Joined: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:31 am Posts: 264 Location: a vanagon somewhere in WA
i can't think about my time in tahoe without thinking about tallac. what an iconic feature of the south shore! it's cool to see a bunch of the nor cal crew all riding it together. i hope someone figure out the gate so you didn't have to walk! conditions looked great. cool to get a look up at halls, too. thanks for the report!
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1619 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Will post up my pics tomorrow.
Uh, I meant a week from tomorrow...
So finally, here are some of my pics from that awesome day. Great to get the old crew back together. Naturally, I had way too much stuff to do before leaving, so I got 2 hours sleep and started driving at 3 AM. Yay. But when I saw how great the coverage was, I got my second wind.
The thing that sucks about Tallac is having to start from the main road if you don't have the gate code. But at least we were able to skin all the way from the car.
Pretty soon we were starting the real skinning...
... and views of some of the goods came into view. Things were looking good.
The benefits of starting a little later were that 1) a solid skintrack was already in, and 2) we weren't freezing our asses off.
Pretty nice views of the lake on the way up... never gets old.
Finally can see the top!
Just then scruffy showed up with Lulu. Of course he had already done a lap and already caught back up with us.
Finally on top. Hmm, where to go?
PJ checks out the various entrances to Gnarville.
Looking back at Gnarville from another vantage point, uh, standing on top of a cliff. PJ is standing in the same place as the previous pic. He yells over, "Does it go??"
Gnarville doesn't quite go today. But the Cross was looking good, with just a few tracks in it. There was also a half-buried bootpack over to the top of Babycham, so we speculated that might be good to go but weren't sure w/o being able to see it first. Turns out it was great - breadbox rode it the next day with his crew and said it was epic.
Looking over at Halls, which ja_surf rode the next day (bastard! )
TEX drops in. It's a good day to be splitboarding!
PJ in the main chute. The upper section was a little variable from the previous tracks. Where it was untracked it was primo.
TEX and PJ down a little lower.
The rest of the crew rode the right arm of the Cross, but we didn't see them till the bottom, because PJ was in a hurry to track it all up for them.
Then we decided to do one more bonus lap. It was late and getting really cold, and TEX's skins finally stopped sticking, so he had to resort to... SPLITBOOTIN'!!
We got in some nice bonus turns and finally got back out to the private road, which we were able to skate out
... all the way to the road baby!
Super fun day with a super fun crew!
The next day I hung around and did a couple laps on the Heavenly to Gardnerville run. It's not often that this run is in condition (5k total vert), and it was excellent that day. Sometimes it's nice to take the lift and hike like 15 minutes for that!
Here are some pics of the area we were at the previous day from the chairlift. Tallac, with the Cross dead center:
Short hike from the lifts to the top of Monument peak
The run ends up way down in the flats down there:
Ben in perfect pow
It was Spliff-a-licious
I was hanging out with Ben and Amy, and they have a son Max, so Amy was watching Max while Ben and I did the first run. She picked us up, then we left Max with Ben so Amy could get in some shredding too. Of course, Max got his shred on too:
Then Amy and I headed out. I was forced to do two runs in that damn powder. It was rough! Amy on top of Monument:
... and gettin some!
and once again, all the way to the road. Great way to end the weekend!