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Jeremy Jones in a Sierra barrel

State of the Backcountry 2016-2017: Tahoe and the Eastern Sierra

It’s the first day of winter and snow has been steadily falling across the American West for weeks. In the Sierra, the northern portion of the range just weathered its wettest fall in 30 years. You’d think that would translate to all-time conditions in the Tahoe area, but the multiple atmospheric river events came in far too warm to cover the range top-to-bottom. The precipitation has been good for the water starved state of California, and even though storms have had high snow lines negating most of our lake level terrain to come into play, the high elevation touring has been more than worthy and our season is off to a decent start.

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