Report from December 28, 2021
Today was a wild one at Palisades Tahoe, CA.
Palisades Tahoe just broke their all-time record for December snowfall at 199″ and there is 6-10″ of snow in the forecast tomorrow.
They’ve seen 113″ of snow in the past 7-days.
The morning started out with blue skies and The Fingers looked perfect…
I went straight for my favorite cliff to backflip and…
I learned just exactly how NOT to do a backflip off a cliff!!
It’s always a bad sign when you land a backflip with zero skis on…
I was feeling super tired this morning after 13-hours of driving, 1-hour of skiing, & only 6-hours of sleep yesterday and I kept telling myself that I was going to take it easy…
Right up until I saw that my favorite Cliff to backflip was in and looking fabulous.
As I approached it 2 guys beat me to it and I stopped to let them clear out and potentially crash and get up cleaned up and move on.
After waiting for about 30 seconds I pointed it and decided to go more left than I usually do to make sure I didn’t land on anyone and make sure I didn’t land in a bomb hole.
There are a lot more rocks to clear when you go further left and I didn’t have enough speed to clear them.
3/4 of the way through my backflip the tips of my skis hit the rock so hard that they came clean off and I finished the flip with no skis and luckily landed on my feet!
I was feeling pretty dejected all day after this crash…
At least the POV of it is pretty fun to watch!
Anyway, I got my skis back on and went and skied Easy Fingers and they were spectacular.
I went and hucked Ice Goddess and was feeling better after that 🙂
Palisades Tahoe went off today.
Ross Tester (Freeride World Tour competitor) a huge flat 3 off Hatchet Line in The Fingers, flashed The Middle Knuckle and did a ton more that was mind-blowing.
Ryan Faye (former Freeride World Tour competitor) was also going off with backflips off KT Gap, a ferocious Middle Knuckle, and more.
I felt very humbled at Palisades today…
People were going off all around.
Not much was open due to avalanche danger so the line on KT was pretty long and after 4 runs I decided to head home and rest up a bit before noon.
- We just got an emergency alert on our phones that says: “Tahoe Hwys are at a standstill. Traffic will be turned around for safety by NDOT”
- We are getting reports of there not being any gas in Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Truckee, Auburn.