The Base Grind: February 10

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Leigh Powis

Leigh Powis’ self-edited 2012 footage from PoorBoyz’ WE. Crazy shit.

Tahoe’s Pre-Cushing Ski History

Vanderford Ski Lodge next to Sugar Bowl. PHOTO: NORM SAYLER

Years before Squaw Valley exploded out of nowhere into international renown thanks to the 1960 Olympics, years even before Donner Pass was plowed in the winter, the Tahoe ski scene revolved around tiny Soda Springs, where train-delivered skiers ascended small hills via hiking or riding the “Up Ski”—an early ski lift that pulled a couple of large boat-like sleds to the top. Of course, you could always pony up for the 1940’s version of cat skiing, which involved skiing down to Donner Lake from the pass and getting brought back up via horse-drawn sleigh. Hit up the Sierra Sun article for the full history lesson.

Google Maps Adds 38 Trail Maps

Smartphone freaks rejoice: Google has added trail maps from Alyeska to Wildcat right into Google Maps. It even includes Street View thanks to Google’s employment of several dozen snowmobiles to crisscross various resorts with their 360-degree camera. Now you can ditch those flimsy trail maps and drain your iPhone battery even faster by whipping it out for navigation purposes as well as for Instagramming!

Squawpine vs. KSL

KSL Squaw base village proposal

Residents of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are hoping to combine forces and formally incorporate as a city in order to use their $3.1 million in annual occupancy taxes and $10 million in property taxes as clout to exert control over KSL’s proposed base village development at Squaw. Squaw just barely gets the minimum number of residents to incorporate, 500, while Alpine only has 296. And while officials from Placer County told residents at the meeting that their organizing wouldn’t effect the project since it’s already passed under current rules, precedents do exist in other parts of California where residents have incorporated and successfully stopped a development project.

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