Lake Tahoe Backcountry Report: Alaska Spine-Skiing in California

Miles Clark | BackcountryBackcountry | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Report from December 27th, 2019

Brought to you by Alpenglow Expeditions

After 2-days off for Christmas/Hannukah, we were back out on the mountain today.

We continued our hunt for spines.

We found some stellar spines today.

Windswept. image: snowbrains

We skied 3 laps on these spines then headed home.


We boot-packed up once and saw some small, hard wind slabs.

Roger and Matt working for it. image: snowbrains

We got one wind slab to fail.  

The wind slab was 3-12″ deep and broke about 10′ x 15′ and slid about 5′ downhill.

If you’re interested in skiing the Tahoe Backcountry, please contact Alpenglow Expeditions for a guide and all the local knowledge.


Headed home in stellar light.
Rog & Matt on top. image: snowbrains
Rog & Matt up. image: snowbrains
Mini avalanche today. Size 0.5. Hard wind slab. image: snowbrains
Matt in the beginning. image: snowbrains
Framed. image: snowbrains
Roger in the sky with diamonds. image: snowbrains
Family fun with Matt. image: snowbrains

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