Backcountry Skiing

Eastside Spring Skiing

Eastside Spring Skiing

A record snow year creates opportunities for backcountry bliss By Leonie Sherman Reaching the pass was a relief after 3,300 feet of climbing. Earning turns skiing up Gardisky Creek drainage (Daniel Kangas). Right now every river in California is a churning torrent, the desert is aflame with cacti blooms, and the foothills are carpeted in fluorescent green. But the Sierra Nevada Mountains are still buried beneath record setting snowpack. As long as the snow persists, those majestic mountains of light and wind are accessible only to the intrepid and dedicated. If you want to visit the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada anytime soon, you’ll need a pair of skis. Spring backcountry skiing in California’s fair weather range means leaving the tent door open to track the moon’s course through a starlit sky. It means lazy morning yoga waiting for the snow to soften. It means spying on white-tailed...
Scoring a Ten

Scoring a Ten

Josh Daiek and Abe Greenspan complete a second multi-peak tour By Dave Zook South Lake resident Josh Daiek likes skiing — and all types of it. From cutting his teeth on the gnarled steeps of Kirkwood, to winning the Freeskiing World Tour to filming award winning video parts, he is one of the most recognized names in freeskiing today. And with the last two winters holding real snow in the Tahoe area, he had to do some projects to show his local area some love. In the winter of 2015/16, he and snowboard friend Abe Greenspan decided to link up multiple peaks in the South Lake area — skiing from Meyers to Maggie’s Peak — which amounted to about 10,000 vertical feet, and they dubbed it the Tahoe Ten. Josh and Abe were back at it this year with a revamped version that took them from Kirkwood to Hope...
Vail Reports 600 Inches at Tahoe Resorts This Season

Vail Reports 600 Inches at Tahoe Resorts This Season

The snow keeps coming at Northstar, Kirkwood and Heavenly Photo taken at Heavenly March 5, 2017. Happy snowy Monday from Lake Tahoe! March Madness is taking effect as Northstar and Kirkwood both cross the 600-inch mark for the season! Vail Resorts asks guests to take it slow and give themselves extra time on the roads. Cal Trans is an excellent resource for the most up-to-date information. Snow totals for Vail’s Tahoe resorts are as follows: Northstar California received 26” in the last 24 hours, 40” this month and 618” so far this season. Kirkwood received 14” in the last 24 hours, 23” this month and 601” so far this season. Heavenly received 20” in the last 24 hours, 38” this month and 594” so far this season. Enjoy, and be safe!...
Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2017

Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2017

Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 18-26, North Lake Tahoe Photo: Scott Rokis Alpenglow Sports’ fourth winter Alpenglow Mountain Festival, presented by DPS Skis, is a nine-day festival in North Lake Tahoe that celebrates human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – backcountry skiing and splitboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, natural history events and more. Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the festival has been designed to inspire participants as they enjoy and explore North Lake Tahoe’s playground with friends and family. With over 50 individual events, the festival offers an immense range of activities that span daily ski and splitboard tours, avalanche education, and critically-acclaimed film and natural history excursions for outdoor enthusiasts of all interests and...
Earning Mount Tom

Earning Mount Tom

A worthy objective for Sierra ski mountaineers By Josh Pearlman Local mountain guide Howie Schwartz California dreamin’ in short sleeves (Peter Clark). Mount Tom is situated in the middle of the southern Sierra Nevada. This area – known simply as the “Eastside” – spans nearly 400 miles and boasts an impressive 21 designated Wilderness areas and two national parks. Just northwest of Bishop, as the Owens Valley begins a steep climb toward Mammoth Lakes, the 13,658-foot Mt. Tom becomes visible as it noticeably dominates all of the surrounding peaks. This peak, a must-do in the Eastside backcountry ski circuit, is named after Thomas Clark who bagged the summit sometime in the 1860s. It is unclear who first skied Mt. Tom, but based on the active scene there in the 1970s and 1980s, it was most likely done by Galen Rowell or Doug Robinson or someone in that group. Today,...
Canine Snow Safety

Canine Snow Safety

8 things to consider before backcountry skiing with your dog By Court Brock Nacho enjoys the rewards of the climb as much as his human. View: Desolation Wilderness from Maggie’s Peak (Jeff Glass). They say that a dog is man’s best friend. And what’s better than a day in the backcountry with your best friend? All my life I had been a cat lover until I skied with Buddy, a friend’s dog who excelled in the backcountry. I knew right then that was what I wanted. Fast forward two years to November 2012 when I adopted six month old “Nacho” from the South Lake Tahoe Animal Shelter. Nacho is a Whippet/Aussie/Sheltie mix which means he’s “fast and furrious” – something I learned our first day out pre-season at Alpine Meadows. For the first two years this speed was something of an issue since his behavior wasn’t always the best....
Tahoe Backcountry Women

Tahoe Backcountry Women

Backcountry leaders share their passion By Brennan Lagasse Photo: Brennan Lagasse As backcountry skiing has continued to grow in popularity throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin, educator and community leader Whitney Foehl saw the need for a women’s specific group. Joined by other female leaders that love to backcountry ski, Whitney decided to put together a few events and the rest is history. The following is a collective Q&A with Foehl and fellow core female backcountry ski leaders Holly Yocum, Sarah Kunnen, and Jillian Raymond. Q: Where did the idea for Tahoe Backcountry Women (TBW) come from and how did you first get started?  Tahoe Backcountry Women was founded during the 2011-12 ski season, when I [Whitney] was taking a year off from my teaching job to work in the outdoor industry. With the support of Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City. I set up some initial events to see if...
11th Annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event

11th Annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event

11th Annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event, presented by Alpenglow Sports Saturday, January 21, 2016 • 9am-3pm Alpine Meadows Ski Resort Photo: Alpenglow Sports The Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event – North America’s largest venue for all things alpine touring, telemark and splitboard – returns this January. Alpenglow Sports has once again partnered with Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Ski Resort to provide its eagerly anticipated 11th annual Backcountry Demo Event on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 9am to 3pm. The event offers FREE Admission, and all ages are welcome. A community-oriented leader in the backcountry industry for 30-plus years, the Tahoe City shop has worked hard to foster the largest, and most well-known backcountry demo event in North America. “With the mainstream popularization of backcountry skiing and riding, we felt there was a great opportunity to create a fun demo event,” according to owner Brendan Madigan. “When...
Snowbound: Winter Resort Directory

Snowbound: Winter Resort Directory

Winter is here and it is time to hit the slopes Photo courtesy Diamond Peak Ski Resort With winter in full swing, the stoke is high for some downhill delight. ASJ is here to help you keep track of the best spots in California/Nevada to get your turns in. Enjoy! BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT Big Bear Lake Avg Snowfall 100″ Skiable Acres 198 Lifts 12 Trails 28 Terrain Parks 2 Scheduled Opening Day Nov 24 Passes $59 – $99 day Driving Distance to Major Cities (miles) Los Angeles 100 What’s New? Renovated F&B locations, new in-resort signage Learn more at bigbearmountainresort.com BEAR VALLEY SKI RESORT Bear Valley Avg Snowfall 224″ Skiable Acres 1680 Lifts 10 Trails 77 Terrain Parks 3 Scheduled Opening Day Nov 26 Passes $33 – $79 day Driving Distance to Major Cities (miles) Sacramento 123, San Francisco 178, San Jose 176 What’s New? New terrain and...
Warren Miller Film Tour 2016: “Here, There & Everywhere”

Warren Miller Film Tour 2016: “Here, There & Everywhere”

Warren Miller Film Tour 2016: Here, There & Everywhere Photo: Hank de Vre This fall, Warren Miller releases its 67th film, Here, There & Everywhere. The 67th installment brings the thrill of action snowsports to enthusiasts everywhere, as the world’s most accomplished skiers and snowboarders scour the globe for untracked powder and the pursuit of adventure. Narration by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, and on-screen interviews with the legendary Warren Miller deliver the nostalgia of skiing’s roots and a zeal for discovering new terrain. Venture with world-renowned athletes JT Holmes, Jeremy Jones, Seth Wescott, Jess McMillan, Ingrid Backstrom, Marcus Caston, Wendy Fisher, Tyler Ceccanti, Kaylin Richardson and others as they push the boundaries of their talent on snowcapped peaks, vast glaciers and towering, big-air jumps. Globe-trotting from the U.S. and Canadian Rockies to sparsely populated lands like Greenland and the Swiss Alps, these skiers and snowboarders prove that the...
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