Today was the first real powder day in Tahoe. Not only was it a powder day, but it was one of the better ones in recent memory. Mount Rose was favored by the last wave of precip and got a nice dumping of blower pow on top of several inches from a storm last week that left some semblance of a base. Stoke levels were high, face shots were plentiful (along with maybe a couple core shots), and high fives were irresistible.
There seemed to be an overlying sense of disbelief by a lot of people up there (and there were a lot of people) that it was as good as it was. A lot of people were commenting on how they thought it would be socked in, or how they were expecting it to be skiing more shallowly. The clouds pulled away almost immediately this morning, leaving cold snow and blue skies, with a cloud layer settling beautifully over the valley.
After last season being as difficult as it was, and with Mount Rose having been one of the few places around Tahoe with enough snow to tour, we have become a bit accustomed to low expectations. Today was a pleasant welcome to the season, and it was great to see the valley and hills surrounding Reno covered in white.
Here’s hoping for a great 2015-2016!
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And some cell phone shots…