Unofficial Alpine

The author skiing the Muir Snowfield. Flat but firm. Photo: Matt Paul.

Mt Rainier: Backcountry Report

While we were able to get a few fun turns without feeling like we were trapped inside a ping pong ball whiteout, now ain’t the time for skiing Mount Rainier. … Read More

Dan Hurley skis naked and plays "The Final Countdown" in the Chugach. First descent?

The Line of the Week !! – The Chugach BN

The Line of the Week Point’s North Touring Camp – Chugach Mountains, Alaska You never know which way your day will turn. There we were, deep in the Chugach. The … Read More

precipitation forecast

Lake Level Snow in Tahoe Basin This Week | …6-9” Possible Above 8,000 Feet

On Saturday & Sunday we had temperatures of 74F and 73F.  By Thursday, we’re gonna be looking at lake level snow.  Spring in California is “Cybil.” Tahoe is going to … Read More

Lightning closes Squaw today

Lighting CLOSES Squaw Today | Get Off Lake Tahoe NOW!

Squaw Valley shut down today due to lightning strikes at about 2:30pm. “Lightning and thunder have us shut down for the day. If you are on the hill, time to … Read More

Sunset on Mount Shasta's Casaval Ridge

Backcountry Conditions Report: Mt Shasta

Mount Shasta is primed and ready for an awesome corn cycle.  Above 10,ooo’ the mountain is smooth and flat everywhere and just waiting for a nice melt. Usually this time … Read More

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Record Highs for Lake Tahoe This Weekend | 73ºF Saturday, 74ºF Sunday

This past weekend was even hotter than they’d forecasted.  Damn near 75F in South Lake.  How much longer is our snow gonna stay around with temps like this? A … Read More

The meteor that hit Lake Tahoe is likely a touch smaller than the meteor shown here...

Meteor Hits Lake Tahoe Basin | Loud “Boom” Shakes Houses

At around 8am, a large boom was heard across Lake Tahoe, CA today. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has received reports of a meteor strike near Kingsbury Grade in … Read More

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Miss Superpark Comp @ Squaw This Week

50 of the Earth’s top female snowboarders will be at Squaw Valley USA this week, Monday thru Thursday.   They’ll be here for Miss Superpark #8. SOME OF THE BIG … Read More


Smoking Weed & Skiing – A Winning California Combination?

Happy 4/20 to all the cannabis loving happy people out there.  Of course, today is also Hitler’s birthday, the anniversary of the gulf oil spill and Columbine shooting so it’s a weird day … Read More

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Tahoe = Record High Temps This Weekend | 70F on Sat, 71F on Sun

15-20 degrees above normal is a lotta degrees above normal… This just might be our first hint that summer is coming.  As little as 7 days ago, it was cold … Read More

Praxis Represent

2012 Praxis Skis Blowout Sale | Use the Unofficial Coupon Code Inside for a Bigger Discount!!!

Lake Tahoe based Praxis Skis are “handcrafted in the Sierra Nevada Mountains”. Owner and operator Keith O’Meara has been at it for a few years now, and along with his … Read More

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This Year vs. Last Year vs. Average Year | Lake Tahoe Snow Totals

March and April really were huge for Tahoe.  Without all the snow that fell during those two months, we’da been hurting pretty bad and it really coulda been the worst … Read More

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5 Rapid Fire, Hideously NAKED Backflips | Shane McConkey Tribute

5 naked backfllips in a row?  Then 3 more naked tricksters?  All off the same jump in bounds at a ski resort?  G.N.A.R. At this point in the year, it … Read More

Point's North Touring Base Camp

The Line of the Week !! – Tweezer Couloir

The Line of the Week
 Point’s North Touring Camp – Chugach Mountains, Alaska Tweezer Couloir Last week I had the great fortune of spending a week with Points North’s Heli-Assisted … Read More

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Squaw-Alpine Connect CLOSED Again Today | Wet Avalanche Danger

The Squaw-Alpine Connect was closed once again today.  It was expected to open monday, announced to open today, and hopefully will be open tomorrow. Today the concern was wet snow … Read More

Freaked out?

The 2011/12 Ski/Board Season is Almost Over | Does That Freak You Out?

If you’re a snow freak, this should be freaking you out right about now.   The 2011/12 ski season is almost over.  In many places throughout the West, we aren’t … Read More

Squaw Shot

KT BACKCOUNTRY GATE | Squaw’s First Backcountry Gate! Official Word From Squaw

Here is the official word from Squaw Valley concerning the new “soon to be OPEN” KT Backcountry Gate.  OFFICIAL WORD FROM SQUAW:  Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, in conjunction with … Read More

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5th Annual TRAINS Event by High Fives Foundation

TRAiNS 2012 presented by High Fives Foundation to help spread the mission of the non-profit. Volkl Skis, Marker Bindings, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley supported this event that brought Nick … Read More

White Wolf access postponed

Squaw-Alpine Connect = *POSTPONED*

We’ve just found out that the Squaw-Alpine interconnect will be Postponed.  It was scheduled to happen today.  The mountains are all ready and the cat tracks are in, but something … Read More

White Wolf terrain.  photo:  Travis Ganong

Squaw-Alpine Connect OPEN for 1st Time Ever

UPDATE:  SQUAW-ALPINE CONNECT = *POSTPONED* Tomorrow, we will legally leave Squaw’s boundary for the first time and more importantly, get to ski some of the mysterious White Wolf zone for the … Read More

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Vail Finalizes Kirkwood Deal for $18 Million

Vail has officially finalized their purchase of Kirkwood ski resort in California for $18 million.   Shareholders of seller Kirkwood Mountain Development, including that company’s CEO David Likins and CFO Nathan … Read More


Tonite’s Tahoe Storm FURTHER Downgraded | Down to Only 8”-12” Above 7,000 Feet

What we feared would happen is happening.  Once they start downgrading a storm, it usually continues.  This storm is no exception.  The advisory level has now been degraded from a … Read More

Taylor Lyman on Mount Baker’s opening day. photo: Grant Gunderson

The 20 Deepest Snowpacks in North America

This is a report on the deepest snowpacks at ski resorts in North America that are currently open as of April 11th, 2012. The Snow Clearly Fell in the Northwest … Read More

Woodward tahoe under construction

A Video Sneak Peak at Woodward Tahoe | Hucking Your Meat on Skis with Wheels

Woodward Tahoe is going to change things around here.  We think that you could get better at skiing hitting the ramps and tramps everyday versus skiing all summer in South … Read More

Ben Paciotti airing Delaurier's.

The Line of the Week !! – Early Ups on Granite

On our way back up the lift we noticed Granite Peak glowing in the glory of the morning sun. It was audible time. Along with Squaw skier Ben Paciotti, Rylan … Read More


Winter Storm Watch Issued for Lake Tahoe, CA | 1-2 Feet Above 7,000 ft

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Lake Tahoe Thursday – Friday. This is gonna be a big week for Lake Tahoe.  Perhaps the last big snow of the … Read More