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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...

February 15, 2019

I promised everyone that I would post a little bit about our trip to Japan, and since we've returned -I guess that its now or never! In summary, we basically had the dirtbag dream tour of Honshu (Japan's main island). Three of us spent two and a half weeks in a camper van, traversing some of the country's best offerings, and exploring fant...

January 24, 2019

Just a short little discussion about powder skiing in the land of the rising sun, and why I decided that I needed to go back!  They don't call it JaPOW for nothing. 

The majestic Japanese Alps as seen from Hakuba 

Some of you may know that I am headed to Japan tomorrow, in search of the ubiquitous funPOW, JaPOW, Japanuary goods, Japillo...

January 15, 2019

Editors note: We are currently in the midst of a monster snow cycle, so please be careful with all the new snow!  Here is a story that was generously contributed by Matt Francis that I thought was relevant.  These events happened in 2016, but could easily repeat themselves just about anytime and anyplace there is avalanche danger.  Be safe...

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