The drive up from Tahoe to Bend was stormy, with heavy weather to the west, we stayed on 395 most of the way, passing thru sage covered valley's and low foothills. Climbing up into the Oregon mountains, the culture and scenery changed.
As evening fell, we continued to climb and finished our journey in a flurry of snow and blowing fog. Parking where the drifting snow slowed us to start spinning tires, we buckled down for the night and awoke to a bluebird day and 6" of fresh snow in the parking lot. By 6:30, hikers had already claimed first tracks on the low apron just above the lot.
Riding the lift up for some skiing, we came upon the most amazing riming on huge bulges of snow and rock outcrops.
High angle toboggan testing on the upper slopes. Here the crew is setting the testing course to try it out to be sure its a fair test for the rest of the week.
You got the belay back there?
Then back up to the top with Scott from Mt. Rose Ski Patrol to sample the steeper north summit snowfields.
Touring the south side, traversing around and around to get back in the resort with the Sierra-at-Tahoe Patrollers.