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Spotlight on tree skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe


Sierra-at-Tahoe mid-January. Photo: D. Nichols

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View my sunny day slideshow: eight snapshots of an afternoon exploring Sierra-at-Tahoe’s slopes where plenty of in-bound sections are thick with fir trees.

This week: California resorts brace for serious snow, forecasted to fall from today (Monday, Jan. 18, 2010) through the entire week.

After storm clouds lift, Sierra-at-Tahoe is an excellent choice for powder runs. Boulders, ledges and felled trees provide fun obstacles; north-facing slopes stay colder because they get less sun; fresh snow collects under the mossy-sided red firs and is known to stay soft for days.

“Tree skiing is memorable here because you’re skiing through perfectly spaced stands of giant old-growth red fir trees – half the size of redwoods. This effect was achieved by man, but before Sierra-at-Tahoe’s time: Loggers one hundred years ago came in and clear-cut all the oak trees and spruce trees, leaving the red fir because it made bad lumber.” - a tidbit from Snow California: Delicious Destinations, Secret Hideaways, Expert Sources, a guidebook by Lena Katz.

Sierra-at-Tahoe, in South Lake Tahoe, is a 7.5 hour drive from L.A. Or fly from Los Angeles to either Sacramento or Reno, Nev. – both cities are a 1.5 hour drive away.

Want more? Sacramento Snowboarding Examiner Jesse Hidalgo keeps a close eye on Sierra-at-Tahoe.

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