Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Proper Ski, Board, and Boot Storage

Applying hot wax.
When the ski season is over, don’t just walk away from your equipment and expect it to be ready when the snow falls. You need to store your gear properly to maintain function and get the most life out of it. Heaping your gear in the corner of a hot Sacramento garage or a damp basement is not the answer.

Storing skis and boards:

Hot wax your skis/boards and make sure the edges are coated in wax. Don’t scrape the wax off your edges. The wax will protect the edges from moisture and minor hits.

Store your skis in a dry environment with moderate and consistent temperatures. A closet is better than a mudroom or garage.

Store skis and boards vertically. Hanging skis in standard tip racks is fine. There are companies like Rocker Ski Rack that make special racks for rocker skis that they say maintain the shape of the ski better.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Watch for Blood Moon tonight

A total lunar eclipse will begin on the evening of April 14 and end during the early morning hours of April 15.

During the total lunar eclipse, the moon’s disk can take on a colorful appearance from bright orange, blood red, or possibly dark brown or grey. The event will be visible with the naked eye, but a good pair of binoculars will make viewing a better experience.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tahoe Resort closing dates

Spring skiing is the only thing left at the Lake Tahoe resorts. Start skiing/riding early in the morning for the best conditions. The snow turns mushy at the lower elevations by 11:00am.
Good snow conditions at the top: Northstar.
Bring your sunscreen and enjoy the abundance of snow and warm sunshine at the upper elevations. Lifts and runs are being closed almost daily in the mid-60's temperatures we've been having.

Closing Dates: Subject to change based on weather conditions. Call ahead.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Snow Golf Tournament at Lake Tahoe Ski Resort

Relaxing at Alpine Meadows.
The 31st annual Snow Golf Tournament is August 12 at Alpine Meadows.  The 9-hole course starts at the top of Summit Chair Six and ends at the bottom of the Alpine Bowl Chair.

The game is played while wearing your skis or snowboard. Don’t worry about losing your little white golf ball in the snow, because in snow golf the regulation ball is a bright green tennis ball. Putts don’t drop in a hole. The ball just has to stop in a circle with a flag in the middle.

The event provides clubs, tennis balls, pencils, and scorecards. The emphasis is on fun and the after party. Scorecards are dropped in a hat for raffle prizes. Silly costumes are encouraged.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Skier Death at Northstar Ski Resort

Ski Patrol member at Northstar.

A skier died Sunday before noon at Northstar on the “Rail Splitter” ski run. Marc L. Coleman, age 67 of Van Nuys, died from traumatic injuries after hitting a tree.  

Advanced life support was initiated by Northstar Ski Patrol and continued by Northstar Fire Department.

Rail Splitter is designated as a “Most Difficult” ski run off Northstar’s Mt. Pluto. The run is relatively narrow with trees lining both sides.

Coleman was wearing a helmet.