Spring shenanigans return to Tahoe

Spring shenanigans return to Tahoe
It may not feel like spring as we’re all encased by mountainous snow mounds, blocking the sun’s precious rays (on the rare occasions that the sun has made an appearance this winter), but the changing of the seasons brings us closer to my favorite time of the year – summer. I’m already looking forward to days spent chasing wildflowers, hiking and paddleboarding.

In the meantime, I’m hoping for sun-filled spring days to enjoy this deluge of snow for skiing and snowshoeing. Several resorts have already extended their seasons, including Palisades Tahoe, which is now open until Memorial Day (details in this edition).

You can celebrate spring by enjoying the return of on-mountain events at our local ski resorts. These spring shenanigans are full of mirth, hilarity, ridiculousness, over-the-top costumes and general merriment for everyone to enjoy. Locals and visitors can huck dummy’s off mountain slopes, race uphill and down in outrageous costumes, ski laps down runs faster than anyone thought possible, and do their best to attempt to ski across ponds.

Most of these fantastic events that are an annual rite of passage in the Tahoe Sierra have been on hiatus for the last three years during the pandemic. It’s great to see them return, and we have 16 of them featured in our “Spring shenanigans” roundup in this edition with more to come in our next edition.

As if that isn’t enough, WinterWonderGrass Festival returns from March 30 to April 2 at Palisades Tahoe to celebrate bluegrass music including Grammy-award winning artist Molly Tuttle, who Sean McAlindin interviewed for his feature “Growing up bluegrass.”

Kayla Anderson had the opportunity to try out the relatively new all-electric snow bikes that are growing in popularity for her feature “Riding on snow clouds.” She also had the hard assignment of sampling the best cocktails at our local ski areas for her feature “Tahoe’s best ski-in cocktails.”

Now that spring has sprung, hopefully filled with many sun-filled days, get out and enjoy all that the Tahoe Sierra has to offer.