The Weekend Drop: January 12 Edition

Now that's what we call a snowstorm. In case you haven't heard, Lake Tahoe has already received a record-breaking amount of snow for the month of January. Here at Northstar California, we've been blessed with more than 100 inches just in the last week! Needless to say, this has definitely been the "Storm of the Decade" and powder hounds like myself are loving every second of it. 

However, with great powder comes great responsibility, and this week Northstar closed operations for several days to ride out the storm. This decision was not made lightly but it gave our mountain safety teams the opportunity to ensure the highest measure of condition stability for guests and employees alike. Several weather hazards remained in effect for much of the week, including blizzard, mudslide, avalanche, and flood warnings. Around Lake Tahoe, residents could be seen tunneling out of their homes and digging their cars out from under massive piles of snow. 

Taken on 1/11 at the Aspen Grove condominiums at Northstar California

Taken on 1/11 at the Aspen Grove condominiums at Northstar California

Nonetheless, I've had a few chances to hit the white room this week and I still can't get over the feeling! If you've never ridden in powder before, let me attempt to fill you in. Just imagine gliding weightlessly in what feels like slow motion through a snow-covered winter wonderland. Few experiences compare. 

One such experience was this past week, meeting up with friends and lapping Rendezvous Glade (black) for hours. The best part was that each run was different from the last. The snow was falling so hard that by the time we retraced our tracks, they had vanished and been replaced by pristine white fluff. The opportunity to ride with good friends completely defines a trip to the mountains.

This storm provided me with another great gift, as I got snowed in at work and had the chance to experience the magic of slopeside lodging, staying at Aspen Grove condos. My unit was equipped with a full kitchen, television (with Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc.), fireplace, and a luxurious queen-size bed. Yet another perk of Northstar, having everything you need on-property. I was extremely content to sit by the fire with my glass of wine and watch gigantic snowflakes fall outside my balcony window all evening. I never wanted to leave!

With a holiday weekend on the horizon, there's plenty to look forward to this week at Northstar and North Lake Tahoe. Check it out below.

Upcoming Events:

  • (1/15) Family Afternoon Snowshoe TourInterested in a different snowshoe experience? Bring the kids to Northstar for an afternoon of exploring the great outdoors in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The three-hour tours are open to all ages and ability levels as the trail is designed for the entire family to enjoy. Bonus points: It culminates with hot chocolate and cookies.

  • (1/16) Meet the Mountain with Mountain Safety. Become more familiar with the terrain that Northstar has to offer with this mountain tour. Northstar’s Mountain Safety Team is offering guided mountain tours every Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. throughout January to promote Safety Month.

Ahlani is a wanderlust-inspired adventurer and aspiring travel writer born and bred out of the Sierra Nevadas. She is passionate about combining her love of travel with her love of words while pushing creative boundaries and exploring the great outdoors. Ahlani received dual degrees in public relations and international affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno and plans on chasing powder and working in the mountains for years to come. She's lived in the Bahamas and New Zealand, and spent time in 47 other countries, but Lake Tahoe will always hold her heart. Read more about her adventures here.