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Ski every ski resort – in one day

Michael Traum

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Nowhere in the world except for Lake Tahoe.

That’s the rallying cry of eight skiers and snowboarders who will attempt to visit 15 Tahoe-area Alpine resorts in one day – the Lake Tahoe Ski-A-Thon.

Beginning this Friday morning at Harrah’s Tahoe, the group will set off on the 350-mile, 12-hour-plus adventure.

The mission?

To show winter outdoor enthusiasts from Stateline to Sestriere that skiing and boarding opportunities at Lake Tahoe are the planet’s most accessible, thus proving that the area is the most diverse destination.

“We want to show the world how much skiing there is at Tahoe and how easy it is to get there,” said Sam Bauman, Tribune Ski Times editor and project coordinator. “Nowhere in the world, to my knowledge, can you ski 15 resorts in one day – not in Colorado, Utah, New England, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Chile or Argentina.”

According to Bauman, several years ago two men began at either end of the lake, trying to ski each resort while racing to arrive at the other’s departure point first – resulting in a half lap around Lake Tahoe.

But to his knowledge, a complete circuit has never been documented.

“We may be wrong. But nobody’s ever done it at the lake and it isn’t possible anywhere else,” he said.

With the help of sponsors Harrah’s, the Resort at Squaw Creek and the Tribune, the group will begin their morning with a 5 a.m. breakfast at Harrah’s.

Then at 6 a.m., a shuttle van will transport the adventurers up the West Shore to the first hill of the day – Granlibakken. From there, it’s over to Homewood, then back down the South Shore for Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood and Heavenly, up the East Shore to Diamond Peak and Mt. Rose, across to Northstar-at-Tahoe and Tahoe-Donner, out U.S. Highway 80 to Soda Springs, Sugar Bowl and Donner Ski Ranch, back toward the North Shore and Alpine Meadows, backtrack to the lights of Boreal and reverse one last time to finish under the lit slopes of Squaw Valley.

It’s a complex undertaking that will undoubtedly test the stamina, patience and fun thresholds of all involved.

“Everyone is really enthusiastic and cooperative. And all of the skiers and boarders are highly experienced,” Bauman said. “We hope to jump out of the vans, strap on our boards and skis and go.”

The resorts are prepared to make each stop as easy as possible, with special parking and lift access. The group is hoping to average 20 minutes at each mountain – from vehicle to lift to run to vehicle. But Bauman knows that intangibles can arise.

“There’s traffic, weather and possible injuries – not to mention restroom stops,” said Bauman, who recently did a “dry run” on the route, which measured more than 350 miles and 12 hours.

Local media representatives will document the trip with photographs and radio updates. Bauman said he also hopes the Guiness Book of World Records will record the feat.


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