NASJA 2012 Annual Meeting Post Trip Recap

By Yvette Cardozo, NASJA West Press Member

So, after this year's core NASJA national meeting at Tahoe, 14 of us headed away from the bright lights of Stateline, hopped the Bleu Wave ferry/yacht at 8 a.m. and went across Lake Tahoe. Two nights before, there were surf-able rollers on the lake but this morning, it was glass smooth, reflecting the incredible snow capped mountains that surrounded us.

An hour later, we got off at a dock literally yards from the lifts at Homewood. This is a smallish (compared to Heavenly) family friendly place and a great one-day get away for folks staying by the casinos. For $99 you get RT ferry with breakfast, lift, discount on lunch. And there's enough stuff at Homewood to keep everyone happy.

Homewood is somewhat rustic but we were told changes are in the wind. There are plans over the next several years for a half billion dollar upgrade to lodging, lifts, base facilities, you name it.

At the end of a glorious day of cruising (yay Face run and all that stuff way over ... somewhere) we were off to Granlibakken, a resort that stretches up a thickly wooded hill with condos and a main lodge that reminds me of the kind of places in the NE that would host families for generations.

They've got a small (300 vertical) ski hill perfect for newbies and are putting in a rope adventure through the trees.

We skied Squaw and Alpine Meadows the next day (some lucky ones stuck around for an extra day or two). And one morning, we got to talk with David Antonucci, author of "Snowball's Chance," the improbable story about how Squaw got the 1960 Olympics. Among the fascinating firsts ... lst exclusive TV rights, sold to CBS for $50,000. London's exclusive rights, btw, went for $1.8 billion.

Then it was off to ski, where some of us discovered probably the most kid friendly run on the planet, Hot Wheels Gully at Alpine. It follows a narrow creek ravine and is, well, a giggle.

Speaking of giggles, at least one of the group downloaded Alpine's real time ski hill app, allowing folks to see where they are on the hill, weather reports, videos, personal stats. A blast. There's one for Alpine, another for Squaw and something similar called EpicMix for Heavenly.

Then, most of us left for home. And the next day, the start of a major snowstorm rolled in, bringing feet and feet and feet of pow. Isn't it always the way....

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