Conditions: Dust on Crust
Sierra-at-Tahoe is a small resort on highway 50, south of Lake Tahoe. For stormy days, the resorts predominately northern facing slopes and heavy tree cover offer sanctuary from the wind. Sierra reported 7" this morning, with most of it in the early hours of Sunday morning, shortly after the grooming crew hit the mountain.
The fresh snow and colt temps yielded the "Dust on Crush" conditions skiers have come to know and love. The West Bowl in particular was pretty untracked through the morning hours as we struggled to pierce below the several inches of fresh snow blanketing the mountain. Some runs held trouble lurking below the dust as the previous days were firm and scratched out. Clipper in particular was pretty challenging despite the fresh snow appearances. Horsetail was much better, probably owing to a grooming session overnight.
The new snow and limited crowds opened up the option for a few runs off the Grandview Chair. Eastabout had huge moguls, especially near the top. There are some trees to opt into in lieu of the volkswagen beetle sized bumps. Preachers Passion was also pretty bumpy and had a few well marked exposed rocks.
Another great run was Jackrabbit which was closed last I tried to ski it.
Nearing the end of the day I took an unscheduled lap in the beginners slope called Broadway. My chairmate was having some trouble boarding the chair and confessed that it was his very first ski day. I saw a rare opportunity to help out a new skier and took a few laps with him on the bunny hill. He proceeded to ski right over a stopped 9 year old girls ski tips before taking off with some real speed on the beginner run. I gave him some tips and wrapped it up for the day feeling thankful and satisfied.