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Snow, Glorious Snow! Tahoe Ski Conditions March 2012

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Well, our thirst for snow was finally quenched in a big way this past weekend. Sugar Bowl reported a 114 inches for the storm, so there was much powder to be had. The brunt rolled in Friday night, making powder day #1 a busy one since it was Saturday. Here, a few TMS folks report on the goods:

WHO: Dave, Greyson, and Lis

WHAT: Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and sledding

WHEN: March 17–19, 2012

WHERE: Alpine Meadows, Paige Meadows, Kings Beach, Mt. Rose

GEAR: Mountain Hardwear Effusion Jacket, Lole Sandy Jacket, Mountain Hardwear, Smith IOS Goggles, K2 Skis.

DAVE

Finally the snow came back and made Tahoe feel like winter again. After a few backcountry outings on Friday and Saturday, Sunday was time to spend some time at home with my daughter and not rush off to ski so much. But, back to the skiing first. Randomly met up with Craig Dostie, author of EarnYourTurns.com, and we had a great hike and ski in the Mt Rose area on Saturday. It was still snowing lightly but the skiing conditions were perfect. Here are a couple of shots of Craig on the way down and then a great one that Craig shot of me (orange jacket).

On Sunday, it was time to take my daughter out sledding in this great snow, and she was a total trooper. She even carried her own sled up the luge run that we built with our neighbors. I couldn’t get any of her huge smiles from her runs down because I was too busy making sure she didn’t crash into stuff at the end!

Then, took the dog for a walk down on Kings Beach and caught these other 2 great shots. In one, you can see the snow hanging over the west side of the lake and quickly approaching Kings Beach; the other is showing just how much fun everybody was having with this new blanket of white, as these 2 guys from Europe were so happy they were skiing on the Kings Beach pier!

GREYSON

The temptation of a true powder day was too much to pass up, even if I was coughing and sputtering my way out of a cold on Saturday. I wasn’t the only one who rallied for new snow at Alpine Meadows, so I decided to be content with lapping cut-up-but-still-soft powder on the lower mountain, leaving the longer lift lines for the bigger chairs to everyone else.

Sherwood, the backside of the mountain hadn’t yet opened, and there was no indication of when it would, but I got a feeling late morning that I should be ready in case it did. I got into a long line for Scott chair, which puts you into position to get to the back side, and ran into Justin, our Mountain Hardwear rep. He, I and a few others started traversing toward the back. And like magic, the word came that Sherwood was opening, and the handful of us in position went into a full-on stampede, landing us on the first few of chairs up above the still-untouched slope.
The next five laps were the best of my season — fresh tracks, long, arching turns that my new K2 powder skis had been aching for all season — until the rest of civilization rushed over to join us. So one more steep line that drops from back to front through blower powder spraying up to my chest, and I was content. Back to nursing the cold, and wiping the huge grin off my face.

LIS

As for me, I got out to Alpine Meadows Saturday and Monday and had two great days, Monday by far being the best. Funny to hear Greyson’s tale of Saturday because I must have been a turn or two in front of or behind him that day. We too were hoping for Sherwood. We were lapping Scott and timed it perfectly, getting to the top of Scott right at the patroller flipped the sign. Our first two runs were beautiful! A pretty much vacant slope all to the few lucky ones. Then, on my third run, it began. Little ants covered the slope… and another run later and the Sherwood line was 10 minutes long. We pretty much called it a day after that, and I took this parting shot of Promised Land from the parking lot.

Sunday, I took the day off and went cross-country skiing with some friends and dogs. It was a winter wonderland! Light winds and a good dosage of snow made for some spectacular scenery. My Mountain Hardwear Effusion Jacket (in orange below) was perfect for the half-snow/half-sun conditions. And check out the difference between the trees on Saturday (above) and then the trees on Sunday (below).

But Monday, oh Monday! I got to Alpine around 8:45am, and spent the whole day seeking out pow with some lady friends. Our first run was a quick Roundhouse lap because the Summit line was daunting from all the waiters, and there was so much fresh that it didn’t matter. Back down to Summit (no line this time) we shot straight over to High Yellow for amazingly light untracked powder. Here’s a peek from the High Yellow hike, looking toward F tree above Sherwood.

We then hiked over to the just-opened Beaver Bowl but it was a hot mess with the sun baking the goodness out of it already. Hey, Alpine, how about opening at 8am in March?!

We spent the rest of the day hanging around High Yellow and Arts Knob, and sneaking in some mellow low angle turns around Lakeview. It was a beautiful day… so sunny! Felt like a Tahoe spring day, with Colorado powder thrown in. I topped it off with $1.50 PBRs at Crest Cafe, then some hot-tubbing. Caught this snow bunny on camera by the hot tub.

Thanks Miracle March! Tahoe snow was back! At least for a day. Yesterday’s warm temps put the Tahoe ski conditions right back where they started more or less.

Adventures of a 1-Year-Old Skier

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Deciding on the youngest age to teach a kid to ski depends on who you ask. If you ask most resorts, they say around 3 years old. If you ask the Larkins family of Tahoe City, they say ASAP. In this Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week, we hear from the littlest Larkins family member, who, at almost 16 months old, already has 4 days under her belt this season.

WHO: Makenna Larkins

WHAT: Skiing the corduroy

WHERE: Alpine Meadows

WHEN: 2010-11 ski season, and 2009-10 ski season

GEAR: A Patagonia fleece hat to add some padding to my helmet (I’m still growing into it), warm mittens, and the highest-performance skis on the market… I think mine are Black Diamond Megawatt Minis

Hey, I am Makenna and I am almost 16 months old. My good friend Lis from Tahoe Mountain Sports asked me to write a blog post about my skiing adventures. Being born and raised (so far) in Tahoe is pretty unbelievable. Last April my Dad took me up Sherwood at Alpine Meadows in a backpack. It was closed so he skinned up and then he skied down with me in tow.

My summer was great, but this winter thing has my parents hooked, so off to the slopes it was for me as of opening day at Alpine Meadows! When the snow fell this November I was already itching to get out myself. My first few days I just did laps with my Mom off of Meadow chair. Then this past Wednesday my Dad figured I was ready for Summit 6, that and the fact that it was the only chair turning had me headed up to the expert slopes! I loved it. I was laughing and giggling the whole way down. Here are some pics of me shredding, and my expert tips on the best way to learn to ski when you’re little:

Tip #1: Ride up the lift sandwiched between two strong, handsome men.

Tip #2: Position yourself between a pair of strong legs, then think about pizza and french fries.

Tip #3: Keep your eye on the prize.

Tip #4: Look extra cute when finished to get loads of attention and great family portraits you’ll cherish forever and ever.

I can’t wait for my next day out, hopefully this coming Friday. Keep an eye out for me on the hill! Makenna.

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, bike, ski, surf, climb, dive) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.

Summer Skiing

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
So the cooler weather and chance of snow in the forecast got me thinking about the last time I had skis on my feet and I thought I’d post a few pictures from my last time skiing back on June 7th. I had been staring at the little ribbon of snow left over in avalanche gully every time I drove to my house for several weeks before I finally went for it one day.
The Objective

The Objective

After a little route finding adventure, we made the top in decent time.

Looks a Little Bony

Looks a Little Bony

 The chute was pretty sun cupped and had a few rocks poking through but the snow was not too sloppy considering how warm it was. All in all it was a fun way to wrap up the season.

Not Bad Snow for June

Not Bad Snow for June

I finsished skiing by 1:00pm and went and rafted the Boca to Floriston section of the Truckee river the same day! Days like this are what make living and playing in Tahoe so amazing. Keep checking back here for reviews on the latest gear, company news, and trip reports all winter long!

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