Shootin’ Some Chutin’ @ Kirkwood – 04/05/14

Casey Cane | BackcountryBackcountry | Conditions ReportConditions Report

The last week of March through the first week of April 2014 have provided some of the best skiing of the year in the Tahoe region. With a glorious Spring day scheduled, we headed to Kirkwood to session up some of the infamous high altitude slackcountry zones before the powder turned to mush.

With snow quality on our mind, we waited for first chair on The Wall, and then headed straight to the backside to get a few laps out in West Shore. The snow remained in mid-winter shape and mostly untracked until around 12pm where the sun really began to show its strength. However, we did manage to grab some stellar laps in Broadway, Boulevard, and Temple of Doom near the bottom of Chair 4.

The highlight of the day for myself was a descent down Sushi Roll. Sushi Roll is situated between Boulevard and Broadway chutes respectively and offers a consistently steep pitch that funnels directly into the exit of Broadway chute. On this day, a few feet of fresh stable snow provided just enough coverage to make it through the center minefield of rocks.

Other than that, just another day in Tahoe where you start off your day wearing your puffy skiing pow to skiing slush in a long-sleeve by 1pm.

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The day started off early to get first Chair on The Wall…

Skiers walking to lift access

Bluebird, no wind, and great snow…we’ll take it!

View above Kirkwood Meadows

With about an inch of new overnight, The Wall was looking fast and fresh…

The Wall – Kirkwood

While we took a quick lap into Norm’s Nose, we saw some humans descending down Carnels off the top of the Cirque. Patrol? Film Crew?

The Cirque – Kirkwood

Today’s plan was to get at least three quick laps in the West Shore zone before the snow turned to mank city.

Chair 15 – Kirkwood

Bradley Johnson made the drive from Incline to make this turn…

Bradley Johnson above Broadway Chute

And to think this guy thought his powder skis were a bad choice for the day…

David Pavicich skiing Rare Earth

Meanwhile, I headed out to the Corner Zone for a slash…

Corner Zone – Kirkwood Backcountry


As I traversed over to Broadway Chute
, I drooled over the powder turns below…

Bradley Johnson skiing Upper Fin

Broadway Chute is always a photogenic descent…

Broadway Chute – Kirkwood Backcountry

The snow was quite delightful if I might add…

Descending down Broadway Chute


The Temple of Doom
is an area that has not filled in well this season. However, its a north-facing haven of cliffs and powder that really wanted someone to make some turns…

Flat landing much?

On the Second lap, I headed over to Boulevard Chute to find smooth wintery snow up high to a nasty firm layer in the crux…

Boulevard Chute – Kirkwood Backcountry

Its one of those chutes where you either keep going or let it slough out…

Slough city, CA

So far so good but I do spot a line that needs some tracks…

West Shore zone – Kirkwood Backcountry

Round two into the ‘pow pocket’ of the Temple of Doom…

April pow in Tahoe?

With the sun now in full effect, it was time for a classic…

Nice rollover eh?

‘Sushi Roll’ is definitely one of my all-time favorites out here…

Sushi Roll – Kirkwood Backcountry

Its not a long descent but you definitely want to know where you are going…

Sushi Roll exposure – photo: David Pavicich

It was a bit rocky in the middle zone, but overall skied just as expected…steep & deep (2014 standards)

Tracks in Sushi Roll

Other activity in area included folks ski touring laps over to Stovepipe, but Pipeline would have been my final line if time would allow…

Stovepipe & Pipeline – Kirkwood Backcountry

And just like that it’s back to Spring…

Carson Spur snowbanks

For more pics and fun:

http://www.slaythegnar.com/2014/04/shootin-some-chutin-kirkwoodmtn-040514/


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2 thoughts on “Shootin’ Some Chutin’ @ Kirkwood – 04/05/14

  1. Nice TR Casey! I was out in the Mt Rose backcountry that day. SUPER good as well. Funny, when your caption suggested there was a line begging to be skied, my first thought was Sushi Roll…. then I scrolled down and realized we had the same agenda.

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