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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes report
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:45 pm 
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Height of snow on a N facing slope at 9000 feet in Deso....310 cms. Impressive considering how grim it is at lower elevations.

Snow surface awesome down to about 7500...although daytime warming is growing a crust. SH/NSFs keeping surface fast and fun up higher. If you go high and know where to look it's incredibly good. Several classics look untouched.

Skin track in on la montana que habla (both ridge and mid slope on main slide path) and plenty of untouched left. Recommended (the lake is getting a bit sketch, I transitioned and nearly put my split through the snow/ice into the drink, still skinned across no problem but more visible water than normal).


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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes report
PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:44 am 
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I was reading an article about snow surveys that said the snow pack is deeper above 10,000 feet between Whitney and Yosemite this year than the last 2 years. Given the last two years haven't been big snowfall years, it's still pretty interesting. We went down to VA lakes yesterday, there is quite a bit of snow south of there and north of there up high. Access is the only limitation. When the roads open, it should be good out there.

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes report
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:46 pm 
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Side country at kirkwood was fun today. All aspects are soft. Rode north and west facing and found spring snow. E and S facing are manking up early in the day. Vidyo from Cali chutes and little AK face.

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes report
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:09 am 
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Hi all Sierra splitters.

are there any first hand updates on the conditions in the sierras?

Thanx,

Tony


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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes report
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:16 am 
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Its snowing right now at lake level :bananas: Forcast is calling for more... Ive seen this happen a lot in Cali, Mother nature is calling for one more spring pow day.. If ur itchin for pow get it before it gets hot

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes repo
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:31 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes repo
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Jeeze. Keep posting beta. We'll be down in Tahoe from Dec 14-27, and I'd love to know what great to bring: powder boards, or rock boards, or hiking boots... or flip flops & shorts. :scratch:

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes repo
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:18 pm 
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So this morning there was a report from Kirkwood about how this storm that was supposed to bring about a foot of snow ended up being 1-2 inches of rain all the way to the summit that eventually turned into an inch or two of snow up high. It also said now that the ground is wet it is ready for the next storm to start building a base. I went out to hike today to see for myself, to practice split booting and to be in the mountains with the dogs. The dogs love the snow. There is a little bit of snow out there, not much, I think the kirkwood report is accurate. The snow line is high, above 8000 feet I would guess. The bulletproof ice line is a little lower maybe around 7000. There might be enough snow to slide on way up high, further than we hiked today.

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The ground is ready for the base to come and so are the splitboarders. Bring the snow!

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes repo
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Yeah storm ended up being a bit of a bummer. I was happy to be up in Mendocino National Forest touring on Friday touring on 4" to 6" of snow above 7,000 ft, but was rapidly melting as it was warming up through the day. Was hoping it would stick around and be a start to the base, but pretty sure Saturdays storm washed it all away. Looks like a stormy forecast for next weekend though, so hopefully we'll get something substantial. Fingers crossed....

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes repo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:00 am 
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Deebo wrote:
Yeah storm ended up being a bit of a bummer. I was happy to be up in Mendocino National Forest touring on Friday touring on 4" to 6" of snow above 7,000 ft, but was rapidly melting as it was warming up through the day. Was hoping it would stick around and be a start to the base, but pretty sure Saturdays storm washed it all away. Looks like a stormy forecast for next weekend though, so hopefully we'll get something substantial. Fingers crossed....


Where would be a good place to get some beta for Mendocino? I keep hearing about people getting some turns in there, but wasn't sure where. I've only camped up there a few times and where I was definitely wasn't high enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Up to Date Tahoe snow conditions and powder stashes repo
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This website gives a ton of good detailed info about getting to and riding all of the higher peaks in the Mendocino National Forest area: http://www.earnyourturns.com/3878/ccsp-guide-2-mendocino/

I just started backpacking and riding up there the last couple years and have been loving the area. Hull Mountain and Snow Mountain are the closest peaks to the bay area and go up to about 7,000 ft. each. Further to the north and harder to get to is South Yolla Bolly (8,000 ft.) which is my favorite place to be and ride so far up there. Epic views and steep north facing aspects that hold snow through spring. I haven't got a ton of days in at MNF the last couple years because of the drought and bleak amount of snowfall (even though I planned to), but did score some turns and fun conditions in the spring this last year after those late storms.

Anyway you're not going to get the massive and epic terrain of the sierras obviously, but the solitude and uniqueness of camping, touring and riding in the coastal mountains there is still a pretty awesome experience that I recommend. The views up there are sweet in themselves just because of the prominence of the mountains to the surrounding areas. PM me if you have any other questions or want to hit it up sometime. I'm planning on getting up there as much as the snow pack allows this year.

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