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Outside with Charlie: Longer days

By From page A6 | March 12, 2014

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Daylight savings time is here. Outside of pushing the clocks around, I don’t know what good it does us. Since we’ve jumped ahead an hour, there is an impact on outdoor recreation.

The clock switch comes just 10 days before spring officially arrives March 20. It’s called the Vernal Equinox. On this day, daytime and nighttime hours are equal. From the 20th till Autumnal Equinox, the days will slowly get longer and the nights shorter.

Planning an outdoor excursion now gives you the option of going a bit farther afield before you have to turn around and head back.

For now, backcountry skiers will be able to start a bit later and still get in a good day of kicking and gliding out there. Yes, there is still enough snow to do that.

The last storm that came in did add to the pack but the rain that also came took some of the gain away.

While there isn’t a huge amount, around 7,000 feet is where you’ll be able to put the XC skis on and get a decent day in.

For the downhill crowd, a couple of pretty nice events are coming up.

Sierra-at-Tahoe will do a couple of things March 15. First, they’ll honor Olympians Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, and Hannah Teter at the Equinox Spring Festival. In conjunction with that, they are opening their new Solstice Plaza.

Up at Squaw Valley, the Nature Valley Alpine Championships will take place March 19-23. Squaw and Alpine Meadows will welcome their Olympians home as well. Julia Mancuso, Marco Sullivan, and Travis Ganong are Squaw Valley skiers and will be honored on Friday, March 21.

Other Olympians are also expected at the resort. Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, Andrew Weibrecht and Mikaela Shiffrin will be competing in the Alpine Championships.

This is another big event and if you are going to make the trek up there, go early. Book a room and really enjoy yourself.

Whatever you do, take advantage of the season and by all means, get outside!

Charlie Ferris

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