Winter prep seasons near full swing – with still no snow |

Winter prep seasons near full swing – with still no snow

It may not look or feel much like winter, but according to the calendar, the winter prep seasons are fully upon us.

And while the lack of snow in January means little to the gym-bound North Tahoe and Truckee basketball teams, the unseasonably dry weather already has thrown a wrench into the schools’ Nordic and alpine skiing schedules.

The first Nordic ski race of the season, the Kirkwood Relays on Dec. 16, was canceled because there was not enough snow. Now, more than two weeks later, the second race of the season, the Auburn Ski Club Classic this Friday, has officially joined the Kirkwood Relays on the canceled list, said North Tahoe athletic director Judi Dietz.

The next Nordic race on the CNISSF calendar is the Sugar Bowl Freestyle, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13. The National Weather Service calls for dry weather through at least the weekend.

In Tahoe Basin League alpine ski racing, the season-opening tune-up race that was scheduled for Dec. 15 at Alpine Meadows also was canceled due to a lack of snow. The first official race, next Thursday, Jan. 12, is tentatively a go, said North Tahoe head ski coach Scott Everist.

“As of right now it is still scheduled. We’ll see. Warm temps, no snow,” Everist said.

The first CNISSF snowboard race, a giant slalom at Northstar on Monday, is still on as scheduled, although Truckee head coach Eniko Kuch said she’s waiting to receive confirmation by the end of the week.

The Truckee and North Tahoe basketball teams, meanwhile, will be back in full swing this week coming off their holiday breaks.

Truckee’s boys and girls play 3A crossover games at Fernley on Tuesday. The Truckee boys then play Virginia City at the Reno Events Center before a Bighorns game on Wednesday, while the girls host 4A North Valleys on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Both the Truckee boys and girls host Dayton on Saturday, with girls starting at 2 p.m. and boys at 3:30 p.m.

North Tahoe has a busy week as well, with games Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, all on the road.

The Lakers played at Yerington on Tuesday. They’re at Portola on Thursday and at Sierra Lutheran on Saturday. They return home for three consecutive games next week, starting with a 2A crossover game against ROP on Tuesday.

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