July 4th (decent!) Skiing in Tahoe – “The Patch”

Matt Bansak | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Katy
Katy — snow a tad suncupped, but warm enough to start corning up

If you’re around Tahoe, want to ski, and can’t get to one of theĀ three resorts in North America that are still open, patch skiing is a good option. However, some spots are certainly better than others. Andy Hays, Katy Hover-Smoot and I drove down today for some 4th of July turns on “The Patch”, a classic spot just a short jaunt outside of Tahoe near Red Lake and Kirkwood. Easy access, but don’t attempt getting up the dirt road without a raised suspension vehicle (it’s a bumpy and rocky ride). There are several large-ish patches at the end of the road. We skied the first, as it had a bit more terrain variation and looked more fun to ski, though the last patch was the widest.

I was really happy with the amount of snow still up there. I’ve skied some small and ridiculous patches, this was not one of them. We were able to get solid, continuous runs in. The snow was suncupped, but smoothed out and corned up a bit for our second lap. A choke halfway down added a little terrain variation, but I’m not sure how much longer that choke is going to hold snow. I suspect the patches will be there for another couple weeks, maybe a bit longer, but could start to get segmented into smaller patches soon.

Easy and fun jaunt, and a good way to break up the long summer. Happy fourth!

Hiking up alongside the snow
Hiking up alongside the snow
Katy pleased with her location
Katy pleased with her present location

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One of the smaller patches
One of the smaller patches
Andy
Andy
Andy
Andy
Katy taking her first turn in the upper, wider section
Katy taking her first turn in the wider upper section
A look back up. Fun!
A look back up. Fun!
Feels like skiing, for real.
Feels like skiing, for real.
Katy
Katy
Andy heading through the choke
Andy heading through the choke
A view from the car
A view from the car
I keep telling myself to stay home on the 4th. Nasty bumper to bumper traffic coming up the west shore, and it was only noon.
I keep telling myself to stay home on the 4th. Nasty bumper to bumper traffic coming up the west shore, and it was only noon.

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