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  1. #1701
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4matic View Post
    Resort/\?
    Nah. Low-hanging, low-elevation BC fruit.

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    Sweet. This season has been so good already I'm not even suffering from FOMO - just glad to see everyone getting after it. And also hoping for those late March / early April powder days where the resorts aren't even crowded since most of the bay area has gotten it out of their system by then.

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    3 days of pure greatness ! It be firing ! Irie !
    I'm cool with this, as long as you Kirkwood Bro Brah's stay away from Heavenly when 88 closes- TahoeBc

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    sugar bowl is claiming everything but crows nest tomorrow, is that realistic? i thought they bullshitted less than squaw

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    The local fb amateur weather dude in Nevada county is predicting no resorts opening in the area tomorrow; along with frequent highway closures

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    Heavenly today (01/21/17)
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    Kirkwood was deep today. They got 6 open by around 10:45 and then 10 by 11:15 or so. Everything else worthwhile stayed closed. Patrol took a good look at eagle bowl but decided against it.

    Route 50 was totally clear coming back, and it looks like they got 88 open now too. With the next system coming in I bet a bunch of people are trapped up there until Tuesday. Oh well
    "Freeride is just an attitude, to go out in the mountains with no rules and do whatever feels sweet to you at the time." -Chris Davenport

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    This cycle has been a lot more manageable up north. Kept it mellow in the trees today.

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    It's getting deep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spnce View Post
    sugar bowl is claiming everything but crows nest tomorrow, is that realistic? i thought they bullshitted less than squaw
    They do. But, yeah, I dunno about that.

    If the report in the morning looks reasonable, I'll likely be up there with you. And 20 million others. Been years since I've seen freeway backups like that to exit at Soda today.
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    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    alpine meadows has already called it for tomorrow, citing avalanche risks (see UA's report from today for more details).

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpossible View Post
    alpine meadows has already called it for tomorrow, citing avalanche risks (see UA's report from today for more details).
    I read the snowbrains report on what caused the delays in Squaw Alpine lifts opening. You don't have to read too far between the lines to see that they don't have enough people to open both mountains. There are only two people who can put down the cat track for KT 22 and apparently there isn't enough staff to dig out the lifts or get rid of the rime.

    Here is a link to the story.

    http://snowbrains.com/what-causes-sq...a-lift-delays/
    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    It's getting deep!

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    I agree with your conclusion there, but it doesn't follow from the "two people" comment. Talk to a Squaw cat driver about grooming that road sometime.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dre66 View Post
    Kirkwood was deep today. They got 6 open by around 10:45 and then 10 by 11:15 or so. Everything else worthwhile stayed closed. Patrol took a good look at eagle bowl but decided against it. Route 50 was totally clear coming back, and it looks like they got 88 open now too. With the next system coming in I bet a bunch of people are trapped up there until Tuesday. Oh well
    Today was the best pow day I've had in a couple of years, Kirkwood was more than worth the slow drive up 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRanger View Post
    I agree with your conclusion there, but it doesn't follow from the "two people" comment. Talk to a Squaw cat driver about grooming that road sometime.
    If Squaw is trying to be a world class destination and compete with Vail and the likes then having only two people who can lay the cat track down on KT is a huge operational risk. What happens if one quits and the other one gets sick or hurt? What happens if Vail decides to poach both CAT drivers?

    Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that it's an easy job but KSL could hire and train more people to do it.

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    I'm unaware of any cat track at any Vail resort that takes the kind of skill and crazy intimate terrain knowledge that grooming that track takes. Like knowing where cliff edges are when you can't see-type stuff. At least one cat driver has almost been killed in a storm on the ridge between KT and Headwall. It's about the gnarliest "grooming" out there.

    Seriously, talk to a Squaw cat driver about it some time. You can't just "hire and train" somebody to do it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    well i hope those cat drivers know how much leverage they have

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    It's always been understood that KT is usually not going to open at 9 on a storm morning. The other operational problems--lift breakdowns, wind holds with no wind, lifts like Oly and ABC off line with huge lines on KT and Summit, Headwall never running after the previous set of storms, despite Reverse being open, etc, etc, etc, that have been going on all season and before that aren't as easily explained (actually they are easily explained--lack of money spent on operations) Squalpine is gaining a reputation for operation problems--hard to imagine anyone considering it a world class resort with that kind of reputation. (There has been an upside--terrain that was previously lift accessed and skied out within minutes at Squaw is now hike to terrain and offers good skiing for a lot longer. Just before xmas my son did 8 RT laps and got freshies every time; I only managed 2. Tower 16 on Thurs and Fri was sweet as well--I managed to get freshies both days.)

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    Serious question: any of you long timers seen roofs collapse with so much snow? I'm getting worried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hercule33 View Post
    I read the snowbrains report on what caused the delays in Squaw Alpine lifts opening. You don't have to read too far between the lines to see that they don't have enough people to open both mountains.
    Here is a link to the story.
    http://snowbrains.com/what-causes-sq...a-lift-delays/
    Interesting that Squaw continues it's trend of opening lifts late or not at all, and somehow Mt. Rose (the little ski area that could) is able to get their lifts up and running not just on time, they are open early.

    Checked the web site and no suprise that Rose will not be open today. Bummer. Skied the rest of the afternoon (Saturday) on the Slide side. North West began to slow down, then start and stop as the Southwest winds kept increasing and shut down for the day around 2:00. This was what it looked like just before it went down for the day.
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    Zephyr kept chugging away and with the wind buffing out the Slide side, the skiing just kept getting better. Had to get back over to the other side and pick up my kid from Falcon's program which ends at 3:00 p.m. We jumped on Lake View and with Patroll's blessing, hiked up the catrack and got back over to Slide for two more great runs before the wind blew out Zephyr for the day. Powder in the morning followed by silky wind buff in the afternoon. Doesn't get much better than that. Stoke meter is running very high!

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    As has been noted, KW was fantastic yesterday. I like when the Spur remains closed. Much better crowd. And a thin one to boot. Skied untracked all day except the one run we took up 10, and a mid day Jims lap. Even near Sentinel remained lightly skied all day. Deepest inbounds snow I've had since the drought started. Would do again.

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    Agreed that cutting the KT cat track is just plain gnarly and not to be underestimated. But at this point there's simply no denying that KSL is cutting corners by understaffing patrol, lift ops and general mountain ops. This was confirmed (second hand) by a long time patroller who said the delays are bullshit and all management cares about is money.

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    umm, jong question. on say a holiday weekend inbounds, what resort(s) with a view to crowds? Know storms change that geography but if storms not a factor which resorts are "less" crowded, or is it all just a shit show to which I realize i'm contributing ? thx kindly!
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    I skied Squaw yesterday against my core beliefs that you never go to Squaw on the weekend. It did take till 11 to get things moving. After that it was 2-3 laps an hours on the best terrain in Tahoe. I have to admit, it was pretty fucking good.

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    Second time I've posted such a comment in a few weeks, but yesterday was about as good as it gets at the Wood. Snow seemed to get better through the day. Deep untracked whenever you wanted. Most medium sized hits are now burried, and larger stuff that hasn't played in years now looks closer to reality. Ottime and FranklezZ were sending all day. And a strong larger crew of mags on outer pali late in the day for some of the best turns in years.

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