17 January 2017 — trails slowly re-opening in the Tahoe region as patrol inspects and alleviates any avalanche danger; conditions are nothing less than amazing. Boreal has dug out, they’re firing on all cylinders…Squaw Valley has basically everything open except the Silverado lift and scattered runs here and there; KT-22 fully open but the backcountry gate is understandably closed…across the line in Nevada, Mt Rose serving up fabulous conditions, only fly in the ointment is summit electrification is out so the Blazing Zephyr 6 Lift will not spin today. Spokesman sez Nevada Energy is working to restore power. And the Slide Bowl road hasn’t reopened post-storm, so you can’t use that base. Photo above shows the view as the sun rose this morning over the Washoe Valley at Mt. Rose, and the image is simply — dare I say — heavenly…I apologize if you didn’t get that feeble stab at humor, check your ski resort atlas…upper midwest news, Wild Mountain up in the boonies of northern Minnesota is offering some Friday afternoon race training sessions with former US World Cup and Olympian Anna Parisien Levins, I don’t like to do blatant promos for anybody but this is a darn good deal, $50 for a two hour session, limited to eight skiers. If you’re serious about your race game, this is a bargain. Levins had a very respectable World Cup campaign in the early 1990s, finishing 8th in GS prize hunt one season…seems like the news out of Mad River is not so good. First, Mad River Mountain Ohio is shut down this morning, they’re going to try and reopen at 4:00 today if the rains blow through. Looking further east, Mad River Glen Vermont has suspended operations this week, they just don’t have enough snow. They’re calling for snow today or tonight, and either way are hopeful to limp open with the practice slope this weekend…regret to report that a skier died down the road at Sugarbush yesterday. 39-year-old Jeffrey O’Connor of Massachusetts went off a groomed trail on the Mt Ellen side and struck a tree head on. Police say he wasn’t wearing a helmet, although it isn’t clear how that played into the fatality. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and for those mourning the second fatality at Breckenridge this season; last week Denverite Sean Haberthier, 47, was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Thursday. Patrol found him Friday morning and he was pronounced dead soon afterward from a severe skull fracture. Summit County coroner Regan Wood reported Haberthier was not wearing a helmet. He was known as an expert skier. And unfortunately the skier we mentioned yesterday who was airlifted out of Brighton Resort UT indeed passed away, he was Markus Erich Fritz, 35, from Millcreek UT…haven’t commented on the southwest for a while, don’t really need to, conditions are stellar! Taos serving up some of their best average daily conditions this decade…back to the midwest, Boston Mills/Brandywine doing that delayed opening thing. Paoli Peaks IN shut down today…We’re looking at a better winter weather pattern end of next week or something like that…meanwhile Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee reporting their snowiest seasons in the past 20 years…not sure if that stat holds up at Mt Hood Ski Bowl but it’s got to be close; conditions are best in recent memory…so I’m going to save that World Cup commentary for tomorrow. Men are gearing up for Kitzbuhel! Also, appears that Ted Ligety and Aksel Lund Svindal are now out for the rest of the season….don’t forget our free Ski Bum stickers; send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve already done so, you’re all set. Sometimes it takes a few days but we’re on it.
Photo above courtesy Mt. Rose. Give My Love to Rose is a Johnny Cash song, covered by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Statler Brothers, Hank Williams Jr, and others.