real deep snow http://realdeepsnow.com tahoe/sierra skiing and mountain life: backcountry skiing, snow, powder, gear reviews, climbing, surf, and biking Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:57:44 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.3.1 en winter’s return http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1989 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1989#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:57:43 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1989 well, that was a nice spell, warm temps, corn, good times. now winter returns, with the potential for a good deal of snow over the next week (2-4 feet over the next week), depending on how the jet sets up. There’s a l;to of moisture incoming, and the timing and placement of the jet will dictate a decent event or a small event. We shall see. First wave comes in Tuesday-Wds, showers into Thursday. Will start warm, and then get cold, snow below lake level by Wds afternoon, mostly snow up high (7,000′) the entire time. Kidnof the story of the year, lots of snow up high… not much down low. We shall see. Next system is targeting the weekend, though it’s not entirely clear what will actually happen - Fri-Sun or Sun-Monday. In any event, get ready for some pow and much colder temps.

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incoming … http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1988 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1988#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:24:20 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1988  p120i2262014.gif

here we go… hopefully … things are looking pretty good for a decent snow event over the next five days. looking at about 1 foot at lake level from now until Saturday, with 2-3 feet + up high. will start somewhat warm but then cool down and be snow at all elevations of concern. second system on Friday-Sat favors the east side/mammoth with even higher totals than tahoe

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update http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1986 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1986#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:00:24 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1986 Quick update - it’s been an interesting couple of weeks in Tahoe. Up high, above 8,000 and in open areas below to snow-line, the skiing is great, with winter-like, wind-buff, chalky conditions continuing in the most favorable aspects. Throw in any debris, ice, breakable crust, etc. and there’s a lot of variability on the hill. It is head’s up skiing, but if you choose wisely, the skiing is excellent, plenty to work with (though it is a bit of work) at the resorts and in the backcountry, considering the season we’re working with. Backcountry stability is excellent - pockets, but snowpack has been improving gradually.

The weather/storm window, which had looked very favorable for this week, has shut off, and we’re back into the waiting game - some systems head north of us this week, while we have another 7-10 days before we may see anything.  

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incoming … http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1984 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1984#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:21:37 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1984 ir16.gif

we have the tap in place, and the cold looks to be coming in right on time … hopefully this thing will line up a bit more generously than forecast… right now we’re looking at 2+ feet above 8000′ and 6-8? at the lake between Wds evening and Sat. we’ll see what happens. we will probably have relatively high water content snow to begin with and then lighter on top. this is a great scenario for covering up terrain and creating a good base this late into the season.

however, we’re also going to have very high avy danger. in the backcountry, where there is snow, we have about a foot or so of facets/sugar on top of the ground. this snow is very susceptible to sliding - with the rain going through to the ground creating a lubricating layer disrupting the bond, as well as heavy, new snow on top of the sugar… it is really going to be interesting to see what happens out there and how prone it is to sliding. I imagine we’ll see a lot of natural slides when we start poking around out there. head’s up.

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snow: update http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1983 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1983#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:26:22 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=1983 p120i1.gif

models are looking good, staying on target…. 2+ feet up high by Saturday afternoon. not exactly clear what is going to follow Thrs-Sat system at this point … maybe another decent storm the following weekend.  hang on….

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