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Trip Reports - Patchskiing, June 2016

post #1 of 21
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Instead of posting a separate TR for every patchskiing day, I'm going to put them in one thread for the month of June. (I also plan to do this for upcoming months.) I hope that others will add to this. I also hope to provide views, creamed corn and soft-serve snow images, along with some dog stoke.

I'll post a few highlights from each day.

If you would like to see more just go to patchskiing.com 

 

I'll start with Tamarack Peak, June 1, 2016.

 

Stev starts down the ridge of Tamarack Peak.

 

Dookey67 with Mt. Rose in the background.

 

Dookey67 starts down a second run.

 

Stev scopes a line...

...and starts down a chute...

 

Dookey67  finds a chute of his own and sprays corn snow on the rocks.

 

Consecutive month skiing streaks are extended. Dookey67 is at 102 consecutive months. Stev is at 152 consecutive months.

post #2 of 21
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Silver Peak on June 3rd.

 

Dookey67 making more tracks.

 

Dookey67 skiing by with Lake Tahoe in the background.

 

Dookey67 starts another run with another view of Lake Tahoe.

 

Dookey67 further down with the backside of Northstar in the background.

 

Stev follows.

 

Three of Dookey67 on his third run.

 

Stev finds another line to ski after leaving his perch on the snow bridge between the rocks.

 

Video (Approx. 3 min. Mostly POV)

post #3 of 21
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Ebbetts Pass, June 5, 2016
Sharing joy and beauty with my wife and our dogs Makisha and Penny.

Our first destination from Ebbetts Pass was Dorothy Lake.
Stev skiing above Dorothy Lake.

 

Next we headed to the ridge below Ebbetts Peak. From here we had a great view of Hiram Peak and Folger Peak (the peaks that surround Highland Lakes.) Here you can see Penny and Makisha with Hiram Peak and Folger Peak in the background.

 

There is another great view in the opposite direction. My wife, Makisha and Penny hanging out above Sherrold Lake and Kinney Reservoir.

 

The ridge is also the entrance to the four dragon chutes, Chinese Fireball Dragon Chute, Hungarian Horntail Dragon Chute, Swedish Short-Snout Dragon Chute, and Welsh Green Dragon Chute. (Yes, I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series.) I would ski the latter two chutes this day.

Stev starts down Swedish Short-Snout Dragon Chute...

...Penny follows...

 

Two Stevs skiing Welsh Green Dragon Chute above Kinney Reservoir.

(This panorama was made from a sequence of three photos.)

I took a non-stop run all the way down to Kinney Reservoir. It is included as part of the following video.

 

Looking across Kinney Reservoir and up at Ebbetts Peak.

 

On the trip home we saw many snow plants.

post #4 of 21
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Mount Lola, June 7, 2016
We went on a recon mission to find some accessible snow. After being turned back three times (Once due to lack of snow and two times due to too much snow on the roads) we finally made it to the Jan-Micheal Vincent Danger Bridge below Mount Lola Ridge.

On the way we saw a little toad on the side of a dirt road.

 

The Jan-Michael Vincent Danger Bridge.

Would you dare to drive your vehicle over the Jan-Michael Vincent Danger Bridge?

A funky fungus growing near the top of our first runs.

 

Dookey67 on our first run.

 

Stev heads back up the bootpack along a 10' tall cornice route.

 

Stev drops in for another run.

 

Dookey67 on a sun and shade giant slalom run.

 

Stev spraying corn snow and sharing the joy.

 

Dookey67 starts another run.

 

Dookey67 carving the smooth corn snow.

 

A minute and a half video with some highlights from the day (2 runs, 2 skiers, 2 perspectives.)

 

Stev making a first descent of the Jan-Micheal Vincent Danger Bridge Patch.

Due to it's proximity to the Jan-Michael Vincent Danger Bridge, this has been designated as a triple-black-diamond run on the Mt. Lola trail map.

 
 
post #5 of 21

So Good!!!

 

Makes my cubical walls look even more boring. :(

 

Thanks for the report!

post #6 of 21
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Ebbetts Pass, June 10, 2016
We skied all 4 dragon chutes and 1 other run.

First, here is video from the day, it runs just short of 6 minutes.

 

Stev making the entrance into the top of Chinese Fireball Dragon Chute (snout side.)

 

Stev's second turn in the neck of Chinese Fireball Dragon Chute. The tree poking out in the center made it more of a choke.

 

Dookey67 starts down Hungarian Horntail Dragon Chute.

 

Stev heading down Swedish Short-Snout Dragon Chute.

 

Dookey67 skiing toward Sharrold Lake from Swedish Short-Snout Dragon Chute. Chinese Fireball Dragon Chute can be seen in the background.

 

After skiing Welsh Green Dragon Chute (seen in the video) we skied from looker's left of Ebbetts Peak down to Kinney Reservoir.

Dookey67 starts down looker's left of Ebbetts Peak.

 

Dookey67 skiing from Ebbetts Peak toward Kinney Reservoir.

 

Stev follows from looker's left of Ebbetts Peak.

 

Dookey67 continues skiing toward Kinney Reservoir.

 

Stev getting wet on a water crossing on the hike out.

 

Looking across Kinney Reservoir up at Ebbetts Peak.

The Dragon Chutes are on looker's right of the peak. They are L to R, Welsh Green Dragon Chute, Swedish Short-Snout Dragon Chute, Hungarian Horntail Dragon Chute, and Chinese Fireball Dragon Chute.

post #7 of 21
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The Nipple, June 13, 2016
The "B-Cup" Chute

My destination is the snow on looker's left.

 

A closer look at the "B-Cup" Chute.

 

A snowpatch and a waterfall on the hike up.

 

Looking up at The Nipple.

 

Looking down the "B-Cup" Chute.

 

A self-timer photo.

 

A short video (only 1 minute and 20 seconds) of a fun run.

 

post #8 of 21
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Ebbetts Pass, June 17, 2016
On this day I skied the other side of the pass for different runs and views.

Hiram Peak and Folger Peak await (as soon as Highland Lakes Road opens.)

 

Another view.

Penny and Makisha are in the left foreground. Ebbetts Peak and Kinney Reservoir are in the background. (My first run was on the second snowpatch.)

Penny greets Stev.

 

Penny encourages Stev on another run.

 

Penny continues to lead the way.

 

A short video (slightly over two minutes.)

post #9 of 21

Thanks for sharing the videos!  Can see that Penny is a great ski buddy.

post #10 of 21
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RoundTop on June 20th.

 

Winnemucca Lake panorama.

 

Stev bootpacking up.

Being fashion conscious, Stev made sure to dress to match the lichen.
He also makes a fashion statement while skiing.

 

After navigating some suncups up high we found softer and smoother snow below.

Stev skiing down with Winnemucca Lake in the background.

post #11 of 21

Great pics as always!  How about entering one in the June Image contest?

post #12 of 21
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The Nipple on June 22nd.

 

Looking up at my destination on the hike up.

 

A self-timer photo of my first run of the day.

 

Waterfall selfie.

 

A self-timer photo of my last run of the day.

 

I was able to park right next to this patch.

 

This video is just under three minutes. It includes skiing next to a waterfall and two views of skiing back to the car.

post #13 of 21
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Return to The Nipple on June 24th.
I returned to The Nipple, having skied there two days earlier to explore some of the "backside" or south facing runs before skiing the east ridge runs.

A self-timer photo of my first run of the day.

 

Penny loves the snow.

 

Penny at the bottom of the "Boreal Patch."

 

On the bootpack up I saw a cicada in the snow.

 

After 5 runs on the backside, I took six more runs on the east ridge of The Nipple.

 

post #14 of 21
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Hiram Peak, June 25, 2016
I skied one run on the backside of Hiram Peak followed by four runs on the frontside of Hiram Peak.

I joined Richard for the one run on the backside of Hiram Peak. Here he is getting us started.

 

Makisha and Penny follow Stev and Richard.

 

Penny reflecting.

 

Icebreaker Penny.

 

Penny follows Penny.

 

My wife Michele and Makisha hiking out with the backside of Hiram Peak in the background.

 

Penny barking and biting water splashes.

 

Stev following Stev over to the frontside of Hiram Peak.

 

Looking at Highland Lakes and the backside of Folger Peak from the Triangle Patch on Hiram Peak.

 

Stev skiing toward Upper Highland Lake.

Pond skim?

 

Looking across Upper Highland Lake at the frontside of Hiram Peak.

 

 

There are many more lines to be skied in this area. I want to return soon.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Stev View Post
 

Pond skim?

 

Well? Did you? :eek:D

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 

 

Well? Did you? :eek:D


Nope. I stayed dry.

post #17 of 21
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Blackwood Canyon, June 27, 2016
We skied and boarded five runs including two of the 4th of July Chutes.
We entered one of the chutes by hiking up the Ellis Peak Trail ridge. 

Stev on our first run.

 

Dookey67 on our first run.

 

George on our second run.

 

Stev slarving and spraying corn snow.

 

Dookey67 on our second run.

 

We bootpacked up another chute for our third run.

Stev starts down.

 

Dookey67 carves...

...and floats further down...

 

We took a couple of runs on our way back.
Stev skiing out below the chute we skied for our first run.

post #18 of 21

Great pics and trip reports....looking forward to the July one's!

 

One of those chutes needs to be renamed Penny Lane

post #19 of 21
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Return to Hiram Peak on June 30th.

A few photos of closing out the month of June.

 

Stev starting down another chute on the backside of Hiram Peak...

...tracks...

...Triangle Jr. Patch...

...heading toward Upper Highland Lake...

 

More at patchskiing.com

 

I'll start a July thread soon.

post #20 of 21
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Return to Hiram Peak on June 30th.

A few photos of closing out the month of June.

 

...heading toward Upper Highland Lake...

 

More at patchskiing.com

 

I'll start a July thread soon.

Looking forward to more summer stoke!

post #21 of 21
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As promised, I started a Trip Reports - Patchskiing, July 2016 thread.

 

Stev skiing one of Folger Peak's upper chutes on July 1st.

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