Unofficial Alpine

White Wolf’s unstrung ski lift on the backside of KT-22

NPR Story: Will Squaw & Alpine CONNECT? | Troy Caldwell Offered $45 Million for White Wolf

 Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows will connect some year soon.  Or will they? Troy Caldwell owns the land between Squaw & Alpine (called White Wolf) & is still in the … Read More

Truckee River mayhem

NO BOOZE on the Truckee River July 1st-6th | Possibly No Booze on Lake Tahoe Beaches…

Your American freedom = dwindling.  For millions of years, American have enjoyed the right to get drunk, hit on each other, say obnoxious sh#t, and drown themselves as they see … Read More

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Ski Resorts Still OPEN in North America | **UPDATED** = Only 9 Remain

Last weekend was the end for a lot of ski resorts in North America.  We lost 8 resorts but still have 9 left.  We lost Kirkwood, Mt. Hood Meadows, Alpental, Steven’s … Read More

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Squaw Season Passholder Benefits Explained

  So, you bought your 2012/13 Squaw Valley USA season pass?  Or you haven’t yet.  Either way, it’s good to know what benefits come with this year’s season pass. Last … Read More

Big snow day in march at Squawllywood.  Yep, McConkey’s was skied this day

Driest Winter in 50+ Years | Sierra Nevada Snow Numbers for 2011/12

The Sierra Sun just came out with their “Winter Wrap Up” article for 2011/12.  It’s a great article with some great numbers that we’ve displayed below. To read the full article, … Read More

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Mountain Biking Conditions Report | May 9th, 2012

With ski season Unofficially Over, its time to re-arrange the hobby shed, put away those ski boots you don’t want your feet to ever be in again, break out the … Read More

Some years, you don’t wanna take the train over Donner Summit.

2011/12 Tahoe Snow Totals = 322” = 81% Avg | No Permanent Snow in Tahoe until Jan 20th…

Unofficial just got off the phone with UC Berkeley’s Donner Summit Snow Laboratory scientist Randall Osterhuber.  He gave us the latest snowfall, precipitation, and snow depth numbers as well as … Read More

A view of the Escalante River

The Line of the Week !! – Trepidation in Utah

The Line of the Week Southern Utah Trepidation BJ drew me a map the old fashioned way, in the sand. We had just arrived deep in a canyon off the … Read More

1960 winter olympics at Squaw Valley USA

NPR Story: Do We Want The 2022 Winter Olympics in Lake Tahoe?

The Olympics returning to Lake Tahoe have been a big controversy for many years.  With new found big money in our area in the form of KSL (owners of Squaw … Read More

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Squaw/Alpine CONNECT “On Track” | *UPDATE* with Troy Caldwell | USA’s Biggest Ski Resort by 2022?

This fall, I spoke with Troy Caldwell about wether or not KSL was talking to him about connecting Squaw & Alpine via his beloved White Wolf .  He informed me that … Read More

Mount Rainier's West Side

Mount Rainier: On Deck…

  Well, high pressure has been keeping spirits high in the Cascades.  The next objective on the tick list is Mount Rainier. Rainier boasts 36 square miles of permanent snow … Read More

squaw is purty

Unofficial Recommends the “Silver Pass” | LAST DAY to get Cheap Squaw/Alpine 2012/13 Season Passes

Unofficial is recommending the Silver Pass for Squaw & Alpine this year.  You’re only blacked out 5 days at Xmas, 3 at MLK, 2 for Presidents weekends, & it’s $230 … Read More

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I Was Forced to Ski Alpine Meadows This Weekend…

…and it was pretty damn fun.  As we all know, KSL closed Squaw Valley the earliest it’s been closed in recent memory this year (April 29th).  But, KSL allowed Squaw … Read More

Matt watches lenticular clouds build on Mount Adam's Pinnacle above the Adams Glacier.

Mount Adams: The Big Hurt

Mount Adams is a soul-crushingly large mountain.  Even giant Mount Shasta and towering Mount Rainier feel small compared to this massive volcano.  Or maybe it’s just the time of year. … Read More

Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows Open Today, Sat, Sun | Weekend Operations/Conditions Report

Squaw Valley’s Alpine Meadows will be open today, Saturday, and Sunday.  It’s going to be a fun weekend, but it’s gonna be windy and not that warm compared to the … Read More

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Lower Trestles, CA Pro Day 1 Video Highlights | Skate Ramp Waves

Day 1 of of the Nike Lowers Pro ASP surfing competition went down a few days ago at San Clemente, CA. The waves were smallerish (4 foot with some bigger … Read More

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Lightning Time-Lapse of Storm that CLOSED Squaw Last Week

Remember that lightning storm that closed Squaw Valley last week?  This video is taken from the same day albeit a different exact zone of the Sierras.  But, this gives you … Read More

Photo of missing skier Boris

Missing Eastern Sierra, CA Skier | Please Help

There is currently a skier missing in the Eastern Sierras near Tioga Pass, CA.  This skier, Boris Avdeev, is suspected to have been skiing in the Dana Couloir/Cocaine Chute area … Read More

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Woodward Tahoe WalkThru Video | RollerSkis & Boards | This Place is Going to be Sick

We were skeptical of the rollerskis & boards at first.  But after seeing them in action, we’re convinced.  This set up is gonna be sick. Not only are you going … Read More

Melting snow...

Sierra Nevada Snowpack @ 40% of Average | Capital Public Radio Article

Captial Public Radio, an NPR station from Sacramento, is reporting that the Sierra Nevada snowpack’s water content is only 40% of normal to date.   Unofficial has a phone meeting … Read More

Mike Weiner flashes

The Line of the Week !! – Marhanken’s @ Alpine Meadows

The Line of the Week Alpine Meadow’s, California Marhanken’s The plan was to shoot sicky park shots at Squaw. With the help of Mike Weiner it was all lined up. … Read More

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Ski Resorts Still OPEN in North America:

This is a comprehensive list of the ski resorts still open in North America.  The Canadian Rockies received record snow this year (Sunshine Village = 406 inches thus far) and … Read More

The author rippin some wind buff at 9,500' on Mount Hood's Cooper Spur.

Mt Hood, Cooper Spur: Backcountry Conditions

This tour turned out to be a blessing.  With a bleak, rainy forecast we planned on climbing in thick cloud and skiing in mush.  What we got was the complete … Read More

Truckee cop car

Man Fires Gunshot in Truckee Near Schools | Three Public Schools Put on “Lockdown”

A crazy man fired a single gunshot today within 0.6 miles of 3 Truckee public schools.  Truckee Elementary School, Truckee High School, and the Sierra Continuation School were all put … Read More

Matt skis a rib of the Monitor Ridge with Mt Adams in the background

Mt Saint Helens: Backcountry Conditions Report

This ski tour started out as so many in the Pacific North West: warm and wet.  With a perpetual low pressure forecast, we weren’t expecting great ski conditions.  Or even visibility … Read More

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Wind, Snow, & Cold Thursday @ Lake Tahoe | The Last Storm of the Year?

Will this be the last storm of the year for Tahoe?  It’ll definitely be the last storm for Squaw as they close on Sunday.  Alpine is open for two more … Read More