Our flight from Connecticut landed last Tuesday and just two days later, we were back in the air, on a much smaller plane, heading to Reno, NV. My cousin David invited us to join his family for a long weekend at NorthStar, at Lake Tahoe.
The first excitement for Will was after the plane landed and we walked off the plane (last passengers off) on to the tarmac. As he pointed to the engine propeller, the Horizon Air flight captain appeared and walked right up to Will. Must have been the uniform and hat that made Will’s eyes light up. Should have gotten a photo…
Cousin Dave flew in from Philadelphia just minutes before we landed so we met up, picked up the rental car and soon headed south to Truckee, CA. Dave’s daughter Kate (a grad student at Culinary Institute of America, in St. Helena, CA would drive up later that night with her friend Kim. The six of us spent three nights in a stunning ski in/out condo. Great views, food and a few laughs.
Just like the NW, NorthStar and the other Lake Tahoe ski resorts enjoyed an early season bounty (numerous feet) of snow but after the New Year, the snow machine moved to New England. Luckily, the temperatures hovered in upper 40s the three days we snowboarded so the snow softened up for spring like conditions. After years of trips to Whistler and often not seeing much of a view from the top (due to fog, rain, snow, clouds, etc), three days of stunningly clear skies and warm sunshine was fully embraced.
A co-worker of Kathleen’s gave her the tiniest pair of skies I’ve ever seen. Toddler skies from Austria. Naturally, we couldn’t wait to see Will’s reaction as he stood strapped in, on snow. A bit anti climatic, he didn’t fully grasp the concept but at least he didn’t freak out. We’ll try them again, on the 3rd trip in a month- Mazama, WA.