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  1. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Whoa. That's a great set of ticks. I'm somewhat interested in Giant's Steps, but I can't confirm whether it's above my pay grade or not. Good year to move to BC!
    Did you read the latest issue of Back Country where they do a little feature on that line?

  2. #27
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    Hells.Fucking.Yes.

    Stoke is dead. Long live Stoke!

  3. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    Insto hall of fame. Holy hell, what a ski mecca that place is on a big year.
    Honestly, it's a ski mecca in an average year. But apparently we don't have those any more. Feast or famine and whatnot.

    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Did you read the latest issue of Back Country where they do a little feature on that line?
    I haven't, but I'd like to see it. I know the approach is heinous and it's easy to get lost though.

  4. #29
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    There was another article in Powder? or another magazine from 8 years ago that featured Pondella and someone else, maybe Power Dan (Dave?) hitting that...

    Link to the article:

    https://backcountrymagazine.com/stor...h-sierra-line/
    Aggressive in my own mind

  5. #30
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    June

    I like the Eastern Sierra.


    So much.


    On my last day of the season, whatsupdoc and I skied this couloir.

    Skier: whatsupdoc

    Itís on a guidebook.



    Skier: whatsupdoc



    Skier: whatsupdoc


    Skier: whatsupdoc


    Photo: whatsupdoc


    So that was last season. I have a demanding job and a family, so obviously I had to make sacrifices to make it happen. But I regret nothing. It was awesome.

    Meanwhile, itís in the mid-50ís in Tahoe right now, it hasnít snowed for three weeks, and there was hardly any snow in December. Itís pretty depressing. But itíd be a helluva more depressing if last season werenít so great.

  6. #31
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    Your 2017 Sierra accomplishments would take me many years. Awesome you got pinner and Tom in good conditions, not very common.

    For all the snow at your house, would it be better to give up on shoveling and pack down walkways? I guess the driveway would have to be plowed.

  7. #32
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    ^^ Tahoe last year was crazy, it was a ton of shoveling just to keep walkways open or for those with flat roofs just keeping the building from collapsing. This was the front of my place in Truckee (at a mere 6400 feet) on Jan 23rd... it snowed more later that week. By this point the back of the house and deck were buried and we had given up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoarhey View Post
    There was another article in Powder? or another magazine from 8 years ago that featured Pondella and someone else, maybe Power Dan (Dave?) hitting that...

    Link to the article:

    https://backcountrymagazine.com/stor...h-sierra-line/
    Ah, thanks. I'd recommend picking up the entire issue. Has a lot of Eastern Sierra history... red line, etc. Very well done.

  8. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Whoa. That's a great set of ticks. I'm somewhat interested in Giant's Steps, but I can't confirm whether it's above my pay grade or not. Good year to move to BC!
    Now if only I could take pics like yours...

    Feel free to hit me up if you want beta on GS. Might be another few years before we get a big enough season for it to go again though!

  9. #34
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    Awesome work man! Thanks for posting. Its a shame this couldn't go in the ski snowboard thread

  10. #35
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    i wanted to ski before this INCREDIBLE drool-a-thon now I feel that I need to ski, maybe I can scrape out some turns tomorrow
    Like I told my last wife, I never drive faster than I can see, besides it's all in the reflexes.

  11. #36
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    meh.



    FS: 2014 Canfield Yelli Screamy - aggressive, all-mountain 29er hardtail. https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...-29er-hardtail

    FS: Scarpa Maestrale RS https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...a-Maestrale-RS

  12. #37
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    A thing of beauty. Thanks for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Your 2017 Sierra accomplishments would take me many years. Awesome you got pinner and Tom in good conditions, not very common.

    For all the snow at your house, would it be better to give up on shoveling and pack down walkways? I guess the driveway would have to be plowed.
    Yeah, we felt lucky about getting both in such good conditions.

    We had to shovel constantly. If we had given up, we would have probably lost our two rear decks (like many neighbors did) and the walkways would have become impassable. And we had to shovel and snowblow like hell to keep our bearbox accessible for garbage pickup. (Props to the local waste disposal, who kept things running nearly the whole time.)

    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    ^^ Tahoe last year was crazy, it was a ton of shoveling just to keep walkways open or for those with flat roofs just keeping the building from collapsing. This was the front of my place in Truckee (at a mere 6400 feet) on Jan 23rd... it snowed more later that week. By this point the back of the house and deck were buried and we had given up.

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    That's awesome. I wish I had taken more photos of the neighborhood and things like the local Raley's, where a quarter of the parking spaces were occupied with 25' high mounds of snow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Burton View Post
    i wanted to ski before this INCREDIBLE drool-a-thon now I feel that I need to ski, maybe I can scrape out some turns tomorrow
    I'd say "let's get out" but I don't know what we'd ski. If you ever want to do an early morning fitness skin up Diamond Peak, give me a shout.

  14. #39
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    So good. At one point when I was bored this summer I reread the entire Eastside Conditions thread since I had mostly been too busy skiing all winter. I then realized how much awesome stuff you guys had done and was jealous, even as rad as my season had been.

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