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This is a collection of my blog entries about snowboarding.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for the more recent trips that I have recorded in blog entries:

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2009/12/12 First Snow Weekend of the Season at Kirkwood
π 2009-12-12 00:00 in Snow
While we had early snow in October, our supposed El Nino ended up being disappointing so far: no real snow until now, but this week we got a good 4-5 feet at kirkwood, so it made up for it.

We didn't get quite there at opening time due to a screw in one of the tires, but by re-inflating a few times we made it there and back.

Jim's trusty snow prius with spike spiders
Jim's trusty snow prius with spike spiders

Unfortunately, they only had 5 ski patrols which was not enough to open anything other than cornice (not counting sentinel bowl or of course palisades). The wall stayed closed, which was a shame considering some good terrain that would have been nice to hit.
However that meant that when I finally arrived with my ticket (which took 45mn to get due to kirkwood having their computerized pass processing all messed up that day) around 10:30, cornice hadn't even opened yet, which was a bit sad for Kirkwood, but convenient for us :)

Weather saturday was pretty miserable but the winds were as bad as scheduled. It was still cold and wet though.

we had powder, even if it didn't feel that deep
we had powder, even if it didn't feel that deep

this is why they had to do avalanche control
this is why they had to do avalanche control

That evening we thankfully didn't have to brave the storm to go anywhere and were able to Chill at our coworker's shared condo (thanks guys!).


On sunday, it snowed all day too, but the weather wasn't as whiteout and wet. Good powder was to be had too, although it didn't feel very deep (it packed quickly).

overnight snow, not so bad :)
overnight snow, not so bad :)

this guy means business :)
this guy means business :)

The "hightlight" was when I like many others went maybe slightly out of bounds since ski patrol was too underpowered to open more terrain and I ended up on top of an unmarked cliff that wasn't really covered well enough yet.


mmmh, wrong time of the season to come down here
mmmh, wrong time of the season to come down here

but I did jump down because I couldn't get safely back up
but I did jump down because I couldn't get safely back up

while it was a scary jump, I was able to get down in mostly soft snow without problems. On hard packed snow, I would have hurt myself though.


A big thanks to my coworker Andrew and cabinmates for hosting us in their shared kirkwood cabin and Jim for driving us there and back in his trusty Prius.

Here are the stats and map for Day1 and Day2. For Day #2, I rode cornice all day after it opened and went a lot more on the sides for some unriden snow. Too bad I couldn't get up the wall for more powder goodness...

2009/12/07 First Snow
π 2009-12-07 00:00 in Snow
We've been waiting for real snow since an aborted early start in october and it's finally here. Not only a bunch of it, but snow levels were even low enough to snow in Fremont, nice.

It's about time for us to get shredding in Tahoe :)


See more images for First Snow

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