Adam Jensen: Snow in the forecast and lots to do at Tahoe
I got my best turns of the 2014-2015 season over the weekend.
I also got the first turns of the season, so Saturday and Sunday were really just about setting the bar for what will hopefully be a memorable year.
Being the spoiled passholder that I am, I took a couple runs each day before making my way off the hill — the classic just-getting-my-legs-under-me type days.
I definitely wasn’t alone. Plenty of people had the same idea. I ran into a buddy last week and the topic quickly moved to the finer points of early season skiing.
“You don’t want your first day to be a powder day,” he said, referencing the just-getting-your-legs-under-you phenomenon. Although I generally want everyday to be a powder day, the burning sensation from a couple hours of piste skiing was enough, so, in this isolated instance, I see his point. I would like the second day of skiing, and every day after that, to be a powder day, for the record.
In addition to getting my legs in shape, the weekend was also the time to get my head right and see if I remember how to slide down a mountain with some semblance of grace.
The good news: I still do!
The bad news: A lot of other people do too!
The better news: We’ll soon be spread out over a lot more terrain.
If even a fraction of the hype surrounding this week’s storm comes true, it looks like we’ll be skiing more than a white ribbon in coming days.
“Light precip may begin to move in Thursday morning before heavier precip moves in during the afternoon and evening,” wrote forecaster Bryan Allegretto in his Wednesday weather discussion at OpenSnow. “We are expected snow levels to drop to lake level Thursday evening, with snow for the Tahoe basin Thursday night into Friday. 1-3 feet of snow is expected on the mountains with up to a foot at lake level. The weekend looks quiet before we could see more snow Monday through Wednesday next week, and again Friday.
“I think we have all been focused on this storm, but the good news is that the pattern stays the same into next week with more chances for snow,” he added later in the forecast.
Snow is pretty much always a good thing at Lake Tahoe. And, in addition to the favorable forecast, there are a ton of events around the lake this week. It’s looking a lot like winter at Lake Tahoe and there’s no excuse for failing to get after it. Enjoy!
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at email@example.com.