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LAKE TAHOE MOUNTAIN RESORT REPORT

Posted by on May 6, 2017

LAKE TAHOE MOUNTAIN RESORT REPORT

LAKE TAHOE MOUNTAIN RESORT REPORT©         DATE: SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 6-7, 2017 FROM: CURTIS FONG – “THE GUY FROM TAHOE”     Good Morning Lake Tahoe Skiers & Riders, If you’re visiting, Welcome to Lake Tahoe! Mixed bag of weather this weekend with chance of rain & snow… Final weekend for Sugar Bowl… Other Resorts open this weekend include Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, Donner Ski Ranch, Alpine, Squaw & Mammoth. Get your Turns in while you can… Spring Conditions with Machine Groomed & Firm Snow in the Morning, Softening with Day Time Temps… Have Fun & Be Safe!   TODAY’S WEATHER (NWS GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA): Rain, snow likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then rain, snow and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Snow level 8500 to 9000 feet. Snow accumulation up to 3 inches. Highs 46 to 56. West winds around 10 mph. Ridge gusts up to 65 mph in the morning. TONIGHT: Rain, snow and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then rain, snow likely and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Snow level 7500 to 8000 feet. Snow accumulation up to 5 inches. Lows 25 to 30. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Snow level 7000 feet. Highs 48 to 58. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Ridge gusts up to 65 mph. WHAT TO WEAR: Dress in light layers with a Gore-Tex Jacket or outer Shell. Take a hat or beanie and wear a Helmet for Safety. Also wear Good Sunglasses or Goggles. Don’t forget to use Sunscreen when the sun is out and Stay Hydrated at altitude! SURFACE CONDITIONS: Surface Conditions are Machine Groomed & Spring Conditions – Skier-Rider Firm Packed Snow Softening. SAFETY MESSAGE: Stay on designated Opened Trails only. Keep an Eye Out for Marked and Unmarked Obstacles. Slow Down and observe safety signs on trails with high concentration of skiers and riders… Know the Code! Do not Ski or Ride above your ability level… Always stay in control. Be able to avoid objects and people in your Path! Please stop to side of the run where it is safe and always check uphill for skiers and riders before restarting down hill. If you go off-piste, always ski & ride with a buddy!   IF YOU VENTURE IN TO THE BACK COUNTRY “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!” For more info:...

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SKIING ADVENTURES WITH “THE GUY FROM TAHOE” & DANNY BOY

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017

SKIING ADVENTURES WITH “THE GUY FROM TAHOE” & DANNY BOY

SkIDAHO: 3 Friday, January 27, 2017: Soldier Mountain We packed up and checked out by 9:00am this morning heading to make turns at Soldier Mountain out of Fairfield, Idaho on our way to Sun Valley, Idaho… Soldier Mountain was once owned by Bruce Willis in 2012, to which I had the pleasure to ski it… If you recall, this resort was up for sale last year and a couple out of Bend Oregon, Matt & Diane McFerran, purchased it. Dan had not skied this mountain and was looking forward to checking it out. The drive from Boise to Fairfield was pretty straight forward until we entered an area where there was an inversion layer and outside temperature of -3F, Plus, total white out & fog, limiting my visibility. We also got lost, turning on a roadway that was signed Soldier Mountain Resort. Snow Covered roads and a bit higher in elevation brought us out of the fog and at a junction. We stopped a cigar-smoking guy, who was working with a plow that was clearing side roads, and asked directions to Soldier Mountain Ski Area… He pointed us further up the road another 7.3 miles… He said that sign was for Soldier Mountain Ranch Resort and is confusing and wished that he would run over that sign so as to not cause future confusion. 6 to 8 foot snow banks were on the side of this road and many cross roads were not plowed. We finally found the main junction that came out of Fairfield and headed up the road to Soldier Mountain Ski Area… We pulled into the parking lot under beautiful blue skies and an outside temperature of about 20F and noticed a couple of school buses and about 150 cars parked. We booted up in the parking lot and took or groomed snow skis to the base lodge to pick up our tickets. We met the new owner, Matt, and due to an injury; he was not able to ski with us to tour the mountain. Soldier Mountain has 2 Chairs & 1 Surface servicing 36 runs within 1180 acres of terrain offering 1400 vertical drop. An adult all day lift ticket was priced at only $40 with Half day at $34 and if only wanted to ski from 3-4pm, the last hour of the day, the lift ticket was only $12. This ski area is...

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HEAVENLY OPENING DAY 2015/16

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015

HEAVENLY OPENING DAY 2015/16

2015/16 OPENING DAY AT HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN RESORT Saturday, November 14, 2015 By: Curtis Fong – The Guy From Tahoe For as far back as I can recall… Making opening day at Heavenly Mountain Resort has always been a tradition for me, as well as the hundreds of other dedicated local and out of area skiers and riders that have been eager to make turns. I got to the Harrah’s back parking lot when the Gondola fired up at 8:30am and saw it starting to load as I was walking to the Heavenly Village. When I got there, the line was still back up but moving at a steady pace… skiers and riders with big smiles and excited to make first turns of the season. I met up with Cassandra Walker and Rachel Woods, from Vail’s Communications Department as well with Heavenly’s VP of Marketing, John Wagnon and Pete Sontag, Heavenly’s Chief Operation Officer. Mike Allen and Don Evans and others made It like a great Family Reunion! Lots of excitement and energy filled the atmosphere with US Forest Service reps along with Smokey Bear, the smell of fresh Heavenly Donuts and film crews from Lake Tahoe TV and Mountain Resort Television on hand to capture and report about this early opening for Heavenly. I rode up the Gondola with locals, Kathy & Rick Wharton and a new Heavenly food services employee who was reporting to Tamarack Lodge for his first day of service. The ride up is always scenic and beautiful blues skies and Lake below is a site that can’t be missed. The electric energy level was rising as I boarded the Tamarack Express and excitement for those making for first turns as got off the top and headed down Orion’s Run… I hugged the skier left side of the run and linked my warm up turns as hundreds of skiers and riders enjoyed sliding down on snow. Snow coverage was better than expected with natural snow combined with machine made snow… packed and groomed made for easy turns as long as you kept an eye and ear out for Yah-Whoo skiers & riders letting it go amongst the others who were just attempting to make turns and get their ski legs back. After several runs down Orion’s, I met up with Tammy Lundquist and Suzanne Roberts for some hard charging runs and I can only say that...

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AS THE BULLWHEEL TURNS – TIME FOR MY ANNUAL ROAD TRIP

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015

AS THE BULLWHEEL TURNS – TIME FOR MY ANNUAL ROAD TRIP

AS THE BULLWHEEL TURNS MONDAY – JANUARY 26, 2015 NASAJ West at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort Rise & Shine! Yes another beautiful day with blue bird skies at the base of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Thank goodness for in room coffee service in the condo, but also had another cup in Purgy’s before meeting our NASJA West group and guides to tour the slopes of Purgatory. The meet time was 9:15am and we were early, so we were able to take a run and be back at the bottom and when we got back down, the groups had left. So, since Dan and I were already familiar with the mountain, we decided to have Dan lead our group and keep things small and comfortable. Long-term NASJA West members, Charlie Coane, Dino Vournas and Jerry Hoffman joined us for the morning of cruising groomers all over the mountain. The snow was in great shape and even though the spring-like weather was upon us, the snow surface was still very carve-able and super fun to ski non-stop “zoomers”… Dan has an uncanny sense of direction and has no problems interpreting trail maps and cross over’s and led our group to some familiar and also unfamiliar runs, doing laps from one side of the mountain to the other. Always great to ski with friends that can keep up, except for photographers like Dino Vournas, who seems to take forever to set up shots, but well worth the waiting as he does create great skiing images with his camera. We broke for lunch at Paradise Pizzeria & Ice Creamery in the Purgatory Village. Nice salad and Pizza Buffet bar offered that was very tasty and with great service. Always fun to compare notes with other journalists members as to where they skied and ask how those runs were, etc… We skied a few more runs after lunch and got off the hill somewhat early to be able to clean up and attend our NASJA West General membership meeting set for 5:00pm. The meeting was held in a nearby building, the Durango Mountain Institute and President, Dan Giesin opened our meeting as all our members were in attendance. Our hosts Kim Oyler & Greg Ralph from Purgatory, updated us with the future plans for the resort and Anne Klein from Durango Tourism Office also welcomed our group and gave up highlights of...

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BIKE THE WEST NEWS

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014

BIKE THE WEST NEWS

Here are the dates for 2016 Bike the West Events: 25th Annual AMERICA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BIKE RIDE: Sunday, June 5 Online registration is scheduled to open on January 1, 2016 14th Annual TOUR DE TAHOE BIKE BIG BLUE: Sunday, September 11 Online registration is scheduled to open on February 1, 2016 25th Annual OATBRAN “One Awesome Tour Bike Ride Across Nevada: Sun-Sat: September 25 – October 1 Online registration is scheduled to open on Februrary 1, 2016 Please visit: www.bikethewest.com for more...

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