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Our first ski trip in 2011 was to Heavenly Ski Valley at Lake Tahoe. Felicia, Kendra, Susie, Larry and I went with Steve and Annelise.
We flew to Reno, Nevada and rented 2 cars to drive to South Lake Tahoe, which sits on the Nevada and California state line. This
is the fourth time Felicia & I have skied at Lake Tahoe (three times at Heavenly and once at Squaw Valley) and it was our most
adventurous trip to get from Reno to the lake.
As we had wished, it snowed before we went on our trip but it snowed 60 inches in the 4 days before we got there. This giant
snowfall made us have to put on chains to get over the mountains and down to Lake Tahoe. We arrived in Reno pretty late,
got our rental cars (with no chains) and went to two Wal-Marts to buy chains. We were told by several people that the Highway
Patrol would not let us drive past Carson City without chains on.
When we got to Carson City at about 1 AM, we were able to put chains on one car, but not the other. We had to go to a
Wal-Mart in Carson City to get more chains. It must have been a sad sight seeing a bunch of Texans trying to put on
chains late at night in the dark, in deep snow and with the snow still coming down hard. We finally reached our hotel at
3:30 AM - we were all very tired.
We stayed at the MontBleu Resort & Casino on the Nevada side of the street in South Lake Tahoe and skied at Heavenly
Ski Resort that lies in California and in Nevada. We skied on both sides of the mountain.
Larry did not ski because of his hurt knee but he had a good time. To Make Bobby Lee feel bad about wimping out on the
trip, I put the snow report below. Maybe we will make it again on another trip. Makes me wonder if my skiing days are limited too?
Lake Tahoe Ski Trip January 2011 - Page 1
Susie, Kendra and Annelise. Before
we were done with our trip, Kendra
and Annelise has skied down a Black
Trail several times without breaking
any legs. I think that they are pretty
safe skiing on their own now.
The views of the lake were great. The sun was out, it was not too cold (for February) and we all got sunburned. I think that skiing on the edge
of a big blue lake makes the most interesting ski pictures that I have. Ski shop guys said these were best ski days of the year so far.
Before we were done Steve, Susie and I got in trouble for
leaving our two kids to ski by themselves while we were
skiing harder trails at the top of the mountain.
Here are Kendra and Annelise skiing in a Terrain Park
with big jumps, ramps and tricks. The girls made some
of the jumps, I went around most of them and Steve is
lucky to be alive
Here are some more
pictures of the powder
on the trails. If you were
a good powder skiier
I do not think that it
could get any better,
I stayed on groomed
trails that had from
3 to 6" of powder.
Steve and I did go down
a very steep Black Trail
that was only powder
covered moguls. This
was the most dangerous
trail for both of us and it
took us quite a while
but we made it down
alive. Susie was smarter
and went around and
was waiting for us.
At right is the snow
report for the days
before we got to
Heavenly. 108 inch
base depth. I noticed
that in the week after
we got back the base
depth grew to 120"
Felicia is ready to ski. With all her
blue on she matched the color of
the lake. I do not think that she
fell much until the end of the day
when were riding a bus back.
She hurt her knee pretty bad.
You can see that the power is
pretty good on these trails. It had
not been above freezing since
it had snowed. About 6" of power
is enough for me. When Steve
tried skiing in 12" of powder he
had a pretty good fall and looked
like he sank into a lake