East Side and Tahoe: Part 1

Spring Break 2015- I had plans to camp near Conundrum Hot Springs from around Wednesday to Saturday with a couple friends, one being my main ski partner, Marc.  It was Tuesday and I hadn’t talked to Marc in a few days. I called him up to talk about our plans. Turns out some things came up and the trip I had in my head changed to a shorter trip that would most likely include only one day of skiing at Crested Butte. I had just bought my first splitboard several weeks prior and hadn’t had the opportunity to ride it yet. I was really hoping to take it out and get some bc lines in. I decided to opt out of this revised plan knowing my friends would be bummed, but I had other sights in mind. I was frustrated, spring break was over in less than a week and I wanted to get some epic skiing in. The impulsive side of me kicked in and I called up my buddy Keegan who lives out in Tahoe. Keegan gets after it more than anyone I know, the go to guy. He answered the phone and I asked him what he was doing the rest of the week and how he would feel if I drove out to Tahoe that day. To no surprise, he said he was planning a short camping trip down to the East Side to shred some couloirs. PERFECT, I’ll meet you there. I said fuck it and by 1pm I was on the road- me, my splitboard, and a sleeping bag.


Fast forward a 16hr  car ride and a night in Beaver, Utah, and I was in California. It was around 3 in the afternoon and I knew Keegan and Sasha +friends would be skiing, so I planned on just finding their campsite and hanging out until they got back. I remembered from talking to Keegan earlier, that they had planned on skiing the Bloody Couloir. I decided to Google Image the line on my phone and start driving around to look for its area. Unexpectedly, I found it pretty quickly. I gave Keegan a call to see how they were doing, and it just so happened to be right when they were topping out. I took a look through my binoculars and could see them waving and jumping up and down. I FOUND MY FRIENDS! Good thing, cause I was 16 hours away from home and in an area I had never been before. I got to watch my friends ski the Bloody Couloir through my binoculars. It was a sweet one!

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The rest of the day we grilled, drank beers, and talked about where we would ski the next morning. One beer led to another, which led to drinking whiskey in a hot spring, naked under the stars.

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