Palisades Tahoe, CA Report: Some of the Deepest, Driest Snow We’ve Ever Skied in California

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Report from February 24, 2023

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Yesterday we skied some of the deepest, driest snow we’ve ever skied in California.

It was blower.

California blower.

It was 2 to 3 feet deep in spots and we were still occasionally hitting the bottom.

We have had 16.5″ (42 cm) of #snow in the last 24 hours. Cold temperatures have given us light and fluffy snow with a snow-to-liquid ratio* of 16.5:1.

*Snow-to-Liquid Ratio (SLR) is the amount of snow in inches that falls per one inch of liquid water (rain) in the atmosphere. Ratios are higher in colder regions storms. In the Sierra Nevada, we average around 10:1 (occasionally lower) and it can be 25:1 or higher in the Rockies!” – UC Berkeley Snow Laboratoy (at 6,900′ on Donnor Pass, CA) 2/23/23

Miles Clark in Deadman’s at Palisades Tahoe. image: Nate Kushlan

Rocky Mountain style.

We started the day on KT-22, and the skiing was incredible.

Even after the snow was chopped up, KT was skiing great.

Funitel. image: snowbrains

We then went up top just in case Broken Arrow might open.

It did (the hike) just before we got there.

We did five Broken Arrow laps, and each one was better than the previous one.

Tram Tower. image: snowbrains

I heard many a human being say that yesterday was one of the best snow-quality days they’ve ever had in Tahoe.

I concur.

Whatta day!

The Andy Hays. image: snowbrains


image: palisades tahoe, 2/24/23


image: noaa, 2/24/23


The road. image: snowbrains
Miles dropping Deadman’s chute. image: snowbrains
Waiting for KT. image: snowbrains
O-House dumpage. image: snowbrains
Industrial KT. image: snowbrains

Fin. image: snowbrains
My Air Tree. image: snowbrains
Yup. image: snowbrains
Freshies. image: snowbrains
Lean in. image: snowbrains

Chairlift. image: snowbrains
Hikers. image: snowbrains
Industrial. image: snowbrains
Andy Hays. image: snowbrains
Funitel. image: snowbrains
Tram. image: snowbrains
Le Chamois! image: snowbrains

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5 thoughts on “Palisades Tahoe, CA Report: Some of the Deepest, Driest Snow We’ve Ever Skied in California

  1. Cody says on or about 2/25/23 he skied the deepest powder ever. It was at Tahoe but I don’t know which resort. short video on instagram ( I have no access)
    or post #1547 on this forum

    Miles go find it ! ! ! ! ! !

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    cody townsend

    The deepest day I’ve ever skied in Tahoe. Possibly deepest ever. Today rivaled the best day I’ve ever had in Japan, BC, anywhere really. This winter, this day and this cycle will not be forgotten. All on the backyard spots. Incredible.

    Thanks for the amazing, observant and full of smiles day @elysesaugstad @ming.t.poon @drewpeterski

    : @elysesau

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