Tahoe Backcountry Report: Electrical Fire & a Spectacular Day Above the Lake

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

Report from December 18, 2021

“Fire!  Electrical Fire!”


I run into the bathroom and watch fire dripping from the ceiling.

Lake Tahoe. image: snowbrains

I instantly realize that if the fire is already in the ceiling (heated fan), this building is going to burn down if we can’t stop it now.

I ran out of the bathroom and frantically looked for a fire extinguisher.

After 5-seconds, I grabbed a pint glass, filled it with water and threw it on the fire.

Tahoe. image: snowbrains

It immediately went out…

One of the biggest sensations of relief I’ve ever felt washed over me.

I knew it was going to be a great day…

Dead tree. image: snowbrains

We cruised out to one of our favorite backcountry zones on the Lake.

It was a gorgeous day.

We only saw one other person out there.

Wind roll. image: snowbrains

The soft snow on top was powdery, smooth, and thin which made for quick acceleration.

The upper section was a blast through strange passageways and chutes.

The lower section was fast trees and lower angles.

Lake Tahoe. image: snowbrains

We’d never skied this line and it was great.

It got hot on our way out.

First hot day since the big storms.

Dwanis up. image: snowbrains

It’s kind of insane how much snow is in Tahoe right now since they’ve basically only had one storm…

The forecast is looking great.

Looking straight down on Tahoe. image: snowbrains

Recent Backcountry Reports:

Avalanche Forecast

image: sierra avalanche center, 12/18/21

Weather Forecast

image: noaa, 12/18/21


Miles ripping down. image: snowbrains
BC looking creek. image: snowbrains
Dwanis on top. image: snowbrains
Endless… image: snowbrains
Huge trees in CA full of snow. image: snowbrains
Top down view. image: snowbrains
Wide open . image: snowbrains
Peak. image: snowbrains
Tahoe scenes. image: snowbrains
No look turn. image: snowbrains
Creek snow. image: snowbrains
Electrical fire… image: snowbrains

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