We arrived back in Reno to the aftermath of all those Pacific storms pulling tropical moisture up from Hawaii and cold cold air from the Gulf of Alaska. Unfortunately, we were boldly going where [many] others had gone before. Still, we managed to find some untracked powder here and there, and spent some quality time getting the lay of the land around Lake Tahoe.
finding the crowds
The next day we decided to check out Castle Peak, which is in Donner Pass at the northern end of Lake Tahoe.
Where we’d seen no one on Waterhouse Peak the previous day, the Castle Peak area was filled with happy sledders, snowshoers, snowboarders, ski tourers and even a few campers. And many, many tracks. But at least we got to cross under I-80 to get there and pay $5 to park. Ain’t in Turnagain Pass no more!