Circa 1977-78 I *worked* at this place in its previous incarnation as "Ski Sundown".
I helped build up the place's meager electrical generation facilities and participated in the construction of a new lift line. A co-worker lost his leg in the process ot that one...
I lived in a space above the vehicle maint shop, very cool spot.
Prior to that I worked at Kirkwood's powerhouse and lift maintenance / mountain ops for a couple of years.
I always had my doubts that this place would make it, mainly due to its comparatively low elevation, and the extreme variability snowfall depth and quality. It tended to be pretty wet Tahoe Cement when it did fall. And Kirkwood, just up the street - so to speak - offered a far superior skiing experience. (They too generated their own electricity with diesels, and still do - and therefrom hang many stories)
Working at Sundown and at Kirkwood, was like being in an episode of "Peyton Place". I was glad to see it, and the whole scene, in my rearview when I left after a year or so.
Any other alums out there? Phil? Dale? Cookie?...others who's names I can't remember.... the Austrian Ski instructor ("Bend Ze Knees - fifty cents please" - and - "I im zi blag sheep of ze femily begauze I begame ze ski bum"). What was his name??
Good Times! (not)
Oh - and back in the time of the Dinosaurs, I believe this place also served as a landing pad of sorts for the "Peddler Hill Rope Tow". I was told by locals at Silver Lake that the PHRT actually crossed perpendicular to what eventually became Hiway 88 and dropped over the edge towards Devil's Lake. This would have to be verified with archaeological digs and carbon dating techniques.
Edited by jimbalioblane - 3/29/14 at 6:20pm