La Niña is not being shy this time around. A massive surge of cold snow storms pounded the Sierra this last week starting off the season with unbelievable conditions; it’s reported that up to 8 feet of snow fell in the upper elevations. We checked in with TWS photo contributors from North Lake Tahoe, over to South Lake, and on down to Mammoth for some photo evidence. “It’s cold up here with the temps reminiscent of February, it’s bottomless, and we’re shredding everywhere” are some of the comments I heard when I spoke with South Lake Tahoe lensman Terren Gomez. So leave your rock boards in the garage, grab your best shred stick, and go shred. It’s soooo good.
"This was the perfect storm," said Andy Chapman, tourism director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. "It came in fast, dropped a ton of snow, setting us up with superior snow conditions and skiing for the holiday weekend. Boarding at Thanksgiving is what Lake Tahoe is all about."
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North Tahoe digs out. The heavy snow removal artillery had to be broken out to clean things up. PHOTO: Eric Asistin
A full spectrum of the North Lake scene once the storm started to lift. Straight from the Mikey Basich's 241 compound, to KT-22 at Squaw Valley, to the streets of Truckee. PHOTOS: (clockwise) Mikey Basich, Shawn Griser, and Seth Lightcap
Ryland Bell chutes into another winter ripping a North Tahoe line mid-November after the Sierra's first major snowfall. PHOTO: Seth Lightcap
North East facing slopes along the Sierra Crest got creamed with up to eight feet of snow. Sugar Bowl's Mt. Disney opened the day before Thanksgiving with a snowpack that rivals most January conditions. PHOTO: Seth Lightcap
Donner Summit went from a craggy boulder field to a shredder's playground full of pillows and drifted panels over the course of the weekend. Brian Bozack carved off a slice of Donner on Thanksgiving. PHOTO: Seth Lightcap
Down to South Lake Tahoe it was the same looking scene; face shots, snow removal, and opening of the local resorts. PHOTOS (clockwise): Kyle McCoy, Terren Gomez, Kyle McCoy, Tim Peare, and Terren Gomez
Cody Lewis, Preacher's poke at Sierra At Tahoe. PHOTO: Terren Gomez
Born and raised South Shore loc, Jimi Tomer jibbing in the grandma's trees of Sierra At Tahoe. PHOTO: Terren Gomez
Cody Lewis blasting out of the Sierra trees with a tweaked slob. PHOTO: Terren Gomez
Rosemarie Daiek takes charge and sends it off of a cliff deep in the Palisades Bowl at Kirkwood. PHOTO: Josh Otto
Home to North America's deepest snow, Kirkwood's open top to bottom. L-R Adam DeVargas lays down one of those "bottomless" turns while Casey Lucas pops over a rock face. PHOTOS: Josh Otto
A Thanksgiving storm to remember. Same snow madness down at Mammoth. The Jackson brothers Eric and John completely stoked. PHOTO: Peter Morning
John Jackson knows how to grab the tail properly and with style. Mammoth Mountain. PHOTO: Peter Morning
More pow slashes and endless faceshots. L-R John Jackson, Steve Klassen & John Jackson, and Eddie Wall. PHOTO: Peter Morning
After a well-timed break from the storm to feast on Thanksgiving turkey, more snow is in the forecast for the holiday weekend, on a much smaller scale than the big storm that started a week ago, and brought up to 8 feet of the white stuff to the region’s higher-elevation areas.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Reno, with as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow expected at lake level, and 6 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet.
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