Spring Skiing and Racing

Well, it seems like spring is just around the corner. One day I heard Saturday would be clear. Then it was Sunday. Now it’s Monday. Rest assured, the weather will clear and we will have the benefit of 700 inches of snow at higher elevations. Which leaves us a lot to work with.

Recently, the local race schedule has been a little bit empty. The Gold Rush postponement was a setback, not least for people who had traveled a long ways to be there. As a registration helper the day before, no one can say that Royal Gorge/Far West did not make an all out effort to hold the race. The racing is not nearly over yet. There is a race or two every weekend from now until April 16th. For anyone who has not yet moved on to their spring sport, now is the time to be on snow having fun and maybe doing some technique too.

I paraphrase Colby ski coach Tracey Cote: In November no one thinks twice about driving 10 hours roundtrip to Canada for 2 days on marginal snow. In March people pass up a foot of base even though it’s right outside their door. (Shameless plug: The Colby Ski Trails are actually right outside the door. Having two final exams in one day does not prevent ski training.)

In our case, March is nearly over and April looks like a full month of great skiing. For anyone inclined toward backcountry skiing, May and June are also fair game. Pack your swimsuit and the sunscreen. It’s time for spring skiing.

About Michael

I am running, skiing, and exploring the Sierra Nevada. I first learned to ski at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, I returned to Los Angeles to work for two fire seasons on the Little Tujunga Hotshot Crew (USFS). This is my second winter in Tahoe.