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for 37 years thousands of skiers would migrate to las vegas once a year. 2009 was the last year the snowsports industry association held their show in las vegas. we would return in 2011. this time in search of snow. it is a sad state of affairs in lake tahoe when you have to head to vegas for freshies, but that's just what we did.
brennan and i hopped in the trusty subie at 5:30 pm on 12/13 and headed south. fast.
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2 days after the last lunar eclipse for several years, the moon was still up to some tricks. as she rose there were strange moonbeams shooting up and down and she seemed to weave in and out of the clouds.
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as we headed south we watched the geminid meteor shower give quite a show. almost got this one from our zero degree camp site.
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we camped about 500 vertical feet above the uppermost joshua trees
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wednesday we toured north loop trail off deer creek road. there was little to no base and this much snow
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so we went skiing
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and it was good
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thursday we decided to find some lines up lee canyon behind the dolomites campground and under mummy mountain. the first line offered not much in the way of pictures, and much in the way of rocks.

then we moved over to mummy mountain, which served up the best conditions of the trip, if not the year so far.
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when i took my skis out of the car on wednesday, the back plate of my dukes fell off one ski. the holes were all shot and no more screws anyway. tried duct tape to hold it down but it would only last a couple turns. fortunately when the dukes are locked down there is force holding the back of the binding down. in powder this was enough.
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and it was powder (photo: Brennan Lagasse)
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our zone

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more pics, bigger pics, and video at powdork.com

post #2 of 9

Nice Work DoP!

 

Is Lee Canyon open?

JF

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by dork of pow View Post

for 37 years thousands of skiers would migrate to las vegas once a year. 2009 was the last year the snowsports industry association held their show in las vegas. we would return in 2011. this time in search of snow. it is a sad state of affairs in lake tahoe when you have to head to vegas for freshies, but that's just what we did.
brennan and i hopped in the trusty subie at 5:30 pm on 12/13 and headed south. fast.

2 days after the last lunar eclipse for several years, the moon was still up to some tricks. as she rose there were strange moonbeams shooting up and down and she seemed to weave in and out of the clouds.
ski-vegas-125.jpg



wednesday we toured north loop trail off deer creek road. there was little to no base and this much snow
ski-vegas-174.jpg

so we went skiing
ski-vegas-226.jpg

and it was good
ski-vegas-258.jpg


thursday we decided to find some lines up lee canyon behind the dolomites campground and under mummy mountain. the first line offered not much in the way of pictures, and much in the way of rocks.

then we moved over to mummy mountain, which served up the best conditions of the trip, if not the year so far.
ski-vegas-408.jpg

ski-vegas-386.jpg

when i took my skis out of the car on wednesday, the back plate of my dukes fell off one ski. the holes were all shot and no more screws anyway. tried duct tape to hold it down but it would only last a couple turns. fortunately when the dukes are locked down there is force holding the back of the binding down. in powder this was enough.
ski-vegas-450.jpg

and it was powder (photo: Brennan Lagasse)
ski-vegas-422.jpg

our zone

ski-vegas-578.jpg
 

 

more pics, bigger pics, and video at powdork.com


Wow, nice find!

Whoda thunk it........leaving Tahoe to ski LasVegas.

Thanks for sharing!  

 

 

post #4 of 9
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Nice Work DoP!

 

Is Lee Canyon open?

JF


i'm not sure what you mean. the road is open to the resort and the resort is open, but i'm not familiar enough with the area to know if that's what you're asking. this was under mummy peak in what i think is lee canyon

 

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post #5 of 9

Yeah, Lee Canyon is what they used to call the resort.  Maybe they have changed the name?

Thanks, that looks sweet!

JF

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

the resort (Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort) has a base of 50" but that is from snowmaking mostly. we found between 14"-28" above 8,500 with little consolidation except for sunnier aspects.

here is a view of the chutes above the resort, although they did get some more snow today

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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

brennan has a lot more words on unofficial.com

post #8 of 9

Nice trip report.  I cruised most of the Tahoe ski areas this past sunday and the snow is amazingly sparse for late December.  You might be interested to know Hwy 4 and 120 are open.  There might be some hikes at the top?

post #9 of 9
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i saw that the other day on the way out to kirkwood almost went that way before looking down at the puppy. i saw your write up. i would add that .... nevermind, why would i add it here when i could add it there. smile.gif

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