The Coming Ice age…bring it on

In May of 1978, the TV show “In Search Of…” aired an episode entitled “The Coming Ice Age.” All manner of experts and climate scientists were trotted out to warn the world of the run-away global cooling that was just around the corner.
It’s March 18th plenty of winter fun left to be had, The snow in the Sierra’s is great, Kirkwood, Squaw, Heavenly, Alpine, Sierra at Tahoe, Northstar and Diamond Peak all have great spring Skiing, So pack up the car, board a plane, or start walking because Tahoe has the best spring skiing in the world.

Tahoe Area Resort Spring Events
Pond Skimming Championship of Tahoe March 28, 2010
Come out and cool down at this whacky event—and see who makes it through the slush pond without getting soaked.
The Dan Band April 3, 2010
Dan Finnerty caught America’s attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, as well as his appearance as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and now most recently in Todd Phillips’ newest film The Hangover.
The Gunbarrel 25 April 3, 010
The annual mogul marathon is held on the country’s toughest bump run, the Gunbarrel. The goal is 25 laps, and host Plake calls it “my favorite event of the whole year.” Finishers in the allotted time score a commemorative pin—and bragging rights.

Sierra at Tahoe
4th Annual Buckle Up Big Air for Greg T. Smith at Sierra Resort

Date: March 20, 2010
Women’s Camp
From: March 21, 2010 To: March 23, 2010
Highlander Part 2: The Jibbening
Date: March 27, 2010


Date: March 28, 2010

7th Annual Telegrass Festival
From: April 03, 2010
To: April 04, 2010
Red Bull Butter Cup Finals
Date: April 10, 2010
The Salsa Showdown
Date: April 11, 2010
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rip Curl Grom Search  3/21/10
Bring your favorite grom (kid under 16) to Kirkwood on Sunday March 21 to show off park skills in the third annual Rip Curl Grom Search! Registration is free and race tickets are available for competitors. Stop by Red Cliffs Day Lodge on Sunday March 21 between 9:00am and 10:30am to sign up and get your bib and athlete ticket for $40, then head over to Chair 7′s terrain park at Timber Creek for the 11:00 start. Competition will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm with awards in Red Cliffs Day Lodge at 2:30pm. Prizes will be awarded to the top guy and top girl in each age category!
Kirkwood Jammin’ XVII  4/2/10-4/4/10
The biggest and longest running Spring Break Party in Tahoe is back! Kirkwood Jammin’ XVII is about to get wild… Check out the list of events, then get ready to spend the weekend with us, April 2 – 4. Events will be happening every day near the pond and the Plaza from 11am to 2pm – you can’t miss us with our lifeguard tower and giant pond!!!Daily Events:
Live Music by Strive Roots (as heard frequently on our daily video)
Snow Volleyball
Ice Bar and BBQ
Pond Skimming starts at 1:00pm
Joe Versus the Volcano – Challenge Course open from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Walk the Plank – Jousting with Pool Floaties open from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday: After Hours Rail Jam from 4:30pm to 7pm

Sunday: Jamaican Bobsled Challenge (Dummy Downhill) from 4:30pm to 6pm

Boreal Set to Open:Today! Resort’s Earliest Opening on Record

Three inches of man made snow

Three inches of man made snow

Media Contact: Jon Slaughter
Boreal Mountain Resort
530.426.3666 x184

October 7, 2009
Boreal Set to Open Friday
Resort’s Earliest Opening on Record and First in California

Donner Summit, CA, (October 7, 2009) – Boreal’s snowmaking efforts are about to break yet another record. Boreal is scheduled to turn on the Castle Peak Quad lift for the earliest season opener in the resorts history this Friday, October 9th. First record was set at Boreal on October 11, 2000. Boreal’s opening will also mark the first and only resort to open in California for the 2009/10 winter season.

Boreal’s lift will operate from 9am to 4pm. Lift tickets for children ages 5-12 will be $15, adults ages 13 and up $30. College student tickets on Friday with valid student i.d. will be $15. All season passholders welcome, or buy a pass on-site at Boreal’s Last Chance Pass Sale which ends October 31st. Boreal will offer one groomed trail, and one terrain park featuring six to ten features.

Resort services will be available including food, beverages, rentals, limited availability on lessons and retail. Gated access to the mountain, valid lift tickets and passes permitted in the gated area only. Lift tickets subject to sell out.

To celebrate Boreal’s record breaking early opening, the 5th Annual Jibassic Public Invitational Event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th. This year’s event has been cooked up to feature all shredders willing to throw down great tricks for cash. Boreal is primed with $2,000 cash to be handed out on both Saturday and Sunday. Venue for best trick cash is the public park, open to all and built to Boreal terrain park perfection. Judges will include Robbie Sell from FUEL TV and the Boreal park crew. Wads of $20’s will be dished out from 12noon to 4pm on both days.

This year’s JPI.5 event also includes a Team Video Challenge. Registration is sold out, but come out and watch the private video session on Saturday from 5pm – 9pm. An additional $2,000 will be awarded the team with the best video, and $500 cash to the most viewed video.

Boreal’s early season operation is tentatively weekends only (Fri/Sat/Sun) until further notice, or as conditions permit. Stay tuned for updates at

For more information call 530.426.3666 ext. 180.

Early Snow in Tahoe….Big winter ahead

first snow in Tahoe

Picture taken 7:30am October 3rd 2009

This is a very good sign that Tahoe will be getting an early start on winter. Last night we received 4 inches of snow, not the wet sloppy stuff, it was cold. It is now a race to see who will open first. These are the three best bets Kirkwood, Heavenly or Boreal ridge. Heavenly has the most Snow making equipment, Boreal has the a lot of snow making equipment too, and a very high evelation, and Kirkwood has some snow making and always the best weather pattern for natural snow fall. This year I’m feeling Boreal, they are known to open up for a quick weekend, even if they end up closing for a few weeks till more snow comes. Boreal also loves to throw Halloween Parties, so get you costume ready, wax you stuff, because it looks like a zombie winter!

El Niño Arrives; Expected to dump snow on Tahoe 2009-10

Surfface Water Tempertures - El Niño

Surfface Water Tempertures - El Niño

July 9, 2009
NOAA scientists today announced the arrival of El Niño, a climate phenomenon with a significant influence on global weather, ocean conditions and marine fisheries. El Niño, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months.
Sea surface temperatures along the equatorial Eastern Pacific, as of July 1, are at least one degree above average — a sign of El Niño. Animation.
High resolution (Credit: NOAA)
NOAA expects this El Niño to continue developing during the next several months, with further strengthening possible. The event is expected to last through winter 2009-10.
So What is El Niño and why are we in Tahoe so happy to see its return? An El Niño is a temporary change in the water temperature of the Pacific ocean, in the region around the equator. You can see its effects in both the ocean and atmosphere, generally in Northern Hemisphere receives much more snow. Typically, the ocean surface warms up by a few degrees celsius. At the same time, the place where hefty thunderstorms occur on the equator moves eastward. Although those might seem like small differences, it nevertheless can have big effects on the world’s climate.

The bag people of Sierra at Tahoe

Kids rock the world, One of the best things about being a kid is the fact that you can just do what ever you want with the freedom to not care about what other people think. The sadest thing to watch is when a kid trys to be cool, and starts to worry about what others think, in other words they stop playing. Playing is such a great thing, to just lose yourself in the art of playing is such a god given blesssing. The creativity of playing is the birth place of ideas. It is a very sad day when a person for goes playing to pursue being cool. Hey kids you are already cool, what makes you uncool is when you stop playing.