It hasn’t truly snowed in Lake Tahoe since last season when Squaw Valley got 728″ of snow in one winter. We’re currently staring another drought year square in the face. Need I remind you about the historic drought years of 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15? No? Good.
Since it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore, we thought we’d look in on the bright side of a snowless Tahoe and highlight some of the reasons why it’s actually awesome that it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore!
TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S AWESOME THAT IT DOESN’T SNOW IN TAHOE ANYMORE:
#10 = Year Round Mountain Biking
Now that it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore, you can rip around on a bike year round.
Weeee – bikes…
Instead of feeling sketched out about getting injured mountain biking because it could ruin your ski season, you’ll be feeling exactly the opposite. Now, you’ll be sketched out skiing because you won’t wanna get hurt for mountain biking season.
But, maybe not, since you can mountain bike on dry dirt in Tahoe 365 days per year these days.
#9 = Not Having to Ski Scary Lines
No powder = No Fingers.
No powder = No Chimney.
No powder = No Mainline Pocket.
No powder = no McConkey’s.
No powder = no having to ski anything scary in Tahoe ever again.
What is Tahoe known for anyway? Tahoe is known for big snowfall and scary terrain. Take away the big snowfall and you take away the scary terrain. You can wake up everyday knowing that you won’t have to scare yourself at all! No nerves, no worries, no anxiousness, just terrifically dull monotony. Although, the White Ribbon of Death can be a pretty scary experience unto itself. Especially if the Andy Hays is out there…
#8 = Backcountry Ice Skating
No snow = perfect skating ice in Tahoe.
Grab your skates, find a lake on a map, hike there, go skating.
Beautiful, smooth, black ice awaits you all winter in the Tahoe region without the pesky problem of snow messing up your natural rink.
Since backcountry ice skating has become so popular in Tahoe, Surefoot boot fitters in Lake Tahoe are now offering custom-fitted ice skates since no one buy ski boots anymore. Thanks guys!
#7 = Sleep In Every Day
Yeah, powder days were great.
But, waking up at 5am to be in line by 6am for 5th chair on KT-22 and then waiting around for 3 hours for the chair to open wasn’t awesome.
Now that it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore, waking up and suffering in line for 3 hours is a thing of the past!
These days in Tahoe, there is NO reason to wake up before 9:30am and generally no need to be on the hill before 11am.
This one goes directly into your bank account.
In Squaw Valley, you can save $850 per winter by NOT paying for snow removal.
If you do pay, you’re simply giving the snow removal guy free money.
C’mon, we all know he’s been crushing it the last bunch of years.
Ha, when was the last time you even saw the guy? April 2017?
He never has to remove any snow and now lives in Hawaii on the pure profit he makes from your snow removal contracts.
#5 = No Choking on Faceshots
In 2017, choking on faceshots became a serious problem.
It was common to hear frightening statements like this one:
“Bro!! Goddamn!! I almost passed out!! I was getting over-the-head faceshots – it was so deep – it was barreling down my throat. Couldn’t get a single breath! It was like shotgunning 4 beers in a row! Sick!!”
Sick is right.
Faceshots barreling down your throat can lead to some significant medical issues.
There were over 79 unconfirmed pneumonia cases at the Squaw Valley Medical Clinic due to faceshot inhalation in March 2017 alone.
#5 = Girls Wear Less Clothing
Lets face it, in a ski town in the winter, you really don’t ever get to see girls in anything other than big, puffy, wonky ski clothes.
Now that it doesn’t snow anymore in Tahoe, girls will wear a heckofa lot less clothing and show a helluva lot more skin.
More explanation of why this is a good thing shouldn’t be needed.
#4 = No Need for Tire Chains
There’s no two ways about it: Chains suck.
You either suffer through skinning your knuckles in wet, grimy snow, or you pay $30 to a guy in a yellow rain suit to do the suffering for you.
Either way, your feelings get hurt.
But it’s not just your feelings getting hurt that sucks.
The whole drive up to Tahoe you’re dreading when you’ll have to stop and put chains on. To add insult to injury, Caltrans makes you wear chains on snowless roads where they tear up your car and prohibit you from going faster than 30mph.
Now that it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore, you’ll never have to go through this dread, suffering, nor psychological chain damage. Excellent.
#3 = You Can Wear Flip Flops Year Round
There hasn’t been snow in town or at the base of the mountain at Fing all this year!
It’s sunny everyday during winter up here.
You can wear flip flops to the bar, to the grocery store, to the mountain, on dates, to work, and on the uphill while “backcountry skiing.”
Make sure to not put suncreen on your feet, though.
The flip-flop tan is the new goggle tan, Tahoe people.
#2 = No Avalanches
This one is simple.
No avalanches = no buddies getting caught in avalanches.
Now that it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore, no one has to get caught in avalanches and get hurt or worse. Sweet.
#1 = No Snow Shoveling
This is easily #1.
Snow shoveling is the worst thing on planet Earth.
You come home from a vicious powder day – you’re exhausted, you’re hungry, you just want to relax.
You have to put all your clothes on, go back outside and shovel all the goddamned snow that fell during the day while you were ripping deep pow.
Now that it doesn’t snow in Tahoe anymore, you can come home refreshed from not skiing powder all day, you’re not even that hungry because you haven’t been working that hard on the groomers, and you can go straight inside, take off all those pesky ski clothes, put your feet up on the coach, eat a bag of Cheetos and get fat while watching it not snow outside.