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TMS Nachtspektakel: Group Tour with Dinner, Drinks and Night Ski

February 19th, 2014 By   


As part of our 2015 Backcountry Experience Series in partnership with Dynafit, Diamond Peak Ski Area and Tahoe Mountain School we bring you Nachtspektakel! Hire a sitter if you have to – you don’t want to miss this fun night of good food, drinks and skiing with comrades. Start your evening with a skin up to Snowflake Lodge at Diamond Peak, where you will partake in a delicious catered meal with both new and familiar faces. The Snowflake Lodge is one of the best places to watch a Tahoe sunset, with an incredible view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Conclude this wonderful evening with a ski back down under the stars!

When: Friday, January 31  from 2 to 9 p.m.
Where: Diamond Peak Ski Area
Tickets: $45 – Click Here To Sign Up
What you get: Two hours of lift served skiing, a guided skin up the mountain, dinner and drinks, and a private, nighttime ski down on fresh corduroy that Diamond Peak will groom especially for us!

Bring a headlamp and dress warmly. Comfortable shoes or sandals are recommended for dinner indoors. One beer, wine or will drink is included – the bar will be open if you care for more.

Free Backcountry Rentals will be available at Tahoe Mountain Sports. They must be reserved ahead of time and picked up by 6:00 p.m. on January 30.

Register at Tahoe Mountain Sports, CLICK HERE or call  (530) 536-5200 Sponsors: Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Dynafit and Tahoe Mountain School. Any event changes made due to winter weather will be announced by February 27.

Backcountry Experience: Guided Ski Touring at Diamond Peak

February 15th, 2014 By   


Tahoe Mountain Sports, in partnership with Diamond Peak Ski ResortDynafit and Tahoe Mountain School are proud to announce the 2015 Backcountry Experience.  This guided backcountry tour will explore terrain in Diamond Peak’s Golden Eagle Bowl. Open to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders, the Backcountry Experience Series is designed to provide a safe and welcoming introduction to backcountry skiing and boarding.

Never used backcountry equipment before? This is your opportunity to try out Dynafit touring gear before purchasing. Want to learn about avalanche hazards and techniques for avoiding them? All tours will be lead by experienced guides from the Tahoe Mountain School, (the best resource for professional education for backcountry enthusiasts in the Tahoe Truckee region).

Interested in learning the most efficient uphill skinning methods? Or, perhaps you simply want to meet new people and enjoy un-skied terrain in a fun, controlled environment. A Backcountry Experience tour in Diamond Peak’s secluded Eagle Bowl is a great way to earn your turns and experience Diamond Peak in a whole new way.


Jan 3, Feb 7, Feb 21 and March 14, 2015

Tour: 9am-3pm

Cost: $150

*$150 tour package includes a partial-day lift ticket, full Dynafit backcountry ski equipment rental and professional guiding services.
*$135 (for Diamond Peak season pass holders)
*$100 (for those that own alpine touring equipment)

Register for the Backcountry Experience guided ski tour online at, at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee (11200 Donner Pass Rd.), or by calling (530) 536-5200.

Any changes made due to winter weather will be announced within 24 hours of tour departure.


Your Tahoe Mountain School guide has many years of experience and the best certifications and will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day in the Diamond Peak backcountry.


Diamond Peak Ski Resort is located in Incline Village, Nevada on the scenic north shore of Lake Tahoe with amazing views of world famous Lake Tahoe. Diamond Peak offers skiers and boarders 30 runs and a 1,840-foot vertical drop with beginner to advanced terrain. Connect with Diamond Peak on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, visit or call (775) 832-1177.

Gear Gift Guide: A Tahoe Ski Bum’s Holiday Wish List

December 11th, 2013 By   


Admit it: you’re either a ski bum at-heart, you acted like one before you got a ‘real job’, or you’re personally close to a ski bum. If you’re literally close to a ski bum, ask them what type of gifts they’d want for the holidays in the off-chance somebody bought them something both cool and useful. I’ll bet their response would stem from one or more of these factors: winter sports gear, warm winter clothes or tools/gadgets only an outdoor enthusiast could truly appreciate.

I actually did it. I asked three ski bums who work at Tahoe Mountain Sports what they would pick from the store if they could choose three items of separate values: <$25, <$75 and <$300. This gear gift guide is sure to align with the holiday wishes of a ski bum in your life:




Meaghen has a serious fashion sense and it’s obvious when you meet her. She’s always sporting a new style, even at work, and we knew we could count on her to present some quality women’s gift ideas.




Under $25- HippyTree Clothing 2015 Wall Calendar

I really like to make sure all of my friends and family’s birthdays are on my calendar and HippyTree Clothing makes awesome clothing for a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, so this 2015 wall calendar is a must have for the upcoming year!










Under $75- Moving Comfort FineForm Bra

Comfort is key and the FineForm Bra from Moving Comfort really dialed it in with this piece. Whether I am out on the trails or working, this bra has an adjustable and soft, padded back closure that makes me forget its even there!








Under $300FlyLow Gear Chione Ski Pants – Women’s

Style meets functionality in this modern, classy pair of ski pants from FlyLow Gear (and I can’t go a day on the mountain without them). Incorporating a slim fit that flatters, the women’s FlyLow Gear Chione Ski Pants are an optimal winter choice with 2-layer Intuitive stretch twill, reinforced knees and a breathable waterproof membrane.









Todd handles all things tech for Tahoe Mountain Sports, so we weren’t surprised when he asked for a  solar powered product, a comfortable shirt to work and play in and a new helmet to keep that brain working in top shape.





Under $25 Luci Aura Multi-Color Inflatable Solar Lantern

The original Luci Lantern was awesome enough, but now it comes in color! Compact, lightweight, solar powered, all-night battery life, 8 color presets and disco mode. Fun lighting for a backyard barbecue, a great beacon for nighttime rendezvous, after dark trail marker, TTITD, backcountry dance party, and a million other uses.






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Windblown in Patagonia

December 20th, 2014 By   

Laguna de Los Tres. Photo: Rachel McCullough

This post comes from Rachel McCullough, an avid hiker, mountain biker, rock climber, yogi, skier and photographer living in Truckee, CA. Follow @rachelmcphotos on Instagram for stunning images of beautiful Sierra scenery. When Rachel isn’t enjoying her free time in the outdoors, she’s teaching skiing at Northstar California or building and marketing websites for her clients at McCullough Web Services.

Who: Rachel and Garrett McCullough
What: Day Hiking Laguna de Los Tres
Where: Patagonia, Argentina
When: November 2014

I was jolted awake as the bus driver careened around another corner. Baggage fell from the overhead bins and slid across the floor. The driver was probably laughing at the tourists scrambling to right everything for about the 10th time on the trip.

As I blinked away the blurriness of 40 hours of travel, I realized it was 9:30pm and still light out. This is November in the southern hemisphere, which is spring! And so my first night in Patagonia began. I say began because 9:30 is dinnertime in Argentina!

As we stepped off the bus, the Andes rose in front of us. They are a sheer wall of rock nested in the snow, rising above the cloudy turquoise river. There stood Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, as I had seen in so many photos, watching over the small town of El Chaltén. They would be much more elusive over the next few days, shrouded in storm clouds.

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High on Moab

December 16th, 2014 By   

Tahoe Mountain Sports Ambassador Aaron Finley (Ph: Sara Surgen)

TMS Ambassador Aaron Finley recently joined the team and was happy to share one of his many adventures with us. Welcome aboard Aaron! Follow him on Instagram at @fin_dizzled

To some, the doldrums of the slow season can provoke thoughts of under employment, penny pinching, and day dreaming of upcoming powder days. I have to admit that I suffered with these sentiments in my early days in Tahoe. That is, until I started to properly save and explore the Southwest to fill the gap. Utah’s Moab area possesses all the elements required for a first-rate climbing destination: expansive open terrain, limitless free camping, lawlessness, and millions of exquisite splitter cracks. From the towers of Castle Valley, the boulders of Big Bend, to the endless splitters of Indian Creek there is something for every climber.


Exum Mountain Guide Dan Corn exhibiting his ability to lay back.

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Backpacking the High Sierras with Mike and Liz Tebbutt

December 16th, 2014 By   
Obtaining our pemit at the Forest Service Office in Mammoth Lakes

Obtaining our trip permit from the Forest Service in Mammoth Lakes (Ph: Mike Tebbutt)

TMS Ambassador Mike Tebbutt recently hiked an 80-mile section of the John Muir Trail (entering via Duck Pass in the Mammoth Lakes and exiting over Bishop Pass)! The following is his report on this re-imagined hiking adventure. Follow Mike on Instagram at @irontebby

The lackluster start to our ski season and the amazing Indian Summer that we experienced this early winter, left me reminiscing of the many great days I’ve had on the trails this past year. While I enjoy my solo excursions and really love getting out there friends, it is long backpacking trips in the High Sierra with my wife that excites me most in the summer months.

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Register for the Level 1 AIARE Class 12/19-12/21 w/ Tahoe Mtn School

December 13th, 2014 By   


The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. AIARE Field Blue Book and the AIARE Student Manual included in course price.
When:December 19th, 2014 8:00 AM”>December 19th, 2014 8:00 AM  through December 21st, 2014 4:00 PM
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (Safeway Shopping Center – 11200 – 5E Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161)
Phone: 530-414-5295 | Email:
Cost: $375 | Register at

Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction) :

1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

  • Types and characteristics of avalanches
  • Avalanche motion
  • Size classification
  • The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering

2. Observations and Information Gathering

  • Field observation techniques
  • Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
  • Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
  • Observation checklist
  • Avalanche danger scale

3. Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
  • Route finding and travel techniques
  • Decision making and Human Factors

4. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Student Prerequisites:

Students must be in moderate physical condition and beable to travel in mountainous terrain on skis, splitboard or snowshoes, that’s it!

Recommended Equipment List

Blitzkrieg: An Assault on 4 High Sierra Peaks in One Day

December 5th, 2014 By   

This post comes from Chris Cloyd, a TMS Ambassador and lover of endurance sports. When Chris isn’t training for his next big race or out exploring the Eastern Sierra on foot or bike, he’s managing the Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso. Watch for more race reports, gear reviews and fun reading from Chris and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.


A perfect day to bag four peaks!

I’ll always remember this past summer fondly, and with great reverence. This was the season that redefined sport and what is possible (for me) in the mountains. It was an exciting season, and one that I look forward to building on in 2015 and beyond. By far the most ambitious day on my calendar was October 19th, 2014 – a planned single-push assault on Mt. Carrillon, Mt. Russell, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Muir in one day.

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Nikwax #DirtyJacket Instagram Contest

December 4th, 2014 By   
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Enter the Nikwax #DirtyJacket Instagram Contest!

We care about your investment as much as you! If you have a jacket that has seen cleaner and brighter days, take a photo of it and enter to win some Nikwax Wash-In care!

What You Can Win

Nikwax TX.DIRECT WASH-IN (Wash-in waterproofing for wet weather clothing) Packet.

How to Enter

Share your dirty jacket photos on Instagram with the hashtag #DirtyJacket and tag @tahoemountainsports, and @nikwaxna. The top five photos will win a two-use packet of Nikwax TX.DIRECT WASH-IN waterproofing.

Here are some more Nikwax options…

Nikwax Tech Wash Waterproofing
Nikwax Tech Wash Waterproofing
MSRP: $9.95
Nikwax Ski Skin Waterproofing
Nikwax Ski Skin Waterproofing
MSRP: $8.95

Tahoe Mountain Sports will pick a winner on December 12 and notify them by leaving comment on Instagram. Winner will be asked to provide shipping information via email.

Winning photos based on cool factor (creativity/relevance), not necessarily the highest quality image or number of likes. Let’s see what you’ve got! Anyone who has a dirty jacket and can take a photo (or have their friend take one) is encouraged to enter

Register for the Tahoe Mountain School Wilderness First Aid/CPR Course 12/6-12/7

December 2nd, 2014 By   


WFA is an entry level, 2 day first aid course for those who pursue outdoor activities. This course is ideal for backcountry users including
skiers, climbers, mountaineers, hikers, and pilots. Includes WFA & CPR Card and also meets requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course.

Dates: Dec 6th & 7th, 2014
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports 11200 #5 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA 96161
Cost: WFA Course $250
Register at Or call (530) 414-5295
When: December 6th, 2014 8:00 AM through December 7th, 2014 4:00 PM
Phone: 530-414-5295


Join the Wilderness First Aid/CPR Course 12/6-12/7!

In this course you will learn to deal with medical emergencies when help is miles away and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is the choice of many recreational skiers, climbers, mountaineers and anyone who ventures into the backcountry. Basic first aid skills will be taught in the classroom and practiced hands-on in the outdoor environment. We will prepare you for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment. This course also meets the requirements for a WFR refresher.

Lecture and discussion, practical exercise and outdoor scenarios help students gain confidence, and encourage the development of critical decision making skills. After successful completion students are certified for 2 years by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), a nationally recognized organization.

Skills covered will include:

  • Patient assessment
  • Recognizing and treating shock
  • Bandaging and bleeding control
  • Splinting fractures, sprains and dislocations
  • Assessing head and spinal injuries
  • Treating hypothermia
  • Recognizing altitude sickness
  • Identifying various medical problems
  • Using non-standard and improvised equipment
  • Evacuation techniques
  • CPR
  • Includes ASHI WFA & CPR Card: $250

Click HERE for the full line-up of upcoming courses through Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Deuter Backpacks Shine in Yosemite

November 24th, 2014 By   

The following trip report and gear review is brought to you by Kevin Snow of Tahoe Mountain Sports:

“I should have bought another banana,” I thought as I turned onto Highway 140, entering the Merced River Valley. I wasn’t sure how long the drive was going to take me, and I’d hastily misjudged my morning hunger level as I flew through the gas station just outside of Lee Vinning hours earlier. “I heard there’s a pizza place down there somewhere,” I remember thinking, when all of a sudden, I realized what was happening, my car slowed, and a tear came to my eye. I had just entered the Yosemite Valley and what had just come into view was one of natures’ most awe inspiring, grand, and massive gifts of beauty, towering three thousand feet above the valley floor. I stood before El Capitan, in all of its majesty, in pure astonishment, as I contemplated not only the massive geologic events it would have taken to make this gargantuan monolith, but the amount of monumental historic events for the climbing world that have taken place on its walls and in its shadow. I felt like an ant. All of a sudden the world had been pulled into perspective for me, I felt small in it, and another tear came to my eye.


The gang at the trailhead in Camp 4 in front of Midnight Lighting. The iconic bouldering problem is defined by the chalk lightning bolt in the background, and has been kept up by climbers outlining it in chalk for 3 and a half decades.

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Earn a SAFE AS Women’s Avalanche Safety Workshop Scholarship!

November 21st, 2014 By   


What: Tahoe Mountain Sports in association with Coalition Snow are offering 6 scholarships for SAFE AS Clinics. See rules for entry below! Winners provide their own transport to/from the clinics, and their own avalanche safety gear if they have access to it, but everything else is included. Winners will also receive a base layer courtesy of Helly Hansen.

Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports (on Saturday, November 22) with Michelle Parker will include a raffle to help raise funds for SAFE AS scholarships. Learn more here:

Who: Women and girls, ages 14 and up who want to get SAFE AS and might need a little boost to help get there

When: Entries must be in by December 2, 2014

How to enter:

  1. Answer the following questions via email sent to

    – Why do you want to attend SAFE AS?

    – What does being able to ski and/or snowboard safely mean to you?

  2. Post a photo on Instagram showing why you are your best, strongest self in the mountains! Tag #gettingSAFEAS @tahoemountainsports, @coalitionsnow@hellyhansen and the resort where you’d like to attend the clinic (including which date if there’s one in particular)–either @squawalpine, @crystalmountain, @stevenspass, or @coppermtn. Be sure to include the above tags so we can repost some of your awesomeness. Winners will be chosen by the SAFE AS crew and Tahoe Mountain Sports. If you don’t have Instagram, please email us a photo. SAFE AS and Tahoe Mountain Sports reserve the right to re-use your entry photo.


Thanks and stay SAFE AS!

About SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety): Created by Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Paaso, Lel Tone, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom, and Sherry McConkey, the SAFE AS clinics goal is to heighten community snow safety and avalanche awareness by hosting women’s intro to avalanche safety workshops. These leading ladies of skiing hope to foster an open, welcoming environment by which to encourage participation and communication.

“By sharing their own mistakes, uncertainties, and bad decisions, these women taught us that it’s okay to be unsure, and that we all will make close calls at some point—and that’s alright. They also taught us that those close calls are a chance to learn exactly what not to do, and go out smarter and safer the next time.” – SAFE AS Clinic Participant – Abbie Barronian from

Get the Best Black Friday Weekend Deals!

November 20th, 2014 By   



The Best Black Friday Weekend Deals Are at Tahoe Mountain Sports
Don’t Get Trampled by the Crowds – Shop Local in Truckee, CA

What:  Unbelievable Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Shopping Deals
When: Friday, November 28 – Monday December 1 | Doors & Shopping Specials: 9:30 a.m. | Doors Close: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Safeway Shopping Center)

Beat the lines and get out on the slopes or trails with the best deals this Black Friday Weekend at Tahoe Mountain Sports! Don’t miss out on the best selection of top outdoor items for the holidays from your local backcountry gear headquarters: Tahoe Mountain Sports conveniently located in the Safeway Shopping Center in Truckee, CA. Pick up some fashionable clothing, multi-purpose footwear, or choose from the best mountain accessories in the region.

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