West Shore Lake Tahoe, CA Backcountry Report: Incredible Views, Ice on Emerald Bay, Perfect Powder

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Miles on the west shore today.  photo:  matt bansak
Miles on the west shore today. photo: matt bansak

A few friends and I made it down to the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, CA today.

The place is stunning.  Water everywhere.

Miss Dixie exiting Emerald Bay today.  Miss Dixie coming into Emerald Bay today.  photo:  snowbrains
Miss Dixie exiting Emerald Bay today. Miss Dixie coming into Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains

The skiing was good on north and east aspects.  South and west facing snow was cooked and/or cooked and refrozen.

It was all about the views today.  We got a bit skunked on the light, but still had a blast.

I watched in disbelief as the Miss Dixie “Icebreaker” ripped through the ice to the entrance of Emerald Bay.  We then listened to her grind against the ice around Fannette island.  Simply unreal and gorgeous to watch.

Jamie Blair crushing today.  image:  matt bansak
Jamie Blair crushing today. image: matt bansak

Super hot hiking up in the sun.  Quite cold up top after the sun went away and the wind kicked up.

There is still absolutely spectacular snow on shadowy aspects.  

Looking west from Emerald Bay today.  photo:  snowbrains
Looking west from Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains

Tahoe is on fire right now.

PLEASE never go into the backcountry with the proper avalanche education, avalanche gear, and a great partner.  If you don’t know, DON’T GO.

PHOTO TOUR:

Mini-drop Miles today.  photo:  matt bansak
Miles dropping into Emerald Bay today. photo: matt bansak
Miss Dixie coming into Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie coming into Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
Jamie Blair, Fannette Isle, Emerald Bay. Today. photo: snowbrains
Jamie Blair, Fannette Isle, Emerald Bay. Today. photo: snowbrains
Kieth Robinson in the deep today. photo: snowbrains
Kieth Robinson in the deep today. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie. Lake Tahoe. Today. Miss Dixie exiting Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie. Lake Tahoe. Today. Miss Dixie exiting Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
This is why Emerald Bay is closed right now. photo: snowbrains
This is why Emerald Bay is closed right now. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie rounding Fannette isle in Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie rounding Fannette isle in Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
Jamie Blair ripping today. photo: snowbrains
Jamie Blair ripping today. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie exiting Emerald Bay today. Miss Dixie coming into Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
Miss Dixie exiting Emerald Bay today. Miss Dixie coming into Emerald Bay today. photo: snowbrains
A little drone action today. photo: snowbrains
A little drone action today. photo: snowbrains
Emerald Bay's mouth today. photo: snowbrains
Emerald Bay’s mouth today. photo: snowbrains
Jamie Blair enjoying the view today. photo: snowbrains
Jamie Blair enjoying the view today. photo: snowbrains
Lake Tahoe today. photo: snowbrains
Lake Tahoe today. photo: snowbrains
Kieth Robinson today. photo: snowbrains
Kieth Robinson today. photo: snowbrains
Matt Bansak dropping in today. photo: snowbrains
Matt Bansak dropping in today. photo: snowbrains

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