Calif Ski resorts not looking good this year....

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    Jan 04, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
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    Been a cold year but just no storms. Was planning to head up to Mammoth on 1/4, but does not look good. Here's a pic from the top a buddy just sent me. Normally this time of year all the mountains in the background should be covered with snow. How's the snow where you are skiing/boarding. Post you pics to this thread.

    4/8/2012 Update: Spring skiing at Mammoth not too bad
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    Jan 04, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Wow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    What a difference a year makes:

    Jan 2011

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    Jan 2012

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  • NashRugger

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    Jan 04, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    that isn't going to be pretty for the southwest's water supply recharge in teh spring.
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    Mammoth and Tahoe had one of the wettest winters in recorded history last year... there hasn't been an ongoing drought.

    Ski resorts right now in New Mexico have incredible amounts of snow while the rest of the west is having major problems. Tahoe has no snow whatsoever. They have a little bit of manmade but that's it... Winter is a no show so far.
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    Over the holidays I ran into a lot of people from Tahoe and elsewhere in NorCal who decided to come down here to the beach. Without snow, NorCal winter sux.
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    SFYogi said
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    Mammoth and Tahoe had one of the wettest winters in recorded history last year... there hasn't been an ongoing drought.

    Ski resorts right now in New Mexico have incredible amounts of snow while the rest of the west is having major problems. Tahoe has no snow whatsoever. They have a little bit of manmade but that's it... Winter is a no show so far.


    So is Taos NM the place to go? To bad I have a season pass at Mammoth. Of course there is still a lot of rainy season ahead for us. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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    Jan 04, 2012 5:56 AM GMT
    SFYogi said
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    Mammoth and Tahoe had one of the wettest winters in recorded history last year... there hasn't been an ongoing drought.

    Ski resorts right now in New Mexico have incredible amounts of snow while the rest of the west is having major problems. Tahoe has no snow whatsoever. They have a little bit of manmade but that's it... Winter is a no show so far.


    That's good news. Drought conditions in southern California has allowed bugs and disease to set into the trees. Duh. Just realized why I didn't know about last year. I left after Turkey day for Seattle.

    Crystal Mountain in Washington state was open until July last year.

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    Jan 04, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    SFYogi said
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    Mammoth and Tahoe had one of the wettest winters in recorded history last year... there hasn't been an ongoing drought.

    Ski resorts right now in New Mexico have incredible amounts of snow while the rest of the west is having major problems. Tahoe has no snow whatsoever. They have a little bit of manmade but that's it... Winter is a no show so far.


    That's good news. Drought conditions in southern California has allowed bugs and disease to set into the trees. Duh. Just realized why I didn't know about last year. I left after Turkey day for Seattle.

    Crystal Mountain in Washington state was open until July last year.



    Mammoth was open till July 4th as well. I was up there in the middle of June last year and actually had a powder day!
  • Powderpig8

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    Jan 04, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    Yah even the powder kingdom of the Wasatch Mtns in Utah are rock city this year. Conditions are the worst since 1976 and the driest December in recorded history didn't help much. There's not even enough snow to go snowshoeing much less backcountry skiing. Sucks big time !
  • dfrourke

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    Jan 04, 2012 7:44 AM GMT
    Tahoe was not any better the pictures originally posted by the OP. There was 'enough' artificial snow to board down a few black diamonds at Northstar...

    Lack of any rain is going to be a big issue for California if we don't see some water soon. I'm not sure our economy can take a severe water shortage on top of the current money issues.

    That being said, I did have a good time hiking and ice skating while I was up at the resorts of the holidays. Just needed to have preferences rather than a set plan on what I was going to do.

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    Jan 04, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    SFYogi said
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    Mammoth and Tahoe had one of the wettest winters in recorded history last year... there hasn't been an ongoing drought.

    Ski resorts right now in New Mexico have incredible amounts of snow while the rest of the west is having major problems. Tahoe has no snow whatsoever. They have a little bit of manmade but that's it... Winter is a no show so far.


    One near record wet year just puts a dent into an overall prolonged, multi-year drought, which by definition is still ongoing.
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    Decided to ski locally since Sierras have no snow. Staying in Big Bear. Snow Summit and Bear Mountian have snow making to an art. So its all grown run skiing, but at least theirs coverage.
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    Well, there's always Hood and Bachelor up in Oregon. Not far to go for good runs...

    Timberline is looking good: http://www.timberlinelodge.com/webcams/


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    Jan 07, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidWell, there's always Hood and Bachelor up in Oregon. Not far to go for good runs...


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    I know British Columbia and Washington have been fairing ok. The el nina is keeping the jet stream way north. Wasn't sure how Oregon was doing. I think is practically year around, is it.

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  • camfer

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    Jan 07, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    TriAthInCA said

    So is Taos NM the place to go? To bad I have a season pass at Mammoth. Of course there is still a lot of rainy season ahead for us. Keeping my fingers crossed.


    Yep, Taos Ski Valley had its best start in years. Even down at 7000 feet there's been snow on the ground since before Thanksgiving. The base of the ski area is over 9,000 feet. Next storm is predicted for Sunday.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    camfer said
    TriAthInCA said

    So is Taos NM the place to go? To bad I have a season pass at Mammoth. Of course there is still a lot of rainy season ahead for us. Keeping my fingers crossed.


    Yep, Taos Ski Valley had its best start in years. Even down at 7000 feet there's been snow on the ground since before Thanksgiving. The base of the ski area is over 9,000 feet. Next storm is predicted for Sunday.


    Looks like Utah is getting some snow too. Guess I'm going to have to travel a bit further for my skiing this year. How is Taos? I've never skied there.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    Taos is probably the best mountain in the country for steeps. It's 50% expert runs, with half of that double diamond black. They don't groom many if any of the black runs. It's a small mountain served by about 8 lifts. Some of the terrain is only accessed by hiking. It's a very different feel from large CA and UT resorts. There's very good intermediate terrain. That is less steep. Runs tend to be more narrow compared to the Sierras. I don't recommend Taos for beginners, because the green runs are really more like narrow cat tracks. I feel it's easier to learn when you don't have to turn every 15 feet!

    Better to stay in town than up at the mountain, if you want anything to do after 8pm.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    I ended last year.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 said
    RobertF64 saidWow. That is a problem..... The drought down there just won't end. B-(


    I ended last year.


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  • ShredTahoe

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    Jan 07, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    TAHOE NO BUENO DUDES... when the weather is warm, go climbing.
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    Apr 09, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    So spring skiing at Mammoth isn't too bad, considering how the season started. Snow off the top is holding nicely. Compare this pic to the ones I posted in Jan:

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    Here's what it looked like in Jan:

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  • TonyToneTC

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    Apr 09, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    It’s going to get worse and worse even here in the Southwest of Arizona. Soon or probably later, the rains and snow will never come again. FOREVER! This is a prophecy was been told and showed back in 1996 when there was an apparition visitation here in Dinétah. It really concern then and even now to this day. icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 09, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    Well as seasons go, the Northern Sierras are now at 80% of thier season average. Which given the record snowfall last year, is not too bad. Southern Sierras are only at 40% of average. Good thing SoCal steals all its water from the north....