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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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2024/02/29 Monster 8ft Kirkwood Storm
π 2024-02-29 01:01 in Nsnow, Snow
Forecast was clear that Tahoe was going to be blasted and the roads were going to be shut down for a while. I missed the last that happened but was able to go this time, so I hurried to get to Kirkwood before weather got too bad. That storm was unusual as I drove almost all the way with not even any rain and it's only in the last 30mn that I got some rain and then snow. I didn't complain and was happy to get over before it got bad:



Drive across the spur, was interesting:

Days 1-2: Shut down

The next 2 days were shut down, wind was so high (100 to 200mph, snow falling completely sideways) that kirkwood was not able to run any lifts and do any snow safety. This was kind of expected. During that time, the road in both directions was also closed, which was also expected. I went out on day 2 to get some pictures when there was a small chance things could open, but did not as the wind did not die down:

The kids tried to dig out the front door:


day2
day2

they failed, this is what it looked on day 3 :)
they failed, this is what it looked on day 3 :)

The snow was relentless, it never stopped:


KW tried, but didn't succeed in opening anything on day2
KW tried, but didn't succeed in opening anything on day2



I parked my car in underground parking so it wouldn't get snowed in :)
I parked my car in underground parking so it wouldn't get snowed in :)

parking your car outside didn't seem like a great idea :)
parking your car outside didn't seem like a great idea :)



this was the parking lot I got in, you could barely walk out without hitting your head
this was the parking lot I got in, you could barely walk out without hitting your head

Day 3: Cartmanland Fluffy 4H Pow Day

Day 3, finally chair 6 opened at 11:00, the roads were closed so no one could get in, the snow was absolutely fantastic even if weather was super cold and miserable:


weather was blizzardly
weather was blizzardly



nice board :)
nice board :)

I was able to snowboard all the way from the lift to across the street and inside the parking lot ;)
I was able to snowboard all the way from the lift to across the street and inside the parking lot ;)

I also noticed that it was cold enough my car lost 8% charge
I also noticed that it was cold enough my car lost 8% charge

Despite the bad weather, these were some of the best runs I've ever had at kirkwood, especially as no one was able to drive in since the roads were closed:

Chamoix was trivial to get down, so much snow:

Day 4: Finally better weather, Wall opened

Day 4, finally the weather got better and it was possible to open more terrain. Sadly by then the wind had packed all that fantastic snow that was flying in my face the previous day. It's not like it sucked, but the epic powder day was already over:




the wall finally opened!
the wall finally opened!

everyone flocked there :)
everyone flocked there :)

the path down from the top was all gone and burried
the path down from the top was all gone and burried


chair 2 needed a bit of TLC :)
chair 2 needed a bit of TLC :)

I started the day with a fast run down 6, snow was firm powder but still smooth:

A different, down angle run:

The wall, eagle bowl to chair 1:

Day 5: Late bluebird, Backside finally opened

Day 5 finally had nicer weather, and the back side opened:


the wall seldom looks like this :)
the wall seldom looks like this :)

people camped at chair2 2H early to get to the backside :)
people camped at chair2 2H early to get to the backside :)


I used the time to hike to Glove Rock mostly for fun, the snow was not that great anymore by then:


nice views though
nice views though



riding the ridge was super windy, I then rode part of palisades
riding the ridge was super windy, I then rode part of palisades

snow was pretty packed by then though
snow was pretty packed by then though

The ride was pretty rough, I got blown off the icy ridge a few times:

Then went back to the Wall and eagle bowl to get to chair2

rode down this, pretty rough on my butt :)
rode down this, pretty rough on my butt :)

chair2 line had gotten a bit longer :)
chair2 line had gotten a bit longer :)

it looked pretty, but backside snow is usually pretty packed
it looked pretty, but backside snow is usually pretty packed

haha, good one :)
haha, good one :)

I went to find better snow
I went to find better snow

the cornice off the wave had been blown off by the wind, it was now a gentle slope. Had never seen that.
the cornice off the wave had been blown off by the wind, it was now a gentle slope. Had never seen that.

Fawn ridge was beautiful, as always
Fawn ridge was beautiful, as always


The first run was pretty firm:

This was my last, and best fawn ridge run, snow was much better there as usual. Good thing I had poles to get out of it, especially with the snowboarders that were blocking the path out:

After multiple fawn ridge runs, it was time to drive back, just as Carson Spur had finally re-opened:


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2024/02/18 4 Days of Powder at Kirkwood
π 2024-02-18 01:01 in Nsnow, Snow
While this year has not been an above average snow season, this storm made things a bit better. Turns out that sunday only had a few inches and might not have been worth the early trip, but it's always hard to say after the fact and I prefer to get through Carson Spur and stay at KW during storms. Thankfully I had a friend who had a condo there and was able to host me saturday night, saving me an early sunday morning drive:


got through the Spur just as the snow as starting to stick
got through the Spur just as the snow as starting to stick

I did a quick charging stop at jackson since I wasn't sure when I'd charge at KW, but in hindsight I could have driven there direct and arrived with 15% left (day drive, no headlights, no heat, warmer temps). Nice to see my car can still make it there in one shot when the conditions are good:

found this as jackson supercharger
found this as jackson supercharger


Day 1: Sunday, a few inches

Unfortunately it was timed over president's day weekend which was a blackout on my pass, but given the price of lodging ($400/night), paying an extra day for a lift pass was ok-ish (but it used to be half price, now it's almost full price, $170). As a result, Sunday was not very busy since most passholders were blacked out. Only a few inches of fresh snow, but that was still good ;)


not very deep, but still nice
not very deep, but still nice


went pow hunting
went pow hunting




finally could ride to the rock under the wall
finally could ride to the rock under the wall

Day 2: Monday, 18 inches

For the main pow day, we sure got the snow, but it was a bit too warm/wet and I could only sink a few inches, it didn't feel that deep.




not that deep like I said
not that deep like I said

not that busy for a deep pow day
not that busy for a deep pow day




the chutes were still a bit shallow
the chutes were still a bit shallow

astill a sheet of ice
astill a sheet of ice

Despite the slighly hard powder, it was still a very nice day.



Firat run:

Day 3: Tuesday, 10 inches of fluffy pow

Agsinst all expectations, the 3rd day had the best powder. It was nice and light, a pleasure to ride:


not too many people
not too many people



Chair 4 finally opened, it was worth checking out :)



the wave was pristine
the wave was pristine


I did have to hike back up to find a pole I dropped, took 25mn because of deep the snow was
I did have to hike back up to find a pole I dropped, took 25mn because of deep the snow was


Awesome snow:

Fawn ridge was stellar:

Day 4: Tuesday, 4 inches for the last day

The 4th day wasn't the best pow day ever, but it was still quite enjoyable and it was still fun to chase freshies for another day:

not much of a line
not much of a line

my watch told me I snowboarded too much :)
my watch told me I snowboarded too much :)

haha, one more day before I can rest :)
haha, one more day before I can rest :)





went to check out a wall chute
went to check out a wall chute






Still good runs:

By the way, this is why I why I get underground parking, getting this car out will be an hour of work with a shovel...



All in all this was a good trip, with plenty of enjoyable snow and kirkwood staff did an awesome job opening terrain timely, as well as communicating what they were doing. Thanks Ricky Newberry, the new GM, for running a great ship.

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