By Bryan Allegretto, Forecaster Posted 7 years ago January 15, 2017

January 14, 2017: The Aftermath at Kirkwood!

Lake dwellers emerged from their homes yesterday, squinted into the sunlight and marveled at the incredible volume of snow that blanketed everything in sight.  The storm began to clear upThursday and Cal Trans workers were finally able to put the hammer down on snow removal and open up Carson Pass Thursday afternoon. Eager powder hounds and weekenders are now rushing out to enjoy the aftermath of what some called “The Snowpocolypse.”

The sky is blue and the weekend warriors are spilling into Kirkwood Valley.  With a nine foot refresh on the mountain the possibilities for excellent skiing are endless!  Cornices are huckable from all angles, fingers are filled in, and chutes are ready to rip. Although powder hounds tracked up most of the mountain, there is still plenty of fresh snow hidden in the palisades and on the backside. Runs off of chair 10 are excellent but beware of the crusty top layer on Eagle Bowl and the piles of chunder down under where avalanche debris settled below The Wall.


Overall it is an awesome site to see as Tahoe finally receives an epic pounding, reminiscent of what Sierra Nevada storms used to look like before the drought. Lift lines are stacking up but it’s totally worth the wait as the snow conditions are excellent. Enjoy the soft turns and ample coverage! Happy MLK weekend!



(Trevor Smith, Kirkwood local and powder chaser)

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Bryan Allegretto


Bryan Allegretto has been writing insightful posts about snow storms for over the last 15 years and is known as Tahoe's go-to snow forecaster. BA grew up in south Jersey, surfing, snowboarding, and chasing down the storms creating the epic conditions for both.

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