Noooo. Say it ain't soooo. Extended Indian summer down here. Hiked Santa Cruz mtns today, then kayak paddled th Oakland Estuary and now sleeping on the boat. Headed down to Red Rocks and Moab tomorrow for a few weeks then J Tree end of Nov. I soooooo want the snow this year but can you send it down the end of next month? Prudy please?
You guys gotta get with it! Winter is Kickass!!!6!!
Snow changes everything. It's a new World every day!
Wah. It's cold. you wanta live forever? Plunge in.
It's The Way.
It's all in yer mind, anyway. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsW8rXPcnM0
hey. . . the last 3 winters I stayed at my little ski house on Mt Shasta . . . the track skeezin there is remarkable. . . there's also a home town Alpine area that I have been known to get top to bottom black diamond runs - TO MYSELF, all day long. . . it's a neat little ski area.
Stillwater ROCKS. The people who own/run it are really neat.
Your place is great, too. . . I'll ski there as often as I can.
Been known to run around out at Star Meadow, too.
Izaak is undoubtedly the best. . . they're runnin' a Pisten Bully and almost nobody skis there. I've never seen another skater.
Kimberley Nordic, just north of me is also pretty incredible. . . community owned and operated with KILLER grooming (Bombardier) and get this, STREET LIGHTS for night skiing:
Full on STREET LIGHTS at Kimberley
The Nordic area at Fernie is INTENSE. . . I call it the Franz Klammer School of Nordic. I just learned of tracks that are set out behind the Canadian Tire, too. Gonna hafta check that out this season.
I ski set a little course right here on my 20 acres, too.
Missing photo ID#269326
Old, dear friends, and their kids have moved up here (he's the Chief Ranger at GLAC) and we're gonna hit Blacktail a lot this winter. . . we hear it's pretty fun for families.
As for droppin' knee, Fernie, Kimberley, Big. . . and now, Blacktail (never skied there, before.)
I'm giving thought to renting a room in Whitefish to cut down on the driving. . . so if you hear of anybody who'd be into a roommate 2 or 3 nights a week, let me know.
P.S. Oh, yeah. . . supposedly, Wilderness Club is going to do some kind of Nordic skiing. . . but I don't know the particulars. I'm looking out my loft windows at the place, as we speak. . . it's not even a mile away.
P.P.S. . . . and. . . Arne. . . what ever happened to the tracks at Big Mtn. They used to groom a ~ 10K and it was pretty good. . . now there's no mention of it, at all.
Ekat, Glacier Nordic Club groomed the Big Mt. trails all last winter.
This year we have permission to groom there until December 21- then we need to vacate for the xmas season. Their biggest concern is nordic skiers taking up parking space. Don't get me started...
But the main focus of the Club's grooming efforts is the golf course in Whitefish. We have 4k of lights, 13k of total skiing
Was at Mount Spokane in E Washington today, the last nordic trail work day of the year, and it was a good thing. Started snowing about noon, was sticking pretty well by 4:00. We have ~35K of trails, and are getting a 14' bombardier this year. It's a Washington State Sno-Park, so for $80 a year, you can jam as many people in your car as often as you can and ski all day. Quite a deal. It's the best x-c between Methow and...I don't know how far east.
Stuneberry...I think i skied at mt. spokane back in 85 before they were grooming...if i remember correctly the road to the ski area was long , straight , and steep...? I remember skiing at this funky little bootleg ski area called achilles ranch near Priest River.. The care-taker had turned the property it into a small nordic center...On the sly i think...? wet snow falling here...
I didn't know you did that much of it. Yeah, Izaak absolutely rules. Been skiing out there my whole life. You know we have races out there right? Mostly skate.
Big Mtn was up and running last year. It was cool cuz they connected it with Iron Horse so I think about 20K groomed for skate. But it's up to Glacier Nordic to groom it and they don't do it when there's good snow at the golf course in Whitefish.
On Blacktail you can skin runs on Mondays and Tuesdays when they're closed. If it snows on Sunday you got untracked to yourself.
Started in 1968 and have been seriously involved with the industry since 1974 (PSIA Certified instructor, Avalanche Certified, sponsored, guided, coached, raced, groomed, patrolled, tech . . . that kind of stuff). Used to get 160 + days a year (easy to do when you live at the ski area or have your office at one and it's your job) now I'm gettin' 45 - 75 days a year. My place on Mt Shasta is 7 minutes from the Nordic Center and another 3 minutes to the Alpine area.
More driving up here. . . but. . . this place BLOWS THE DOORS OFF SHASTA!
I'm really looking forward to being back up here this winter!
Mt Shasta Ski Park (Alpine) is tiny (425 skiable acres) . . . you could lose it at Chair 1 on Mammoth. Highest lift tops out at 6,800 feet. . . really small. The rest of the mountain towers above it. . . don't get me wrong, Shasta's beautiful, but living there doesn't hold a candle to living up here and there's way more skiing up here, by comparison.
And. . . TheKook (StoneHill) is only 10 minutes from my place.
You'll have to head this way - I'm less than 5 miles off 37.
I love the early season banter of skiers! Soon I'll be hearing tales of cold 5% Montana smoke and artic wax on squeeky skis in the Teton's! I'm typically driven crazy every year hearing all about it when that mid winter warm Pacific front waters down our home range to 9,000 ft. Our windows to awesome conditions are smaller and farer between.
But you know it's all good, never had a bad day on skis as long as you avoid bad company! Would love to join in up there with eKat and ionlyski in the far north of Montana one of these days. I'll be in Bozeman hiking Bridger Bowl at some point, never seem to go much further north unless it's to the Selkirk's......so many great options, the work thing sure gets in the way!
Have a great winter season everyone, the Tahoe Sierra is off to a great start with 24" as of this morning up on the summit and more expected into tomorrow. Next week more on the way!!!
Ya gotta look it up. Not sure about the spelling. It is an epic 50k race through the woods, one big lap, crossing over a mountain pass. It's been going over 30 years with some years nearly breaking trail along the way. But recently it is quality grooming the whole way. People come from all over for it with some racers logging in 25 or more OSCARS over the years.
Our first taste will be gone soon. The days are just too damn warm yet. It's ok, though.
Winter is just thinking about showing up, in full regalia.
You'll soon behold the Splendor...Might as well dig it. Life is Now.
I'm glad I was there for the first bit.That's always wondrous.
i don't understand the people who are saying they aren't skiing or boarding this winter because last winter we didn't have much snow. every season is different ~ this one's going to be good! i'm STOKED :) :) :)
Got out to see how the snow is doing in Tahoe after work today....
Followed a skin track to figure out if a line was in that usually gets railed like a sexy grandma during the proper season. No surprise that the line was in given the skin track, wish I had brought the skis with this time.
Great Basin in the background, goofball in the foreground
Started in 1968 and have been seriously involved with the industry since 1974 (PSIA Certified instructor, Avalanche Certified, sponsored, guided, coached, raced, groomed, patrolled, tech . . . that kind of stuff). Used to get 160 + days a year (easy to do when you live at the ski area or have your office at one and it's your job) now I'm gettin' 45 - 75 days a year.
Gee whiz Looeez! Remind me to be out a town when they start looking for opponents for ya in the BJeanKing-Bobby Riggs charity ski-off.
Headed to Bishop ... on our way to Red rocks and Moab....thought we'd go 120.....nooooo....closed. Just last Saturday went through there at 80 degrees! So we'll go 88....at least we can pick up our season passes at Kirkwood.
Hoping to return from mountain biking and going right into skiing. Oh body, please hold out, purdy please.
I heard Bear Valley had a free day yestday or Wednesday to help say sorry for all the confusion about weather thye would open or not this year. . They said it was for Even the lower mountain was open. I am not sure if it is true or just a rumor.
Oh my, Fred do be careful. My family is all in Pa. I'm worried about them. Got a 90 year old Dad but he's rather spry and has good neighbors. My brother is down by Philly.
Drove through the East Side of Sierras today....beautiful. More than a dusting, less than a blizzard.
Mt Spokane has 5" right now, more predicted. Discovered on Tuesday that the km of trails at the nordic area is going up by some 10-12 km. The State Park and Inland Empire Paper Company both have x-c skiers as head foresters. All the new trails are ones that the paper company won't let snomobes on anymore because most of the drivers are stupid, so it's all x/c! More trail days coming up to help prepare the new trails. Think snow!
Ekat this beautiful place is what happens when you get Jack Nicklaus to design a world class golf course next to million dollar homes.
These pictures are what you get when a self professed snowboard bum who just happens to own a window washing company 6 months a year goes for a walk around his current property on a snowy fall day with a new iphone armed with a 2.99 hdr pro app which he's currently amazed and enamored with...
And sometimes the peaks pop out of the clouds and make us smile... ;)
zbrown that would be because it is closed for the season. soon to be a cross country ski haven...
Thanks Capt. This app is so cool. I spend multiple hours in photoshop to capture the snow/sky and foreground effect. this app just takes two pics and stiches them together instantly, adjust your saturation.. bam! i'm playing with brackting on my reble now so hopefully i can acheive that same effect with hdr in photoshop and make my life somewhat easier..
The golf course alone cost $19m to build - not counting all the roads and sub-divisions for condos and homes. . . and it almost immediately went belly up.
It's not even a mile from here - as a matter of fact, I'm looking out my cathedral windows right into the place. . . 525 acres. . . gorgeous. . . owned by oil rich Calgarians, of all things - who picked the whole shootin' match up, from the bank, for a mere $8.2m.
Seems really, really out of place. . . I mean, Eureka, Montana has a population of 1007 people, you can't buy underwear here, you can't buy Levis here, and above all else, there's no place to buy diamond earrings. . . SO. . . what are all the golfer's wives gonna do here - there's nothing to buy!
The place is magnificent - but somehow I don't see it making it.
Anyone remember skiing with these long thong bindings? I remember thinking I had died and gone to heaven when I graduated to these in about 1961. I thought I made the big time when I no longer had that funky little cable wire with the snap latch thing in front of the toe. Of course these did hold your heel down so well that a fall could keep your boot secured to the ski, and the heel of the boot (held in with cobbler's nails) stayed with the ski while the upper part of the boot came loose....I know of what I speak! Yes, injuries were rather significant.
ahhh, memories of thinking I had hit the big time.
Monday: shoveled for almost 6 hours. Could not believe the needles due to immense winds. It was like I'd done nothing all summer and into fall. Tuesday skinned up Alpine Meadow and skied down, the first skiing since last May. Some good powder turns.
Wednesday: overcast, flattsh lightning, not motivated -- and tired -- to hike and ski. Shoveled for maybe 4 hours.
Thursday: unbelievable! Made being here worth all the needles and yard work crap. Skinned up Five Lakes Trail from Alpine Meadows Road into Squaw Valley terrain. Made 4 laps of fantastic powder on the Olympic Lady East Bowl. Only a few other tracks, ie. hardly any competition for fresh tracks, followed by a pretty great run down KT's iconic West Face (really, more north facing), arguably Squaw's best line. Other attendant things happened that made it an amazing day.
Friday: skinned back up same trail. Wanted to make one more run near East Bowl. If not for 2 gents I encountered skinning up from a different direction I would have been oblivious to the 6 point buck just below me. I'd crossed its tracks but didn't think deer, only coyote. On my return traverse I saw it again and more of its tracks. It had gone either to the highest point of KT, the "Eagle's Nest" or almost to the very top. I was blown away.
Then I traversed to "The Slot" which I hadn't skied in powder for something like a quarter century. There was one set of tracks -- someone had gotten there before me, possibly the day before. But it didn't matter. Due to the return of summer (hiking/skinning up bare chested) the powder had settled somewhat, but it was still worthwhile...and the buck made the day. Got a ride from the resort parking lot the mile home.
---extract from my very latest email from Rick Sylvester at Tahow.
Both of the guys I know who do/did it were long time employees at MMSA. . . they'd go off the backside and wrap around from Mammoth Pass then down from Horseshoe Lake, out over Twin Lakes and land there.
One time I was skating up by Horseshoe Lake and saw them . . . I screamed and waved and skied like a maniac to see if I could beat them to Middle Twin. . . and I have that road WIRED. . . skied it like it was a race. . . and they blew my doors off. . . I got to the lake just as they were packin' up their chutes.
It's THRILLING to see in person.
OBVIOUSLY, they don't thread the needle between towers of rock like that video, but it's rad, nonetheless.
eKat, I sure like your catchy thread title, mainly because it's convenient to look for it and find it so easily, but also because it's just what it says, there's no trolling, just poling, cajoling, and maybe some post-holing, which can have its moments.
So here's a little drooler of a trip report for yez, kid. Waiting for snow is harder than waiting for Christmas ever was, huh?
ahh comon Ekat.. this is typical and you know it.. ;)
You tell those Calgarians that they better let you guys ski on the snow (aka their golf course) because they do it here in Whistler and we're a world class resort for f sakes!! ;) hahaha.. if not.. just poach... i'm sure you know the deal.. ;)
The old "Yosemite Lodge shower gambit" is the kind he's talking about. shh...
Where's the tenth tee, man, I thought it was right here?
Nah, I think it's over there.
I think maybe you should use the blue. It'll be good for now. When the sun sets below that row of pines we can go for the green.
ahh comon Ekat.. this is typical and you know it.. ;)
I know, BigMike. . . but I'm like a little kid. . . I get SO excited for skeezin season that I forget it takes a while for it to stick. . . I've only been at this for 45 years, maybe it will sink in soon.
One of my neighbors (at my little ski house on Mt. Shasta) told me that she admired my dedication to skiing. . . I assured her it was purely ADDICTION.
Yeah, I missed my chance to make some early season turns on Teton Pass last Friday. It had warmed up too much by Sunday morning. Rats!
The terrain right out our door should be fun, if it ever gets covered! We be at 6,600', at the junction of the Hoback and the Snake.
Ekat thats the cheap fast way.... these guys ain't gonna pay to get em done by hand so that's their option... Tucker Poling is always our last option. It's best to do it when it's raining for optimum results but they aren't the same as by hand for sure.
alan- warm up there too eh? hmm makes sense.. ENSO is calling for netural to weak El Nino conditions... so warmer..
The Jetstream is also south right now bringing a lot of warm air....
I hope it's not warmer here this winter - last year was the best winter ever, deep record snowfall and no rain, just beautiful winter the way it's supposed to be. Of course, it would have been nice to have a real summer too but that's asking too much...
Special weather statement
National weather service san joaquin valley - hanford ca
444 am pst mon nov 5 2012
...Warm through wednesday then a big cool-down and showers by
A strong area of high pressure will remain over california for the
Next couple of days. This will result in warm temperatures during
The afternoons today through wednesday. Highs in the central and
Southern san joaquin valley and the kern county deserts could
Reach the mid 80s monday and tuesday...Some 10 to 20 degrees above
The high will be replaced by a strong low pressure system later
In the week. The bulk of the storm will move into central
California thursday night into friday...Though this timing is
Subject to change. Temperatures will plummet with this
System...Dropping between 20 and 30 degrees from wednesday to
Friday. High temperatures friday and saturday may not climb out of
The 50s for some valley locations. Overnight low temperatures may
Approach or fall below freezing in some valley and desert
Locations friday and saturday mornings.
Rain and snow showers are likely with this system. While it is
Very early to discuss total amounts...This will be a cold system.
Snow levels will fall from near 7000 as the system moves in to as
Low as 3000 feet during the tail end of it on saturday. This storm
Has the potential to impact travel and activities in the southern
Sierra nevada and the tehachapi mountains above 4000 feet including
Well traveled passes such as interstate 5 over the grapevine and
Highway 58 through the tehachapi pass.
Yeah. . . I kicked ass getting all the outside stuff ready for a MINIMUM of 6 inches (which I thought would be the REAL start to the season) and. . . let's just say. . . I'm glad the work's all done, but. . . it might have been more fun to enjoy it instead of crankin' like a fiend.
My all time fav t-shirt. Goes with me where ever I go....if I were a bunch years younger it would probably be a hunk-magnet, 'cause they all stop to ask me about it! I say "just donate"...if not to Bridger Bowl Avalanche Dogs, then to some other worthy animal rescue
Hells bells....it's even snowing in Moab, well sorta kinda, I could maybe count the flakes on one hand as I walked from the house to the car.....and it's COLD....time to move from the desert to the mountains....been a wonderful time here...catching up with Jaybro et al....aww the nomad life....I rather like it!
Six inches at Cedar Ridge this morning, according to my sister Lenna, who called her neighbors. She is in town looking after Dad's place and looking through photo boxes, etc., but they said six inches. The oaks haven't shed there yet, and the trees are all bendy. It will likely melt away by this afternoon, I'm thinking. Looks to be clearing fast over the range of light. Their snow level's around 3,500 around Sonora, likely mushy and bothersome.
From my perch I see snow down to the top of Guadalupe Ridge, the Mariposa foothills. Exactly on time. Keep it coming for Thanksgiving!!!
edit: Quick conversation with Mathis in Greeley Hill--four inches, clear as a bell when he went to bed! It's clearing off, but how warm will it get?
Ironically I was planning to go to Sonora to get more appropriate tires for the truck... ie snow-rated. Guess that'll have to wait.
Oh, and it's sunny and about 40F in my part of Greeley Hill.
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Wowsa.... Stuck on I70 by Richfield in Southern Utah trying to get to I15 headed back to Red Rocks. Probably too cold and windy down there to snag a few climbs.. We shall see.
Snow plows where are you....Dealing with about 3 to 4 inches fresh on the road. 4Runner handling it pretty good.
Sheesh you guys, he said he hadn't gotten any in a while , give him a break.
Just read yours Susan. Safe travels out there! Thanks again. 21° in Moab this morning traces of snow on the ground. Extreme for here, though I'll probably remember it as tropical paradise when I'm in wyo @ Xmas!
Brandon: Jay Peak!!! Haven't thought about that mountain in years. In the late 1980's, I worked as a sales-rep for a now extinct skiwear company that was based near Jay Peak.
The company hosted a annual mid-Jan sales meeting at Jay Peak. We were expected to ski one day during the meeting. I will agree the area is fun and challenging, but at one meeting the ski day was also a rain day. The Colorado rep & I both said "fuk-it we don't have to ski in the rain," and drove to Montreal for the day.
Management was pissed-off at our bad-attitude. We were the two best skiers in the rep-force, and our not being there for the shist-day of skiing set a bad example.
Full disclosure, I haven't thrown a rodeo seven in two years. I'm 33 now, and I'm sure my muscle memory is sufficient to allow me a sick off axis flip. Hopefully my center of gravity hasn't changed drastically enough to preclude this. ;)
I just got back from five days in Summit co. Loveland A Basin and Copper. We had great weather, even six new one day for dust on crust. It was a veritable arc fest. They really know how to farm early season snow in Co. Especially Copper. Two feet of pure chalk, no rocks with the odd patch of frozen liquid just to keep you honest. Ripping good fun to start the ski year. Ski teams from all over the world training full speed GS on the new FIS mandated 35m radius skis for good imagery. Remember folks the lifts are there for a reason. Screw the backcountry! It's all about taping your ears back and going fast, truly fast by fixing your heels and following the path to ski enlightenment by laying down the big arcs. It is all fun, snow sliding, but feeling like you have wheels of steel after an arcathon session is better, yes folks, better than POW. Heh, Heh. You surfers should be able to relate. A groomed hill, 800m vertical, honed and waxed GS skis etc. What's it like? Every turn you are proned out feeling the energy and pressure build , setting up to release and dive into the next turn over and over. Carving clean arcs at 45mph. I'm not a very good surfer but GS reminds me of really clean fast bottom turns, feeling the energy of the wave build and pitch up, going faster and faster pushing the ride. On skis you get it over and over all day and you get to rest your wheels between runs on the lift rides. After near 20yrs working for Rossignol/Rossignol Race Dept, I have not gotten it out of my system. Let it snow!
My longest lasting love affair has been with snow and skiing. My first ski season started in 1956. I’m standing behind my brother holding his poles (I wasn’t allowed poles) in a wool knicker suit, that get this, was a hand down from my Dad who wore it in the 30’s when he learned to ski.
My brother in front, me behind in wool knickers, 1956.
Love the look on my brother’s face as he’s probably thinking, “duh, we aren’t ice skating”. Wish he were still around to give me that look. In high school we were allowed to use touring skis to get to school. Where California schools had bike racks, we had ski racks in the winter!
Not successful yet in transitioning from ice skating to skiing. Big brother wondering, WTF is she doing.
Since that winter in 1956 I have only missed 1 full and 2 half ski seasons. Half a season because I was hugely preggers, another half defending my dissertation and a full season when I was on chemo and blood thinners. Even though I thought I could lightly ski that year the doctor said a fall could be fatal because of being on blood thinners. That got my attention.
Now, high tech gear and photogs on the mountains
Not sure my ears are flattened back and I'm not roaring down the mtn...somethings do get left behind as we move through life.
Over the last ten years every time I bought new skis I thought, “ya know this is probably the last pair I’ll ever buy”…but with a ready supply of Advil and Ortho docs that keep honing their skills in putting back together old bodies, my love affair with snow and skiing just might be, just really might be, the one that lasts until “death do us part”
Hey eKat do you live in Whitefish? It's one of my favorite ski towns with some great sliding. If so do you know my old ski bud Cody Thompson? She raced alpine for years with Team Breck then skied on the US Natl tele team. Raced tele World Cup for a while. We, Rossignol, sponsored her while on the team. I skied with her a bunch when in Whitefish. The Big rules!
Hey, SteveShea. . . I don't live in Whitefish, but my local mountain is THE BIG (unless I turn left at 93 and go to Fernie)
The very best part of living up here is being near ski areas that CARE YOU'RE THERE!
I think they should use that line in their marketing!
Ya know. . . Big's been bought out and now they TRY to call it Whitefish Mountain Resort. . . HA. . . crack me up. . . there are cars driving around town with DUCT TAPE words stuck on the side that say:
IT WILL ALWAYS BE BIG MOUNTAIN!
And, no, I don't know your friend. . . but if you get back up this way please shoot me some E. . . I'd love to connect!
A weak weather system will move onshore early Friday and into Saturday, bringing widespread light precipitation to Northern California. Snow levels will range from 6000 to 7000 feet. Saturday, a second system begins to combine with the first and precipitation increases late in the day. This second system is considerably stronger with higher winds and increased precipitation. Winds may gust up to the 30 mph range in the Valley and up to 50-70 mph over the higher Sierra ridges on Sunday and Monday. Snow levels will start out at near 7000 feet then drop to near 5000 feet over the weekend. Unsettled weather will likely continue into next week.
Oh Big Mike, NICE NICE NICE.
Anyone with real time, "boots on the ground" info on Bridger Bowl or conditions in Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman please chirp up. I'd like to head up there after Thanksgiving if conditons are good.
This little puppy just popped up in the fantasy charts for next week. Snow levels are predicted to start high (above 7k) to start but lower over the 5 day storm period. Mammoth Mountain is thinking 10:1 ratios out of this monster - woohoo - think 5-6 feet!!!!
Ekat- You got it. Two big yards full o' PB's. One for each hill. I had the pleasure of cruising around with a buddy on his shift one night last year. Pretty sweet! I got first dibs on the 40cms we got overnight!!
No. We were in the Winch cat, so he didn't want to risk it. He said if we were in a normal cat it would have been all good. I did however get to drive our snowmobile clubs PB a little bit last year. Super cool. Thing is like a tank! Ill see if I can scratch up a few pics.
We didn't, at Tamarack. Blanchard and Dit had to keep both of them running OUTSIDE at 8,600 feet in the shadow of the Sleeping Giant Herself, Mammoth Mountain. HUGE snow loads, mega wind, gnarly conditions. Guess all that jive just upped the pain threshold for later in life, eh?
Nope. No garage. She sits out in the elements at about 5500feet a lot. Unfortunately. Working on her in the snow sucks. It is what it is, so we try and bring her down to the parking lot for small maintenance and one of our members has a shop in town for the big stuff..
We have tenure to access our cabin via a public forest service road so yes, anyone can come play, not that we wouldn't allow them to if we could. We have people hike up all the time. We just aren't very fond of it when they break into the cabin...
Nah, Brandon...I live for this!!! The only thing I'm freaking out about is that I'm not up north to take advantage of the awesome slope conditions. Should be fun taking the muppet to sled, make snow angels and build a snowman tomorrow -- it's the first time she's of an age to understand what's going on. (Earlier today she told me that she wants to find climbing rocks AND play in the snow tomorrow. So freaking cool.)
Not for nothing, but I'll take this over that heat reflecting off of El Cap any day. (Heresy, I know.)
Goatie. . . that is one of my all time favorite surfin' tunes. . . picture my 65 metal flaked root beer brown, split window bus (with a Super1600 Porsche in it) parked at the Cliffs (along Bolsa Chica - back when you COULD park there). . . the wayback opened wide (with speakers in the door). . . and THAT song blasting to distortion!
Thanks, Frank. . . the old dad who built this estate put that garden together for his wife. . . it's really nice. Excavated, lined with this radical highway building fabric, beds built, filled up with great soil and surrounded with gravel. . . pretty much vermin-proof. . . and the wolf, fox, deer, elk, bear, moose and other beast-proof fence really works, even though it's dog ugly, that's for sure!
I've been wanting to build some cold frames on a couple of the beds. . . I've got some new, never used, skylights. . . but. . . seasons come and seasons go. . . and it never seems to get done.
No shoulder season here, at all. . . went from the high 80s and low 90s to socked in like Juneau. . . I can stand out by my shop, looking toward the Whitefish Range (NorthernRockies) and convince myself that I'm on the Lynn Canal!
POOP . . . ya can't go skeezin on rain. . . but, then again, you don't have to fire up the blower, either!
Time to sharpen the edges? Silverton Mountain reported as much as 2 to 3 feet of fresh snow from the weekend storm. Silverton Mountain ski patroller Marc Kloster takes a run Monday after several patrollers jumped on the chairlift and made their first turns of the 2013-14 season. The area is scheduled to open Dec. 21, but that date could be moved up if conditions allow, area spokeswoman Jen Brill said in an email.
About 11 inches since 3am. There will be massive tree loss since all of the trees still have their leaves. Still another day of snow predicted and 70 mph winds, but it is calm and dumping right now. No power, no school, no work.
Almost four foot of fresh snow
in Lead South Dakota today and
even more in the higher hills.
Elk rifle season started on the 1st and I saw quite a few hunters up there in their little campers. It will be several days before any of the main roads will see plows and of course the forest service trails never get plowed.
Top this with 60+mph winds all day and all the dead beetle bark trees getting laid over as well as the aspens that still have their leaves busted up all over and it could be a good spell before some of these hunters get out.
Opening day on Whistler today! I didn't go because i haven't got my pass together yet and it's pretty low snow still. I really can't afford to mess up my spine again, so i'm gonna wait for a bit more..
^^^^^^ Oh Oh I LOVE it. Reminds me of so many places back East where I grew up and learned to ski.
My contribution to "vintage"....my first year learning to ski when I was about 6, and wearing wool knickers and matching jacket (with some sort of fur collar) that my DAD wore when he learned to ski in the 30s! My brother is in the foreground.
My brother in front, me behind in wool knickers, 1956.
I saw this sweater in my Title 9 catalog and really really want.
Title 9 women's sportswear
Credit: Title 9 Women's sportswear
Edit: WOW WOW....I went back to the Vintage site...I had hardly scratched the surface. Thanks so much....what a collection! Thanks Jim Herrington. So much!
EXPECT THAT THE OUTLYING
VALLEYS SURROUNDING RENO-SPARKS WILL ALSO DROP TO BELOW ZERO
ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. SOME OF THE
TEMPERATURES AROUND THE REGION MAY BREAK RECORDS FOR LOWEST
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES AS WELL AS LOWEST MINIMUM TEMPERATURES
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. HOON
Yep- currently DUMPING at 5000 feet here at the break from the pine nut range to the virginia range. Carson, Reno, Tahoe, MRKL all getting dumped on at current time. And increasing. To be followed by several days of COLD temps.. VERY COLD temps.
there has been a huge hole in the precip over the tahoe basin this whole event. we've got maybe 1/4" on the deck and a few measly flakes falling.
truckee seems to be faring a bit better, and reno even better. Seems about right for this year.
Good riddance to 2013, the driest calendar snow year ever for Tahoe. May 2014 be cold and wet.
Supposed to snow here soon plus the long range (six week) forecast is for below average temps in Arizona. Damn, Angela and I don't go to Patagonia until 2/1....looks like i'll have to ice climb after all.
The road up the mountains to our place was closed for an accident, and the round-about back way is still closed from the floods. The only other way up is "Winding Trail Road" which is a steep, curvy one lane road through a gated community posted "No Tresspassing". Karol drove it once in the daylight and dry conditions when our road was closed, and vowed to not do it again because of the hairpin turns, steep drop offs, and lack of guardrails, but then again she is a bit of a wimp about such things. I had to do it.
Fortunately I had 30 minute-old new sneakers on the Tundra, slipped it into 4WD, and crept up the 10 miles through 4" of untracked powpow. It was dark and the headlights wouldn't show past the falling flakes, so I have no idea how stupid this might have been, but I got home to a big batch of homemade chili.
Prospects are not good for getting down tomorrow, there are severe weather advisories for heavy snow and high winds through Wednesday night. At least I brought home some much needed dog food.
4F and snowing out here on the Divide in Montana. Lots of slipping and sliding today as noobies got their first taste of snow on ice on ice.
Saw two slide-offs on the country roads home from the hospital. I plan to watch it fall from a house window tomorrow. So glad I have wood and coffee.
You all stay warm and safe our there on the windy roads, and let's all dream of dragonflyskis. I am going to need to paint my skis, I can see this already. :) Doug once had a polka-dot pair he filmed on one of his Alaska climbing films. Old Super 8 film. :)
And keep on having entirely too much fun. I must ponder stenciling skis with some snowflaked dragonflies.
Oh yeah. . . it's cold here, too. . . 4F. With a gnarly inversion. The webcam on TheBig shows SUNNY and clear. . . but the low lying areas are socked in. . . can't see any of the 360 degree mountains surrounding me up here. . . it's all gray like I'm out on the prairie or something.
So far. . . in 11 years, here, I haven't seen any rhyme or reason to the weather patterns. . . other than a shift from a Continental to Intermountain to Maritime, read: an EVER WARMING, snowpack.
That can't be good. You're going to end up with Montana cement.
Already have. . . it was a challenge to the Alpine areas. . . they're not used to having to HAVE to groom. . . but the new owners of TheBig have figured it out. . . after a hundred skiers have tracked it all out, there's nothin' very fun about trying to ski through mashed potatoes. . . the locals (born and raised on freguent pooferschnee) ridin' early risers on 110 inches of groomed snow HATE IT. . . but. . . they'll figure it out. . . ya gotta be on the right stuff so you can ride a flat ski, find an edge (the right one) when you need it. . . and TURN UP THE HEAT!
This coming from someone who was born and raised on Mammoth Mountain. . . they wrote the frikken book on grooming an ever-warming snowpack!
Starting to fall lightly here in Redding,
had a low of 20 deg. this morning,
expecting up to 3 in. overnight.
Been real cold for here,
I don't ski, but Mt. Shasta Ski Park has been makin snow for the past few days, boarders and skiers rejoice!