Adam Jensen: No new snow? It’s time to get creative…again
I’ll be honest, when someone mentioned the X Games were staring this week, I had to remind myself it was the winter version and not the summer one.
So it goes when it’s T-shirt weather at Lake Tahoe in January.
Unfortunately, we’ve been in similar spots the past couple years, and, the way I see it, you can do one of two things: Get bummed or get creative. I’ll take the latter because the former doesn’t help anything.
A couple of our hosts for On the Hill; a daily video report showing the conditions at Lake Tahoe (a project of Action, the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the Sierra Sun and the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza) have also taken the latter tact.
Dylan Silver has been soaking up the recent blue skies on a paddleboard, getting the iconic Emerald Bay all to himself on perfectly smooth Lake Tahoe water. Drew Hanley got out on South Shore’s Corral Loop on his mountain bike over the weekend and only had to cross a couple patches of snow to enjoy the trail’s flowing jump sets. The videos are up at http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/onthehill if you’re looking for some inspiration as to what to do this week. There are also plenty of hikes out there that make for easy winter walks under current conditions (see page 14).
I’m not giving up on the snow either. Getting creative on the slopes is always an option.
A longtime snowboarder, I picked up skiing a couple years back when my riding plateaued, and I was looking to stay inspired in the mountains. It has made less-than-ideal conditions interesting again. I can say the same for snowskating, which I also picked up a couple years ago. Riding what amounts to a skateboard deck on top of a child’s ski has the ability to humble even the most skilled snowboarders, and it instantly turned blue squares into black diamonds for me. While I’d prefer my spring conditions in the spring, turning slushy snow into surfy snowskating slashers is always a hoot, regardless of the time of year.
Although there’s nothing immediate in the forecast, we could be looking at a change in the weather pattern next week.
“The ridge of high pressure is building in nicely through the weekend bringing us mild and dry conditions,” wrote snow forecaster Bryan Allegretto on http://opensnow.com. “We may see a system move up from the South starting next Tuesday that could bring us some rain. Then more quiet weather as we wait to see if a trough can push into the West Coast the first week of February.”
If that doesn’t pan out, there’s always the beach.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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