typed it. I'll shut up now. Have fun!

basom
01-07-2005, 12:05 PM
hertz doesn't do chains or snowtires. and they are fucking us a bit on mileage too since all of their big rigs are being taken, which sucks. but since we are going where 5 to 8 feet of snow may fall, you could tell me that you were going to put my balls in a blender and i wouldn't get that bummed out.



big rigs taken? like no expedition? damn i wanted that beast.

basom
01-07-2005, 12:08 PM
It would be more fun if you bought them in Boston and packed them in your carryon and then tried to convince the security people that you absolutely needed to have them on your carryon cuz you can't risk having your luggage lost and being without them when you land in wherever you're flying into.

That seemed a lot funnier before I typed it. I'll shut up now. Have fun!

my carry on is my knee brace and my ski boots and my ipod. chains would make a good addition, but sounds like gonz is on it.





gonz is on it, right? and i might get bummed if my balls end up in the blender, fyi

watersnowdirt
01-07-2005, 12:08 PM
no snow tires? Are they at least mud and snow? I would hope so. Those you'll want.

why do I feel like I'm going on this trip too? even though I'll be sitting here in the Bay Area soaking wet, I'm getting a great vicarious thrill from all this....

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-07-2005, 12:13 PM
.... if SAT is closed meet at Tyrone’s for Omelets and then we’ll do lunch at Centerfolds in Sac.

Mrs. Shoe left for Tahoe last night so it's just me and my bum knee this weekend. I'll be doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Centerfolds all weekend. Actually, it would be funny if I met the road trip crew at Centerfods at 2 AM (I think they close at 3) :D Hell, it's right off of 50!

Seriously though, what size tires are the Exped?? Anyone? Bueller? The chains I have here might fit. The box says "FOR SUV's and LIGHT TRUCKS" right on the box so they have to fit right? ;) It lists like a bazillion tire sizes on the box....

hardrider
01-07-2005, 12:27 PM
Dont worry about chains. Honestly buy the cheapest tinyest things you can find and leave them unopened and return them. As for snow tires Im rocking balled ass summer tires and haven't failed to get the wave through yet.

Im off to the heave for some pow-pow.

See you suckers tomorrow. :fm: :fm:

gonzo
01-07-2005, 12:29 PM
working on the chains. tyrone, you're on for centerfolds at 2:00 am.

we have the expedition, btw, just not unlimited mileage so it will be like $50 more. there are all weather tires on the rig but the hertz folks won't tell me what size tires it has since you aren't supposed to put chains on their cars. it is an 04' expedition though. i think the interweb can tell the answer...

shoe, sounds like your guys might work too...

hardrider
01-07-2005, 12:31 PM
working on the chains. tyrone, you're on for centerfolds at 2:00 am.

we have the expedition, btw, just not unlimited mileage so it will be like $50 more. there are all weather tires on the rig but the hertz folks won't tell me what size tires it has since you aren't supposed to put chains on their cars. it is an 04' expedition though. i think the interweb can tell the answer...

shoe, sounds like your guys might work too...

Again I say dont worry. I dont even have chains just an empty box, you will be fine in that behemoth.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-07-2005, 12:31 PM
Dont worry about chains. Honestly buy the cheapest tinyest things you can find and leave them unopened and return them. As for snow tires Im rocking balled ass summer tires and haven't failed to get the wave through yet.


If CalTrans lets this yahoo through with this abandoned vehicle on a wave through then you guys are golden:
http://home.mindspring.com/~arty50/pictures/anton_shocker.jpg


gonz -- since you guys have all-weather tyres, then you'll be fine. mebee just keep my chains in the back just in case...but you probably won't even have to imo.

oh and btw: www.goldclubcenterfolds.com

Telenater
01-07-2005, 12:33 PM
Greydon and Monster Dump.

Your plans match mine with the exception that I'll already be up in SLT so if Echo is closed SAT isn't going to happen. If Luthor pass is the plan drop me a call (530-304-TELE). That goes for everyone else too....

gimpy
01-07-2005, 12:36 PM
seems to me they're really just looking for bald tires at the checkpoints. i rolled through them no prob w/ all seasons for years and was never told to chain up. you guys should be golden w/ good all seasons and 4wd. i've also noticed that if you're driving a suby or yota truck they hardly even look at the tires and just wave you through since they know those rigs are 4wd.

gonzo
01-07-2005, 12:39 PM
OK apparently they don't sell chains in Illinois. The expedition does have all weather tires, so we should be fine. Shoe, shall we meet you at Centerfolds and do a chain exchange?

Me to non-internet friends: "Uuuhh, yeah...I am going to meet this guy at Centerfolds in Folsom at 2:00 am to borrow his chains..."

basom
01-07-2005, 12:41 PM
OK apparently they don't sell chains in Illinois. The expedition does have all weather tires, so we should be fine. Shoe, shall we meet you at Centerfolds and do a chain exchange?

Me to non-internet friends: "Uuuhh, yeah...I am going to meet this guy at Centerfolds in Folsom at 2:00 am to borrow his chains..."

i'll be in a truck full of smelly doods from the internet, with chains, hot wax, and a fat baby. i'm really looking forward to it.

Ubersheist
01-07-2005, 12:45 PM
If CalTrans lets this yahoo through with this abandoned vehicle on a wave through then you guys are golden:
http://home.mindspring.com/~arty50/pictures/anton_shocker.jpg


It does look like this car was abandoned last April, or HR is just begging for an expired tags ticket... ;)

mildbill.
01-07-2005, 12:45 PM
the name is "food baby!" her mom was an italian sub, her dad was adolf busch.

Ok, so, for those of us that don't speak californian--what's the SAT?

hmm

centerfolds at 2am for a chain exchange.

MOTHAFUCKIN PERFECT!

the only thing keeping me from knocking over a cube wall right now is my bloody mary lunch.

MORRIS DAY AND THE MUTHAFUCKIN TIME!

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-07-2005, 12:46 PM
Me to non-internet friends: "Uuuhh, yeah...I am going to meet this guy at Centerfolds in Folsom at 2:00 am to borrow his chains..."

Just give me a ringer when you land and we'll figgure it out.

you should change the above to: "Uuuhh, yeah...I am flying across the country to meet this guy that I met on the internet at this strip club to get his chains." :D

assgasorgrass
01-07-2005, 12:47 PM
If you do get an SUV, make sure it isn't a 2wd version. This happened to me in Portland. On the way up to Meadows conditions were getting dicey, went to pop it in 4wd and there weren't any buttons, shifters anything. Pulled over, looked underneath, no front drive axle. Made it up the hill, barely.

gonzo
01-07-2005, 12:47 PM
OK, I'm signing off. Lunch and some errands and then to Midway. See you fuckers in hell!

My number is edited

Lane Meyer
01-07-2005, 12:52 PM
Buena Suerte holmes, we'll keep the light on for ya.



unless the power goes out...

Greydon Clark
01-07-2005, 01:14 PM
SAT = Sierra At Tahoe. It is a small ski hill on hwy 50—west of Echo Summit, pre-Tahoe—that is popular with central valley snowboarders. (Who rock, exclusively, t-bolted decks, baseless bindings and extra-extra large Fuct jeans over their snow pants. Think BC Rider circa ’91). Not a bad place, but not what you’re flying across the country to ski.

Speaking of lunch, I’m off to Marmot Mountain Work to get my boots fixed, I can’t handle another pow-day on 2 buckle T-1s.

Foggy_Goggles
01-07-2005, 01:19 PM
Anything less than absolute mayhem will be a let down. Mild & Wild should keep a running blog in chat. Good luck to the wack show.

basom
01-07-2005, 01:27 PM
See you fuckers in hell!


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01-07-2005, 01:33 PM
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Aldo
01-07-2005, 02:05 PM
Somewhere out on that Hertz lot sits an Expedition which will never ever be the same after the next 3 days.

Big E
01-07-2005, 03:38 PM
This is the best thread we've had on here in months.

irul&ublo
01-07-2005, 03:47 PM
Somewhere out on that Hertz lot sits an Expedition which will never ever be the same after the next 3 days.

At least it will never smell the same.

splat
01-07-2005, 04:25 PM
It sure won't if Bill doesn't get to ski.

descender
01-07-2005, 04:39 PM
88 is closed both spur and pass on Friday at 2:41 pm.
:cussing:

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-07-2005, 04:41 PM
Mrs. Shoe just called me from the Heave....said it is awesome... Windy and stormy but awesome and deep. Said she bumped into Hardrider who said he and Kush scored some waist deep stashes.

Telenater
01-07-2005, 06:10 PM
80 was apparently closed at some point. 50 has already had one ugly accident.

I've got a project due at work on Tuesday.

I'm going to work this weekend and take Wednesday off and make the weekend a 4 day weekend with the addition of a Friday off.

descender
01-07-2005, 06:38 PM
80 was apparently closed at some point. 50 has already had one ugly accident.

I've got a project due at work on Tuesday.

I'm going to work this weekend and take Wednesday off and make the weekend a 4 day weekend with the addition of a Friday off.

This is a smart plan.

Edit: I wish the the entire corperate world would adjust its schedule to the rythm of Ullr.

Arty50
01-07-2005, 09:14 PM
I'm willing to bet my left testicle that the Wood won't open tomorrow. It's absolutely puking right now and the winds are insane. However...

The Heav was $$$$$$ today. The top was closed, but the lower mountain was sweet. Consistent knee deep pow at the top of the Gunbarrel/Tram area. A bit thin lower down, but still creamy. Toss another couple of feet in there and it's gonna be deeeeep.

As for the Wood, Sunday is showing some potential. If it does open... :eek: I'm not gonna say another word. :cool:

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-07-2005, 09:16 PM
I'm willing to bet my left testicle that the Wood won't open tomorrow. It's absolutely puking right now and the winds are insane. However...



Just fyi --- the storm has been taking a breather down here however, so this might provide a brief window to get some plowing done. Stopped raining about 2 hours ago and I could see some stars....getting cloudy again though and the wind is picking up so who knows...

Vets
01-07-2005, 09:35 PM
Mrs. Shoe just called me from the Heave....said it is awesome... Windy and stormy but awesome and deep. Said she bumped into Hardrider who said he and Kush scored some waist deep stashes.
Thanks for the update. This sounds like where I will be tomorrow if 88 is closed.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-08-2005, 04:08 AM
2:00 AM update from the fearless gonzo/apk/basom/mildbill storm chasin circus:

Just got a call from Gonzo. They're just getting on their way to Oakland airport from SF now to pick up basom & bill. Flights delays and other crap. 2 hours behind schedule already...Looks like the adventure is off to a fantastic start :D I-80 seems to be closed so they're gonna head to SLT via 50 and then just head to the line-up of cars at Carson Pass and hope it opens. Back up plan is the Heave if winds shut the KW lifts down. Hopefully, they'll get to SLT by 6 AM. Hardrider -- they have your numero and will call you in the morning.

lph
01-08-2005, 09:22 AM
weird storm. got only several inches yesterday, then about 18" over nite. which is the same as what kirkwood is claiming. Heavenly however, is claiming 3 feet plus.

cohee sounds so subdued on the phone, 2nd weekend in a row without people being able to get to his mountain.

carson pass on hold now due to wind and visibility, but hopefully will open.

6 and 10 on windhold.

time to blow some snow.

Free Range Lobster
01-08-2005, 09:24 AM
Any word from the gimp crew again?
Hopefully they've made it to the weed.

Arty50
01-08-2005, 10:03 AM
The traveling circus may be bringing us luck. Or else I threw down the hugest anti-jinx ever. Winds don't look terrible today...there's a chance...I'll shut up now...

watersnowdirt
01-08-2005, 10:33 AM
It's strange here in the Bay Area too. Clouds, but plenty of blue sky. I'm about to go on a hike behind my house. Might get rained on, or might not. Weird storm.

I"m crossing my fingers for all of you up there! I called Kwood phone too and Cohee sounded hopeful at 7:30.

Good luck!

lph
01-08-2005, 10:47 AM
Heard from gonzo and the crew.

They have been sitting in Pollock pines on route 50 since 4am and apparently echo summit is supposed to open to traffic soon.

Off to the heave for some tree skiing, if kirkwood gets the upper mountain open we will probably go there in the afternoon. carson pass should be opening soon.

skier666
01-08-2005, 11:40 AM
Really wierd....didn't rain hardly at all last night in SF, a couple drops on the window so I figured something happened to the storm.

...called the reports.....I think the guy at Heavenry said 30-46 inches :confused:

Today is a classic Gunbarrel day...hope to get up there soon, now back to the books :nonono2:

divegirl
01-08-2005, 12:08 PM
I'm sitting here at my desk at work trying to get some work done. Hwy. 88 still closed in both directions. On K-wood's website, they say 88 may open at the earliest at noon. I won't be skiing tomorrow, and my work is already tired of me taking 4 hours off last week to get up to the mountains :rolleyes: so it doesn't look like I'll be getting up there next week. This sucks. Definitely next weekend though, but that's going to suck because all the blower pow will be farmed by you guys. Good thing about the weather though! Snow is always good. :D

splat
01-08-2005, 12:38 PM
Just talked to the boys on the road, specifically Hiway 49 from 50 to 80. They're gonna hit Sugar Bowl or Squaw for the afternoon, probably come hang with me tonight, then make a call on either North Shore, SLT, Kirkweed, or Mt. Rose in the morning.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-08-2005, 12:39 PM
Just talked to the boys on the road, specifically Hiway 49 from 50 to 80. They're gonna hit Sugar Bowl or Squaw for the afternoon, probably come hang with me tonight, then make a call on either North Shore, SLT, Kirkweed, or Mt. Rose in the morning.


ehhh bummer. got skunked by 50 eh? Shite.

skier666
01-08-2005, 12:57 PM
At least they get to experience the Sierras PROPA'...fingers crossed they make some memorable turns.

splat
01-08-2005, 01:01 PM
Hate to see them come this far and get skunked... I think some epicness will manifest manana.

Telenater
01-08-2005, 01:18 PM
Yeah, I heard from them at about 5:30 while they were waiting at Polluck Pines.
All of the roads up to tahoe were closed at the time.


I won't be skiing this weekend either. Saving it for Wednesday and a 4 day weekend next weekend in the Desolation Wilderness.

skier666
01-08-2005, 01:32 PM
As of now...my laptop is showing no change in the rotation of the low. I'm eyeing it and will make a call to roll up to SLT either Sunday or Monday night...to hit Monday, Tuesday or Tuesday/Wed. Then come back up for the weekend....

Wireless internet sucks....every 30 minutes I check the weather...WHY GOD DID YOU INVENT THIS SHIT?????? and its not even MY wifi connection.

mr_gyptian
01-08-2005, 01:42 PM
Are people still snowed in at Kirkwood?

skier666
01-08-2005, 01:47 PM
YES...I wish I was stuck there. Have a condo facing chair 6 and 10...do my work in my ski boots and as soon as they open 6 I run out the door....

Probably over 3 feet so far since yesterday and highs in the 20's....mmmmmm

mr_gyptian
01-08-2005, 01:49 PM
YES...I wish I was stuck there. Have a condo facing chair 6 and 10...do my work in my ski boots and as soon as they open 6 I run out the door....

Probably over 3 feet so far since yesterday and highs in the 20's....mmmmmm
heh, my cousin is stuck there. poor bastard. ;)

skier666
01-08-2005, 01:55 PM
I can't even imagine the amount of snow MT. Shasta or Lassen is getting right now...the flow is stalled and spinning right into them.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-08-2005, 02:18 PM
another quickie storm story:

I was just graced by the surprise appearance of Sir Greydon Clark at my front door. After leaving SF around 4 in the morning, they got stuck in Pollock Pines in the foothills for a coupla hours and then bagged it. We just called CalTrans and 50 is still closed there at 12:20 PM. Never in my 4 years of living here have I heard of people not being able to get into the mountains for the entire day. Friggin crazy.

the_eleven
01-08-2005, 02:35 PM
Here is your Kirkwood report:

Yes we are snowed in. CHP caravaned in a group from 89 at around 6 pm last night.

About 18-24" of new depending on where the wind put it.

5 & 11 were open til about 12:00, shut down because of wind.

Everything else is obviously shut down.

Skiing is great as far as it goes....only about 50 people here.

Tuesday?

splat
01-08-2005, 02:39 PM
another quickie storm story:

I was just graced by the surprise appearance of Sir Greydon Clark at my front door. After leaving SF around 4 in the morning, they got stuck in Pollock Pines in the foothills for a coupla hours and then bagged it. We just called CalTrans and 50 is still closed there at 12:20 PM. Never in my 4 years of living here have I heard of people not being able to get into the mountains for the entire day. Friggin crazy.

I sacked out at the LakeShore in SLT wating for 4-5 days in '97, hanging at the gate all day everyday til they called it to get ten feet of unskied pow when it popped. Worth every penny.

skier666
01-08-2005, 02:44 PM
at 12:45 pm its pourin' outside my window in SF...wife is watching movies, I'm going from studying to refreshing the satellite.

....damn this is good coffee

splat
01-08-2005, 02:46 PM
Weather on the radio said this sucka has stalled. That's the good news.

Would you bring an autographed avatar photo to the Wood for me this week?

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-08-2005, 03:09 PM
....damn this is good coffee

Pete's?

1:13 PM. Mrs. Shoe just called from takin a break at the Heave. Said conditions are BETTER than last week. She used the word "bottomless" a few times as well as the phrase "face shots with every turn". Said she caught a glimpse of lph and Arty whoopin and hollerin through the trees. Total white room.

I'll be in my garage starin at the wall on my bike for a few hours. :mad:

Ubersheist
01-08-2005, 03:13 PM
another quickie storm story:

I was just graced by the surprise appearance of Sir Greydon Clark at my front door. After leaving SF around 4 in the morning, they got stuck in Pollock Pines in the foothills for a coupla hours and then bagged it. We just called CalTrans and 50 is still closed there at 12:20 PM. Never in my 4 years of living here have I heard of people not being able to get into the mountains for the entire day. Friggin crazy.

I don't feel so bad about sittin' at work for a few hours today, then... until I read your relayed message from Mrs. Shoe....

Oh well... I'll be at Sugarbowl tomorrow... Should be GOOD!

skier666
01-08-2005, 03:25 PM
yes...Peets homebrew.

Argggggggghhh, I'd love to hit up all the aspects of Lower California side of Heavenly....that would be fun...that's definitely one of the great benefits of the Heav. Steep, continuous vert at the bottom of the mountain, perfect for days like today. Can't wait to get Artys report. :eek:

freshies
01-08-2005, 03:27 PM
ok kids, what's the prediction? NWS saying possible window inbetween storms tomorrow? will they get anything good spinning tomorrow before it starts hammering again tomorrow night through Monday?

I can make Mon (drive up tomorrow night)....but sounds like it will dumping & windy all day, so Tues maybe "the day" - but of course, I have meetings Tues I can't blow off....so maybe Wed....agghhhh.....i hate this.....the angst of possibly missing "the day"....

Superstar Punani
01-08-2005, 04:24 PM
ok kids, what's the prediction?

Here's your doppler, DAD


Greydon/Clack/666/Kellie-Tues/Wed sick day?

freshies
01-08-2005, 06:09 PM
If NWS forecast holds true, storm blows itself out Tues - it takes most of Tues for patrol to bomb - and Wed dawns blue bird and COLD with 2-3 new on top of the 3 that has already fallen...

"BIG WEDNESDAY" could be legendary..

plus its the only day when I can get up


NEXT COLD FRONT PUSHES THROUGH AREA LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON
AND EVENING WITH ANOTHER ROUND OF HEAVY SNOW. ADDITIONAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF 12 TO 18 INCHES IN WRN NV VALLEYS WEST OF
HIGHWAY 395 WITH 2 TO 4 FEET IN TAHOE BASIN AND 4 TO 7 FEET
ABOVE 7000 FEET ALONG SIERRA CREST BY TUESDAY MORNING. SYSTEM
MOVES THROUGH AREA TUESDAY MORNING WITH DECREASING SNOW SHOWERS
TUESDAY DURING THE DAY. CLEARING TUESDAY NIGHT WITH VERY COLD
LOW TEMPERATURES WED MORNING WITH FRESH SNOW COVER. CYLKE

lph
01-08-2005, 06:59 PM
Sweet Mary Mother of Jesus!!!

I am still speechless. As Mrs. Shoe can tell you; Arty and I couldn't talk therefore we were hooping and hollering and thats about all we could manage.

This was definitely a Heavenly storm, when the Wood reported 24" the Heave reported 36-48" and they weren't lying. Arty and I lapped and lapped and lapped Avalanche Bowl off gunbarrel all day. We hiked to Little Slide in Avie Bowl at least 5 times. Why did we hike on a such a huge day???? Because a short 15 minute hike led to CHEST DEEP untracked snow! Face shots don't begin to describe the turns, it was CHOKINGLY DEEP, first time in Tahoe I have had to watch when I took a breath. It was way way overhead and it just kept getting deeper. When I picked up Arty this morning his road had just been plowed and his driveway was clear. When I dropped him off this afternoon, my GMC sierra 2500 got stuck in his driveway.

As 666 said, the sustained pitch of Lower California side of Heavenly is amazing, the trees are incredible. On every run we skied right onto the road at the bottom then to the chair, never did we ski on an actual run.

Arty got some $$$$$$$$$$$ pics with his new camera.

Met up with gimpy, kellie and hop when they arrived at about noon, gimpy led a hike, I couldn't hang so i skied down to pick up Arty who had been inside buying new goggles. Never saw those guys again, but I am sure gimpy showed them the goods.

Sorry for the ramblings, too much adrenaline and I am starting to crash.

Love,
lph

skier666
01-08-2005, 07:12 PM
Mother of God...

I'm still sitting at my kitchen table doing work so I can hit Mon/Tues.

I can host pics if you need me to......must....have....crack..........

lph
01-08-2005, 07:21 PM
Just talked to Gonzo and it sounds like the Gonzo show is gonna hang on the North Shore tonite with Lane Meyer after a day at homewood. Sounds like they are going to ski North shore tomorrow and try to make it to kirkwood on monday.

Bummed I am not going to get to ski with you guys.

Time for a hot tub and a beer. :D

666 I think Arty is probably working to get these pics ASAP. Just from the quick glance i saw he has about 10-20 money shots. I haven't looked at the video I shot but i had a problem with visibility and condensation on the lens, so i doubt it will be worthwhile.

I shot a couple of stills of him from behind, unfortunately he isn't actually visible in any of the pics due to the blower pow he left in his wake. ;)

Arty50
01-08-2005, 07:39 PM
I'm working on it right now. TR coming soon.


Time for a hot tub and a beer. :D

:the_finge This is me after clearing the driveway when I got home:

http://home.mindspring.com/~arty50/pictures/driveway.jpg

The wind was really nice since it blew everything right back in my face. The driveway was down to pavement this morning; when we got back there was almost two feet of new snow.

Greydon Clark
01-08-2005, 07:43 PM
Dudes, I tried... hard. 4AM the alarm goes off, out the door at 4:30, in Plaserville at 6:15ish... 50 is closed, fuck. Breakfast at Denny's, 50 still closed but supposed to open at 8:30... BANGER! Drive up the hill, chain up, hit Poluck Pines at 8:31, 50 is closed. Fuck. Chill in the parking lot of Safeway, shit at Taco Bell, read a tabloid and make out with my partner in crime AKA Split-Hippy. At 10:49 one of us gets a hard-on, rather than explain the pocket rocket we retreat to west bound 50 (at CalTrans' suggestion). We contemplate reentering the que on 50, but realize we have been bested and make trails to Camp Tyronne where we drink Turkish coffee and debate the cock sucking of various Bulgarian porn-starlettes. This trancemission is being broadcast from The Mission. Suck, but plans have been laid for a Tuesday mission. MUST SLAY POW...

glademaster
01-08-2005, 07:55 PM
I expect to see every single picture taken by you guys in the Tahoe area today, skiing, snowblowing, snow falling, snowcaked neandertal's ;) , houses/streets buried, any kind of snow pics. It rained all last night and all day today here in NJ.

I'm living vicariously through Tahoe, and as all of you know, there's more to life during a huge storm than skiing. For me at least, the lifestyle-type shots get me just as stoked. Simply seeing snow falling or a driveway with 6 foot banks or buried cars is amazing to me. Thanks. :D

yogachik
01-08-2005, 08:05 PM
wow, what a day you guys had!
Can't wait to see your pics, Arty.

The town of Mammoth is currently closed - all streets are closed (all streets), people being told to stay indoors and emergency shelters have been set up (!).

The 395 from Bishop to Bridgeport has been closed for hours, but the entire 203 closed is closed too -- this hasn't happened in 20+ years.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-08-2005, 08:27 PM
Sweet Mary Mother of Jesus!!!

I am still speechless. As Mrs. Shoe can tell you; Arty and I couldn't talk therefore we were hooping and hollering and thats about all we could manage.

This was definitely a Heavenly storm, when the Wood reported 24" the Heave reported 36-48" and they weren't lying. Arty and I lapped and lapped and lapped Avalanche Bowl off gunbarrel all day. We hiked to Little Slide in Avie Bowl at least 5 times. Why did we hike on a such a huge day???? Because a short 15 minute hike led to CHEST DEEP untracked snow! Face shots don't begin to describe the turns, it was CHOKINGLY DEEP, first time in Tahoe I have had to watch when I took a breath. It was way way overhead and it just kept getting deeper. When I picked up Arty this morning his road had just been plowed and his driveway was clear. When I dropped him off this afternoon, my GMC sierra 2500 got stuck in his driveway.

As 666 said, the sustained pitch of Lower California side of Heavenly is amazing, the trees are incredible. On every run we skied right onto the road at the bottom then to the chair, never did we ski on an actual run.

Arty got some $$$$$$$$$$$ pics with his new camera.

Met up with gimpy, kellie and hop when they arrived at about noon, gimpy led a hike, I couldn't hang so i skied down to pick up Arty who had been inside buying new goggles. Never saw those guys again, but I am sure gimpy showed them the goods.

Sorry for the ramblings, too much adrenaline and I am starting to crash.

Love,
lph

well god damn

:frown:


there's more coming you way too. Sheep just started pouring down along with the cats and dogs down here. I'm expecting the oxen herd a little later.

chill winston
01-08-2005, 08:51 PM
i'm in for a wednesday mission from the mission. Mr. Clark? :fmicon:

gimpy
01-08-2005, 09:04 PM
storm warning now till 4 am tuesday. sooo, possible tuesday and def wednesday are gonna be out of control.
lph -- that hike we were doing when you bailed wasn't really worth it. hogsback was right in the face of the wind and as such was kinda scoured, drifty and boney. and like you said, little slide kicked ass and we skinned up to big slide for one run which also kicked that ass's ass. wife permitting, i'm gonna try to hit it at 8:30 opening bell tomorrow for a quick hour fix in avy bowl

G
01-08-2005, 09:08 PM
Hells yea. Great day today!


How the heck did I manage to miss all of you guys up there?

ja_surf
01-08-2005, 10:04 PM
Heavenly was off the hook today, had face shots from the time I started at 8:30 till 3:00!!! Wahoooooooooooooooo

Greydon Clark
01-08-2005, 10:06 PM
i'm in for a wednesday mission from the mission. Mr. Clark? :fmicon:

Yeah, I'm all about cherry picking a pow day this week. I bet Stoney Wall is down too, I'll check with him tonight.

:tdo13: :tdo13: :tdo13:

Vets
01-09-2005, 01:19 AM
I made it up to Heavenly today. Nevada side (Stagecoach and North Bowl.) 2-3 ft. of fresh. They even opened Olympic chair for a couple of hours. I know that it isn't that steep there (steep was needed for the snow depth.) However, it did provide access to Western Perimeter (inbounds.) Western Perimeter was amazing. Deep and untracked. The rock piles between the trees were inviting soft pillows of pow. It was fun to float down with the brief moments of slough. I didn't cross any other tracks until close to 2:00.

I returned home to 2 feet of fresh on a 1 and 1/2 foot base. I might just ski my yard tomorrow. :D

Arty50
01-09-2005, 02:19 AM
How the heck did I manage to miss all of you guys up there?

It's hard to find what you can't see...

http://homepage.mac.com/arty50/.Pictures/Heavenly/heav12.jpg

watersnowdirt
01-09-2005, 05:35 PM
nice. Good stuff. What a strange storm it's been - I ran in shorts yesterday and hiked in a tshirt today. I was worried that that meant that things were drying out up there, but it sounds like that's not the case.

Go git it! you all deserve it. Have fun and be safe!

basom
01-09-2005, 08:25 PM
squaw went the fuck off today.


holy fucking shit.
holy fucking shit.

i am in love.

edit: holy fucking shit. i like the kt holy shit.

Free Range Lobster
01-09-2005, 08:26 PM
i just jizzed myself

You best be spending a whole morning on chat TR'ing and posting pics till you cry when you get home.

basom
01-09-2005, 08:32 PM
no time for pics today, all the footie we have is from the moblile comand center. we'll try and get pics tomarrow. try. holy fucking shit.

holy fucking shit.

shirk
01-09-2005, 10:01 PM
All I could utter for hours on the one and only time I've rode KT was "Holy shit this rocks" "Fucking crazy man" over and over and over again. This was on FatThursday late February last year. KT on a sick pow day is better that sex.

skier666
01-09-2005, 10:28 PM
Nice...super stoked you got Tahoe on a sick day...and have stories for the crew at home.

On another note...I just drove from SF to South Lake in about 3 hours...Yep...3 hours. No traffic with dry roads all the way to Sly Park Road. Rain until Strawberry and then driving on snow at Twin Bridges to Meyers. Over Echo Summit @ 7:00 pm it was dumping...it may be wet, but they are getting snow. Meyers it was a rain/snow mix, mostly rain. At my house in South Lake, not doing anything at all, except a few rain drops.

I will attempt to hit Kirkwood the next two days, may even buy a Heavenly pass if need be due to whether in the next few days.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-09-2005, 10:30 PM
squaw went the fuck off today.


holy fucking shit.
holy fucking shit.

i am in love.

edit: holy fucking shit. i like the kt holy shit.

love it. absolutely love it.

:)

gimpy
01-09-2005, 11:05 PM
carson pass is finally open so lets hope it stays that way. supposedly a break in the storm action till monday night so kwood just might be reachable tomorrow.

Tap
01-09-2005, 11:34 PM
squaw went the fuck off today.


holy fucking shit.
holy fucking shit.

i am in love.

edit: holy fucking shit. i like the kt holy shit.



popped your KT cherry, eh basom? dat's some gooooooooooooood shit. :the_finge

Kellie
01-10-2005, 12:21 AM
carson pass is finally open so lets hope it stays that way. supposedly a break in the storm action till monday night so kwood just might be reachable tomorrow.

Damn. I have great timing. After 3 days of trying to ski KW, I gave up tomorrow to make a midweek trip instead . . . looks like I may have made the wrong call - but I suppose I'm willing to take one for the team . . . :FIREdevil

Have fun you guys :biggrin:

Kellie
01-10-2005, 10:15 AM
88 open in both directions . . .chair 6 open and 10 on wind hold . . .

Tell me again why I left? Was it to come back and do a presentation today at work - must not have been cuz the fockers cancelled it this morning!!!!

:FIREdevil

Lane Meyer
01-10-2005, 10:26 AM
My God, I don't even know where to begin. Yesterday was the best day of my life. Except the day before, or maybe the day before that. It still feels like a dream. Once I make sense of it in my head I'll elaborate. KT was the best it's ever been in my 5 seasons at Squaw. Our first run down chute 75 defies description. I think I made 10 turns down the whole thing, crossed maybe one patroller track the entire way. Ab-so-lutey insane.

freshies
01-10-2005, 12:31 PM
nice work lads! more KT TR needed! hmmm, i sat this one out, but am thinking of heading back up tomorrow night and hitting Alpine on Wed. Supposed to be another 3-5 feet from tonight - Tues night :eek:

This storm cycle is insane...almost 17 feet since Dec 27th - yee haa!

freshies
01-10-2005, 03:21 PM
Sunday was a strange day at Sierra. 50 opened at 10 am and when we got there a bit before 11 there were fewer than 100 cars in the parking lot. I doubt more than 200 cars showed up throughout the day. The snow didn't ski as deep as the 5-6 feet they got, in some places a windpack layer was only 6 inches down, but mostly it was knee deep and sometimes bottomless. It was snowing pretty hard and felt like a ghost town. Eventally I was crossing a few tracks in the trees but I rarely saw anyone else until the bottom of the runs. And then, around 2, the falling snow turned to ... not snow. And the fluffy powder turned to ... something else, heavier and noisier. After a few more runs we finally accepted the harsh reality: we were being rained on, top (of West Bowl) to bottom, and the powder had turned to glop with a light rain crust, so we put our wet asses into the heated seats and drove home, rain over Echo Summit and everywhere in Tahoe. Of course when it was time to head back to the bay later that night it was snowing over Echo Summit again ... Kirkwood probably got mostly or all snow. Tues-Wednesday should be good days.

thx for the tr Walter..Snow level dropping back down to 3000 ft tonight - tomorrow with this next storm...Wed should be sweet. haven't heard anything today from the east coast guys or Lane, so they must be getting the goods today. lucky bastards

lph
01-10-2005, 03:28 PM
Strange, I am down in Carson valley and it is snowing on the valley floor, also, it looks to be snowing pretty hard at kirkwood right now with temps around 20 degrees.

kush1
01-10-2005, 03:33 PM
Strange, I am down in Carson valley and it is snowing on the valley floor, also, it looks to be snowing pretty hard at kirkwood right now with temps around 20 degrees.


Get after it my man! Also remember to shoot lots and lots of video, then edit it pronto for me to watch :D

I am now living threw all of you (dont even feel like going skiing right now, we got 1/2 of ice the day before I came home)

descender
01-10-2005, 03:39 PM
Spur was open all day Sunday but the pass was closed, which is rare. KW rocked.

Alkasquawlik
01-10-2005, 04:06 PM
squaw went the fuck off today.


holy fucking shit.
holy fucking shit.

i am in love.

edit: holy fucking shit. i like the kt holy shit.

Why thank you for noticing.

Lane Meyer
01-10-2005, 04:34 PM
thx for the tr Walter..Snow level dropping back down to 3000 ft tonight - tomorrow with this next storm...Wed should be sweet. haven't heard anything today from the east coast guys or Lane, so they must be getting the goods today. lucky bastards

Sadly, I'm punching keys at work. Callingin dead wednesday. If they say I can;t, I'll quit. Days like Wednesday come around once every 50 years or so.

Telenater
01-10-2005, 04:38 PM
Sadly, I'm punching keys at work. Callingin dead wednesday. If they say I can;t, I'll quit. Days like Wednesday come around once every 50 years or so.

I did it the otherway for Wednesday. I convinced my boss that he should go skiing on Wednesday.....

lph
01-10-2005, 04:50 PM
(hop here)

KW was very very nice today. Very Baker-esque (that's for you hardrider), super smooth and velvety dense stuff. Followed 666 down the Jim's... we probably made 10-15 turns from the top to the cat-track -warp speed now captain!
It got a bit chunky and hard once it was cut up so we ventured farther afield to stay in the smooth stuff, scoring down the Sisters and Norm's Nose. Vis was hit and miss most of the day with chair 10 going on wind hold (with us on it just below the top...my favorite part of the day) at around 1230? We called "over it" and bailed at 1330.

It was still puking when we left, so tomorrow should be UltraKickassRadness.

Edit: Skier666 has the pics.

hardrider
01-10-2005, 05:01 PM
Some of the fastest snow Ive ever skied in my whole-entire-complete-total-life. Its nuking kids its nuking. honestly its a good thing that its snowing since our base has really been shrinking, we need this storm more than anywhere I would guess.



Sorry. :FIREdevil



edit: 5 more inches and k-wood rolls over 400"for the season. :eek:

lph
01-10-2005, 05:21 PM
glad it was fun, kids.

might try to get out there for a couple hours tomorrow, especially if it is going to be as good as hardrider says (he is RARELY wrong. ;) ) but, chances of that are slim and none. :mad:

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-10-2005, 05:58 PM
edit: 5 more inches and k-wood rolls over 400"for the season. :eek:

wow...they usually don't hit that until March or April. Sick. keeping my fingers crossed for super long spring season!

Spats
01-10-2005, 07:42 PM
At this rate we'll be able to hold the Mammoth spring mini in August. Kirkwood will probably close with a 10-foot base.

Just started dumping rain here. Again.

skier666
01-10-2005, 07:49 PM
.....I'm getting worried on the base situation too. If it shrinks anymore I may need to bring out the Ghetto Fab G4's. But thank god snow is in the forecast. :)

divegirl
01-10-2005, 07:55 PM
I did it the otherway for Wednesday. I convinced my boss that he should go skiing on Wednesday.....
You're lucky. You work in a smallish not-very-corporate office compared to mine. NO FAIR. My boss did the Lumberg thing today - literally - and said, "We need you to help Mr. X out on a project for a couple days, okay?" as he looked at me with beaty eyes (I think he's been smoking too many cigarettes). He seemed relentless, like it was an important job, as if to say, "I KNOW you'll want to leave to go skiing on Wednesday, and this should keep you here." I think I'm feeling sick. I should have never told anyone I picked up this sport.

Superstar Punani
01-10-2005, 09:34 PM
Workin 9 to 5 has got you caught in the past
That no-end job is taking you nowhere fast

Sometimes you just gotta break the law.

We're heading for a(nother) blizzard....

a blizzard of aahhhs

xboat
01-10-2005, 09:35 PM
so is basom and crew killing it or what?

Arty50
01-10-2005, 10:34 PM
Workin 9 to 5 has got you caught in the past
That no-end job is taking you nowhere fast

Sometimes you just gotta break the law.

We're heading for a(nother) blizzard....

a blizzard of aahhhs

Are you gonna get everyone in the office sick again?

Bum Z
01-10-2005, 10:51 PM
Nice thread. If we Utards would learn to post in just one thread, people might stop bitching about how many Alta threads there are.

runethechamp
01-10-2005, 10:57 PM
Lots of big negotiations before the shoot... Now it was time to deliver.

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-11-2005, 12:00 AM
so is basom and crew killing it or what?

heh...I got a message from basom as they were cruising through Sacto on their way to SFO. He used the phrase "killing it" more than a few times I believe. Also said something about first chair on KT-22 and maybe best day ever or some gibberish like that......

basom
01-11-2005, 08:11 AM
just got in on the red eye at 7 am eastern time. rolled directly from the airport to a meeting. just a bit worked right now.

we had an epic trip, and my mind is such a piece of shit right now i'm not going to attempt a TR. if i did i'm sure justice would not be done.

all i can say is that my decision to pull the trigger on this one and roll the dice was the best one i've made in at least five years. everything worked out, everything. (except making it down to SLT and the wood, but after the day we had at squaw on sunday and the hopes of more terrain openings on monday we felt it would be just stupid to drive five hours to a possibly closed road. and of course we were rewarded with Granite chief oh yeah)

good to meet and ski with you for a bit alka. and lane, what more can i say...... you and rob are the meng. we had a seriously good time with you guys.

bill is still there, and the ski pics are on his camera. so those wont be up till wed or thurs, and per usuall it was way too good to be stoping and shooting all over the place, but we got a few.

gonzo killed it..
bill killed it
APK killed it
and my new knee felt strong and true, and i think i know where i'm moving next fall.

Foggy_Goggles
01-11-2005, 08:17 AM
Base in your face! Whey to get after it. Whiners will not be tolerated, simply directed to this thread.

Ubersheist
01-11-2005, 09:44 AM
I should have never told anyone I picked up this sport.

Ditto. I regret it terribly now. I should've told 'em my hobby was knitting and darning bobby socks.

Our office has the Lumberg mentality, too. As such, if I'm not here tomorrow, there will be hell to pay on Thursday. :frown:

gonzo
01-11-2005, 09:49 AM
3:30 pm Friday - Arrive at airport 3 hours early. Nervous that flight may not get out. Hopefully all will be well with me and the others.

6:38 pm -Hour 3- - On the plane. "Indefinite delay" to get to San Francisco due to weather. Fuck fuck fuck.

7:00 pm - Drinking at airport bar. Told to check in at 7:30 at gate to check on weather hold. APK is on his flight and Basom and Bill were getting on when I was getting off. Snuck a peak at the monitor at the gate - looked like 52 mph winds in S.F. So close…

7:30 pm - Hour 4- Now I am suspecting a conspiracy. There were only a few people on the flight and there is another one at 9:15. I bet those fuckers bumped us to save a buck. All Southwest flights to Vegas and Oakland are cancelled. They must be conspiring too…

7:45 pm - Just announced an 8:40 take off. We'll see. I have a deep, searing hatred for these fuckers. Thank god David Spade's new sitcom is on the airport TV's to distract me. It, too, is awful. Sidenote: there is a cross-dresser sitting a few rows wearing a English romantic-era bonnet and corset.

8:30 pm - Hour 5 - Back on the plane. Captain Asshole just announced our "wheels up" time to be 9:47 pm, landing time to be a little past midnight. 3 hour delay. We'll see. This means APK will be in San Fran. for approximately 4 hours han solo. He'll be psyched.

1:10 am EST Saturday - Hour 10 - En route on the plane. Forced myself to get some sleep. Going to be a long night.

12:20 am PST - Hour 11 - Finally landed, found AKP in baggage claim, picked up Expedition. The thing is sick. Leather interior, navigation system, back seats that recline, etc…but no tape deck, which is a chafe for iPod compatibility. Later find that Basom has an iTrip, but only his iPod will work...which means we will be forced to listen to They Might Be Giants and The Crash Test Dummies all trip. Pick Basom and Bill up in Oakland @ 2:45. They are looking autumn-harvest-steezariffic. Totally sickbird. On road at 2:50 am.

5:45 am - Hour 16 - In 24 hour Safeway parking lot, Pollock Pines, CA. Rt. 50 is closed until 10:00 am, or so they say. Everyone we meet is jacked up on crystal meth. A really nice man asked us for a ride to Tahoe. Unfortunately we don't have enough room for him. He seems really nice though.

9:30 am -Hour 20 - Pollock Pines is starting to get really jammed up. We hop out of "line" and do some exploring/4 wheeling. The town is nearly over run with people trying to get to ski.

10:00 am - After working our way back into a good spot, Cpt. Farva of the Pollock Pines PD (no joke - that was his name) shows up and starts telling people to get the fuck out of town, go west and go home. Apparently 50 is not going to open for a long time. Avy control and clean-up still pending. We decide to head back down to Placerville and develop a plan. No one else we can think to call has any ideas.

10:15 am - Heading back down to Placerville, twisting one up, we get the call from Arty that 80 is open. We haul ass down, north up 49 to 80.

11:30 am - Hour 22 - Nearly stop to ski the resort up top of Donner Pass. Sugarbowl? Wind is honking and snow is coming down hard. Decide to head all the way down to avoid getting caught out of Tahoe again.

1:15 pm - Hour 24 - Nearly 13 hours after getting in the car and, for APK, 27 hours after starting to travel, we roll into the Homewood parking lot in north lake. Decided on Homewood because of the sheltered terrain from the howling wind. Turns out Squaw shut down at 1:00 and Alpine only opened minimally, so Homewood was a good call for some afternoon laps. Head over to elf-land or something like that to ski some trees. The snow is DEEP. Dense so you don't sink to your waist with your skis or board on, but you would if you took them off. Soft and light enough to go overhead if you lay a turn into it, but firm and bouncy enough to make it really fun to bomb around in. Great for landing. Homewood has lots of gullys with big ass trees and fun little shots. We good get laps in to warm up to the snow, knowing that the next two days are going to be sick sick sick.

[Sidenote: I can't explain to you how much snow there is up there, or how hard it snow the whole fucking time we were there. By the end of the trip we were nearly numb to it, but inevitably driving around every 15 minutes one of us would declare how insane the 15 foot piles of snow on the side of the road were or how hard it was 'gurging and had been since we got there. So, so much fucking snow, so much coverage, and so deep. Keep in mind that every minute we were on the mountain, it was full on spackling snow. We were soaked the whole time.]

4:00 pm - Hour 27 - Hook up with some of my buddies from college - they have a pretty full house so we end up as gracious guests of Lane Meyer, one of my older brother's buddies from college. Lane and his room mate Rob are fired up to ski the next day, as are we. And we are fucking tired, since we have been up for over well 30 hours at this point. Chow some pizza and pass out hard to Hot Dog.

7:00 am Sunday - Hour 40 - Blue bird. Squaw is saying they will be opening upper mountain. At this point it is unclear how much snow they have gotten - multiple feet - but it is sure to be good, since it has been yaking hard all night and forever before that. So fired up. Bomb to Squaw with Lane leading the way. Turns out blue skies were just suckering us out of bed, but oh well. It will be sick. Gear up to the sounds of bombs on the hill (which didn't stop once all day Sunday and Monday) and hop into line at KT-22 at around 7:45. Alkasqualik and Co. are a few ahead of us - we're about chair 10 - Ingrid Backstrom, Rob Gaffney, JT Holmes, etc. all in line. Shit gets pushy in line and nearly a fight. People are fired up to get on the snow. The Fingers look down at us, untracked…

gonzo
01-11-2005, 09:50 AM
9:00 am - Hour 42 - I end up riding up my first lift ever at Squaw sitting next to Ingrid Backstrom looking at the Fingers and everything else buried in 2 to 3 feet of freshy, bouncy, soft Tahoe powder. I have no idea where to go. Blown away by the available terrain. We just follow Lane and his buddies. HOLY FUCKING SHIT. First run, first tracks on Chute 75. For those of you that don't know it, it comes straight off the top of KT-22 and is somewhere between 1600 and 1800 of perfectly sustained 35 to 42ish degree slope, approx 50 feet wide. We bomb it. Lane pops the cherry. Maybe 25 full size, bottomless, perfect GS turns maching full speed top to bottom. I like Squaw Valley. Holy fucking shit. We all agree had that run been the only one of the trip, it would have been worth it. I would gladly travel 24 hours for that run again. Lane says it was his best run in 5 years at Squaw. Luckily, there was more. KT-22 blew our minds. So, so much sick terrain served from that lift. We did our best to keep up with Lane and Co. Dead Tree, Rock Garden…short traverses left, right, out, back, all over yield sick steep shots with cool terrain features to be found all the way down. I keep thinking how awesome local knowledge of that hill would be on a day like today. The cliffs at Squaw are not sheer and often require a good about of horizontal distance to reach the landing, so you can't really roll up, scope the landing and drop. You need to know what you are going to hit and where it is…and if you do, you are fucking psyched because there is so much air to be had at Squaw. Hook up with Alka and his buddy George and a girl they were riding with. They are all fucking sick. Head over to Adrenaline Rock from Cornice 2 chair. Lane shoots the chute and stomps it clean. I follow and triple tomahawk down the apron. Sweet. Turn around to see Alka billygoating up to something that does not appear to be skiable. Turns out it was - sick double stager. His buddy George does the same and hits another line of the same sickness. Then this girl they are skiing with (who we later find out is in high school) who is maybe 5 foot 1, 110 pounds lines up her shot. This girl stomped a triple stage 60 foot line. Really really smooth. We would all like to know her name for future reference. She rips. The rest of the day is filled with more of the same. Sick lines, fun drops, awesome terrain. Mildbill wins the Sickbird award of the day for his quad-twisting double release tomahawk. Ben rocks all day on his new knee and APK bombs maching GS turns all over everything. Bill hates the spatulas for not having enough tip to land on (they look pretty small on a 250 lb 6-5 dude) but he'll give them another shot.

2:00 pm - Hour 47 - Spent after a long day, we get a beer at the Chamois to figure out what our next move is. Still nuking snow. We all really want to make it to South Lake, but after some research find that the road to the Weed from South Lake is still closed and it would take several hours to get down there…and upper Squaw may open tomorrow….and we are fucking spent. End up making the call to stay up north and hit Squaw again.

4:00 pm - Hour 49 - Maxin' and relaxin' with Lane and friends. Basom gets wasted, I get wasted, Bill tries to get wasted but he is too big. Eats 7 7-11 burgers instead and scares some people who may or may not have liked meat. Hookas are smoked. We all pass out on floors and couches as the night wares on…tomorrow shall be good. And not crowded. We have no one to ski with but we feel like we can probably find our way to some goods after the amazing tour by Lane and his buds.

7:00 am Monday - Hour 64 - Stopped snowing and has warmed up a bit. We down 7-11 burritos and head to the hill. We hop in first in line at KT-22. Headwall and Granite Chief are on hold and will hopefully be opening. Basom and I get first chair. Fingers have filled in. The terrain continues to blow us away. We head straight to Chute 75 again. First tracks. Again. Basom gets Sickbird for the day for stopping mid-cherry pop to take some pictures of us as we mach by. Snow down low is a bit wet, but still fun. We run another lap to lookers left. So much fun terrain. Fun airs had. Great turns made. Bill loves it on his Spats. They are really made for the heavier Squaw snow - they are like skimmers on top of that stuff. The spat riders (and there are many) are seen maching around the hill everywhere at Squaw, nuking through everything…

10:00 am - Hour 67 - We decide to take a ride up the gondola to see if the snow is drier up top and hopefully catch Granite Chief when it opens. Basom ends up running into his buddy Stan from college. Stan has skied and lived at/near Squaw for three years and is with all of his buddies. We decide to follow them…good call. Head over to Broken Arrow, hike up and get into some great chutes, fun drops, awesome snow, and a killer wind lip. We run another lap. So, so good. Great pitch. Then we see Granite has opened. We bomb over and find a bit of a line, but not much, considering it hasn't been open since at least 8 feet ago. The ride up blows our already blown minds. More great terrain in all directions. Squaw really is Squallywood - I swear you can see every line on the mountain from a lift. And there are so many lines. Super technical lines in every direction and they are getting hit, getting dropped and getting stuck. Really cool to see. Several times riding the lift I would see some dude across the valley picking his way down to some sick exposed cliff and convince myself he is a gape and is going to get cliffed out our get worked. Then they point 'em and hit a double stager I didn't even think about and stomp it clean. And I feel shame. We follow Stan and Co. down more sweet pitches, fun drops, and sick terrain. So so so much fun. Line gets to us after a few laps so we head back to Broken Arrow to burn another, then back to Granite for more. We end up splitting up with Stan and Basom calls it to end on a good note with the new knee. Bill, APK and I burn two more down some fun terrain at Granite (at this point we can barely make turns) and head to Broken Arrow for another run down to the bottom. It is super good. Mashed potatoes at the bottom, but still damn good…

2:30 pm - Hour 73 - Beers and meatballs at the Chamois. Hoping to get snowed in…another 3 feet expected tonight. Looks like the roads are clear and responsibility kicks in. Bill stays behind and APK, Basom and I get gear up to go.

9:00 pm - Hour 80 - In-and-Out mawed on the way back to San Fran…so so glad the trip was made. So many good turns made, good folks met, and good times had. Tahoe kicks ass.

11:30 pm Monday night - Hour 82 - Red-eye back to Chicago 90 hours later. Spent and happy. So glad the trigger was pulled.

6:00 am CST Tuesday morning - Hour 86 - Back in Chicago. 2 hours of sleep in bed before rallying to class…so spent, but so content.

86 hours, 633 miles on the rental car, and hundreds of perfect turns and drops later, it is all said and done. Thanks so much for all of the hospitality, offers of floor space and advice from everyone here. This was definitely one the best trips I have ever been on. Storm chasing with minimal planning and room on a credit card is highly advisable…especially when Tahoe has gotten nearly 200 inches…and Mildbill, Basom, and APK are going to go with you. The trip only would have been better if Honc had not been forced to smell the corporate glove all weekend….

[pics and video to be supplied by Basom. They suck but we have a few…]

FollowMe
01-11-2005, 09:52 AM
Basom, et al., way to go!

Big E
01-11-2005, 09:54 AM
edit - nevermind, gonzo post #2 came up while I was reading #1...

gonzo
01-11-2005, 09:57 AM
BAP BAP BAP!

Big E
01-11-2005, 10:00 AM
edit - nevermind, gonzo post #2 came up while I was reading #1...

Okay, finished #2, unbelievable, awesome trip guys. The MCSN comes through again. I'm buzzing just reading that TR.

Ubersheist
01-11-2005, 10:02 AM
I end up riding up my first lift ever at Squaw sitting next to Ingrid Backstrom …

That would make the trip entirely worthwhile for me!

Way to get after it, dudes!! :biggrin:

Vinman
01-11-2005, 10:02 AM
that did not suck. Glad you guys got some. Took some balls to pull the trigger on that trip.

basom
01-11-2005, 10:20 AM
BAP BAP BAP!

bap bap bap.


bill is on the hill right now.


mummyfucker.

Lane Meyer
01-11-2005, 10:27 AM
I'm not gonna bother to comment on anything that Gonzo wrote up above - fucking killer writeup man. So great to meet you guys, show you around, and share some Tahoe love at Squallywood. Come back anytime.

So I'll pick up where you guys left off.

January 10th - 05:00 PM - I return home from "work" to find Bill deeply involved in some heavy-duty Law and Order watching on my couch. He looks w-i-p-e-d out. He shares stories of you guys' last day on the hill which make me second guess my decision to tie one on Sunday night since I'd be at work Monday am, but such is the lift of a semi-serious ski bum.

06:00 PM - Calls sent out to people in the 'Hood about burgers at Cottonwood are returned with answers of "nah, we're hunkered down"/"Nope, still shoveling out, we had to crawl in through our kitchen window"/etc. Instead, we accept an offer from my friends down the street to walk down and eat some green curry. Somehow, several glasses of Johnnie Walker Black later, we agree with my friends that the snow "24" is worth watching. Tw hours of my life later (which I can never get back, by the way), it's 10 PM and we're exhausted, so we crash out.

January 11th - 06:30 AM - Woke up to another 6-8 inches of light fluff in Truckee, snowing lightly outside. Anticipating a ride to Squaw from Rob (my roommate), Mildbill was already up and dressed and ready to step out the door. I've been up for the last hour and a half, rehearsing in my head what I'm going to say to my boss to try and get tomorrow off. The forecast calls for continuing heavy snow all day, but inexplicably, the skies over the Martis Valley are clearing. Winds at the mountain are light, overnight snowfall is deep (14-18 there), and crowds are non-existant. And I came to work. I rolled the dice and hoped that the forecast and radar, which show a HUGE blob of yellow parked over the Central Valley, are correct. Tomorrow should still be the day. Fingers crossed.

08:15 AM - Yet today is still poised, for those who are out, to rank in the "high-lifetime days lists" of everyone out wallowing in face shots and buttering high-speed arcs. Bill must be so stoked right now. I just called Cody, who is in line at KT and in position for third chair. What will he drop? Box chute? Main air? Coleman's to the middle knuckle? Anything seems possible into 18" of Alta-style blower. Doubt begins to crash in - should I be there today? Will this ever happen again this year? What if this is it? I'm placing my faith in the radar. She blinded me with science, right?

Tap
01-11-2005, 10:29 AM
that's awesome. great TR. post some pics, eh?

i love squaw. way to git after history, boyz.

basom
01-11-2005, 10:43 AM
middle knuckle.



all time baby. all time. i still have a huge buzz.

Greydon Clark
01-11-2005, 11:06 AM
Glad that you guys got through… sounds like an amazing trip.

CS
01-11-2005, 11:11 AM
Way to go fellas. Glad it all worked out.

freshies
01-11-2005, 11:16 AM
that is so sweet! so glad ou guys rallied and hit the big storms! maybe road trip of the year (to date).

now, i am kicking myself for not going up last night to hit it today....after reading posts like this, seeing all the $, sweat, toil and effort peeps put in to hit a blower day in Tahoe...well, makes me feel spoiled and shamed for not hitting every storm....

Plan is to slay it tomorrow (providing I didn't totally screw up my call of Wed being "the day", and in fact, today becomes "the day" and they pop everything @ Alpine...)

But I digress...again, great TR, nice work lads!

comish
01-11-2005, 11:27 AM
Awesome TR!

That makes me sooo pumped for tomorrow at Mammy. Stoked that motivating and schlepping panned out for you guys!

You have to be thinking:
<hannibal smith> "I love it when a plan comes together"<hannibal smith>

Dexter Rutecki
01-11-2005, 11:37 AM
Jealous...starting to seethe...

No, actually glad you guys got some. Watching all the Ta ho's get some I've come to accept, just not used to having the Boston crew rub my face in it too.

basom
01-11-2005, 12:08 PM
12:20 am PST - Hour 11 - Finally landed, found AKP in baggage claim, picked up Expedition. The thing is sick. Leather interior, navigation system, back seats that recline, etc…but no tape deck, which is a chafe for iPod compatibility. Later find that Basom has an iTrip, but only his iPod will work...which means we will be forced to listen to They Might Be Giants and The Crash Test Dummies all trip. Pick Basom and Bill up in Oakland @ 2:45. They are looking autumn-harvest-steezariffic. Totally sickbird. On road at 2:50 am.


bill and i show up at the oaktown airport. realize we have three hours to kill. stoke out the best we can.

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/airport.jpg

The Mobile Command Unit arrives. its go time.

gonzo: ringleader
http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/gonz%20mcu.jpg

bill: wretched storm chaser
http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/bill%20mcu.jpg

APK: just trying to get some, stupid law school
http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/apk%20mcu.jpg

into the maw

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/maw%20of%20the%20gurge.jpg





5:45 am - Hour 16 - In 24 hour Safeway parking lot, Pollock Pines, CA. Rt. 50 is closed until 10:00 am, or so they say. Everyone we meet is jacked up on crystal meth. A really nice man asked us for a ride to Tahoe. Unfortunately we don't have enough room for him. He seems really nice though.


its the full on gurge at the pines

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/gurging%20at%20the%20pines.jpg

bill gets in some good reading, sleeping is not comming easy for any of us.

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/reading%20at%20polock%20pines.jpg








10:00 am - After working our way back into a good spot, Cpt. Farva of the Pollock Pines PD (no joke - that was his name) shows up and starts telling people to get the fuck out of town, go west and go home. Apparently 50 is not going to open for a long time. Avy control and clean-up still pending. We decide to head back down to Placerville and develop a plan. No one else we can think to call has any ideas.

no ideas? cool, lets flash some gang signs

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/gang%20signs.jpg




10:15 am - Heading back down to Placerville, twisting one up, we get the call from Arty that 80 is open. We haul ass down, north up 49 to 80.


pretty close to hitting the wall, in need of some hope, just praying we get over the pass

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/18%20hours.jpg

no stopping! no guests! no plans!

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/warm%20gatoraid.jpg




11:30 am - Hour 22 - Nearly stop to ski the resort up top of Donner Pass. Sugarbowl? Wind is honking and snow is coming down hard. Decide to head all the way down to avoid getting caught out of Tahoe again.


http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/donner%20gurge.jpg

the road right at homewood. we are speachless.

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/road%20to%20homewood.jpg

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/big%20banks.jpg

and finaly, the house of kings, casa de la Meyer

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/casa%20de%20la%20meyer.jpg

skiing pics (minimal) to follow when bill gets back.

edg
01-11-2005, 12:26 PM
Schweet.

edg

Cornholio
01-11-2005, 12:29 PM
That fucking ROCKS.

Keoni
01-11-2005, 12:34 PM
And you didn't have to eat each other to survive. Of course, that would have been killin' it.


nice bottle of piss btw

gonzo
01-11-2005, 01:38 PM
Nice Base! I miss it already...hopefully Billy-boy is schralping it for us. I wonder if he is going to get out?

This basically sums up the driving conditions for approx. 300 of the 633 miles...all up in the maw of the 'gurge.

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/maw%20of%20the%20gurge.jpg

Honc
01-11-2005, 01:38 PM
Stars...They're just like Us!

Glad to see that you guys made time to read "the paper"

That is a hot little TR

gonzo
01-11-2005, 01:43 PM
Glad to see that you guys made time to read "the paper"


Wish you were there man. When are you going to be able to get up?

They were skeptical of "the paper" at first, but everyone ended up reading it cover to cover...and they really are just like us!

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-11-2005, 01:46 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!

basom
01-11-2005, 01:47 PM
They were skeptical of "the paper" at first, but everyone ended up reading it cover to cover...

i'm certain apk read it two, if not three times. really sorry to have missed you honc. make sure to thank your roomate for me. he did alright with his first effort. it really helped with the stressfull situations encountered in the MCU.


i miss it too gonzo

Steven S. Dallas
01-11-2005, 02:39 PM
So did Brad and Jennifer really break up?

Now safe and sound in the library, 3000 miles away from the epicgnargnarmawgurgexxxtravaganza...but my watch and my brain are still very much on CA time. Sorry you couldn't make it, Honc, and sorry I didn't get to meet yuz. Next time...and there will be a next time...

watersnowdirt
01-11-2005, 03:09 PM
Unreal. simply unreal. And no one deserved those turns more than you guys who took a huge chance going into the maw of the gurge.

That TR brought tears to my eyes :) (whether I'm happy for you or very, very sad for me to not have gotten some of that snow, I'm not sure...).

Nice work - keep those pix coming.

Honc
01-11-2005, 03:22 PM
Glad that stress was eased. Sorry to have missed you guys. I crushed it at the office all weekend and have been killing it at the financial printers in Newport Beach since yesterday morning.

The only good that has come from this trip is that I can confirm without hesitation that the paper doesn't lie...Brad and Jennifer have broken up.

In all seriousness. This trip sounds like amazing fun and I am sorry that I didn't get to be a part of it. Really hope that you guys all make it out again this season. Gonz tried to provide some color on Sunday night but I think that he was entirely too polluted by the time I called back. I had to hang up once he started talking about having invented "white trash wombats" which include a waterpipe, seagrams, bud light and some brake fluid. Amazing.

Thanks for the inspiration fellas. Vive le Wombat!!!

basom
01-11-2005, 03:28 PM
I had to hang up once he started talking about having invented "white trash wombats" which include a waterpipe, seagrams, bud light and some brake fluid. Amazing.

Thanks for the inspiration fellas. Vive le Wombat!!!

dude, get it right. its bong hit, then lie on your back, then Susan pours seven in your throat, then i pour in keystone light crucial thats its keystone, then you jump up, headrush style, and exhale.

we are fucking brilliant.

gonzo
01-11-2005, 03:33 PM
Base, Honc was in on Wombats on the ground floor way back when.

basom
01-11-2005, 03:36 PM
bill just called. they just opend granite again.

20" of new this morning of dryer blow. he's going over to granite to meet up with grant for the afternoon.


god damn why didn't i stay

get sum billy!

basom
01-11-2005, 03:37 PM
Base, Honc was in on Wombats on the ground floor way back when. The white trash wombat i was speaking of would be bong hit inhale, seagrams and beer ingested, brake fluid huffed, bong hit and brake fluid exhaled.

Bill won the wombat contest with the bong hit, beefaroni ingested, seagrams and beer, bong hit exhaled.

i was so drunk i think i forgot about the brake fluid

Honc
01-11-2005, 03:53 PM
then i pour in keystone light crucial thats its keystone,

To avoid "bitter wombat-face", right?

skier666
01-11-2005, 07:16 PM
I love this thread. ...the dictionary should have this for the definition of STOKE.

SICK SICK SICK

gimpy
01-11-2005, 07:52 PM
just fucking awesome!!!!! :biggrin:

gincognito
01-11-2005, 08:32 PM
Once again, FKNA.

Very impressive work.

d.

Lane Meyer
01-11-2005, 08:46 PM
Tuesday January 11th - 18:34 PM PST - I just got back home from Squaw. Remember how I said "Wednesday will be 'the day'?" Well, I WAS WRONG. Today was the day. Everything went, save for Silverado, the Palisades, and the Pocket. I owe absolutely everything to my boss, Pat, who was ridiculously sympathetic to my request to have tomorrow off. He was so sympathetic to it, in fact, that he told me to take this afternoon off too.

I left work at noon, hammered over to Squaw in broken clouds that turned back into dumping snow by the time I made it to the Valley. I parked, jumped into my gear, and headed straight for the Funitel to Headwall scramble. Somehwere around the middle of broken arrow, I saw that they had vegunb to load Headwall. I called Cody, heard he was dicking around in the woods filming, so I was on my own. Ran into Doughboy immediately, and hit Slot to lower Light Towers, then lapped CII a couple times until we heard that Granite was about to go. Made it over there, and immediately lost Dopughboy somewhere in Corkscrew around Chamber Cliff, which I think he sent from the top.

The snow over there was insanely deep. Again, I was on spatulas, but I was getting full on face shots. To quote The Scientist, "Light, deep....and an absolute utopia." The clouds were breaking, the winds were light to moderate, and NO ONE WAS OUT. Managed to meet up with Bill, who was still killing it despite doing so for about 4 hours on his own. He was stoked to have some local guidage, so we sessioned the best that Granite has to offer. Way to go Bill, bell to bell like a rock star.

For whatever reason, I seemed to respond to a new-found vigor to hurl myself off of rocks with an unhealthy reaction of not being able to stomp anything, but in 15 feet of snow, it sure as hell didn't matter. I was pinballing and cartwheeling down everything, and met with only hoots and hollers from myself and lookers-on.

We bailed and did a Broken Arrow/Tower 16 to Headwall, and then got to play on some of the rocks in CII bowl before heading to Balboa for burgers and PBRs, which Bill graciously bought (thanks mang!).

All in all, today was the day, and one last Beantown Maggot got to enjoy it in full-force. I don't think I've ever seen a quiet guy have a shit eater plastered on his face for so long.

So now you guys know how things go down on the north shore of Tahoe, so stoked for you and glad to have taken part in the insanity. As I said before, come back anytime.
:fm:

gonzo
01-11-2005, 08:50 PM
BAP BAP BAP! YEAH DOODS!

freshies
01-11-2005, 09:02 PM
Tuesday January 11th - 18:34 PM PST - I just got back home from Squaw. Remember how I said "Wednesday will be 'the day'?" Well, I WAS WRONG. Today was the day. Everything went, save for Silverado, the Palisades, and the Pocket. I owe absolutely everything to my boss, Pat, who was ridiculously sympathetic to my request to have tomorrow off. He was so sympathetic to it, in fact, that he told me to take this afternoon off too.

I left work at noon, hammered over to Squaw in broken clouds that turned back into dumping snow by the time I made it to the Valley. I parked, jumped into my gear, and headed straight for the Funitel to Headwall scramble. Somehwere around the middle of broken arrow, I saw that they had vegunb to load Headwall. I called Cody, heard he was dicking around in the woods filming, so I was on my own. Ran into Doughboy immediately, and hit Slot to lower Light Towers, then lapped CII a couple times until we heard that Granite was about to go. Made it over there, and immediately lost Dopughboy somewhere in Corkscrew around Chamber Cliff, which I think he sent from the top.

The snow over there was insanely deep. Again, I was on spatulas, but I was getting full on face shots. To quote The Scientist, "Light, deep....and an absolute utopia." The clouds were breaking, the winds were light to moderate, and NO ONE WAS OUT. Managed to meet up with Bill, who was still killing it despite doing so for about 4 hours on his own. He was stoked to have some local guidage, so we sessioned the best that Granite has to offer. Way to go Bill, bell to bell like a rock star.

For whatever reason, I seemed to respond to a new-found vigor to hurl myself off of rocks with an unhealthy reaction of not being able to stomp anything, but in 15 feet of snow, it sure as hell didn't matter. I was pinballing and cartwheeling down everything, and met with only hoots and hollers from myself and lookers-on.

We bailed and did a Broken Arrow/Tower 16 to Headwall, and then got to play on some of the rocks in CII bowl before heading to Balboa for burgers and PBRs, which Bill graciously bought (thanks mang!).

All in all, today was the day, and one last Beantown Maggot got to enjoy it in full-force. I don't think I've ever seen a quiet guy have a shit eater plastered on his face for so long.

So now you guys know how things go down on the north shore of Tahoe, so stoked for you and glad to have taken part in the insanity. As I said before, come back anytime.
:fm:

hell yeah! way to get after it boys

as i am sit here cursing you all under my breath as I thougt Wed was going to be "The Day"...damn it

lph
01-11-2005, 09:10 PM
FKNA! sounds like it went off big time today Lane.

Hoping my shuffling of the morning schedule tomorrow pays off at kirkwood like it paid off for you.

God Damn this is alot of snow.

Alkasquawlik
01-11-2005, 09:32 PM
To all y'all EC boys-

Thank you. Seriously, thank you. As we were sitting around having beers in the Chamoix, all I could think about was the unbelievable stoke that skiing brings to people. Skiing brings so much stoke, that a bunch a lunatics from all around the country, all with the same passion, randomly meet up, and chase the dream. So sick.

All in all it was good meeting you peeps and you're welcome back to Squaw any friggin time.


Regarding Today-
Third chair, middle knuckle, tits deep, so sick.
Then I went to work. Oh yeah, work was actually fun as hell. It consisted of shooting nipple deep pow in the trees in and out of bounds around Squaw with my heroes. Work did not suck.

Oh yeah, and that 17 year old girl was Michelle Parker. She's a jibber who's been following me and George around, learning the big mountain ropes. She'll be the best skier in the world in...I'd say 3 years.

phUnk
01-11-2005, 09:54 PM
Just skimmed this thread for pics. Nice action, boys! :yourock:

It's funny, because this is exactly how I imagined hanging with mildbill:

http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/bill%20mcu.jpg

iceman
01-11-2005, 10:07 PM
ha, me too, that picture captures it.

Can't say enough about how happy I am for the bean crew and really, how proud of them I am. It's silly but I am stoked for the fellas.

Foggy_Goggles
01-11-2005, 10:30 PM
Killed it? It is fuckin dead.

powpig
01-11-2005, 10:32 PM
I was in the KT line at about 8:45 and got back to my car about 3. 5th day straight, I'm exhausted but still grinning! Scored fresh on KT, Broken Arrow, had an amazing reverse traverse run down the slot before the HW lift opened then scored unbelievably deep turns on the Chief. Today was most definitely the day! Heard 'em blasting as I was loading the Spatulas in the car. Silverado tomorrow?

Tyrone Shoelaces
01-11-2005, 10:45 PM
Silverado tomorrow?

Siverado hasn't opened yet? holy crap..that place is gonna be insane with all this snow. Silverado is like it's own experts only mini-resort.

Karl Stall
01-11-2005, 10:58 PM
Gonzo - SO WELL FUCKING DONE, my friend!

meatdrink9
01-11-2005, 11:13 PM
Impressive peformances by all. Kick ass thread. [/blinding jealousy]

snorkeldeep
01-12-2005, 12:23 AM
first the redsox, now this.. wow.

fkna guys, way to get after it.

basom
01-12-2005, 07:09 AM
As we were sitting around having beers in the Chamoix, all I could think about was the unbelievable stoke that skiing brings to people. Skiing brings so much stoke, that a bunch a lunatics from all around the country, all with the same passion, randomly meet up, and chase the dream. So sick.


yes and yes. the stoke radiation was severe that day. people just feeding off each other.

i talked to bill as he was headed over to granite to meet up with lane and he was trying his hardest to contain himself. it was obvious he didn't want me to know how good it was, and it was nice of him not to rub it in. glad you got the afternoon lane.

the one thing about visiting squaw during the biggest snowfall since 1916 is it pretty much guarantees that you rearange your life in order to move there.

gincognito
01-12-2005, 07:17 AM
Quite the turn around for bill, eh? From not going at all, to staying there indefinitely. How'd he swing that?

Kudos all around.

Sick and ashamed and happy (and sign me up for the next one),
d.

basom
01-12-2005, 07:19 AM
Quite the turn around for bill, eh? From not going at all, to staying there indefinitely. How'd he swing that?


no, i was talking about me gin. bill's plane should have already touched down at logan by now.

basom
01-12-2005, 07:24 AM
1:15 pm - Hour 24 - Nearly 13 hours after getting in the car and, for APK, 27 hours after starting to travel, we roll into the Homewood parking lot in north lake. Decided on Homewood because of the sheltered terrain from the howling wind. Turns out Squaw shut down at 1:00 and Alpine only opened minimally, so Homewood was a good call for some afternoon laps. Head over to elf-land or something like that to ski some trees. The snow is DEEP. Dense so you don't sink to your waist with your skis or board on, but you would if you took them off. Soft and light enough to go overhead if you lay a turn into it, but firm and bouncy enough to make it really fun to bomb around in. Great for landing. Homewood has lots of gullys with big ass trees and fun little shots. We good get laps in to warm up to the snow, knowing that the next two days are going to be sick sick sick.



chairlift interview series, vol. 7 (http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/chairlift%20interview%20series%20%237.mov)

JMO
01-12-2005, 07:28 AM
It's stories like this that got me to move out to Squaw 10 years ago. This thread is awesome and it really takes me back. There's nothing like riding up KT on a big day - or any chair on that mountain for that matter. Squaw is an amazing place. So glad to see you guys living it up out there.

gonzo
01-12-2005, 07:41 AM
totally fucking sickbird.

basom
01-12-2005, 07:42 AM
totally fucking sickbird.

totally fucking sickbird.

..........

totally fucking sickbird.

TRock
01-12-2005, 08:43 AM
(Probably the understatement of the year, but...)

Great stuff, guys. I'm totally jealous.

And excellent use of LL Cool J on the vid.

iceman
01-12-2005, 09:13 AM
chairlift interview series, vol. 7 (http://www.angrywhelk.com/shinjuku/mcu%20road%20trip/chairlift%20interview%20series%20%237.mov)

totally fucking sickbird, yes indeed

sweet vid

Steven S. Dallas
01-12-2005, 09:25 AM
I don't think I've ever seen a quiet guy have a shit eater plastered on his face for so long.

I thought it was called a goatee, but me neither.

Stoked that Tuesday went off and that Lane and Billy killed it. It would have been nice to get stranded for another day, but we would have lost precision points and the feeling of a plan perfectly executed is satisfying in and of itself. Honestagawd, if my tuition was refundable I'd still be out there.

Totally fucking sickbird.