The latest storm brought several inches of fresh snow to
the trail system at Royal Gorge. As of 12/8, the Gorge is expecting to be ready
for opening day this Monday with 13 groomed tracks for a total distance of 14
kilometers of skiing.
The weather should be sunny with an overnight low in the
negative numbers and warming to nearly freezing temperatures during the day.
Light winds will help make the day just fine when you’re on the trails working
The price for a daily pass is $28 dollars for an adult
this year. Various season passes are available including a pass that allows you
to ski downhill at Sugar Bow.
Royal Gorge is now under new ownership and is operated by
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Fresh improvements have been made to grooming machines, trail
signage, and Summit Station lodge.
USA Today is running a "Readers Choice" top ten best ski destination contest. North and South Lake Tahoe are in the running along with 17 other nominees. The list includes Park City, Sun Valley, Northern Vermont, Whistler, Crested Butte, and Mammoth.
North Lake Tahoe was nominated for the abundance of small towns and ski resorts. Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley and Northstar are mentioned in the nominee description. "You could spend a whole week at Squaw alone without thinking of another resort."
The Lake Tahoe-Truckee area has had a cloud seeding
program for a number of years. The program is designed to wring-out additional
moisture from the clouds to increase the local snowfall and resulting snowpack
levels. The program is administered by Reno’s Desert Research Institute (DRI). DRI
controls cloud seeding programs in the Walker Lake Basin and Northeast Nevada
DRI iodide generator.
The Tahoe-Truckee cloud seeding program uses five
mountaintop generators that spray particles of silver iodide into storm clouds.
These “generators” burn a solution of silver iodide, sodium iodide, salt, and
acetone to release microscopic silver iodide particles that create additional
ice crystals. The generators are remotely operated by phone line, radio, or