Tahoe, CA Backcountry Report: Deep, Light, Sunny Powder

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Report from January 26, 2021

We went for a stroll in the Lake Tahoe, CA Backcountry today.

The snow was deeper than we expected.

You still hit the firm bottom occasionally, but it was infrequent.

Jamie in over his head. image: snowbrains

More often than not, it was just deep and light.

We did two laps and watched the clouds build and the wind pick up.

It was cold…

Jamie in deep. image: snowbrains

Man, the snow was good.

Lower angle was still the call as higher angle slopes found you hitting the bottom more readily.

By the time we left the wind was ripping on the ridgetops and the high clouds had settled in.

Shady Jamie. image: snowbrains

We saw some famous people out there today and they were fun to chat with.

The forecast in Tahoe right now is for 60-90″ of snow in the next 30-days…

Bring it!

Trails. image: snowbrains

We saw some cracking and instability in the wind transported snow at the top of the ridge in the afternoon today.

There were a few fat, hanging, windblown spots off the ridge that looked like they’d slide if you jumped on them.

We didn’t see any signs of avalanches nor instability off the immediate ridgelines.

Jamie getting blasted by the ridge winds. image: snowbrains

Tomorrow’s (Jan 27) avalanche danger outlook is for it to be EXTREME after the big storm.

Head’s up.

Vistas. image: snowbrains

Recent Backcountry Reports:

Avalanche Forecast:

images: sierra avalanche center

Weather Forecast:

image: noaa, 1/26/21

Photos:

Jamie on the search. image: snowbrains
Lake Tahoe. image: snowbrains
Vistas. image: snowbrains
Vistas. image: snowbrains

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