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Old 02-23-2011, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Powder longevity in different parts of Tahoe

I have been to a few resorts in South Lake Tahoe(ish) (Kirkwood, Sierra, Heavenly), and even up to one week after any snow falling, they still have half-assed powder in untouched places (crusty but still soft), and generally soft groomers... and no icy patches to be found.

I have been to Mt Rose (Northeast side of the lake) many times, and it seems to get much icier much faster. Today, only 3 days after a weeklong snowstorm, all of the powder field are almost entirely iced over and they're already closing the chutes. And the groomers are already showing ice patches.

What is the deal with that? Mt Rose is more convenient for me to go to in some ways, and I love the layout of the mountain, and if you manage to actually catch it with powder still on the ground it's incredible. But it seems to freeze over so much faster than any of the places I've been to only 1-2 hours further south.

Temperature? Humidity? Sun exposure?
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Kirkwood altitude might be a factor?
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wind, sun, altitude, thermal currents
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think Mt Rose might be higher than the others... but I know they are all very close. Wind is actually a very good factor I didn't think of. Rose is windy as hell and all the good pow probably gets blown away quickly.

EDIT: Highest part of Rose is 9700 and highest part of KW is 9800. Very close.
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Thaw freeze top layer?
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wind is most likely the culprit there.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'm not really sure but I guess it's a combination of wind and sun.

I've noticed huge variations too, even between Squaw and Alpine Meadows which are right next to each other. I've never been to Kirkwood, but there have been places in Squaw that's like a skating ring, while Alpine just consistently has a good layer of at least packed powder.

I noticed in Homewood too that there's a huge difference in places that are shaded by trees in narrow trails and the places that get sunlight.

Really odd, because I was at Mt. Rose on Sunday and it was awesome... at least the parts that I could go on. I could only stare at the bowl runs and be like
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Traffic could be a big part of it, too. I know Rose is smaller than many of the other Tahoe resorts. Considering its close proximity to Reno (I assume this is one of the reasons why you like it) it probably sees much more skier traffic (in a much more concentrated area) than other places like Kirkwood and Sierra. Same can be said for the excessive boiler patches at Squaw. That Place gets Mobbed!
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey - so I'm doing a very quick weekend - March 12, 13, and half-day 14, and I have read good things about Alpine Meadows and was thinking that would be my spot... but... I'm a total East Coast snowboarder, very interested in getting the woods I can get, breaking tracks, sidecountry, any adrenaline rushes I can hit that are utterly not-found on the East Coast. And it sounds like Squaw is the real 'snapshot of Tahoe' I might want to get.

I'm tempted to do Squaw too, because the vertical is about 1000 ft higher than Alpine Meadows, but it sounds like the powder's better at Alpine, plus, frankly, I hate crowds and those inexperienced skiers that can just dart in front of you accidentally.

Since I'll be there on a Sat. and Sun., I'm hoping to get to wherever there will be less dumb crowding.

Also - Sugar Bowl will possibly be my Monday place to ride since I have to return the rental car that afternoon. Thoughts on this?

Please - anyone - best runs? Awesome hits to try on my board? Unmissable trails ?

I'll be alone so I can't do deep woods, but any advice, and especially if you feel the need to steer me towards/away from my mountain choices, please, take the reigns here. I may never hit Tahoe again!

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Hey - so I'm doing a very quick weekend - March 12, 13, and half-day 14, and I have read good things about Alpine Meadows and was thinking that would be my spot... but... I'm a total East Coast snowboarder, very interested in getting the woods I can get, breaking tracks, sidecountry, any adrenaline rushes I can hit that are utterly not-found on the East Coast. And it sounds like Squaw is the real 'snapshot of Tahoe' I might want to get.

I'm tempted to do Squaw too, because the vertical is about 1000 ft higher than Alpine Meadows, but it sounds like the powder's better at Alpine, plus, frankly, I hate crowds and those inexperienced skiers that can just dart in front of you accidentally.

Since I'll be there on a Sat. and Sun., I'm hoping to get to wherever there will be less dumb crowding.

Also - Sugar Bowl will possibly be my Monday place to ride since I have to return the rental car that afternoon. Thoughts on this?

Please - anyone - best runs? Awesome hits to try on my board? Unmissable trails ?

I'll be alone so I can't do deep woods, but any advice, and especially if you feel the need to steer me towards/away from my mountain choices, please, take the reigns here. I may never hit Tahoe again!

- Jess
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