fantastic november conditions!!

it’s true! these conditions would be awesome if it were november, and not unheard of for october. unfortunately it’s the beginning of february. still, rather than look a gift horse in the mouth we took full advantage of the 16-20″ that mother nature provided. friday conditions were a little sketchy so we took it pretty easy and kept it above treeline (unusually, the advisory called for higher danger near and below treeline). saturday everything had dropped to moderate or below and the snow was still phenomenal. sunday another weak storm had pulled in and with slabby conditions and limited visibility up high we moved into the trees.

here’s the video from the three days to the sounds of alt-j

enough with the nonsense and on to the pictures. friday was jeff, myself, and nacho
jeff and nacho with elephant back in the background
backcountry skiing

meadow skipping with the emphasis on skipping
skiing at carson pass

it was deeeeep
skiing at carson pass

and it was purdy
backcountry skiing

nacho was so happy to be back in the snow
backcountry skiing

that he jumped for joy
backcountry skiing

then took a moment to teach jeff the basics of break dancing
backcountry skiing

then we ran into pete, and took a few laps with him. he was clearly happy with the conditions
backcountry skiing

pete, meet nacho. nacho, eat pete
backcountry skiing

jeff finds another fresh line to round out the day
backcountry skiing

saturday rolled around cold and clear and looked to be an awesome day filled with promise
snow picture

for nacho, it was the promise of hunting wabbits
dog hunting wabbit

doggie chasing rabbit

doggie chasing rabbit

i was chasing something else
skier about to crash

i would crash and burn in the pursuit. that didn’t matter i found what i wanted anyway
skier flails

ashley found it too
powder skiing

powder skiing

nacho’s in the cloud too
powder skiing

powder skiing

jeff was on deck and ready to drop
powder skiing

sometimes you have to dig deep to find what you want
deep powder

then ashley found something else, her very first avalanche
powder skiing

she was undeterred
powder skiing

time to leave and head to work, our exit strategy was a good one
powder skiing

hutchski in da pow

super bowl sunday arrived with clouds and the chance for more snow. ashley had a different super bowl in mind and chad was coming from santa cruz so we were committed to head out.
the conditions were not awesome
hiking

after two laps above treeline we opted to hit some tress which held good snow, but lots of tracks as well.
we were able to find some well protected fresh lines
ashley swimming among the sharks
powder skiing

with marvin at her side
powder skiing

powder skiing

powder skiing

chad jumps over the sharks
powder skiing

next we happened upon an abandoned kicker
powder skiing

and then headed up for one more run
again, the fresh lines were well protected. me
cliff jumps

chad
powder skiing

chad from ashley’s view
cliff jump

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