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Free Hiking & Running Shoe Demo on Mt. Rose / Tahoe Rim Trail

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Tahoe Rim Trail Footwear Demo

Join us for another great outdoor event, free to the public as usual! On Saturday, July 19, leading footwear brands Salomon, Merrell, La Sportiva, Scarpa and Darn Tough will be on the Mt. Rose portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, and you can demo as many pairs of this year’s best trail shoes as you’d like; it’s all free!

Ever hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail or trekked around the Mt. Rose area? Then you know how beautiful this trail is, and you’re probably looking for any excuse to get back on it. Well, this is your chance to try out new hiking and running shoes before you buy them! With the best off-road footwear on demo for everyone, spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding peaks and valleys, and no charge whatsoever, you’re not going to want to miss this event.

Are you already participating in the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge? The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) mascot, McLeod the Marmot, as well as TRTA staff, will be greeting hikers on-trail and encouraging Challengers as they work toward their goals. Find McLeod and he’ll give you a prize!

What is this ‘Trail Challenge’ we speak of?

“The 2nd Annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge continues to build momentum as over 350 hikers, bikers and equestrians and five large Reno-Tahoe based corporations engage their employees in the 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge,” said Shannon Sakrit of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “The program has inspired both novice and seasoned trail users from the Reno-Tahoe and Sacramento-Bay areas to begin tackling small sections of the Tahoe Rim Trails through six day hikes along the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Participants socialize by sharing their on-trail experiences, stories, [and] pictures on the interactive, Tahoe Rim Trail Community.” Visit www.tahoerimtrail.org for more information or to register for the Challenge. It is NOT necessary to register for this TMS Footwear Demo.

You don’t want to miss this free event! It’s not often you get the best off-road footwear brands in the same place at the same time, let alone with FREE demo shoes for everyone.

Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group: http://www.meetup.com/LakeTahoeOutdoorAdventureGroup/events/193763292/

View the event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/680724008673408/

 

TMS Ambassador Program: Representatives Wanted

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Tahoe Mountain Sports Ambassador Program

As most of you already know, Tahoe Mountain Sports is the place to outfit yourself for adventures in North Lake Tahoe and beyond. Sure, we ship lots of gear to outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, but our hearts are here in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Eastern Sierra. So, we got to thinking: How do we spread our love for mountain sports throughout the region? What are the best ways to channel our passion for our favorite pastimes and share them with others? Then, it hit us like a sack of bricks to the face. People talk about their interests and obsessions, and they rely on other peoples’ opinions when researching new ideas, activities and equipment. No matter how much someone loves your business, they’re going to listen to your customers before they take your word for…well, just about anything. People talk to people, and personal relationships rule above all.

We’re all consumers in one way or another, and we read reviews and second-guess critics. Social media is in front us no matter how much we try to avoid it. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, or the next platform coming down the pipes to consume our “free time”, conversations via the world wide web are a dominating force for the 21st century.

This is why we are launching the TMS Ambassador Program. We are looking for Ambassadors who have the ability and desire to share their love for sports and the outdoors through photographs and gear reviews on a regular basis. Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports will inspire others to get outdoors and enjoy life!

Benefits of being a TMS Ambassador

TMS Ambassadors will receive product for field testing; sometimes to keep, sometimes just to test. They will receive discounts on the best outdoor gear and apparel and have potential to provide input on product selection for the TMS store and e-commerce site, in addition to attending Outdoor Retailer and other trade shows. Imagine the expanded network of friends and industry connections you’ll gain with access to the newest equipment and trends!

What do we expect of TMS Ambassadors?

We expect a variety of things from our Ambassadors, including trip reports, gear reviews, attendance at TMS events, etc. More information will be provided regarding our expectations during the application process.

 

Want to be a TMS Ambassador? Complete and submit the following questionnaire. We will review it and contact you via email within ten (10) business days. >>  TMS Ambassador Questionnaire

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And now, we introduce two TMS Ambassadors we’re already excited to have on-board:

 

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What core sports do you participate in?
Running, Cycling, Triathlon. Snowboarding and mountaineering in the winter. 

What is your most epic outdoor adventure to date?
Any number of backcountry snowboarding/mountaineering trips that have pushed my psychological boundaries. A ridiculous approach/climb to a line in Verbier, Switzerland last winter comes to mind. Wild.

What community organizations are you involved with?
Performance Training Center by Julia Mancuso (Manager, Trainer), The High Fives Foundation (Trainer), The Donner Party Mountain Runners (Board Member), BigTruck Brand (Ambassador Athlete), Big Blue Adventure (Ambassador Athlete)

Why do you want to be a Tahoe Mountain Sports Ambassador?
I want to represent a shop and brand that I respect, introduce newcomers to the outdoors, develop a community enthusiasm for group activities outdoors, and give some small amount of gratitude back to the community here that has given me so much. I want to shed light on the great things that our Lake Tahoe Basin offers in my own way – articles, photographs and community events. I want to share this place.

 

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What core sports do you participate in?
Mountain biking, road biking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, yoga (just completed a 200‐hr teacher training), hiking and camping.

What is your most epic outdoor adventure to date?
I took a snowboarding trip this spring to the Swiss and French Alps with my boyfriend and a few friends. I pushed my boundaries, progressed my riding, enjoyed great company, met some new friends, and ate lots of cheese, pastries, and chocolate. It was a lot of fun, and absolutely stunning, but as with all travel, it made me realize how amazing my home is and how much I love it here.

What is your favorite type of workout?
I love anything that is exciting, engaging, gets me sweating and is with friends. I like to mix up time in the gym, yoga classes, and time outdoors (bikes and hikes in summer, snowboarding and cross-country skiing in the winter). It’s important for me to vary activities, which challenges my body, keeps my mind engaged, and allows me to spend time with different friends who have different interests. I also like trying new things, even if it means coming home with new bruises and scrapes.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by people who have found, and are living their dharma, their life purpose. I am inspired by people that are not afraid to be themselves and to follow their own path. One thing I love about the Truckee/Tahoe area is that it is a community of choice – a lot of people are here because they choose to be, and have made decisions, sometimes sacrifices, to have the quality of life that is important to them, so that they can live their life to the fullest.

 

Want to be a TMS Ambassador? Complete and submit the following questionnaire. We will review it and contact you via email within ten (10) business days. >>  TMS Ambassador Questionnaire

Altra Zero Drop Footwear Demo & Group Fun Run

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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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)

View the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/626195950800634/
Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group here: http://www.meetup.com/LakeTahoeOutdoorAdventureGroup/events/179284592/

 

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

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.

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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: http://www.tahoemountainsports.com/product/sierra-tahoe-series-disc-golf-tournaments

King of the Lake (Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/586262178136774/)

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
http://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/King_of_the_Lake_2014/registration

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!

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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

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?

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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 

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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 tahoemountainsports.com.

 

References:

Key Studies on Big Box Retail & Independent Business. (Mitchell, 2011) In Institute for Local Self-Reliance. http://www.ilsr.org/key-studies-walmart-and-bigbox-retail/

 

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

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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As the concluding event of our 2014 Backcountry Experience Series in partnership with Dynafit and Diamond Peak Ski Area, 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, February 28 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 February 27.

Register at Tahoe Mountain Sports, CLICK HERE or call  (530) 546-7001 Sponsors: Diamond Peak Ski Resort, The North Face, Dynafit. Any event changes made due to winter weather will be announced by February 27.

TMS & Coalition Snow Host Ladies’ Night: Snowboarding Mt. Kenya

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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I Don’t Think The Cracks Will Swallow You:
A Tale of an African Expedition in Search of Disappearing Glaciers and 16,000’ Summits

Weaving together her love of the outdoors and passion for women’s empowerment, Tahoe/Truckee local Jen Gurecki will share what it’s like to work hard and play hard in Kenya. Her latest adventure—Summit For Our Sisters—took her up Mt. Kenya, an ancient, extinct volcano that boasts the second highest peak on the continent of Africa, towering more than 16,000 feet.

With 12 glaciers that are expected to disappear within the next 30 years, Gurecki seized the opportunity to summit and make turns down the Lewis Glacier, while also raising more than $12,000 to help women start small businesses in Kenya through the non-profit she founded, Zawadisha. During Ladies’ Night, Gurecki will share her recent expedition via an inspirational slideshow presentation before raffling off all sorts of great gear in an effort to raise money to grant a scholarship for participants of future S.A.F.E. A.S. clinics!

You don’t want to miss this event. Tahoe Mountain Sports will be raffling off women’s outdoor gear for winter sports, including a Coalition snowboard or pair of skis! (Must be present to win.) All proceeds from the Ladies’ Night raffle and a portion of gear and clothing sales will benefit Tahoe’s local S.A.F.E. A.S. clinics, a women’s introductory avalanche safety series. Started by Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Paaso, Lel Tone, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom and Sherry McConkey, the goals of the S.A.F.E. A.S. clinics is to heighten community snow safety and avalanche awareness among women.

What: Ladies’ Night Adventure Slideshow and Raffle Benefit
When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 8331 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach

Thank you to the sponsor of the evening, Coalition Snow.

Learn more about S.A.F.E. A.S clinics: http://safeasclinics.wordpress.com/about/
Learn more about Coalition Snow: http://coalitionsnow.com/

RSVP to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/223339157868993
Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group: http://www.meetup.com/LakeTahoeOutdoorAdventureGroup/events/166943642/

 

Backcountry Experience: Guided Ski Touring at Diamond Peak

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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Tahoe Mountain Sports, in partnership with Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Dynafit, are proud to announce the 2014 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? Interested in learning the most efficient uphill skinning methods? Or, perhaps you simply want to meet new people and enjoy unskied 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.

Feb 22, 2014 Tour: 9am-1pm – $90

*$90 tour package includes a partial-day lift ticket, full Dynafit backcountry ski equipment rental and professional guiding services.

Register for the Backcountry Experience guided ski tour online at http://www.tahoemountainsports.com/product/event-tickets-backcountry-experience-diamond-peak, at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach (8331 N. Lake Blvd), or by calling (530) 546-7001.

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

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Your guide, Brennan Lagasse, has been skiing since he was two and has spent many years traveling and guiding ski expeditions world-wide. Brennan has training in Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel, along with Wilderness First Responder and AIARE Level I & II certifications.

 

 

 

 

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 www.diamondpeak.com or call (775) 832-1177.

2014 Tahoe Mountain Sports Avalanche Education Series

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Part 3 – Feb. 6 – Read, Interpret, Decide – Analyzing Avalanche Reports with the Sierra Avalanche Center

As the third and final installment of our three-part 2014 TMS Avalanche Education Series, representatives from Sierra Avalanche Center, a Lake Tahoe Region non-profit dedicated to providing a free daily avalanche advisory for the central Sierra Nevada, will lead an extremely useful presentation about how to properly read and interpret the avalanche report.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss technical and situational issues that arise in the field to create a good platform for safe decision making in the backcountry. There will be a HUGE raffle at this event and everybody is sure to walk away with something. All raffle proceeds and a portion of sales from this evening will benefit Sierra Avalanche Center.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Come get some free tips to help properly read and interpret the avalanche and snow conditions reports in order to make better decisions and keep safe in the backcountry!

This event will take place between two different locations: Tahoe Mountain Sports (8331 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143) and across the street at the North Tahoe Event Center (8318 N. Lake Blvd)

In case you can’t make the full event or just want to stop by for part of it, here’s the event schedule:

5:00 – 6:00 – Reception with S.A.C. and Backcountry Gear Specials at Tahoe Mountain Sports
6:00-7:15 – Formal Presentation with Sierra Avalanche Center at North Tahoe Event Center (NTEC)
7:15 – 8:00 MEGA Raffle to benefit Sierra Avalanche Center (at NTEC)

Generous raffle donations provided by 22 Designs, Arva EquipmentBlack Diamond, Boreas Gear, Honey Stinger, Marker Bindings, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Ortovox, Osprey, Pieps, Smith Optics and Vapur.

Find the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/398839930248480/

Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group and stay connected with Tahoe Mountain Sports and their community events: http://www.meetup.com/LakeTahoeOutdoorAdventureGroup/events/161146902/

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Avalanche Education Series Recap: Part 1 – Nov. 20 - Beacons & Beers: Avalanche Companion Gear & Rescue Techniques

Many backcountry enthusiasts came to Tahoe Mountain Sports on November 20 to learn the basics of beacon use and brush up on their avalanche expertise and transceiver techniques. Experienced mountain guide and Level 3 AIARE instructor Tom Carter, and Ortovox Rep Jared Rodriguez, were present to lead a discussion about the basics of companion rescue gear and techniques. Tom also led a hands-on lesson on how to properly and efficiently use your avalanche transceiver. Participants brought their own avalanche gear to practice with, and others demo’d some of the newest Ortovox models.

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Part 2 – Dec. 20 – Avalanche Airbag Party Sponsored by ABS featuring Pro Skier Elyse Saugstad

As the second of our three-part 2014 TMS Avalanche Education Series, we filled a large room at the North Tahoe Event Center with a bunch of Tahoe backcountry enthusiasts for a free, community-oriented, fun night. Elyse Saugstad, a professional skier and airbag backpack advocate who was saved by her pack in a large avalanche near Stevens Pass, WA (Tunnel Creek, 2012), and ABS backpacks Rep John Clausen were on-site to lead a technical discussion about avalanche airbag backpacks, how they work, survival rates and statistics, personal accounts and learning experiences from the field.

Participants got to activate their airbag packs during the event, which added even more fun to the evening. Since all Avalanche Airbag Backpacks should be serviced annually, this was a great opportunity to receive a free servicing and full canister for their ABS, The North Face, Mammut or Ortovox airbag packs. We also offered special discounts on Avalanche Airbag Backpacks for attendees! Thanks to our sponsors for the evening, ABS Avalanche Airbag SystemsOrtovox Avalanche Safety Equipment and The North Face!

Want a quick course in Avalanche Airbag technologies? Read this detailed blog about ABS packs:
http://blog.tahoemountainsports.com/2013/01/16/abs-101-the-avalanche-airbag-backpack-system/

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

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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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

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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.

 

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Under $25- Darn Tough Edelweiss Over-the-Calf Cushion Ski Socks – Women’s

I really like the fit and feel of Darn Tough Socks, and they keep my feet nice and dry. I like the Edelweiss because it is nice and thick, so it keeps me really warm but isn’t bulky and doesn’t bunch up in my boot. I always need fresh socks and I LOVE DARN TOUGH!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under $75- Mountain Hardwear Trekkin Flannel Long Sleeve Shirt – Women’s

I love to wear flannels all winter long. This one from Mountain Hardwear is soft and thick, it has a nice fit and could easily be worn for something active or casual. I love the color and the fact that it dries quickly and manages moisture so I can wear it as a base layer when I’m on the mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

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Under $300- Ugg Australia Kensington 2 Sheepskin Boots – Women’s

This women’s UGG boot is so comfortable and warm! It has everything that I like about the UGG Classic Boot, but with a better outsole and waterproof material so it’s more functional here in Tahoe. I love having just a plain black boot that I can wear with everything, and this boot works perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd

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Todd handles all things tech for Tahoe Mountain Sports, so we weren’t surprised when he asked for a couple solar powered products and one of the best beverage storage devices on the market.

 

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Under $25 Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern

10 LED solar powered lantern that folds flat and inflates in just a few deep breaths. Only $15. Can’t beat that.

 

 

 

 

 

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