On April 3, Kathy and I flew into Reno, and rented a car for the drive uphill to Tahoe Donner, a subdivision of expensive vacation homes where Kathy’s daughter Laina and family were spending Spring Break at their rented “ski house”. We skied at Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl, having a delightful time with the grandkids – Kara and Benet -and Laina and her husband Matt. In comparison to Rocky Mountain ski areas, what is especially notable about the larger Tahoe ski areas is the amount of open and varied terrain. Also notable (to me, at least) are the huge trees of the Sierra Nevada, which make for great scenery and memorable glade skiing.
This year, the snow depths in the Sierras were at or beyond record levels, just like the pre-drought “good old days”. Wow, what coverage!
Video: The depths of snow and trees swaying in the wind, from the ski house back deck.
We skied Alpine Meadows on our first day.
The next day saw my triumphal return to Sugar Bowl, where I had worked part of the season of 1964 as a ski patroller.
Video: Benet. He loves to side-slip.
Video: Laina and Benet
It rained on Thursday, and on Friday we drove down to Reno, to get away from a promised blizzard in the mountains.