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.
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.
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.
I’m supposed to write about fashion, but all I can think about is Kobe. Honestly, I was never a Kobe fan. For one thing, I’m a die-hard Celtics fan. I grew up in Boston and everyone knows Boston sports teams are the best (fight me). If you want to talk basketball greats, let’s talk about Larry Bird. Bird’s rivalry with Magic Johnson – the Celtics v. the Lakers – was legendary. So the Lakers were always “the enemy.” Kobe played for the one team I just can’t root for, ever. We were chatting after church this past Sunday, still in our pews, when my son’s friend turned and said Kobe had died. Even if I didn’t root for him, I was shocked.
Written by writer, editor and FCS mother Silva Emerian, Style Session is about fashion trends, style and Emerian’s connection with God. Published since 2015, Style Session returns to The Feather after a year-long hiatus. Style Session will be published bi-monthly and Emerian’s previous works can be viewed on her Feather author page. Emerian also runs her own personal blog, On My Shoebox and can be reached via email.
I’m one of those people who cannot (will not) think about Christmas before Thanksgiving. Not one Christmas carol. No shopping. I’m not having any of it until I finish my mashed potatoes. (No turkey for this vegetarian.) Now that the leftovers are gone, I can shift my attention to the Christmas season. Our tree is up, a wreath is hanging on the front door, and Christmas music is on in the car.
Have you ever stood in front of (or inside) your closet, staring at the racks and shelves FULL of clothes, and thought to yourself, “I have NOTHING to wear!”? I have. And isn’t it funny that, despite a closet packed with clothes, I often reach for the same handful of items and wear them over and over again? I’m currently wearing a gray sweater I’ve owned for about 7 years over a black DKNY top I’ve owned for more than 20 years. That’s 2-0 as in two decades. Meanwhile, there is a brand new knit dress with its tag still on it hanging in my closet.
I am Armenian and I grew up on the East Coast. This means that when it comes to clothes, the dressier the better. East Coast Armenians dress up for everything! We love to look our best at all times. Are we snobs? I wouldn’t discount it. But we love to put our best foot forward in all ways, especially sartorially.