real deep snow http://realdeepsnow.com tahoe/sierra skiing and mountain life: backcountry skiing, snow, powder, gear reviews, climbing, surf, and biking Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:14:37 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.3.1 en winter holding http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2052 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2052#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:14:37 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2052 fullsizerender.jpg

A fun refresh this past Friday, 4-6″ on top of firm, but the low angle skied very well. Over the weekend, we saw great corn conditions up high where the sun-facing aspects haven’t been melted out yet… and a few small pockets of cold winter snow remain… we still have lots of snowpack remaining up high - just need to get to it. We are very warm all week, but this Friday we start a 2 week cycle of cold weather, rain, snow, and unsettled conditions. Be ready for mini pow sessions as they may come every few days beginning this Fri/Sat. It looks like the initial system may run further south, but the models have been jumping, and we’re still a little ways out. stay tuned and be ready

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keep believing http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2051 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2051#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:16:01 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2051 nc_april2016_robb.jpeg

the sierra continue the great winter run, with an amazing last week of snow… from Tahoe to the East Side conditions were great, and a lot of high lines saw unprecedented quality toward the end of the week and weekend. conditions are still holding well way up high, though the access is melting out relatively quickly. look for a system to descend this weekend, with high snow levels, fluctuating between 7500-9000′ for Tahoe. the weather looks unsettled for the ongoing period, and the high country could benefit nicely. stay tuned and ready.

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110+ inches in 10 days http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2049 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2049#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:33:16 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2049 Some big storms and big skiing during the past couple weeks in Tahoe. Upper elevations were slammed by two significant storms, high winds, and some excellent skiing. Donner Summit has broken the 500 inch mark for the season, and most resorts and backcountry lines above 7500-8000 are buried. Squaw’s GasX on Headwall face is buried, Palisades were filled in deep, and the Crest is looking as fat as it’s been since 2011. All bodes well for a great spring season up top, and excellent water prospects for California in general. Down low, it’s a different story, with a substantial rain crust to approx. 7,500′, one of the worst crusts I’ve ever experienced. And the snow down low is not very deep, and, at this point, we’re going to be looking at some dirt approaches come April. So, it’s feeling a lot like El Nino now, warm storms, lots of snow up high, and rain events down low….

The next system is due in Sunday evening, again with very high snow levels into Monday AM. We’re looking at rain to about 8000′, and then colder Monday, down to Lake level. Perhaps up to 12+ inches on the Crest. 

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60+ http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2048 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2048#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:21:53 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2048 Right on target, great 4 day storm cycle that produced up to 60″ at the deepest spots up near Donner Summit. Skiing is great - heads up for the navy conditions as we get into UV/sun warming today with all the new snow. Enjoy!

More on the way this weekend.

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lining up http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2046 http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2046#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:48:29 +0000 ccrossen http://realdeepsnow.com/?p=2046  2292016p168i.gif

Enjoy the last throes of our mid-winter spring, because big changes are coming. The models have been zeroing in on a big pattern shift and a series of storms due to hit the Sierra beginning next Sat/Sun - the following week. Potentially, this could be a big week for snow, maybe the biggest all season, as we have what could be 3-4 storms lined up back to back, a few with the potential to drop 2-3 feet up high. Currently, it looks like this active pattern could continue into the following week as well.

meanwhile, enjoy the corn while we have it…. incredibly warm temps out there, with variable conditions, the full run from corn to isolated pockets of powder way up high N. Search and you will find.

 

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