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Every winter morning in Tahoe National Forest is a gift. We wake up, beat the sun and get to ride the wave down to do it all again. I was lucky enough to get to ride this morning with some of the best. My best friend Iris Lazzareschi and Moss Holliday. We watched the sun rise over the clouds. It was brutally cold but we got some of the best powder I’ve ever ridden. This place is magical, special and surreal. I hope it stays that way. We always leave no trace except our tracks that will one day disappear for us to rewrite the next story as we continue to Live the Life we Love.
Sunrise mission for the goods.
Sounds divine! Only see one photo, though. Are there more? (please say YES!)
Mike in NC
We spent a divine week at Lake Tahoe four years ago in March when the ski slopes were still open. Can’t wait to go back someday.
Backcountry powder earned by your own sweat is the sweetest pow there is.
Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)
That is such a cool picture! It could be a still from a movie or a book cover
Nice. I prefer Heavenly or Kirkwood. Let the chairlifts do the uphill stuff.
Chacal Charles Calthrop
You are no doubt aware of this but maybe not all jackals are:
in short, Mark Twain attempted to homestead Lake Tahoe, which was famous even then for its beauty. The enterprise ended badly, of course, but it makes for entertaining reading.
@Chacal Charles Calthrop:
“Roughing It” warrants revisiting often. His Tahoe misadventures are one of many equally memorable stops and to visit today is to ponder what it must have been like before it got mobbed at a destination resort.
I enjoy comparing Twain and Muir, who write about the same country approximately the same time, but in vastly different voices–Muir is mired in frilly Victorian prose and Twain is sparse and direct.
@Wag: Amen, brother. My husband and I live for this stuff.
Oh, no! I saw your comment and remembered. She had only sent in one photo, and I wrote back with basically what you said. She sent more photos as email attachments and I meant to add them to her post but forgot until this very minute!
I will add those to the post and will re-run it next week.
Okay, I added the other files just now.
So sorry, Alison!
It’s fine being out at night if you know where you are and how to get from A to B. I worked many years on trains over the Sierras and have a number of times stopped the train in order to pick up a cross country skier who was on the railroad right of way at night (and day time) when they had gotten lost from Donner Ski Ranch. Funny thing about railroad tracks and snow. When it snows, you cannot see the tracks and it looks like a nice wide trail of smooth snow to follow.
Chacal Charles Calthrop
@trollhattan: yes, but Twain by his own admission set the place on fire. Muir at least didn’t do that.
@StringOnAStick: Looking forward to maybe a winter 14er ascent in the next few weeks.
@namekarB: Wow, would love to read more about your experiences working on the trains some time if you ever feel like writing/sharing about it!
Ty for these gorgeous pictures, Alison. Amazing.
@WaterGirl: More awesomeness! Yeah!
Nice looking photos.
Something about a chemical plant explosion in West Virginia. Sorry to harsh everyone’s buzz, but it sounds bad. About 10 pm EST 12/8/2020
@namekarB: I’m glad you stopped the trains! Sounds like you have some interesting stories.
Alison, please let Moss know the pics are astonishing! And you all are total badasses. And also why no downhill pics!? :)
Snowy mountains have a frozen stark beauty that IMO only deep space nebulae and similar phenomena can match.
I’ve hiked at night, and it was too eerie for me. I admire you for skiiing at night, in the dark, with tree wells all over the place.
@Betsy: There’s info on Twitter: Chemours chemical plant, in Belle. A shelter-in-place has been ordered for a 2-mile radius around the plant.
@Chacal Charles Calthrop:
Muir went hiking into a forest fire.
@CaseyL: Some more information. Sounds like there’s not a lot of information right now.
The pics are definitely beautiful, but so is my discovery that another correctly-spelled-Alison hangs out here :)
So peaceful and so cold. Thanks for showing me the back country I could never reach myself. I do love Tahoe, even the touristy bits.
@Benw: That’s what I thought! We demand the downhill pics! :-)
Honestly, they may have been having too much fun skiing to bother with pictures.
@Alison Rose: Agree with you on the spelling. Two lls is a surname not a girl’s name.
We have a winner. Beautiful scenes, but makes me shiver inside my warm bath robe.
I live in Vegas and traveled to Tahoe to spend Thanksgiving with my partner, who works up there (he’s hospitality industry and there are no jobs in Vegas, so we have to live apart for a while). The night before I drove home we circumnavigated the lake, the snow covered world glowing under the full moon. “Magical” doesn’t begin to describe it. I’ve never been in the mountains before and it was an astounding experience – waking every morning to ravens; going everywhere and doing everything under towering pines with cones so big I could barely hold them in one hand; air so crisp and clean and sunlight so bright and sky so deep blue it was like being on another planet.
@Wag: We just moved to OR and are looking forward to a whole new bunch of backcountry places to ski. The season started off quite well here and our stuff will final be trucked here next week so we’re about to get our skis. I can hardly wait!
Which peak are you headed up?
@kindness: enjoy the resorts! We’ll be working hard to play harder! And yes we were having WAY too much fun to shoot downhill shots! Plus I believe the ones that did get shot were for product advertisement. Thanks guys! It was a special day with an inversion that made for a jaw dropping sunrise.
@WaterGirl: All good! Looks good now!!! Thank you
@Alison Rose: heck yes!!!!
@BigJimSlade: WAY too much fun!!!! It was glorious, face shots all day.
@Benw: will do! And Thank You. Just doing what we truly Love
@namekarB: oh we know where we are going. We have maps incase. But always plan ahead, we know our slopes and have many alternate plans should weather turn our day around.