Jim and I always took every opportunity to ski. He had a business trip to Sacramento in 1978 and I flew out with him. During his business portion I hung out at the hotel and then over the weekend we headed up to Tahoe and Squaw Valley. As I recall we flew into Sacramento for business, stayed in Truckee for our ski days, and flew out of Reno home.

Jim had regaled me with many stories of his days at Stanford skiing North Lake Tahoe. I was really excited to try it myself.

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Squaw Valley Tram

The tram that carries skiers from the base to High Camp, which is the central point of the upper mountain.

Two months after our visit a horrible accident affected the tram causing several deaths and many more injuries. It still ranks as one of the worst cable car disasters.

Jim

Jim -- back in the day when he would still wear blue jeans to ski!

Sierra cement

Sierra cement off of Emigrant Peak.

You'll read on the WWW that there's no such thing, but I'm here to tell you that there is! Hard, wet, half frozen snow. Is it skiable? You bet!

I'll take it any day over blue ice or Eastern hard pack.

Squaw Valley

Looking toward KT-22. I think I actually skied, er, got down, KT-22 on this trip. Never tried it again, though.

Squaw Valley

Lunch at the base. A typical weekend crowd.

Squaw Valley

Looking toward Lake Tahoe from Squaw Peak.

Jim

End of the day.

It was pretty warm. This was the last time I ever skied without gloves, however, regardless of how warm it got. I managed to slice up my thumb on an edge skiing down at the end of the day in the "mashed potatoes." I still have the scar. After this trip we learned to at least wear gardening gloves on the slopes regardless of the temps.

This was the first of many enjoyable trips to ski the Sierra Nevada.

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