Wow.......this is all great news about the current conditions. Might be out there this weekend.
Just remember that conditions change with each storm that comes through so check the weather report.
One winter, about 5 years ago, while coming down to the intersection of Lippencott Mine Road and Saline Valley Road, I talked with some college students in an Acura (they had already had one flat and one rear quarter panel has been ripped off by some rocks). They wanted directions to the Hot Springs so we helped them out. The weather was great that day but later that night it snowed on north and south pass so they were probably stuck at the hot springs for I don't know how long.
In a situation like that, you can only ride out Lippencott or Steele Pass so be prepared to do that or wait it out at the Hot Springs if the weather suddenly changes because a snow storm can close both North and South Pass.
The weather forecast for this weekend looks good with a chance of rain on Friday.
The BMW Airhead Rally will be at Furnace Creek Feb 15-18 for those interested.
I came to ride...........