A running report from the OSC Winter VPs (and Summer VPs, in season.)
Road conditions – good advice – bad jokes – whatever we want you to know about.
OSC is inaccessible. There is NO parking up at the Gondola.January 18, 2019
Just skinned into the club – there is NO access other than on skins or snowshoes. Tim’s machine is snowbound mid-road. There is NO parking up at the gondola, you’ll have to pay $25 at the garage (don’t know hours) or say ‘you’re a friend of Tim’s’ and maybe you’ll get a hall pass… They haven’t plowed out room for cars to overnight on the road. Coming up tonight requires deep thought! (highway 80 is wide open though, just a bit slow at the top)
OSC is virtually snowed in…January 18, 2019This just in from Sandra, who is at the club (the internet is supposedly down). “Here is my snow report…. The snow is deep and impassable even on foot without snow shoes now. More is expected Sunday. Tim was a snow god and worked day and night until one of his machines failed and I was relieved to see him finally get some sleep. It was quite the storm and he was a hero. Nevertheless I would discourage weekenders over the weekend until the road is passable.”I’ll be up there in a few hours and update the blog post based on what I see. Likely parking up at the Gondola is the only way to go…
Please park up at the GondolaJanuary 16, 2019
Tim is on it, but this is one fierce storm and if you don’t want to get stuck, we would suggest you don’t come down the road to the lodge from today (Wednesday) through Saturday am. Hopefully by Saturday it will be all clear. In the meantime, you can park on the North side (Gondola side) of the road where you won’t be towed or plowed under (towards Judah).
Time for a Reality CheckJanuary 15, 2019
We have two storms hitting back to back this week. Some forecasts are suggesting 5 to 6 feet of snow at the lodge between Tuesday and Thursday night. So let’s be realistic. We have neither the equipment nor the manpower to stay ahead of a snow event like this. Tim will be working 24 hours a day to try to keep up with the snow, but there is a limit to what he can do. Access to the lodge may be highly limited this weekend. At best, we will have a single lane. Parking may be limited; you may have to dig your way in and out of a spot.
Carry chains. Every weekend, we find someone who came up to the mountains, in a snow storm, with all-weather tires and no chains. Really people? And a shovel! Chains don’t matter when you are high-centered.
SleddingJanuary 14, 2019
SLEDDING near the lodge: Just a reminder that there is NO sledding down onto the main road (though tempting!) as during a storm, a car or Tim plowing is not likely to be able to see someone in the road. Kids should be sledding out behind the Lodge on our little hill and stop well before the river. There were some kids sledding near the river farther up towards the road a few weeks back, who were warned off. We’ve all seen the intense rush of that creek/river in the spring, and imagine it continues to run through the winter under a shifting mantle of snow. If you see any of the kids getting too close to the creek, please let them know that it’s extremely dangerous.
A word from Bernhard on the roadJanuary 10, 2019Road is plowed and i made it in and out with my outback. High clearence required and 4wd required. The problem is that railroad bulldozers and snowcats go down the road, cross the road, make berms , and generally mess up Tim‘s work. He keeps fixing it, so it is ok. Bring chains, just in case to get you out of tight spot. Bernhard
Thursday evening updateJanuary 10, 2019
The word from people who have gone the road is that it is single lane. It will be a couple of days before it is widened out.
Thursday’s Road StatusJanuary 10, 2019
The road is clear. There is lots of snow so all the usual warnings apply.
Road Update, Monday evening.January 7, 2019
Tim reports that the road is in good shape as of 5:00 pm, Monday.
Please still put on the chains.
Road ProblemJanuary 7, 2019
Hey all – PG&E had a problem on our road last night (sorry – I have not details). It is currently not passable. We are hoping it will be clear late this afternoon.
The First Really Big Storm of the YearJanuary 6, 2019
It hit last night! Forecasts were all over the map but the reality was about 18″ at the lodge by breakfast. And it is still coming down!
Last check – 80 was open but chains required. Our road is open to vehicles with some clearance and chains.
Tim plowed at 7:30 and again at 4:00 am. He will hit it again during the day but show is accumulating at about 1 to 2 inches per hour so you should count on dealing with a few inches at least on the road.
This storm is consolidating into other storms and it could keep this up for three more days. So lots could happen. Be sure that a) you check conditions before you start out, b) you have chains and a shovel in the car with you, and c) you have water and some food in case you get stuck on 80 for hours.
In the meantime, for those who are here, the conditions are spectacular.
Preparing for a Big WeekendDecember 28, 2018
Not much to report. The road is clear, the skies are clear, and everyone is on vacation. Busy weekend at the lodge. Have fun everyone.
Christmas Eve UpdateDecember 24, 2018
It is 1:30 on Monday and I just spoke with Tim. There has been 8 inches of really heavy snow at lodge, falling on top of a little bit or rain earlier in the day. So the roads are a mess. The forecast is for another foot. Currently, Tim is keeping ahead of things and our lane is clear. But stay tuned and put on the chains before you go down the lane.
With lots of people coming in later in the week, I will post another update on late tomorrow.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Parking at the LodgeDecember 21, 2018
As always happens about this time of year, the circular drive at the lodge is getting icy. Given the slight slope, it is not really usable unless you have four wheel drive WITH chains. Four wheeling alone won’t work. Best to park in one of the two lots closer to the road.
Twas the week before Christmas . . .December 19, 2018
Moderate occupancy at the lodge – there is still room if you want to make a last minute trip up. Meals start on Saturday and continue through the holidays.
The road is clear. There is a little snow coming in over the next four days, but easy stuff to deal. Access will not be a problem. Just prepare for slippery surfaces on the lane.
I have seen forecasts for a big storm on Sunday, so if you are there over the weekend, keep an eye on it. Get up the lane before there is enough accumulation to close you in.
Saturday BreakfastsDecember 15, 2018
The Board is experimenting with a change in format. For years, people came up on Friday evening and woke to a hot breakfast Saturday morning, a lovely way to start the weekend. Plus, it is a great deal, since Friday nights are the non-meal price. Times have changed. For traffic and other reasons, most people do not come up on Friday but rather, try to get an early start Saturday morning and go straight to the slopes. But we have continued to serve up a hot Saturday breakfast as if we had a lodge full of people.
At least for a few weeks, we are experimenting with a slightly reduced format on Saturday mornings. Bread, bagels, cold cereal, juice, etc. will all be set out. But the caretaker will not do up anything more extensive than that. For those who wish to cook up a little something more (and clean the resulting dishes), eggs, oatmeal, and the like are available.
We think this will reduce wasted food, clean up, and caretaker effort. But if people want the full Monty on Saturday morning, please let Woolsey know and we will revert.
Reducing Our FootprintDecember 15, 2018
One of our goals at OSC is to live lightly on the land. To that end, we avoid phosphate soaps, minimize electricity use, car pool, etc. Here is another idea.
Most of us come up for only a night or two at a time. We use a sheet (underneath a sleeping bag) and a pillow case for that one night, and then put both in the laundry, to be washed (water used and soap expelled) and dried (electricity consumed). We would reduce environmental impact, plus wear and tear on the caretaker, if we each kept a sheet and a couple of pillows cases in our lockers and only changed or washed them as necessary. Just a suggestion.
December 15/16 UpdateDecember 15, 2018
Friday night, 10:00: I just got up to lodge. There is no new snow but there seems to be coverage. The groomers are on the hills. The road is a thin layer of hardpacked snow, a little icy. Drive carefully coming down the lane.
Karen left out lemon bars and cocoa for the late arrivals tonight. Tomorrow is supposed to be a bluebird day, with more snow coming in on Sunday. It is a great time to be in the mountains, so come on up before the holiday crowds hit.
Another Great Winter Ahead of Us!December 11, 2018
Walkin’ in a winter wonderland…