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Photo: Jules Hanna Skier: Brennan Lagasse

State of the Backcountry 2017: Tahoe Storm Edition

Happy New Year and Holy Storms! Since the last State of the Backcountry report conditions have changed dramatically across the American West. Specifically for Tahoe and the Eastern Sierra, the New Year has brought a wave of storm activity that some are claiming has the potential to be “historic” (See Photo 2). In my opinion, what’s currently happening in the Sierra Nevada feels more like how is used too with a formula that reads something like all time-storm of plaster, followed by 12″-18″ of light, dry snow, with a bluebird window thrown in for good measure as the snowpack settles. But nostalgia aside, the weather has been real in the Sierra for the past week+,  and there’s no doubt the backcountry skiing has been as good as it’s been in years.

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