Wow! We’ve had a lot of snow this ten-11 season, more than I’ve ever experienced since moving to the Tahoe area, but yesterday took the prize with a cold, fluffy layer of icing on an already phat cake of snow.
According to my sources (Tahoe Weather Discussion & Snow-Forecast) we’ve received over seven feet at the upper elevations in the past few days. Down in the valley behind Prossor hill we received over three feet in the last 24 hours. The snow in our front yard is now above the lower roof line of the house. On the backside the snow pile from avalanche debris has met the roofline where the height is about 16 feet. Keep in mind we live at about 6,000 feet and we typically receive half what drops above 7,500 feet.
We’d love to go skiing but we can’t get there. Last Saturday Tim Dobbins and I decided to go backcountry skiing. Again, keep in mind this is before this weeks storms. We took three hours to trench 1500 vertical feet. The depth of the trench with fat skis ranged between knee deep at the least, to mid-torso. The average was waist deep. Downhill sliding was a challenge to maintain momentum even just straightlining.
It is deep. I dare not say too deep, but to be practical, there isn’t much to do except marvel at the conditions and wait for things to settle a bit before venturing out. Be safe out there, and don’t forget your AvaLung…you might need it just for a cross-country tour.
Managed to get skis on today, but just my touring rig (Karhu Guides + Switchbacks with blue T2s) to get some deskercize for me and the dog. The first tour was a circumnavigation of the house from Hell that is sinking beneath the snow.
Second jaunt was venturing forth into the open fields among the trees. We were thankful for a brave snowmobiler who set some easy to follow trenches in the snow. But the driver didn’t venture far and we followed his wild tracks back and forth in the snow field. I’ve noticed as the snow has gotten deeper, the snow mobile tracks have become more scarce. You need to be a good driver to keep from getting stuck and it appears only one in our neighborhood had the skill to keep moving and even at that, he didn’t press his luck, staying close to the road.
Tomorrow, it’s time to ‘test’ the Voile Switchback X2 on a pair of Vectors and see what the storm hath wrought up high.