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.
  • Above locker items in need of attention

    April 2, 2021

    Hello members,

    As some of you know the fire department asked us to remove all the items above the lockers in the hallways in the basement. This has left us with a large pile of items in the recreation room and we are trying to see how we can shrink the pile!

    If you recognize items and would need transport back to the bay area I can take them with me on Sunday this weekend. Please take a look at the description and photo (link).



    Please let me know if you recognize items and let me know;

    1. If I need to bring them back to the Bay Area (with a Berkeley stop)
    2. If we can donate them
    3. If we can trash them.

    Thank you for your help!


    Winter VP



  • Changes in number of pods; 3/21/2021

    March 24, 2021

    Hi all,

    Here a recent update for the Lodge occupancy:
    The Board approved the use to be 5 germ pods at a time – as long as at least one pod is entirely vaccinated. No more than 14 people.
    This means, you will likely be sharing a bathroom.


    Winter VP

  • Feb 2021 – Update on OSC operations under COVID

    February 3, 2021

    Hello Members, 

    New occupancy policy

    This week the board decided that we will be very slowly increasing capacity of the lodge. Since the recent two snowstorms and the lifting of some local travel restrictions we have been receiving more requests for the lodge and we will try and accommodate these by implementing some changes.

    We will be moving to allow 3 plus 1 pods with a max of 10 people. This means that two pods would have to agree on sharing a bathroom. A shared bathroom means that at no point in time are two people from different pods in a bathroom. Also please do not spend any time more than needed in the common spaces, spend time in your room, the Polar room or  the Rec room. 

    Some of the COVID rules 

    Please respect other members if you have a shared bathroom. Wear a mask when in there unless actively showering
    or brushing your teeth. Try to do as much in your room as is able. Definitely use the fans or even open the window for a moment so the air can circulate. Remember to use the door notice (available/vacant),  and knock before going in.

    You ALWAYS need to clean your room and bathroom and use disinfectant, but also choose another chore to help with the lodge upkeep. Snow removal is a shared responsibility for everyone.

    Check-out Check-in
    Vacate your rooms & lodge by 2 pm on the day you leave. If you arrive before 2, do not plan on hanging out in the lodge until 3 pm. We want there to be no more than 4 pods at a time there. You may leave your items in a small pile if needed, but do not plan on waiting in the main area. This means you have to do your clean up/pack up before you hit the slopes.

    Cancelling your reservation
    No matter what, please do not come if you don’t feel 100%. Please let Simone know immediately if your plans change at reservations@oaklandskiclub.com .

    Mask policy

    Properly fitting masks must be worn at ALL times in common areas of the Lodge. Make sure you familiarize yourself with our COVID procedures as stated on the OSC website. Please do not wear bandanas or neck gaiter but a real facemask covering mouth and nose. 

    Please all help in keeping the OSC safe for all member by respecting all the rules. If something is unclear please let me know, if you are uncomfortable with the rules please do not make a reservation. We may be able to accommodate single pods for 1 or 2 days, if you are interested please send an email to reservations@oaklandskiclub.com .

    If we see or hear of anyone not behaving according to the rules, we will ask that member to return to the lodge after all COVID rules are lifted. 

    Road Conditions

    The road is being plowed regularly however keep in mind you may need chains as the snowfall has covered the road in a good amount of snow recently. 


    Enjoy the snow!



  • OSC Winter Operations update

    January 13, 2021
    To all members:
    We are currently allowing up to 3 member germ pods at the lodge. We believe that the  implemented measures and distancing rules reduce the risk of infection to a low, acceptable level for most. However, everyone’s level of acceptable risk is different  and some of you may not be comfortable with other parties at the lodge.
    Please use the usual reservations page for making new reservations from now on at https://oaklandskiclub.com/reservation-requests-winter2020/
    If you’d like to come to the lodge for 1 or 2 nights but only if you can be there by yourself or share the lodge with specific persons like your family or other members you are comfortable with, please make a reservation on the usual page and under the  notes section add that you would like exclusive lodge use which we will try to accommodate the request depending on demand.
  • OSC members: Winter is here!

    November 24, 2020
    Hello OSC members,
    First of all, I hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe! Sugarbowl will be opening this Friday and so far, we had 17 inch of snow and hoping for more.
    The OSC board has been working hard on this plan for the lodge for winter 2020/2021 and I wanted to inform you of some of the changes in the operations.

    Our priority number one is keeping all our members safe and to do so we are implementing temporary changes due to COVID and we are asking everyone’s assistance implementing these changes and adherence to the new rules.  We will evaluate and update these on a monthly basis or when county/state/federal regulations change.

    The biggest changes:
    1. Masks are mandatory inside the lodge unless you are in your own room or when eating.
    2. There is a 6ft minimum distance required between members of different groups. There is no socializing inside the lodge between groups.
    3. There will be no caretaker and we will have 5 groups allowed at the lodge with 13 as a total maximum number of people. Each group (or pod/cohort/bubble) will be assigned a letter A-E and this letter designates specific rooms/dining table/shower/sink and toilet stall. Two groups upstairs share the bathroom upstairs, two groups downstairs share the bathroom downstairs, one group is in the caretaker unit.
    4. Cooking will be limited; everyone brings in their own food and simple meals can be prepared or heated.
    5. Disinfecting and cleaning will be required for everything you use, bedroom, kitchen your own spaces in the bathroom.


    You will need to read and agree to the full plan described in this document before making a reservation:
    For reservation policies this winter:
    We will all have to work together to make this season safe for all and we are all looking forward to lifting these rules hopefully sometime this winter season!
    Looking forward to a great season!
    Valerie Vincent
    Winter VP
  • Forest Service Day Use and Camgrounds Close, & Fire Restriction in Effect

    September 7, 2020
    The Forest Service has closed all campgounds and day use areas until further notice. It has also banned all ignition sources such as camp stoves & BBQ’s!
    Keep Tahoe National Forest safe and don’t use the BBQ or any other ignition source outside at the lodge until this is lifted!


    Forest Service Temporarily Closes Eight National Forests, Adds Prohibitions in Others

    Contact(s): Jonathan Groveman, (707) 562-8995

    VALLEJO, Calif., September 7, 2020—Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts. They will go into effect at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 7, 2020, and will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

    1. Closure of the following National Forests: Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, and Cleveland National Forest.
    2. Prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California.
    3. Closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California.

    “The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters. With these extreme conditions, these temporary actions will help us do both.”

    An example of extreme fire behavior is the Creek Fire on the Sierra National Forest which began on Friday Sep. 4th and grew rapidly on Saturday, Sep. 5th. The fire made a 15-mile run in a single day and burned 36,000 acres, prompting evacuations and life saving measures. The California National Guard evacuated at least 200 people from Wagner Mammoth Pool Campground and assessed them for medical needs.

    The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.

    The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state.

  • OSC Lodge Closed until March 27 (at least)

    March 15, 2020
    Dear Ski Club Members,
    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the OSC Board has voted to close the lodge to all members and guest stays for two weeks. This will take effect Friday, March 13th at 6PM and will last through Friday, March 27th.
    All reservations for that time are immediately cancelled and all members and guests must leave the lodge by Friday the 13th at 6PM.
    The board will evaluate the situation before the 27th and let the membership know what will be happening into the future.
    We’re sorry to inconvenience anyone, especially as the snow should be so good this weekend, but we’re doing this in the interest of member, caretaker and public safety.
    Bernhard Ludewigt
    OSC President
  • March 7, 2020

    Dear OSC members,
    The spreading Corona virus is strong reminder that everyone has to be mindful of the
    potential to infect others when staying at the lodge.

    • Please do NOT come to the lodge when you or anyone in your family feels sick, no matter if it is just a common cold or Covid-19.
    • If you are already at the lodge, please go home as soon as you feel sick.
    • Please pay attention to simple things, such as washing hands and not touching food, and make sure that your children do the same.
    • Do not come up if you have been exposed to someone with the Covid-19.
    • Please inform the Winter VP or the president if you have tested positive for Covid-19 so that we can initiate a thorough lodge cleaning.

    We are in close proximity at the lodge, share bathrooms and eating areas, which is ideal for spreading viruses. Catching a cold or the flu from another member or guest is bad enough but Covid-19 brings it to another level. Our older members are particularly vulnerable.

    • I am asking the WinterVPs and/or House-captain to send anyone home who seems to be sick or having a cold.
    • Please understand and help cleaning and disinfecting surfaces (doorknobs, tables, …) at the lodge.

    Bernhard, President OSC

  • Grudge Race Rescheduled to April 4

    March 4, 2020






    Donner Summit Lodges “Grudge Match” Ski and Snowboard Race

  • Grudge Race Update:

    February 24, 2020

    Looks like we will have a great participation for the Grudge Race unlike the Alpineers who are having a hard time fielding a team whatsoever.

    We have 20 confirmed so far! Looking to fill the OSC with racers.

    To sign up:


    and make a reservation at the OSC, free for racers.

    Adult discount lift tickets $65 (kids cheaper) plus a $10 racing fee.

    Racers so far:

    Simone S, Bob P, Micki C, Connie C, Woolsey M, Steffani M, Rhys M, Ryder M, Ana H, David H, Drake B, Bill C, Tina C, Stephen R, Tricia K, Jakub C. Ivan I, Loic I, Monty I, Valerie V.



    Marcel Hirscher (AUT,Herren Alpine Kombination Silbermedaille)

  • OSC home of the Champions!

    February 19, 2020

    Our racers Eski and Yun-Yun both had fantastic finisher race times in the SBST Intrasquad Slalom Race this weekend at the SB Race Arena. They won medals for top 5 in their age groups, something we are all very proud of. They are a great example for all the other racers in the OSC that are preparing for the Grudge Race on March 7.


  • Goodbye January – Hello February!

    January 25, 2020

    With another full house this is the last Saturday in January! The OSC has been very busy this winter season with many long term members and new members mixing around the fire place. The road access has been very good, snow conditions on the hill more than outstanding with another announced snow storm tomorrow!

    Our reservation goddess Simone is asking to make reservations starting Saturday but no later than Wednesday for the upcoming weekend, the last minute bookings are keeping her busy and rooms are filling up!


  • Santa Drake hanging w/ the needy kids

    December 25, 2019

    Santa Drake hanging w/ the needy kids

  • Getting the Kinks worked out!

    December 24, 2019


    It’s been a bumpy start to the season.  First, with our original caretaker disappearing, and now with our replacement working double time at Sugar Bowl, squeezing in time for the caretaker duties at the Lodge has been rough…    The meals and expectations have been spotty, but we’re going to get there!  We had the GM for the top flight restaurant at the Lodge in to help with dinner last night and he’s back on Thursday.  The McKernons are on tap for dinner this Friday and we get the GM back next Monday/Tuesday.  Drake is swiftly coming up the learning curve on expectations and cooking being surrounded by patient members… (thank you)

    On the bright side – the skiing was insanely good yesterday and the road is a two-lane highway.  Way to go Norm!

  • OSC Holiday Party this weekend! (and Norm’s snowplowing schedule)

    December 12, 2019

    OSC Holiday Party at the Lodge:

    31 OSC’ers and prospective members are gearing up for the OSC Holiday Party.  Big crew for Drake, but it sounds like Tricia has some help lined up for him.  Good luck and have fun, everyone!  Looks like the sun is coming Saturday and Sunday and it’s going to be a great weekend on the hill.  Good luck to everyone making the trek up Friday!

    Note on snowplowing:

    We are last on the snowplow list for Norm, so that generally means 9am when there’s a snow day.  Not convenient if you want to get to the hill early, clearly.  And, not great if, for example, it snows all day Friday and folks are showing up expecting to park at the lodge and the road hasn’t been cleared.  We’re working with him to try and fill in the gaps (minimum another pass Friday afternoon/evening).  Will keep you posted.

  • Winter 2019-2020 has commenced!

    December 2, 2019
    Fantastic news… we found a replacement caretaker and he’s awesome!  He came with the highest recommendation from the HR Director at Sugar Bowl.  Super energetic young man, who works F/T in Marketing at Sugar Bowl.  He starts today.

    Drake Brown is from Michigan and has a BS from Northern MI University in PR and Marketing.  He started his career in Sales and Marketing for automotive firms in MI, but the mountains and the West called…  For the past few years he’s been working at the High Cascade Snowboard Camp running camps for kids.  He’s been in the service industry in college and at the camp and done a fair amount of food prep, but this will be his first time being a solo cook.  He comes to the task with a healthy outlook (West Coast vs. MI fare) and is beyond excited about the job and the prospects of gaining accolades from members.  He looks forward to meeting you all and can be contacted at caretaker@oaklandskiclub.com.
    Just a few other things to note and reminders as we kick start the season:
    1) Jamie Isbester is no longer a Winter VP.  I’ve asked Valerie Vincent to be my Co-VP this year and she’s been amazing diving right into figuring out how to get a replacement caretaker.  She and I can be reached at: wintervp@oaklandskiclub.com
    2) Simone Spector has agreed to be the reservationist, so she’ll be confirming your reservations this winter and will be using the following email ID: Reservations@oaklandskiclub.com
    3) You all know where to figure out if I-80 is open and what the weather forecast looks like for the weekend, but we’ll be posting updates to the OSC Winter VP Blog found here: https://oaklandskiclub.com/osc-vp-blog/ on conditions as we know them through Drake and Norm (our snowplow man).
    4 Snowplowing – some of you may remember Norm Saylor from past seasons.  Same old cantankerous soul, but with vastly upgraded (brand new) machinery and his son is in business with him now.  We have high hopes for his ability to stay atop the snowstorms… and looking at the forecast, we’re going to be getting our first test.
    Have a great season ahead!
  • Close-out to an Amazing Winter

    April 21, 2019

    OSC’ers – What a winter!  I hope we get an equally fierce one in the year ahead.  The road is open and the last hurrah for Sugar Bowl is happening right now (4/21/19).  Backcountry tours, likely, through July!  Turning the mantle over to the Summer VP.  Back on-line in the Fall…

  • It’s Friday! Let’s go skiing.

    April 5, 2019

    Word from the lodge: the road is open but requires care.  The thaw is causing ruts to form in both snow and the underlying mud and will also cause the canyon walls to collapse into the road.  Tim is able to keep the snow back; the bigger ruts in the road surface will have to wait for the county.  But what a great time to be up there – deep snow but warmer and longer days.

    Karen is cooking this weekend and next, then it is on to summer hours.


  • Road Status

    March 29, 2019

    Missed a note from Jamie and providing this update late (apologies).  This from Sandra (last night):

    About the road …
    It is rutted to about 8 inches. Four inches dropping tonite so up those numbers. Other than that it’s clear. Yes it’s one lane and the idea of backing up for upbound traffic should be considered as well as clearance. The crowds have left. I don’t know if DSR is still open and plowing is still on the menu….
    We skied today (crazy good conditions).  We saw Tim when we parked and he said that the road was clear and that he plowed, so should be good to go for those w/ 4WD.  Given the slightly slushy conditions end of day today at SB, I bet it’s gotten slushy and rutty…  but likely still passable.
    Have fun up there… still plenty of snow hiding in the trees and people were tearing it up down the Sisters this am – insane! (too old for that).
  • Thursday, March 28 Update

    March 28, 2019

    Per Tim, at 9:30 this morning, the road and parking are clear.  The snow today through the weekend is forecast as minimal, so I think we are good to go for a great, sunny weekend of skiing.  Enjoy it everyone!

    By the way, for those who think we just had the winter to end all winters, I note that we are still 150 inches from the total snow fall recorded in 2010/2011.  I will give you two to one odds that we don’t get 12 feet of snow between now and the end of the season.

  • Mid-Week Update

    March 13, 2019

    Hey all – the road is mostly clear but drifts are building up in places. As more cars travel it, the drifts may be knocked down but if you have low clearance, you probably want to use the Union Pacific lot or the Gondola lot and walk in.

    This is probably also a good time to note that conditions are going to change rapidly pretty soon now. At the moment, we are driving on a bed of ice and snow that is probably a couple of feet thick. In a couple of weeks, that is going to soften and thaw. Add some water running under the snow along the ground, and the road is going to become impassable with no way to plow it clear.

    With this much snow, we can expect a lot of run-off damage to the road itself. Long story short, access is going to remain difficult for some time.

  • Weekend Update, March 8

    March 8, 2019

    The road and parking are clear.  There is a little snow coming down still, so chains required, of course.  Lots of snow moving to do!


  • Big Weekend at OSC saving the lodge

    March 4, 2019

    Tim finally arranged to get a snowblower down the road and to most importantly, eliminate the snow built up against the front of the Club so that the snow that was built up on the roof could slide off.  There was over 12′ of snow atop the bathroom end of the building and the doors to the bathroom and downstairs weren’t closing – pretty scary!  With the snow cleared (by Tim Kegerman, Earl Stirling, Bill and Tina Cochran), the entrance roof shoveled off (Woolsey, Ryder and Rhys) and the deck cleared off (by our President, Bernhard), the Club is in pretty good shape.  This said, with another week of snow in the forecast, the road will be snowed in again by the end of the week.  Tim’s machine is in the shop, so lodge access remains on foot (snowshoes and skins).   We’ll update the blog by Thursday with a more recent update.

  • Snow is about to obscure the view out the Dining Room window!

    February 28, 2019

  • Lodge Access for March 1st weekend

    February 27, 2019

    The current storm is forecast to dump up to 7′ of snow on the ground by Thursday.  Everyone’s snow removal machines are sidelined (especially Tim’s Kubota).  SB is barely able to keep up with some of their machines off-line.  We have Tim shoveling snow off of the lodge roof b/c there is no more room for the snow to slide off.  The lodge road is completely snowed in.  We have no estimate for when our road will be open. And, looking at the forecast, the snow is going to continue to fall through next weekend too.  If you plan on coming up, it’s skins and snowshoe access only!  And, parking is far from certain.  Be sure to check the I-80 road conditions before you hop on the road.

  • Updated Lodge Access Status for 2/21

    February 21, 2019

    From Karen:

    We got 12’ last week so the road is not passable, people coming up this weekend should be prepared to go the Gondola trail. It is plowed and easy to follow.Tim working on having Sugar Bowl come plow but with this much snow and equipment breaking down they are having a hard time keeping up .

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Just to be clear… that is a foot demarcation, not inch.  OMG – snow-(IN)sanity!

  • Lodge access update for 2/21/19

    February 21, 2019

    Here’s an update on the road situation from a member this morning (2/21):

    “The only way in and out of OSC is via snowshoe or skins, either from the gondola trail or from the overflow parking lot. Apparently overflow parking lot is plowed and available for parking but I have not personally confirmed.”

    That’s the best we have at the moment.  I’m still waiting for an update from Tim/Karen.  Woolsey

  • Friday Morning Update

    February 15, 2019

    As expected, Highway 80 is closed.  Highway 40 (Donner Pass Road) was closed until about 8:00 am.  Sugar Bowl is closed for avalanche control.  So it will be a while before there is any skiing happening.

    Tim reports that there is three feet and more of heavy snow on the road.  Walking down from the gondola, the snow is waist deep.  And that’s just the beginning.  The forecast calls for another one to three feet of snow before Sunday.This is all good right?  No drought.  But lodge is effectively inaccessible.  Karen has a carload of groceries waiting for the highway to open and we will bring in the food by toboggan later today.

    If you are coming to the lodge, please think hard about whether you and your group is up to the physical demands of these kinds of conditions.  We may not have parking or road access until Sunday (he says optimistically).  So snowshoes or AT skis with skins are needed.  And BRING CHAINS AND A SHOVEL!


  • On the eve of the storm – Wednesday mid-day

    February 13, 2019

    I can’t imagine anyone in the state of California has not heard of the current “atmospheric river” event.  We need to recognize that this is going to mess us up something fierce.

    It is already snowing at the lodge (has been for a few hours) and the temperature is now rising.  The forecast is for rain up to 8,000 feet; we are at 7,200.  So imagine a couple of feet of wet snow, and then an inch of rain on top of that snow, and then a couple of feet of wet snow on top of the now frozen rain.  That’s what our road is going to look like by Thursday night.  It is a safe assumption that Highway 80 is going to closed at times between now and Friday, and will be under chain control for any time it is open.  Donner Pass Road will be open but dangerous.  Our road will be much safer than that because it will be completely shut down.

    We will monitor conditions in the Union Pacific lot (sometimes referred to as the overflow lot or the employee parking lot), just to the north of our lane, near the top of the lane.  If it is plowed and the snow has stopped, you can park there and walk down (don’t park there if it needs more plowing – you don’t want an irritated plow operator adjusting your sideview mirrors).  Alternatively, there is walking down from the gondola.  Money and/or a honey tongue may get you into the covered parking at the gondola (but tough on a long weekend) and overnight parking is also allowed on the shoulder of Donner Pass Road, east of the gondola, on the south side only.  Anyone walking down from the gondola should have snow shoes or AT skis.  Wading through this snow otherwise is asking for a heart attack.

    Of course, at 9,000 feet, we could see 7 feet of new snow just in time for the long weekend.  How cool is that!

  • Monday am (Feb 11) Update

    February 11, 2019

    The road and parking lot are clear.  It should be a great ski day.  Conditions will deteriorate quickly starting Tuesday evening/Wendesday.  Some forecasts are suggesting snow levels will be above 7,500 (ie., several hundred feet above the lodge).  Rain on the snow will make for really tough conditions.


  • Sunday Noon Update

    February 10, 2019

    Big storm came through last night (Feb 9).  But the snow has stopped for the time being, it is really cold, and Sugar Bowl just opened.  It should be an amazing afternoon of skiing.  Tomorrow is looking pretty good too.  But with the amount of snow we have received, there is just no way to keep the lane open.  Walk down from the Gondola.  People have successfully parked up there ($25 per night).  You will need snowshoes or back country skis.




  • Road Report for Thursday

    February 7, 2019
    Tim had a big plow on the road yesterday but they only made a quarter of the way before they used up all their shear pins. He says they’re coming back today to finish the job. He said if they don’t he’s going to work tonight with his machine to get it clear.
    The u p / overflow lot is now plowed out and that is going to be usable for parking overnight. So if the road is not open it’s going to be a fairly easy walk down from there to the lodge.
  • Snowed in…

    February 4, 2019

  • Mid-Week Chores Reminder

    February 4, 2019

    As a reminder, for those folks coming up mid-week: please make a reservation for every night of your stay, even if it’s last minute. And of course, pay for each night you stay.

    Also, in addition to cleaning up after yourself in the kitchen and bathroom, please do one additional chore per day to help out the club, caretakers, and our little community. Great mid-week chores include: shoveling snow off the deck or entryway roof, cleaning the counters and mirrors in the bathroom, bringing up wood, or vacuuming the rec-room. Whatever needs to be done most. Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Lodge completely snowed in

    February 4, 2019

    Just left there this am (2/4/19) and it is completely snowed in.  Snow is piled high everywhere and the snowplows/blowers can’t keep up.  They only had Christmas Tree open today.  Full on Blizzard.  Wednesday is the day!  It’s going to take Tim (and everyone else up at Norden) a few days to dig out.  Tim only has Wed and Thursday, b/c more is coming!  We’ll let you know, but likely going to continue to be a park at Sugar Bowl enclosed parking and hike down.

  • Road is clear… but road is dicey

    January 23, 2019


    From Ed Oviatt Today:  Good news!

    Tim got up @ 4 AM today (WED) to free his snowplow & carve out 0SC parking areas & just returned.
    Hooray for Tim!  That’s a long day!  I made it up & down  the road with my JEEP Cherokee 4X4 in extra low gear & big husky snow tires.  Don’t try it with any less capable vehicle!   There’s not going to be parking for that many cars on Sat, by the way.  Some will probably have to drop off their stuff then park in the SB lot at end of road. First come, first serve!  Also, not all should dare the road!
  • All Clear!

    January 23, 2019

    Yesterday, Tim got the road open.  Today, he finished plowing out the parking lots.  We are good to go, with no snow in the forecast for a few days.  So you no longer have an excuse not to go skiing.


  • 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, 2019
    This 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 Gondola

    January 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 Check

    January 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.

  • Sledding

    January 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 road

    January 10, 2019
    Road 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 update

    January 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 Status

    January 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 Problem

    January 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 Year

    January 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 Weekend

    December 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 Update

    December 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 Lodge

    December 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 Breakfasts

    December 15, 2018

    Hey all:

    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 Footprint

    December 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 Update

    December 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…

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