Monthly Archives: December 2012

Surprise Palisades Opening! Snow Stays Cold and Dry.

KT and Headwall were loading at 8:30 on the dot this morning and a handful early birds, myself included, had the mountain to ourselves for about and hour and a half. Temps were in the single digits, but the sun … Continue reading

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Lots of Snow but Dicey Conditions Linger

A Christmas made brighter and whiter by more than six feet of new snow was tainted by two in-bounds avalanche fatalities at Tahoe ski areas on Christmas Eve. A veteran ski patroller was caught in a slide during his control … Continue reading

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Limited Operations at Squaw Today, Sketchy Snowpack

KT opened after 10am this morning, with much of its terrain — including East Bowl and Red Dog ridge — off limits. Bluebird skies and lots of fresh snow made for great conditions where skiing was allowed. Large, visible crowns … Continue reading

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Two Deep Runs Before an Avalanche Closed KT

Arriving at Squaw this morning, I figured that continued heavy snow and low visibility would keep KT closed. Standing in line at Exhibition, I turned around to see that it had started loading. It was 9am sharp and the line … Continue reading

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It’s going to be wild

The good news is the Lake Tahoe Basin is expected to receive three to six feet of snow this weekend. The sketchy news is that we have a weak snowpack that will likely fail at some point during the storm … Continue reading

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Buffed Out!

Today featured the type of snow true Sierra fiends live for. Six to eight inches of wet snow that fell yesterday had the moisture sucked out of it by cold overnight temps allowing you to rail the top four or … Continue reading

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Ramping up

Ski conditions have been remarkably good lately. Cold temps and steady light snow has been falling for days and should continue for several more. Enough new snow has fallen to warrant paying attention to wind loading and windslab avalanche potential.

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Snow and Steady

Squaw Valley received 6 to 12 inches of new snow over the last couple of days.

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December 8 snowpack tour

Kevin Quinn gives us another aerial tour of terrain from North Lake Tahoe to peaks well south of Kirkwood. Nearly all of the terrain in these photos is above 7,500 feet. You would never know there is virtually no snow … Continue reading

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Plaza Bar Gets a Facelift

The decrepit and outdated 1980’s time capsule that was Plaza Bar has been restyled into a swanky ultra lounge. Well not quite, but it does look great. Contemporary furniture fills a variety of nooks and crannies for hanging out. For … Continue reading

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