One hell of an approach but is the Lyell glacier ski-able? If you'll spend many hours getting far north, ya might as well enjoy it and hike instead, right
13+ miles each way with bp to the Lyell Glacier for suncups, no doubt? Just 4 hours drive further and you can lodge in Reno, even! Although you better get a good report before you go. The MLC SC chair bragged about skiing every month of the year by doing it at Carson Pass in September, not much of an accomp but for wimps, you have to take what you can get. Regret I didn't scan that slide, pretty funny given the date of the year.
Bad economy hurt everyone, great that GM is profitable once again. Honda does make a Civic, the only one that I'd buy, in the past when they got 51 mpg (highway). News about Insight now, I won't be buying one (down to 38 mpg highway now after software update).