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It’s What’s Inside that Counts: Berghaus Jackets

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The name Berghaus is a literal translation of the German for ‘mountain centre’. In 1966, outdoor wear as we know it didn’t really exist. Then Berghaus came along. It all began when climbers and mountaineers Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison from the North East of England, frustrated by what they saw as a lack of decent outdoor gear, decided to import and sell their own. The world of outdoor wear was changing and Berghaus was leading the way. More than 40 years at the forefront of outdoor performance wear and Berghaus is still innovating. Exploring new territories and developing a clothing range that helps climbers do the same, Berghaus continues to lead where others follow.

Pioneered by Berghaus, Hydrodown™ is a revolutionary new take on nature’s greatest insulator.

Whether you’re bedding down on damp ground or climbing in less than perfect conditions, this breakthrough technology from Berghaus keeps you and your kit dry, warm, comfortable and light.

By treating goose down with a durable water repellent (DWR), Berghaus has created a material that resists rain longer, dries quicker, and retains its insulation even when it’s damp. And just like untreated down, it has amazing warmth-to weight ratio which no synthetic alternative has come close to matching.

Developed with extensive input from their athletes, Hydrodown™ technology has been tested in some of the most extreme temperatures all over the globe.

Key features:
Natural down – without the downsides

Just like untreated down, Hydrodown™ is compressible for easy packing, breathable, and has that amazing warmth-to-weight ratio that no synthetic alternative has come close to matching. But it also boasts three amazing attributes that you won’t find in natural goose down:

Repels moisture:
Every cluster of Hydrophobic Down undergoes innovative water-repellent treatment, so it absorbs significantly less water, keeping you dry and your kit light.

Retains loft:
Hydrophobic Down’s specially treated clusters of high fill-power goose down won’t collapse in wet conditions – so it retains its ‘loft’ and keeps you warm.

Recovers fast:
Unlike regular down, which becomes matted and loses insulation when it rains, Hydrodown™ dries out quickly. Tests show that it recovers 80 per cent of its loft, even after three minutes fully immersed in water. So with Hydrodown™ in your kit, you can keep on going – even after a storm.

Developed in the lab and tested in the field by leading athletes, Hydrodown™ has you covered –whatever kind of adventure you live for.


TMS is proud to carry Berghaus clothing for extreme outdoor sports. Check out our selection of Berghaus jackets and Berghaus fleece layers that perform for the best, better than the rest.


Taking it to New Heights in the Berghaus Ramche Hyper Down Jacket (Photo: Copyright – Berghaus Comunity Blog)

Designed for high altitude conditions, the Ramche Hyper Down Jacket uses a three zone body mapping to best insulate and protect within a wind and water-resistant lightweight shell.



Durability and breathability are spotlighted in the rugged warmth and insulation of the Berghaus Ulvetanna Hybrid Jacket, with exceptional protection from even the harshest conditions.

Superior insulation in a flattering style, the Berghaus Scorch Micro Fleece Jacket makes a great mid-layer on the mountain and fashionable outer layer for daily life.

Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpacks

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

The world of avalanche safety has become that much cooler in the past few years with the introduction of avalanche airbag backpacks. Tahoe Mountain Sports carries a great selection of these incredible backpacks. In high demand have been the Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpacks from POC and Black Diamond. We currently have a VERY LIMITED supply remaining of these packs so take a minute to learn more below and grab yours before they’re GONE!

 Both the POC and Black Diamond Avalanche Airbag Backpacks are similar but have their own nuances and touches to make them unique and suitable to different needs, tastes and sizes.


POC Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack – 11L

About the POC Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack – 11L:  Add another tool to your safety gear, especially useful when exploring the backcountry, with this POC Sports Thorax Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack, which adds an 11 liter capacity. The POC Thorax 11L is an avalanche airbag safety backpack which uses JetForce technology. The airbag is activated by pulling an activation cord on the shoulder strap, this then fills the 200L airbag in up to 4 seconds. This should help the skier stay above the snow, after 3 minutes the fan will reverse its motion and deflate the bag giving the skier a potential air pocket when in a buried situation. This will also allow an easier victim extraction when it comes to rescue, if need be. The airbag is made of a durable, puncture resistant Cordura fabric allowing it to maintain volume.


Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack

About the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jeftforce Avalanche Airbag BackpackAdd another layer of safety to your avalanche tools with the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack with jet-fan inflation and the ability to be repacked and recharged. The avalanche airbag for day-long tours, featuring backpanel access, a dedicated avy-tools pocket and Black Diamond’s Jetforce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, Jetforce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit. From one-lap dawn patrols to all-day tours and couloir missions, the Black Diamond Halo 28 Jetforce Pack is built to store your essential gear for day-long outings and provides a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Jetforce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. JetForce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Halo also features a dedicated avy tools pocket, HiLo helmet holder and single ice-axe attachment for securing your gear. JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable. reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access. Dedicated avy-tools pocket and single ice-axe attachment. Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached. HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and internal accessory pockets.


Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack

About the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack: Designed for ski professionals, the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Backpack is a high capacity pack with jet fan inflation and on-board avalanche tools. The ideal avalanche airbag for ski patrollers, snow professionals and hut-to-hut trips, the Saga is Black Diamond’s large-capacity backcountry ski pack featuring Jetforce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, Jetforce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit. Whether working in avalanche terrain or covering miles a backcountry hut tour, the Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Pack is designed to accommodate big loads while providing a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Jetforce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. Jetforce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Saga accommodates features both ski and snowboard carrying systems, and a dedicated avy tools pocket, ice tool PickPockets and a HiLo helmet holder secure your additional gear. JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable. reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access. Dedicated avy-tools pocket and ice-tool PickPockets. Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached. HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and zippered top accessory pocket.


Analyze, Interpret, Decide: Avalanche Education Resources

Saturday, November 15th, 2014


If you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss the FREE, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free.

PART ONE: Weds. Nov. 19  “Begin with Your Beacon” Presented by Ortovox with AIARE Instructor Tom Carter

PART TWO: Weds. Dec. 17 “Airbag Educational Evening” Presented by Ortovox and Black Diamond

PART THREE: Weds. Feb. 4 “Read, Interpret, Decide –Analyzing Avalanche Reports” Presented by Ortovox and the Sierra Avalanche Center

Doors @ 5:30  Program 6:15 to 8:00

Raffle(s): Participants can enter TWO raffles, both benefiting the Sierra Avalanche Center. The first raffle is a series-long raffle (to be drawn on Feb. 5, 2014) that includes a Mammut Protection  Airbag Backpack AND thousands of dollars worth of avalanche safety gear. The second raffle will be for  Ortovox avalanche rescue gear including beacons, probes, shovels and more!

Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. – 5E, Truckee, CA 96161  (In the Safeway shopping center)

Here are some great resources on avalanche safety: 


“The Human Factor” | Photo: Jason Hummel

The Human Factor is often the turning point where things go wrong. Check out this series via Powder Magazine (written by David Page) on how staying safe in the backcountry isn’t just about assessing the snowpack; it also requires managing your own innate vulnerability to making poor choices. Live now, Chapter 1 Chapter TwoChapter ThreeChapter Four and Chapter Five of The Human Factor pres. by Black Diamond Equipment Ltd.  #HumanFactor


AVALANCHE ENGINEERS is the story of two scientists who delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake becomes an avalanche. Filmed in Bozeman, Montana, this mini-doc takes you on a journey from the micro intricacies of snowflake structure to the massive mountainsides where this force of nature reigns.

Featuring David Walters and Tony Lebaron. Music by Grant Mason.

For more info about the Montana State University Subzero Lab:


A program service of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, B.A.S.I.C.S. is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching and education. The second in a series of five videos, the Avalanche Awareness video is intended to help those who ski, snowboard or snowmobile in the back country be better equipped and safe while being aware of the inherent dangers with such activities.

Key things to know to enjoy the back country and come home safe:
1. Get Educated. Learn about avalanche safety by taking a class.
2. Know your skills, know your surroundings. Check out forecasts for weather and conditions before you go.
3. Have the proper equipment and know how to use it (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, and airbag).
4. Never travel alone. Always ride with partners in a group and have a plan.
5. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t go. There is always tomorrow when using good judgement.

Key websites:
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Eduction (
Avalanche.Org (
Forest Service National Avalanche Center (
National Snow and Ice Data Center (
Back Country Access (BCA) Float Airbags and Safety Equipment (



“A Goal of Zero: The Avalanche Industry Looks to Change” | Photo: Scientif38

Backcountry Magazine: “A Goal of  Zero: The Avalanche Industry Looks to Change” – by Megan Michelson 

Imagine if there were zero avalanche deaths each year in the United States—on average, that would mean 28 lives saved. A group of avalanche safety professionals is making bold attempts to drastically reduce avalanche fatalities in this country and to get there, they’re looking in an unlikely place: a Swedish automobile law from the 1990s.

In 1997, the Swedish Parliament approved a law called Vision Zero, which called for a complete shift in road planning, driver behavior, law enforcement and car manufacturing with the hopes of reaching zero automobile deaths by 2020. Shockingly, the plan is working.

Read the full article here.

Get the NEW GoPro HERO4 at Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014







Learn all about the world of GoPro Cameras and take your video (and photo) capabilities to the next level HERE!

The new GoPro HERO4 camera. All around the world GoPros are capturing incredible moments, from the heart-stopping to the heartfelt. See how GoPro’s new line of our most advanced cameras yet allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure and joy to your life.

GoPro HERO4: Even more spectacular image quality, including incredible low light capabilities. 2X the high fidelity sound. Faster processing. Impressive 4K30 frame rates. Protune settings that unlock manual control of many of your GoPro’s features, and so much more.

Discover all of the capabilities of the HERO4:

Check out the GoPro Fetch Dog Harness Mount in action:

GoPro 3 Way Mount
GoPro 3 Way Mount
MSRP: $69.95

News: TMS Sales Tactics Discussed On Innovative Sports Network

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

This is great! Innovative Sports Network, a marketing firm based in San Diego, just published an interview with Tahoe Mountain Sports. It highlights our “innovative” retail sales strategies and goes behind the scenes at TMS to paint a picture of how we attract (and keep) our customers. From Affiliate Linking and managing multiple social networks to our HazMat shipping capabilities and the “personable” touch added to customers’ shopping experiences, Jason really dug deep and came up with the goods. Thank you, Jason Weinert of ISN, for sharing this!

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What makes your online retail store stand out among the masses? As with any online retailer, something must be unique about an advertisement to catch my attention and keep my attention long enough to eventually click a tab that reads ‘proceed to checkout’. Most always that unique characteristic is the best bang-for-buck we can find when comparing prices online. The second reason most people land on a retailer’s webpage? Product Availability. If only one distributor has the Extra Small trail running jacket you need in the Bright Yellow hue you’re after, they’ll end up with your business in the end. And finally, Customer Loyalty. But with the number of online retailers vs. shoppers nowadays, how often do you really feel compelled to consistently support the same vendor? Rarely, if ever, I’m sure. I found Tahoe Mountain Sports online while conducting a…”

Click Here To Read The Full Article On ISN




What’SUP? Paddleboarding Yoga,That’s What!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

This feature comes from Kirsten Alburg, a TMS staff writer, teacher, and owner of Alaska’s Take Refuge Canoe. Kirsten is a regular contributor to our blog and an above-average adventure enthusiast living on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Following the lead of their instructor, a dozen-Yogi clan paddled into a single-file line between buoys, excited to embark upon a new adventure: the sport of water-top yoga. Without their paddles for balance, the group flounders as they attempt the Downward Dog position.

Their instructor explained that when she first jumped into paddleboard yoga the expanse of the water broadened her perspective of the exercise and gave her respect for the sport. “It’s way bigger than you; the water, the balance needed, the focus,” she said.

It’s key to not be distracted when you’re trying to balance above frigid waters. You’re forced to truly be one with the moment – to focus on your breath, the board and the water. You can’t control the environment. It’s not like an indoor studio where you can catch yourself when faltering. As the group’s leader worded it, “It’s intense! You have to really be one with the water to stay on the board, but it’s so much fun!”

At the end of the workout, as the sunscreen-protected group lay on their backs in Corpse pose, a flock of ducks flew overhead – a sign that true balance with nature had been achieved.

Balancing atop a large surfboard is noteworthy, but twelve people posing on stand-up paddleboards is enough to get the attention any passerby. Stand Up Paddleboarding, considered one of the hottest new sports today, is a draw for many water and yoga fans.

Each year the sport of paddleboarding increases in popularity. SUP yoga migrated from Hawaii to California and now is taking off throughout the United States.  SUPs are not propelled by waves alone, but by their rider wielding a long single-bladed paddle. Stand Up Paddleboards are longer and wider than regular surfboards, improving buoyancy and balance ability.

Paddleboard yoga is a variation of Stand-up Paddle Surfing (SUP, or Hoe he’e nalu in Hawaiian) combined with the ancient practice of Yoga, which originated in Rishikesh, India. The sport combines the ancient practice of hathayoga and vinyasa yoga asanas, or poses, with the ancient form of surfing.

SUP yoga benefits athletes with a strong ‘core’ workout. Some of these benefits include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, coordination improvement and increased range of motion. It can even help treat anxiety and depression. Paddle Board Yoga is popular in warm coastal climates and resorts, and is gaining in popularity. Celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Armstrong and Kate Hudson are sampling the sport, and cross-over athletes such as big wave surf pioneer Laird Hamilton are training with SUPs.

New Site Feature: Product Q&A

Monday, March 19th, 2012

A couple weeks ago we added a new Q&A site feature that allows you to ask questions on product pages. The Q&A section can be found under the “Questions?” tab on every product page. Read questions and answers from other customers or ask a question of your own.

Questions will be published and answered within 24 hours of asking. You will receive an email confirmation when your question has been answered.

Here’s a screenshot of our Q&A feature in action, on the Mammut Ride Snowpulse Airbag pack product page:

Q&A screenshot

If you ever have any questions about any product on the site, please ask away. Odds are that other shoppers have the same questions you do, and your questions help build our online knowledge base for outdoor gear lovers everywhere. No question is too simple or technical for our gear experts.

Google +1 Buttons

Monday, July 25th, 2011

See this button below? Go ahead, click it. I promise nothing bad will happen…

…if you clicked the button and have a Google account, then you just “+1’d” What that means is that you personally endorse or recommend this site to friends and contacts connected via your Google account (and anonymously to the rest of Google). As a page gets more and more +1s it will begin to rise up on Google search result pages. The end result? A more relevant and democratic search experience.

Here you can see a Google search result page for the term “google”, with anonymous +1s circled in orange:

Google Search Engine Results Page

Here’s another search result for “lake tahoe weather”, and the page that I +1’d:

+1'd search listing

If any of my Google contacts +1 a page, their information will appear beneath the link.

These +1 buttons can be found throughout the Tahoe Mountain Sports website on every blog post, product and category page. If you’re browsing the site and see something that you like and think the rest of the world might like it too, give it a +1.

Staying on the Cutting Edge

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

It takes tons of constant tweaking and updating to stay on top of the ever-evolving world wide web. A lot has changed on since my last tech update in September. Here are just some of the highlights of how we are improving the user experience on the site:

Now Accepting Amazon Payments

Checkout by Amazon

We now accept payments through Checkout by Amazon. This payment method is a quick, easy and secure way to checkout using your existing Amazon account. I’m going to give you a quick walk-through to show you how easy it is:

When you’re ready to checkout, click this button on the shopping cart page: Checkout by Amazon Button

A secure login window for Amazon will open:

Login to Amazon

Once you log into Amazon you will be taken to our secure checkout page where you will select your billing and shipping information on file with Amazon:

Amazon Address Book (more…)

Tech Talk: Browse Products by Size

Monday, September 20th, 2010

In this month’s Tech Talk I want to show you a new site features that make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for within our category pages:

screen capture of Men's Pants category page

Pictured above is a screen capture that shows our Men’s Pants category, which can be further refined by Size (e.g. “Small”, “Medium”, “Large”) or by Waist Size (in inches) via the left navigation column. Clicking on a specific size will show only products that have that particular size in stock. This feature can be especially useful to customers that have a hard time finding clothing or footwear in their size.

Other product level refinements include: Mondo Size for ski and telemark boots, Disc Weight for disc golf discs, and US Shoe Size for our wide selection of footwear. And of course, you can still browse all our categories by Brand and Price.

Tech Talk is a monthly blog series written by our resident tech geek, Todd Shimkus. Questions or comments about the Tahoe Mountain Sports site design or functionality? Comment on this post and Todd will look into making it a reality.

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