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On Skiing: Long-Range Forecast

Snow, then sunny skies in Tahoe, followed by periods of high frustration and scattered melancholy.

It’s snowing in Tahoe as I write this. Which is great if you live in Tahoe. Unfortunately, I no longer do. I’m about as far from the crown jewel of the Sierras as possible while still living within the borders of the continental United States.

I know it’s snowing there because from November through April, I check the weather at Lake Tahoe at least once a week. I go to my favorite weather website and punch in the zip code for California’s Olympic Valley. It has been nearly a decade since I lived there, but I haven’t forgotten it: 96146.

A Call to Powder

Travel

Lebanon's 8,000-foot Faraya Mzaarproves itself worthy of a pilgrimage of its own.

Last Gasp

Travel

Head south to 17,300-foot Chacaltaya, where the air is thin, the skiing is poor, and the entire place might melt before you get there.

Last Gasp

Travel

Head south to 17,300-foot Chacaltaya, where the air is thin, the skiing is poor, and the entire place might melt before you get there.

Without a Grip

Warren Miller

Long before the invention of SUVs, air bags, ABS brakes and radial snow tires with studs, someone invented that archaic piece of unmanageable hardware called the tire chain.

25 Top Spots: # 5 Mammoth, CA

Travel

Treeless up top, with huge expanses of steep, ungroomed snow begging for high-speed turns, Mammoth is as close as you can get to European skiing in the U.S.

Video Powder Instruction: Crush the Slush

Instruction

Chris Fellows demonstrates the Tips Go In First technique for dominating slushy snow.

Starter Home

Mountain Life

A Vail ski-bum-turned-journalist finally tires of paying the rent and vows to buy his own place. How hard can that be?

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