After 22 feet of snow in two weeks, the Lake Tahoe area was
covered in a nice layer of white. Marc, Paul, Nancy, Erik,
Joel, Andy, and I all met in Sacramento and drove to Tahoe
for the MLK Jr. 3-day weekend to sample the snow.

Day 1: Kirkwood
I heard great stories of how Kirkwood had a wall with a lot
of steep slopes coming down from it. It certainly did, but
the snow was pretty skied up already. Marc, Paul, and I did
a quick hike up to get some less-tracked snow. Marc and I
pause for a picture at the top of our hike.

Paul heading down through the nice snow.

Marc and I decided to do another quick hike before heading down to lunch.

The view from the top.

Marc in the notch.

Coming down was pretty steep. Here Marc traverses himself
into a tight spot.

Only one way down from here.
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Marc and I hiked around the back side and then through this
notch down to some nice snow.

A video of me coming down from the notch.
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Looking back up.

Looking out to the side on a second attempt.

This time I was determined to start from higher up instead of
hiking down through the notch. I found this nice starting point.

Strapped in and surveying the snow below.

Time to drop in. It was hard to tell exactly which way was down
or if the snow below me was vertical. As I started down I realized
it was more vertical than I thought, since I dropped quite a bit
through the air before hitting snow again. This video works best
if you tilt your monitor by 90 degrees.
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Marc's turn.
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Our notch (to the left), along with some others toward the center
of the picture.

Day 2: Heavenly
Heavenly had some impressive views. After a cold and slightly
rainy start to the day, it turned out really nice. Paul got
this shot of the Nevada desert.

Meanwhile, Marc, Erik, Joel, Andy, and I headed for Killebrew
Canyon in search of fresh snow. After dropping down a nice steep
area (background) we hiked up to a saddle point and rested.

A view of where we came down.

Same view, different camera.

Paul riding a bit lower down on the mountain, still with a nice view.

After hiking up to the saddle point, we ventured along the ridge
and hiked until we reached this point, with a view on 3 sides.

Looking to the right more.

Erik and I ready to head down into Mott Canyon.

The snow had more tracks than Killebrew Canyon, but it was still nice.

Erik cruising down.
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Same action from my camera.
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Andy (I think) doing a nice drop in upper Killebrew Canyon.
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Erik coming down upper Killebrew.

Erik a little farther down. This was a really steep section.
One way to tell how steep is to realize that the tree on the right of the
picture is vertical.

Can you find 2 snowboarders in this picture? Joel and I are
traversing to some nice snow.

Joel heading down.
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My turn.
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After a couple runs in the Canyons, it was time to head back to the
California side of Heavenly. We did a couple runs through the trees
on our way there.

Almost back down now. Marc cruising through the trees next to Gunbarrel.
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My turn for some fun.

Paul's picture of the lake as the day comes to an end.

Another picture.

Yet another.

Day 3: Squaw
Paul and I resting on our first run.

Nancy and Paul.

Nancy with Heavenly in the background.

Later in the day we would explore the ridge behind me.

Nancy and Squaw Valley.

Marc, Paul, and I headed to the back side of the ridge behind Nancy
in the previous picture. Marc and I hiked up this little mound of snow
and found some untracked snow on the other side.

Time to explore the ridge.

Marc tested the rapid-fire option on my camera.

Paul looking up at us before I descend.

Another shot up.

Me coming down.
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Marc coming down.
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Marc hiking back up for round 2.

Looking back toward the rock formation we had to hike around.

Paul on top of the ridge.

Paul zoomed in a bit.

Paul looking the other way.

Marc at the same spot.

Me looking over Lake Tahoe.

Marc the mountaineer.

Paul on his first descent from the ridge.
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My second descent. I decided to jump the rock, but only the
smaller section on the right.
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Marc's second descent.
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Some pictures of Marc's descent.

After lunch we hiked up again. Paul comes down for the second time.

Marc is graceful as always.

After a nice landing over the rock in my previous attempt, I decided
to do the real thing and jump over the tallest part. Here I am suspended
in mid-air in front of the rock, just waiting, and waiting, and waiting
for the landing. It was a lot higher than I expected.

Finally, the landing. Nice soft snow made this not so bad.

Time to slough some speed and regain control.

A GIF animation of the first three shots.

Cruising in toward Marc and Paul.

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