It’s mid-summer at Lake Tahoe, and you’ve decided to hoof it up a mountain for a scenic day hike.
You begin your ascent into the primitive forest, snaking your way through Jeffrey pines, granite outcroppings and tiny patches of late-lying snow. Far away from the summer crowds, you pass two hikers and pause to stare at them in bewilderment.
They are, after all, trudging up a slope of dirt and rock with their skis, boots and poles strapped to their backs.
Perhaps you inquire why on earth they would hike all this way to ski on a lingering patch of snow in summer?
They respond with the same bewilderment: Why on earth would you hike all this way and NOT ski on a lingering patch of snow?
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