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Norm Nicholls: There’s no time like tweener time

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Wednesday column
By Norm and Alan Nicholls

It is “tweener time,” the time between the end of winter and the beginning of the summer. Although spring time temperatures feel good and the snow (at least at the lower elevations) is melting quickly, there still could be more storms coming.

If you have been around for long you can remember “awesome” Aprils in the past and a “miracle” May or two. Five or so years ago the last powder day of the year was on May 17. Alan and I went to Alpine and skied powder at 8:30 a.m., it turned to glue by 10 a.m., and we drank beer on the deck (in our T-shirts) by 11 a.m. That was a great day.

There is still a ton of snow up high and the spring skiing should be great as long as our local ski areas decide to remain open. For years Squaw and Alpine competed to stay open (with limited operation) until Memorial Day weekend. It would be great if one or both decided to do so again this year!

Admittedly there isn’t much money to be made after Easter, but die hard skiers and season pass holders do enjoy getting every bit of skiing in that they can.

Speaking of season pass holders, if you haven’t heard about Squaw’s incredible “50/60 Anniversary” season pass specials for next season, you must have been living in a bubble.

“Slightly restricted” passes start at $369 for adults and $269 for seniors 65 and above. Full passes are hundreds of dollars less than in the past.

The number of these special Squaw passes are limited, but at this writing they are still available on . I am sure they have sold thousands to date and it will be interesting to hear the final number of passes they do sell.

Nearly all of our friends have purchased one and I have heard that many out-of-area skiers are in on it too. Other areas are probably losing pass holders, but with new discounts by them, some skiers might elect to purchase two or more passes.

We are not sure whether long time Squaw skiers are going to like all the new company, but it was a marketing marvel by Squaw Valley. The good news for Ski Corp. is an increase in pass revenue and all monies received (and spendable) now, not in the fall. It is a win/win situation and has allowed Squaw Valley “wannabes” to “be” ” at least for next year.

They’re back … It looks like the dreaded bark beetles are back. If you have driven to Incline lately you have seen many dead and dying trees (there is an unusually large grove of dead trees on the slopes of Diamond Peak Ski Area). There are other pockets of infestation beginning to appear at the lake and in the Truckee area.

Much will be written in days and months ahead about the spread of the beetles, increased numbers of dying trees, and the high fire danger that will result. Hopefully this phenomenon of nature will be a short cycle, but that is yet to be seen.

As individuals, it is time for us all to keep an eye out on the trees on our lots and in our residential areas and to watch for early signs of infestation. With early detection some trees might be saved by spraying. Others will have to be cut down and removed to help stop the spread of the beetles. This process goes hand in hand with defensible space and good forest preservation.

Call the Forest Service, Fire Department, or in the case of Tahoe Donner residents, their forestry department, for information and assistance.

Stone Soup Update … Stone Soup had another successful community soup dinner at the rec center on Sunday night. One hundred and eleven attendees plus 20 or so volunteers enjoyed Minestrone Soup, Truckee River Sourdough Bread, and the music of Garrison Green and Stephanie Weatherford of “Green Weather.” About 15 brokers, agents and staff of Dickson Realty volunteered and set up, prepared, and served the soup dinner under the guidance of organizers Deb Ryan and Penny Fink.

“There were many new faces tonight,” said Deb Ryan. “We certainly hope that more and more people will attend our weekly dinners to enjoy the food and the camaraderie of meeting other local residents.” Next Stone Soup on Sunday night, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

We can attest that this was an upbeat gathering and many attendees stuck around to visit and to enjoy the music.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

Last week’s question … “Busby’s Coffee Shop” was located in the Joseph Center (now called the Gateway Center) east of “Zirbel’s Gateway Bottle Shop” and west of the old “Mountain Hardware” location, and next door to the old “Gateway Laundromat.”

This week’s winners included Carla and Tom Beebe, Norval Ayers, Bob Moore, Dean and Robie Litchfield, Mark Brown, Barbara York, Jerry Blakeley, Mary De Lisle, Keith Mickelson, Eileen Lyon, Sue Bower, Bill Mullins (creator of the question), Marilyn Colquhoun, Pete Kolp, Dow Higgenbotham (who loved the biscuits and gravy), and Robin Waters (whose parents owned the Laundromat in the 1960s).

This week’s question: What former business occupied the space where “Kentucky Fried Chicken” is now located? Call us at (530) 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer.

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