Tahoe pummeled by snow

Tahoe pummeled by snow
Uncle. We’ve had enough already. With the snowpack now standing at 175 percent of average in the Central Sierra, following the Department of Water Resources snow survey on March 3, I for one have had enough snow for this season.

Now, my wish is for our famous Tahoe bluebird days to return so that we can all spend the rest of the season skiing and riding in this fantastic snow rather than breaking our backs in a never-ending cycle of shoveling, road closures, spin outs, ice dams, bare store shelves and empty gas stations. Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge have already extended their seasons until April 23 this year, and I expect many others to follow suit.

To keep you fueled for those epic ski days, Kayla Anderson has expanded on her ongoing series on Tahoe’s best burgers, to include her picks for “Tahoe’s Best Ski Resort Burgers” in this edition. She also recently spent the day exploring the best runs and grub at Northstar California for her feature “Northstar at 50.”

Backcountry transit options
If you’re a backcountry skier, you’ll want to read John Crockett’s story “Backcountry Bound,” on using public transit options to access backcountry trails in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. From Tahoe Backcountry Alliance’s shuttle service to TART Connect and the TART bus, there are a range of transit options available to get you into the backcountry without having to worry about scoring one of the few parking spots available at trailheads.

LUNAFEST film festival
If you’ve never been to the LUNAFEST film festival, I highly recommend going to this year’s festival at the Tahoe Art Haus in Tahoe City. The films are always inspiring and this year’s festival will feature “This is Beth,” chronicling South Lake Tahoe rock climber Beth Rodden and her struggles with body image. Too many women and girls deal with issues of negative body image, often starting at a young age. Bringing these issues to the forefront and talking about them openly helps to combat the negative impacts on women – some of which can last their entire lives. Read more in Tim Hauserman’s feature “Tackling issues of body image.”