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Spring Skiing at Northstar - California, United States

by chris  
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I managed to sneak in some Spring skiing just before the season was over.  On Friday evening, I drove up with my Dad, his friend Warren, and my friend David to Northstar where we stayed in the Northstar Village for 2 nights.  We got to the room around 11 pm and were all exhausted so we went straight to sleep.  On Saturday morning we work up on the earlier side, grabbed some breakfast burritos and coffee, picked up our skis (and David's snowboard) from the lockers and hopped on gondola towards the lifts. 

This was my first time Spring skiing, so I didn't really know what to expect.  I spent the entire day with no hat, jacket half unzipped, and my super-cool Stanford '09 sunglasses keeping me company.  Because of the warm temperatures (around 55) most of the harder (read: more fun) runs were very icy in the morning, so we stuck to the ones that had been in the sun longer. 

As the day progressed we moved to the backside where the new section was and the ice wasn't as bad anymore.  We went pretty quickly, as our goal was to ski every run in the entire park (which we barely managed to do in the 2 days combined), and by the time the snow had warmed up a bit and become less icy it was already 2:30 and time for some fuel.

We took a short break at the top of the mountain for some unnecessarily-expensive bowls with chili, which we made twice as thick by adding copious amounts of peppers, cheese, salsa, onions, and all sorts of other goodies. With the chili no where near digested, we clipped into our skis and rushed down the slope, determined to fit in as many runs as possible within the final hour.

I was exhausted and satisfied for the amount of skiing by the end of the day, and we headed to a local sports bar for some drinks, nachos, and to catch up with March Madness (Here's to your Kansas State; good thing I didn't make a bracket this year...).  A few hours later, after we realized that despite all of the cool stores, the Northstar village is extremely dead at night,  we eventually rallied and drove into Truckee where we stuffed ourselves with Mexican food.  Needless to say, falling asleep was not a problem at all...
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Tahoe, skiing, northstar, snow boarding, snow, winter
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by testtest on May 11, 2010
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Trip Info
by chris
March 20, 2010
Trip Location: Northstar, California, United States
Length: 40 miles
Duration: 6 hours
Activity: Alpine skiing
Trip viewed 1,966 times
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