Without a doubt, Alpine’s pass holders are some of the coolest people on the planet. Multi-decade friends and new faces alike were out for the Sunset/Moonrise Mountaintop Celebration this past Saturday evening, April 19. And party we did; first atop the Roundhouse chair, complete with a warming fire big enough to build the world’s largest ball of marshmallow goo.
Gale-force winds? No matter. Snow flurries honing in? Perfect. Just the type of weather to summon hardy folks to a twilight ski party.
Tony the Alpenhorn player belted out tunes while kids flung marshmallows aflame; adults did the I’m-chilly-but-this-is fun jig while sipping various elixirs from eclectic containers of every size and shape; and Alpine patrollers Karl and Pete discussed and justified making the fire bigger every 10 minutes.
And then it happened: the moon rose over Lake Tahoe. And we howled.
The ski run down to dinner in the lodge took on the feel of a living, breathing, moving party (it takes some talent to balance the King of Beers while snowboarding), indicative of the evening’s festive camaraderie.
From everyone at Alpine to the all of Saturday’s (and every day’s) guests-of-honor, our hats are off and our glasses are raised. Thank you all for your support, your style, and your never-ending love of skiing, snowboarding, and this great mountain we all consider our second home.
P.S.: If anyone from Saturday night wants a high resolution version of the group photo emailed to them, you can download it at Alpine’s Flickr account. The direct link is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skialpine/2431346031/sizes/o/
From there, click on the option to “Download Original Size”. Before you do this, keep in mind it’s a big photo, so if you live somewhere without high speed, you may not want to do this.
There are TONS of photos from that night in the Flickr account, so have fun with it!