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New Year’s Eve Tahoe Style – The Outdoors Guide

Friday, December 28th, 2012

This timely post comes from Lis Korb, Tahoe Mountain Sports’ previous Web Content Manager turned Adventure Traveler Extraordinaire. Lis doesn’t dilly dally when it comes to making the most of her day, as you can see by her following suggestions for a healthier New Year’s Eve spent outdoors.

Forget crowded bars, sweaty dance floors and TV screens broadcasting shiny dropping balls… this New Year’s Eve do something active or outside to really set 2013 off on the right path. Here are my top five picks for the Tahoe area. Don’t live here? Use these ideas as jump-off points to create your own adventure.

1) YOGA w/ a DJ This event is on my agenda for the last night of 2012! I’m going to sweat it out in a rocking flow class set to live DJ music at Tahoe Yoga Institute in Tahoe City.


2) FULL(ISH) MOON SNOWSHOE OR SKI The moon will be just past full, so there will be plenty of light for some nighttime outdoor fun. Find the nearest meadow or overlook and tromp or ski there. Bring a thermos w/ a hot toddy and you’re set! For those cold weather drinks I recommend a double-walled, insulated stainless steel bottle like a Hydroflask, which keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold.

3) WATCH FIREWORKS AT SQUAW OR NORTHSTAR Fireworks go off at 9 p.m. at both resorts. It will be a pretty cool site as fireworks reflect off the snow. Night skiing at Squaw Valley is closed for the night, but you could stroll around the village and hang around the fire pits for warmth. The Northstar Village also has awesome s’more kits available, which make for a fun family treat or a romantic snack around the fire.

4) BUILD AN EPIC SNOW FORTRESS & BONFIRE With all this newly fallen snow, this is prime-time for backyard sculpting. Dig out a pit for a well-managed fire. Around it, carve out of the snow a circular bench for your guests to sit on. If you want to get crazy, build an igloo for the kids to play in, a luge course for sledding or a rail to practice freestyle tricks on. Warm winter boots like the Chilkat II are insulated, hike well and have great traction on the soles. My girlfriends and I love these boots for any outdoor winter activity.

5) PARTY OUTSIDE AT THE SNOWGLOBE FESTIVAL This outdoor winter festival in South Lake Tahoe is one of a kind. The lineup this year includes Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Laidback Luke, MiMosa, Madeon, Polica, Flosstradamus, Minnesota, and many more, with Gramatik and Chromeo headlining on New Year’s Eve. The Snowglobe main stage is completely outdoors (some stages are under tents) so you will have to party in your puffy. How fun would this be if snow were falling?!

full moon skiing

A full moon provides great light for outdoor adventures.




The Starving Student’s Holiday Wish List

Friday, December 21st, 2012

This Week’s Favorite Holiday Gear Picks, Straight From Our Fun TMS Staff To You! 

With Christmas only a few days away and your “dirt bag ski bum” taken care of, as well as your “overly concerned parents” happily checked off for the year, that leaves the last (but not least) on your shopping list – the starving student! Every family seems to have one, or at least someone who lives like one, but what do you buy for someone who needs everything? Our TMS starving students, Meaghen and Ryan, have the perfect gift ideas that will help even the most destitute on your list feel like gear-royalty (opposite of gear-junkie) without breaking the bank.

Meaghen tree claim

Meaghen’s Holiday Picks


$24.95 – Chico Bag Daypack 15 ChicoBag Daypack 15 Backpack

I’ve liked this Chico backpack ever since I saw it. It barely weighs anything and scrunches down really small so it would be perfect to keep in my glove box. That way I’d always have it in case I decide to take a quick hike or walk my dog. Also for grocery trips – I wouldn’t worry about forgetting recyclable bags because I’d always have a big one in the car, and it’s much easier to carry when I walk or ride my bike home from the store.


$74.95 – The North Face Stretch Ninja HoodyThe North Face Stretch Ninja

Why do I want this North Face hoody? Because it’s sick! Hmm…what else? It’s really soft and I like the way the hood zips up all the way around your head but leaves the perfect little window to see out of. It blocks out the wind but the fabric is really comfortable and the zipper won’t rub my chin and annoy me when I’m running.

$174.95 – Smith I/OS Smith IOS Goggles

I need a new pair of goggles really bad and these Smith Goggles are the best goggles out there. They’re really comfortable and they look sweet! The weather changes so much in Tahoe that it would be nice to keep an extra lens in the car and be able to switch from back-and-forth really fast (flat-light to low-light).




Ryan’s Holiday Picks

$14.95 – Snow Peak Titanium Straw  Snow Peak Titanium Straw

I do a lot of lightweight hiking and long-distance trail running when the ground is dry, but it’s not always warm outside. I wouldn’t even notice this in my pack because it’s so small and light, just like the other Snow Peak gear I have, and I tend to drink tasty beverages like cocoa and coffee really fast so if I had a straw I could savor those moments a little longer.


$94.95 – Smart Wool 195Weight Bottom  SmartWool Midweight Bottom - Men's

My thermals are shot! I wear the same pair almost every day and put a lot of miles on them in the backcountry. I figure if I got some Smartwool long underwear next, they would last a long time and I could wear them repeatedly without stinking them up too bad. Plus, sometimes it’s really cold and wet in the mornings and other days it’s not that bad – these would do the trick in all conditions.


$184.95 – Hestra Egro Grip Freeride GlovesHestra Ergo Grip Freeride Gloves

I really like how much I can do with these gloves on. I borrowed a buddy’s Ergo Grip gloves a while ago and was immediately sold on them. It was nice not to have to take them off when I needed to grab something from my pack, adjust my goggles or unzip my pit-zips (underarm vents).


Hestra Ski Gloves – Are Hestra Gloves The Best Ski Gloves?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Hestra Gloves: Dexterity, Flexibility, Grip

hestra xcr glove

So good, you just may want two.

When you invest in a pair of Hestra Gloves you’re making a wise move that will last for years to come. Hestra’s origin and heritage is in leather. They began as a lumberjack glove manufacturer in a small Swedish town named Hestra before they ever made what lots of folks now refer to as the best ski gloves. Hestra puts so much time and effort into each pair of gloves they make that they guarantee a lifetime warranty and customer satisfaction. In fact, the Hestra Heli Glove is made up of 109 parts. At first it’s tough to believe that many separate parts go into a glove, but that’s Hestra’s dedication to excellence.

Some of the key features that make Hestra ski gloves such a reliable and back-able glove company have to be their utilization of cowhide and goatskin leather which add grip and durability, removable washable glove liners to keep comfort levels up and stench levels down, and the warmth and comfort their glove designs provide without compromising dexterity in the fingers. Hestra double-reinforces all stitching, they throw in some Hestra Leather Balm with each pair of gloves, and they stand by their products with a Lifetime Warranty.


Here’s a handful of the Hestra Ski Gloves we carry at Tahoe Mountain Sports:


Hestra C-Zone Leather Mitt


$89.95 – Hestra C-Zone Leather Mitt
his leather mitten combines a durable leather palm with a supple softshell back for top performance in an insulated leather mitt.  A waterproof membrane helps keep moisture out, the polyester lining is soft to touch, and Fiberfill insulation keeps hands warm during long days on the hill.



Hestra Heli 3-Finger


$124.95Hestra Heli 3 Finger Gloves
This awesome three finger mitt from Hestra Gloves combines the warmth of an insulated mitt with the dexterity of a winter glove formed to fit the natural shape of your hand. A windproof and waterproof layer covers the outside and a goat leather on the palm provides excellent grip. Comes with a soft, comfortable removable lining.



Hestra Ergo Grip

$184.95 – Hestra Ergo Grip Freeride Gloves

This bomber glove is super durable and has tons of grip thanks to a cowhide/goat leather construction and seam-stitching on the outside, plus a naturally curved shape to match the natural curve of the hand. This makes for better comfort and control. The Ergo Grip ski gloves are warm and padded gloves – you shouldn’t expect anything less from top-performing Hestra Gloves.



Hestra Seth Morrison Glove


$184.95Hestra Seth Morrison 3 Finger Pro Gloves
Seth Morrison’s pro model glove combines the comfort and warmth of a mitten with the performance and dexterity of a leather ski glove. Impregnated army goat leather, cowhide and Gore Windstopper fabric, plus out-seamed fingers (for even more grip) combined with a wrist gauntlet, side-zipper, nose wipe and a waterproof breathable insert make these Hestra 3 Finger gloves a ski and snowboard favorite.




Hestra F.A.Q.

How do you size a glove?
It’s a lot easier than you may think. Measure around the palm of your hand. A size 9 glove fits a hand that is 9 inches around the palm. If your hand is 8 inches around the palm, you would fit best in a size 8 glove. Pretty basic, eh? You should feel the glove touch the webbing between your fingers. If you can’t, you’ve probably gone a size too large.

How often should you polish Hestra Gloves?
Hestra Leather Balm is included with all pairs of Hestra gloves. It is recommended that you coat your new Hestra gloves with leather balm before first wearing your gloves outdoors. Re-apply Hestra Leather Balm as you see the color begin to fade, or after several weeks of constant use, whichever comes first. The more often you grease your leather Hestra gloves, the longer they will resist moisture, wear and tear.

Is there a warranty on Hestra Gloves?
All gloves by Hestra come with a Lifetime Warranty on workmanship  Send any product concerns to Hestra and they will repair, replace or refund your gloves – as long as the damage isn’t due to misuse or user error, and it’s pretty difficult to misuse a pair of gloves. Hestra is committed to quality craftsmanship and customer service.



Hestra Handcuffs
Hestra Handcuffs
MSRP: $5.95
Hestra Ski Cross Gloves
Hestra Ski Cross Gloves
MSRP: $134.95

The Legend Of Cold Smoke: Snow’s Affect On Mountain Morale

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

This guest post comes from Josh Whitney, a Boulder, CO-based pro mountain biker, cyclocrosser and lover of all things alpine. He’ll be sending Tahoe Mountain Sports his trip reports, reviews and inspired mountain ramblings from the Rocky Mountain West throughout the winter. His blog at blends bike racing and mountain adventures with musings on his day job in  business, technology and sustainability. 

Backcountry Skiing Colorado Rockies

Colorado Cold Stoke

Driving up through the valley, the bare ground gave little hope that we’d find any snow at the trail head, let alone enough to actually ski. After four weeks of Rocky Mountain high and dry, things were beginning to look grim. As November rolled into December the entire state of Colorado was jonesing for winter to present itself. We had 70-degree days in Boulder and friends were still doing the summer-standard mountain bike enduro loop through Nederland to Boulder, riding up to nearly 10,000 feet and back to town on bone dry trails. Having had the luck-luster winter of ’11/12 preceded by the epic ’10/11 season, the hope of impending powder turns had transformed for many into a dream – or worse, a legend. Would the future season’s pass morph into a plane ticket to points North? Had we already given up on this season as another wash? With all that sounding potentially over-dramatic, the last decade was the hottest on record and the legitimacy of winter in the lower 48 has been thrown into question.

Colorado Skin Track

La Avenida Magnifica

Fortunately, the wondrous sound of near-zero temps and low-moisture content snow crunching under the slide of skins greeted our trio as we set out with low expectations along Jones Pass Road. Having survived the previous year on a healthy diet of crap resort turns supplemented by reasonable backcountry missions when the horrendously sketchy conditions allowed, we decided to try our luck first in the BC where the turns are at least consistently satisfying and usually fresh. It was dubbed a reconnaissance mission alone, to explore a new zone none of us had been too but had heard great things about. We all agreed that actually making turns would be pure bonus. But as we made our way up the skin track, gaining elevation and feeling like winter had finally arrived, so too did our hopes. This was the morning that welcomed winter into our hearts, legs and lungs. Cold, crisp, brilliant sun meshed with the passing flurried snow cloud. The only thing missing was the wind, whose absence graciously let the freshly fallen snow delicately coat each branch of pine across the entire valley. It was perfect.

Knee-deep in joyous wonderment.

Above-treeline views unfolded a huge triple basin to the West and North with big, later-in-the-season lines. We began pointing this way and that, taking mental notes of potential, aspect and exits. After a short exploration run through a bowl and some steep trees we found some deep snow, but then quickly ended up in a gully that had under a foot of cover. This made for some not-so-fun navigating under and over fallen trees. Ah, the early season. En route back to the skin-track we spotted the obvious mainline and made our way back up to get some goods before returning home. Turns would in fact be had on this day, and they were sweet, like that third, fourth or fifth cookie you know you shouldn’t be eating. They were also surprisingly deep, and with temps hovering at zero the conditions warranted nearly cold smoke designation, turning the all but elusive legend into reality. The stoke meter was raised, senses that were dormant far too long were turned on, and with hoots and hollers echoing down the valley we all realized the winter had begun.

Colorado Snow Flurries

Colorado Cold Smoke proves its worth.



Hestra Heli 3-Finger Gloves
Hestra Heli 3-Finger Gloves
MSRP: $124.95


The Overly Concerned Parent’s Holiday Wish List

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

This Week’s Favorite Holiday Gear Picks, Straight From Our Fun TMS Staff To You! 

Great! Now that you’ve completed your Christmas shopping for the “Dirt Bag Ski Bum” in your life, you can focus on the “Overly Concerned Parent” that has stumped your holiday purchasing frenzy. We got inside the minds of TMS owner Pam and her daughter, Adina, to find out what they really want this year.


skiing with toddler

Pam – TMS Owner (for my daughter, Adina)


marmot kids jacket$154.95 / 94.95 – Marmot Starstruck Jacket and Marmot Skyline Pants marmot skyline pant
Keeping my daughter warm and dry is a top priority in winter, so I only buy the best outerwear. I love the Starstruck Jacket for girls because it has the same technical features (insulated, waterproof, stylish) as the adult version but in cute colors for little girls. Pair it up with the Skyline pants and your kid can play outside all day long without complaining.



smith cosmos galaxy$79.95 –  Smith Galaxy/Cosmos Helmet Goggle Package – A helmet is key for safety especially for an active child.  I’ve watching our daughter bounce hard on snow, ice and pavement so we want the best helmet for her protection and it needs to be cute and comfortable too so that she’ll wear it.  The Galaxy/Cosmos Helmet Goggle combo fits the requirements – an affordable helmet and goggles that comes in pink with butterflies!



north face kids backpack$34.95 – The North Face Sprout kids backpack – Overly concerned parents like to make sure we have packed EVERYTHING, so a backpack is a must. I like The North Face Sprout because it’s just the right size for my daughter and she can carry her own essentials now that she’s four years old.  For older kids, there are great larger packs like the Deuter Kids Backpack.





Pam (for me!)


smartwool mini fairisle $20.95 / 19.95Smartwool Mini-Fairisle and Smartwool Jovian Stripe
I love socks and think they are smartwool jovian stripethe best holiday gift. I especially love the colors of the Mini Fairisle socks and Jovian Stripe socks.





Icebreaker BF150$34.95 – Icebreaker BF150 Sprite Hot Pant – I think the Icebreaker BF150 is hot! The color combos are bright and fun while the style is cute and comfortable. I totally want a pair – or two or three – this winter.





Ugg Brooks Tall$249.95 Ugg Australia Brooks Tall Boot – The Brooks Tall Ugg Boot in black would put a huge smile on my face this winter. Fashionable, warm and waterproof; the perfect boot. Please tell my husband that I want these!






kids winter outerwear

Adina – TMS Poster Child


black diamond wiz$18.95Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp – Adina really wants her own headlamp, so the Black Diamond Wiz will be going in her stocking this year. It comes it cute color schemes and is plenty bright for her to play at night or to tag along on night-hikes with my husband and I.





bogs glosh boots$34.95 – Bogs Glosh Boot – She already has Bogs boots, which we love, but she really wants the new Glosh Boot since it’s pink and weighs less than her current pair. The handles are a great addition to an already waterproof and warm winter boot.





glow in the dark frisbee$24.95Nite Ize Flashflight Lighted Frisbee – Anything from Nite Ize that lights up, like this glow in the dark frisbee, would be another perfect gift for my precious little munchkin.





Moab Mountain Biking And Crack Climbing In Fall

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

This guest post comes from Robyn Embry, a local pro downhill racer living in Kings Beach, California, for the past seven years. She can be found climbing rocks and skiing powder when not enjoying life on two wheels; her blog contains the extended version of this and other adventures, including the fun and tribulations found within a season of mountain bike racing.

Where is one of the coolest places to spend a fall away from Tahoe? In Moab, Utah! I just returned from a three-week trip with my boyfriend Kit and our dog Pork Chop–and wow, what an adventure! Moab is similar to Tahoe with its wide array of outdoor pursuits close at hand, yet so different because of the stark desert landscape of sculpted sandstone and sagebrush. Still, it almost feels like a home away from home. On top of being a mountain biker’s paradise and home of the famed Slickrock Trail, Moab itself has tons of good rock climbing, with the legendary crack climbing area Indian Creek just an hour’s drive south. It was a good thing the nearby LaSal mountains had no snow yet, because we would have overloaded the van with skis in addition to bike gear and a massive rack of cams for climbing at Indian Creek. The livin’ was easy on this trip. In fact, the only hard parts to adjust to were the long, cold desert nights; with the sun going down at 5 pm, we’d be in down jackets around the campfire for another 5 hours until bedtime, then staying cozy underneath more down until the morning sun warmed the landscape.

Moab Slickrock and sandstone

Approaching an enchanted landscape of slickrock and sandstone.

The bike riding fun began with the Porcupine Rim trail, which a group of six of us shuttled from the intersection of the upper and lower singletrack trails, an easy way to cut out most climbing (A trail map or guidebook is good to have along).  Porcupine Rim wound up being the best ride of the trip in my opinion, even after completing a couple other Moab classics. Filled to the brim with rocks, drops, and heady technical sections, it felt like a giant mountain bike playground on a 20-mile downhill run! Starting high on the LaSal Mountain access road, it begins as a singletrack with some rocks, then goes into a fast and rocky 4×4 trail, then back into a winding cliff-edge singletrack with a number of technical rocky sections before finally dropping down to the Colorado River. At 20 miles long, this trail made for over two hours of adventure, so we had to bring full hydration packs to have enough water in the dry desert environment. Despite being a mostly downhill ride, it was quite tiring hanging on through all the rocks and keeping up with the boys, so I was happy to also have some energy snacks packed away – and definitely a spare tube or two – one member of our group had two flats during the ride.  It was also my first ride wearing my new Smith sunglasses, and I couldn’t have been happier. They are so comfy and don’t move an inch on rough terrain, nor do they require readjustment, so I almost forgot I was wearing them the whole time.

Moab slickrock mountain biking

Rock drops are groovy!

The Slickrock Trail is another great ride, perhaps THE Moab classic, but involves much more pedaling than the Porcupine Rim Trail. These climbs are no joke; mostly short and some impossibly steep, if one of us couldn’t make it we were forced to dismount and walk up in slippery bike shoes, all the while wishing we had worn climbing shoes. Slickrock doesn’t make for the easiest ride by a long-shot, but for the amazing views and outstanding traction, it’s a great time! Just remember to bring a chain tool in case of a snapped chain on one of the intense climbs.

Amasa Back Trail Moab

One drop after another, after another…

The third ride we cranked out was Amasa Back, an out-and-back with loop options, and some slickrock exploration at the top of the mesa. Amasa Back is a great trail for those who enjoy technical climbs instead of grinding up fire roads, and the climb provides a great opportunity to scope out lines for the descent. That’s a good thing, because there are drops ranging from one to four feet with pretty flat landings, and almost always an easier way around. Scenic views abound over the Colorado River and Long Canyon on one side, and Poison Spider Mesa to the other side (a good ride also, but we didn’t get to it this trip). For skilled riders this singletrack is a must, with an entertaining uphill climb and so many different options for fun and challenge on the high speed descent.

Moab downhill bike trails

In the backseat – the only way to go.

Between bike rides we sampled some of the climbs on Wall Street, just outside of Moab. The ultimate lazy person’s crag, the approach is little too nonexistent and it is possible to belay from one’s vehicle, or a camp chair next to the cooler full of snacks.  The majority of climbs are moderate-to-difficult cracks, with a few bolted sport climbs and easy top-rope slabs, so a wide variety of climbing gear is useful. We stuck to the crack climbs to warm up for Indian Creek and enjoyed some classics in the mid-5.10 to low-5.11 range: Roadside Distraction, El Cracko Diablo, and Mother Trucker were favorites here.  Face-holds and edges are common, so crack climbing techniques need not be perfect. A climbing helmet is also good idea since the Navajo sandstone is occasionally crumbly and loose blocks can be found on several climbs, as mentioned in the guidebook.

Down at Indian Creek the climbing is almost entirely traditional, and we found while searching among shops in Moab that the guidebook is now out of print! Luckily, the Utah guide contains some of the more popular crags that just worked fine for this trip. For the first two days we both taped up, a good idea when wrestling wider cracks, and my fist just barely locks into a Black Diamond #3 C4 size crack. Our third day was mostly finger cracks and liebacks, widening to an awkwardly sized .75 C4, which I could barely squish a hand into, even without tape. Here, good technique along with shoes that can wedge into cracks with relative comfort are necessary – no tight sport shoes here! The hard Wingate sandstone has very few features and is difficult to smear a foot on since it has been worn out from thousands of ascents, so jams must be solid and a roll of climbing tape can be helpful. The highlight of climbing in the Creek was both of us sending Coyne Crack Simulator, a 5.11 offset crack that contains a difficult stretch of the .75 size; the easy way out is to lie back, but that has its own set of challenges on lead.

Top rope moab utahlead climbing indian creek

Topping it all off, Moab is a cool town with a great vibe, and a fun place to hang around on days off from climbing and riding. The only thing that would make it even better would be hot springs to soak in after dinner and kill some of those cold, dark evening hours. Between the massive amount of climbable rock and so many miles of shred-able bike trails, it’s easy to escape crowds on a busy weekend, and the the sun warms everything up during the day to make fall temperatures perfect for playing outdoors.

Ugg Australia Sheepskin Boots – Warm Winter AND Summer Boots

Friday, December 7th, 2012


Ugg Boots In Tahoe

There was once a day when buying warm winter boots was an almost mindless task. Warm and waterproof – those were the only standards. As technology evolves and our material options increase almost exponentially, boot shopping becomes more time consuming. With each new innovation on the market, more pre-purchase research is called for. Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to carry a large selection of stylish footwear from Ugg Australia for both women and men.

UGG boots feature two-faced sheepskin lining that insulates well and is very comfortable. The inner skin-side is soft and the outer side provides great insulation and is more dense than other popular synthetic materials. Sheepskin can be worn year-round – it wicks away moisture and naturally regulates your body temperature, keeping you dry and warm in the cold, and dry and cool in warmer climates. Sheepskin boots are incredibly comfortable with bare feet. In fact, Ugg boots work their best without socks.

Ugg Australia was originally started when a young surfer named Brian Smith came to the U.S. in 1978 with a bag of sheepskin boots. Brian was seen changing in and out of his sheepskin boots between surf sessions, and the brand eventually caught on in California. Ugg now makes much more than the Classic Ugg Boot you’ve seen so many times – they make casual slippers, tall dress boots and everything in between.

Ugg Adirondack Tall Boot


$324.95Ugg Adirondack – Tall

The Adirondack Boot Tall offers a balance of high fashion, full-grain waterproof leather upper and a Vibram sole for extra grip on icy/slippery surfaces.




Ugg Australia Classic Short Boot$154.95Ugg Classic Short

The women’s Classic Short Boot has a Grade-A bomber twin-face sheepskin upper and suede overlays. This is the original Ugg boot design with sheepskin lining.




Ugg Australia Baroness Boot$159.95Ugg Baroness

A fashionable and comfortable Ugg boot fully lined with wool felt and a more urban feel, the Ugg Baroness boot is great in both the city where it rains and snows, or out on the streets in your favorite mountain town.




Ugg Australia Stoneman Boot$249.95Ugg Stoneman

These men’s Ugg boots are made of rich leather and lined with plush sheepskin for ultimate comfort in any weather. The Ugg Stoneman boot will teach any man that Ugg boots and sheepsking comfort are not just a luxury for women!




Ugg Australia Dakota Slipper


$99.95Ugg Dakota Slippers

The Dakota slipper is a stylish, comfortable sheepskin moccasin for use indoors and out. With removable laces and more traction on the sole, these slippers are extra versatile.




UGG Australia uses only Grade-A sheepskin. Low-quality materials often feel more rough, can cause itching, and are overall less comfortable. Grade-A sheepskin naturally breathes very well and wicks moisture away. Because of Ugg’s excellent thermo-regulating properties, Ugg boots can be worn year-round in both warm and cold temperatures.


Ugg Boots For Men
Not only women have the luxury of stylish sheepskin boots. Ugg makes a full line of men’s sheepskin boots and fashionable men’s footwear. Tahoe Mountain Sports carries the more casual Beacon Boot, the fashionable and super-comfortable Stoneman Boot and the Ascot Slipper, which is great for lounging around the house, the office and quick errand runs or dog walks outdoors.


How To Clean Ugg Boots
Ugg boot maintenance is simple. Hand-wash sheepskin only with clean, cold water and diluted soap. Scrub the boot gently, both inside and out. Sheepskin is delicate and can be damaged if not treated with care. Rinse your Uggs with cold water and let them air-dry, shaded from direct sunlight.

Counterfeit Ugg Boots
Believe it or not, Uggs are one of the most mimicked products on the black market. To counter this, Ugg Australia puts holographic tags inside their original boots. Those holographs are too expensive to manufacture, so watch for Uggs without a holographic label. Beginning soon, Ugg will add QR codes to the tags in their original footwear so you’ll be able to track your Ugg boots directly back to the manufacturer!



The Dirt Bag Ski Bum’s Holiday Wish List

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

This Week’s Favorite Holiday Gear Picks, Straight From Our Fun TMS Staff To You!

Everyone has those unique friends and family members who are a little more challenging to shop for around Christmas. The staff at Tahoe Mountain Sports understands this and wants to help you find something for everyone on your holiday list. How can we possibly help you find something for, let’s say, your “dirt bag ski bum”, your “overly concerned parent”, or maybe the “starving student” in your life? Well, we went to our talented staff for suggestions. Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, the magicians at TMS will provide their top picks for each of these truly “special” people in your life, in hopes that you will be celebrating this season with good cheer and great gear!


Todd – TMS Web Guru

$24.95 (on sale for 15.95) Squallywood – The Complete Guide To Squaw Valley – This book has the skinny on Squaw’s sickest lines. No more staring down cliffs and couloirs and wondering whether it’s possible to make it down alive – Squallywood has the beta you need to slay the gnarliest of gnar.


gloves that work with smartphone

$44.95 – Mountain Hardwear Stimulus Stretch Glove – Touchscreen-compatible liner gloves would let me check emails and surf the web from the chairlift without frozen hands.



Smith Recon Goggles

$649.95 – Smith I/O Recon Goggles – These goggles are just way too cool! They project real-time data right in front of your eyes, including: altitude, vertical feet, speed, distance, temperature, navigation and even jump analytics. It can also connect with your smartphone to view incoming calls and text messages, and let you control your music. Ski geeks are sure to have a nerdgasm if they find Recon goggles under the tree.





Adam – TMS Content Manager

Smartwool phd crew socks
$19.95 – Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks – I’ve got plenty of great ski socks, but usually wear ankle socks when I’m just tooling around outside or at work. As winter approaches I’m realizing I’ll need some good crew socks and I recently decided SmartWool is the only way to go if I want all-day comfort, warmth and the ability to wear the same pair repeatedly before washing without stinking up the office.


boot and glove dryer

$39.95 –DryGuy Transporter Boot & Glove Dryer – I work a lot and I snowboard as often as possible, so it would be reassuring to know that if I have to leave my gear in the car all day the DryGuy can still dry my boots and gloves by the time I get to the trailhead at 5:30 am.

Suunto Vector

$218.95 – Suunto Vector Watch – My iPhone is great, but I’m sick of unzipping a pocket to check the time. The Vector has an altimeter so I can guage my altitude and progress in a white-out storm, a barometer that senses a change in weather, and a compass and logbook so I can track routes on long days or multi-day backcountry trips.

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