TAHOE CITY, Calif.—On most July 4ths, Scott Grosso barbecues with his friends and family in Cupertino, Calif. This year, he has different Independence Day plans: He's strapping on his snowboard. "I plan on getting up early in the morning and snowboarding all day, then go down to the deck for some barbecue and cocktails and enjoy the 70-degree weather" in Lake Tahoe, says the 38-year-old. "I keep rubbing it in to all my friends in Connecticut. They can't believe it." Skiing on the Fourth of July in Tahoe | In the Wall Street Journal!?! | Unofficial Networks

Skiing on the Fourth of July in Tahoe | In the Wall Street Journal!?!

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Fireworks and Ice: Tahoe Beckons to Fair-Weathesr Skiers on July 4th

A Rare Opportunity to Hit the Slopes in a Bikini Top and Water-Ski on the Same Day – WSJ.com

TAHOE CITY, Calif.—On most July 4ths, Scott Grosso barbecues with his friends and family in Cupertino, Calif. This year, he has different Independence Day plans: He’s strapping on his snowboard.

“I plan on getting up early in the morning and snowboarding all day, then go down to the deck for some barbecue and cocktails and enjoy the 70-degree weather” in Lake Tahoe, says the 38-year-old. “I keep rubbing it in to all my friends in Connecticut. They can’t believe it.”

Mr. Grosso can’t quite believe it, either. Skiing or snowboarding on the Fourth of July is typically hard to do in the continental U.S. But in Northern California’s Lake Tahoe region this summer, the mountains are still packed with snow after an extended winter pounded the Sierra Nevada range and dumped fresh powder onto the area well into June. More than 15 feet of snow still remains atop some mountains.

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