With near record-setting snowfall totals at Sugar Bowl Resort last season, skiers & riders are certainly hoping Mother Nature will turn in a repeat performance for the 2011/12 season. And while she still has plenty of time to do just that, thus far this season we’re carving high-speed corduroy on man-made cruisers. And you know what? It’s a blast. Sugar Bowl boasts a modern snowmaking system that covers nearly 500 acres, and with an enviable base elevation of 6,883’, colder snowmaking temps and advantageous “wet bulb” readings have allowed our snowmaking crews (the unsung heroes, getting a song here) to “pin the needle” on the system and produce what is, in my opinion, excellent snow, making for a great sliding surface that more than entertains skiers and riders looking for a mid-December fix. In fact, just this weekend, with no new snow to speak of, we were able to open additional lifts and expanded terrain, with the Mt. Lincoln Express offering top-to-bottom skiing & riding on 1,500 vertical, with 5 lifts and 21 trails to choose from. More than enough to get those early-season ski legs back underneath you. And that reminds me of a great line I heard this past summer, that “carving skis need a new PR person”. SO true. While “rocker technology” and “120 underfoot” may rule the latest ski-hipster chat room conversations as of late, there’s nothing wrong with some shorter skis boasting serious sidecut, that turn on a dime and delivers big grins and serious fun in the process. So come on up and enjoy some high-speed corduroy cruisers for the holidays…you’re always glad you did, regardless of how much snow is actually out there thus far. As the closest major Tahoe resort to Sacramento and the Bay Area, and a breeze to get to from Reno, Sugar Bowl is close, convenient, and consistently a good time. Check out the snowbound Lodge at Sugar Bowl for availability, or have a look for some Truckee lodging down in town, then come on up and enjoy some holiday turns. A reminder, even last season’s onslaught of powder had its “june-uary” dry spell, and we still racked up 802” for the season. And come to think of it, those sunny dry-spell days in January were great, too. So we can all agree that the snow will most definitely come. It’s just that those of us who are out on the mountain right now, tearing up the manmade cruisers, will be that much more ready when it does.