A post-holiday warm spell brought high pressure, clear skies, and sunbaked snow to the Tahoe area. A group of TahoeBC listers met for a day trip to Stevens Peak, above Hope Valley east of Kirkwood and Carson Pass. A bit of rain earlier in the week made for less than ideal conditions, but then again, any opportunity to climb in short sleeves during the dark days of January must be utilized.
Spring skiing in January? Yeah, maybe I love California.
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From the summit, we sit in the
warm California sun and enjoy views of Kirkwood, the Sierra Crest, and
Lake Tahoe to the north.
Seriously steep terrain is
available on the north-facing slopes. Lake Tahoe appears on the
From here, we enjoyed 2,700' of continous descent,
including firm, windpacked snow, refrozen corn, soft corn, slush, sun
crush, rain crust, refrozen sludge. It's all about variety.
(photo courtesy Eric Ongerth)
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