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February 20, 2020

Location: EastSide (East Side of Rubies, East Side of South Rubies, East Side of East Humboldts)

Conditions: Rain affect down low, transitioning to windboard, windbuff, and full on powpow at higher elevations. Mostly staying cold, especially on North aspects and at elevation. Snowpack is sitting about average, which translates to...

February 8, 2020

Location: Santa Rosa Range, East Side

Conditions: Virtually everthing -dust on crust, windbuff, glare ice, mahogany forest powpow, corn, windcrust, mud, and lots of sagebrush tip knockers.

Snowpack/Avalanche Considerations: Dug a pit at around 8,000 ft. on east facing 33 degree slope. Snowpack was 170 cm deep at that locale. Some weaker laye...

April 13, 2019

Location: Ruby Mountains, specifically Right Fork Lamoille Canyon 

Conditions: Wonderful bluebird spring pow, crunchy/crusty down low transitioning to blower up high.

Story: Mt. Gilbert has been on my list of dream lines since I first set eyes on it years ago. It's a huge glacial horn that appears spectacular from State Route 227 (Lamoille R...

April 9, 2019

Nozawa Onsen is a magical ski area, blessed by around 10-12 meters of snowfall annually. It's got about 750 Acres of inbounds terrain, making it a large resort  by Japanese Standards, but its real strength is the lift accessible side country and "closed" tree areas which sit in-between the pistes. These tree zones are really part of the re...

March 26, 2019

Location(s): Shoshone Range (North Shoshone Peak) and Toquima Range (Wildcat Peak)

Conditions: Blower pow around a foot deep depending on wind and aspect, quickly warming and transforming with sun. Skiable snowpack above 8,000 ft. on most aspects, North/shaded aspects down to 7,000 ft. Road skiing and sagebrush tip knockers predominant at l...

February 25, 2019

Location: Peavine Mtn. and Dogskin Mtn.

Conditions: Filled in and supportable snow to 5,000 feet. Mix of blower pow, windbuff, punchy crusts.

Hazards: Wind loaded pockets

Wow, what an awesome two days its been in Nevada! Our low elevation snowpack is abnormally filled in, and nearly all of the local peaks are skiable. We took advantage of thi...

February 16, 2019

Location: North side of Peavine Mountain Area (Granite Peak)

Conditions: Decently good, creamy snow and a few sagebrush tip knockers down low, getting lighter and windloading higher up.

Concerns: Windloading on top of several weird layers.  Watch out at higher elevations and on windloaded slopes.

The good: Reno folks are going to have a backy...

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