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    Waking up Christmas morning to hear reports that Old Man Winter delivered 21″ of white goodness to Tahoe’s west shore is more than enough to get you motivated. Having already been on the fence if I could break away from the family right after Christmas, this news seemed to tip the scales. Several text were hastily sent with the hopes of firming some plans up for the following day.

    Fast forward three Christmas events and two large full blown meals later, I was beginning to have second thoughts. I got comfortable on the couch and began to wonder; Will the pow keep? Is it worth the 6+ hour solo drive? What do I need to do around the house? Luckily Buddy who was already on the West Shore was down to ride, so I committed to making it happen.

    After picking up Buddy in the Homewood area we headed down the west shore to Jakes Peak.

    Buddro was pretty excited about the amount of snow compared to the last could seasons.

    Patagonia’s new Recon pants and jacket are pretty trick with their hybrid soft shell/hardshell design. The temps were in the low teens for much of the day and I could feel a noticeable difference in the breathability of the soft-shell areas of the pants. I’m interested to see how they perform in warmer conditions.

    One of the best parts of Jakes is the views.

    I’m so glad I got out of bed for this. Even with all of the cars we saw parked on the road, there wasn’t too many tracks out there.

    It was Buddy’s first day out this season and he was hooting and hollering all day.

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    Every time I have second thoughts about going, I should think about this time..


    Is it worth the 6+ hour solo drive?

    Where do you live? For some reason I though you were in Tahoe


    Nice!!!! These recent storms have been very kind to us here in Tahoe.


    The west shore has been delivering for the past week since that storm. I can’t remember snow staying so good for so long in Tahoe, it might actually get tracked out before it gets sunbaked.


    I’m down in the Bay Area. It’s 2.5-3 hours each way depending on traffic, conditions and crowds. You been making it up to Mammoth much?

    Thanks @JImmyC . It’s been a great start to the season and I’m thankful for the low snow levels.

    I can’t believe it’s stayed cold this whole time. Sounds like it will warm a bit on Sunday but that will be good for getting rid of surface hoar before the next systems move in.


    The goods delivered! Solid work. Cool to see snow at lake level lol…. even cooler? West shore white rooms

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