Skiing Stoke from Lake Tahoe

Month: March 2012 (Page 2 of 2)

Low Angle Spangle

Gold Peak

Backcountry conditions have stayed remarkably good despite wide fluctuations in temperature and wind over the past week. Harvesting powder on low angle, sheltered, north aspects has been the name of the game. It’s a relatively safe way to avoid the lingering deep slab avalanche potential while still having a blast.

Mellow Yellow...nothing to complain about here.

Fields of Joy

Silver Peak

Don’t let the good looks fool you. SAC report on increased faceting and continued deep slab instability on Silver Peak

Sunday Tour

Picture perfect in the backcountry Sunday, March 4.

Kelly Conley discovers chalky snow off the summit of Silver Peak.

Massive avalanche crowns in Silverado. A reminder of the deep slab potential still lingering in Tahoe.

Even Squaw Valley Ski Patrol was impressed by this slide in Tram Bowl last week.


Tailgating at Far East.

Apres ski with the Unimog on KT Sundeck.

Game On!

C2 Bowl sees the first tracks of the morning.

Squaw was firing on all cylinders Friday. Conditions were rocking and so were the crowds. Cars were parked along Squaw Valley road about a half mile past the post office. At 11AM traffic was still bumper to bumper all the way to Squaw Valley Academy.

Palisades opened Friday morning despite heavy traffic on the Reverse Traverse.

The backcountry was excellent on Friday but still commanded respect. Local Ben Brackett was caught and killed in a deep slab avalanche on Thursday in Ward Canyon. The slide stepped down three layers reflecting a snowpack more similar to Colorado than California. The Sierra Avalanche Center is always a great resource especially during times like this. A persistent weak layer is still alive and kicking.

Extra Chute

Robb Gaffney drops into the Light Towers Friday morning.

Ramping Up!

Skiers rejoice at Loft Bar Wednesday afternoon.

Conditions went from good to great on Wednesday. Kind of funny that the first day of the season where you didn’t need to worry about hidden stumps and rocks fell on leap day. Storm totals should be about 4 to 6 feet at the upper elevations by Friday.

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