real deep snow http://realdeepsnow.com tahoe/sierra skiing and mountain life: backcountry skiing, snow, powder, gear reviews, climbing, surf, and biking Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:35:13 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.3.1 en cold snow http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2009 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2009#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:35:13 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2009 Small storm coming this Friday into Saturday. Not much precip, but temps will be cold. We could see 4-6 at lake level and up to a foot above 8,000′. Should be cold and fluffy. Not much base to work with down low, but up high it should ski very well. Looks like we then remain dry until the second week of March.

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pineapple xpress http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2007 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2007#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:26:51 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2007  95ep48iwbg_fill.gif


After a long, dry January - driest on record - we have a decent atmospheric river approaching Northern California. And while we need the rain, snow levels will be very high throughout the majority of the event, which begins Thursday evening and should last through Monday. Rain will be heavy at times and persist to 8-9000′ for most of the weekend…. There is a chance the storm track shifts somewhat south and we end up in a better, less warm position, but right now it’s looking like all rain, with maybe 24″ of heavy wet snow above 8000′. Sunday evening into Monday morning we may see snow levels lower to 7000 for a short period. A lot of variables and questions with this storm. We are relying upon a new GFS model, and it remains to be seen how this new model matches up to reality. The next two days should bring more clarity, but most likely nothing dramatic with regard to snow levels. Looks like this event is going to make a tricky season even trickier, but we’ll take the rain at least.


Aside from the lack of weather, the skiing has remained good, though a little extra effort is needed these days to access the backcountry, and some approaches and exits require a little bushwackery. The skiing has been remarkably good given the lack of snow down low and the burned out southern exposures. All in the name of fun, so we have what we have.


I have been working on a piece focused on small ski manufacturer’s approach to lighter weight backcountry setups, and should be coming out with some info and test-related stories soon… looking at www.rompskis.com out of Crested Butte, CO, and their new carbon layups that really bring the weight down in a custom ski that is surprisingly affordable for what you get.

stay tuned.

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high and dry http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2006 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2006#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:53:04 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2006 We are back into our June-uary, after a nice run of snow and very cold temps… the snow is still happening up high, a 40 inch base consolidated and very skiable, though definitely some work getting up to it…. the lower elevations, below 7500′ are still very very thin, and with the big warm up in temps, expect these areas to need a major reset soon. We are entering at least a 10-14 day dry spell, with maybe some activity starting up again for the weekend of the 17/18th… so settle in, get ready for some corn, exploring, hit the groomers, go bike and climb…

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skiing update http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2004 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2004#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:15:47 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2004 ab_rubi.jpg

Great skiing after our “big” storm… weather on the west side of the Crest was very impressive, with a lot more precipitation and snow than the East side. Up high, in the most-favored aspects and locations, we ended up with 24+ inches, and the skiing has been great up high. Approaches are still a bit of a scramble, but for those who venture high, the rewards are excellent. We have more snow this week, with 3-4 inches falling this morning to below lake level and a total up to 12+ inches on the Crest by the weekend, and perhaps some more this Sat and Sunday. Christmas week is looking dry.

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storm update http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2003 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2003#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:07:26 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2003 The recent, very wet system is ending today, with light rain and snow showers throughout the day. Above 8,500′ the event was mostly snow, anywhere from 2-3 feet of cement, perfect base building consistency. It is skiing well and the instabilities we have seen the past few days are gradually strengthening. We clear out for the most part over the next week, though we may have some brush by systems this Friday and early next week. The storm we have been forecasting and watching via the models for the end of next week is looking good, as for now, it looks like a direct hit with much colder temps. We shall see, but if it transpires as the models are showing now, we will have an amazing snowpack above 7,000-7,500 feet and hopefully a start to a decent base below that. Models showing the storm beginning on Dec 11/12.

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