Opinion: Big air, bumps and banks at Lake Tahoe
Closing days at South Shore ski resorts are starting to appear on calendars, much to snow enthusiasts’ chagrin. But it appears that area resorts aren’t ready to let winter go quietly. This weekend features a bunch of on-hill events, and weather is expected to be in the mid-50s, so just about anything outside is going to be a good time. Also, April Fool’s Day is unofficially Gaper Day in the ski world, so be sure to get weird out there if you get the chance to ski Friday. Here are a couple more picks for this weekend:
Boarding 4 Breast Cancer
It’s great to see the B4BC Snowboard + Music Festival making a return to Sierra-at-Tahoe after a more than decade-long absence. The festival has hosted some big acts in the past and has plenty going on Saturday to celebrate Boarding for Breast Cancer’s 20th anniversary. If nothing else, it’s raising money for a great cause. Check it out.
Skiing moguls isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the Gunbarrel 25 brings those that can’t get enough of the bumps out of the woodwork. It’s a great South Shore tradition. California’s Base Lodge also makes for an attractive tailgate spot to catch the action, and maybe take part if your knees are up to it.
Part of what makes Kirkwood Mountain Resort so fun to ride is its series of gullies that create natural halfpipes on the lower part of the mountain. Saturday’s Legendary Banked Slalom turns the fun of Snow Snake Gully into a competition with a unique Tahoe vibe. There’s even a snowskate division for the strapless among us. Should be a good party, too.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.