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05-03-2014 08:02 PM
ridinbend
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Originally Posted by mhaas View Post
DUH. That's why its easier to have a snowmobile service that tows your butt up a mountain. Less snow to get bogged down in. Have you ever tried riding a snowmobile in Denver? its a nightmare.
I didn't know it was legal to ride sleds on the roads in Denver. Sounds crazy.
05-03-2014 04:43 PM
mhaas DUH. That's why its easier to have a snowmobile service that tows your butt up a mountain. Less snow to get bogged down in. Have you ever tried riding a snowmobile in Denver? its a nightmare.
04-30-2014 06:32 PM
Kenai
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Originally Posted by VincentOlenik View Post
Tahoe doesn't really get the amount of snow Denver gets...
Wha?
04-30-2014 06:32 PM
VincentOlenik does anyone know of any places that take you back country riding with snow mobiles in Tahoe? I was temped to just buy my own snowmobile but I don't want another thing laying around all summer long that takes up space.
04-30-2014 05:50 PM
VincentOlenik
Tahoe

I have lived in Reno, NV for the past 3 winters. I know at the Vail resorts they do a really good job of blasting for avalanches before they open the mountains. When the storms are really good, the top parts of the mountains are usually closed due to high winds.

As far as "back country" goes, just get a good powder board that is capable of being ridden on the groomed trails as well. I purchased the Ride Slack Country online for far less than they wanted in the stores and it seriously has been an amazing board.

Heavenly has some great places for tree's, Kirkwood does as well. The best part is that most of it is chair accessible (although to get to the really good stuff you will have to hike). If you do get hurt, there are usually a fair amount of people so screaming for help is a viable option and as long as you stay "in bounds" ski patrol will come to get you.

Tahoe doesn't really get the amount of snow Denver gets, but it is great during a good storm and the day after. Make sure you have chains and 4wd or the people at the road blocks will not let you pass.
01-27-2014 06:35 AM
killclimbz
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Originally Posted by dbrownie19 View Post
Thanks for the speedy response guys-- much appreciated.

How does Tahoe backcountry compare to CO or Utah? Also, do you know if there are any clubs, groups or guides to link up with? I think I may like to get a taste of what's out here before investing in 3-day course.

Thanks again!
The snow packs are of a different nature in Utah and Colorado. The L1 would cover the basics but it is also tailored to the snowpack in the region. You would miss a lot taking it out of state imo.

I know it hasn't been great in the PNW either but they did have snow last time I checked. Similar snow pack to the Sierras there. If you wanted to travel to take your L1, that would be the spot.
01-27-2014 06:31 AM
killclimbz
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Originally Posted by ridinbend View Post
I know. Supposed to be ironic haha bad joke.
Ha! My bad.
01-27-2014 12:21 AM
scotty100 You'll have to wait to next season then cos there ain't nothing up there at the moment...
01-26-2014 11:03 PM
dbrownie19 Thanks for the speedy response guys-- much appreciated.

How does Tahoe backcountry compare to CO or Utah? Also, do you know if there are any clubs, groups or guides to link up with? I think I may like to get a taste of what's out here before investing in 3-day course.

Thanks again!
01-26-2014 12:06 PM
ridinbend
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Any L1 course should have on snow time. I am pretty sure it is required by AAIRE and AAA (American Avalanche Association).

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I know. Supposed to be ironic haha bad joke.
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