Curtis Fong is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and the International Skiing Heritage Association. He is Vice President of Programs in the West Region of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association and recently received the NASJA Mitch Kaplan Award for Excellence in Snowsports Coverage. For 25 years he has broadcast on radio and television with his “The Guy From Tahoe” Mountain Resort Reports on KTHO Radio AM590/96.1FM and on his BikeandSkiTahoe.com website. He has hosted the morning television “Mountain Resort Report” and produced “What’s Up Tahoe” and writes a weekly ski column in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
by Curtis Fong “The Guy From Tahoe” Miracle March? March Madness? These were terms that locals used this past month when the Storm Door finally opened and Mother Nature brought winter back to Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada… Gotta hand it to Punxsutawney Phil! And, as I write on this first full day of Spring, a Winter Storm Warning is posted with the caveat that this system includes an Atmospheric River (i.e. Pineapple Express to bring much needed rain to our valleys and snow at higher elevations). How much more snow will we get before the end of the month? Stay tuned, as it’s not over until it’s over or until the Fat Skis sing!Read more
Ruby Mountain Heli-Experience is celebrating its 41st year of operation and the horizon continues to look brighter than ever. Joe Royer had a vision in the early 1970’s while traveling back and forth between his home in San Francisco and where he spent winters as a ski patroller at Snowbird, Utah — he saw that the Ruby Mountains would be a great location for back country skiing and powder turns. The Ruby Mountains were named in the mid-1800’s when the U.S. Army assisted early pioneers in finding routes to California. Soldiers began panning for gold in the range’s streambeds and found garnets, which they mistook for rubies.Read more
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The MS Dixie II sternwheeler touring Emerald Bay In terms of snowfall, this winter has been rather lackluster, compared to a year ago when the Lake Tahoe basin was buried in snow well into spring. Maybe we’ll receive a good old-fashioned “March Miracle” to rejuvenate the snow pack and keep the skiers and boarders happy. Nevertheless, the lack of snow hasn’t actually been a damper on activities at South Lake Tahoe. If you look on the bright side, the hiking and biking trails were able to stay open, and ski resorts were making enough snow to satisfy all the winter travelers. And, as usual, there are all sorts of other entertainment in and around town. Under Construction: beaver dam on Edgewood Creek March is the transition month when people still want to have fun in the snow but their minds and attitudes start to shift over to spring plans.Read more
Lake Tahoe is finally getting some snow! Snowboarding at Diamond Peak ski resort Although this season has been unpredictable and completely opposite of last winter, Lake Tahoe ski resorts have done a fantastic job of offering their guests great skiable terrain, whether Mother Nature provides natural snow or not. As we embrace sweater weather, here are some fun ski events coming up, places for football fans to watch February 4th’s Big Game, and where to take your sweetie pie on Valentine’s Day. Ski Resort February Events People don their best Ullr attire at a Diamond Peak UllrFest bonfire Held at Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village, the 9th annual UllrFest is kicking off on Friday, February 2 with a torchlight parade, bonfire, costume contest, and live music by Jacked Up.Read more
Skis and Snow (or Slush): The Bristlecone Birkebeiner “It’s nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air and God’s country and the exercise. It’s a good sport,” says Marlene Vlahos of cross-country skiing in the mountains around Ely. In the 1980s when thick winter snow frequently blanketed the region, Vlahos was an early participants in what became the region’s annual Bristlecone Birkebeiner race. Marlene Vlahos takes first place in her division in the early 1980s. (Photo courtesy of Carol Klockenga) This year’s January 20 race will be held at Ward Mountain Recreation Area, public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management. “They groom the trails for us if the snow conditions are good enough,” says Moira Kolada, treasurer of the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts club that organizes the race. Three courses are available, 6.1 kilometer and 3 kilometer courses for adults and a 1 kilometer course for kids.Read more
Happy New Year! Even though the snowstorms have been a little sparse compared to last season, it has been plenty cold enough, and there is still a lot to do in North Lake Tahoe. Last season, the first big storm didn’t come in until after January 1st, and it didn’t stop snowing until June, so hopefully we’ll have another winter like that. Your intrepid correspondent Kayla riding Squaw Thanks to amazing snowmaking capabilities, all of the ski resorts are open from the West Shore to the east, including: Homewood, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Northstar California, Diamond Peak, Boreal, and Mt. Rose. Many of them are open top to bottom with plenty of groomed, skiable terrain. Learn to Ski at Diamond Peak If you are looking to get better at skiing or snowboarding to be able to keep up with your friends on powder days, January is the perfect time to get better.Read more