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I try really hard not to think badly of them.... sigh.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tmconditions.htm

"Update for December 10, 2012
December 10, 2012 Posted by: Laura & Rob Pilewski
Weather: December 04  through  December 10
High temperature: 45F (December 4th)
Low temperature: 10F (December 7th )
New Snow: 10 inches                                      
Total settled snow depth: 19 inches as of December 10th

Skiing  Conditions and Weather:  This is the first weekly update for the winter of 2012-2013. We arrived at Tuolumne Meadows after skiing up the Tioga Road from Lee Vining Canyon on December 3rd. The series of wet storms that came thru last week were warm so there was rain that fell below 9,000 feet, which accounts for a shallower snowpack below this elevation. The snow depth above 9,000 feet is 3 to 5 feet deep, and the snowpack between 8,000-9,000 feet is 1 to 3 feet deep. Coverage is good for skiing above 8,000 feet but  due to the rain event and refreezing of the snow surface, the skiing can be challenging at the lower elevations. Above 9,000 feet there is good skiing to be found, especially on north aspects. ..."
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I bet it's really nice up there today. Web cams at my favorite ski area look promising.
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Even the Valley has a nice coating from the Conservancy Half Dome cam.
http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/webcams/half-dome
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More than a few years back now, had the pleasure of visiting Tuolumne on mountaineering skis...skied up Tioga and spent 4 nights at the stone hut. Truth be told, we had a friend snowmobile our food cache up to Ellery and we skinned up the road after.
Highlights included watching our tracks slab-avalanche just 15 minutes behind us...memorable.
I remember the hut warm, the rangers inviting, and the spring snow corny...
BTW, nice bowls to carve backside Lembert Dome. Total 7 days eventually exiting Valley via Porcupine Flats - North Dome to Snow Creek trail down.

Sigh...I wish I was 20 years younger.


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On a related topic: anybody else ever ski out of Rock Creek Lodge?

http://www.rockcreeklodge.com/summer/winter/index.php

Terrific snow.
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