I have no illusions of winter being held at bay on my behalf while I finished upgrading the woodshed this season, because I only just finished it this evening as the wet began to fall from the skies. From a dry wood perspective, it was rather convenient. It was just a hint of snow, but within an hour water was dripping off the roof. It wasn’t a minute too soon and even if I might, who am I to scold the weather for being late?
That’s the good news for Tahoe today. Snow is in the forecast, and even though it isn’t the highly coveted 3-foot coat of Sierra Spackle, it will be enough to break out the skis and get in a little skinnin’ action plus a few carefully placed turns because the forecast calls for four to ten inches by Wednesday morning. I’m betting lunch on it.
Even that won’t cover a lot of the rocks and sticks and stumps, but with a little experience on some known slopes, lightly manicured in the summer to remove the more onerous bits of slag and make early season turns that much more achievable. It isn’t exactly safe conditions, but if you don’t fall in any wrong places you can get away with it.
Getting out skinning for early season turns isn’t about bravado, it’s about getting back unhurt. Here’s to an upright stance and knee-pads just in case.