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Weekends in Tahoe

February 9, 2015

As excited as Cobi and I were to move to San Francisco, we were sad to be leaving our Canadian winter and weekends of skiing behind.

So when we learned we could buy a seasons pass that included unlimited access to three Tahoe resorts for a reasonable price, we jumped right on board!

In-N-Out

Our first ski trip was to Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe in early January. We left the city Friday after work and stopped for dinner at my favourite fine dining restaurant, In-N-Out.

 

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Saturday morning we woke up at the crack of dawn to get on the hill for first run.

 

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There wasn’t much snow at the base of the mountain, but the views were still pretty nice.

 

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As we made our way up the mountain we found the snow!

 

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I miss Canadian winter, but I could get used to this.

 

Cobi&Cosi

The weather was beautiful. Like spring skiing in January! Cobi and I skied hard all morning, stopped for a quick lunch, then took a few more runs in the afternoon before the snow got too soft.

 

Heavenly-Apres

After our legs were too tired to go on, we made our way back down the mountain and enjoyed some après hydration.

 

Heavenly-Fire Pit

Not a bad first day in Tahoe!


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Day 2 was just as beautiful.

 

Goggles

Heavenly could definitely use more snow, but the sunny blue skies kept us in good spirits!

 

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Oh yes, Heavenly is heavenly.

 

In N Out

Two weekends later we made our way back to Tahoe, stopping once more for a pre-ski burger. Definitely a solid skiing tradition!

 

Kirkwood-1

This time we skied at Kirkwood, about an hour south of Heavenly.

 

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Saturday was another bluebird day, I was thankful I had my sunscreen.

 

Shotski

After a long day of solid skiing we stayed hydrated with a Shotski!

 

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Day 2 at Kirkwood was another beautiful Spring day. I’d much rather have cold and snowy, but if there’s going to be a drought I’m happy with warmer weather!

 

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We will definitely be returning to Kirkwood.

 

Crispy M&Ms

Oh, and the best part of the weekend was discovering that Crispy M&M’s are making a comeback!! This excited me greatly, as Crispy M&M’s were always one of my favourites.

 

Trip 3 to Tahoe was not as exciting as Trips 1 and 2… Probably because we didn’t stop at In-N-Out on the way up and jinxed ourselves!!

We decided to take Friday off to have a long weekend of skiing, so we made our way to North Star after work Thursday night.

 

Taplytics

Friday morning Cobi and I woke up early to get a good start on the day, only to be greeted with the sad news that the lifts were closed due to high winds. Because this was a company retreat, the Taplytics boys took this as a reason to work all day Friday.

Booooring!

 

Art

Luckily Lauren brought a Frozen Activity book, so we spent some time being artistic.

 

CandyLand

Then we broke out the board games, playing some Candy Land while eating Skittles and Peanut M&Ms.

 

Snow

Later in the day it started snowing which was very exciting!

 

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The flakes were big and were staying on the ground, so we had high hopes for what was happening at the top of the mountain.

 

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Saturday morning we wasted no time making it to the top of the mountain for first tracks. We were on the third chair to the peak of the mountain, not bad!

 

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Not much snow stuck at the base of the mountain,

 

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But there was lots of fresh white at the top!

Unfortunately the snow had turned to rain overnight so it was less like powder and more like concrete. There was a thick crusty layer on top that made it difficult to ski in.

 

Ice

The Snow Snakes found me three runs in and I took a spill.

 

Cosi

I spent the rest of the morning in the lodge icing my knee while the group took a few more runs, but once it started raining we all decided to call it a day.

 

Rain

The next morning we woke up to even more rain, so we decided to not bother with another day of skiing and head back to the city.

It’s obvious that the key to a successful ski weekend is a pit stop at In-N-Out on the way. Won’t make that mistake again!!

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