The news reports are right, we finally got a good ol’ fashion Sierra-style pounding this past weekend. Local resorts reported storm totals of 3 – 6 feet, depending on elevation and orientation to the storm track.
Here at the Reno Distribution Center we saw some impressive winds, and snowfall rates in excess of 3 inches per hour (over an inch an hour is sufficient to dramatically increase avalanche risk). Local avalanche reports have mellowed out from Friday’s "Extreme" to today’s still-wary, but more mellow "Considerable."
There’s a lot of snow out there, and it’s staying pretty nice and fluffy. If you’re having a hard time getting a hold of someone here at Patagonia Reno all we can tell you is, Surf’s Up.
[Jimmy Fitz gets some of the weekend goodness. Photo: localcrew]