It’s been almost two months since my trip out west to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, but I wanted to post about my experience in Tahoe. The reasons:

• My recent TRAVEL AND BEYOND posts felt incomplete without including this aspect of my vacation; I needed a “final chapter” to conclude this series.

• OUT WITH A BANG. I get to officially say goodbye to winter and the end of snowboarding season (I’m an east coaster) by documenting moments of my last ride of the season, which by the way, was EPIC!!

• I’d like to encourage more ladies to snowboard. Admittedly, it’s not for the frail or faint of heart; you will bust your ass when you first learn, but it’s SO much fun once you get the hang of it.

So here we go, another postcard moment peppered with fun, action and silly people having a good time. Are you ready??

While driving from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe with Howong and Matt, we got hit by a massive snowstorm. It was HELL to get through, with incredibly slow traffic, so we entertained ourselves by spotting strange license plates. Here is one of them (I kid you not). Another favorite:


When we finally arrived, it was definitely worth it! The views were spectacular, the fresh air invigorating and there was TONS of powdery snow. As an east coast snowboarder who is used to riding icy conditions, this is pure HEAVEN. We spent two days at Sugarbowl rocking out in hoodies under mostly sunny skies.

Clouds move really fast out here. Sunny one minute, snowing the next minute.

Very steep!

We got carried away shredding down the slopes and maniacally whooping in excitement,
so there aren’t many action shots, but here are a few photos of us warming up for the day.

Matt on the slopes doin’ his thang.

The lodge where we stayed, The Alpineer.

The snowbanks on the side of the road are taller than us!

Howong + me.

Howong, a.k.a. Chairman Wong + Matt as ice sculptures.

A vintage photograph at The Alpineer lodge. Yes, women can shred AND be glamorous.


I look back fondly on my San Francisco + Lake Tahoe trip. It was a whirlwind five days, but I packed it ALL in! On my last day in Tahoe, we snowboarded in the morning, then drove back to San Francisco, where I boarded a red-eye flight back to New York so I could get back to my work deadlines. When I landed at 7:30 that morning, I was a hot mess! Looking in the ladies room mirror, I was horrified to see my nose had turned a bright sunburnt red and my eyes almost matched in redness from dehydration and lack of sleep; I looked like the devil’s disciple. But you know what? It was ALL worth it!

photos taken by me, Chairman Wong and Matt

To see previous entries from my trip out west:

TRAVEL AND BEYOND: San Francisco, a postcard-perfect city {part 1}
TRAVEL AND BEYOND: shops on Haight Ashbury + night out w/ Slayers Club {part 3}

Hey all, I’m heading to San Francisco to hang with my friend Howong for a couple of days, then on to Lake Tahoe to snowboard!
I’m sporting my new Betty Rides leopard spring gloves. Roxy hat, Scott women’s goggles, Triple 5 Soul hoody.

Check in, as I may either be inspired to blog while on vacation or will have some adventures and tidbits to share once I return.

P.S. big thanks to Mary for dropping off my other gloves with me this week. Yes, I’m taking TWO pairs with me. With my luck losing gloves/leaving them in people’s cars, it’s good to have back-up!

I’m going to Lake Tahoe at the end of February; just booked tickets this week!…WHOOHOO!

When I first moved to NY, I befriended two skate rats, Marcus and Roman, who introduced me to one of my great passions: snowboarding. Fresh air and speed; a refreshingly irresistible combo for me! I’ve mainly been riding on the east coast, at local NY mountains Hunter and Wyndham, with the occasional trip to Vermont. The Tahoe trip will be my first west coast venture; I’m looking forward to some POWDER!!

So with thoughts of shredding in mind, I put together these collages; what I’d buy if I had the money for new gear!

As much as I love great style, do keep in mind that when you buy snowboarding gear, style is secondary; quality and function should come first! You don’t want to have the outfit that looks cool, but isn’t waterproof enough, is uncomfortable or falls apart after a few wears.

For first time buyers, click here for tips on buying outerwear, as well as resources for buying a board.

Snowboarding can get pretty expensive, with jackets and pants each averaging $100-300 a pop and a board from $150-500, not to mention the other extras. So if this is your first or second time riding, if possible, borrow a friend’s clothing, gear and/or rent equipment (boots + bindings + board). Make sure you love it before spending that cash and when you do, invest well! Ebay and Craigslist are good sites to find used/discount gear. Also, there’s a lot of mid-season sales going on right now.

As for anyone in the NYC area who’s interested in snowboarding, I’m always looking for fellow riders who want to hit the slopes with me! So hit me up if you’re into it. 🙂

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