Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend at Tahoe - Snow, Skiing and more Sunshine

If the snow is not coming to us in Düsseldorf, we have no choice but to go find it ourselves. The weather has been so warm and sunny and there has not been much snowfall in the Sierras, but we took a gamble as at least this weekend the roads were clear. We drove up to Truckee where our friends Elly, Jules, and Ciaran have a townhouse. We had joined them a few times last year before we left California and tremendously enjoy our visits there.
 We stopped in Auburn, where Andrew finally got to satisfy his craving for an In-n-Out Burger. Sophie was more interested in the stickers, ...
 ... but thought that Daddy looked pretty funny devouring his meal.
 We arrived at the house early enough to enjoys the last rays of sunshine for a bit of a snowball fight and a new game called snowball baseball.
 The next morning, we got up early to hit the slopes at Tahoe Donner. Sophie's first run on skis was a bit wobbly, but she quickly remembered to stick her bum out and lean forward.

 Done skiing for now. Ready for a well-deserved lunch in the sunshine.
 Soaking it all in.
 My first snowman of the season. 
 Pizza Dinner and a good time with friends. Andrew is cracking up about his "Donner Party of Four"-joke.
(Jules pulling both Sophie and Ciaran)
 On Saturday, we enrolled Sophie and Ciaran in skiing lessons at Boreal, especially since Sophie so enthusiastically wanted one. And it paid off! Both are now skiing without reigns and learning French Fries and Pizza Slice. In the meantime, the big people had a chance to take the big lift a few times and ski down the bigger hills.
 One proud Sophie. After lunch, we all skied a few more runs. There are no pictures of this because we were too busy chasing after the kids.
 One last sleepover at the holiday house.
It started snowing on Sunday morning, but we caught a window and rolled back down the mountain to Nanny's house. A wonderful weekend was had by all.

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