It’s finals week here at Sierra Nevada College, and I’m taking 21 credits. One of the things I love more than anything about living in the mountains is it makes skiing between responsibilities as easy as going to the gym. An hour and a half gets you out and back from tamarack peak off of Mt. Rose summit, a perfect workout and 1200 feet of vertical. That includes time to stop and take a picture.
The rain and snow combo caused all of the pine boughs to freeze into solid ice, but the skiing was perfect.
The latest winter storm to hit the sierra’s couldn’t decide between rain and snow. Last friday saw snow levels as low as 6700 feet with accumulations of 20-30 inches at 8000 feet and above. I got to ski Northstar at around 2 pm and can confirm the upper mountain was deep and filling in nicely with a heavy layer of snow.
On friday night and saturday morning warmer temps brought in the rains, and with all of that recent snowfall now be melted, I knew the rivers would be raging. We raced over to the Upper South Yuba on the western side of Donner Summit to check out a rapid called “east meets west.”
Immediately below “east meets west.”