MT Rose backcountry ski conditions in Tahoe

Mt Rose Backcountry Ski Conditions

Mt Rose Backcountry Ski Conditions


Video of ski conditions at Mt Rose Backcountry in Tahoe on December 19, 2023.

Blackbird Guides Jan + John toured the Mount Rose area today, Tuesday, December 12, 2023.  Ski quality was reported as very good, with creamy new snow around a foot deep above 8,500'.  Avalanche Conditions were CONSIDERABLE as forecast.

snowflake icon snow conditions New Snow

Above 8500' there was 10-12 inches of new dense snow and ideal for covering up obstacles in the shallow snowpack.


backcountry conditionsBackcountry Ski Conditions Ski & Ride Conditions

Snow conditions were soft and creamy on the decent.


Avalanche HazardAvalanche Hazard

Sticking to non-avalanche terrain was key to the day.  Sierra Avalanche Center was forecasting Considerable Hazard with persistent slabs and wet loose as the main avalanche problems.

John and Jan experienced long shooting cracks and collapses on north aspects and a few unstable snowpack tests as well.

Video showing a progression of snowpack tests on an unstable snowpack in the Lake Tahoe backcountry.
Shooting cracks indicating considerable avalanche hazard
Long, shooting cracks reveal the instability in the snowpack.  Cautious route finding and avoiding avalanche terrain were key today!  Photo: Jan Czyzewski.

Short term, the avalanche hazard is on the rise with this new snow load putting more stress on the weak facets at the base of the snowpack.

Long term, this storm is a much-needed addition to the snowpack and the dense, wet snow will be especially helpful in places like Mt Shasta where wet storms are needed to coat the upper mountain with snow that can stick through the spring. This storm is really helping set up the dense base we have been lacking this early season!

Make smart choices out there!

As discussed in the Sierra Avalanche Center Avalanche Forecast and information provided by our guides above, careful route finding, and avoidance of avalanche terrain are critical to not get caught in an avalanche given the touchy nature of the current snowpack! 


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