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California/Nevada 2018-19 Tahoe Ski Resorts/Conditions/Meetups Thread....
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This year the money holds and closures seem to have intensified. The pressure to drive down the costs is relentless. I really fail to see how Alpine can "prepare for the construction of the new Hot Wheels chairlift" with this much snow on the ground. What are they going to do, start digging?
This is nothing more than closing terrain that they deem "non-essential" and not worth keeping open for the small number of visitors that still come. The calculation is that they will be happy with Summit and Roundhouse. Some of my best spring turns in the past were on Sherwood in the morning and Promised Land off Scott in the afternoon. Not this year.
We went back up to Squaw today, which had nice soft wet packed snow, with a light coating from the constant flurries, but the wind was pretty fierce. It was even worse than Sunday/yesterday. We got in a couple of runs off Big Blue before they shut it down - along with many of the upper mtn lifts. I think Gold Coast was still running when we left (after a courtesy snowmobile ride back to the Funitel, since we were stranded at the windheld BB). So a whole lot of effort today for two (!) runs. But it was blowing very hard, and I totally grant that they could not operate safely under this circumstances.
Felt bad for the family who'd flown in and bought day passes or something that were behind us. I'd assumed most people skiing on Tax Filing Day would have had season passes of some kind, but I guess not.
I'm not sure this picture captures how much wind/snow there was.
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@aubergine You should have stayed at the bottom. The top looked fully engulfed in storm early but the bottom stayed pretty good for a while. I quit too early but was able to work outside comfortably until mid afternoon.
It was pretty quiet. I did see people decide not to buy tickets. Can't blame them much as I overheard that when I was quitting.
It blows me away that Mt. Rose is running 261"(21'!) less than 16/17 yet on the hill it seems like there is so much more. Cooler temps and lots of overcast days this year really made a huge difference on how the snow is holding. Crazy!
Correct. 4/28. They lost a lot of big days during to weather and road closures. Presidents' Day weekend was a bust instead of the big one for walk-up passes. The only people skiing now, for the most part, are season pass holders.
We registered for this and picked up our $100 (in cash) yesterday. It worked like a charm. I recommend for anyone who might be doing spring skiing in the North Lake.
Just don't go to the Chamber offices between 1pm-1:30pm when they take their lunch.
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