If you paid attention at all to snowboarding during the days before Facebook, then Mike Basich needs no introduction. But while the salad days of his pro snowboarding career may be in the past, he's gotten acclaim for years for chucking it all aside to build his own off-the-grid tiny home near Donner Summit in Lake Tahoe out of 175 tons of solid rock that took two and a half years to move and finish–all by hand. The house is accessible only by snowmobile in the winter, and sits on 40 acres of land that doubles as Basich's private backcountry paradise, even counting a ropetow that Basich salvaged and installed on his property. He's also got a snowcat he runs on veggie oil and can use to plow a road for his sled or build booters for visiting jibbers. Did we mention there's a wood-fired hot tub, too? It's called Area 241, and you're going to be wanting to quit your job and build your own after watching this video.
From The Column: Base Camp
On Tuesday, following a prolonged period of heavy snowfall and fierce winds, CBS News reported that a select number of tourists are choosing to evacuate the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt by helicopter due to the extreme avalanche danger around the resort. Per CBS News, some 13,000 tourists are stranded at the resort at the bottom of the famed Matterhorn mountain because the current avalanche danger in the surrounding area has reached level five–the highest level on the avalanche-warning
After a seemingly endless stream of atmospheric rivers pounded the Sierra with snow and drought-busting rain last season, we once again see the volatility of mother nature as an extended dry period has returned to much of the western U.S and skiers across multiple states are wondering where the white stuff is here. But the first signs of change are here, in the form of a moderate storm this weekend followed by a potentially stronger storm next week. Along with high elevation snow, much needed
The west has featured decent high elevation snow this season, with spots like Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee having solid snow coverage, but in general, the early season hasn't been great to the western U.S. In fact, if you were to compare the annual snowfall at Squaw (80 inches YTD) versus Jay Peak in Vermont (185 inches YTD) you might think you were living in an opposite reality. But, fear not, all you West Coast skers and snowboarders, because the flood gates should open this week