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January 2018 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, President

November seemed so promising for a great ski season, and then one of the driest Decembers descended up on us. However, the Tahoe resorts have been making snow and there are plenty of runs to keep you busy. Of course, most of them are beginner and intermediates (no expert runs are open yet) but that’s better than nothing. If the challenging runs aren’t available then you can always work on style, technique, and just have fun on the slopes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How High Can You Go?

Thanks to those that sent in guesses for the top five North American ski resorts that have the highest summit elevations. Unfortunately, no one guessed all five correctly, but a few were close. Here are the correct answers:

Top Five North American ski resorts with the highest elevations*:

  • Silverton Mountain – 13,487
  • Telluride – 13,150
  • Arapahoe Basin – 13,050
  • Loveland – 13,010
  • Breckenridge – 12,998

 

 

Top Five North American ski resorts with the highest base elevations*:

  • Loveland – 10,800
  • Monarch Mountain – 10,790
  • Arapahoe Basin – 10,780
  • Copper – 10,500
  • Silverton Mountain – 10,400

* Source: On The Snow Newsletter – 30 November 2017

 

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is less than a month away and there is time to get in some skiing up at Tahoe before the trip. I’ve already made one trip to Northstar (two days) and will be going again right after New Years. The Vail Orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, January 13th so mark your calendars. This will be an opportunity to meet other members on the trip, socialize a bit, and pick-up the souvenir gift. Evites have been sent out and if you didn’t receive an Evite then let me know at president@niseiskiclub.org.

Happy New Year

Wishing all of our members a happy new year! Best wishes for a wonderful 2018.

NSC Recipe Corner

Judy Hom, Editor
 
I thought I’d try something new in 2018. Hoyt Nelson asked me if there would be another NSC recipe book. My answer was no. The days of collecting and editing recipes into a book are long gone for this club. But, I told him that we could publish recipes online. After all, this club sure does love to cook and eat. Let me know what you think and feel free to send recipes to newsletter@niseiskiclub.org.
 
Hoyt shared his recipe for chile con carne. This sounds like the perfect apres ski meal and sure to warm you up after a hard day of skiing.

CHILI CON CARNE (feeds 8-10)

Hoyt Nelson

1 lb. or more ground beef (how lean is up to you, but I wouldn’t go more than 15% fat). Use the rough “chili” cut if available. It’s possible to substitute lean pork or chicken/turkey for burger.
1 30 oz. Can red kidney beans – cheaper than using 2 smaller cans. (I know, some people think beans aren’t authentic, but I’m sure the cowboy chefs threw in beans and whatever else was available to bulk up the meals while on the trail – including things better left un-said.)
1 30 oz. can crushed/diced tomatoes They can usually be found for about $1.35 at Smart & Final.
1 large onion diced up
1 t chili powder and maybe 1 T paprika while browning (last time I used mostly paprika and it was good)
1 t salt
1 t black pepper to taste
1 t sugar
As much garlic as you like (I dice up about 5 cloves or use 2T of puree)
2 T ground coriander while browning (an authentic and key Mexican ingredient) plus some whole seeds if desired.
Serve (optional) with some finely diced fresh onion and/or grated cheese or cilantro for topping.
 

Break up hamburger/other into bite sized chunks in a large frying pan.
Add diced onion and spices and mix in. It’s important to add spices before browning meat for better flavor.
Brown until brown (not grey) on all sides with paprika.
Add tomatoes and beans and simmer for at least 1 hour. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking on bottom.
Add grated cheese, cilantro or raw onion topping if desired when serving.
 
Note:
These are recipes I have made for years and have mostly made up or heavily modified from recipes from my Mom and others. Not all amounts are precise. I rarely use measuring devices. Feel free to use these recipes as just a suggestion. Add, subtract, substitute or change as desired.

Last NSC Recipe Book

The last NSC recipe book was created in 1998 as part of the club’s 40th anniversary. This was the third recipe book published by the club.

December 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

The ski season has officially begun with numerous resorts opening during the Thanksgiving weekend thanks to a series of snowstorms to hit the Tahoe area. Of course, these resorts have limited lift operations and perhaps only 5% of open terrain. Northstar has the most lifts/runs in operation at the moment. The resort webcams are great for checking out snow conditions, along with the terrain and lift status. Let’s pray to the Snowgods for more snow in December.

 

 

 

 

 

Ride Sharing Service

Don’t forget about the NSC ride sharing service that was established several years ago. This service is for NSC members to facilitate getting to the slopes with other members. The service is called rideNSC and members can make a Post to the group to either Offer a ride-sharing opportunity or make a Request that you’re interested in joining with somebody that might be going skiing. For information contact Sandy Kiyomura skiyomura@gmail.com.

 

How High Can You Go?

What is the highest elevation that you have skied? Perhaps Breckenridge at 13K? Heavenly Valley at 10K? What about Granite Chief (Squaw Valley) around 9K? Well, those are just a few of the resorts that have skiing at high elevations. But, those are not the highest. Can you name the top five North American ski resorts that have the highest summit elevations? And your bonus question is: name the top five North American ski resorts that have the highest base elevation. There will be a free prize for correct entries.

 

 

 

 

 

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is a month away and there is time to get in some skiing up at Tahoe before the trip. The Vail Orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, January 13th so mark your calendars. This will be an opportunity to meet other members on the trip, socialize a bit, and pick-up the souvenir gift. An Evite will be sent out later in December. If you don’t receive an Evite then let me know at president@niseiskiclub.org. Also, Karen Soo is coordinating the potluck dinner and will be sending out an email listing your condo mates so you can get a head start on putting together your potluck menu.

Happy Holidays from NSC

Maybe Christmas, he thought doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. The Grinch

Discount Lift Tickets from Sierra at Tahoe

As part of BAC, NSC is included in discounts that BAC receives. BAC is a valued partner of Sierra at Tahoe and our members can get discounted lift tickets. Below are the details.

Program Details

  • No out of pocket money
  • Members can access and purchase discounted lift tickets from this link via computer/mobile device
  • Tickets are purchased directly through the Sierra at Tahoe website via “promotional code”
  • Discounts
    • $10 off Adult
    • $8 off Young Adult
    • $2 off Child
  • Web link
  • Promo Code
    • 1940

Valid from now until April 15, 2018

Link to flyer: BAC E-Tickets

November 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

Seems like October was more summer-like than fall. Tahoe did experience some rainfall but all of the resorts are bare to the ground and it hasn’t been cold enough to fire up the snowmaking machines. Does this mean a late winter start? And the weather forecasters haven’t made up their collective minds on whether it’s going to be an El Niño or a La Niña year. Nobody guessed the ski resort in the photo, and the correct answer was Sierra-at-Tahoe.

 

 

Upcoming Events

SnowBomb Shows in October/November

At the end of October the Snow Bomb show was held at the Santa Clara Convention center. Although I was planning on attending I wasn’t able to make it due to a slight illness. Karen Soo and Curtis Otaguro usually attend the San Francisco event but Curtis was out of town and Karen was unable to attend.

Warren Miller Movie Night – November 11

Warren Miller is famous for his exciting ski/snowboard movies that take you all over the world in search of perfect snow conditions. Showtime is 6pm at the Heritage Theater (Campbell) on Saturday, November 11th.

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is fully booked with 62 signups. Thanks to all that made their final payments on time, and to those of you that needed a reminder. Karen Soo is updating the sizing chart since the one on the signup page was for Marmot apparel and the new chart is for Port Authority. Not much difference but do check to see if you have any changes and reply to Karen’s email. There is a waiting list so do let me know in the event that you may have to cancel (hopefully not!).

Editor’s Musings – Ski history and defunct resorts

Judy Hom, Newsletter Editor

My husband Winston pointed out an article in the San Jose Mercury News about defunct ski areas, which mentioned long gone resorts like Powder Bowl, Echo Summit, Edelweiss, Donner Ski Ranch, Tannenbaum, and Iron Mountain. He learned how to ski at Dodge Ridge and Echo Summit. Dodge Ridge is still operating but Echo Summit is long gone. How many of you remember these old resorts?

Organized ski racing in California started in the 1850s. Gold miners strapped 14-15 foot edgeless skis on their feet and raced for cash prizes. It is said that skiers reached speeds of 80+ miles per hours and carried a long pole to act as a brake.

Snowshoe Thompson was an early California long pole skier. Originally from Norway, he came to California during the 1850 gold rush. Between 1856-1876, he delivered mail twice a month between Placerville, California and Genoa, Nevada. He covered the distance in 5 days, 3 days up and 2 days down.

Olympic Hill was the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe and opened in 1924. It is still open but now named Granlibakken. I googled it and it is a very small hill with only 1 run and 2 lifts.

Sugar Bowl opened in 1939. Sugar Bowl got its name because the founder thought the snow looked like sugar. It was the first resort to use chairlifts.

There was a proliferation of ski resorts through the 1970s. 82 resorts opened from 1940-1950. 107 opened in the 1970s. The great California drought in the mid-1970’s took its toll and many resorts closed. Now, there are only about a dozen resorts in the Lake Tahoe area.

Resources

Mercury News – Defunct ski areas why healing is so hard
History of Skiing Lake Tahoe
History of California Skiing
Facebook – Lost Ski Areas and Ski History of California
Experience Skiing History in California Gold Country
Snowshoe Thompson

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks that the American system of checks and balances is holding. Remember that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

John F. Kennedy – We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

October 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

To everyone’s surprise it snowed up in Tahoe and in numerous resorts in Colorado and Utah in September (the 21st). Although the early snowfall only resulted in a slight dusting of that fine, white powder at least it’s a start for what hopefully will be a good winter season. If you’re a seasoned ski veteran then perhaps you can identify the ski resort in the picture (hint: it’s in California). Drop me a line (president@niseiskiclub.org) if you think you know the answer.

 

Upcoming Events

NSC Paint Night in San Jose – October 28

This event will be held on Saturday, October 28th, at the Grill-em Steak House in Campbell. See the flyer for all the details.

 

SnowBomb Shows in October/November

Coming up in October and November are the annual SnowBomb ski shows in Santa Clara (used to be San Jose) and San Francisco. I usually attend the San Jose event and Karen Soo and Curtis Otaguro attend the San Francisco event. We’re looking for additional volunteers to support the BAC booth at both locations. As a volunteer you get free admission to the SnowBomb event, talk with people about the various clubs that are part of BAC, and do some self-promoting of NSC. Arrive early, or stay later, and visit the other ski-related booths or perhaps pick up something at one of the retail booths that have discounted prices on ski gear. The Santa Clara event is October 28-29 and the San Francisco event is November 4-5.  If interested then drop me a line (president@niseiskiclub.org) or Karen Soo (tripdirector@niseskiclub.org).

 

Warren Miller Movie Night – November 11

Warren Miller is well-noted for his exciting ski/snowboard movies that take you all over the world in search of perfect snow conditions. Showtime is 6pm at the Heritage Theater (Campbell) on Saturday, November 11th.

 

Vail Ski Week 2018

The Vail trip is moving along smoothly and we currently have 55 signups (out of 64). If you haven’t made your 2nd payment then go find your checkbook and send it in, plus your final payment. If you’re still sitting on the fence about going and haven’t signed up now is the time to do so. Deadline for signups is October 10th, which is also when the final payment is due.