Lake Tahoe, NV Backcountry Conditions Report: 4-8″ of New Snow on May 17th & Big Smiles

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Thunderstorms pummeled Lake Tahoe, CA/NV yesterday.

Big rain, big lightning, big thunder – big snow up high?

Squaw Valley ski resort was closed for the entire day yesterday due to lightning.

Miles finding a big of cold smoke on run #2. photo: jan

At about 4pm, my buddy Jan sent me a photo of snow at the Mt. Rose ski resort, NV base area and said we should to up to Rose at 8am the next day.

Miles on run #1. photo: Jan

I happily agreed.

We started hiking up in 2-3″ of wet snow at about 8:30am today.

Jan ripping it. photo: snowbrains

We dropped in at 9:15am.

We weren’t quite sure what to expect.

Jan went first and by the sounds of his hoots, I knew it was gonna be good.

Jan heading up. photo: snowbrains

I dropped in and did my fair share of hooting as well.

There was about 4-8″ of new snow up top.  The snow up high was pretty darn good.  It was wet, but it wasn’t sticky -and it skied great.

It was already hot at 9am, but clouds rolled in and cooled things down so we decided to do another lap.

Run #2. photo: snowbrains

The second lap was as fun as the first.

It was getting hot at this point, 10am, so we decided to skedaddle.

We were very stoked.

Powder skiing on May 17th!

Run #1. photo: snowbrains

We were done so early we had to wait 15 minutes for T’s Burritos to open at 11am.

T’s was as delicious as I remembered it.

Thanks Tahoe!

SnowBrains is off to Svalbard, Norway at 79º North where the sun doesn’t set in 2 days.  Stay tuned for more reports from deep north – especially via our instagram story.


Run #1. photo: snowbrains
About 7″ at the bottom of run #2. photo: snowbrains
Jan ripping it. photo: snowbrains
Snow on a tree and Jan. photo: snowbrains
Lake Fucking Tahoe. photo: snowbrains
Mini natural avalanche. photo: jan

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One thought on “Lake Tahoe, NV Backcountry Conditions Report: 4-8″ of New Snow on May 17th & Big Smiles

  1. Sweet shots! Best part is the base was softened by the rain so it felt bottomless. Got some Wednesday afternoon.

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