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Desolation Wilderness under snow

I wanted to celebrate my new year with a big day out. I wanted it to be somewhere new, and ideally involve winter snow. The latter was of particular importance because my birthday falls in what locals call ‘Juneuary.’ Corn tends to be more plentiful than powder, and typically I have to go elsewhere if I want to get my snow fix.

This year I got both of my wishes. N and I had been discussing heading back into Desolation Wilderness, and our friend Meghan kindly told us of some lines that hold winter snow weeks after a storm. Lucky for us, she wanted to play too, so a posse of four telemark skiers set out from the Emerald Bay area.

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The views were well worth the climb.

Our route involved some up, some down, lots of snow, very few people, and plenty of sunshine. And views. While I have spent a lot of time in the Desolation Wilderness, it’s been in the summer and fall mostly, so seeing it under snow gave me a whole new perspective. There are a lot of skiable lines back there!

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She was right about the snow.

Despite my inherent skepticism, Meghan was right.  You can still find untracked powder, even in Juneuary. Which we did.

It was a great start to my new year. Yes, getting older sucks, but when it’s celebrated like this, it’s actually not all that bad.

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Heading back after a fun – and full – day out.

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Jenn Gleckman

Jenn, who moved to Lake Tahoe in 1999, is a tourism marketer for local agency Strategic Marketing Group. She admits to spending as much time as possible playing outside, ideally on her skis or mountain bike.

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