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First Winter Storm Watch Of The Season

We’re pretty happy to be posting this tonight. When NOAA gets to the point of releasing a Winter Storm Watch, they are pretty certain that it’s going to happen. The models are back to the early timing again today, and they keep quite a bit more moisture in Tahoe. It’s looking like it could be a happy Halloween for people that are ready to slide on snow.

Here’s the latest run of the NAM, showing the precipitation potential through Sunday. It looks very promising!

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Here’s the complete text of the Winter Storm Watch:

Winter Storm Watch
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
106 PM PDT WED OCT 29 2014
…FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON FOR HALLOWEEN…
.AN EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL BRING A PERIOD OF MODERATE TO
HEAVY SNOW WITH GUSTY WINDS TO THE SIERRA FRIDAY EVENING INTO
SATURDAY MORNING. THE MAIN IMPACT FROM THIS STORM WILL BE
HAZARDOUS TRAVEL OVER THE SIERRA PASSES WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
POSSIBLE. DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT CHAIN CONTROLS AROUND THE LAKE
TAHOE BASIN AND WINTER CLOSERS FOR THE SIERRA PASSES IN ALPINE AND
MONO COUNTIES.
CAZ072-NVZ002-301200-
/O.NEW.KREV.WS.A.0004.141101T0000Z-141101T1800Z/
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SOUTH LAKE TAHOE…TRUCKEE…
INCLINE VILLAGE
106 PM PDT WED OCT 29 2014
…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING.
* TIMING: AN EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL MOVE INTO THE LAKE
TAHOE BASIN AND ALPINE COUNTY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. A PERIOD OF
MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW IS LIKELY FRIDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET. UP TO 6
INCHES BELOW 7000 FEET…EXCEPT 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 89.
* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. GUSTS
NEAR 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE OVER RIDGES AND THROUGH MOUNTAIN
PASSES.
* SNOW LEVELS: 7500 TO 8000 FEET ON FRIDAY LOWERING TO NEAR 6000
FEET FRIDAY EVENING…THEN FALLING TO NEAR 5000 FEET SATURDAY
MORNING.
* IMPACTS: SLICK AND SNOW COVERED ROADS WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
POSSIBLE AROUND THE TAHOE BASIN AND ALPINE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDES
INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAYS 50…88…89…267 AND THE MOUNT ROSE
HIGHWAY. SNOW MAY LEAD TO THE WINTER CLOSURE OF EBBETTS AND
MONITOR PASSES IN ALPINE COUNTY.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

#FreeAlpine A Popular Hashtag At Instagram Today

 

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Squaw Valley announced the elimination of the @SkiAlpine Instagram account today. It encourages us to follow the new combined Squaw-Alpine feed. Similar announcements have also been made regarding the Twitter feed over the past week. Not surprisingly, those announcements have been about as popular as the elimination of a the Alpine Meadows website and Alpine Meadows logo.

The notion that everything should be under one roof, as it is all a part of Squaw Valley is ridiculous. Do ESPN, Disney and ABC combine all of their programming onto one channel and force viewers to wade through all of the noise to pick out a football score? Does Frito Lay put every flavor of Doritos into one package to make them all available in one place? Does the Coca-Cola company combine 12-packs of Coke and Diet Coke, as they make both flavors? No, they do not make those ridiculous choices. Why? Because consumers like choice.

There was an outpouring of comments on the announcement today. It made us smile:

hardysauce #freealpine

savydouza  #freealpine

katie.souza #freealpine

grantpcarlton Boo

david603c Weak. #freealpine

connormar Leave Alpine alone!!!

jsherpa97 #freealpine

ya_boi_nicky #freealpine

bricecor #freealpine

macblum #freealpine

kt_rad_ ^^^

christinelewis7 #freealpine from higher prices!

troylando_ #freealpine

michael.ernst #freealpine

benjamminkeelin #freealpine

yaaaaddie #freealpine

jamboxjr #freealpine

zadahl #freealpine

zack_dux #keepsquawoverthere

dmetres #freealpine @californiawood

biggyd #freealpine & #keepsquawsquawlywood

swissmissj9 @sillylilly628 #freealpine

sillylilly628 #freealpine #freealpine #freealpine @swissmissj9

akroach #freealpine

serena_ysb #FREEALPINE

franny.caronna #freealpine ?? @radishnadine @gigitaylorr @kylie_greeno

kylie_greeno #FREEALPINE

diegosteven #FREEALPINE ! @xactlikeyouknowx @gabouns @tomygreenville

dread5171 This sucks #FREEALPINE

grace.delnegro #FREEALPINE @_s_w_a_g_a_t_r_o_n_ @leeeeee_26 @_katherinesung

_katherinesung_ OMFG @grace.delnegro

californiawood Hey, @skialpine @squawvalley @squawalpine, “join forces” via White Wolf and then we’ll talk. #alltalknoaction #exceptonunpopuladrealestateplans #andstupidoperationsdecisions

tahoebluelove Keep Alpine, Alpine; two different mountains not one!!

radishnadine #FREEALPINE

meggieb21 #freealpine

gigitaylorr #freealpine

coralla101 #freealpine #twomountainstwologos

gtaube This is depressing

jennybabbs They said it best #freealpine

dmshaw7 #freealpine

unalpine #freealpine

californiawood #freealpine Indeed @dmetres. @spnce @isagesilver

mhcorrigan What they all said #freealpine

ai3s #freealpine
abigailpb #freealpine
Maybe it is time to order more of our “#FreeAlpine” stickers! Or maybe it’s time to order our next generation of stickers:

#alpinemeadowsidentitytheft

Latest Models Slow Down The Weekend Storm

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 8.04.11 PMThere’s still a storm out there for the weekend, and it certainly has been well hyped by all of the ski blogs. But there’s been a lot of variability in the models over the last couple of days. There were even some runs yesterday that looked really disappointing, but fortunately things were looking up today. But it’s not quite the same forecast. The last three runs of the GFS model have shown three trends:

• It slowed things down quite a bit. It’s looking like significant snow may hold off until Saturday. This is good news for Halloween trick or treaters and travelers coming up for some Tahoe snow. It’s bad news for people that were hoping to catch their October turns on the last day of October.

• It strengthened the potential for snow, with the models showing up to two inches of precipitation possible by late Sunday.

• It focuses the energy of the storm a little south of Tahoe. It looks like Kirkwood and Mammoth may turn out to be the big winners in this storm. That’s not to say that Tahoe won’t get a good amount of snow, it just may not add up to a foot of snow.

A quick verification check with the Euro model is showing the same trends. Discussion at WeatherWest.com suggests that there will be a lot of convective potential and energy with this storm, and the models often under forecast those types of storms.

There’s still a lot of possibility for change over the next few days. There’s no doubt that there will be a significant snow system this weekend, where and when is still a bit up in the air. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Our New Stickers Are Now Available

Our new stickers have been getting out in the wild and people have already been asking about how to get them. After a couple of years of die cuts, it was time to keep it simple again. This year’s stickers focuses clearly on the branding of UnofficialAlpine.com, on a 3″ x  3″ vinyl square. It’s something they should try for Alpine Meadows too. They fit nicely on water bottles, bumpers, windows, skis and maybe even a helmet. They also look good on pets and an iPhone 6 Plus. They’re a bit too big for a smaller iPhone and gerbils.

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Sadly, we’re unable to provide you with stickers with the Alpine Meadows logo, and neither can Alpine Meadows. Thanks Squaw. We’re guessing there’s going to be some available this year anyways.

While we’ve always just mailed out or stickers for free, the site has grown to the point where  it’s just not feasible to do that anymore. We’ll still be giving them away on the hill, where no postage or envelopes are involved. But if you want to get one via the mail, we’re requesting a small donation. Stickers can be ordered from our store at Square. Thanks for supporting and representing Unofficial Alpine.

An Auction To Benefit JP Auclair’s Family

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JP Auclair may have been one of the best free skiers we have ever known. There’s few people within the ski world that have not watched his street skiing segment from All.I.Can at least a dozen times. He has inspired a generation of rippers, young and old to always push things to a new level. Sadly, he lost his life in an avalanche last month, like other before him, doing what he loved. He also left behind a loving girlfriend Ingrid and their son Leo.

The Start Haus is auctioning a limited signed edition of Alpine Initiative skis, produced by Armada. The skis are number 54 in a series of 60. While the skis are only listed at 175 cm without much more in the way of specifications, they’re likely to end up as wall art. The auction is currently running on eBay, ending on Thursday, October 30th at 10:20 am. Kudos to The Start Haus for their efforts at supporting JP’s family.

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You can also donate directly to the Alpine InitiativesAuclair Fund directly at this page.

We Haven’t Seen A Forecast Combo Like This In A Long Time

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We really can’t complain about the short term weather forecast. Although temperatures rebounded around Tahoe today and recent snows are melting, the models are putting together a nice storm for next weekend. As of today, the storm is 5 days out on the GFS model, which is very much out of the fantasy range and into the reality range. The GFS is showing rain and snow starting around Friday, building strength through the weekend and not really tapering off until Tuesday.

Here’s the statement in today’s Reno NOAA Weather Discussion:

WHILE TODAY`S 12Z MODELS ARE IN REMARKABLY GOOD AGREEMENT QPF WISE, IT`S STILL 5.5 DAYS AHEAD SO TALKING SPECIFIC SNOW AMOUNTS AND LOCATIONS RIGHT NOW IS UNWISE. WITH THAT SAID, THIS HAS THE MAKINGS OF A STORM THAT COULD PUT DOWN A FOOT OR SO OF SNOW ALONG THE SIERRA CREST WITH A QUICK DROPOFF OF RAIN/SNOW EASTWARD GIVEN SOUTHERLY FLOW ALOFT.

Traditionally Boreal would be opening by next weekend (or sooner). We’ll have to see how the warmer temperatures this week combined with the incoming storm affect that plan. The models today show this storm taking a much more southerly track than the previous systems, so Mammoth should also get a very good dose of snow to bolster their efforts to open for Veterans’ Day. As always, we’ll believe it when we ski it.

The longer range also still holds promise. All of the recently released models have been painting November wetter. Although there is no promise that the RRR might not return at some point this season, the trough off the coast is holding very nicely, which is a refreshing change from the last 24 months. Winter is still coming…

A deep low still sits in the Gulf of Alaska, far different than the previous 24 months. Graphic from WeatherWest.com

A deep low still sits in the Gulf of Alaska, far different than the previous 24 months. Graphic from WeatherWest.com