Outside with Charlie: Spring at Sierra

By From page A8 | March 20, 2013


The vernal equinox, otherwise known as the first day of spring, rolled in this morning at 7:02 as spring took over from old man winter who’s apparently rather tired.

For the ski crowd, it’s been spring skiing conditions. Icy in the mornings, a bit slushy in the afternoons. In the shaded spots, it’s a bit icy most of the day.

Sierra-at-Tahoe, our local ski resort, has a full schedule of events at the resort for the spring season including College Shred Fest that kicks things off on March 23.

Steven Hemphill, PR Director at Sierra, says that it’s time for the college crowd to step away from the books and bowls of ramen for a funtastic time on the slopes.

College students with a valid college ID are offered $40 lift tickets and a West Bowl party at the Baja Grill. A little skiing, a little volleyball, in the snow of course, horseshoes, contests, swag giveaways, “dance offs” and all around good fun.

During the College Shred Fest, March 18-22, 25-29, and April 1-5, which covers most spring breaks, lift tickets are $57.

Then there’s the 6th annual Salsa Showdown March 24 where the Baja Grill will fire up for the first 30 home made salsa entries. Grand prize is a season pass for the 2013-2014 ski season. Or, if taco’s are among your favorite foods, enter the full bore taco eating contest at the Baja Grill.

On March 30 the first ever Tanner Hall Invitational will close out the month. Freeskiing at it’s best, right on the slopes of Sierra-at-Tahoe.

That’s not all either. Sierra has a full quiver of activities for April too. Head to their web site ( and find out what they have in store.

Most of the resorts have something special going at this time of year but the crowds typically dwindle  when foothill weather triggers the gardening/boating/fishing genes to kick into high gear.

If you head up to Squaw, Alpine, Northstar or any of the others, you’ll find the same conditions, and plenty to do.

Winter this year was a mixed bag at best but March isn’t over yet. The March Miracle could show up and surprise us all.

Keep doing the snow dance.


Charlie Ferris

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