Just overheard some people talking about. One guy got buried up to his waste, but no injuries. I have been in Tahoe since Weds, and it has been steady snow showers since we got here. 2 - 6 inches a day. It is heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was skiing in the Huckelberry Canyon area yesterday. The "avalanche" was more of a surface sluff, and I kicked off a few myself. In the picture below, you can see some pinwheels and a slough just lookers left of the path I entered on. The cornices on the North and Northeast aspects appeared large and unstable. Huckeberry Canyon is an area outside of the area boundaries and does not receive avalanche control work. SAT now leaves the gates open, leaving it up to individuals to decide if conditions are safe, but posts avalanche advisories and a "Not Advised" sign during higher risk conditions. Gates advise carrying beacons, rescue equipment and ski with a partner, but a lot of skiers and boarders disregard the advisory.
The slides occured last week following a strong cold front that brought convective thunder showers (snow) to the region. The storms dropped two feet of snow and grauple with the convection. This caused layering in the fresh snow; however there weres no cohesive slabs above the rain crust layer a meter down. Subsequent storms dropped another two feet by the time I was in the area, and surface sluffs to 6-inches were still occuring. On steeper tree runs, a pretty modest slough would run and it was easy to let it pass by moving onto a higher line. Easily waist to chest deep powder on unconsolidated lines farther outside the ski area boundary. Huckelberry Canyon is a hanging valley and requires a walk-out. You need to be able to skin out to avoid being trapped in the bottom during deep snow events, or stay high enough on the ridge to avoid being trapped in the bottom.