Lake Tahoe, Backcountry Report: Ripping Fun “Powder” on Fun Terrain

Report from May 18th, 2019

A few of us cruised out into the Lake Tahoe, CA backcountry today to see if we couldn’t find some powder from the 18″ of snow we got the last 2 days.

We weren’t sure what we were gonna get since it got pretty hot yesterday afternoon, but we imagined that a walk would be good for us.

It was a very pleasant morning with warm temps, no wind, and overcast skies.

Starting off. image: snowbrains

We found a neat, chute-y area and dropped-in to 1,500-vertical-feet of “powder” or “new snow” or honestly just sun cooked new snow that was still slippery and fun.

The snow was all a bit sticky and awkward to ski, but it was smooth and fun.

Once we got to the bottom, it got real sticky.

Nate up top. image: snowbrains

No problem though, since we had to traverse from that elevation to get back to our car.

NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that is forecasting 4-10″ of snow for Tahoe tonight.

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 3 inches, except 4 to 10 inches above 7000 feet with the highest amounts near the Sierra crest. Winds gusting between 50 and 85 mph over exposed ridges. - NOAA, Reno NV today

If you’re interested in skiing the California Backcountry, please contact Alpenglow Expeditions for a guide and all the local knowledge.

image: noaa, 5/18/19
Rargh! and a melted out chute. image: snowbrains
Partway up. image: snowbrains
Big cornice still lurking… image: snowbrains