The last couple weeks have not brought much snowfall to the Tahoe basin, however there are plenty of good turns to be had if you play your cards right. Most worthy objectives will come in the form of springtime corn shredding, but there is still some recycled powder out there on sheltered high elevation north-facing slopes. Over the last week we checked out some of the classic couloirs of the Eastern Sierras and rowdy terrain of the Mt. Rose backcountry and scored big.
While exploring the east side, we found high elevation recycled powder in a classic north-facing couloir with variable winter conditions down lower.
The next day we fired up an east facing couloir out of the Bishop area and were rewarded with sweet corn.
After a successful trip down to the east side, we journeyed back up to Tahoe and spent a rest day skiing slush at Alpine Meadows. After 5 or 6 runs in slushy conditions, our hopes of finding pow in Tahoe were pretty low, however we decided to give it a shot anyways. The next day (yesterday) we headed out to some of Tahoe’s classic terrain on the north shore in the Mt. Rose backcountry and our expectations were blown away.
We did three laps in three different untracked chutes filled with cold powder and finished the day off with a long cruiser on perfect hero corn back to the car. All in all, it was about as good as a day in the mountains gets.
The forecast is looking pretty grim, so take advantage of what we have now. If you put in the time, effort, and mileage, you will be rewarded. That’s all I’ve got for this TBB, got to get back out there. Who knows if it will ever snow again, I mean, did it even snow in Tahoe this year?