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Vance still gets out skiing whenever he gets the chance.

In March 1999, a trip to a TESOL Conference in New York gave me a chance to indulge in a few days on the slopes. As the avalanches making news in Austria could attest, it was a year of abundant snow in the Austrian Alps. By sticking to the lower valleys in towns with trains stations I avoided the danger of avalanche and of being stranded by one. I stayed in St Johann in Tirol and skied there and in Kitzbuehel <>. My only regret is that my constricted schedule made it impossible (as it turned out) to visit friends and acquaintences while I was in the area.

Here's where I skied in 1998

Skiing in California

In the couple of winters we spent in California, 1996 and 1997, we made several ski trips to the Sierra Nevadas, to the resorts around and to the south of Lake Tahoe. Among the ski areas we tried: Heavenly, Bear Valley, and Donner Ski Ranch. Also, we've skied the following places, which have web sites:

This year (1996-7), the snow has been good, but weekends have been plagued with rain and flooding. One weekend, we were planning to drive up, but it rained, and we found later that people who went suffered massive traffic jams going up and were stranded when they got there. Highway 50, one of the two roads to Tahoe, has been closed twice this winter due to mudslides, reopened only in March, after a cleanup costing $5 million.

However, we did get a weekend with a break in the weather, and Glenn and I drove up to Boreal, where you can ski from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $27. The snow was great, and Glenn is turning into a fine skier.

Our last trip up was to Alpine Meadows (mogul meadows to us). That was just last weekend, and there were snow flurries as we left, so the season isn't over yet. If we get the urge and the weather permits a trip, we'll head out at 5:30 in the morning, reach the slopes by 9:00, and ski as long as they'll let us, then drive back (trying hard to stay awake). It's a tough life here in California.

Here's what you need to know to enjoy skiing in California:

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Last updated: April 8, 1999