Sunday, June 1, 2008

Sierra Spring

I forgot my camera in the rush to pack and drive up to Strawberry on Friday evening, but even camera-less, I had a wonderful two days of backcountry spring skiing around Tahoe with friends. On Saturday, we hiked and skinned up from Carson Pass to Round Top and skied N-facing corn snow from the shoulder of Round Top down to the bowl between Round Top and The Sisters. Then we just had to slog out over melting snow and open ground bursting with wild flowers. On Sunday, we skinned up to ski three excellent runs off Tamarack Peak above the Mount Rose Highway, and we just had to remove our skis once on the way back to the road. Both days were warm, but some clouds and a cool breeze kept the snow from turning into mush and threatening wet slides on the aspects we traveled. Good skiing on June 1st is yet another of those Sierra gifts.

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