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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    That's a sheep. That's how they roll in NZ.
    Avalanche poodle
    Even sometimes when I'm snowboarding I'm like "Hey I'm snowboarding! Because I suck dick, I'm snowboarding!" --Dan Savage

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    ^^ Check out ASI (http://alpineskills.com/) right in truckee. Been around for like 30 years so they've got it figured out pretty well. Took avy 1 with them last year and it was solid.

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    ASI is definitely a solid choice. I'll also suggest Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars, which is Randall Osterhuber's clinic. Randall's a snow scientist, forecaster, and SAR guy so he brings a lot to the table beyond the straight AIARE curriculum.

    LTCC is the cheapest option but not very convenient from Truckee.

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    Yeah, ASI is the go-to.

    Lake Tahoe Community College runs an excellent course that many folks here have taken as well.

    Mountain Adventure Seminars is great too. They're out of Bear Valley and I really enjoyed my Level I I took with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    Well it's not Magic but I'm riding the Matterhorn in October.
    Hit us up for Yosemite

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~mikey b View Post
    Hit us up for Yosemite
    we might be able to do that. if the coast is to cool, we'll drive inland and find you. will we need chains
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    My yard five days ago . . . .

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    Something, something . . . winter is coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    Hey guys, I'm really hoping to take my level 1 avy course this year and I'm looking for a little bit of direction. I've done a handful of backcountry trips but all of them were late spring and early summer with no fresh snow and little danger of a wet slide. I have all the necessary gear, based in Truckee and I've checked out the sierra avalanche center website but I don't really know which course provider to start with? I was hoping one of you could steer me in the proper direction. Thanks in advance.
    Alpenglow Expeditions ran a great course. Last year, the course was hosted at the Cedar House hotel, which was nice. Field days were in Negro Canyon and Donner Summit areas. https://alpenglowexpeditions.com/exp...lanche-course/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    . . . winter is coming.
    For whatever it's worth, I just saw the fuzziest caterpillar I've ever seen today.
    Supposedly the furrier they are, the bigger the winter.
    Or it could all be just a bunch of BS.
    "The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."

  10. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    Hey guys, I'm really hoping to take my level 1 avy course this year and I'm looking for a little bit of direction. I've done a handful of backcountry trips but all of them were late spring and early summer with no fresh snow and little danger of a wet slide. I have all the necessary gear, based in Truckee and I've checked out the sierra avalanche center website but I don't really know which course provider to start with? I was hoping one of you could steer me in the proper direction. Thanks in advance.
    Check out Tahoe Mountain School. They offer AIARE L.1's in Truckee.
    Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition.

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    I've heard great things about Donner Summit Seminars as well. I took my level 2 at LTCC last winter and it was great.

    Looks like I will be the minority at this point, but I sent my friend in the ASI direction last winter and was blown away to find out who they had teaching the level 1. They have a history of having great instructors (I used them in 2007 for my level 1), so talk around before you drop the major $$$ for the course. Or play it safe with DS Seminars/LTCC/etc.

    May just be a hiccup for them, but my .02 FWIW.
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    Awesome, you guys rock. I appreciate all of the info and insight. I know alot of folks haven't released their schedule of courses for this upcoming winter but should I plan on it being a Friday through Sunday deal or does anyone do weekday courses?

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    Back in this beezy with some data from a few SNOTEL stations of interest. Since I had to create a new account, I can't post images yet. Just wait, there will be pics-a-plenty for all yo snow nerd needz.

    Over the past 37 winters (water years 1980-2016), here is the date in November when there is at least 1" of snow water equivalent (~6-12" of snow) on the ground, more than 50% of the time:

    Sonora Pass: 11th
    Heavenly Valley: 12th
    Echo Peak: 9th
    Truckee: 26th
    Squaw Valley Gold Coast: 10th (hence the 2016/17 opening date estimates?)
    Donner Summit (CSSL): 20th

    I'll post up a map once I can.

    Just for fun, the correlation between the average maximum Tahoe City Cross SNOTEL Sept 1-Oct 15 temperature and Oct 1-March 1 Precipitation total is 0.00476 (p=0.727).

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    Even sometimes when I'm snowboarding I'm like "Hey I'm snowboarding! Because I suck dick, I'm snowboarding!" --Dan Savage

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    I feel like we need "Make Tahoe Deep Again" stickers... great thread title.
    Certainly gets my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Gillis View Post
    Awesome, you guys rock. I appreciate all of the info and insight. I know alot of folks haven't released their schedule of courses for this upcoming winter but should I plan on it being a Friday through Sunday deal or does anyone do weekday courses?
    http://www.tahoemountainschool.com/courses/avalanche
    Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition.

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    Those ^^^ all look like F-Su or Sa-M to me. I think the others will be pretty much the same, except perhaps during holidays (Xmas, "ski week"). But if you can get a group together I'm sure you can schedule something midweek.

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    Live stream of the Keep Squaw True & Sierra Watch community meeting and Tahoe City tonight

    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SierraWatch/...d59/07162d2cc8
    Even sometimes when I'm snowboarding I'm like "Hey I'm snowboarding! Because I suck dick, I'm snowboarding!" --Dan Savage

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    MAKE TAHOE DEEP AGAIN ~ 2016/17 OFISHUL SNOW/FOOD/WHINE & STOKE THREAD

    Days 8-12



    Days 12-16



    Glad to see moisture..

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    Agreed

    Agreed

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    Tomorrow is October 1st. Now it's time to start getting serious.


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    Ruin and Rose tonight at Squaw. Who's going?
    Even sometimes when I'm snowboarding I'm like "Hey I'm snowboarding! Because I suck dick, I'm snowboarding!" --Dan Savage

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    The thread title inspired this creation. Put me down for wanting an "average" year again, also.
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    Even sometimes when I'm snowboarding I'm like "Hey I'm snowboarding! Because I suck dick, I'm snowboarding!" --Dan Savage

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    I feel like we need "Make Tahoe Deep Again" stickers... great thread title.
    Indeed. Strong work.

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    Or, short cut to the Weather Geek! ~The Dad~
    Sadly, I cannot take credit. Lawyer, not meteorologist.

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    www.beatthetraffic.com - good maps for Bay Area and SAC 'to
    These days, I think Google is more reliable.



    FWIW, if you're looking to do Avy I on the relative cheap, I think that there will likely be another NSP course this year. NSP Eastern Sierra Region will list them on their page. Tends to be weekender-oriented.
    not counting days 2016-17

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