California’s Caldor Fire is just one of many burning rampantly across the West, but just took an ominous turn as it heads straight to Lake Tahoe. As of Monday morning, residents of South Lake Tahoe stand under mandatory evacuation orders with the fire racing towards the lake. On Sunday evening, photographers captured the fire burning through Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. Luckily no major structure damage was reported, but images show the ski area’s snowmaking guns spraying water on massive flames in an attempt to combat the blaze. Fire managers are warning that weather conditions including triple-digit temperatures and high winds will likely make the situation worse over the coming days.
Caldor Fire Evacuation Order - 8/30/21 10:00 a.m. pic.twitter.com/CARGD8NAT8— CAL FIRE AEU (@CALFIREAEU) August 30, 2021
Much of the magic of skiing and snowboarding in the Tetons lies in the idea of traveling through and connecting with wild, remote places - which could be at risk with proposed new bighorn sheep closures. | Max Ritter photo. Access to backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding Forest Service lands is at risk. For those of you who enjoy spending your winters ski touring high in the Tetons, you might already be familiar with the issues winter
There are currently 107 wildfires burning nationwide, with large ones in California blanketing Nevada, Utah, and Colorado with dense and unhealthy smoke. | Breezometer map. This past weekend felt pretty apocalyptic across the West, with skies turning orange, ash depositing on surfaces, and air quality indexes so bad that many of us were warned to avoid going outside. In fact, Denver and Salt Lake City were both ranked at the top of the list of worldwide air pollution. Here in Jackson
Wolf Creek is opening this weekend following a 14-inch storm. | Wolf Creek Ski Area photo. Well, here we go. Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area just announced they will be opening this weekend October 16-17 after a 14-inch winter storm blew in this past weekend, making them the earliest ski resort to open in the lower 48 for the winter! [UPDATE: Arapahoe Basin has also announced they will open Black Mountain Express lift and the High Noon run on Sunday October 17]. Wolf Creek will be running