Adam Jensen: 99 Tahoe problems and equipment is one
In the long run I know the $160 I recently spent getting my mountain bike fixed is going to be a good investment. Taking my trusty Santa Cruz Heckler down from the hooks in the garage ceiling next spring and having an immediately functional ride to smash through the melting snow will be glorious, no doubt.
But, after this weekend’s storm, I looked at my long list of toys to buy and questioned the wisdom of my prudence. Looking down the list I could have put the money toward a splitboard, a set of powder skis, a powderskate or some cross-country skis. Or maybe some soft goods? Maybe some gigantic goggles that will make my head hard to hold up as I’m sipping an après–ski beverage or a neon jacket my friends will be embarrassed to be seen with? I mean, tormenting your friends for the low, low price of $160 is quite the steal.
Clearly these concerns should all be filed directly under #Tahoeproblems because they’re about as minor as they come. I’ve got a pile of outdoor gear, and it all works well now. It’s just amazing that, at Lake Tahoe, you can constantly chip away at the outdoor toys you’d like to have and still see the list grow longer, with the fall being a real test of priorities.
The time of year between when it snows a little and when it snows enough has its finer points, but it can be a little awkward for recreation. There’s enough snow to make backcountry travel a different kind of challenge but not enough to really get after it on skis. The weather is variable and the days are short. Still, there’s an abundance of things to do outside, you’re probably just going to have to get your feet wet to do them. Maybe some waterproof boots are the perfect fall buy? I don’t know.
It’s great that Boreal Mountain Resort and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will open to skiers and riders Friday (see page 14), as it means the decision about which mode of recreation in which to partake will soon be a no-brainer — wake up, go skiing (or snowboarding or snowskating).
Hiking, skiing and watching the Chicago Bears lose are all among my options for this weekend, which should see weather that is about as ideal as it gets for getting outside in November.
Still, I think I’ll take my mountain bike down from the ceiling this weekend and see how much better a $160 ride feels than a new set of goggles.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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