I would strongly suggest a hammock such as the Clark NX 250 for conditions such as you describe. Even if your tarp stakes were uprooted or the tarp was damaged you'd probably be good to go in a heavy snow with the weather shield fully zipped.
I slept in 11 degree temps in a mild snow and heavy winds last year in the Adirondacks. Lots of snow swirled up under the tarp due to winds but I remained toasty/dry inside the hammock with the shield zipped up. I had a synthetic UQ and a light thermarest as insulation. You could easily get away with just an UQ if it was rated for those temps although in those conditions a good pad is great to have in case the UQ got wet.
IMO you can't beat a Clark for winter camping. It's truly a four season hammock. It's my go to hammock in the winter.
Hope that helps, Miguel
This was what first came to mind when I saw the titanium pack stoves a couple of days ago..... ;-) I think I would do a custom vestibule for the stove. Maybe add a second tarp to let me go into more of a porch mode.
Sidewinder- I can see the appeal. Heading down the backside on a long run- hammocking up for the night and then back to civilization in the morning. There
are several links on how to hammock in cold weather which many people do successfully...I thing the major item is how the weight/bulk of your pack with all the cold weather gear might cramp your boarding style...I park my backpacking gear when the white stuff is around and strap on the sticks and hit the slopes! Have fun and be safe!
Wow guys, all really good advice. Thanks so much, I think the idea of going with a few people would be wise. Watching those videos of Turk and Shug made me realize that you need a lot of gear to do this in the winter. You guys are hardcore! Right now I think this idea of mine is beyond my capabilities and equipment.
I think it going to take me a few seasons to buy all that stuff. Also, the snowmobile idea sounds awesome. This is going to get expensive fast! In the mean time I think I will try to find some folks crazy enough to attempt this.
Now. How am I going to find hammockers to snowboard/ski with in the backcountry in the Lake Tahoe area in the Sierra Nevadas? Any takers? Might be easier to find some snowboarders and turn them on to hammocking...hmmm..
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