I'm trien to get more into the backcountry stuff... If anyone has any good places to hike or sled to in northern california, whether it be off the trails at some resort or a mountain on the side of the road, i'd really appreciate it..
First, take a level I avy course. California has a much more stable snowpack than in Colorado, but when it decides to go it tends to be catrastrophic. You definitely want to be able to identify dangers as the kill rate seems to be much more successful for avalanches out there.
Tallac, Carson Spur, Donner Pass are all legit backcountry areas around Tahoe. There is also a lot of hikes/tours out of Alpine. Sugar Bowl has a few tours accessed from the ski area too.
Lot's of Tahoe area backcountry splitters can be found at Splitboard.com. You might post up some questions about the area there. Keep in mind, most of these guys/gals are seasoned vets. They know their stuff, and would be a very good crew to hook up with.
i'm beginning to look into the level 1 avalanche courses...unfortunately i have a final in a couple hours so i need to start studying for that. anyways i see that kirkwood offers a 3 day course- has anyone gone through them? (damn $380 for non passholders!)
As long as they are certified to give a level I course you should be good. I've seen topics about Kirkwood's program at TGR and they seem to be legit. Hop over to splitboard and post questions about avy courses in the Tahoe area. I am sure some of the guys there like san frantisco or bcrider will have some info.
If you are needing to get gear, Patroller Supply extends discounts on avy gear to those I pass along to them. They carry low end to high end beacons all at a discount already. If you are looking for a good budget beacon the Ortovox D3 is pretty dang good and gives you the digital beacon benefits. Get a metal shovel, plastics suck for removing avalanche debris. You'll want to give them a call or leave a note about the referral.
Regardless I know the gear and a course is not cheap, but don't skimp it. After all, what is your life and your friend's life worth?
nzboardlife, uh not to be a dick dude, but what does that have to do with nor cal backcountry? i mean you could very well have started a new thread asking that question. anyways im reviving this thread cause the seasons coming up and im really looking forward to some untracked unknown spots. ill do my best to document the spots i find (which will be mainly off of hwy4@ around ebbetts pass) with pics and all that good stuff.