Monday, January 31, 2011

Jakes Peak with Jeff and Everett

This picture was taken by Jim Kaspari as he drove UP to Donner Summit this morning. We were driving DOWN to Lake Tahoe for our tour on Jake's Peak at the same time, so I included this photo from the Rainbow Bridge in this day's collection.

The rest of these are from our ski up and down Jakes...

Everett on the summit with his funny split-board skins

Looking south towards Mt. Tallac.

Everett caught me skiing down here through the big trees...

And the movie version...

Fantastic cold snow conditions the day after the storm. Steep up track as usual at Jake's Peak (west shore of Lake Tahoe). We skied down the south-east slope from summit to highway, with no flat spots even though we got a bit tangled up in the willows at the very end.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Powder Day - (at Last) at Sugarbowl

The powder gods favored us, and 6-8 " of fresh snow blankets Sugarbowl and Donner Summit. Once the mountain is set up, patrollers venture out to check on the goods.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rose Knob - more January spring skiing video

Seeking January Corn Snow on Mt. Rose Knob, Nevada overlooking Lake Tahoe

Temperatures in the mid-50's slight wind, we climb up from the Mt. Rose Highway to the summit of Mt. Rose Knob (9,710 feet) to harvest January corn snow on the south facing aspect. There are so many ways down from the top, simply need to come back again.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Seeking January Corn Snow on Castle Peak - Video

24Jan2011 Castle Peak from David Galson on Vimeo.

Seeking January Corn Snow on Castle Peak, CA near Donner Summit

It's been almost three weeks since we've had fresh snow but the temperature have been mild with cool nights, so the corn snow has arrived early. Even though there is a narrow window and aspect when the snow is in good shape for skiing down, the touring is fast and easy. Today Jeff and I climbed the south slope of Castle Peak from the Boreal exit ramp on Donner Summit. The sky was clear and we had views west to the coastal mountains, south to the Peaks of Squaw Valley, and east to Mt. Rose. Thanks Jeff for coming along and putting up with me taking all these video clips....

From 2011Jan23 Castle Peak with Jeff

From 2011Jan23 Castle Peak with Jeff

From 2011Jan23 Castle Peak with Jeff

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weather blowing by top of Mt. Lincoln

From Sugarbowl 2010-2011

From Sugarbowl 2010-2011

An extended period of warm weather has settled on the summit. We are skiing in mid-40's to mid-50's temperatures. In the distance is the backside of Northstar.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011