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One of my all time favorite vacations was getting the opportunity to finally use an employee perk. Actually, I had no choice in the matter. I had told my friend, Ray, that Grand Pacific Resorts has a resort in Tahoe (Squaw Valley to be specific). The next thing I know he had called me a few days later telling me he had booked us and a friend plane tickets for weekend getaway. Although, I might have been close to throwing a giddy hissy-fit over it, I was soon thankful.
I have snowboarded most of the Southern Californian mountain area’s from Big Bear to Mammoth, but those were easy ventures via my car. The idea of packing up my gear and flying across the state to experience my favorite extreme sport in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area felt a little a bit out of my league, but oh man, was it amazing. The resort was wonderful with being just a hop, skip and a jump from the ski lifts and lodging village. We skied all day, soaked in the Jacuzzi in the evening, and then got beers at the local pub after. All the while making friends and enjoying live music into the night.
It was only a weekend trip, but it is one I will never forget. The weather was beautifully crisp, and the snow like powder. I even learned a new term at the top of the mountain as I took in the clear blue sky, which is called a “blue bird day”, with the ability to see for miles including the Lake once I hopped off the ski lift.
As amazing vacations often do, the time there felt far too short. We did end our stay in the most wonderfully bittersweet way as we took our rental car around the lake before heading to the airport. I committed to memory the crystal blue water, and made a mental note to come back in the summer time.
The next best part of this vacation was spending it with two of my bestest friends. Our lives post-high school have had their ups and downs, and time never seemed to be in our favor. It felt like making the rash vacation decision of a snowboarding adventure was the best thing we could have done. Rekindling our bonds, igniting infinite amounts of laughter, not to mention teaching us Southern Californian kids how to drive in the snow. All the experiences bringing us back to where we were years before –best friends. We see each other more often now, and often reflect back on the memory of Tahoe and how we can’t wait to do it again.