(Story by Nate Roth;
images by Nate Roth & Chris Gallardo)
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(aka bcrider) surfs above Lake Tahoe
Freshies on Tallac
Join our roving tbc.net
correspondents bcrider and Telenater as they find some nice fresh snow on our
favorite local hill.
Some nice photos and a sweet video by bcrider
a dark and stormy morning...
Well, not really, but it
was pretending to rain in Davis. However, that did mean
that somewhere about 80 miles east of me it was snowing. And
just to top it off, I was stuck in front of a computer with a
full day’s worth of work ahead of me. Could I cut out and go
ski powder tomorrow? Nope, got a meeting with the boss to go
over the work that was going to keep me employed. Could I cut
out on Friday and go ski powder? Again, it’s a negative. I’ve
got to prepare gear for fieldwork the following week. Could I
ski powder at the resorts on Saturday? Probably, but it just
wouldn’t be as good as fresh tracks. So, what can I do to get
some freshies? I know, I’ll email Chris (bcrider) and see if
he wants to hit the backcountry! I do, and he replies with the
words that I’ve been thinking since I suggested a trip.
Saturday, I’m up
before the butt crack of dawn… 4am to be exact and driving to
meet Chris. We meet right at the agreed time and quickly ditch
a car. An hour and twenty later we’re at the trailhead it
begins to snow on us. We skin up and head out. It’s still
snowing on us and we start to think we might be getting a
little more fresh snow than we’d expected. Soon it stops
snowing on us and we’re treated to a break in the clouds and a
great view of Mt. Tallac with a fresh coat of snow. Very
beautiful. We continue climbing and are passed by two skiers
who don’t understand that gravity is trying to work against
them (We’ve been climbing for two hours. They’ve been climbing
for an hour and a quarter). One was on AT and one was on tele.
We chat for a few and let them pass. The clouds have come back
the top from view in a haze vaguely reminiscent of milk. We
find a nice tree well near the base of the north bowl and
munch on some snacks while hoping that the clouds would lift.
About three suckerholes later, we decide that we’d rather head
down to find some good turns than climb and ski blind.
Big mistake! As soon as we’ve
crossed gingerly below the bowl the clouds lift
for the remainder of the day. On the positive side, we’re
looking down a very attractive chute towards the right arm of
the famous “Cross.” Bcrider says he’s done it in the
past and has been eyeing it for the past few seasons but can
never get anyone to go. A quick recon and a few longing
glances up to the summit, all of 200 feet above us
we’ve decided on the chute. Chris wants to film so I go first.
The entrance is a little steep with very variable conditions.
My first turn is a survival one. So is my second. My third
brings me to powder, which I’ve obviously forgotten how to ski
divots?). I pick myself up and ski out of the sluff I was
riding and set myself up to shoot some pics of Chris from a
safe location. Chris rips it in his usual manner. He makes it
look so smooth it almost makes me think
about picking up a snowboard again
hasty conference, and we’re headed to the joint section of the
“Cross.” As we pass below the cliff band that marks the side
of the upper section we can look up and see some other people
climbing out of the top following a poor route finding choice,
maybe due to the fog. Across a small cirque bcrider and I see
a nice little bump which he calls the Fallen Leaf peaklet with
a chute that’s begging
for some turns to be made. We make a small traverse to the
base and boot up a short but steep slope to ski it. The rest
of our trip back to the car is unremarkable, assuming that a
foot of powder is unremarkable to you. It isn’t to us.
quick bushwhack and we’re at the car grinning because we know
that today we were in the right place at the right time.
Click on the link below
to see the BC Productions video of the trip.
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