Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

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Re: Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

Postby jojo_obrien » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:36 pm

Tony,
You missed one place on there. Grass Valley Lake. Thought you had done it all dude!
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Postby ShiftyRider » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:21 pm

Thanks for the Latimes article, Mr. Cojean also hosted a bonfire making the Mt. Baldy evening/night almost as festive as a powder morning.

BTW 95% of the cars were ahead of mine, so even folks who were early and wanted to be home by lunchtime were part of it.
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Re: Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

Postby jojo_obrien » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:01 pm

https://abc7.com/weather/freezing-temps ... y/5132301/

some video from KABC7.........uff what a mess

hundreds of inexperienced drivers with no chains followed by a couple inches of new snow on one of the windiest accessible roads in socal? what could possibly go wrong?
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Re: Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

Postby egieszl » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:24 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Is there a scenario when Slide Peak is open but Mt. High East is closed? I suspect that would be rare.


It really isn't rare. Typically I would say they both open or are able to with the same storm, but Mountain High East closes much sooner. The lower slopes, Goldrush in particular, and the base area really suffer from sun exposure and the biggest difference, is the very limited effort or no effort to make man-made snow at East.

Snow Valley's snowmaking effort focuses on the lower mountain terrain that keeps the connection alive late into the season. Slide Peak's exposure is ideal of holding the snow. So there have been many seasons where Slide Peak is still open, but East is closed.

Last Wednesday night to Thursday morning I could see on the webcams they were making snow on that sun exposed pitch of Goldrush and in the base area at Mountain High East. I suspect they may have made snow on lower Sundance.

In recent years Mountain High has shut down before Snow Valley. Through some research yesterday I discovered that the long proposed pipeline from the Crestline-Lake Arrowhead Water Agency to Snow Valley was completed a few years ago so the ski area has the ability to purchase water from the agency through an interruptible supply agreement. Snow Valley now has the third most valuable water supply for man-made snow behind Snow Summit and Bear Mountain.

If the drought were to continue (hopefully not) Mountain High could be in a situation where they would only be able to operate with natural snow or be forced to truck water to the resort for snowmaking. I've heard rumors that they've been doing a little of that already, but can't confirm it.
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Re: Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

Postby egieszl » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:30 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:My local experience by area and season: http://bestsnow.net/vft_scal.htm


There are two ski areas that I potentially could have skied, but regretfully never did before they closed. Green Valley and Snow Forest.

I'm surprised you never went to Snow Forest.

I've never skied Ski Sunrise and one of these days I hopefully will jump onto a plane when it's open to do so, but sadly will never get to experience either of two giant pomas that no longer exist at Mountain High North.
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Re: Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

Postby EMSC » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:49 am

Love the rime pics. While some places get rime frequently in winter Colo is not one of them; and certainly never ever 1-2 foot thick rime!

Of course it also plays havoc with lifts so...
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Re: Mt. Baldy, CA, Feb. 6-7, 2019

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:37 am

Rime? Check this out from Mammoth in December 2012!
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Even the people who work at Mt. Washington Observatory were impressed by that pic.
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