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Getting fired up to hit the slopes

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sierra Sun

How many people will pay $30 to ride or ski a beginner/intermediate run in 0 to 4 inches of mush just to say they were the amongst the first snowboarders and skiers to kick off the 2007/2008 winter season? I would say there were probably 200 to 300 of them on the hill at Boreal Mountain Resort at 3 p.m. on opening day a week ago Monday.It was 48 degrees and there were probably 50 to 75 people in the lift line at Gunnar’s Chairlift, every chair was full, and there were also about 25 or 30 people lined up at each of the three jib features on the one-and-only open runWe can laugh, we can point fingers, but many of us that have skied and boarded for years can remember when we used to drive for miles to become one of the first on the hill. I believe it was in November of 1966 when three of my buddies and I traveled from San Jose to Ski Incline in the middle of the night to be some of the first skiers on the hill for the season. We had been attending a party at one of the fraternities at San Jose State, on a Friday night, when another party attendee said he had heard a ski report on KFRC that Ski Incline was making snow with their new snow-making equipment and that the ski area would be open the next morning.I think it was about 11 p.m. when my buddies and I left the party and headed to our apartments to collect our gear. We drank a lot of coffee, shared the driving and arrived safely (thank heavens) at the parking lot about 3:30 a.m. We could hear the snow making equipment but it was pitch black and we could barely make out a layer of white on the hill. At about 8 a.m. one of my friends woke up, spouted out an expletive that woke up the rest in front of us we glared at a barely white surface with plenty of rocks and weeds sticking up through the manmade snow. We decided to walk over to the lodge for some breakfast and to complain about the conditions. The door was locked and a handwritten sign was posted saying Ski Incline scheduled to open next Saturday, weather and conditions permitting. To this day I don’t know whether Incline had truly planned to open the next day, whether or not KFRC got it wrong, or whether the party attendee (who I never saw again) was just playing a prank!What was worse is that we went home via South Lake Tahoe, lost all our cash at Harrah’s, then proceeded home where we had to study for mid-terms. So nothing much has changed as to what young people will do when they are fired up to hit the slopes.

We, along with a lot of other Truckee residents, headed to the Napa Valley this weekend for the wedding of Logan Wulff (son of Ron and Kelly Wulff of Tahoe Donner) and his bride Vanessa (daughter of Carter and Maria Bolton of Livermore).The couple was married in the Saint Helena Catholic Church and the elegant reception, dinner, and dance were held at the Culinary Institute of America (formerly the Christian Brothers Winery). Vanessa had previously attended the institute for nine months and graduated as a pastry chef. She is now studying to be a chiropractor dessert with every adjustment?Truckee attendees included Logans brothers, Morgen andamp; Regen; Dick andamp; Julie Halpin; Don, Lil, Kane, andamp; Aimee Schaller; Jim andamp; Jody Record; Dean andamp; Robie Litchfield; Glenn andamp; Dana Frey; Sandy Watters; Max Layman; David andamp; Susie Wright; Lynette Hipkins; Amy (Lindroth) andamp; her husband Ryan Jackson; and Alan, Alice and I. Kelly and Ron also wanted to mention Garth and Jonna Cobb who provided much of the wine for the festivities. Garth is the wine maker for the Karly andamp; Bantam Cellars Winery.The weekend was gorgeous with temperatures in the high 60’s and 70’s and the fall colors, especially in the vineyards, were spectacular. It was a perfect setting for a very special wedding. Some of us added a couple of extra days to do some wine tasting, shopping, bicycle riding and sight seeing. A wonderful time was had by all!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we would like to wish all of our friends, readers and their families a wonderful day and a very happy and healthy holiday season!



Charlie White was the first to answer our question last week: Truckee’s historical chuck hole was called Lake Louise by most locals and was named after Louise McCallum, our former Post Mistress. It was the home of the area’s largest chuck hole trout! Margaret and Ron Perea also called in the correct answer. Ron recalled that when he was a Nevada County deputy sheriff, he once chased a Volkswagen down the street.It hit the hole, went down, and it was never seen again! Ron Rettig and Bill Mullins also remembered this famous Truckee landmark and were also winners.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd.


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