If you’re not paying attention, growing up in Tahoe can really suck. Summer is always beautiful, but as soon as winter rolls around it’s not much of a surprise to find yourself seeking shelter from the weather for 8 months out of the year. When I was growing up there – my friends and I made a point of complaining about the place. We made a point of talking about where we were going to move when we were 18 and graduated. We made a point of doing ‘city’ things when we had our choice. We all played basketball and we loved going to the Casinos and Bowling Alleys and Arcades and Malls just over the border in Reno, NV. That being said, there were still a lot of people in my life that liked doing outdoor things that I participated in more than my other friends.
If you are paying attention, growing up in Tahoe can be an unrivaled outdoor experience. Being that my mom was/is an integral part of an extremely successful local business, I had the opportunity to try my hand at almost any outdoor activity that Tahoe could offer. Free. And because of the fact that my dad was a ski lift mechanic/engineer at one of the most popular mountains in the world, I was lucky enough to partake in ‘rich person winter sports’ for the low low price of free ninety-nine. I went skiing, I went golfing, I went mountain biking, I went swimming, I went camping, I went boating, I went hiking, I went off-roading, I went rafting…
My middle cousin, Justin, and many of his friends fell in love with Tahoe. Almost every single one of his friends still lives in Tahoe and almost every single one of his friends works at one outdoor establishment or another year-round. Justin has spent a lot of time working at country-club-like golf courses and spent a few winters working at Black Tie Ski Rentals outfitting visiting celebrities with their rental wear.
Anyway, Justin used to call me up once in a while to see if I wanted to play free rounds. These were taken at Coyote Moon.