California Travel Tips

When Life Give You Lemons, Make Banana Splits

Published on: February 23, 2018


The California Department of Water Resources snow survey this week revealed the statewide snowpack is at 27% of normal, and there’s a proposal to make water restrictions permanent.

With less snow several California ski resorts are facing challenges this year as seen in these reports:

  • Feb.23, 2018 Dodge Ridge’s skiing and riding operations remain on temporary hold.
  • China Peak temporarily closed.
  • Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area does not have enough snow to open for the 2017-18 season.
  • Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area plans to open Feb.23, but coverage is very thin. Skate is recommended. Rock skis encouraged.

Some call this ski season a lemon, meaning it’s sour. However, there’s more to mountain resorts than skiing, and many have turned lemons into tasty lemonade. Here are some examples:

  • Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort is serving its annual 200 foot long banana split on┬áMarch 17, 2018, 12 p.m. Bring a spoon and dig in!
  • On March 11 the same ski resort is hosting its annual I-Did-A-Run for dogs who pull miniature sleighs across the finish line as a fundraiser.
  • On April 15 Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Truckee hosts its annual Pond Skim, an event in which costume-clad skiers land in a man-made pond for antics and prizes. Ski resorts throughout the U.S. hold pond skims to close out their winter season, offering entertainment to spectators who would rather stay dry on the sidelines.
  • From Easter Egg Hunts in the Snow to Woolly’s Parade, a weekly event in Mammoth Village, mountain resorts in California keep it fun throughout the ski season, even when the snow is less than stellar.
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