Kirkwood, CA 12/21/2018

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Kirkwood, CA 12/21/2018

Postby tseeb » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:44 am

Kirkwood seemed promising early with 3-4" new and a lot of avalanche control. We parked at Timber Creek and loaded lift at 9:45. We should have done some laps there as we skied to Cornice which didn’t load until after 10. We were on about 15th chair and it looked like Zachary was skied out so one friend and I took Olympic where new snow was not deep enough to keep you off firm bumps so it was a tough first run especially for friend who was on his first run of season. After a better run on Zachary, we saw rope drop for Sentinel and I got 2nd tracks down left side, probably my best run of the day. It was snowing early, but got warmer and wetter later in morning.

Backside opened in afternoon and it was not very good as untracked new snow had mostly frozen and even groomed run was tough up high with firm snow, some gravel with wind and bad visibility on top. They were not letting you go towards the Wave due to visibility, wind stripping snow or avalanche danger. After my third lift ride where I drank an excellent St. Archer Mosaic that I didn’t realize until later was a 9% double IPA, I exited via main Thunder Saddle run. It was probably my toughest run of the year with deep crust and slabs, even though I skied the main run, not the chutes I’d done earlier in month.

After a few laps on a good groomer under Caples Crest lift and one on the Reut, I took the Wall once and it was pretty good. I caught up with my friends at top of Sentinel where snow was still OK. One friend skied down to truck and moved it to 7800 while other friend and I went up Reut and skied to bar about 4. My watch counted 22 runs/22.65K and EpicMiss had 17 lifts/under 15K (missed all morning Cornice lifts). At 7800, my friends had $6 Moscow Mules and I had a $3 Coors.

I did not get home until 9:30 PM so long day as I left my house at 5 AM. I only had to drive from my house to/from friend’s place near downtown and (his truck) from Kirkwood to Stockton. I don’t like my ski trip trend so far this year as I started season with a 5-day trip (with some new snow every day), then had a 3-day trip and this was a one-day trip (although I tried to get friend who was driving to stay Fri. night or get other friend who went with us to go to his family’s Kirkwood cabin the night before). Planning to sit out holidays (and since I can’t really go I’m OK seeing Christmas Eve storm dialed back from 18” to less than 12) and go back in 2019. Only picture I took was on Wall when clouds lifted a little. I found good snow on steep face (lower center) to lookers right of chair.
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Re: Kirkwood, CA 12/21/2018

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:46 pm

It's probably a good idea to sit out the holidays. The minor snows here and there evidently haven't offset a deterioration in snow surfaces at Kirkwood, and Kirkwood has the best snow preservation at Tahoe, along with being the only place in full operation. I had no complaints whatsoever about Mammoth's snow surfaces Tue-Thu but some sectors are a bit low tide and rate to get worse with next week's crowds.

I'm not complaining. My 8 days and 140K vertical are both in top 10% range for skiing before New Year's.
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Re: Kirkwood, CA 12/21/2018

Postby tseeb » Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:18 am

I'm at 9 days and over 180K vertical, probably my best start ever.

Today would have been good day to be skiing with 7" new reported at Kirkwood and 9" at Heavenly and 12" at Northstar, although the latter's reported base is only 28" and 18" at mid-mountain. Maybe next year...
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Re: Kirkwood, CA 12/21/2018

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:43 pm

Top seasons before Jan. 1:
7 days, 189K vertical in 2004-05
8 days, 177K vertical in 2012-13
7 days, 155K vertical in 1982-83
8 days, 140K vertical in 2018-19
7 days, 140K vertical in 2015-16

There were also the 11 days but only 75K vertical because the first 8 days were backcountry (Mammoth October + the Antarctic cruise).

Only 12 seasons since I started skiing 40+ years ago have had over 100K before Jan. 1.
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Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
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Re: Kirkwood, CA 12/21/2018

Postby tseeb » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:55 am

I don't have data in spreadsheet going back very far, but I did locate and move a couple missing files to new laptop and found the following highs:

2010-11 when I only had Squaw pass and retired in mid-Jan, but caught 3 pre-Thanksgiving powder days: 7 days, 112K

5 days, 80K in 2011-12

5 days, 85K in 2014-15
6 days, 148K in 2015-16
6 days, 114K in 2016-17
6 days, 125K in 2017-18
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