Friday, July 22, 2011

Will the Wonders Never Cease?

Summer Shred is back for a second season! July 23rd from 9am - 2pm. Screamed the tweet from @borealmtn announcing yet another mid-summer chance to strap on the skis or snowboards and make some turns on the remaining remnants of the Tahoe Sierra's big 2010/2011 La Niña-Powered Winter snowpack.

Plucky Boreal Mountain Resort is making a habit of opening their top to bottom chairlift in mid July! Last summer they turned the lift the weekend of July 11th and 12th. CorduroyPlanet covered it with "Ski Season Ends" on Wednesday July 14th.

Thursday afternoon at Boreal. Looks like most of the pushing is done.
This year by contrast, four Tahoe Sierra resorts turned chairlifts over the Independence Day Weekend, as well as Mammoth Mountain in the Southern Sierra.

A look at Truckee's local newspaper features stories saying the big snowpack is still up on the ridgetops causing the streams and rivers to resemble May runoff conditions...high and cold.

The last time there was organized rain in the Tahoe Basin...maybe two weeks ago?..Lake Tahoe's level rose another foot. Tahoe is at a level not seen since 2006, after an even wetter Winter than 2010/2011

Across the pond, the Tour de France avoided snow on Thursday's Stage 18, and fans worldwide were treated to an iconic performance by Luxembourger Andy Schleck who broke away from the peloton on the day's second climb, the hors catégorie Col d’Izoard, to run away for 60Km, and win the Mountaintop finish on the Col du Galibier

Defending Champion, Alberto Contador was unable to catch Schleck and ceded another 3:50 to him. After the stage, he admitted his chances for victory had escaped him.

The unlikely Frenchman Thomas Voekler retained the maillot jaune by :15, and thrilled French cycling fans by wearing the yellow jersey for another day...his 10th.

One more heroic day climbing the Alps, this time to the storied L'Alpe d'Huez. Three more huge climbs, including the Col du Galibier again...this time the hard way...should Andy Schleck recover from his super-human effort today to compete tomorrow and keep his gap over the remaining Heads Of State, he should have enough time in hand to hold the lead over Australian Cadel Evans and his brother and teammate Fränk Schleck.

It took two weeks and 18 days of racing, but finally we had some drama...and some history too.

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