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  1. Kinda how I feel about Vail over the last few...

    Kinda how I feel about Vail over the last few years. They definitely are not running the resorts horribly and they absolutely could be far worse but I do get the sense that their Tahoe resorts are...
  2. Thanks for the stoke. Love the old school green...

    Thanks for the stoke. Love the old school green Lhasa Pows.
  3. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    Ah, the Kirkwood douche factor is in full force this season. Not my favorite part of skiing there but if it is an option hitting the side country fixes the problem.

    Also, 88 driving is super...
  4. Looks so good. Glad you got out there.

    Looks so good. Glad you got out there.
  5. Ottime was right. No chair 4 today and chair 10...

    Ottime was right. No chair 4 today and chair 10 opened at noon. Website claims 100% open on lift status page but homepage claims it will be 100% open this weekend. Not gonna complain anymore, just...
  6. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    Lol, are you trolling me ;). And I do like the new buddy feature, everything done online so that they can get even more data for those data scientists ;)

    As for reporting avalanches, I know that...
  7. That is the kind of Kirkwood operations I...

    That is the kind of Kirkwood operations I expected from Vail running Kirkwood. Major props to all the folks at the Wood that made this happen. You guys are awesome despite Broomfield data...
  8. Lol. Touché.

    Lol. Touché.
  9. For those that will ask what evidence of Vail’s...

    For those that will ask what evidence of Vail’s (read Broomfield) cost cutting that pissed me off take a look at these posts from 11/20.
  10. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    I don’t think I have. If you read my previous posts they complain about Vail (read Broomfield) rather than Kirkwood. Even on the the Kirkwood snow scientists topic, I referenced Vail rather than...
  11. Dude, take it easy. It was a joke. I was...

    Dude, take it easy. It was a joke. I was referencing Vail and the folks at Broomfield not Kirkwood. No doubt Kirkwood has some good snow scientists but sans Vail, I doubt they would have access to...
  12. Damn straight! Rose hires snow scientists and...

    Damn straight! Rose hires snow scientists and Vail hires data scientists. Unlike Vail, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mt. Rose couldn’t tell you how much vert you did in a day or how many lifts you...
  13. My theory is that Vail can hire better data...

    My theory is that Vail can hire better data scientists than Rose. Those scientists analyzed all that wonderful data that Vail collects and determined that putting money into opening Kirkwood early...
  14. Thanks for the stoke. Carson Pass looks $$$ for...

    Thanks for the stoke. Carson Pass looks $$$ for early December, especially with Vail opening the Wood slowly and having inbound avalanches (and for the record, I wouldn’t have bitched if Vail opened...
  15. Thank you!!! Great pics and nice to see some...

    Thank you!!! Great pics and nice to see some stoke from Sierra.
  16. They took a book out of Kirkwood’s new opening...

    They took a book out of Kirkwood’s new opening policy ;). Someone please post some stoke!
  17. 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...
  18. 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 isn’t directly a result of the Epic Pass but rather a personal realization after...
  19. Great photo and another big reason I didn’t get...

    Great photo and another big reason I didn’t 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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 Kirkwood’s website...
  22. 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...
  23. First, there seem to be two opposing arguments. ...

    First, there seem to be two opposing arguments. One is that Kirkwood doesn’t have enough snow to open the backside and that the base is much smaller than you might think because the first storm was...
  24. That’s exactly the problem. The Kirkwood season...

    That’s 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. That’s what I was suspecting. Had this storm hit...

    That’s 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...
  28. The Official 19/20 Tahoe Ski Snowboard Thread. Plus bonus Bootfitting Recs!

    Pretty sad that Kirkwood doesn’t have the whole mountain open by now. Shows you where Kirkwood is on Vail’s priority list. On a brighter side, Carson Pass backcountry must be fat. Wonder who will...
  29. 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 can’t open any terrain in Tahoe between Kirkwood, Heavenly and Northstar. Unless they choose not to do so...
  30. 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...
  31. ^^^Nice. Heavenly at its best, accessed by skins...

    ^^^Nice. Heavenly at its best, accessed by skins ;)
  32. 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 “business” point of...
  33. Haha. There is no “rational” reason for opening...

    Haha. There is no “rational” reason for opening resorts early with man made snow. It’s horrible for the environment and the skiing is not great.

    That being said, with Vail for me it’s an issue...
  34. 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 can’t see Vail running Kirkwood like Alterra is running Alpine.

    If many of...
  35. So true. It’s amazing the difference that...

    So true. It’s 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...
  36. I wouldn’t hold my breath with Vail. I was...

    I wouldn’t 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...
  37. That’s some impressive snowmaking. Kudos for...

    That’s some impressive snowmaking. Kudos for Alpine opening, not just Squaw.
  38. I don’t really buy this idea that snow melts fast...

    I don’t 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). ...
  39. That’s not what I see. It looks like over half...

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

    November snowfalls stolen from BA. I will let you decide what “qualifies” 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...
  41. 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.
  42. 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 didn’t 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)

    Don’t 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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