Report from May 18th, 2019
A few of us cruised out into the Lake Tahoe, CA backcountry today to see if we couldn’t find some powder from the 18″ of snow we got the last 2 days.
We weren’t sure what we were gonna get since it got pretty hot yesterday afternoon, but we imagined that a walk would be good for us.
It was a very pleasant morning with warm temps, no wind, and overcast skies.
We found a neat, chute-y area and dropped-in to 1,500-vertical-feet of “powder” or “new snow” or honestly just sun cooked new snow that was still slippery and fun.
The snow was all a bit sticky and awkward to ski, but it was smooth and fun.
Once we got to the bottom, it got real sticky.
No problem though, since we had to traverse from that elevation to get back to our car.
NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that is forecasting 4-10″ of snow for Tahoe tonight.
* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches, except 4 to 10 inches above 7000 feet with the highest amounts near the Sierra crest. Winds gusting between 50 and 85 mph over exposed ridges. - NOAA, Reno NV today
If you’re interested in skiing the California Backcountry, please contact Alpenglow Expeditions for a guide and all the local knowledge.