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By ccrossen | January 9, 2019

We are currently experiencing a highly variable storm cycle and snowpack. Much needed storms delivered 50+ inches Jan 6-9. This new snow will go a long way to help our base…. coverage is excellent and getting better. This said, we have some very interesting layers out there. In places, the new, denser storm layer rests on a lighter storm layer, providing a failure point, and the entire new storm layers rest on facets at certain elevations …. if you have been skiing the resorts, you can easily see this top failure layer everywhere, as large slides have been released during control work. Natural slides have not been prominent, but this facet layer exists starting at about 6,800′. These are relatively complex conditions for Tahoe.

See the latest avy forecast and report.

And a great video analysis as well.

We currently have a small system moving through, with warm temps and most snow confined to the Crest and higher elevations. Look for 6-8″ up high throughout the day and very wet conditions below 7000. The weekend looks dry with a brush-b y system Sunday night that could bring a few inches. After that we enter a dry period for the remainder of the window. End of Jan looks pretty dry.

 

 

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rain/snow

By ccrossen | December 21, 2018

Rain snow mix in the alpine today. A few inches over night, but warm temps are making things a bit sloppy. Look for weather to clear the next couple of days and then we have a storm coming in Dec 24-25th. This will be a fast-moving system, with about 12″ or so expected at the upper elevations. So a nice reset. Then we clear out. Models are showing a dry pattern in near term…. .

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Squaw Valley Park & Ride – Truckee

By ccrossen | December 19, 2018

positive changes!

As we await the next storm, please consider the traffic situation we will all be a part of…. there are now some better options

PARK & RIDE

In order to combat congestion on highway 89 during peak winter visitation periods, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association has, in collaboration with Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Placer County, adopted a pilot program for park and ride services during the 2018-2019 winter season. This program will be put in place on holidays and weekends December – March.*

Truckee Park and Ride

The Truckee Park and Ride parking lot will be located at the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District Administrative Offices off of Donner Pass Road, behind the fire station and Wild Cherries. Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) buses will offer Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows – specific service every 30 minutes in the park and ride lots from 7am to 6pm. This service will be free.

*Planned dates for the Truckee Park & Ride to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows are: December 28-30, January 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, February 2-3, 9-10, 16-18, 23-24, and March 2-3, 9-10.

Skiers and riders traveling to Alpine Meadows can take the bus to Squaw Valley, then connect to Alpine Meadows via the Squaw Alpine Express shuttle.

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Snow

By ccrossen | December 16, 2018

Quick update for the incoming storm. Hi winds again Sunday into Sunday afternoon, when the front arrives. We should get between 5-10 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. Will start warm and get colder, which will be nice for the snow pack and for the skiing. We have a fairly complex backcountry snowpack right now. Touring yesterday, encountered almost ever type of snow condition imaginable, making for very interesting skiing. The snowpack is very diverse, with snow type and density changing quickly within small zones. Older faceted layers and wind slabs will be buried by the new storm, and it remains to be seen what will happen to these once loaded. Wind slabs persist on N/NE facing slopes, and they will be covered by new snow and loading.

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Tahoe Updates

By ccrossen | December 12, 2018

Great start to the season, with snow down low and up high for a change. It’s been a long time since we’ve had this sort of base down low. Snowpack ranges from 1-5 feet, depending on your elevation and aspect. The storms that hit just after Thanksgiving provided great coverage, wet mucky snow and then lighter on top. The skiing has been great for two weeks. Really unbelievable conditions for the first week of December. The skiing is still good, as temps have remained cold and snow quality high.

This said, we have some areas of instability throughout the area, and backcountry skiers/riders should be aware. With the unusually constant cold temps (for Tahoe) we have had a lot of surface hoar. And while not tremendously windy, we have had some wind that has created small slabs over some surface hoar areas. These slabs can fail easily. They have not shown propagation into larger slides yet, but if set off in the wrong spot, they are large enough to cause really bad consequences. Think about where surface hoar and wind loading have and will occur, and adjust and test accordingly. We have strong winds coming in this Friday.

As for snow, we have a small system doing in Sunday-Monday that should bring 2-4.” Beyond that the model runs are looking dry. Really nothing but splitting storms that won’t really affect Tahoe nor bring any significant snow in the next two weeks. The various models fluctuate, some dry, some showing storms returning for Christmas. Right now it’s very uncertain what will happen.

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