Sadly, the 22/23 winter and ski season has come to an end. What a season it was though! Cold and snowy from beginning to end. With only a couple days of rain at the house all winter, most of the precipitation fell as snow, and there was a LOT of it. We measured 334″ at our house. Nearby Sierra-at-Tahoe measured 472″ at the base and 686″ at the top — just 5 miles away from us! We had 4 or 5 power outages and many days where we couldn’t get out of the house due to impassable roads.
Skiing began very early on November 12th at Heavenly. Our last day was July 3rd at Mammoth — almost 8 months later! It felt like endless winter. We made the most of it, and even though both of us are still working we got the same number of days we got the year before when I (Ron) was taking a break from work: 55 days for me and 44 for AiRung.
We made excellent progress on the project completing another 10 resorts. 8 of them were in the Northeast which we consider to be an epic achievement resulting in a huge sigh of relief. With 98 done, we only have Marmot Basin in Alberta, Canada and Alyeska, Alaska left. These are both best skied in mid March so we won’t be completing the project next year.
Late season in Tahoe
As usual, the 2nd half of March to early May was the best skiing of the year because we could actually get to the resorts and the crowds started to diminish. It kept snowing right up until the end with the last snow storm on May 6th when we were skiing Heavenly.
Mammoth in July
We always wrap up the ski season at Mammoth and this year it was much, much later than last year. That meant the skiing wasn’t as good because there is no such thing as good snow when it’s close to 70 degrees out and the sun is blazing. Still, it’s a tradition and we like the camping in the nearby forest. This was about as late in the year we have ever skied and luckily there are only 4-5 months before it all starts again!
If you ever thought of doing something like this project, do it! Skiing all these resorts all over North America has been the most fun we have had in our lives. We are getting close to the end and in some ways we wish we made the list bigger so we had an excuse to make the huge effort to reach distant resorts as long as we can ski. Whether it’s skiing, visiting national parks, climbing mountains, or whatever you love, a bucket list project can be a blast!