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tecnica revolution

By ccrossen | October 12, 2018


Killer boot for this season and beyond: Tecnica’s new Zero G lineup…. just 100-200 grams more than the next lightest/truly skiable touring boots, the Zero G line may give us what we’ve all been seeking, truly progressive Alpine drive in a very lightweight setup that is good for 1000s of daily vert. Looking forward to testing out the lineup w a full review once we get some snow started up in Tahoe.

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By ccrossen | October 10, 2018


2018-2019 season is underway in Colorado and Utah…. 18″ up high in the Rockies, turns being made, though a bit scratchy this time of year…. Tahoe is still waiting it’s turn… which may be awhile. We’ve had a few dustings over the last week, but model runs are showing clear and dry everywhere but Alaska for the next two weeks. So enjoy the mt. biking, backpacking, climbing, fishing etc. until winter hopefully returns come November…. Lots of questions regarding season forecasts, etc. It is always very difficult to say what will happen in Tahoe, esp. with weaker El Nino years, which we most likely will experience this year. Hit or miss, and the variable of ever-warmer temps really changes any sort of guess-work we may have used before. Things are changing, radically, and the rate and magnitude of those changes is very difficult to understand when looking from within. Predictability has always been difficult, and now wider swings will make it even more so….

Anyone interested in learning more about the long-term climate of the earth, what is happening now, and what might happen, I encourage to check out Doug Macdougall’s excellent book, Why Geology Matters. Given geoscientists abilities to date rocks and ice cores and analyze the chemical and mineral components of those layers/deposits, we gain an incredible understanding of what the earth has experienced before us, and what might come based on current events. It is an incredible, if not terrifying, look into where we stand relative to the last 4 billion years and the many changes our planet undergoes over even just 10,000s of thousands of years. we will most likely end up as the plastic layer with extremely high levels of CO2.


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snow – finally

By ccrossen | February 19, 2018

6 inches of very cold, dry powder today… dust on crust conditions. off piste will be highly variable given the long dry spell we have been enduring… enjoy this micro-burst.

Snow remains in the forecast, perhaps another similar system on Thrs, and then another beginning of next week. The much awaited pattern change may occur at the end of the month. Temps will stay very cold throughout the week.

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By ccrossen | February 16, 2018

Posting many records this winter, none of them very good – heading for the lowest snow year on record, and it shows – dirt below 7500′. Fortunately, we still have a decent snowpack above 8,000′ and the small system that moved through this week, combined with cold temps, did a great deal to refresh things. The skiing is pretty good all things considered. We have managed to get just enough, every time, to make the season work.

Next potential for any sort of price comes this Sunday into Monday, with cold temps and 1-3 inches … after this pulses, expect a 10 day wait before anything else materializes… fortunately, it looks like we might get a real system end of the month into March. Stay tuned. Enjoy.

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something out there

By ccrossen | December 19, 2017

Snow in the forecast – we have a strong, fast-moving, and cold system dropping in for a quick hit Tuesday night – Wednesday. We could see up to 10-12 inches above 7,000′, and there is very cold air in place, which will stay around, so we could have a great reset … this snow will be very low water content, so take that into account when exploring lines.

After this system, we go into another prolonged dry spell, until at least New Year’s eve, where, right now, the models are showing a stronger, wetter system dropping in and giving us a nice prolonged event. We’ll see what transpires, as this is a ways out right now. Stay tuned, enjoy the reset this week.

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