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New Sierra Designs Backpacking & Camping Gear For 2014

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Why carry more than necessary on trips that require distance travel over uneven terrain? That’s just foolish. When you put effort into cutting down your weight load, you increase your comfort level and enjoy yourself more. After all, hat’s why we explore the great outdoors; to find solace outside of our “hectic” lives (#firstworldproblems). New for 2014, Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to carry the supremely comfortable, minimalist sleep systems from Sierra Designs.

If you’re into lightweight hiking and backpacking, you’re going to LOVE a sweet new Sierra Designs sleep system:

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed

600 Fill Duck DriDown 600 Fill Duck DriDown
As recipient of a 2014 Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, the Backcountry Bed provides the comfort you get from your bed at home…in the backcountry. Enter this awesome zipper-less sleeping bag via a large port in the top and seal it off with an over-sized, integrated comforter that wraps naturally to your preferred sleeping position. This allows you to sleep naturally on your back, side or stomach and adjust to varying temperatures. What’s cool about the “Caternary Shaped Opening” is that it’s smaller than the width of the bag, so when you push outward the walls push back, sealing any drafts that could let in colder air. A security sleeve holds your sleeping pad in place so you feel like you’re in a real bed, and a self-sealing foot vent gives you access to the outside but blocks potential wind-tunnels to keep you comfortable no matter the wind levels.
Ladies, there’s a female version too. The women’s Backcountry Bed is four inches shorter, three inches more narrow at the shoulders, and uses two ounces more DriDown filling where women lose more heat than men.

Sierra Designs Mobile Mummy

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The Mobile Mummy moves when you do, so you can sleep on your side, stomach or back without feeling constrained. The arm ports have no zippers, toggles or hook-and-loop closures to get in your way. You can wear it like a shirt to sit up with free hands, and/or store the foot box and walk around camp wrapped in deluxe comfort. The zipper is easy to operate so you won’t get stuck inside with a full bladder, and dual sliders can be zipped from the bottom to increase ventilation. A draft collar, comfy tube and “curtains” keep cold air out and warm air in so you can drift off into dreamland without compromise. At 2-lbs, 4-oz, this lightweight sleeping bag is ideal for longer treks.
For campers between 6′ and 6’6″, they designed the Long Mobile Mummy. It’s $20 more expensive to cover the cost of that extra 20D Nylon Ripstop outer material and more down insulation.

While you’re busy dropping weight and boosting comfort, you may as well round out the whole package with some lightweight backpacking clothing and apparel for hiking and endurance sports. Check out the new collection of Sierra Designs jackets, shirts, pants and more.

Sierra Designs is leading a movement they’re calling Intelligent Minimalism. According to a recent blog post, “Reduce the physical clutter and you’ll clear the mental clutter too.” Follow this link to read about Sierra Designs’ philosopy: Intelligent Minimalism



Altra Zero Drop Footwear Demo & Group Fun Run

Friday, April 25th, 2014


On Tuesday, May 13, Altra Zero Drop will be at our store in Kings Beach to lead a Group Fun Run from 5:00 to 6:30 pm; you don’t want to miss this opportunity to demo some of the best running shoes in the world. This is your chance to take a pair of Altra shoes and put them to the test – for free! The run will split into groups based on ability level and leave the store shortly after 5 p.m. We’ll explore the fantastic trail network behind the Kings Beach neighborhood. Come join us for what is sure to be a fun time! Dogs are welcome, but they’re your responsibility :)

About Altra Zero Drop Footwear:
Altra is a group of passionate individuals committed to reducing injuries and improving running technique through bio-mechanically proper footwear. Altra Zero Drop footwear places your heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground for less impact, more stability, and proper running technique. Setting Altra running shoes apart from other performance training shoes, a foot-shaped design ensures healthy, happy feet. The distinctive toe box follows the shape of a healthy foot for more comfort, balance and running efficiency. Altra is becoming increasingly popular with runners of all styles for their “zero-drop platform and foot-shaped toe box. These attributes allow for a more natural foot strike and toe splay with each step of the run.” (Best Running Shoes 2014)

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Salomon Trail Shorts - Men's
Salomon Trail Shorts – Men’s
MSRP: $39.95

Steals & Deals: Outdoor Gear and Apparel Marked Down for Spring

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Spring is here and we have some killer deals to send you outside in style, without breaking the bank. Who doesn’t want a great deal on top-tier gear and technical layers to keep cool when the temperatures jump? We love skiing, running, climbing and playing outdoors all day without sweating our socks off! This season we’re featuring men’s and women’s quick drying active-wear, backpacks, tents and sleeping pads for fast & light adventures, cozy footwear and waterproof protection for electronic devices – but we have so many more deals going on! Head over to our Outlet for big sales on outdoor gear, or browse around at for a huge selection of bargain deals and closeout items.


The North Face Casimir 36 Backpack The North Face Casimir 36 Backpack – $168.95 / $118.96
The North Face Casimir 36 won awards in 2013 as an Outside Magazine’s Buyers Guide highlight! Whether hiking or overnight-running, big adventures in desolate wilderness areas call for an ultralight backpack with an unparalleled level of adjustability, and this 36-liter pack from The North Face has all that and then some. A spring-steel internal frame provides support and features Opti-Fit technology to adjust the fit between the pack and your body. Two extra-large hip-belt pockets provide easy access to essential items when it’s on your back and you’re racing down the trail in record time.
Olu'Kai Nohea Wool Slip On Shoes Olu’Kai Nohea Wool Slip On Shoes – $89.95 / $53.97
The wool OluKai Nohea combines old school slip-on fashion with modern design to create ultimate comfort and warmth. The natural wool-blend upper has a Dri-Lex lining that wicks moisture, and an Everfit footbed is anatomically contoured to keep you comfortable on your feet longer than the rest. Starting to smell funky after consistent wear day-in, day-out? Remove the footbed and wash it to revive the fresh aura your lady friends know you for. The rubber, all-weather sole is non-marking, but they lack ankle support (they’re slip-ons!) so don’t head straight to the court with these puppies. Looking for a little versatility? Step on the heel and transform them to Olu’Kai slippers!
Klymit Inertia X-Frame Sleeping Pad Klymit Inertia X-Frame Sleeping Pad – $99.95 / $67.95
The Klymit Inertia X Frame is the most lightweight, full-length sleeping pad on the market. It inflates in less than 6 breaths…if you’ve got that many left after a truly epic day! Klymit uses body mapping technology to maximize comfort, placing 1.5 inches of padding under your head, shoulders, hips and feet. A 75-denier bottom is more durable than other ultralight sleeping pads, and a 30-denier ripstop nylon top helps hit the 9.1 oz superlight standard for fast & light rovers. Don’t be fooled by the appearance; the cut-out sections of the pad don’t just save weight, they let your sleeping pad’s insulation loft, boosting warmth for a better night’s rest. This Klymit sleeping pad comes with a dry air pump, stuff sack and patch kit. Looking for the ultimate lightweight backpacking sleeping pad? This Klymit sleeping pad is the cutting edge

Basecamp Gear Giveaway: Win $500+ in NEMO Camping Equipment!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Between April 17 and May 5, win a $500+ camping gear setup by simply entering your email address here!


We’ve teamed up with OutdoorHub and NEMO Equipment to bring you another great gear giveaway just in time for spring camping season! You could win a NEMO Galaxi two-person tent, a NEMO Helio Pressure Shower, NEMO Fillo Inflatable Pillow and a $100 gift certificate to Tahoe Mountain Sports…That’s a $500+ value! If you’ve never used NEMO camping gear, you’re missing out. Their innovative outdoor equipment has wowed testers and won numerous awards industry-wide.

The Galaxi Tent uses a single-pole design that’s quick and easy to set up, lighter than multi-pole designs, and still somehow withstands high winds. It also features magnetic door tie-backs! Click here for more info about the Galaxi Tent

The Helio Pressure Shower uses air pressure rather than gravity and provides 5-7 minutes of shower time from a 2.9-gallon reservoir! Want hot water? Let it warm up in the sun for a while. Click here for more info about the Helio Pressure Shower

The Fillo Pillow is incredibly soft and comfortable on the skin, and is a camper and backpacker’s delight! It adds lightweight luxury to your campsite and the trails that lie ahead. Click here for more info about the Fillo Pillow

A TMS Gift Certificate, valid either online or at our location in North Lake Tahoe, gives you the freedom to purchase any other gear you may need for your next outdoor adventure! Click here for more info about Tahoe Mountain Sports


Between April 17 and May 5, visit our contest page on Facebook. Enter your email address in the box and we’ll select one random entry on May 6. One random winner will be contacted via email. It’s that easy!


Check out these cool videos highlighting NEMO Equipment:





Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
MSRP: $99.95
Nemo Fillo Backpacking Pillow
Nemo Fillo Backpacking Pillow
MSRP: $44.95

TMS Elevates the Sport of Disc Golf in North Lake Tahoe Region

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The summer of 2014 will be a hot one for disc golf in North Lake Tahoe! The Sierra Tahoe Series, plus a prestigious Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) “A” Tier event, are the highlights for this summer’s lineup. The A-Tier event, King of the Lake, is back for the first time in several years with players from across the country competing for bragging rights and a huge cash or prize purse. North Lake Tahoe, a leading disc golf destination in the United States, offers some of the most beautiful courses in the world and is sure to both challenge and entertain players at an altitude of over 6,000 feet. In years past, the PDGA Sanctioned “A” Event has helped boost the Tahoe region’s growing interest in the sport of disc golf. Disc golf courses worldwide have more than doubled in the past decade and participation in the sport continues to grow at a rapid pace.


The Sierra Tahoe Series (STS) includes eight tournaments from Reno to Truckee to North Lake Tahoe to Markleeville. In its third year, the Sierra Tahoe Series hopes to attract even greater attention in the disc golf community through the use of top-notch courses coupled with incredible sponsors and dedicated organizers. “With the tremendous success of the Sierra Tahoe Series and support of the disc golf community, we are excited to offer the biggest year of the Sierra Tahoe Series yet,” said Reno Disc Golf Association President Skot Meyer. “We have seen unprecedented responses since this year’s events opened for registration, with many quickly selling out. We are proud to bring back one of the sport’s most popular events, King of the Lake, and add it as the crown jewel of the series. We are sure that the hard work and dedication of our team will yield a memorable year of great events, for both the players and the communities where they will be held.”

Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) has been instrumental in raising the profile of disc golf in the region. Through a cooperative agreement with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, TMS has been able to market the North Lake Tahoe region to disc golfers worldwide. Also, through the support of the Resort Association, North Lake Tahoe has been recognized as a vacation destination for disc golfers and continues to deliver on that promise. Between the Sierra Tahoe Series and the King of the Lake tournament, there is plenty of action for professional and recreational disc golfers in North Lake Tahoe in 2014!

Sierra Tahoe Series Schedule:
Dayton/Reno, NV – May 3/4, 2014
Turtle Rock (Markleeville, CA) – May 31/June 1, 2014
King of the Lake (A-Tier) –  June 27, 28, 29, 2014
20th Tahoe Pro/Am (South Lake Tahoe, CA) – July 26/27, 2014
Sierra College (Truckee, CA) – August 30/31, 2014
NV State Champs (Zephyr Cove, NV) – September 20/21, 2014
Tahoe Mountain Sports Finals (Tahoe Vista, CA) – October 11/12, 2014

STS Website:

King of the Lake (Facebook event page:

The premier tournament of the Sierra Tahoe Series is being resurrected! Test your fitness and push your limits with 5 rounds over 3 days at 6000′ in the mountains. Who will be crowned King and Queen of the Lake?

Friday, June 27 – Bijou Community Park & Zephyr Cove Disc Golf Course
Saturday, June 28 – Sierra College Disc Golf Course & Truckee Regional Park Disc GolfSunday, June 29 – Lake of the Sky Disc Golf Course – North Tahoe Regional Park

Registration: $75.00 – $110.00

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Merrell and Vibram Disc Golf. And, of course, Tahoe Mountain Sports had to jump on-board for another exciting year!



While you’re reading, here’s a useful article for newbies to higher altitude: Tips & Tricks to Throwing Discs at Elevation
In addition to that, check out our page(s) about courses in the region: Lake Tahoe Disc Golf Info


Innova Skillshot Portable Target
Innova Skillshot Portable Target
MSRP: $148.95

Snow Peak Lighting: Torches, Lanterns and Lamps for the Outdoors

Friday, April 11th, 2014

This review comes from Scott Johns, an adventure cinematographer, mountain biker and snowboarder living in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. When Scott’s not creating beautiful imagery for video, he’s out ripping singletrack or shredding big lines in his backyard that we call the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Find more of Scott’s work at

Snow Peak
has rad, compact lighting setups for everything under the sun–or stars, as it were. As we’re quickly heading into camping, fishing, backpacking and spelunking season, it seems like a good idea to do a short wrap-up of these products–complete with cheesy puns–to help expedite the decision-making process. You can get all of these awesome products at Tahoe Mountain Sports, your one-stop-shop in Tahoe for top-performing outdoor equipment.

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Snow Peak’s Hozuki LED Candle Lantern and Mini Hozuki Lantern are a good place to start because they are ridiculously versatile. Both feature a warm, yellow light with high, low and manual dim settings for better backcountry ambiance, as well as an adjustable, candle-like flicker mode. Move it quickly and it will even go out! Both models are also equipped with compressible, removable silicone lampshades for easy packing and cleaning. The Hozuki Lantern features a hook and cord for hanging anywhere and the Mini’s hook is a stretchy rubber loop, fixed on one end, with a magnet on the other for easily securing to straps on your pack, tent or anything else you can come up with. The Mini Hozuki even comes in a variety of colors to match your kit.

Not Your Average Tulip

The Tulip LED Lantern is less of a backpacking lantern and more of a do-almost-anything-else lantern. Use it as a desk lamp at home, illuminate a broader area with it pointed straight up, while preparing dinner or playing cards on a car camping trip, for example, or hang it in the tent to get your Walden on before bed. The Snow Peak Tulip’s gravity sensor will know how you have it set up and focus the beam accordingly. It’s snake-like, adjustable neck ensures you’ll always get light where you need it. Output is 250 lumens, running on three D batteries or powered through it’s USB port.


Snow Miner Headlamp/Lantern Combosnow-peak-miner-light-settings

Need a headlamp and a lantern, but don’t want to lug around the extra weight–or spend the extra money? Snow Peak has you covered. The Snow Miner Headlamp is where it’s at. High, low, strobe and dim modes, 110 Lumens and press the silicone dome in to create a focused beam on the fly. The included, unobtrusive hook on the headband instantly converts your headlamp to a lantern.

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TMS Donates Over $10,000 to Local Tahoe Non-Profits in 2013

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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Tahoe Mountain Sports Donates Over $10,000 to Tahoe Non-Profits in 2013

Kings Beach, CA (April 8, 2014): Tahoe Mountain Sports (TMS) contributed over $10,000 to multiple local non-profit organizations during the 2013 calendar year. TMS is a small business on the shore of North Lake Tahoe that supplies outdoor enthusiasts worldwide with high quality sporting equipment for adventures ranging from ski mountaineering and backpacking to swimming, running, stand up paddling and more. Other retail businesses can say the same, but how many give so much back to their community?


TMS Owner Dave Polivy and Sierra Avalanche Center’s Holly Yocum raffle off new gear at a fundraiser for community avalanche awareness.

TMS is a socially responsible leader in North Lake Tahoe that recognizes opportunities to engage with their neighbors and takes initiatives to boost their local economy through events/fundraisers, generous donations, and partnerships with charities and 501(c)3 organizations. The owner, Dave Polivy, also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Tahoe Business Association. Dave is an advocate for shopping locally because dollars get circulated in the community rather than being spent elsewhere. Out of every dollar spent in a local business, approx $0.60 stays in the community. For every dollar spent at a national retailer or outside the community, only $0.10 stays in the community. (Key Studies on Big Box Retail & Independent Business, 2013)

“It is very important to us to support our local community and this is one of the many ways we can do just that,” said Dave Polivy, owner of TMS. “I encourage folks to shop locally because it means the money stays here rather than drifting down to Reno or further out of town. We try to balance our giving to a variety of local sources and we only hope that folks recognize those donations and try to think of Tahoe Mountain Sports when stocking up on outdoor gear.

Here is a partial sampling of the beneficiaries of Tahoe Mountain Sports’ charitable giving in 2013:

Sierra Avalanche Center
Kings Beach Parents Coop
High Fives Foundation
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Ski Team Foundation
Friends of the Kings Beach Library
Lunafest/Girls on the Run
The Great Ski Race
Incline Village Nursery School
Tahoe Expedition Academy
Passport to Dining/North Tahoe Business Association
Tahoe Food Hub 


Yogis take to downward-dog pose during “Yoga, Fashion & Books”, a benefit for Friends of the Kings Beach Library.




Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to call North Lake Tahoe “home”, and these contributions are only a monetary display of their support for their community. To experience their small-town hospitality first-hand, TMS recommends joining them in the mountains and lakes of the Sierra for outdoor fun or partnering with them for local events and fundraisers.







From 6,229′ at Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Mountain Sports brings you the best in outdoor gear, footwear and specialty clothing from top brands such as The North Face, Deuter, Mountain Hardwear, Prana and Black Diamond. Let us gear you up for your next adventure: Come visit us 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week, at 8331 North Lake Boulevard in Kings Beach, or anytime at



Key Studies on Big Box Retail & Independent Business. (Mitchell, 2011) In Institute for Local Self-Reliance.


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