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Nick LeDuc

Nick LeDuc

Snow-Slider, Ex-Purveyor of Band-Aids

Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nick is a sixth generation member of his family to call the Sierra Nevada home. He worked as a professional ski patroller for much of his early career, and is now attempting to adjust to life outside of wearing ski boots for 5 months of the year. Nick is an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, and mediocre fly fisherman.

Nick  has been writing for Avant Ski since 2020 and has contributed to our Tahoe Guides, Powder Highway Guides, and Avalanche Safety and Education series. 

Nick loves the snow and claims that it’s impossible to have a bad time if you are sliding on it. He is a firm believer in the ski road trip as the solution to all of life’s problems, and is currently trying to settle a longstanding internal debate as to if skiing or snowboarding is more fun.

Favorite Resort / Trail:

KT-22 chairlift / Palisades Tahoe

Aspirational Resort:


Goals for the Season:

Disappear into the Eastern Sierras for a week of skiing

Most Days in a Season:



The Importance of Backcountry Safety and Avalanche Education

The Importance of Backcountry Safety and Avalanche Education

With backcountry usage on the rise, the stakes for safe decision making have never been higher. Here, we discuss the importance of safety and education when backcountry skiing and riding, along with some of the common misconceptions new participants face.

Complete Guide to Skiing from California

Complete Guide to Skiing from California

California is one of the top skiing destinations in North America. The Sierra Nevada mountain range spans 250 miles, almost the entire length of the state. The mountains are some of the tallest in the U.S. with peaks measuring more than 14,000 feet. With 35 unique ski resorts in California, there is no shortage of destinations for a family vacation, a weekend trip with friends, or even a day trip.

Ultimate Guide to the Powder Highway, Canada

Ultimate Guide to the Powder Highway, Canada

The full Powder Highway is a ~700 mile (1,127 km) loop and hits some of the best, if not-underrated, ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies. Our ideal itinerary involves stops at 6 of Canada’s best resorts, including Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Panorama, Fernie, Red Mountain, and Whitewater.

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