The actions taken in response to COVID-19 have disrupted the schedules of people across the state. While missing out on the last part of our school year and spring sports is certainly regrettable, there are many advantages to a blank schedule.
Following two months of scarce snowfall and low attendance, the China Peak Mountain Resort temporarily shut down for the season in early March. But as major rainfall swept over the Central Valley, the resort began to see signs hope signal in the form of falling snow. Last week, China Peak received about three feet of fresh powder, tempting local skiers and riders to pull out their gear once again and hit the slopes. However, just as snow conditions were looking up, the resort faced a new obstacle that was not as easily overcome. Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down businesses and schools has led to the closure of almost all ski resorts throughout the nation. Bucking the trend, China Peak managed to keep its lifts running for a couple of epic days last week.
Whether it’s writing an essay, playing a sport or learning to drive, the hardest part of any venture is starting. Amatuer rocketry is no exception, but our hope is for the reader to understand that rocket science is entirely accessible to high schoolers.
Wash your hands. With soap. Often. This isn’t preschool. We shouldn’t have to remind you to use warm, soapy water and sing Happy Birthday twice. Pick out your clothes with God in mind. You don’t need to impress anyone else.
‘Tis the season of deadlines, acceptance letters, scholarships and FAFSA. In the busyness of the new semester, seniors are balancing their academics and extracurricular activities. As the first semester comes to a close, the second semester welcomes students with a new list of responsibilities to complete before graduation quickly approaches.
Though Skiing can be a fairly simple sport to learn, there are always critiques to be made and new lessons to learn. Even the best skiers in the world go over various techniques and training drills to enhance their skill set. Whether it's learning how to ski powder, moguls, or carving on a groomed run, this snow sport translates to various methods that can be as complex as you make them. I don’t say this to intimidate the hopeful novice, but rather encourage them that there are greater aspects to skiing than just getting down the hill without falling. Once the basics have been mastered, the skier can begin to explore a diversified playing field of new abilities.
Once arriving at China Peak, the first step is to figure out where to rent equipment and begin the process of learning how to snowboard. China Peak, has an equipment rental shop located in the Day Lodge. There, employees can assist resort attendants with everything they need to get on the snow. Afterwards, visitors can either schedule a snowboard lesson from a professional, or begin the trial and error process of mastering the sport on their own. I recommend finding a friend who is experienced in snowboarding to come and encourage you along the way.
A launch pad may be the simplest and least technically challenging aspect of rocketry, but a poorly designed pad makes getting in the air a lot more frustrating.
I feel very blessed to have grown up in the 1980s. It was such a fun time to be a teenager, what with lace tights and teased bangs and such. Okay, so it may not have been the most sophisticated era in terms of fashion, but you can’t say we didn’t have fun with our clothes. When I was in high school some of the biggest name brands were Benetton, Guess jeans, Polo shirts for the guys, Cross Colors, Swatch watches and Converse sneakers. Our hair was feathered, our makeup was neon, and you could see us coming a mile away. We emulated Madonna, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol and George Michael.
Skiers and snowboarders alike welcomed the winter season with open arms. For the Fresno and Clovis communities, this looks like rejoicing on a rainy day. Rain in Fresno means fresh snow at the China Peak Mountain Resort. As regulars at China Peak, Natalie and I have experienced how weather conditions can determine whether it’s a great day or a miserable experience. It may not occur to first-time skiers and riders to check the weather in the mountains, but this should always be done before heading up the hill.