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  1. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    Wow that is scary. Check out this SAC report too.

    https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/observation/2019/dec/5/1215/round-top

    Stay safe out there in the backcountry especially with the new...
  2. No, I am saying that these days I prefer the...

    No, I am saying that these days I prefer the backcountry to resorts, although I still enjoy resort riding. That isnít directly a result of the Epic Pass but rather a personal realization after...
  3. Great photo and another big reason I didnít get...

    Great photo and another big reason I didnít get an epic pass. I mean, stay out of Tahoe backcountry, Vail is doing a great opening terrain. Nothing but avalanches and buried weak layers out there...
  4. I guess I have different expectations from ski...

    I guess I have different expectations from ski resorts and the company's that run them. What has been bugging me over the last few seasons is that my experience at their resorts has been slowly...
  5. The conspiracy theorist in me is wondering if...

    The conspiracy theorist in me is wondering if Vail is intentionally steering the casual skiers to Heavenly. Still, the fact remains that Vail is claiming only 4% terrain open on Kirkwoodís website...
  6. I get your memory and facts argument and I do...

    I get your memory and facts argument and I do agree that it is not super reliable. It is anecdotal evidence and should be treated as such. And yes, with skiing there is never an apple to apple...
  7. First, there seem to be two opposing arguments. ...

    First, there seem to be two opposing arguments. One is that Kirkwood doesnít have enough snow to open the backside and that the base is much smaller than you might think because the first storm was...
  8. Thatís exactly the problem. The Kirkwood season...

    Thatís exactly the problem. The Kirkwood season is 6 days old. Mt. Rose, the other high elevation ski resort in Tahoe that usually gets less snow than Kirkwood, has been open for much longer and...
  9. I am just making some observations about a change...

    I am just making some observations about a change in operations at Kirkwood. I remember Thanksgiving skiing at Kirkwood with much less snow with both 6 and 10 open. That was under Vail, but it...
  10. Maybe I am getting old, but I remember the good...

    Maybe I am getting old, but I remember the good old days when resorts tried to open as much terrain as early as possible. I find it hard to believe that if Kirkwood was fully staffed and had been...
  11. Thatís what I was suspecting. Had this storm hit...

    Thatís what I was suspecting. Had this storm hit in February I would imagine Vail would get the mountain open much faster. In the past, Vail has shown that it can open Kirkwood quickly after a big...
  12. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    Pretty sad that Kirkwood doesnít have the whole mountain open by now. Shows you where Kirkwood is on Vailís priority list. On a brighter side, Carson Pass backcountry must be fat. Wonder who will...
  13. No shit. But when Alpine can open Kangaroo, I...

    No shit. But when Alpine can open Kangaroo, I find it hard to believe that Vail canít open any terrain in Tahoe between Kirkwood, Heavenly and Northstar. Unless they choose not to do so...
  14. Vail is a very data driven company and they know...

    Vail is a very data driven company and they know a lot of information about the customers who visit their resorts including where they live. They can also make small changes to operations and see...
  15. ^^^Nice. Heavenly at its best, accessed by skins...

    ^^^Nice. Heavenly at its best, accessed by skins ;)
  16. My general sentiment was that Alterra seems to...

    My general sentiment was that Alterra seems to understand the ski industry and their customers better. KSL decisions seemed to make no sense unless they were viewed from a purely ďbusinessĒ point of...
  17. Haha. There is no ďrationalĒ reason for opening...

    Haha. There is no ďrationalĒ reason for opening resorts early with man made snow. Itís horrible for the environment and the skiing is not great.

    That being said, with Vail for me itís an issue...
  18. As long as Kirkwood will drive Epic pass sales...

    As long as Kirkwood will drive Epic pass sales from the Bay Area, I can not see Vail selling it. Unfortunately, I also canít see Vail running Kirkwood like Alterra is running Alpine.

    If many of...
  19. So true. Itís amazing the difference that...

    So true. Itís amazing the difference that Alterra has made in operations, particularly committing to opening Alpine early. This may not seem like a big deal to many but to those who understand...
  20. I wouldnít hold my breath with Vail. I was...

    I wouldnít hold my breath with Vail. I was wondering how they were going to respond to the stiffer competition from the Ikon Pass. Last year they bought a bunch of small resorts on the east coast...
  21. Thatís some impressive snowmaking. Kudos for...

    Thatís some impressive snowmaking. Kudos for Alpine opening, not just Squaw.
  22. I donít really buy this idea that snow melts fast...

    I donít really buy this idea that snow melts fast in November. Short days and low sun angles help preserve the snow even with climate change increasing the temps (at least on north facing slopes). ...
  23. Thatís not what I see. It looks like over half...

    Thatís not what I see. It looks like over half the years get over 20Ē of snow in November. 20Ē is under 2 feet and considering seasons in Tahoe can go over 500Ē a year does not seem that much.
  24. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    November snowfalls stolen from BA. I will let you decide what ďqualifiesĒ as a good November. For me it is over 20 inches which at least opens up the groomers on most of the mountains and some bony...
  25. That is the great thing about Tahoe. One big...

    That is the great thing about Tahoe. One big cold storm can change everything. Time for my snow dance.
  26. Lol. But for real, I remember when Alpine would...

    Lol. But for real, I remember when Alpine would have Summit open on Thanksgiving with off piste being an option. Of course, Alpine passes were $1k back then and they didnít work at Squaw. The good...
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    At least we agree on the PUC being asleep. And...

    At least we agree on the PUC being asleep. And yes I am suggesting that California work with feds to get us more money and to increase fire safety on federal land. Like you pointed out, we as...
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    In my opinion, strategic planning falls at all...

    In my opinion, strategic planning falls at all levels of government from local to state to federal. Here are a few things the state could have done if they recognized the fire danger earlier like...
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    California is Burning (Again)

    Donít really know what you mean. Of particular interest to me are the dates given as a defense of what Jerry Brown and the state did to prevent wildfires. All but one happened in 2018, AFTER the...
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    California is Burning (Again)

    Just to be clear, I did not say that the state did nothing over the years with wildfires or that bad wildfires did not exist pre-2017. Of course they were a problem but I think we can all agree that...
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    California is Burning (Again)

    I really don't know where to start. Strategic planning looks many years into the future to deal with potential future issues. Any bills passed in 2018 are therefore not strategic because they are...
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    California is Burning (Again)

    I think I have not been clear enough with my comments. When I talk about the state, I am not talking about the first responders and firefighters, whom are state employees and have done an absolutely...
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    It should be mentioned that I don't think that...

    It should be mentioned that I don't think that the solution to the wildfires is going to be clear cut (pun intended). I believe that no matter what the final solution will be, like most complex...
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    Unfortunately this kind of proves my point. The...

    Unfortunately this kind of proves my point. The state government pretty much ignores the problem until there are horrific wildfires for multiple years and then tries to catch up. Maybe I am old...
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    I wouldnít blame the state of Arkansas for...

    I wouldnít blame the state of Arkansas for Walmart but I would say that Walmart does reflect the values of Arkansas. Ditto for Google and Facebook reflecting the values of Silicon Valley.
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    California is Burning (Again)

    Look, I like California and I do find it funny that people from red states call it socialist, even though like you said they get ďwealth redistributionĒ from Californiaís federal taxes. By the way,...
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    People say Ohio is a bellwether for politics,...

    People say Ohio is a bellwether for politics, then California is a bellwether for the future of the country. Not willing to raise taxes/fees to fix big issues and paying huge consequences, huge...
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    California is Burning (Again)

    You are correct about the supermajority but that still hasnít stopped the gridlock which I define as not doing much on important issues.

    I also have to mention how fragile the supermajority is. ...
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    I think he was upset that California has been...

    I think he was upset that California has been ahead of the country on these issues. Unfortunately, Washington also decided to copy Californiaís gridlocked bipartisan government...
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    Exactly. I donít get the logic about California...

    Exactly. I donít get the logic about California hate. Supposedly itís so horrible but the population and economy keep growing. California is far from perfect and isnít for everyone but the...
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    My thought too. People love to hate on...

    My thought too. People love to hate on California.
  42. If the weather pattern continues as is, ski...

    If the weather pattern continues as is, ski resorts will need change their existing use as year round mountain biking resorts. Let it snow!!!
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    Good article showing the difficulties of fixing...

    Good article showing the difficulties of fixing the power problem, among infrastructure issues. It will be interesting to see when we will be able to get consensus to fix these issues.
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    I am triggered and now need to go my safe space....

    I am triggered and now need to go my safe space.

    News flash: LeBron is all about the money. Most people knew that when he left Cleveland. Apparently it took some folks longer to figure it out......
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    Glad you can recognize some forms of racism :). ...

    Glad you can recognize some forms of racism :). For the nerds, the term blackhat and whitehat is racist also.
  46. Alpine is one of my favorite resorts in Tahoe. ...

    Alpine is one of my favorite resorts in Tahoe. It will be interesting to see how climate change and Alterra will alter the experience over the next few years.

    I have been to Rose a few times. It...
  47. I agree. Unfortunately how do you keep the...

    I agree. Unfortunately how do you keep the poachers at bay for two days?
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    Thanks. If someone gives me the password I will...

    Thanks. If someone gives me the password I will post there.
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    No I totally get it. In this thread where there...

    No I totally get it. In this thread where there is a fantasy world made up to make LeBron the face of the NBA China scandal, I am the bad guy. The only thing I am surprised about is that I was not...
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    Let me ask you a question and and then answer it....

    Let me ask you a question and and then answer it. Thatís your strategy for defending yourself. For the record, I did not say that you never were critical of Silver. Itís also a pointless fact and...
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