With the economy spiraling ever downward where are Squaw Valleyites drawing the line when it comes to carving on the hill?

Tamara McKinney (World Champion skier): ‘To save dollars I bring lunch from home, but always buy the cookie pass from Susan at Wildflour!’

Jason Mack (Alaskan heli-guide): ‘We still bought season passes, but we had to take the money out of savings. We’re giving up other things in life such as cable TV because skiing is too important to compromise. Bag lunches for sure and Chamois Buddy Pass for beers is a must!’


Rick Sylvester (notable adventurer): ‘My climbing skins serve as my ticket or pass.’

Wayne Wong (World Champion skier):  ‘I am planning to spend a lot more time on the slopes this winter as I will be inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall Of Fame in April 2009!’

Hale Carr (Mighty Mite coach): ‘I wanted to support local business owners so I actually bought my kids new skis. Mom gets used demos!’

Katja Dahl (Le Chamois owner):  ‘Skiing is something we love to do and look forward to. It is worth sacrificing in other areas to keep skiing a fun part of our winter. I even bought new boots this year.’

Jim Zellers (notable adventurer):  ‘Buying passes for the family at Squaw is now like paying the power bill, we work it into the budget.  Maybe we’ll drink PBR instead of the alternatives, but we will end up on the snow.’
Scott Gaffney (Filmmaker):  ‘ If I didn’t happen to get some free ski gear through my work, I’d probably be the grimiest, duct-taped dirtbag in the KT line. Things are tight.’

Todd Offenbacher (RSN Talent):  ‘Let’s help the economy- I am trying to spend – mostly locally.’
Liz Dugan (Manager PlumpJack): ‘We are cutting back, no ski passes which is a huge deal, but we have the back country and ski the resorts that offer deals.’

Chris ‘Uncle E’ Ernst (Ski Personality):  ‘I leverage ALL I can to make sure I still get to the hills and spend quality time with my family and friends. Bag lunching has always been my thing as I have a hard time paying
for food at resorts.’

Vicki Kahn (local columnist):  ‘We decided NOT to do any ski trips to other areas this year. Instead we are staying home, skiing and spending our money locally.’

Jim McAlpine (President Snowbomb):  ‘Dewd, if you only knew. We are brown bagging it big time.’

Phil Caterino (President Alpengroup): ‘Use the Backcountry, we all paid for it before the bail-out nation occurred. And yes I just can’t pay $6.50 for a beer at the resort bar anymore!’

~ Compiled by Robert Frohlich


  • Robert Frohlich

    Former writer

    1955 – 2010

    “If Lake Tahoe ain’t heaven, then heaven can wait.”
    ~ Fro fighting for his life

    “The next morning I arose early to watch the setting moon. The sun hadn’t quite broken out of the dreamy foliage of morning, and all was still: the blanketed dells, ridges, and granite domes. No sound. Something almost creepy hovered over the motionless surroundings. The landscape had a fierceness that made the Alps look tame.

    “There is a small stone fortress built in the 1920s that guards the actual point lookout. I noticed the fellow who’d bragged about skating the 11 miles in two hours. He was probably doing yoga, but he looked more like he was praying. Maybe he was praying not for his deliverance alone, but for mine, too, for our mutual enlightenment. Maybe he embodied the form that transcendent figures assume these days. I felt unaccountably cheered that this guy was a sort of postmodern angel, complete with a caption for people too dense like me to know a vision when they see one. How could it be otherwise? Many people wilt when their lives have been gutted. I’d refused to wilt. I’d been given a second life. In my first life I tried to do everything expected of me and had failed somewhat. Now in my second life I’d try to attempt things not expected of me.”

    ~ “Seeking Mojo at Glacier Point,” published in Moonshine Ink, March 8, 2010

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