SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- “Ski With a Ranger” tours led by U.S. Forest Service conservation education staff and volunteers begin Jan. 17 at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe.
The one-hour tours will begin at the top of the gondola at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday, weather permitting, and will be free to intermediate-level or above skiers and boarders with a lift ticket.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis with no reservations required.
The tours offered in Spanish start March 7 and will begin at 10:30 a.m. every Friday. Both programs will continue through April 11, weather permitting.
The purpose of the tours is to educate the public about the Forest Service’s role in ski-area management, improve understanding of natural resource issues and promote environmental stewardship.
Some of the subjects to be discussed during the tours include how the Lake Tahoe basin formed, its early inhabitants, types of trees and prescribed fires.