Adam Jensen: Oh, the joys of the slow season at Tahoe
April 29, 2015
Well, that last storm just figures, doesn't it?
After a winter where snowfall was lacking, of course the Sierra Nevada would snag one of the larger snow storms of the season after I had given up on winter sports, put away my ski and snowboard equipment and begun preparing in earnest for warm-weather pursuits.
It's my fault for not respecting one of the early lessons I learned living in the mountains: when it comes to the weather, you never can tell. During my first summer in the Sierra Nevada I was told it can snow any month of the year. I'm pretty sure I rolled my eyes, only to see it snow a few months later, in July. It looks like those skiers and snowboarders who didn't forget that truism of life at elevation had a great time ripping some fresh turns during Squaw Valley's closing weekend and south of Lake Tahoe at Mammoth Mountain.
The remnants of this weekend's storm are likely to melt off pretty fast, but snow tends to stick in the high country, so it's probably not time for a full-speed, summer charge into the wilderness, at least for the average outdoor enthusiast. It is a great time of year to poke around the edges and be ahead of the curve in finding out where conditions are best. I suspect the trails are going to be in great shape as the remaining snow disappears. Just don't be surprised if it takes a few weeks.
It's always good to be prepared for all kinds of weather in the Sierra Nevada. Forecasts say it will be in the upper 60s through the week, but there's also slight chances of thunderstorms over the weekend. You never can tell.
It is definitely a great time to be outside at Lake Tahoe though. The summer crowds have yet to descend in full, there are splashes of bright green life popping up among the browns and grays of wood and granite.
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I went for a long run this weekend near Camp Richardson and through a nearly deserted parking lot at Pope Beach, and it was spectacular. The stunning views of South Shore's Mount Tallac were a bonus that miraculously soothed aching legs.
While I certainly wasn't alone, I had plenty of breathing room in an area that will likely be full to the brim in a few short weeks. It's a slower season at Lake Tahoe right now. Take advantage.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.