View Poll Results: When Will Tioga Pass Open for the 2009 Season?

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  • On or Before April 30th

    1 5.88%
  • May 1st to May 7th

    1 5.88%
  • May 8th to May 12th

    2 11.76%
  • May 13th to May 15th

    1 5.88%
  • May 16th to May 19th

    1 5.88%
  • May 20th to May 21st

    1 5.88%
  • May 22nd to May 25th

    2 11.76%
  • May 26th to May 31st

    3 17.65%
  • June 1st to June 10th

    4 23.53%
  • On June 11th or after....

    2 11.76%
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  1. #1
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    Default Tioga Pass Prognosticator #7

    This is our seventh attempt at predicting future road conditions on one of our favorite mountain crossings in the American West. Last winter, (December, 2008), we awarded our very first official Tioga Pass Prognosticator Award to Great American RoadTrip Forum member weirj. More information about that award can be found here.

    Update: June 2, 2009: ******Phil Boardman correctly prognosticated this year's opening date of the Tioga Pass Road. More information about this achievement here.*************

    Tioga Pass which is found on California State Route 120 provides the eastern access to Yosemite National Park and is usually the last pass opened to the roadtripping public each Spring. As such, it has become the RTA harbinger for the start of the summer road trip season in the west.

    In the past we've had two winners of the dcTPP… (Which is also known as the official Darn Close -- Tioga Pass Prognosticator) -- Hotel Charlotte ( Lynn & Victor) and Kinless, for their predictive skills in the spring of 2008 and 2007, respectively, but we have yet to award an official Tioga Pass Prognosticator for a spring opening.

    Current Holders:
    Prognosticators Extraordinaire To-Date:
    Tioga Pass Prognosticator Winners:
    Phil Boardman, (PhilB) Spring 2009 (Click here for news about this achievement)
    weirj Winter 2008
    ******dcTPP (Darn Close -- Tioga Pass Prognosticator)
    *************Don Casey (CalOldBlue) Winter 2009 Click here for the declaration of dcTPP winner!
    *************Lynn & Victor (Hotel Charlotte) Spring 2008
    *************Joey (Kinless) Spring 2007

    Official Tioga Pass openings in recent years:
    2008: May 21st (8:00 am)
    2007: May 11th (this was an early one!)
    2006: June 17th
    2005: June 24th
    2004: May 14th
    2003: May 31st
    2002: May 22nd
    2001: May 12th

    The "Contest"
    You are welcome to use your predictive talents and if you manage to hit the correct date -- the RTA Editorial group will pay for a tank of roadtrip fuel in your personal roadtrip ride. Legal has suggested that we identify what this means.... So, for the record, the prize will be limited to $75.00 USD To win this prize, the date must be posted** on this Forum more than or equal to fifteen (15) days prior to the official opening date. (**Your "date" must be identified in a post on this thread...**) Further, you must identify a particular date in your post. And if you manage to identify the correct opening time within 60 minutes.... you'll receive an additional surprise gift from RTA. The official date for this Tioga Pass Prognosticator contest tracks with Pacific Time (USA), so no matter what date it might be in your local neighborhood, the date used for this contest will be the same one used by the officials at Yosemite National Park for Tioga Pass.

    Previous Predictive Efforts:
    Spring Opening 2006
    Winter Closing 2006
    Spring Opening 2007
    Winter Closing 2007
    Spring Opening 2008
    Winter Closing 2008

    And here are the Yosemite National Park Official Closing and Opening Dates for last several years!

    And this is a very cool page -- it lists the opening and closing dates for other high Sierra Nevada passes, which might give you an edge as predict this year's dates.... (Produced by Caltrans).

    Here are five Web cams from Yosemite Valley. If you scroll down the bottom of this Web cam page, you will see a photo of the current conditions at the Tioga Pass Entry Gate.... {Often times in winter, the camera lens is covered by snow, so if nothing is showing in the photo below, check back in a couple of days} Or... you can just check in every day!

    (Photo updated 4 times per day by UCSD)

    Happy Predicting!

    Great American RoadTrip Forum Staff
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 12-02-2009 at 03:15 PM. Reason: policy clarifications & updated Web cam link

  2. #2
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    Default Second Year in a Row

    I am voting for my birthday.

    So, I am on the record for May 12th at noon!

    Mark

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    I'll follow Mark's lead and vote my b'day.

    May the 9th at 9:45am. Feels good man.

  4. #4
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    Default sticking with the theme

    Well, I'll stick with the birthday theme. Since it wasn't on my birthday (in march) maybe it will fall on my wife's birthday: June 8th.

    For a time, I'll go with 9am

  5. #5
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    Default

    No birthdays anywhere close in my family - so - May 22.

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    May 3rd, 8am

  7. #7
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    Default I might hold off a while.

    I was just looking at the weather forecast and it looks like a lot of the white stuff is going to get "dumped" on Yosemite today !

    Winter storm warning.

    It could be 2-3 ft of fresh snow over 5000 feet !

  8. #8
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    Default The camera lens is covered with snow today!

    Yeah, yesterday's photo showed the storm coming in -- today the lens is covered with snow!

    Mark

  9. #9
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    Default Quite some storm !

    Yes, this was the scene down in Ahwahnee meadow on Sunday morning.


  10. #10
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    Default The sun's out today

    Great views from the Kiosk camera today -- blue sky, deep snow!

    Mark

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