Vikings ski other places than the Tahoe area. Groups of Vikings go on trips sponsored by the Bay Area Council of Ski Clubs and private adventures at ski resorts out of state. One such trip was taken several years ago by one of our members and an old high school buddy. See Frank and Art's Excellent Adventure.
July 4th the Vikings have the July meeting and a barbecue at the cabin and watch the fireworks from the Summit. Another fun fund-raising event is an annual Christmas Party and Dinner, which includes great food, dancing and a raffle.
Since we're pretty much outdoor people, a lot of our non-skiing activities are well, outdoors! In the Fall we have a "get in shape" hike or bike day. The September meeting is traditionally a cook-out with a meeting after. One of the summer meetings might also be a barbeque, held on Angel Island, with hiking and biking to work up an appetite, or we sometimes have another summer meeting at the cabin on Donner Summit. Of course, many Vikings use the cabin as a base for summer recreation activities. We' re right above Donner Lake on Donner Pass Road, handy to the Pacific Crest Trail, and it's not that far to Lake Tahoe.
We ski at a lot of different resorts, but Sugar Bowl gets a lot of our business, since they're neighbors, and Donner Ski Ranch is right across the street, handy for the kids. For those who want to x-country, Royal Gorge's groomed trails are a few miles away, at Serene Lakes, while nearby Castle Peak offers back-country excursions. On New Year's Eve we usually have dinner and a party at the cabin; at midnight the Vikings gather in a circle and pray to Ullr, the Norse god of snow for abundant snow for skiing.
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