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Day 79: Best Day of the Season? « 101 Days of Winter
Day 79: Best Day of the Season?
Mar 2011 16

I know the phrase “best day of the season” gets tossed around every time there’s a morning with knee deep powder, but how about “best day of my life?”. Oh yeah, it got that good at Sierra-At-Tahoe.

It didn’t start out that way. We arrived on a typical 28 inch morning (late of course). Nothing was open. Too much snow. When they got the first chair running, I broke my snowboard binding. So a couple of hiccups, but by the sixth or so run, we noticed a curious phenomenon.

Where was everyone?

Turns out about twenty minutes after we drove by, a twenty foot wide avalanche fell across US-50. The blockage lasted for four hours. Estimates of people on the hill hovered around 250 lucky bastards.

We heard the news during endless laps, hardly every crossing tracks. No people except for your friends on a huge powder day at essentially a private ski area.

I’m calling it (and I hope I’m wrong) Best. Day. Of. The. Season.


  1. Sierra is rad as fuck, especially the workers. The repair guru fixed my snowboard in ten minutes, showed no missing-powder-day irritation, then cut me a wicked deal.
  2. The avalanche, while unplanned, happened during highway avalanche control. I’m sure it wouldn’t have slid on us. Well, pretty sure.
  3. No pictures. No video. All the memories from today are stored on the failing hard drive I call my brain. With that much snow, I just couldn’t be bothered.

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