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Purchase a dozen truffles for $30.00, and Bitner Bites will make a $5.00 donation to SRSFL. You’ll find many flavors of truffles at Pam’s Website. When you order click the button “How did you hear about this site.” When clicked this will allow the user to send Pam an email letting her know how they heard about the site. For every person who indicates they heard about the website through the SRSFL website, Pam will make a $5.00 donation.
Click on the links below to read our summer newsletter! It is linked in both Word and PDF. It will help get you revved up for our fall hiking trip and for skiing next winter. If you see Betsy Rowell, thank her for the many hours she put into this newsletter.
Marilyn returns from a great day on the snow with guides Dave and Kin.
Fourteen VIP Skiers and their guides enjoyed a fabulous day on the snow! Due to lack of snow the past couple of years, this was our first day trip in three years. Seeing the happy faces and hearing the squeals of delight reminded those of us who volunteer for Ski for Light why we do what we do. Joy was freely expressed by Annalisa one of our new skiers, “It was one of the top five experiences I ever had!…. The best and most magical part of my day was when I was able to go down a big hill!…. I was free, free as my sighted friends!” It doesn’t get much better then this!
On Sunday, January 24th we trained a fantastic group of 9 new guides! Due to lack of snow, this was our first guide training in 3 years.
The SRSFL third annual summer/fall hiking weekend took place from August
7-10, 2015. In all, ten visually impaired participants, 12 guides and
volunteers and three guide dogs enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Lake
Tahoe and the lovely but very dry Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This year, we welcomed three fabulous new guides, and a couple of visually
impaired folks we haven’t seen in a while. Most participants stayed at the
Lakeview Lodge at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, and we
all agreed that it was truly magical and easier having the entire building
to ourselves. SRSFL guide, Jim Mrazek generously offered tours of the lake
in his 44-foot motorboat; many of the visually impaired folks had a great
time driving it. Some hiked out of Carson Pass up to and beyond Lake
Winnemucca; others explored trails around the Spooner Lake area; while
others swam in the lake and enjoyed some relaxing time at the lodge. One
major highlight was having our own private chef, thanks to Pam Bittner. The
menu included good hardy breakfasts, lasagna, various burgers and a
seemingly endless supply of cookies. Everyone pitched in to help, and we are
all extremely grateful that she has offered to do it again next year. Great
weather, great camaraderie, welcoming and challenging mountains, great food
and amazingly generous guides and volunteers — all the right ingredients
for a magical SRSFL weekend.
Click on the links below to read our summer newsletter! It is linked in both Word and PDF. It will help get you revved up for summer activities and for skiing next winter. If you see Betsy Rowell, thank her for the many hours she put into this newsletter.
Our 2015 Three Day Event was a success despite lack of snow. Special thanks to Royal Gorge for accommodating us at the last minute. Also special thanks to the Snow Gods for sending us some last minute snow.
Despite lack of snow, we have decided to go ahead with our 3 day event. It looks like it may be a walking and hiking event. Our skiers are anxious to come to the mountains to play!
It is with great regret that I write this post. I believe we have no choice but to cancel our planned February 7th day trip. Tahoe Donner remains closed with almost no snow. The snow conditions and cover at Royal Gorge are far worse than they were January 24th when our last event was canceled. I have poured over the weather forecasts and Sierra weather bloggers. There does not seem to any snow possible in the forecasts for the next 10 days. There is rain predicted for Saturday, February 7th in the ten day forecasts, with a high of 55 or 56 and a low of 38. I don’t think anyone would enjoy skiing in the rain on old icy snow with bare spots and obstacles. It would not be safe or fun! Royal Gorge’s webcam shows almost as much dirt and brown slush as snow. http://www.royalgorge.com/webcamI have lived in Truckee for 20 years and this is the first winter I have ridden my bike more than I have skied. This year’s snow-pack is in far worse shape, so far, than the last 3 dry winters. Most if not all Sierra weather bloggers say if there is a turn around to significant snow storms this winter, it will probably not occur until mid February.
Hopefully it will turn around in time for our 3 day event!! If you pray, pray for snow! If you dance, dance for snow!! Stay tuned regarding the 3 day event and our March 21st day trip.