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Tahoe Backcountry Report – 4/6/2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Before it starts to warm up here for good, I wanted to get some more powder skiing in and today looked like the last day for a little while. So, Jim and I headed up to Rose Knob in the Mt. Rose Backcountry area for a quick tour this morning.

The snow was still excellent with about 2 feet of fresh powder on most aspects.Jim skiing the powder

The wind has affected some higher, non sheltered areas and the sun was starting to warm the south and east facing aspects and I suspect that after today, even the North facing aspects are going to see some type of sun.
Jim skiing the powder But, it was still cold and powdery the whole time we were out.

Here is the gear talk section to let you know what kind of gear we were using and wearing.

Jim on the way up with his gear

Jim on the way up with his gear

Jim is now on his brand new pair of Black Diamond Telemark Boots, BD Zealots and Axl bindings while I am on the same setup but with the Black Diamond 01 Tele bindings. He was also sporting his brand new Mammut Ultimate Hooded Jacket with his Patagonia Sun Bucket Hat. I had my Deuter Backpack on my back with all my normal avy gear, including my Pieps DSP. All in all, we had a great morning out with the powder smiles to prove it!

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

Game On! December Snow in Tahoe

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Well this storm certainly didn’t disappoint. I woke up to at least two feet of light fluffy powder on my deck this morning and it keeps coming. If there were any base below all of this fluff it would be an all time amazing day for skiing. In reality there is almost no base below all of this new snow so even though a lot of lines look very inviting, lots of rocks and logs are lurking just below the surface waiting to ruin your season. Today’s advisory from the Sierra Avalanche Center indicates high avalanche danger, but once the snowpack has some time to settle and bond, we should have a nice base to start the season. Game On!

Fresh Snow in Alpine Meadows 12/7/09

Fresh Snow in Alpine Meadows 12/7/09

First Turns of the 09/10 Season

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

So this storm diddn’t end up being the 2-3ft dump we needed to really kickstart the season, but it did dump 8-12″ on the higher elevations. Just barely enough to get some skiing done. It was only 15 degrees at the trailhead and I was worried I would be cold, but once I got moving I was fine just in a Icebreaker BodyFit 200 base layer, my Mammut Outline as an insulating layer, and a Mammut Ultimate Hoody to keep me dry.  Up at the Mt. Rose summit area there was just enough snow to skin up and find a north facing aspect that had some base before the storm. After that I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Despite a few core shots it was a fun morning and a great way to start the season!

4/19 Angora Peak – Halls of the Gods

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

After my first trip up to the Angora Peak area a couple of weeks ago the Halls of the Gods couloir jumped up to the top of my to do list. This time the gate was open and we were able to park about 2.5 miles closer than last time, making the approach and exit much more enjoyable. This time we approached from the bottom and set a bootpack up the Mini Halls Couloir, getting us to the top of the Angora-Echo ridge just a few yards from the top of Halls of the Gods. We topped out at about 11:45, which turned out to be perfect timing because the couloir itself is sheltered from the sun by Indian Rock until around this time of day. After lounging on the summit for a few minutes the couloir looked ready to go. We decided the center entrance looked the best although the skiers left entrance was skiable as well. The top 1/3 was perfect corn while the snow in the middle 1/3 was pretty rotten and manky due to it being very narrow and close to warm rocks. The bottom 1/3 below the choke was great corn snow again.  Another great day in the Tahoe backcountry!

Easter Sunday at Carson Pass – Moon Crescent Couloir

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Conditions looked good for getting some of the last wintery snow of the season on Sunday so we decided to get an early start and head down to Carson Pass to ski the Moon Crescent Couloir on Round Top. Our early start was rewarded when we were already on the summit when we saw the first of several other parties approaching the area. We got a couple of amazing powder turns on the hanging snowfield then a quick traverse into the couloir for some more steep turns on nice chalky winter snow. A quick traverse at the bottom of the couloir got us untouched boot deep pow turns down to Winnemucca lake where some friendly fellow skiers shared their whiskey with us. Talk about an awesome Easter morning! (click on any of the pictures below for the full size version)

Angora Tour 3/26

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I went for a tour up to Angora peak yesterday, first time to this area and I was very impressed with the cool terrain. We found very variable snow conditions with everything from wintery pow to breakable crust to nice corn. We were a day late for most of the pow and early in the corn cycle, but it was still a great day. There arn’t too many pictures due to battery issues with my camera, but I think there are enough to give you an idea.

A couple of lakes


Nick on the Way Down

Nick on the Way Down

Looking Back Up

Looking Back Up

Variable was the word of the day.

Variable was the word of the day.

 All in all a great day in the mountains. The snow wasnt perfect, and we diddn’t bag any big lines, but the weather was perfect and it was fun to explore some new terrain.

More Videos from Incline Peak Pow Patrol…

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Filmed by Kevin, skier is me!



Dawn Patrol to Mt. Rose – 2.13.09

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Kevin and I headed up to Fireplug or what some call Sparkplug for a dawn patrol early this week. I know I am late with the post, but better late than never. Had the Megawatts with the BD 01 binding along with my Deuter Cruise 30 pack, which I am very happy with, other than the lack of helmet holder. We got up to the top after sunrise, headed down the north side and then back up again and off to work at TMS.

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