Spectacular Sunny Summer Skiing in the Splendid Sierras, CA – 06/20/10
Kalifornia Skiing June 2010!
June 12th-20th, 2010
Locations: California Sierra Nevadas. Pinpoint locations include Kirkwood, Mammoth Mountain, Tioga Pass (near Mt. Dana) and Sonora Pass.
Weather: mostly B-L-U-E-B-I-R-D
Skier666, Some KW patrollers, Spats, GDS, Schralph Macchio, Driver, Abominable Snowman, The Dadâ€¦
666, Schralph Macchio, Abominable Snowman
POV VIDEO – Not too bad for Mid to late June….
Music: S.P.Y – ‘Xenomorph’ – forthcoming 12″ on Metalheadz
Below you will find pretty pictures of the melting snowpack of 2009/2010 in Northern California. Starting with a morning wind-filled ski tour at Kirkwood on June 12th, and concluding with a trip to Leavitt Peak on the 20th, we managed to accomplish almost everything on the agenda. With a South Lake Tahoe bachelor party slated from 1pm on Friday the 18th through the 19th, of which I can’t seem to find any photos (ha ha ha), a couple days of skiing before and after was officially scheduled. Items included a look at Solstice Couloir off of Mt. Dana (Tioga Pass), some lift served at Mammoth Mountain ski field, a hungover skin up to the Wall at Kirkwood, and a full day of touring at Sonora Pass.
Java Porn: Double Shot light – a 4-pack is a road warrior’s best friend…..
How about showing you some skiingâ€¦?
Kirkwood, CA – June 12th, 2010:
Early bird gets the cool shots…Carson Pass:
Hmmm, didnâ€™t see clouds in the forecastâ€¦.
The last of the roadside frozen lakes? Yep, it was gone a week later.
Kirkwood has been closed for a month and a halfâ€¦
I think we should b-line to the sunny areasâ€¦
We skin up a groomerâ€¦.always makes me laughâ€¦
Getting closer, but also getting colderâ€¦not good for the Cirque missionâ€¦
Eagle Bowl ridgeâ€¦.frozen solid.
â€˜Itâ€™s a hurricane out here, let me in!â€™
So nice and cozyâ€¦.well, too cozy. This will be our home for an hourâ€¦
This may be our line, but we should check out our intended line off the top of the cirqueâ€¦.at least to see if the snow will softenâ€¦
Spats runs up to the moonâ€¦
666 tells the young kid that this is an ExTr3m3e areaâ€¦
Too windy to prove in this shots, but we decided to ski something saferâ€¦
A look to the Southâ€¦.in the direction of Mexicoâ€¦
Spats goes for some firm delight behind â€˜99 stepsâ€™â€¦
GDS takes a much needed sunny line off the Wallâ€¦
â€˜Kinda firmâ€™â€¦.not really waist deep.
Spats drops inâ€¦.
And lays one down in minimal suncupsâ€¦.
GDS is too relaxedâ€¦
But as a young adult, his form is definitely improving.
Spats on the way to Buckboardâ€¦
666 had no idea that groomers could be so fun in mid-Juneâ€¦.
Top to bottom coverage, GDS is rewarded with an apple juice for his effortsâ€¦
MaMmOtH mounTain â€“ June 17th, 2010
Decided to hit Mammoth on a random Thursday in the middle of June, and funny enough , I get on the first chair with two Kirkwood patrollers on Moment Skis. Small worldâ€¦.
Off piste run numero unoâ€¦.
Chair 23 was The Hotnessâ€¦.
You need to go deep to find the powderâ€¦.
Its as deep as it looksâ€¦ie, no photoshop.
Hiking DOWN into P4â€¦.
It doesnâ€™t actually go, but weâ€™re still going for Phillipesâ€¦.
WE SURVIVED! OMGâ€¦(the POV video shows the snow quality)
Time to open it up in the suncupsâ€¦.
A look to the Southâ€¦.in the direction of Chileâ€¦.
A scenic roundaboutâ€¦
Back to corn farmingâ€¦
â€˜The Dadâ€™ had a buddy from Palo Alto fly him in for the dayâ€¦and hereâ€™s proof:
I think we did a proper painting jobâ€¦.
BYE BYE Mammothâ€¦.
Tioga Pass, Mt. Dana, Solstice Couloir attempt â€“ June 18th, 2010
With a golf game slated for 1pm in South Lake Tahoe, an early morning attempt to see if the Solstice Couloir cornice had melted outâ€¦.if not, we would have to ski back to the car parked near the Eastern Yosemite gate.
Dana with Solstice on lookers right (internet photo)
Might as well just boot up this, skins arenâ€™t going to helpâ€¦.
After about 2 hours or soâ€¦hereâ€™s the internet beta of Solstice Couloir as of June 18th, 2010â€¦.looks funâ€¦but can we get in safely?
Hmmmâ€¦.not from up thereâ€¦
Little cliffy right hereâ€¦.
A week or two earlier, that apron towards where the photoguy was standing would have been sweetâ€¦.sadly, itâ€™s a no go.
Looking North towards British Columbiaâ€¦
Winter vs Summer: FIGHT!
The swimming pool is still not open to the publicâ€¦.
Looking South towards New Zealandâ€¦
Mono Lake Madnessâ€¦
I took a swim in the salt water just so Iâ€™d feel refreshed for my 2 hour drive to golfâ€¦
This is a picture of my camera taking pictures while taking a nap on the salt bedâ€¦
Wow, a two sport dayâ€¦.
This is the best pic I got from the Bachelor Partyâ€¦SORRY!
Kirkwood, CA â€“ June 19th, 2010
After around 3 hours of sleep, and waking up early with a bunch of 30-somethings dead all over the rentalâ€¦.a trip to Starbucks and a solo hike up the Wall was in orderâ€¦
â€¦oh, I also left my camera on the roof the car and had to drive back to the Caples Lake Damâ€¦.that wasnâ€™t so fun, and the cameraâ€¦wellâ€¦Iâ€™m still waiting to get a battery to see if it worksâ€¦IDIOT!
View of Round Top from the new bathrooms at the lower Carson Pass parking lotâ€¦
Kirkwoodâ€¦.10amâ€¦summer is finally winning the battle at the lower elevationsâ€¦.
They were nice enough to plow me a skin-track Â¾ of the way up the Wallâ€¦
Making it this far in a hungover state without any problems = good sign
â€¦and ready to drop, not too shabby for June 19th. (Check the POV for the descent)
Back in Tahoeâ€¦.I was out for a run but this got in the wayâ€¦
You can see an Eagle in those Fallsâ€¦
A pierâ€¦much more fun after a rum-runner or twoâ€¦.
SOnORa PasS â€“ June 20th, 2010
I left Tahoe at 5:30am to meet a few diehards at the top of Sonora Pass. The plan was to ski the â€˜Y Couloirâ€™ and possible â€˜Deadmansâ€™â€¦but with 5 other people, we began our uphill battle a little on the late sideâ€¦.
â€˜How the hell to touring bindings work?â€™
First ridge done, now just a short walk to that Leavitt Peak on the leftâ€¦
Getting closer, just need to skin up that bowlâ€¦.so easy.
Schralphâ€¦.the typical snowboarderâ€¦
Do you know that its easier to skin up to the summit over those rocks than walk?
Summit logâ€¦misspellings everywhere, must be the altitudeâ€¦.
Summit of Leavitt Peak looking towards Peruâ€¦.
I think this will doâ€¦.
666 checks his entranceâ€¦
GDS drops in and gets some smooth steep corn on the cobâ€¦.
GDS concentrating too hardâ€¦
Not too badâ€¦for a kid.
â€¦a kidâ€¦with energy and no reason to stopâ€¦.
Driver drops inâ€¦.
Iâ€™m assuming heâ€™s a steep skierâ€¦.
â€¦enjoying himself? Only Driver will knowâ€¦.
666 encounters some loose granular at the entrance of the â€˜Tubeâ€™â€¦
But then, its groomer snowâ€¦.
He told me that he had a good timeâ€¦
Schralph gets into the mixâ€¦
â€¦itâ€™s this new sport called â€˜snowboardingâ€™â€¦.like a skateboard but with now similaritiesâ€¦.
â€˜Hang 20 brahâ€™â€¦..
GDS gets binding deep at the exitâ€¦
Schralphâ€¦.waiting for Karate Kid IV, not some lame remakeâ€¦
666 showing off the red coat he bought off of Slimâ€¦.
GDS takes a turn to the saddleâ€¦.
Abominable was also thereâ€¦.a little tiredâ€¦but he was thereâ€¦
â€¦I mean, its not like thereâ€™s obstacles in his wayâ€¦heh
Schralph and 666 (coughâ€¦the real men of the group) take another hike for some extra verticalâ€¦.
Nice view looking towards Alaskaâ€¦
Oh hell yeahâ€¦.this is going to be goodâ€¦.
â€¦dare I say even on a snowboard?
If you squint, it could almost look winterishâ€¦
That snowboarder againâ€¦
666 LOVES the groomer zone to the riverâ€¦
Look at that jackassâ€¦.
Maybe you should make sure that your skis are connected before crossing the warm riverâ€¦.
Driver found the other oneâ€¦.WOOT!
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