So I'm planning on my first full-on, intentional snow outting. I live in the San Fran Bay Area, and am hoping to do a 2-nighter up in the Yosemite or Tahoe area, with a friend.
I've camped in snow before, but by accident, and the temps were just a few degrees below freezing. This time, I know we'll be in plenty of snow, and we'll either be on snowshoes or skis.
My big issue here is that this is more/less my first full-snow outing, so I don't want to buy gear. I want to rent since I'm not very familiar with what it's like.
i'm guessing I need the following winter-specific gear:
* 0-degree bag (or close)
* 4-season tent (in case there are no cabins available)
* Skis (not sure which kind, alpine? touring?)
* Snowshoes i've done and can borrow, but just seem less exciting than Skis
* Axe/shovel - if I'm in avalanche country, right?
I just bought a Neo-Air to use on my ridgerest, and I'm finishing a Ray-Way tarp, and have a Mountain-Hardware PCT2 Tent. If i'm desperate, perhaps I can take both my SD 15-degree Down Bag and my MH Arrette 40-degree bag to bring me to something comfortable to what I'll need. Though, I'll definitely have to use a big pack.
Here is my question: What do people recommend for a first snow trip?
I'd like to do cabin camping so I can avoid the shelter issue this time and focus on the the traveling. Otherwise, I need to figure out where I can rent/borrow gear to be realistic in winter weather.
What's the bare minimum gear and where can I get it for very cheap/or rent?
Any recommended trips?
Thanks for sharing your wisdom.