The big mountain season in Colorado is well underway, and with Mayuary continuing across the western US, I figured it was time to make a trip out to my old stomping grounds in search of steep and deep powder. I was not disappointed. I landed in DIA at 9:30 Thursday morning and was picked up by my old skiing buddies Jordan and Marc. We beelined it straight to the Ashcroft trailhead near Aspen and, after a wet hike in, were We beelined it straight to the Ashcroft trailhead near Aspen and, after a wet hike in, were setting up camp before sunset. Our first night out there was […]
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The last couple weeks have not brought much snowfall to the Tahoe basin, however there are plenty of good turns to be had if you play your cards right. Most worthy objectives will come in the form of springtime corn shredding, but there is still some recycled powder out there on sheltered high elevation north-facing slopes. Over the last week we checked out some of the classic couloirs of the Eastern Sierras and rowdy terrain of […]
Well, we haven’t gotten the big dump that we need yet this year, but the few small storms that have broken through the RRR (ridiculously resilient ridge) have made for some great powder skiing. Last week we finally got a cold storm that dropped up to 2.5 feet of snow in areas and made for awesome conditions in our local backcountry zones. We took advantage of the prime conditions and checked out some of Tahoe’s classic terrain north of the lake. After a patchy approach full of bush whacking, creek crossing, and boulder hopping we were rewarded with some of the best […]
It goes without saying that this season has been a rough one for Tahoe skiers and boarders. The extended forecasts have been showing big storms 2+ weeks out for close to 2 months now, but they never come through. We did get a wet pineapple express storm a couple weeks ago that provided some dense and fun pow turns, however. After a few awesome days of pow/slush skiing at Squaw and Alpine we decided it was time to head […]
It’s no secret that the skiing conditions in the Tahoe area have been sub-par the past few weeks. That being said, however, if you have a strong sense of adventure and keep your expectations low, there is still fun to be had. Coming off a perfectly timed knee injury and with no end to the high pressure in sight, I figured what better time to get back on the skin track than in prime dust on crust conditions. Not the best decision I’ve ever made. We decided to ski a southeast facing aspect on the west shore last week after a small storm dropped a couple of inches up high and it sucked. We found […]
Only one word can describe how the skiing has been in the Tahoe backcountry the past few weeks: variable. Depending what aspects you decide to check out, you can expect to find recycled powder, corn, corny chowder, firm crusts, and wind blown chalk. Just because it’s variable doesn’t mean it’s bad, however. Given the fact that it’s been a few solid weeks since the last real storm, the skiing is damn fine if you know what you’re looking […]
The skiing in Tahoe has been pretty sweet lately, and more terrain has been opening up with each storm. Conditions have varied over the last few weeks, but if you know where to look the skiing can be quite good. Prior to the Christmas storm the conditions were pretty firm thanks to a bulletproof raincrust that reached upwards of 9000 feet in spots. Before the rain hit, however, the skiing was unreal. Every day was a powder day for two weeks or so, until the notorious Tahoe rains snuffed out the fun. The Christmas Eve storm, that was supposed to drop a foot of blower, ended up being a bust and only left the Tahoe area with […]