I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Mine turned out great and I didn't spend it in "the Hood" dodging bullits as I had anticipated in last week's blog, just lots of kids, dogs, noise, football and food, a pretty typical Thanksgiving. I'll have to admit I was disappointed by the wimpy storm that came through on Thanksgiving Day. There was so much hope just a week ago for the first big snow dump of the season and as each day progressed it looked less and less like the "snowfall rapture" and more and more like the "snowfall fizzle". That's how it ended up. I remember many past Thanksgiving weekends, however, when we prayed for snow and got more than what we wished for. It would come down so heavily that no one could get here (bad) or no one could get home and back to work on Monday (good!). At least traveling was safe and painless this year.
Squaw Valley did open on schedule with limited lifts running and a base of 8-17" on the lower mountain and 10-12" on top. That would have been considered bare bones in feet last year. You can check on the latest conditions and lift operations at www.squaw.com/snow-report. Squaw Valley is starting the season off with early-season discounted lift tickets. Adults can ski all day for $59, youth and seniors for $49, super seniors and kids 12 and under for $25. For more information, visit www.squaw.com or call 1-800-403-0206.
You can still get out and get your ski legs back with no worries about whiteouts and winter driving to spoil your plans. As a matter of fact, the early to mid week forecast is for mild temperatures, not good for the snow but great for all the activities that come between Thanksgiving and Christmas including shopping. It's a perfect time to stroll the shops looking for that unique gift for your friends and family. Here are some ideas to take your mind off the snow conditions while we wait for the next weather change:
The perfect combo, wine tasting and shopping!
Wine Tasting and Shopping at Squaw Valley Sport Shop
Join Squaw Valley Sport Shop every Saturday in December for an evening of wine and cheese while you shop, starting at 4pm.
A real hometown feel good Christmas tree lighting.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kings Beach
Dec 2, 2011 (Fri)
Please join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the North Tahoe Event Center located at 8318 North Lake Blvd., in Kings Beach on December 2, 2011, 5-7pm. The annual community event will include photos with Santa, a cookie swap, craft stations for the kids, hot cocoa, candy canes, homemade soup and more. Sponsored by the North Tahoe PUD and the Event Center, the North Tahoe Business Association, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and Liberty Energy has generously donated lights for the tree. For more information, call 530.546.9000. www.gotahoenorth.com.
A film screening to take your mind off the weather.
'Dam California' Feature Film Test Screening
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Resort at Squaw Creek
Test Screening of Feature Film entered in 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Corruption, politics, environmental impacts, corporate greed, and the individual struggle. These are issues that feature-film "Dam California" highlight in the ultimate fight to control one of our most vital natural resources--water. Join us on Wednesday, November 30 as we view the test-screening of "Dam California", an independent feature film created and produced by a team of Tahoe-based filmmakers.
Read more at www.squawvalleyinstitute.org
Lots of things to do but not much to look forward to in the weather. As a matter of fact, the computer models are even confused for later next week as solutions vary from taking a low pressure system down off the coast, to right over us, to an inside slider into Nevada. I guess well just have to be patient with the weather until the picture comes into better view. You know what they say, "When the people get impatient, the impatient go shopping". Keep up to date with all the local activities by "Liking" us on Olympivc Village Inn Facebook. Have a great week!