Thanks for letting me disappear for a few days to take a break after the end of the academic year. It was a long one and I needed to reset my sanity.
The limited snowfall in the Sierra Nevada this year created an unusual opportunity for early May corn skiing and mountain biking in the Tahoe area. We took off last week and did a couple of days of mountain biking, a day of Alpine skiing, and a day of ski touring.
After arriving in Truckee and doing and evening ride on the Donner Crest trail, we skied a day at the famous north Tahoe ski resort that has served as the home or base for many great skiers including Tamara McKinney, Julia Mancuso, Shane McConkey, and Cody Townsend. Given the limited seasonal snowfall, conditions varied some depending on elevation and aspect...
Sadly, KT-22 was closed, so we kept ourselves occupied with laps involving the One Express and Siberia trails, venturing frequently over to the area around Headwall Express (which was closed although the terrain beneath was open) where we found good corn thanks to the dense and well consolidated Sierra spring snowpack.
Some route finding was required, but continuous lines could be found and it was entertaining for a couple of hours.
We then hydrated in the car and shifted over to Alpine Meadows until they closed at 2. This was my first visit to the resort and it quickly made it on to my "little ski areas that rock" list as we pretty much had the Summit Six chair to ourselves and skied every little line that was still in.