Very solid TR . Really enjoyed that! Going to visit some friends in Carnelian Bay and SLT in February and can't wait .
Brook, we stayed in a little mom and pop motel in Carnelian Bay for three nights while skiing in North Lake Tahoe area. It was the kind of place where they put ear plugs on your pillow, not mints. The plugs were utilized and much appreciated.
But the skiing nearby is spectacular.
If it ain't obvious, we're home. We spent dawn to dusk in airplanes yesterday, 1/11/13. Changed planes in Denver and got stuck there for an extra hour or two due to unforecasted snow requiring aircraft deicing delays.
But WOW, we went out with a flurry, literally, on our last day in Northern California on 1/10/13 skiing Sierra at Tahoe (SAT). This place was great and finally after a ton of sunny weather we caught a powder day, about 12 inches overnight on the ski slopes and a few squalls during the day. We were required to use tire chains on the drive from Kirkwood to SAT. At SAT we got super lucky and were befriended by two SAT locals who showed us some of their favorite spots on the mountain during the course of 2-3 hours. Photos below tell the story.
As a brief ski safari summary, we skied seven different mtns on this trip, drove 1850 road miles, skied 11 out of 13 days, dealt with colds/flu bugs and frequent locations to sometimes lousy/noisy motels, greatly enjoyed and needed two rest days with relatives in San Francisco at midpoint in the trip. My bones are weary today, but we all feel very blessed that things went as well as they did and the family got some awesome ski time together. Must admit it felt good to be home yesterday and I slept like a rock last night. Thanks for following our posts.
Happy trails to each and every one of you,
Jim and Vince Kenney
Sweet powder day pictures from Sierra at Tahoe ski area near South Lake Tahoe, California:
We started by skiing a few groomers with tons of fluffy, chopped up snow on them, but soon veered off into the woods. Yours truly in Castle Creek trees:
This is where we met Gordon the Kid from Placerville, CA. He said if you like this, follow me and we did.
Vince on Eastabout, we saw some snow squalls during the day, SAT's glades and tree sheltered runs are the place to be on a Tahoe storm day.
Gordon introduces us to SAT Ambassador Ed Dillon who we come across skiing off piste in the trees of North Bowl. Now the fun really begins because these two gents from Placerville know stashes where the untouched, but soft old snow lays covered with the foot of freshies.
We stop for a scenic view of the Tahoe Basin. Lots of snowboarders at SAT and they could shred.
Vince follows Ed into Huckleberry Bowl, the premier side country zone at SAT.
Vince in DEEP, Huckleberry Bowl.
Ed leads us to "A" Bowl, its inbounds, but not on a trail map.
Gordon's world, he skis on a $99 Sierra at Tahoe season pass for age 70+.
Ed's happy place, he first skied SAT at age 16 and is still killing it 50 years later as an exceptionally generous and capable mountain host.
Vince left SAT all smiles.
Our Huckleberry Bowl buddies at Sierra at Tahoe, thanks for a great day!