Report from March 6, 2023
Yesterday we got to ski two dream lines in Lake Tahoe, CA.
We got out early.
We hiked like demons.
Atop, we had a decision to make.
Challenge the more exciting, more gorgeous, more avalanche-prone terrain, or ski the safer, still awesome terrain near the skin track.
We decided to just go take a look at the exciting stuff.
Once there, we discovered that the chute we wanted to ski had been skied and we watched a group ski the adjacent chute with no avalanche issues.
With more information, we felt more confident.
I dropped first, made a ski cut, then fully committed.
There’s a part of this chute where the wind comes in and cross-loads the chute making a fat hump that I never feel comfortable on.
After three turns in the chute and an avalanche check look back, the chute gave me its speed limit.
Terrain generally delivers a speed limit early on based on:
- Snow Quality
- Room to Speed Check Turn
The chute whispered in my ear: “no speed limit…”
It’s rare to receive this message and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
I dared not turn on the fat cross-loaded hump.
I buzzed past it with no turn.
I could slap a turn anywhere.
I only made about four turns in the gut on the chute and the speed felt sexy.
I eventually decided to start lacing some turns together as I saw the chute opening up to its endpoint.
The turns were smooth and easy in the soft, sun & wind kissed snow.
I turned left with the fall line and made 70s-style butt-wiggle turns into the flats as Lake Tahoe came into view.
The lake’s bays were stuffed with ice, making the scene even more surreal.
From there it was back up for chute #2.
I was tired on the grind back up…
I went last this time.
The snow was excellent.
I skied through the tight chute as fast as I could before it opened up and allowed for big, smooth, easy, high-speed turns.
The chute felt like it went on forever.
2,000 vertical feet of Hell Yes!
From there we headed home and continued our après ski tour at Front Street Pizza.
The Thai chicken pizza and carne asada burrito were heavenly.
I love this Lake and its views simply dazzle me every time.
Thank you, Lake Tahoe