Trip Report Astro's do Tahoe

Discussion in 'United States' started by Astro66, Jan 4, 2017.

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    Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    ROFLROFLROFL
     
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    Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    I hope it's not in the skin tracks :p

    :out:
     
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    greggz

    greggz Active Member

    Woohoo! I'll take that as gospel! Very excited! :woohoo:
     
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    snowtyres

    snowtyres Active Member Season Pass Gold

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    rime noreason

    rime noreason Dedicated Member

    The poor locals. They’ve just been hit by this blizzard, then just as they’re recovering they’ll be hit by you two ;)

    I hope Ben’s knee is OK. If it had to happen and cause the cancellation of your Zermatt trip, then this isn’t a bad year for it. A lot of European resorts seems to be struggling, while other parts like Rome, Greece amongst others, have snow and freezes way beyond average. Family currently in Rome says it’s bitterly cold and everything is frozen solid!

    I’ll be at Lake Tahoe from Feb 16. I was planning to spend half there, then head to Colorado in early March. I might just stick to Tahoe and hop from resort to resort around there. This is Tamarack Lodge at the top of the Gondola. We won’t be having drinks there for awhile.


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    rime noreason

    rime noreason Dedicated Member

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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    I have just this minute decided to go to Iceland and Germany from the 13th Feb till 1st March on a non skiing trip. Ben is going to Nicaragua from around the 10th to the 20th Feb. Sooo we will be sking Tahoe before you arrive (I hope it is stll there for you after our visit :eek:) and then early March. Maybe we can catch up then. Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are getting good snow too but not in epic amounts like Tahoe. However it is drier snow. Lets chat in late Feb to see if we are around in the same place in early March to we can cause havoc together! :D
     
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    Harper11

    Harper11 Addicted Member

    You can say that again
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    Bloody shitware on an Android tablet :mad:. Not my bloody fault. But I was able to delete the 2 duplicate posts. They were only for rime noreason anyway.
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    Turns out the issue is with the website. People can not load photos, people having duplicate posts etc. Maybe the epic Tahoe snow has buried the software!
     
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    jgm

    jgm Active Member

    I'm keeping an eye on the road closures. There seems to be a heap of chain warnings all around Tahoe, and they're mainly for all but 4WD with SNOW tyres. As we are picking up the car in LA I doubt we will get anything better than all weather tyres, and it looks like rentals don't allow chains. Fortunately we have a few days at both ends to get from/to LA.

    I've been following the Heavenly situation, & it looks like they've been having some serious power issues as well. Fingers crossed that it all settles down in the 3 weeks before we arrive. It seems diabolical that they haven't been able to fully open in the past few years due to not enough snow, and now there is too much.
     
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    greggz

    greggz Active Member

    We're leavin'
    On a jet plane!
    See you soon, Steveo!
     
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    Astro666

    Astro666 Member Season Pass Silver

    Just got to Heavenly. Stardust Lodge is beautiful. 50 metres from gondola. Room is great. Thanks @rime noreason for the reference. Kenny says he has your wine.

    Blackout day today. So on first lifts tomorrow. See you in the evening.

     
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    Jellybeans1000

    Jellybeans1000 Dedicated Member

    Too bad, I'm back in boring Aus. Have fun...
     
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    Astro666

    Astro666 Member Season Pass Silver

    Well ........... what a glorious day. Sun and Scenery was just breath taking. As Greggz and his ski buddy weren't showing up till tonight. Mrs Astro called a family day. And Heavenly delivered.







    I even got Mrs and Youngest Astro to do some syncronized skiing.
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    Get some good skiing in while you can. A storm is predicted Wed, Thurs, Fri dumping a meter on Kirkwood and I assume the other Tahoe resorts will get plenty too. And the good news is the predicted base temps will be around -5C. The skiing till Wed and from Sat will be awesome. Enjoy.
     
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    Jellybeans1000

    Jellybeans1000 Dedicated Member

    1.5m+ for Tahoe area over next 10 days. And no Sierra Cement there.
    Can you ship some snow over to Australia @Astro66 LOL
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    I do not put a lot of faith into forecasts but this is a long range prediction. There is another bigger storm right after the one coming in Wed, Thurs, Fri. So starting Sunday, with only a Sat respite from the heavy snowing conditions, Kirkwood will get up to another 2 meters of new snow and cold conditions with -5C at the base!! Other Tahoe resorts should be similar with maybe 75% of those snow fall numbers. Just wow.
     
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    Jellybeans1000

    Jellybeans1000 Dedicated Member

    Most of the North America weather folk I know are saying this is a longer term pattern with much higher precipitation than the last couple of years for California. I would expect 1m dumps every couple of days for at least the next couple of weeks.
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Kletterer

    Kletterer Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Have fun tomorow guys. Lots of pics while the rest of team VM suffers in the Aussie heat.
     
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    Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Season Pass Gold

    Friggin' global warming!
     
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    jgm

    jgm Active Member

    How seriously are the Caltrans chain requirements enforced? I notice that all roads form the west into Tahoe appear to have chain requirements, and that most rental agencies do not permit chains on their cars.
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    I think they are enforced. I would not go up if there are chains required and you didn't have them. I am in San Francisco and it rained hard last night and it is coldish. So I bet it snowed a lot in the Sierras last night.
     
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    greggz

    greggz Active Member

    Drove back from Heavenly yesterday (in our 2WD car) and they had a road block to check for chains so yes they enforce it. Rental companies do indeed not allow you to use chains on the car so what we did was use them anyway. The drive was less hairy than I thought, considering the amount of snow on the road...

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    BillyKidd

    BillyKidd Well-Known Member

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    DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Have the authorities taken all @Astro66 's cameras off him? ;)
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    Maybe booted him off the mountain because of his outfit. :D
     
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    jgm

    jgm Active Member

    @greggz - did you hire chains, & if so where and how much? Or did you buy your own?
     
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    parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    I hope he tells people he's from new zealand
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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    Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    Things may have changed, but a few years ago the concept of hiring chains had not reached the US. Most auto accessory shops and petrol stations around the mountains sell them for not a lot of bucks. They won't take them back, even if unused. I tried (other shops might - just not the shop I bought from).
     
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    DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Walmart.
     
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    Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    I did sears on my last road trip and they took them back, but that was a long time ago.
     
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    Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    Good thoughts. I was taking a different route back, so bought in some hick town close to Yosemite.
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    Well if Astro has gone AWOL I will give an update from San Francisco. It has rained on and off now for 36 hours. Early this morning a few elevated freeways got closed because of flooding. Cold enough for some slusshy snow on the Oakland hills which are like the Dandenongs in Melbourne. Now that would translate to maybe -5C max at the base of Heavenly and maybe -12C or lower at the summit, meaning the snow will be dry. I would slso expect there to be another 3 feet of fresh up there over the past few days. So many roads might be closed. This last storm is almost over with maybe just another foot of snow left in it, only!! :D Then the forecast is sunny for the next week. Skiing will be epic up there. Bummer I have to be in LA this week. :(:cry: But will be up there the following week. :) But where is Astro?
     
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    Astro666

    Astro666 Member Season Pass Silver

    Sorry guys for the lack of reports. Just been flat out.

    I have heaps pics of epic snow at heavenly. Skied down The Firetrail and under the gondola. It was a 20 min ski in waist deep powder and maybe 2 other tracks down. Just awesome.

    I'll get some better photos up when I get home. But here's some from the Firetrail and under the Gondola.



     
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    Jellybeans1000

    Jellybeans1000 Dedicated Member

    Lucky duck. And it looks like it will warm up by the 30th Jan. How more longer are you there Astro?
     
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    Astro666

    Astro666 Member Season Pass Silver

    I'm at SFO. Last ski day yesterday.
     
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    Jellybeans1000

    Jellybeans1000 Dedicated Member

    Okay, have enjoyed your photos.
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    I enjoyed your posts thanks.
     
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    rime noreason

    rime noreason Dedicated Member

    Loved the report and photos @Astro666. Hope you post more from the last few days too, and safe travels home. Looks Iike you had a great time. Much problem with lifts on windhold?

    I can't wait to get there, I just hope that all the heavy snow doesn't cause a lot of windhold too. We had a few days last year as well. You picked a fantastic couple of weeks. This was one of the chairlift poles at Heavenly a couple of days ago, from the Heavenly website

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    BillyKidd

    BillyKidd Well-Known Member

    yep, thanks for reports and pix @Astro
     
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    Johnb007

    Johnb007 Active Member

    Yep just awesome for the other skiers!! The couldn't see your ski pants! :p:p