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Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jasoncapecod » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:40 pm

I am in Granada Spain. We decided to make a detour for a half day skiing at Sierra Nevada ski resort.
The pics are in order of the day's events
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Admin » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:56 pm

Nice. I'm particularly liking the gigantic microwave dish in photo number 2. I see those in the wilderness all the time!
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:53 pm

That's supposed to be a substantial area, big enough to hold World Cup events I think. Snowfall is probably erratic, though it's high and should preserve well.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jasoncapecod » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:04 am

It was cool to drive two hours and be sitting on the beach in Marbella
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jasoncapecod » Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:04 pm

What's up with tony posting under my name?


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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:06 am

jasoncapecod wrote:It was cool to drive two hours and be sitting on the beach in Marbella

Some of us can do that anytime. Both pics below from Jan. 26, 2008
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Unfortunately around here the skiing part of this exercise has mostly been on manmade groomers the past few years.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:08 am

jasoncapecod wrote:What's up with tony posting under my name?

Mea culpa. I must have inadvertently hit the edit instead of the quote button. Now corrected.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jasoncapecod » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:55 am

No issues. The ski area is huge. Very steep on top. With decent snow, it would be a total blast.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:51 am

Since Jason can't be bothered to provide info on HIS trip report :roll:, here is a quick overview. 4,000 continuous verts.
http://www.sierranevada.co.uk/index.php ... 16&lang=en

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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:24 pm

Interesting map. Even that far south the tree line appears to be below the 2,100 meter base elevation. Is North America the only continent where trees grow in high elevation snowy climates?
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jasoncapecod » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:28 pm

Where is the tree line in northern Japan?
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:35 pm

jasoncapecod wrote:Where is the tree line in northern Japan?

At Niseko latitude 43 I would say about 3,000 feet. In Hakuba latitude 37 about 6,000 feet. On Mt. Fuji latitude 35 about 8,000 feet. In all cases those numbers are about 4,000 feet lower than in North America. An extremely snowy microclimate can lower the tree line, which I'm sure is the case in Hokkaido.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Admin » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:15 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:
jasoncapecod wrote:Where is the tree line in northern Japan?

At Niseko latitude 43 I would say about 3,000 feet. In Hakuba latitude 37 about 6,000 feet. On Mt. Fuji latitude 35 about 8,000 feet. In all cases those numbers are about 4,000 feet lower than in North America. An extremely snowy microclimate can lower the tree line, which I'm sure is the case in Hokkaido.

That's a very west coast-centric point of view. In New England at latitude 44 it's around 4000 feet, which is not 4000 feet higher than at Niseko, and I'm certain that variations in indigenous species of trees can explain the minute difference between the two.
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby Marc_C » Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:39 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Interesting map. Even that far south the tree line appears to be below the 2,100 meter base elevation. Is North America the only continent where trees grow in high elevation snowy climates?

Let me understand this.... You're actually assessing tree line from an artist's rendering of an interpretation that has ski runs and lifts as its primary objective???

You might want to take a look at this page - in particular the table that lists world-wide tree-line elevations:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_line
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Re: Sierra Nevada Spain

Postby jasoncapecod » Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:21 pm

Here's a pic from the access road. The area is 100 % above the tree line Image


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