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Backcountry Skiing in Ward Canyon 12/9/09

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Phil makes a pow turn below Grouse Rock

Phil makes a pow turn below Grouse Rock

After reading the advisories from the Sierra Avalanche Center from the last storm, we decided to give the snow a few days to settle and bond. We headed out on wednesday 12/9 for some fairly low angle powder skiing in Ward Canyon. A lot of the snow had been blown into thick windslabs, but we managed to find some protected areas with deep and light powder. I used the new Black Diamond Glidelite Mohair Mix skins for the first time and I really noticed the extra glide and appreciated the light weight compared to nylon skins. I was, as usual, wearing my Mammut Ultimate Hoody and it really excels in the typical conditions we run into in the Tahoe backcountry. Its the most breathable outer layer I have ever had, I can wear it skinning when everyone else has stripped down to base layers. Then I just zip up the vents at the top and I’m protected from wind and water by a full Gore Windstopper softshell.  Its also really lightweight (17 ounces) and packable for spring days where you just need a windproof layer for the summit.  Its a piece of gear I highly reccomend. With more storms expected in the next few days, things are just getting started.  Another great day with good friends!

Shane below Grouse Rock

Shane below Grouse Rock

Let it Snow!

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
The Tahoe Basin has been experiencing a series of storms that have made for some excellent skiing and riding. The picture below was taken on 12/17 in the Mt. Rose area and we have recieved significantly more snow since. It’s still an early season snowpack, so watch out for rocks, but the season has officially begun in the Lake Tahoe Backcountry!
Tahoe BC 12/17

Tahoe BC 12/17

First Turns of the Season

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

So this last storm did leave over a foot of snow on the higher elevations in the basin. It was just enough snow to make some turns if you were careful and knew where to look. Here are a few shots from my first day on snow this year 11/3/08. The snow was about a foot and a half of heavy early season snow that should make a nice solid base.

Cody can see where he's going in this flat light because he is wearing the Smith I/O

First turn of the season.

 In these pictures, Cody can see in the flat light because he could switch to his low light lens in seconds with the Smith I/O goggle, and is dry and comfortable after hiking in a snowstorm because he is wearing the Cloudveil RPK softshell with Icebreaker base layers. Overall, it was a nice day to kick off the season. Keep checking back for more updates when we get more snow.

The snow was surprisingly good.

The snow was surprisingly good.

Cody and Tila

Cody and Tila

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