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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:59 pm 
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West shore today :rock:
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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:19 am 
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got up 9269 today and rode some chutes. surprisingly stable and DEEP. Yup. No action shots, too busy riding.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:42 pm 
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I've been in the flatlands of San Antonio for the past 2 1/2 weeks. Looks like we've gotten a bit of snow in the Sierra since then. :) Here are some aerial pics from the flight home yesterday. Cool to see some of my favorite places in the world from that vantage point.

Mono lake and Tioga area:

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Convict Lake area:

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Looking south:

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:05 pm 
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Cool pics from the plane!


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:59 pm 
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Nice pics Jim!

Tallac was as good as it gets today.


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 Post subject: This thread needs a good bump
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:00 am 
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Here is some impending storm stokage! I finally got these photos processed and uploaded ...

Good Tahoe storm riding with liketoride and crew from Sunday 1/24, some of the best blower snow I've had at such low elevation.

liketoride got things started while we were hanging in the woods
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and finished off in front of all her fans
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rughty kept getting all this white stuff on his clothes
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he just waved it off like it was no big deal
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He did have to come up for air every now and them
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before submerging right back into the white room
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Mike wanted to try the same trick
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but just couldn't get quite deep enough
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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:42 pm 
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Hey, how'd it ride today? Upside down? Rain line elevation? Thx.


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:54 pm 
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Rode pretty fun. Definitely heavy, definitely some upside down issues. I didn't get much vert in, but the highest elevations earlier in the day were the best. Lots of releases on steeper terrain.

I didn't observe a distinct rain elevation level. The temps sorta fluctuated up and down, both last night and throughout the day.

There will probably be an impressive Rutschblock test (RB2 WB) video showing up on the SAC website manana.


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:11 pm 
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So what's the snowline doing in tahoe?


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
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I took this photo about 11am on Saturday. At the time I thought all the crowns were naturals...but perhaps that was wrong...

Light was very flat, but there are crowns all the way to the top.
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My group skinned in and then camped past upper Echo Lake and observed similar crowns on NW aspects along this ridge near Baldy and Ralston as well on Saturday 2/27. It snowed off and on most of the day on Saturday.

Sunday morning while preparing tea, we noticed a group of four skiers descending Ralston. One of group broke off skier's right toward some steeper terrain, triggered and was caught in a large slide. I jammed my feet in my still frozen snowboarding boots and chased my buddy the roughly 1/4 mile to the base of Ralston. Fortunately when we arrived at the deposition area we learned that the skier who was caught luckily escaped off the side. The slide was very roughly 500ft wide x 700ft long, maybe R2D3. Areas of the deposition were easily over 10 feet deep. Slope angle near the highest portion of crown measured at 41 degrees. I believe there will be a thorough write up on the SAC site manana. Here are a couple photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:45 pm 
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wow dave, thanks for putting up those photos. There is also another set already up on SAC
http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/node/513

those guys sure got really lucky to say the least. glad no one was injured.


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:21 pm 
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:shock: That is a big big avalanche.

Scary. We were out on Waterhouse Peak on Saturday. We stuck to very mellow terrain and saw no signs of avalanche activity or any warning signs on the skin up.

We ended up staying on extremely mellow terrain (20 degrees maybe?) and in knee deep pow we were stuck on the rolling terrain. Flated out. We ended up skiing/skinning out DOWN the mountain. My girlfriend ended up bootpacking behind me as I "skied" with skins on down some of the steeper stuff that was ridable but not worth the transition.

It was long, brutal and humorous. But we didn't trigger or get caught in an avy. So chalk it up as experience! Will post a TR soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Tahoe/Eastside - 09/10
PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:23 pm 
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Some POV from West Shore LT this AM 3-2

oh yeah, Peeping Wayne is some character that told us that we where polluting his land by riding there, we later heard that he was caught peeping at some wedding.

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