Fresh Hope on the Summit

Fresh Hope on the Summit

With Royal Gorge XC revitalized and Sugar Bowl celebrating its 75th season and a new lift, good times are piling up on Donner Summit By Pete Gauvin Learn to snowkite at the Sierra Snowkite Center in Van Norden Meadow this winter (Tyler Brown). A few years ago, the Donner Summit area was suffering a terrible hangover. The recession and real estate melt down had sunk the future of the nation’s largest cross country ski area into doubt, property values were skidding toward septic tanks and controversial plans for a massive housing development had gone belly up. Uncertainty and shoestring management ruled. Neglect and dismay were creeping in. Today, despite three lean snow years in a row, hope is riding high on the summit. The historic winter playground is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, with new amenities, new draws such as snow biking and snow kiting, and most importantly new...
Scenic Sliding at Spooner Lake XC

Scenic Sliding at Spooner Lake XC

Uncrowded groomed tracks, like the Saint’s Rest Trail (above, photo by Tim Hauserman), and stunning lake views await skiers at Nevada’s lone cross-country resort, run by husband-and-wife Max Jones, skate skiing (right), and Patti McMullan, at the Wildcat Cabin (below right), one of two wilderness log cabins available for rent. Photos courtesy of Spooner Lake XC A mountain bike mecca in summer, Tahoe’s east shore is just as spectacular in winter but much less crowded By Tim Hauserman Many adventurers in the summer and fall head to Spooner Summit on the east side of Lake Tahoe for epic riding or hiking on the Flume Trail. Some are not aware that this area is equally fine during the winter, when it becomes Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area, Nevada’s only groomed cross-country ski resort. Since 1985, Max Jones and his wife Patti McMullan, have operated Spooner Lake Cross Country. For Max...
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