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  • #575840
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    aksltxlt had planted the seed on Thursday with a weather report for Mt. Charleston, NV and Snowvols sealed the deal the next morning with an inquiry into the same area.

    I had no idea I would be snowboarding that weekend, but hours later the car was packed and I was headed north on the 15 for the relatively short drive to Vegas. Picked up another dirtbag splitter at Cajon pass.

    Splitboarding is not something I would normally associate with Las Vegas and I had no idea what to expect.

    After indulging…maybe a little too much…in the city that never sleeps, we were soon breaking trail in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

    Snowvols had driven through the night from SL, UT and had found us a bonafide local from the TGR forum. Apparently there are not many BC riders in Vegas, which amazes me given the terrain just outside of town.

    They only get about 200″ annually and just about everything on the ground was fresh.

    We found a nice zone that was sheltered from the winds and banged out about 3000′ feet vert over two laps, temperatures were in the low teens.

    Snowvols was off to run his marathon the next morning(crazy fucker), and Nick and I toured again with Matt just north of the ski area. The whole area has huge potential with a decent base and the right conditions…

    I was really impressed with the scenary, certainly not what I expected.

    Elvis has left the building…

    #648429
    Locster
    18 Posts

    Looks like that was a lot of fun! I saw your post on the Mammoth forums and knew to look here for more details 🙂

    #648430
    PowderPanic
    31 Posts

    Lucky guys! Thanks for sharing your adventure. We have to live vicariously thru these pics (saw them first on the MM forum). I would have never thought Vegas had such an amazing backcountry 8)

    #648431
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    On Sunday, the big peak in the background looking like wyoming….was that accessable?

    #648432
    aksltxlt
    621 Posts

    Nice work guys :thumpsup:

    #648433
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    Rad! That area got hammered with the low centered right over southern NV, we got less than half the snow in northern AZ.
    On occaisons like this, that area really is a viable option for SoCal splitters.

    Nice work!

    #648434
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    @tex wrote:

    On Sunday, the big peak in the background looking like wyoming….was that accessable?

    Yes, although I don’t think many of those lines go until a little later in the season.

    #648435
    fitit
    341 Posts

    @ricorides wrote:

    On occaisons like this, that area really is a viable option for SoCal splitters.

    For you too man! With the new bridge over the Hoover Dam you could make it out in 4 hours. I’m jealous of that trip! I can fly there for $30…I’ll keep a better eye out next time.

    #648436
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Well I decided to organize this trip Friday the day before I leave for the marathon. I get in touch with Mark and we had a blast. I left SLC at around midnight Friday night and show up at that fools hotel at around 6ish. Dude is still drunk I was pretty sure so we went to CoCo’s for Breakfast. We ate so much and I think Mark sobered up a bit.
    I will say this, Vegas has the snow sucka.

    Looking up the skinner

    A line that looked super fun, but since there wasn’t a base need to hit next time.

    Sorry there aren’t action shots. We got roughly 4K vert in the trees and I didn’t bother taking the camera out each time down. My legs were fried for the marathon so 20 weeks of training went down the drain. That and it was the most crowded marathon that ever existed. Super fun time and was stoked Matt off of TGR showed us around to a few of his hidden spots. It was something I was not used to seeing at all which was skin tracks not in every direction. I only saw one other skinner the entire day and it was right by the ski area. I got a few faceshots and it helped keeping me going during my run haha.

    #648437
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    sick!

    You guys should have went up and jibbed the bomber that crashed near the summit.
    Thanks for the report. Always wanted tovdo some splitting in the lee canyon

    #648438
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    @snowvols wrote:

    Dude is still drunk I was pretty sure so we went to CoCo’s for Breakfast. We ate so much and I think Mark sobered up a bit.

    😆 😆 😆 …what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

    The “skinner” wasn’t the same without you on Sunday :thatrocks:

    #648439
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    nice work fellas.

    It was something I was not used to seeing at all which was skin tracks not in every direction

    Strange isn’t it?

    #648428
    aksltxlt
    621 Posts

    Dudes! Vegas is gettin hit again…Who is down to rally for a WED tour? Gonna be headin down from Ta Hoe
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.28192129773192&lon=-115.67779541015625&site=vef&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text

    #648427
    sdmarkus
    407 Posts

    work, smurk…I could probably swing it… :scratch:

    #648440
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Dang wish I could swing it again. Had so much fun last time. It would be even better after another big storm I bet.

    #648441
    silver
    167 Posts

    Seriously considering buying an $89 ticket from San Francisco. Would anyone be able to pick me up at the airport and provide a place to crash? I could bring a sleeping bag and pad. Would also be up for splitting a cheap hotel room. And I’d be up to chip in for gas for the drive back to Tahoe if the timing was right (like friday or saturday).

    #648442
    fitit
    341 Posts

    I’ve been talking with aksltxlt about meeting in S. Lake Tahoe and then drive to Vegas. I thought about flying out of Stockton as well because the flights are very inexpensive from there. I need to do a little more coordinating before I can commit, but I am excited about this opportunity to ride my new setup.

    #648443
    silver
    167 Posts

    Actually, I just checked the map and it isn’t that much further to drive through Tahoe than head down the 5 and cut over.

    I can fit 3 guys and split gear in my Jeep Cherokee (4×4 and snow tires) with a skybox pretty easily and if we can get three in the car the economics start to make sense for me. I could probably get to Tahoe by 1:00 or 2:00 on Wednesday.

    #648444
    fitit
    341 Posts

    Silver,
    This would be awesome if we could pull it off. I am actually in Stockton, and I should know in the morning if I can go. When do you think we would drive back through S. Lake Tahoe and back to SF?

    #648445
    silver
    167 Posts

    If I’m driving to Vegas I’d want to ride at least two days. I also want to see my parents (around Auburn) on Sunday. So I was thinking driving back through Tahoe late Saturday, spending the day with my parents on Sunday and then heading back to the bay that evening. Theoretically, you could leave your car at my parents house (10 mins of 80).

    Edit: leaving your car in S. Lake would probably work better if I’m picking both of you guys up.

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