Early March Radness…on Snow! @ Kirkwood

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IS TAHOE EVEN OPEN?????

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Is there snow in Tahoe???? The proverbial question of the 14/15 season.

Well, Kirkwood continues to defy nature’s continuous effort to melt off the mountain.

With a few feet at the beginning of March, Kirkwood received a much needed refresher to keep the season on schedule. Other than a nasty ice layer on the steepest upper elevations, skiing was a blast on March 4th and 8th. Highlights include the usual spots such as Broadway & Boulevard in West Shore, Chamoix, Oops & Poops, Lightning, All the Way off The Wall, and taking groomer laps with the kids.

Is this it for the year?

Here’s to a abnormally awesome April…I guess.

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    March 4th, 2015

Untouched corduroy is a great way to start the day…

Upper Zachary

The Wall looking nice and buffed out…

The Wall – Kirkwood, CA

Aaron Miller finds a slash of pow on the Wall…

Some soft turns

Norm’s Nose was a bit hit or miss…

Norm’s Nose

Round Top Peak with a glaze of Winter…

Carson Pass, CA

Peak 9795 had some love from the East winds and we should have went there instead…

Peak 9795 & The California Chutes

We headed over to Broadway in the Kirkwood backountry and I found a nice ribbon of snow between some ice on the upper section…

Steep and not deep

Ok, so now I’m in it…

Blue ice anyone?

This is NOT looking good…

Ice ice baby!

I tried to take a safer route, but it was also blue ice. My edges would not hold and I began to slide without any control…

I need ice skates

Luckily, I was able to straightline out of there into the powder below…

Broadway chute, Kirkwood backcountry

The lower section to Emigrant Lake was much more pleasant…

Emigrant Lake, CA

On our 2nd lap, we decided to take a look down Boulevard Chute…

Boulevard Chute

Such an aesthetic line…

Broadway Chute – Kirkwood, CA

With blue ice down the center, I did my best to hug the winter snow on the side…

Safety skiin’

I knew the snow was perfect below the crux, so I just let them run…

Skiing is fun!

Nice and fluffy on the exit…

California drought skiin’

Aaron decided to get some hippy pow around the corner…

Upper Zachary

Some other folks had the same idea…

Pow Starved Tahoe Turns

Given the drought, Kirkwood is holding on strong at 100% open…

Kirkwood, CA

I found some powder on Chamoix, days after the storm…

Chamoix, Kirkwood

The piste warriors were out in force…

Carvetastic!

The low-tide conditions keep the Fingers interesting…

Hey bro, does this go?

This is why Kirkwood is such a fun mountain…

Fun times at Kirkwood

Afternoon laps on Oops & Poops can’t be beat…

Chair 6 radness

The only bonus of the drought is fun airs all over the mountain…

Skier’s left of Olympic run

The scenery on the drive home isn’t too shabby either…

Jackson, CA
    March 8th, 2015

Gorgeous day, let’s go skiing!!!

Chair 9, Kirkwood

My daughter and I slay Chair 9 before her lesson…

Parker at 3.5 years old

Timber Creek has been so perfect for us this season…

Just daddy and daughter – Chair 9, Kirkwood

Wagon Wheel Bowl and the Fingers coverage…

The Fingers, March 8th, 2015

The Banzai Tour was racing down the Wall into Snowsnake gulley…

Banzai course on the Wall

Just passed the Banzai start, I found some fun turns…

All the Way anyone?

Soft snow a week after the storm???

Good snow above the features

Untouched and a soft landing…

Fun off the Wall at Kirkwood

I think I’ll take another thank you…

The Wall – Kirkwood, CA

Issac on patrol radioing to HQ that I found some untracked pow on The Wall…

Ski Patrol – Kirkwood, CA

Even on THE WORST YEAR EVER, I’m still having a blast…

Good times on THE WALL

Before I grabbed the 6 year old from Mini-Jets, I took some laps on Chair 6…

Oops & Poops – Kirkwood

I even found some untracked chute skiing on Lightning…

Lightning area – Kirkwood, CA

With the Fingers softening, I didn’t want them to feel left out…

Upper Zachary

Hey kid, where do you want to ski?

Kirkwood kid

We found some sweet snow on Conestoga…

Drought afternoon carving – Kirkwood

Some jumps in the Outlaw park before grabbing the 3 year old…

6 year old steeze

Vineyards are blooming on the drive back to the land of the Internet…

Lockeford, CA

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