Experience 'epic' downhill skiing in the Sierra
This year’s ski season just won’t stop. Starting with a flurry of flakes in November, it’s charged through record snowfall, road washouts due to heavy rain and now, the impending arrival of summer.
Yes, skiing is on tap for the Fourth of July this year, at least in two Lake Tahoe-area resorts. What a turnaround from last year, when some resorts barely stayed open for a few weeks amid record drought.
Here’s where you can still hit the slopes, albeit on a reduced number of runs, heading into Memorial Day weekend.
This famed resort to the northwest of Lake Tahoe plans to stay open all the way through Fourth of July, and perhaps even after. On May 16, the resort reported 18 feet of snow base depth, with half of the lifts still running. Discounted summer lift prices are planned. Until June 4, the resort will stay open seven days a week and then operate only on weekends. Squaw’s sister resort, Alpine Meadows, has already closed for the season. A single-day lift adult ticket costs $124 with lower prices for children and seniors.
Popular with Southern Californians, Mammoth Mountain southeast of Yosemite will also stay open at least through July 4, and also with fewer runs. The Eagle and Canyon lodges have already closed, but several others remain open. The mountain was still getting snowfall this past week, so Memorial Day promises to be full of snow. And as of mid-May, Mammoth is still open seven days a week. A single-day adult lift ticket costs $99 not including additional fees with cheaper tickets for children and seniors.
Mount Rose, Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation resort, also plans to stay open through Memorial Day, with three lifts open Thursdays to Sundays, and a fourth one operating depending on the weather. A single-day adult lift ticket costs $60 with lower prices for children.
Donner Ski Ranch
Donner Ski Ranch was still open Saturdays and Sundays as of mid-May for skiing and riding. This small resort sits just across from Sugar Bowl at Donner Summit to the northwest of Lake Tahoe. A single-day adult lift ticket costs $69 with lower prices for people younger than 18 and seniors.
What: Built in 1922, the USS Midway was used in the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, eventually retiring in the San Diego Bay. The USS Midway Museum will host Legacy Week to honor military heroes.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29.
Where: USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Blvd., San Diego
Cost: Events are included in daily admission. $20 adults; $17 seniors; $15 students; $10 for youth and military veterans. $30-$435 for Freedom Concert tickets.
Lightning in a bottle
What: Often compared to Burning Man, the Lightning in a Bottle festival offers interactive art installations, nutrition classes and camping. Catch over 40 bands play.
When: Events begin at noon Wednesday, May 24, through Monday, May 29.
Where: 2091 New Pleyto Road, Bradley
Kinetic Grand Championship
What: People-powered kinetic contraptions will race in the “triathlon of the art world,” the Kinetic Grand Championship, along California’s northern coast. Racers traverse 42 miles of sand, mud and open ocean, and camp overnight along the way.
When: Begins at the Arcata Plaza at noon Saturday, May 27, and ends near Main and Brown streets in Ferndale on Monday, May 29.
Cost: The website suggests buying “invisible tickets” online to support the event next year, but it is free to watch.