|Originally posted by quadride:
Are there chutes and couloirs at the resorts in Tahoe?? Squaw, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows, Heavenly or Sugar Bowl?? We don't have a lot of rock faces back here in the east so I dream of the big bluffs and cliffs for scenery. What is a cornice?? I would very much like to ski chutes and couloirs if they are available in the expert category. Count me out on the extreme stuff, though I would enjoy being a spectator!!!! Give me a show!!!! :
Oh...maybe a few here and there
C'mon out. As a fellow skier of the 'Loaf, I welcome you. If you ski off the Snow Fields there, it'll get you in good preparation for the Sierras. But you don't need to hit the extreme stuff, there is lots and lots of skiing here. It's really
different from NE...there are over 20,000 acres of lift served skiing around/near the lake. The base is typically over ten feet at mid season; Kirkwood gets hit big time with more. (The snow depths are tracked on the web. They need the snow depth here for water, so CA has a contract with God to get the snow, just like the power contract...er...oops...
Yeah, as posted above Motts and Killebrew at Heavenly rock. Keep in mind that the prevelent view here is that Heavenly is uncool and does not rock. Fine with me. When I drop into that luscious stuff in Mott's (actually "Mott Canyon") and no one else is around, I am one happy dude. I really shouldn't post this, but opinions are so strong that I have no worry of seeing a crowd over there. But it is
steep. Steep, and, oh yes, there are trees you have to get around. But you can ski over there, around the rim through the trees and look down at it, then scoot out safely. Well worth the tour.
Yes, cornices. So what happens is the storms come in from the Pacific from the West, then head up the western slopes of the Sierras. They dump very big time (January of 2000 saw a 7 foot dump in four days). The wind is out of the west, so the snow blows over the ridges, making not a smooth drop to the eastern side, but an abrupt drop to the slopes below. If you go to Kirkwood, a very good place to ski a cornice is off the Sunrise lift. You can pick the size of the cornice you want to ski, anywhere from 0 to, oh, 10? feet. So you can gradually work your way into this kind of skiing. Here's a view off a rounded cornice to the right as you get off the Granite Chief lift at Squaw on May 4th of this year. And, oh yeah, notice that this "area" at Squaw is bigger than most resorts back east. And another "Oh yeah", this is an average year for snowfall ( really
officially average as recorded by the snow gauges). [ October 03, 2002, 10:23 PM: Message edited by: Charlie Crabb ]