I had actually planned to get my taxes done today. There was not a plan to ski bell to bell at Alpine Meadows.
First, let’s talk about Saturday. We knew Saturday would be a great day at Alpine Meadows. The gray skies parted early and temps warmed to the point where Sherwood offered morning fun. Sure the coverage was thin, but perfect corn is irresistible. The smoothest corn was found in the Powerline area.
As the day wore on, we moved back to the front side and found pleasant corn snow on all south facing slopes. There was some winter snow too. While north facing slopes held some good snow, it was critical to stay in the shaded areas. Aspects that had seen much sun tended to be a bit crusty. The best bets were North Peril and Palisades. What we liked best was the powder turns on the front side of Gunners. Sure, it was a little bit heavy, but quite a nice contrast to the morning corn on Sherwood.
Sunday’s forecast called for dust on crust. Temperatures were 20 degrees less than Saturday and little or no snow accumulation was expected. But by the time we arrived there was an inch in the parking lot, and it snowed for much of the day. Now the actual report shows little or no accumulation for the day, but the key is to follow the snow, because the wind was depositing it in some great places.
Summit only spun until about 10:30 but plenty of people seemed really happy with the conditions, even with severely limited visibility. We caught nearly the last chair before Summit was put on windhold. The snow in Palisades and lower Counterweight was oh so good today. That left just Roundhouse and lower lifts to keep skiers and boarders entertained. We found fresh tracks with free refills all day off Gunner’s and on some steeper pitches of Deer Cap and dropping into Hot Wheel’s Gully. Somehow the laps added up and the clock kept spinning. The taxes will have to wait for another day.
Things are going to be changing rapidly in snow coverage. All forecasters are coming together to say that the March Miracle is here. Check the TahoeWeatherDiscussion.com post for details on the excitement. Here’s the GFS model for the next 7 days…precipitation is off the charts.