Clear And Slick Today…Tomorrow Is Another Day

There’s a few different topics for today. Andy has a report on skiing today, but by the time you get back on the mountain things will, hopefully, be changing radically. We also have an update on the storm for tomorrow, which still looks good. We also will be mentioning the new Chariot service at SquAlpine.

Here’s Andy’s report from today:

Clear And Slick

Hello Skiers and Riders,

This morning was another blue bird day at Alpine Meadows.  Temperatures were in the thirties which was keeping the conditions winter-like instead of turning to spring.  Groomed runs were firm and slick in spots.  The more skiers that turn in this condition on a slope, the slicker the surface becomes, especially toward the afternoon.  I did ski below Tower 19 off the Summit Lift and found a topping of soft snow from yesterday’s storm (well snow drizzle).  Terry’s Return offered similar conditions as did some areas of Wolverine Bowl (although it is very slick getting over to the softer toppings in Wolverine).

Alpine Bowl Chair was running today.  Rumor is that Scott Chair might be turning next week if we receive 2 feet of fluff from this next storm.

If you are an owner or renter in Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley click the link below for some welcome information on transportation with each valley offered for owners, guests, and tenants.  This is a free shuttle service so let’s take advantage of it during the holiday season. (More on that later in the post)

Enjoy your day,

Andy Wertheim

The Storm Is Still On For Friday

There’s still a storm for tomorrow and for that we can be grateful! The splitting is no longer a part of the forecast, but the speed of the storm has become a new concern. It looks like the main part of the storm should conclude by late Friday night, rather than carry on into Saturday. That could reduce the total amount of snow that falls. That said, the Winter Storm Warning has not changed:

…WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 7 AM PST SATURDAY

* TIMING: SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE TAHOE BASIN FRIDAY MORNING WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET, WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG THE SIERRA CREST. 8 TO 16 INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. SIERRA RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 90 MPH.

There’s a couple of things to note here. One is that mountain operations will definitely be affected tomorrow. It’s likely that Roundhouse or even Hot Wheels will be the top of the mountain for tomorrow. Savvy locals choose Northstar or Homewood for storm days, especially if KT-22 is not open at Squaw. Operations and opening of the upper mountain could also be delayed on Saturday. The lives of mountain staff and ski patrol are important to all of us. Patience will be required.

Travel anywhere in Tahoe will be a junk show on Saturday morning. Officially, the most crowded day on Highway 89 should only take a few minutes longer than a normal day, at least according to the people that brought you the proposed Village project at Squaw Valley. Just relax in your car and know that Starbucks  awaits you at the top of the Funitel.

Chariot Shuttle Service Begins At SquAlpine
Image via SkiAlpine.com

SquAlpine has announced the beginning of the Chariot shuttle program in both Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows. The new intra-valley shuttles will be running through January 4th.

• From 8 AM to 10 AM and 3 PM to 5 PM, shuttles will run on a schedule. Between 10 AM and 3 PM, shuttles will operate on call by reservation.

• The cost of the shuttle ride is free, but ridership is limited to 14 passengers per shuttle

• Instead of just waiting and hoping there is room on the shuttle, a free downloadable Chariot app is required to make a reservation and display a boarding pass.

It’s a good start at reducing the need for parking at both mountains, and at reducing the number of cars on the road in both valleys. Is it enough to make  huge difference? Probably not, but we applaud the effort at starting somewhere.

Image via SkiAlpine.com

There’s one fairly significant snafu to what amounts to the beta test for the program. Each rider must have their own copy of the app and make their own reservation to be picked up. As an example, a family of four would need to have four separate iDevices to make the reservation and then display boarding passes for the shuttle. If that’s not enough of an issue itself, we can imagine a scenario where, if there is not careful coordination with all 4 family members requesting a reservation at the same time, that capacity could be exceeded and some members would end up on a later shuttle. As an example, the yellow route in Alpine Meadows could make up to 14 stops…and each shuttle can only carry 14 riders.

We’ll be standing by waiting for some rider reviews!

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