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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:59 am 
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Incredibly fat snowpack in Deso. Also, there are some skeeters out.


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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:24 pm 
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As stated earlier, Deso snowpack is fat
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3 days n 2 nights of riding and snowcamping and it snowed the whole time
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The Zone had some flat light but was shredable
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Will be Goin back for more on Tuesday
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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 2:53 am 
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For those bay area folks who head into Tahoe via Echo summit, in case you didn't know, Hwy 50 is going to be closed at Echo summit for about 2 weeks starting May 11:

http://www.way2tahoe.com/

Also, the Caltrans site seems to indicate that Monitor pass is open, can any locals confirm?


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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 5:24 am 
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Lots to do on Echo
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There are rocks the size of cars melting out on hyway 50, it will probably take more than 2 weeks. They are plowing Johnson pass for the locals, but pretty sure you need local ID to get through. Sorry no info on monitor

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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 5:46 pm 
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$ in May
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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 4:47 pm 
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May 18th 2011
Be carefull out there Cali splitters
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Its still full on winter in the money zones, and dont fool yourself May powder is o so choice!
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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 10:52 am 
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Was headed up gold peak (near squaw) today. Snow on the south side doesn't start consistently until about 6500 feet, oh and got turned around and had my line poached by a family of bears. Forget avy danger seems like more and more people are running into bears.


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 Post subject: Re: 2010-2011 California Conditions
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:31 am 
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So we went out to Saddlebag this past weekend. Coverage is still surprisingly good, though the suncups were pretty bad. But it is August after all, so can't complain too much! The best snow I saw was in the protected entrance of the narrow camp chute above Greenstone... makes me think that the North Peak chutes might still be decent. The Conness chutes and S chute etc were pretty textured. I ended up riding the snow finger and Greenstone camp chute. Snow didn't actually soften up that much, so might have been more fun if it were actually warmer.

Here are a few pics.

It was a multi-sport weekend, so we started of Sat at Northstar for some lift-served downhill mountain biking, powered by Vienna Sausage! :)

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Driving up to Saddlebag on Sun. Ellery looking pretty dry!

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In my haste to catch the boat, I manage to leave my camera in the car. So the rest of these are crappy cell phone pics.

Flinty's and snow finger

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S chute

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Looking up towards Conness

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We hiked up to Y chute, but found that it doesn't go all the way, and is pretty suncupped.

Got suncups?

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Base of Y chute

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Conness glacier is showing

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Huge schrunds on the Conness chutes

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Backside of North Peak. Wonder how the chutes are holding up... might be decent since they are more protected.

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Best snow of the day. Entrance to Greenstone camp chute:

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View of the rollover from the top

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Looking back up from Greenstone

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Wavy Dave, waiting for the boat taxi

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Taking the boat taxi back, Dana in the background. It sure is nice not to have to hike the road and around the lake! :)

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