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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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2019/02/25 Catching a 4 day Storm at Kirkwood and Heavenly
π 2019-02-25 01:01 in Snow
I got a new model 3 to replace last year's model S and it hadn't gone to the snow yet, so this week's storm was a great time to take it there. I drove monday in time to beat the storm rolling in and literally beat the chain control by 15 minutes. The road closed a few hours later and stayed closed for 3 days...
I figured that the car might make it to kirkwood in one shot, but it wasn't too clear if it would and it would be pretty miserable if I started running short and had to drive back or ended up getting stuck, so I stopped at the Manteca supercharger for just 15mn, which gave me an extra 10% of battery and I arrived with 20% left, so in the end it wasn't needed:

my car predicted it would arrive with 14% left, that was very close, I would have had 10% left if I hadn't stopped to recharge
my car predicted it would arrive with 14% left, that was very close, I would have had 10% left if I hadn't stopped to recharge


Carson Spur is looking interesting now, it closes almost as soon as snow starts falling
Carson Spur is looking interesting now, it closes almost as soon as snow starts falling


Got a nicely priced unit from Pyramid Peak properties and let the car charge slowly over the next 3 days
Got a nicely priced unit from Pyramid Peak properties and let the car charge slowly over the next 3 days

it was snowing nicely soon after I arrived
it was snowing nicely soon after I arrived

The next morning was sadly too windy, so as expected KW opened very late (11:30) and only a couple of boring lifts. I did do a few runs on chair5 until I got bored and confirmed chair6 was not going to open for the day, and went back to my condo to get some work done:




sigh, no chair6 for us :(
sigh, no chair6 for us :(

Day #2 had another foot+ of new snow, and the roads were still closed. I was hopeful for a great day, but chair6 only opened close to noon (i.e. very late) and only a very narrow band of it (even access to chamoix was closed, and the drain on the other side was closed too of course):


opening the door was interesting
opening the door was interesting

some other doors couldn't be open at all :)
some other doors couldn't be open at all :)

chair6 being readied, finally...
chair6 being readied, finally...

nice warning, I'd rather that they tell us that than stay closed because of limited medical help being available
nice warning, I'd rather that they tell us that than stay closed because of limited medical help being available

the runs I was able to do from chair6 didn't suck
the runs I was able to do from chair6 didn't suck


Day #3 sadly had the road open from Carson Pass, so people showed up :) More of chair6 got opened:


more snow falling throughout the day
more snow falling throughout the day

I got to meet Ricky, the head of ski patrol of nicely gave me a tour and showed me the challenges they deal with
I got to meet Ricky, the head of ski patrol of nicely gave me a tour and showed me the challenges they deal with



eventually the wall opened and that was quite good, I lapped it for the rest of the day :)
eventually the wall opened and that was quite good, I lapped it for the rest of the day :)


Day #4, I stupidly slept at kirkwood due to poor planning on my part, but drove to heavenly to meet my friend Ovidiu to do some powder runs on firebreak and palisades:

nice snow accumulation of the last days
nice snow accumulation of the last days

my car was all nice and clean and came out when the sun did :)
my car was all nice and clean and came out when the sun did :)

obligatory kirkwood sign picture
obligatory kirkwood sign picture

drove to harrah's parking and joined Ovidiu in the long friday morning gondola line
drove to harrah's parking and joined Ovidiu in the long friday morning gondola line


I noticed that, nice tires on that stretcher
I noticed that, nice tires on that stretcher

we walked to the first backcountry gate as the lifts weren't running yet (!)
we walked to the first backcountry gate as the lifts weren't running yet (!)



back down to the road
back down to the road

big easy was open, so we took it to the fire break gate to run palisades
big easy was open, so we took it to the fire break gate to run palisades

We got 3 nice runs on Palisades until heavenly closed the gondola for wind :(


nice runs to burnt forest (2000ft vertical), the rest was more crappy snow
nice runs to burnt forest (2000ft vertical), the rest was more crappy snow

back up for more
back up for more

nice lenticular cloud that came from the pretty heavy wind
nice lenticular cloud that came from the pretty heavy wind

bridge back to firebreak and the bottom of the gondola
bridge back to firebreak and the bottom of the gondola


And after those 3 nice runs, sadly half of heavenly closed and despite it being barely 13:30, we decided that the rest of heavenly wasn't worth it, so we both went home. Thanks Ovidiu for being my guide for the half day :)


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