Ski Trip with the Levys, Tahoe Donner, 4-3 to 4-7, 2017


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!

Our rental car in the driveway of the ski house. Note the depth of snow!

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.

At the base of Alpine Meadows. My first time back after having taught skiing there on weekends, once upon a time, while attending UC-Berkeley, in the mid-60s

Benet, with Kara, Matt and Laina, behind

Benet and Kathy, on the chair ahead

Benet and view

Big beautiful lichen-bedecked trees

Dead tree, lower half

Dead tree, upper half

Kathy, the kids and Lake Tahoe

Near the “Chalet”

Kathy, Matt and Lake Tahoe

What a handsome devil!

Kathy, me and the kids

Expansive open slopes

Beautiful trees. You don’t see trees of this size outside of California.

Wolverine Bowl

The next day saw my triumphal return to Sugar Bowl, where I had worked part of the season of 1964 as a ski patroller.

The parking lot at Sugar Bowl, from where you board a gondola that takes you on a level ride above and beyond the railroad tracks. Left to right: Laina, Benet, Matt, Kara and Kathy.

The gondola ride, with the base lodge and ski area ahead

Benet. What a good-looking and pleasant kid!

Mt. Disney lift

Video: Benet. He loves to side-slip.

Video: Laina and Benet

Dead tree art, Sugar Bowl style

Yet more dead tree art, Sugar Bowl style

From the Mt. Lincoln lift, looking over to the Palisades

Mt. Lincoln steeps

Mt. Lincoln steeps

Top of Mt. Lincoln, Matt, 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.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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