Outside with Charlie: Let it snow

By From page A11 | December 21, 2012


Skiing over the winter break is the dream of all skiers and snowboarders. It’s not always possible. Some years there’s just not much snow at Christmas time. Other years, like now, we get lucky.

The storms coming in just before the schools get out for the winter break are swinging down out of our chilly neighbor, Alaska. It’s the weather pattern that we really like to see at this time of year.

For some, this may be the first trip up to ski for the season. Best advice is to take it easy on your first day. Perhaps the most important rule in skiing is to do so safely.

If  your skill level is in the beginner or intermediate range, consider taking a lesson or two. Sierra-at-Tahoe has some of the best instructors around.

If you are one of the black diamond skiers, the snow coverage will make you smile. The Huckleberry Gates at Sierra aren’t open right now, but with a bit more snow, it should be pretty nice. Squaw, Alpine, and Kirkwood will also put your early season skills to the test.

Steven Hemphill, the PR guy at Sierra, told me that the conditions, especially with the cold weather, are just mind boggling.

The best deal at Sierra right now is their 3 pak. Three days of skiing, no blackouts, good any day during the season, $55 per day. Sierra also has the Burton Stars Wars Experience for your little ones.

I still think that the best deal out there is Sierra’s ski, soar, and stay package for $265 per person. Looking for a truly memorable gift for that special someone? This is it.

For anyone wanting to ski on the latest equipment, a rental package at any of the resorts will put you on current technology. Ski and board technology isn’t static but an evolving science.

Plan ahead. You can book your tickets and rental package online for most of the resorts.

With the holiday season upon us, remember to leave early to get to the slopes. There will be a lot of others out there on the roads with you. It’s going to be a great time in the snow for the holidays.

Charlie Ferris

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