Just a week before Thanksgiving, Tahoe’s ski resorts are already in full swing due to several feet of powdery snow. Most resorts have at least 18 to 30 inches of fresh white stuff as well as some seasonal improvements and events for skiers, snowboarders, and those who just want to play in the mountains.
Attention all you San Franciscans who stood around waiting for snowflakes to fall from the sky this weekend past. Snow is trending hard at molecular-minded spots like Commis in Oakland and Sons & Daughters in Nob Hill. And there’s a 100 percent chance of snowfall on Fillmore Street this week—albeit from a fancy Swiss Pacojet processing machine at Dominique Crenn's new Atelier Crenn.
There's something compelling about a vineyard covered in snow, especially here in California when we don't see it much. What makes it so interesting? Probably just the fact that we're used to vineyards being such a symbol of vibrance, life and energy--to see them looking snowbound, shuttered and contemplative proposes an entirely different angle on wine. It reminds me of northern wine regions and makes me want to drink Burgundy and Champagne (actually, that's nothing really new).
These photos were shot the other day in the Santa Cruz Mountains and sent out by Shannon Flynn of SCM winegrowers association. Nice to see that appellation getting into the winter holiday spirit!
With 6 new feet of snow having just landed in Tahoe, last weekend looked, in the words of one first grader, just like the landscape from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. There’s more than enough new snowfall to bury a vertical first grader - and more on the way. And they’ll be a blizzard of savings for 7x7 Readers.
Last weekend marked the opening ceremonies for the 28th Annual Snowfest:"The Mountain Mardi Gras," which runs through Sunday, March 8 and includes all kinds of fun snow pursuits: think snow-themed parades, races, polar bear swims and snow sculpture contests.
Now that we're finally getting the shivers, let's all take a deep breath of cold, cold air. For many Bay Area skiers and snowboarders, this storm has quelled the nervous wait. Our prayers were granted; our snow dances were answered. There will be skiing and snowboarding this year in the Sierras, and just in time for Christmas. Hallelujah!
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