Climb a mountain, eat, drink, hangout and revel with other crazies like yourself then slide down the mountain in complete darkness guided only by a headlamp powered by two AAA batteries…if you are like me and this sounds like your idea of a good time, that’s good and we are not alone.
On Saturday January 30, 2016 Tahoe Mountain Sports in conjunction with Dynafit held the 4th annual Nachtspektakel at Diamond Peak Ski Resort in Incline Village, NV. As we covered last year this is a common European event that combines skiing, drinking, eating and being merry with like-minded individuals during the cover of darkness.
How does Nachtspektakel work?
How this works is you get a group together and skin to the top of a mountain. Usually the ascent begins when the sun is setting or at night. Once the group makes it to the top, strap on your headlamps and ski/ride down to the lodge or a hut. Then, the party begins.
This year was not different except for the fact that all organizations involved seem to be getting better and better at putting on this annual event. After good conversations skinning to the top we were treated to an amazing sunset.
It seemed like there was fire in the sky…
as the last minutes of sun shined over the lake.
Uphill followed by food, fun, and celebration!
Then back inside for a delicious meal prepared by Diamond Peaks Chefs. As more and more completed the journey to the lodge, the excitement and celebration grew. At 45 strong the atmosphere was friendly, cozy and enjoyed by all. A great dinner accompanied by quality beer and of course the night wouldn’t be complete without a couple nips from the ShotSki!
Downhill under the Stars
As the night began to wind down, the group began to strap on their gear in preparation for my favorite part…the downhill under the stars. Once geared and bundled everyone headed out for the final descent of the evening. The group gathered round as Dave from Tahoe Mountain Sports and the head of Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol gave some last minute instructions. Mainly they advised to avoid obstacles (i.e. the terrain park!) and take it easy. Although there were many inebriated patrons, most were able to comply without incident. As the last Nachtspektaelers made it down the mountain, many decided the night shouldn’t be over. You see within every tradition, small unspoken traditions start to form. In this case that meant, most headed to town to partake in one last cold one at Alibi Ale Works. The 4th Annual Nachtspetakel organized by Tahoe Mountain Sports, Diamond Peak and Dynafit was a success.