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Incredible Start to the Winter

It has been snowing a lot for December. In fact, it was announced that it was the 2nd snowiest December on record for Tahoe! It’s also been staying cold, keeping the snow in great condition. The backcountry was somewhat unstable for a while, but things seem to be calming down now and the Sierra Avalanche Center has downgraded the avalanche danger to low. I was a bit too busy skiing to document things, but here are a few photos I snapped and a quick video of one of our runs from the top of Heavenly down to Gardnerville.

Storm day skiing at Heavenly


Dropping into Kirkwood on a Christmas Eve bluebird powder day


Will B sending Kodak at Kirkwood Mountain


Stellar run down Flagpole Peak


Skiing up the ridge to access fresh powder (Photo by Patrick Kelly)


One last run to the valley


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Fun Times Out There Today

I went out to Carson pass with a crew of splitboarders today. The wind kept us from our planned objective, but did not keep us from having fun!

Windbuff on Elephant’s Back – Photo by Justin Befu

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Sisters in the Backcountry

When I returned from the coast, it was snowing. My sister still had one more stop on her California tour and that was Tahoe – so we headed out for an easy backcountry tour to Elephants Back off Carson Pass when the storm broke.
 

Feels so great to be on skis in the mountains


The author ripping a few turns down Elephant’s Back (Photo by Nicole)


Nicole skiing below the Elephant’s Back prow.

Happy after making creamy October turns.

Surfing and skiing in the same week! AWESOME!

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More Shasta Awesomeness

A photo from our Shasta trip was the “Extreme Photo of the Week” in National Geographic.

Lynsey Dyer ripping it up on Shasta during the annular solar eclipse. Om. (photo by Patrick Orton)

Lynsey Dyer ripping it up on Shasta during the annular solar eclipse. Om. (photo by Patrick Orton)

Check out the story here! Lynsey also wrote this story which was published on TGR.

Nice photos Patrick Orton!

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