Making those powder turns – in Truckee’s new roundabouts |

Making those powder turns – in Truckee’s new roundabouts

David Bunker

Monday’s flying snow got me excited.Not for the start of ski season or the chance to hurl snowballs off the Sierra Sun’s deck at my boss. The powder floating out of the sky meant, above all else, the beginning of a season of freshies in Truckee’s new roundabouts. You see this season, while everyone else is speeding to Sugar Bowl or motoring to Alpine Meadows on a bluebird day, I’ll be finishing up a morning of fresh tracks in Truckee’s traffic circles. Just like all the snowboarders and skiers beginning to fantasize about face shots, a vision kept coming to me during the dry and warm Truckee fall. I’m at the wheel of my decade-old, two-wheel drive Volkswagen. The snow is falling thick as I turn onto Highway 89 south and slowly creep up on a blanket of untouched, crystalline pow covering the two-lane roundabouts.The wind dies as I drop in. My tires are silent as they glide through the fender-deep carpet of whiteness. And the snow flies across my windshield as I make turn after sweet, soft turn through the roundabouts. It’s no longer a dream. Winter is here, and you don’t need a season pass for months of virgin turns on the roundabouts.But like skiing and snowboarding, there is some preparation that expectant roundabout rippers must put in before the season starts. Like skiing, a tune up is a good start. Your skis are not the only things that warrant a wax before the winter.A good stockpile of music can also make or break a day out on the roundabouts. No one wants to get caught shredding the roundabout with Enya blaring through the stereo.Like plaid on the hill, fashion is paramount in the new, circular intersections. This year I’ll be rocking only three hubcaps – in the skiing world that is called “getting steezy.”But enough of the ancillary preparations. Roundabout season is here. So hop in your car, truck or moped and do a couple figure-eights through the roundabouts. Who knows, you may never go back to the slopes.David Bunker is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Reach him at

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