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Learning Search comes to TMS!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Tahoe Mountain Sports is happy to announce the latest upgrade to our website and to your shopping experience. We are constantly striving to improve our customer’s shopping experience here at TMS and we feel this is a big one.

Please use our new Search box located at the top of any page or simply click on our Top Searches page to start your shopping experience. You can also narrow down all your results by brand, activity, or price and sort them in any order you want. Basically, learning search ranks the click through of our shoppers and moves the more popular items to the top so you can find them more easily.

Finally, check out our new On Sale pages, which will generate the most popular sale products when you click through to that page and then you can start your sorting through their. Please leave us any comments you have and let us know how we can make it better as we move to make this one of our best tools yet.

Happy Shopping!

Squaw Powder Day 2.18.09

Saturday, February 21st, 2009



Here is our latest POV video from Squaw Valley this past Wednesday 2.18.09. It was a perfect bluebird pow day and the entire mountain opened pretty much at the same time, which almost never happens. I got a little bit of a late start so I missed a lot of the untracked, but still managed to find some fun lines.

TMS Launches Deal of the Day

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Yup, you heard right, every single day we are offerring a new product at a heavily discounted price through both our website and our partners’ websites. You can view the Deal of the Day when you visit our Webcam page for up to the second, live, Lake Tahoe weather and road conditions. You can also check out some of our partner sites like Tahoe Ticker to get your fill of the news and find our Daily Deal there as well. Thanks to our affiliate management company, Avantlink for helping us get this going!

Dawn Patrol to Mt. Rose – 2.13.09

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Kevin and I headed up to Fireplug or what some call Sparkplug for a dawn patrol early this week. I know I am late with the post, but better late than never. Had the Megawatts with the BD 01 binding along with my Deuter Cruise 30 pack, which I am very happy with, other than the lack of helmet holder. We got up to the top after sunrise, headed down the north side and then back up again and off to work at TMS.

Snowkiting 2.15.09 – Martis

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Winds were light out of the South to West and anywhere in between. I was on the Ozone Frenzy 11m for about an hour before I gave up. I was using the Black Diamond Megawatts and they totally ruled for these conditions. Storm is raging on and as of 1pm this afternoon, there was easily a good 8 inches out in Martis already. Enjoy these pics of Dirk. I was heading out and he was still flying.

2/13 Lake Tahoe Weather and Conditions Update

Friday, February 13th, 2009
This is a beautiful thing.

This is a beautiful thing.

Its been an amazing week for skiing and riding here in Lake Tahoe. Sunday night’s forecast of 4-8″ turned into 20″ of light blower pow in my driveway, and much more at higher elevations.  Since then, mother nature has been nice enough to drop new snow every night and let the weather clear up for a bit during the day to let the skiers play. These last three systems have all been cold, dropping all snow here in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the forecast has a series of systems bringing more snow to the area through the next week! This is the time to hop on a pair of Black Diamond Megawatts and see why the powder hounds love this ski. All this new snow has increased the avalanche danger, so be sure to check out the avy report from the Sierra Avalanche Center before heading out into the backcountry. Also, you can keep up on the weather here in Kings Beach with our live web cam.

Lake Tahoe Snowkite Series – Part 3

Friday, February 13th, 2009

This leg of the LT Snowkite Series took us back to Grass Lake on Sat. Feb. 7th for awesome East/Southest winds between 5-25 all day long. Downwinders were the highlight of the day as everybody came out to learn, demo and have a good time. Did I forget to mention the foot of new snow that had fallen overnight? We thank Flysurfer for sending out the Outlaw 6, 10, and 14 they were awesome. As always, lots of Ozone kites on the scene as well. Check out the full set of pics on our Facebook page or the sample below.

Black Diamond 09/10 Preview

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

09/10 BD Skis. Megawatt in blue on the left. Profile shot of Justice (red) and Zealot (green)

I was lucky enough to get to demo a lot of new 09/10 skis at Alpine Meadows this past wednesday and thursday. The conditions weren’t great for testing powder skis, but we managed to find some soft slushy snow on wednesday and some chalky lines with a dusting of new snow on thursday. I tried most of next years Black Diamond power series as well as a bunch of skis from other manufacturers.

The standout of the demo for me was the new BD Zealot 182. The Zealot has been in the BD line for a few years now, but the changes for next years model make it feel like an all new ski. It has the same stiff flex, minimal sidecut, and 110mm waist as the previous model, but BD added a long, low rise, rockered tip that really makes this ski stand out. The ski flat out rips, it would be a great one ski quiver for Tahoe. The stiff flex and minimal sidecut charge through crud, and the rockered tip keeps the ski on top of heavy slush and other soft snow. It skis more like a traditional big mountain ski compared to the Megawatt and Justice, but the rockered tip eliminates any hookiness in variable snow or crust and keeps it on top of the pow.  I skied the Zealot in both 182 and 192, the 192 skis like a stiff 190+ ski even with the rockered tip and would be a perfect ski for 200+ lb guys who like to ski fast in all conditions, but was a little much for me in tight spaces and steep bumps. The 182 felt absolutely perfect for me at 6′ and 175lbs even though I usually ride skis in the 185-190cm range, it will most likely be on my feet for most of next season.

09/10 Black Diamond Zealot

09/10 Black Diamond Zealot

Another of my favorite skis from the demo is the new Black Diamond Justice. Its basically a narrower version of the Megawatt. It has a  rockered tip, 115mm waist and pintail shape. It has less rocker or early rise in the tip than the Megawatt and slightly more than the new Zealot. It is perfect for those that think that the Megawatt may be a little too much to handle or too specific to soft snow. This is also a softer and lighter ski than the Zealot, and I think it will excel in soft snow in the backcountry. They are perfectly manageable on hard snow, but they really came alive for the few turns when I found some soft snow. Not to say they felt bad on hardpack, they were very predictable and manageable which is much better than some rockered designs that can be scary on firm snow. In the soft they felt very surfy and like they could make any size turn you felt like making, its a feeling that I personally love. The 175 size should be a perfect powder ski for ladies and smaller guys. Don’t be afraid if 175 is longer than you usually ski, they are very light, maneuverable, and easy to ski all over the mountain.  This is a powder ski that you can ski every day and the people that are lucky enough to get a pair next year are going to be in for a treat. UPDATE 10/15/09: All of these skis are now in stock and ready to ship! Its going to be a GREAT winter!

09/10 Black Diamond Justice

09/10 Black Diamond Justice

Pinner Couloir, Mt. Laurel 2/2/09

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
Eric L. from Sierra Pacific Coffee and I went down for a winter Eastside backcountry Ski trip. Since the release of the new eastside skiing book, all of us have been drooling for a chance at some of the newly described lines. With my new Deuter Cruise 30 pack, Black Diamond Verdict skis, and a whole bunch of other gear on my back, we headed out to see what we would find. After starting on dirt and hiking for about an hour around the north side of Convict Lake, we then donned our Black Diamond skins and Eric, his Prior splitboard, and we got to skin for about 45 minutes until we hit the couloir. Once at the base, we put on our crampons and started booting up the thing. About 100 feet wide in all locations and with very little sunlight hitting the snow, the snow conditions were variable to say the least with some avy debris and other sluff. We hiked for about 3 hours until we made it about 7/8ths of the way to the top where a rock choked the rest of the path. In a heavier snow year, this probably would not have been an issue, but this year it was. Being at a real steep section, we decided to down climb about 100 yards and then put on our boards for the descent. A killer trip that will be repeated sooner rather than later!
Looking at Convict Canyon from the East Side Hot Springs

Looking at Convict Canyon from the East Side Hot Springs

Eric with MT. Laurel in the background

Eric with MT. Laurel in the backgroundTreacherous skinning through the brushLooking up into the Pinner for the first timeEric is about to start ripping itDave skiing down the Pinner in some major hard pack!


Dave down in the bottom left of the photo. Good shot to see the steepness of the couloir.
Dave down in the bottom left of the photo. Good shot to see the steepness of the couloir.Eric shows some sluff coming down with him.Close to the top
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