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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!

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.

Carson Pass BC 1/29

Friday, January 30th, 2009

After a mostly dry January, a late month storm brought some much needed snow to the Tahoe area. Below are a few pictures from the Carson Pass area backcountry from January 29th. The snow was pretty variable and wind affected, but we managed to find a few shots of nice boot deep powder in areas protected from both the sun and wind. For gear on this trip, I used the Black Diamond Verdict 180 with Fritschi Freeride Plus bindings and Ascension Custom Skins, as well as the Black Diamond Outlaw Avalung Pack and Carbon Fiber Poles. All of this gear performed flawlessly on this trip, but the Black Diamond Verdict Skis really stood out. They are light enough to tour and stiff enough to handle variable snow conditions with ease. They are one of the more versitile skis I have tried and are a perfect go-to backcountry ski for when you need a ski that can handle any conditions you may encounter.

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