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Kirkwood BC

Postby powderwhore » Tue Feb 17, 2004 11:03 am

OK, so I cheated a little with a lift ride. On saturday am, (2/14) hiked east out ridge from chair 4 towards Covered Wagon Peak and Melissa Coray Peak. I've been wanting to check this area out for some time, and after setting off for Kirkwood, hoping for some new snow, but not getting any, I decided to go anyway. I knew with no new snow for a few weeks and the high elevation and exposure, I expected some windblown hardpack, scouring, and ice, and I wasn't disappointed.

Plenty of bad conditions up high, with the worst of it mid way down to Emigrant Lake. Dropped in at the wide, steep couloir between the two summits and experienced a few good turns in windblown snow, then midway through I hit sheet ice and tested the limits of my splitboard's edge. The very bottom of the bowl was nice though and I got to scope out a lot of nice lines through California chutes? and the east side up from Emigrant Lake. Skinnned up the east side of the bowl for two runs looking for smoother conditions and some powder stashes. Found a little of both. From the lake I skirted around and down back to the resort.

There was evidence of a slide in the large upper bowl with the cornice at Covered Wagon Peak. Didn't see it up close but it looked like it started around the rock band below the cornice, then that might have triggered another slab above it. Fairly small release with no obvious deposition zone.

With the rain and wet snow now, I would guess that this area is not a good place to be for a while. That south end of the lake is a major avi run out zone and trap.

I should have gone to Thunder Saddle for a more protected area, but I needed to check out a new area.

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Postby jibmaster » Thu Feb 19, 2004 11:43 pm

Nice job powderwhore. I like your fascination with ice. I like ice.

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Postby powderwhore » Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:07 pm

Saturday (3/13) Got a real late start. Hiking out top of chair 4 at Kirkwood at 2:30 over to Melissa Coray Peak. Saw a few skiers take the skier's right entrance to the main couloir. I took the left entrance and found great conditions all the way down to Emigrant Lake. Got back to chair 3 just in time at 3:55.

Backside of Sister's is melting fast, but there is some incredible terrain out the south ridge from Melissa Coray Peak that I'm gonna have to get soon. Looks like a moderate skin back up from Fouth of July Lake between MC Peak and Fourth of July Peak.

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Postby powderwhore » Tue Mar 30, 2004 1:35 pm

Saturday (3/27), late afternoon, I booted up from Cornice chair to Thunder Mountain. The closer bowl was untracked, but I decided to get to the summit. There were two tracks from the summit down a pretty gnarly line. Where they dropped in, if a slab released at the top, they would have taken a ride over a rock band. I opted for a safer line skiers right. Snow was perfect powder still, but I immediately created a lot of sluff that quickly spilled down my intended line, so I had to pull out to a safe spot half way down. The rest of the run was pure bliss, finding a chute lower down, then arcing fast turns to the flats. Put on the verts and b-lined it to Martin Point for a final run back to the resort. Upper section was good, But once I got into the trees it was pure crust hell. I did find a little north facing ridge that didn't crust up. My neck is still sore from the summersaults.

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Postby backcountry » Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:20 am

I went to Kirkwood last week, for the first time in 8 years. I forgot how easy it is to get out of bounds. Hassle free, and amazing terrain. This is the best ski area for lift-access backcountry in Tahoe, hands down.

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Postby Walter Sobchak » Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:34 am

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I went to Kirkwood last week, for the first time in 8 years. I forgot how easy it is to get out of bounds. Hassle free, and amazing terrain. This is the best ski area for lift-access backcountry in Tahoe, hands down.

Mike Schwartz
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mike@thebackcountry.net
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Nice to hear those props from a North Shore boy!

Yesterday a group of us skied from Carson Pass to Kirkwood, a nice variation on the resort's OB lines. There was good corn on all aspects we skied except north, still not quite baked down and gloppy in places.

F**k it dude, let's go skiing.

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Postby powderwhore » Thu Apr 08, 2004 3:14 pm

Here's some recon/scenic photos of Kirkwood BC from March 13.

Looking south from Melisa Coray Peak.
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South side of Round Top and Sisters. Fouth of July Lake is below.
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Yum Yum. Melisa Coray Peak. Can't see the California Chutes in this photo but you can pick out some nice lines.
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OK turn your head and scope the skiers left line down California Chutes.
<img src="http://www.biglines.com/photos/blpic21835.jpg" border=0>

I'll have to figure out photoshop to work on the briteness. This was a crappy disposable. I really need a digi camera.

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Postby SLT Joe » Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:09 pm

Glad to see this forum back on the top of the list. Here's a few pictures from a "BC" trip at Kirkwood this morning.....had to beat the bullwheels. Incredible conditions for October 21st. We never hit bottom all day.

Early start (we had to be at work by 10:00):

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Incredible Desolation view at sunrise:

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Toby's first turns in the cold and dry:

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Over to the Ski School Chute for our first full run. Here's Toby:

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Sentinel Bowl was wide open and untracked. Anton:

<img src="http://www.biglines.com/photos/blpic28473.jpg" border=0>

Perfect first day of the year.

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Postby powderwhore » Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:40 pm

Love that old TR Joe.

bump to add a couple of pics from a couple weeks ago.

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Postby Dhelihiker » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:30 pm

This is a video we made out at Kal chutes

MONKEY MADNEZZ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Aqxyd8cx5g


He was bit by a monkey in Bali and he got very sick. Once or twice a year this happens.


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