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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
how cold does it actually get around tahoe and mammoth? Back in the midwest, I rarely put on more than a warm vest and a fleece tacket for my uppers and of course snow pants for the lowers, am I going to need to go out and find exactly what I did with the shell for my columbia jacket that attaches to the fleece?
post #2 of 8
These are definetiely among the warmer major ski areas in North America, but the potential temperature range is wide. Highs in the thirties are common during the winter months. Twenties are considered cold. It rarely goes below that, but it can happen.
post #3 of 8
For Tahoe, you will probably want to bring a windbreaker/shell (dunno about Mammouth) better to have too much than too little. It doesn't usually get too cold, except at Squaw Valley when the wind picks up. BRRRRRRR!
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Thread Starter 
fantastic, that's exactly what I wanted to hear. I'll be able to put off using a shell until I go home and visit, when I can look for the one I can't find [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 8
waterproof and wind proof are the more important things. wind and damp weather are more day enders than cold temps...

That is until the sun goes down. then it can get a bit nippy.
post #6 of 8
Here is what I have to add, from my experience.

Tahoe has beautiful weather most of the time. However, if it starts getting nasty, the wind can be bad. Also, because of the lower elevations of some of the areas here, the snow can be really wet and test even the best "waterproof" gear.

As far as Mammoth is concerned, wind is the primary concern. Up on the back mountain, it can kick up something fierce!
post #7 of 8
Grue,

As a fellow midwesterner who skied Squaw last year at the end of Feb my advice would be to take your normal gear but layer lightly. Ski with a small pack and you can take things off or put them on as the day permits.

We skied in all types of weather over a 5 day period including 20 degree type temps and that blowing wind.

Have fun!!! Hit the Slot for me at Squaw!

Ed
post #8 of 8
I have to agree with the previous posters...it's the wind and the dampness which will get to you in the Tahoe area.

Waterproof and windproof (well, let's call it resistant), layering is the way to go!

Just make sure your vest or outer shell has wind block in its liner. Helmets really help keep the heat in on those windy, chilly days as well!
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