Winter is holding steady in Tahoe, with 12+ feet of new snow so far in “Miracle March” and resorts are extending their seasons. Start Haus in Truckee’s winter blow out sale is still going on as well, with sweet deals on-top-of-the-line skis. Here are some that you could still snag:
Dynastar Legend Women’s X84We get it, life is busy and when you can hit the slopes, you want to grab a reliable ski and go. For “one-quiver” skiers, the Legend X84 is an all mountain ski that can cover all terrain with confidence. The X84 is made with Dynastar’s newest Powerdrive Free construction, delivering great response, power and control. Touted as a comfortable ski with great response, Dynastar’s Legend X84 has the torsional stiffness and edge grip needed for high performance on firm snow and is also very versatile with its 5-point sidecut and tip and tail rocker. The X84 has a full wood core with 100% fiber sandwich construction and ABS sidewall to drive energy more efficiently to the edge of the ski for increased edge grip and dynamic ski control. On sale for $359.97!
Atomic Vantage 85– If you’re looking for a zippy, all-mountain ski for ripping on groomers and an occasional dip into the park, the Atomic Vantage 85 is your ski. The narrowest ski in Atomic’s All Mountain collection, this ski does a little bit of everything. It is lightweight with great edge hold and a flatter tail and more directional shape than Vantage skis in previous years. Its healthy rocker in the tip and tail allows lightning fast turns and effortless lines. The Vantage 85 features extra thick sidewall blocks to suppress vibration and transmit power and hardened steel edges for a strong edge grip. On sale for $239.99!
Head Monster 88– The Monster 88 is a ski for all-mountain skiers who love to charge. Stiff and performance oriented, the Monster 88 rewards skiers who push it, providing unparalleled stability for deeply carving into powerful arcs at top speed. Described as “a beast,” the Monster 88 boasts an old school design of metal-reinforced wood. If you’re an advanced skier looking for a beefy, edgy hard charger built for speed, this is your ski. On sale for $419!
With fresh snow, spring skiing in Tahoe is going to be all-time this year. Stop into Start Haus to check out the great deals on these skis and more performance skis and winter gear.
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A lot of people have the misconception that winter driving in Tahoe is all about chains and treachery. That’s not true – chains are mostly required only during active snow storms, and sometimes for a few days after in higher elevation neighborhoods/off the main roads. But, as you’ve read on the Caltrans leaderboards, “Weather can be unpredictable; carry chains” (unless you have an AWD vehicle with snow tires). Here are some tips for driving in the mountains.
Check the weather forecast. The National Weather Service (NOAA) for the greater Lake Tahoe area is very reliable, as is Weather Underground. For longer range forecasts, try the Tahoe Daily Snow Report. Bryan Allegretto at OpenSnow.com is all about giving hope to the multitudes who are praying for snow (but with no candy coating; he’s usually very accurate). If you see winter storm warnings, it’s best to drive to Tahoe before or after the storms are predicted. And if the NOAA issues a blizzard warning and says to stay home, you should do it and drive later.
Check the road conditions.Caltrans has frequently updated maps of traffic in the greater Lake Tahoe area and also traffic videos in key intersections along the way, so you can see the road conditions, weather, and traffic for yourself. Pre-program the number for Caltrans Highway Information Network in your cell phone: 800-427-7623. It’s updated as conditions change and is voice-activated for safety and convenience.
Make sure your car is well maintained. Check that your brakes and tires are in good condition and check the tire pressure. You probably should replace your windshield fluid – often it is diluted with water and will freeze when you try to use it in cold conditions. Make sure your gas tank is full before heading into the mountains.
Carry chains and know which wheels to put them on. You’d be surprised how many people put chains on the front wheels of their car when they have a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It’s not a no-brainer – not always the front. If you don’t know, google the make and model of your car to find out. Chains on the wrong wheels do you no good.
Carry winter emergency travel supplies:
ice scraper/de-icer and broom
sand, cat litter, or burlap sack for traction if stuck
extra food and water
warm blanket and extra clothes
Drive slowly. It’s more difficult to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. Increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
Test your brakes. Know whether your vehicle has an antilock brake system and learn how to use it properly. Antilock brake systems prevent your wheels from locking up during braking. If you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure to the brake pedal. If you don’t have antilock brakes, you may need to pump your brakes if you feel your wheels starting to lock up. If you’re on an icy road on a straightaway with no cars around, give your brakes a test. It’s much safer to see how they’ll react when you can easily correct than with other cars around.
Don’t crowd a snow plow or travel beside it. Yes, they are traveling painfully slowly, but they also make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently. You don’t want to tangle with a snow plow.
Don’t get out of your car unless absolutely necessary. This is a “for god’s sake!” one. People are killed because they pulled over in an unsafe place. Remember, visibility is bad and roads are icy – nobody wants to hit you, but it may be beyond their control. If you’re stopped because everyone else is or in an emergency situation, use extreme caution and get back in your vehicle as quickly as possible. If it’s not an emergency, it’s much better to have that chain smacking against the underside of your car for another mile until you can pull of at an exit than to risk being hit on the side of the road.
If you are stopped for a long period of time, don’t run your car the whole time with the windows up. This is rare, but asphyxiation is a concern. If you must run your vehicle, make sure you aren’t backed up against a wall of snow (your exhaust pipe) and run your car only sporadically — just long enough to stay warm.
Once you’ve made it to Tahoe, unless it’s still dumping, chances are you won’t need your chains. Caltrans is very good about clearing and sanding the roads. Be sure to remove chains in a safe spot. Slow down and enjoy your time in the snow!
With storm windows opening up and some systems lining up (albeit small ones) now is the time to dust off that all-mountain quiver! Storms are rolling in through the 10 day forecast window and Start Haus is stoke level is increasing with every day! Keep an eye on these storms- they might dump more and they might dump less. Keep doing those snow dances!
Winter storm warning? More like a winter storm welcome – Tahoe’s storm door is open. Come into Start Haus in Truckee and get your gear dialed. Tahoe is welcoming our first winter storm of 2018, broken up in 3 storm fronts expected through Thursday, January 25. Overnight snow Thursday to Friday morning brought 10 inches of new snow above 6,500 feet and 2-5 inches at lake level. Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl reported 10” of snow on the upper mountain through this morning. With afternoon storms, we could get another 1-3 inches by the time this storm front passes through tonight and we’re watching the storm coming in next week which could dump 1-2 feet of snow.
It will be clear by the weekend and cold air will help keep the snow in prime condition. High temperatures on Saturday, January 20 are expected to be only in the 30s at the base and 20s on the upper mountain. Another storm is forecast to move through Sunday night into the day on Monday with low snow levels, potentially adding another 2-4 inches at the top of the resorts and 1-2 inches at lake level.
Another wetter cold system is forecast to come through Wednesday, potentially bringing several inches or up to 2 feet of snow through Thursday! This could make for ideal skiing conditions the weekend of January 27, with a higher pressure system bringing sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures.
A lot of news outlets are spouting doom and gloom when it comes to Sierra Snow – and to be sure, there isn’t a lot. But what there is is great – fun groomers at every resort around Tahoe. But instead of telling you, we thought we’d show you – we spent some time on Jan 16 & 17 at Sugar Bowl and Alpine Meadows and had a blast, check it out:
As long as you have the right skis for the job, you can have a blast at any of Tahoe’s resorts. Right now we have great groomer carving skis on sale starting at $149, so there’s no excuse not to get out and carve. Shop here.
We’re starting a weekly post here at the Start Haus to bring you all the Tahoe ski news you need. We’ll post up racing info, Tahoe ski events, wax calls, ski deals and more here every Friday.
We’ll start off the week with a couple of screaming deals: We have the Salomon BBR 7.9 and Salomon Sentinel on sale for only $299! The BBR is an superhero ski for intermediate skiers looking to get beyond the groomer, and the Sentinel is a rockin’ all mountain ski that’s a solid contender for a Tahoe quiver-of-one.
Don’t be fooled by anyone telling you it’s only raining up here, the skiing is good! Check out this picture from Thursday – Start Haus’s Phil getting freshies on his Blizzard Bonafides, testing out the new Fischer Vacuum Ski Boots:
The first significant snowfall has hit the Lake Tahoe region and everybody is buzzing!
Start Haus sponsored Pro Skier Daron Rahlves wasted no time in getting out and skinning up Sugar Bowl Resort for the first turns of the season with his Atomic Skiing backcountry ski setup, check out the video: