Fall is in the Air

All in one week, the weather turned from the the calm, hot, dry air of summer to the cooler, crisper, more blustery air of fall. Leaves even started falling off the trees. And the new issues of Powder and Skiing arrived in my mailbox. Both issues look great, with large format photos and comprehensive ski reviews to get you amped for the season. Around the Tahoe rumor mill is word that a Tram Face freeskiing content will take place at Squaw in February. More details on that should be coming soon. Directly under the cable car, Tram Face is a series of steep, northeast-facing chutes at Squaw. Often poached in the dark when conditions are ripe, leaving dramatic tracks for skiers to oogle at from the tram, the area is currently closed. Word has it that Squaw would like to open the area to the public. I’ll post dates and details I have them. In the meantime, I’ll be out sucking in the cool air and thinking about snow. Oh, one more thing to keep you occupied until it’s time to ski: Eastern Mountain Sports just launched a fancy new outdoor website which has map and GPS data on trails across the country. Here are some backcountry trails with GPS info: mntnlife.com/index.jsp?cat=ski-bc&con=traillist&val=custom.

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