Tahoe Backcountry Report: Sunrise, Spines, Big Wind, & Gorgeous Views

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Report from December 19, 2021

Sunrise in the Sierra is a special experience.

We went out into a zone we love and walked all around harvesting 3,600-vertical-feet in the process.

The snow was good.

It shouldn’t have been because it got warm yesterday – but it was…

We managed to keep our skis on north and northeast aspects and it was all good and some of it was great.

The wind on the ridgelines was howling from the west but it was pretty warm out so it didn’t hurt and was kind of pleasant.

We had a great crew out there today who I hadn’t seen in a while and the banter was precious.

I laughed a lot today.

Lake Tahoe is such a gorgeous place to ski when we have snow.

Spines. image: snowbrains

What’s really crazy is that all this snow came in just one storm.

The forecast right now is for up to 100″ of snow this week.

Life is good in the Sierra right now đŸ™‚

Sunrise snow clouds. image: snowbrains

Avalanche Forecast

image: sierra avalanche center, 12/19/21

Weather Forecast

image: noaa, 12/19/21
image: weather bell, 12/19/21
image: noaa, 12/19/21

Photos

Miles Clark spine skiing Lake Tahoe at Sunrise. image: snowbrains
Tip shot. image: snowbrains
Bevan in the wind. image: snowbrains
Humans and spines. image: snowbrains
Team up. image: snowbrains
Fox slash. image: snowbrains
There! image: snowbrains
Small humans. image: snowbrains
Look down spines. image: snowbrains
Sunrise clouds. image: snowbrains
Smooth spines. image: snowbrains
Sunrise and sastrugi. image: snowbrains
Fox afterbang. image: snowbrains
Fox top. image: snowbrains
Rolling slash. image: snowbrains
The last skinner. image: snowbrains
BC curls. image: snowbrains
Old boot pack. image: snowbrains
Spikes and spines. image: snowbrains
Sunrise skin. image: snowbrains
Bevan out front in the wind. image: snowbrains
Depth. image: snowbrains

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