When coastal storms hit the Sierras, it’s time to go “billy goating” for powder, skiing all the steep granite faces that usually don’t hold snow. This past week Tahoe was hit with an epic 6-day storm unloading 5-plus feet of fresh snow. I started the week storm skiing on KT-22 and checking out how some of my favorite lines were starting to fill in. We rode some of the best lines on the upper mountain and then pillaged the “rooms of rock”—skiing all the nooks and crannies for the last stashes of fresh powder. Once the mountain gets skied out, having a sled is optimal. Advances in snowmobile technology allow you to continue hunting for powder turns deep in the backcountry. The new sleds, as fun as they are to ride, also enable a skier to access regions that you might not be able to physically reach without motorized assistance. But with access comes responsibility. Be prepared by having a beacon, shovel, probe and a good partner you can trust, as well as prepping yourself by taking an avalanche course with a trained backcountry pro.
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