With the breathtaking views and beautiful warm weather, the MN Ski Hawks took the week of February 14th through 21st explore the various ski resorts located in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada.
While Tahoe has had a bit of a drought the last several years (The Lake is down 6 feet from its normal depth), the Snow Gods were kind and dumped over a foot of snow several days before the MN Ski Hawks arrived. There was just enough left to ski on. With the sun shining bright every day and temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s, we encountered spring skiing in February, complete with icy conditions in the morning followed by mashed potatoes in the afternoon. The group had fun skiing at Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar. There was even a contingent that went to Sierra for a day.
Our Trip Leader, Holly O’Leary, did an amazing job organizing ski days, après skis, and group dinners at multiple restaurants, and lots of after-dinner fun. Not only did the group have a great time skiing, but we took an afternoon off mid-week to go on a 2-hour boat cruise across Lake Tahoe on a beautiful 70-foot yacht to Emerald Bay – which is the only bay on the entire lake. We were awarded with breathtaking views of the Heavenly Ski Area and the lake itself (not to mention the two-martini lunch while enroute to the bay).
Headquartering near the gondola in South Lake Tahoe allowed the Ski Hawks many opportunities to enjoy après ski time at places such as Fire and Ice, The Wall, wine and cheese parties at the hotel, The Tavern, and the highlight après ski: Unbuckled (at the top of the Heavenly gondola), where we found a fully-plumed entourage of female dancers to accompany the live music and also the skiing version of Buffalo Bill Cody, complete in his stirrups and buckskins. Another favorite was The Gun Barrel, where the Ski Hawks dominated the outside dance floor on two occasions and made the night for our one-man band entertainer – Reggie, who we think we convinced to come to Minnesota to entertain the Ski Hawks on a future occasion.
After a week of fun, it was time to leave the balmy 60 degrees of Lake Tahoe to return home to the frozen tundra of Minnesota. But first we had to get through the howling blizzard ensconcing the Denver airport. We luckily made it on the last flight out before they closed the airport for the night.
This was yet again, another wonderful, Ski Hawk-sponsored, ski vacation – packed with fun and sun, both on and off the ski slopes – with many new friendships and memories created.