I have to agree with you Llama on the conditions at Lake Tahoe this past week. It was spring skiing from Friday to Tuesday except for the overcast, windy, freezing rain Saturday at Alpine Meadows. I did, however, have a great time skiing right on to the Summit Six lift and heading down D8 and Wolverine Bowl mostly by myself. The one mistake I made was getting caught in the Sherwood Chair line for 30 minutes just before noon. It seems that the word was out that Sherwood Face and Sherwood Run got the only sun of the day and had the best snow of the morning. I skied South Face once but it was crusted over and was too much work making hop turns down. Oh well, after lunch, most were in the lodge having a few pints instead of enjoying the front of the mountain to themselves. It was definately your typical East Coast skiing day there on Saturday but I enjoyed it. I'll be sure to head back there on a better day the next time I'm in town to try some of the stuff that was not trully frozen over.
I ran into several people Saturday night who skied Squaw in the same conditions and had nothing but horror stories of the "wind swept ice fields." I headed there the next morning knowing that if the sun was out that would be the best mountain to be on all day. I was not disappointed. No lines anywhere on a Sunday even at 12:30 in the High Camp Lodge. I found great conditions all over the Mountain by following the sun. The only two areas I did not get to were Squaw Creek and Silverado (very dissapointed because I love that area). The best snow was on Granite Chief and Emigrant in the morning Shirley Lake at Noon was good and found alot of hard pack on lower Solitude. I found super soft bumps on Broken Arrow and Sun Bowl in the Afternoon. Unfortunately, I could not find really good spring snow on KT-22 or Red Dog (boiler plate). I'm sure it was there somewhere for the locals.
I skied Heavenly on Friday in very warm conditions so there was soft snow from top to bottom with big slush bumps in Mott Canyon. Skied Sierra at Tahoe on Monday. Sierra was allright but is better suited for local borders. The terrain kind of reminded me of places in Vermont and New York. Claude's free lesson (tip not included) for intermediates/advanced and above was well worth it. Carving Hard Snow. Take the free lessons!(Great instructor Claude!)
The best conditions were yesterday at Sugar Bowl! What a great mountain! Why was no one there for $35.00 lift tickets on a beautiful sunny California day??? Never a wait. Zero lines. Ski down ski on the lift. Is this really the best kept secret in Tahoe???
On my last day I beat myself up by getting the most vertical possible. I found untracked cord after lunch on Overland, Mad Dog and Crow's Traverse. The whole Mt. Disney was incredible from Sugar Bowl and Nancy's Couloir to Disney Nose. I would have loved to have tried Silver Belt, Fuller's Folly and Sisters but they looked a little sketchy and I did not see one person ski them all day. Hari Kari, Vanderbilt, and the bumps on Rahlve's Run were all good. Soft conditions were to be had all day on Mt. Judah and Jerome Hill. I even found super soft untracked snow in the trees on Roller Pass, Juniper and Graydon Glades. What a great day to end what will probably be my last skiing day of the season.
I did not come to Tahoe for "epic" powder days. Yeah, it would have been nice. Instead, I came for "epic" terrain and found "epic" spring conditions in Late February.
By the way, we saw snow here in Georgia today!
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