In March of 2013 I flew to Colorado to visit my family for Spring Break and do a little skiing. It was actually the first time I got to use my Epic pass that year. (Not a lot of snow in Tahoe that year anyway, but still.)
My brother has friends with a home in Frisco, CO and they very generously let us use it as a home base for ski trips. On this trip we did a day in Vail and then a day in Keystone. I was a little rusty as it was my first trip of the season, but by the end of the second day I was back in the saddle and before I was ready or willing I was already on a plane back to LA.
I looked at my sad EpicMix stats when I got home and decided that two days on an annual pass was not acceptable. I planned a quick little solo trip to Tahoe to make up for an entire season of laziness. It would be my first trip to Tahoe, so I decided to try and hit all three Vail mountains in the area: Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood. I rented skis at Big 5 and made the long drive to Tahoe on Friday night, April 5th.
Don’t know how I did it, but I got to Northstar on Saturday morning and did a whole day of skiing. 22.000 vertical feet. I must have been really eager to ski because just thinking about skiing that much after a 7 hour drive makes me exhausted.
It was pretty cold and icy in the morning, warming up toward the end of the day and ending in pretty slushy conditions. I skied all the way through last chair. I drove down to South Lake Tahoe and checked into the Montbleu Casino and Hotel and passed out, presumably. I don’t really remember the details.
The next day I checked out Heavenly.
It was another frosty morning, and lots of fun. Heavenly really inspired me to improve enough to get into those beautiful trees. At the end of the day we got some light snow showers. I headed back to Montbleu for my last night
I had planned on skiing just half a day the next day, but I woke up to about 6 inches fresh powder. Did a few runs at Heavenly to take advantage of it, then headed off to Kirkwood. Conditions there were really fun, and I ended up skiing the whole day. By the end of it, I was glowing.
Before I set out for home, I sat in my car with a cup of strong coffee and promised myself I’d use my pass a lot more often next ski season.