We are leaving the bay area around 10:30 AM, went directly to Leonard's home to borrow the ski sleight for trip. We end up not only borrow sleight also the snow brush and 2 helmets. So, we head on the road. However, the GPS gave me the route from Highway 880 to Route 24 to Highway 80. It is not a good choice. Instead, I should take the route 680->580->205->5->Sacramanto->50. And return from Tahoe, I should take route 84 if I am going to Union City to Leonard place.
On Hgwy 50, the road has little traffic at all. Guess most of poeple know that there is little snow this year. I was little upset about the snow condition. However, due to such condition, most of the ski ranch has lower the lift ticket price to attrack skiers by open only 1 or 2 ski lifts. So, Samantha and Fanny went ski on Sunday with 2 lift tickets and rental for only about $100. We can never find such bargain before.
This year, we lodge at the same "Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort". However, I found out that resort is under construction. It only give us parking from cross the street parking lot. It is not very convience for us. We end up pay the bellman service for our luggages - $10 for coming in, $5 for going out. Also, the parking fee is $16 dollars every day. It is such lousy resort who try to rob the customer in every way. Don't want to go back there any more. On the other end, we found there is another one hotel called "Marriot heavenly Village" right at the Heavenly. Fanny think this one is better than Diamond Resort.
Also, if you want to save yourself for 5 minutes walk between parking and hotel, get valet parking. But, you need to tip the bellman every time. That's why I saw many bellman this year at the door. Also, cutomers cars are always jamming at the front door. Another issue is the Internet, speed is slow. I have AT&T DSL. But, I didn't get my account information to save me $20 fee.
Today, Samantha and Anouk took the ski lessons in Sierra at Tahoe. It only took us about 30 minutes from our resort to the ski ranch. This lesson has only 2 students. This is one good thing about such bad snow condition. Group ski lesson is becoming a private lesson just for Samantha and Anouk. Meanwhile, Jeffrey and Dawson is taken ski sleight for just $10 each. It is very affordable. You can only find such deal in the off-peak season on weekday. The next Sataturday, the area for ski sleight has turn to be the slope of blue lane. We are very lucky and Jesus has blessed us even with such little snow. Instead, we got cheaper price and good sunny weather.
Today, the weather is not so good. And we have trouble to get up earlier because we have all moody without the sun shinny today. I decided to go hiking in Lake Tahoe because very little snow. We decide to go to Emerald Bay. I searched the web and found a good hiking place near Emerald Lake called Eagle Fall Hike for just 1 miles from the trailhead. We stop at the Emerald Bay first to have a grand view of Lake Tahoe. This year, with such little snow, the Lake is still blue and no ice. 2 years ago, we aleady do sleighting on the Lake Tahoe. Weather really have drastic changed this year. We found out that people find good snow tubing spot at the trailhead park. We end up take an hour to do our verson of snow tubing at Emerald Bay. Jeffrey did have a fun time to steering around the trail. Unlike in the Sierra-At-Tahoe, sleight keep bumping each other since it is over-crowded. He has crash with other sleight twice and cry all the time. I also, found out the trailhead of Eagle Falls Hike. However, this one hike require registration for all hikers. Since, sun set around 4:30, we decide to skip today. On our way home, we stop at the Safeway to get some food and get DVD rental for only $1 for "Rio".
Fanny has invited another family to join us - Jeff, Way-Jin, Peter, Sophie. Jeff is a good cook. I probably have gained at least 3 pound for these 4 das with the food he prepared. Samantha is still enjoying to practice his ski on the slope. I am jeffrey stay in the sleight mountain and take it easy. We usually take long hour lunch and stay inside of the building. Jeffrey prefer to do the angry bird instead of snow.
Today, I am taking Samantha on the slope and try to give her some more tip to improve her skill. Samantha have focus her skill and learn "s" turn. I was surprised to see Fanny bring Jeff to the "magic carpet". Jeff is pretty cool on the slope. He can do his own walking on snow pretty well. I asked Fanny to go back to our van to get the ski harness. Jeffrey is pretty bold and go downhill with quite a speed. While I was helping Jeffrey, Samantha is all alone by herself. However, I notice that she is able on her own to take the ski lift. Quite a surprise !!!
The very next day, I ride with her. She told me that she met another 8 years old boy from Pennsylvania on the lift. Hey, Samantha is bolder than I expected.
We are supposed to go home today. However, Jeff had enjoyed the ski very much on Friday. We decided to ski again today and head home afterward. On Sat, the lift ticket price has gone up to $50. But, the good thing is that the Sung family can have ski together at the slope. We took a picture for this historical moment of this family.
We head for home after lift closed at 4:30 PM. I am so exhaused. However, it only took about 3 hours to head home from Sierra-at-Tahoe to Leonard's place in Fremont. Fanny suggested that we should get a hotel in Tahoe.