What a difference a day makes when the snowmaking starts on Heavenly Mountain in Lake Tahoe! We hiked up the mountain the first morning on our visit and it was breathtaking. A challenging hike if you just walk straight up the mountain instead of taking the winding road that the snowmakers and groomers take with their snowcats.
Looking out our lodge windows we could see the snow whirling in the air before heading out on the second morning’s hike. As we approached the path up the mountain, snow
was billowing out in every direction.
There was already snow of course for our first hike, but not as much as our second day’s hike.
The snow team lovingly called the “midnight riders” must have been furiously making snow for the skiers all night long. I had never seen a snow making machine before and certainly had never tried running past one, but that morning we did. It went something like this “Ready, set, RUN!” Heads down and running as fast as we could past the
contained blizzard in front of us, we weren’t about to be fazed by the busy machines seemingly blocking our path.
It was beautiful. It made our hike a better workout as we sank into the fresh powdery snow with every step.
On average, Heavenly makes 120 inches of snow a year, boasting one of the most expansive snow making systems in the world.
I don’t downhill ski, Bob does. I prefer to hike or cross country ski.
None the less, I love the city of Lake Tahoe.
Especially on Heavenly Mountain just outside our lodge at the Eagle’s Nest. I could look at the view of endless pine trees and snow all day long, it makes me happy!
Romantic? Oh yes!