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Squaw Valley Powder Day

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

This week mother nature gave us a fairly warm storm that left very little snow at lake level but a foot or so of cream cheese above 8000 feet. Although this storm looks like little more than a warm up considering the series of storms NOAA is predicting for next week, but it was an extremely fun day to be on snow. The weather was pretty variable, with the sun in and out of the clouds and snow showers periodically throughout the day. The VholdR ContourHD did a great job of adjusting to changing light conditions and got some good footage in so so light conditions. Check It Out!

Powder Tree Skiing with the VholdR ContourHD 1080P – 12.30.09

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

While we haven’t had a big storm in a few weeks here in Tahoe, we have been getting a series of smaller storms that have kept the snow great. With holiday season pass blackouts and the avalanche danger at considerable, we decided it was time to lap some pow in the trees in the sidecountry outside of Alpine Meadows. The skiing was fairly low angle mellow terrain but there were some fun rocks and pillows to drop off of and the snow was pretty much perfect. The area we were skiing can be accessed by a traverse out of the boundary of the ski area, but we were earning our turns and skinned up for three laps of perfect pow.

I’m still trying to find the perfect spot to put the Vented Helmet Mount for the VholdR on my helmet. I moved the mount slightly forward from where it was in the last video and I think I moved it a little too much. I think about half way between the two spots I’ve used so far should be the money spot. While the Vented Helmet Mount is more solid and steady than the Goggle Mount, the Goggle Mount does have the advantage of getting an angle that is very close to the point of view of the skier pretty much every time without any trial and error. It was a cloudy day with some intermittent snow and the VholdR ContourHD 1080p did a great job of capturing good footage in less than ideal light.

We were the Deuter Backpack crew out there on this day, Phil was rocking his Guide 45 while I was using the Freerider Pro 30. The more I use the Freerider Pro the more I find little details that make it a really great ski pack. For example, the hip belt pocket is larger than on most other ski packs and it fits my small Canon point and shoot camera easily without cramming it in. The helmet attachment system is also very well thought out and easy to use.

Overall it was another great day with perfect snow and a very mellow vibe. Hopefully the snow keeps coming and we have the kind of season people will be talking about for years. Enjoy!

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

March 3rd Tahoe Weather and Conditions Update

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Kings Beach Webcam 3.3.09

Kings Beach Webcam 3.3.09

Sunday night and Monday were very wet here in the Tahoe area, but then sometime last night the temperature dropped and we woke up to a winter wonderland! We have at least 8-10″ of fresh here at the shop in downtown Kings Beach and Squaw is reporting a storm total of 42″ and its still supposed to snow for another 24 hours! With all this new snow, the Sierra Avalanche Center has the danger rating at high, so the safe bet for tomorrow will be resorts with lower angle terrain that is sheltered from the wind. I-80 is currently closed, so anyone not already in the basin can look forward to a long and snowy drive. Needless to say, when the weather breaks the skiing is going to be amazing! Check back in a few days for pictures and POV video footage.

Squaw Powder Day 2.18.09

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVUIQSZHPkw

 

Here is our latest POV video from Squaw Valley this past Wednesday 2.18.09. It was a perfect bluebird pow day and the entire mountain opened pretty much at the same time, which almost never happens. I got a little bit of a late start so I missed a lot of the untracked, but still managed to find some fun lines.

Winter Finally Arrives!

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Just in time for the Holidays, winter has finally arrived in Tahoe! As you can see from the shot below we are currently experiencing heavy snow here in Kings Beach. We have approximately 6′-8″ on the ground here at lake level with another 10″ to a foot expected in the next 24 hours. It has been very cold over the past 48 hours here in Tahoe and the snow is very light and dry, I can’t wait to see what the coverage looks like up on the higher elevations! Keep checking back here for updates, and as always our webcam has a live video feed from here in downtown Kings Beach.

Kings Beach in a whiteout, 12/15/08

Kings Beach in a whiteout, 12/15/08

Still Mountain Biking Season…..

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Well, we are unfortunately reporting that it is still mountain biking season here in Lake Tahoe. With daytime highs in the 50s and high pressure holding solid over the West Coast, there is no clear end in sight. So, we rode from Highway 267 to Watson Lake and back yesterday. Here is the video, once again shot with the V.I.O. POV 1 helmet camera:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBVuLrg5C7g

And once again, I am sporting my Icebreaker t-shirt and Zip up and my temperature was perfectly controlled the entire time. I can’t say how much I really love this Icebreaker stuff.

Enjoy the warm, fall-like weather while we have it!

Tahoe Weather and Conditions Update

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

As you can see from our Live Kings Beach Webcam,  It’s been a grey and rainy couple days here in Tahoe, and more precipitation is in the forecast, hopefully some snow. This latest wave brought some wet snow over 8,000 ft. but mostly just a steady rain to the Tahoe Basin. Another storm was forecast to bring lower snow levels today, but NOAA doesn’t seem to impressed in the latest update:

 ”EXPECT SCT SHOWERS IN THE SIERRA NAD NEAR
THE ORGON BORDER WITH THAT NEXT SHORT WAVE…BUT ISOLATED SHOWERS
ELSEWHERE THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN 6-6500
FT NORTH OF I-80 TO AS HIGH AS 7500 FEET TOWARD THE MAMMOTH AREA.
ANY SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE LIGHT AND CONFINED CLOSE TO THE
SIERRA CREST.”

So it looks like we are going to get a little taste of winter but not enough snow to really get ski season going. We have a ton of new winter gear waiting to be reviewed like the Black Diamond Megawatt powder ski, and the new Method AT boot, as well as the latest outerwear from Patagonia, Cloudveil, and Mammut. Keep checking back for the latest Lake Tahoe Weather and Conditions and winter gear reviews as soon as it snows.

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