During this 2010-2011 winter, we have seen some record snow conditions in Tahoe… and it just keeps coming! Northstar-at-Tahoe has reported breaking a snowfall record that has been in place for 25 years. Kirkwood has a total seasonal range of 497-517″. Heavenly now offers the EpicMix where you can track your vertical feet and earn pins in all of this epic snow! It’s a winter playground here in Tahoe with tons of great outdoor activities everyone in the whole family will enjoy:
– Cross-Country Skiing
– Sleigh Rides
– Sightseeing Cruises
– Ice Skating
There are numerous hotels on the South Shore as well as companies who offer Lake Tahoe rentals for accommodations.
Wonderful, record breaking snowfall does come with a minor setback: potentially hazardous driving conditions. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. Here is a great list of driving safety tips to help keep you and your family safe on the icy/snowy roads this winter:
1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
6. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
8. Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
9. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
So what are you waiting for? Join us up here take advantage of these truly epic conditions!