Tahoe Backcountry Conditions Report: West Shore Pow

Keegan Kliman | BackcountryBackcountry | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Not bad for November 30th
Not bad for November 30th

It’s nice to finally see some decent snow coverage on the mountains around the Tahoe Basin. We got out on the west shore this weekend to check out the goods that mother nature sent us, and it was sweet.

Sasha hiking for the goods
Sasha hiking for the goods

At the higher elevations, the snowpack is approaching 24” deep in areas, and only looking to get deeper this week. We have 4-8” forecasted for the mountains through the rest of today (Sunday), and NOAA is calling for another 2+ feet on top of that by late Wednesday.

We found powder up high (above 7700 feet) and powder topped with a crunchy rain crust at lower elevations. The crust at the lower elevations made for pretty crappy skiing conditions, but the snow up top was soft, cold, and fast.

Nice to see the local terrain filling in
Nice to see the local terrain filling in

We did encounter a 12” thick wind slab below the ridge at around 8,400 on a north-east facing aspect, which seemed poorly bonded to the rain crust from last weekend’s storm. Hopefully this does not become a deep instability issue as our snowpack continues to grow.

Powder at 8,400 feet
Pow at 8,400 feet

All in all it was a great day to be skiing in Tahoe and it looks like the snow gods are about to send much more our way. Winter has finally arrived in Lake Tahoe.

NOAA Forecast for Lake Tahoe:

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