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Monday, January 25th, 2016

Tahoe Mountain Sports caught up with three-time Olympian Katerina Nash as she was preparing to teach a Nordic clinic at Royal Gorge

Katerina Nash

Katerina Nash

TRUCKEE — If the prospect of taking a ski lesson with an Olympian is a little intimidating, Katerina Nash says to have no fear.

Tahoe Mountain Sports recently caught up with Nash, a three-time Olympian, as she was preparing for one of her frequent trips between Truckee and the Bay Area. She was headed to the first of her two intermediate skate ski clinics she’s leading at Royal Gorge, with clinic two set for Feb. 27.

In addition to being a three-time Olympian for the Czech Republic — Nordic skiing at Nagano in 1988 and Salt Lake City in 2002 — and mountain biking at the 2012 London games, Nash notched three NCAA Nordic championships during her years at the University of Nevada, Reno and Colorado.

Closer to home, Nash is a two-time winner of the Great Ski Race between Tahoe City and Truckee. Along with her upcoming ski plans (including the Great Race on March 6), we wanted to know what 2016 has in store on the bike for her and the LUNA Pro Team.

TMS: You’ll be leading the second of your two intermediate skate ski clinics Feb. 27 at Royal Gorge: After competing in two winter Olympics, what motivates you to go out and teach a class to folks who may not have huge — or any — competitive aspirations or who are just trying to sort out their V1 and V2 technique?
KN: Technique is a major part of cross-country skiing and even the racers are always working on it. It feels good to share some of my knowledge and it’s always good to have an excuse to go skiing for the weekend!

TMS: Considering your Olympic résumé and your continuing career as a professional cyclist, do some people come into your clinics a little intimidated? What can people expect from a clinic?
KN: I hope not. I think once they meet me they are fine. Expect a lot of technique and some drills and hopefully some skiing at the end. Mainly we just chat and ski a little and share a few tips on how to become a more efficient skier.

Katerina Nash on her way to winning the inaugural 2015 CrossReno cyclocross race.

Katerina Nash on her way to winning the inaugural 2015 CrossReno cyclocross race.

TMS: What are your fondest memories from your competitive skiing years — Olympics, World Championships, World Cups?
KN: I really liked Nagano Olympics, a couple of Junior World Champs and also college skiing. It was all fun and now I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on it. I really appreciate the time I spent ski racing. I still love to ski and hope to do lot more of it once done racing bikes. I like all kinds of skiing, but backcountry is probably my favorite.

TMS: How did skiing set up your professional cycling career?
KN: From overall strength and toughness to really good endurance and speed. It gave me a unique set of skills that have helped to be successful in multiple cycling disciplines.

TMS: Speaking of cycling, what are your plans for the 2016 season? Any surprises on tap like the Enduro World Series or Red Bull Rampage!?
KN: Cross-country mountain bike World Cup, cross-country World Championships and more cyclocross, but not until the fall of 2016. I’d like to continue to explore more variety of mountain bike racing, but this year is looking pretty cross-country oriented for the LUNA Pro Team, and therefore for me as well. I’m very sure to confirm that I’ll never do Rampage!

TMS: LUNA Pro Team General Manager Dave McLaughin won the men’s Great Ski Race a couple of times and you’ve won it too. Head-to-head this March, who would cross the line first?
KN: Me! Dave may have 100 more days of skiing but I have the racing fitness. I sort of hope to jump into it this year again after years of not having the Great Ski race. Maybe you should talk Dave into it and then we would really see who can take it.


Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Final installment of three-part series presented by Ortovox delves into avalanche airbag packs

On Jan. 27, the final installment of Tahoe Mountain Sports’ free 2015-16 Avy Education Series wraps up with “Avalanche Airbag Sessions.”

On Jan. 27, the final installment of Tahoe Mountain Sports’ free 2015-16 Avy Education Series wraps up with “Avalanche Airbag Sessions.”

With El Niño delivering epic days in the backcountry, Tahoe Mountain Sports’ continuing Avalanche Education Series is not only educational but timely.

On Jan. 27, the final installment of Tahoe Mountain Sports’ free 2015-16 Avy Education Series wraps up with “Avalanche Airbag Sessions,” presented by Ortovox. The night’s highlight will be the “Rep War,” where representatives from major airbag companies debate each other on who makes superior airbag systems. A season-ending raffle supporting Sierra Avalanche Center will follow with the grand prize of a Mammut airbag pack ($900 value) highlighting the evening.

In addition to free, hands-on activities, TMS will offer special, in-store deals during the Jan. 27 event.

While the series is not intended to be an end-all education on avalanche safety, it is an exceptional opportunity to learn directly from Truckee-Tahoe’s resident mountain experts and local non-profits, such as the Sierra Avalanche Center.

The event is free and held at Tahoe Mountain Sports; 11200 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee. Doors open at 6 p.m. Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Part 3 – Avalanche Airbag Sessions – Rep War & Party
Weds Jan. 27, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Learn the physics behind avalanche airbag packs and understand the differences between passive and active backcountry safety gear. The night’s highlight will be the “Rep War,” where representatives from major airbag companies debate each other on who makes superior airbag systems. TMS will offer free exchanges of all air or gas cylinders this night only in an effort to practice and to test your system. A season-ending raffle supporting Sierra Avalanche Center will follow with the grand prize of a Mammut airbag pack ($900 value) highlighting the evening. Ortovox presents this event with additional support from The North Face, Black Diamond, Mammut and Backcountry Access (BCA).


Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Mountain School want backcountry users to upgrade their skills, shop local, learn local and ski like a local



TRUCKEE, CA — The backcountry is beckoning with epic Sierra snow, and for the second year in a row Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Mountain School are partnering to keep adventurers well equipped and safe.

For the 2015-2016 winter, Tahoe Mountain School will offer a full avalanche education program  at Tahoe Mountain Sports’ store in Truckee. Those attending any of the courses this winter will be able to rent top-of-the-line backcountry ski gear from Tahoe Mountain Sports at a discounted rate of $99 for the course weekend.

“We are excited to partner with the Tahoe Mountain School because it allows us to offer great outdoor experiences and educational opportunities before or after you get outfitted in new gear,” said Dave Polivy, owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports. “Our customers are always asking where they can take their Avy 1 class and now they don’t even have to leave the store.”

Tahoe Mountain School was founded by Steve Reynaud, who started the school to provide professional avalanche education to the backcountry community. Classes offer low student-to-guide ratios with hands-on experience and decision making to develop the skills the backcountry skier will need to be safer in the mountains.

The partnership between Tahoe Mountain School and Tahoe Mountain Sports allows those wanting to upgrade their backcountry skills to shop local, learn local and ski like a local.

Level 1 avalanche courses for the 2015-16 season are $399 and include three-day/24-hour class and field introduction to avalanche hazard management, an American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education Field Blue Book, AIARE student manual and use of Ortovox avalanche safety equipment.

Polivy said Ortovox’s support of the courses provides an opportunity for people to try packs, shovels, beacons and probes before they buy.  Ortovox, a leading avalanche safety and outdoor apparel company, has provided the avalanche safety gear to Tahoe Mountain School so every student is equipped with the newest gear on the market.

2015-16 Avalanche Course dates
• 1/8-1/11.  Level 2 Avalanche Course
• 1/16-1/18.  Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 1/22-1/24  Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 2/13-2/15  Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 2/19-2/21  Level 1 Avalanche Course
• 3/4-3/6  Level 1 Avalanche Course

For more information and complete schedule check out:
(530) 414-5295


Monday, December 28th, 2015

By Michelle Shea

Grab your pack shovel and get creative with these five tips for cooking with one of your essential pieces of backcountry gear. Whether you’re looking to dig a snow pit or dig into a snow-camp meal, Tahoe Mountain Sports has a variety of backcountry shovels to choose from for your next adventure.

Fire Starter!
ADG1Use your shovel to build a fire when the ground is wet or covered with snow. First, line thin, dry pieces of timber along the base of your shovel and spread a Vaseline-soaked cotton ball over the timber. Next make a pyramid of timber around the base. Light the cotton ball and let the flame build. When the flame is steady and you’re ready, slowly pull the shovel from the fire and try not to disturb the structure (think of a magician pulling a table cloth from a set table). When the shovel is free and clear, add additional timber and larger dry wood pieces to build your fire.


Grill Tool!
ADG2Speaking of fires and shovels, your backcountry shovel makes a great tool for flipping and grabbing food from your fire pit. There’s no need to carry extra tools for cooking on a backcountry fire; your shovel does it all. You can also use the shovel to fan the fire to build the flames.





Pot Cover!
ADG3Who needs a lid when you have a shovel to throw over your pot!? The light “u” shape molds perfectly to any size pot.







Cooling tray!
Use your shovel as a cooling tray to make backcountry treats, like these “Bear Scat Cookies.” You can heat and bind your ingredients with a backcountry stove and then cool your goop directly on your shovel’s non-stick surface to make delicious cookies without an oven.




Cool leftovers and make dessert with a shovel and snow. Dig a shallow hole in the snow. Lay shovel with leftovers on shovel surface in the snow and cover with aluminum foil. Cover the shovel with a light layer of snow and remove when food reaches your desired temperature. This is especially great for making desserts when you’re staying in a warm hut. Try ice cream, pumpkin peanut butter bars, or frozen fruit treats.




For more creative backcountry recipes visit 

This post comes from Guest Blogger Michelle Shea. Michelle lives at Lake Tahoe and is the host/creator of the outdoor series Adventure Dining Guide. She created Adventure Dining Guide because “food is the unrecognized hero of our journeys, and it’s about time backcountry meals get the recognition they deserve”. Learn more at

First Annual Community Appreciation Day

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Customer Appreciation Party
We’re throwing a party. For you. Because you are
totally awesome.

To say thank you to the amazing Truckee-Tahoe community for a great first year in our new location, and for shopping local all year long, we are hosting our first annual Community Appreciation Day!

Come party with us!

December 16, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A full day of special events will include:

  • exclusive one-day only sales
  • brand giveaways at the door
  • free gifts with purchase
  • a Spin-To-Win style outlet sale – win even bigger discounts!
  • a Kids Station to keep them busy while you shop
  • adult holiday refreshments

Customers are encouraged to bring in any lightly used winter clothing for donation to the “Winter Warmth and Wellness” charity drive. Items will be passed along to those in need of warm clothing in the coming months. Bring in a winter jacket for donation to receive 25% off any full price jacket in the store.

Pick up a Shop Local Holiday Contest card to enter to win a cash prize or an 8-day vacation at one of four incredible destinations.

Join the TMS Rewards program to earn points that can be redeemed for future store credit.

“The one-day clothing drive will really help out people in our community so we encourage everyone to pull out all those extra layers they never wear anymore,” David Polivy, owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports, said. “Plus, it’s going to be a fun day to shop, a great way to support local business, and it allows us to say Thank You to this community for supporting us all year long.”

See the Facebook event page


Friday, December 4th, 2015

Before heading out to one of Truckee-Tahoe’s many XC-ski resorts or to snowshoe, stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports to stock up on gear


Yep, thanks to a quick-moving storm that rolled through Truckee-Tahoe Thursday night there’s even more snow on the ground now. That means all the big downhill resorts are getting the attention. But for those who prefer skinny skis the area’s gems are open for business too.

But before you head out to Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Royal Gorge, Auburn Ski Club or Tahoe XC be sure to stop into Tahoe Mountain Sports for all your cross-country ski gear.  

And if you just wanna hike out in the snowy woods, TMS sells and rents a variety of snowshoes from racing models to snowshoes for kids.


As of Dec. 4, there are 20 groomed trails open at Tahoe Donner Cross-country with 20km of skate and striding skiing available. Unfortunately there are no dog trails or fatbiking trails open so far. Check out for more information and grooming updates.

Also as of Dec. 4, Royal Gorge up on Donner Summit is open with a total of 17km of groomed skate and striding trails. As with Tahoe Donner dog trails are not ready yet. For more information on passes and grooming reports, go to royal

According to the Auburn Ski Club Training Center’s website, they saw about 10 inches of new snow overnight and have about 10km of single track and some double track open. Additional loops are being added each day to their trail system.

Over on the north shore, Tahoe XC saw 5 inches of new snow with the latest weather front and is snowmobile packing its trails. But “please no dogs until further notice,” they say. Find out more here.



Tuesday, December 1st, 2015


: Ladies Night shopping & screening of Pretty Faces, an all-female ski film
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 3 2015 — 6:30 p.m./TMS Facebook Event Info
WHERE: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee 530-536-5200
WHY: Get stoked for a snowy winter, shop great holiday deals and support the Tahoe Food Hub

TRUCKEE, CA — Tahoe Mountain Sports continues its Ladies Night sessions on Dec. 3 with a free screening of Pretty Faces, an all-female ski and adventure sport film that will fan Sierra snow fever in all who attend.

The evening is presented by Patagonia and TMS with all raffle proceeds and a portion of event-night store specials going to the Tahoe Food Hub, a non-profit organization working to build a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe.

On event night attendees will not only enjoy the film, snacks and drinks, there will be storewide savings and special deals on women’s specific apparel, footwear and gear. With the holidays approaching this is a great evening to take care of gifts for the adventure-minded people on your gift list.

Free and open to the public, the Pretty Faces film was created by professional skier Lynsey Dyer to offer young girls role models and inspiration to explore the outdoors. The film also highlights the pioneer athletes of women’s adventure sport while showcasing Mother Nature in all her glory.

The screening of the film is another event where TMS, Patagonia and the Tahoe Food Hub have partnered to further each other’s missions of engaging the local community and to give back during this holiday season.

“Tahoe Mountain Sports was our first community partner when we launched in November 2012,” said Susie Sutphin, director of Tahoe Food Hub. “Each year we look forward to partnering with them on a community event to help share our mission with more people and engage them in our service work to build a sustainable foodshed for North Lake Tahoe.”

The Tahoe Food Hub works to increase access to nutritious, ecologically grown food by creating a network of regional farms within 100-miles of North Lake Tahoe and connecting them to restaurants, small grocers, schools and hospitals. The organization is also exploring ways to grow food locally using four-season growing techniques at its Sierra Agroecology Center in Truckee. For more information check out


Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Part 2 of Avalanche Education Series set for Dec. 9 with final installment Jan. 27


TRUCKEE — Tahoe Mountain Sports hosted a full house on Nov. 18 for the first installment of its 2015-16 Avalanche Education Series.

With a lineup of experts that included NOAA meteorologist Zach Tolby, Don Triplat from the Sierra Avalanche Center and Steve Reynaud from the Tahoe Mountain School, attendees of the first-of-three avy ed sessions were briefed on what El Niño could mean for the Sierra as well as avalanche basics.

KTVN out of Reno was in the house with a live shoot for the evening’s broadcast. Check out the station’s recap of the event.

The free, three-part series presented by Ortovox continues on Dec. 9 with the “Beacons and Beers” session. For more information about part 2, check out the TMS Facebook pageExperts will go over basic transceiver and shovel use and group-rescue strategies. Attendees will break into small groups for outdoor beacon practice including burial scenarios. In addition to in-store discounts, TMS can update Ortovox, Mammut, Barryvox and Pieps transceivers for $5 on event night.

Part 3 of the series takes place on Jan. 27. For more information about part 3, check out the TMS Facebook page. The evening will focus on the physics behind avalanche airbag packs and understanding the differences between passive and active backcountry safety gear. TMS will offer free exchanges of all air or gas cylinders on event night only to practice and to test systems. A season-ending raffle supporting Sierra Avalanche Center will follow with the grand prize of a Mammut airbag pack ($900 value) highlighting the evening.

While the series is not intended to be an end-all education on avalanche safety, it is an exceptional opportunity to learn directly from Truckee-Tahoe’s resident mountain guides, avalanche safety instructors, meteorologists and local non-profits, such as the Sierra Avalanche Center.


Monday, November 16th, 2015

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Project Zero is a collaborative effort striving to change perceptions of avalanche risk and shift the goal toward zero deaths.

By Shaun Nauman

The experience of backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the alpine is bliss beyond words. Snow carpets the alpine landscape and shimmers like diamonds when the first light hits. On the approach through snow covered spruce trees, humanity is left behind. It has a peaceful resonance, and tranquility that no words or pictures can truly capture. As you break tree line you are beckoned by a landscape bigger than the mind can comprehend. Rocky crags paint the landscape in an ocean of winter bliss as you work your way to the summit. Within the blink of an eye all that can change. A large persistent slab can shatter across the slope like a windowpane of glass, and the tranquility is suddenly changed in to in to a surreal nightmare.

pz_pres3In the past few years we have lost many legends, and, on a personal level, a few friends. The fact is, if you spend enough time in the backcountry you are eventually going to know someone that has died in an avalanche. If you don’t already, you will. At some point it becomes personal, for all of us. The sobering fact is that the more we read through avalanche incident reports, we see a recurring theme – same avalanche – different face. It has forced many of us to step back and evaluate why this is often happening to people with avalanche training.

The power of avalanche education is the industry-based framework that places everyone on the same page, with the same terminology and understanding. This process forms stronger communication of group dynamics while evaluating avalanche hazards, snow stability and terrain choices. However, it seems that even when armed with these skills we do not see a reduction in accidents and fatalities.

As educators, instructors and industry leaders we realized a need to look beyond teaching just the techniques of avalanche safety. Is the message telling people to get a beacon, shovel, probe and take an avalanche course fragmented? Is there a deeper layer that needs to be addressed? Avalanche safety and rescue techniques are a critical component, but not the entire picture. There is mounting evidence that a pattern of human factors is emerging. People tend to get pulled in to presumptuous and general rule-of-thumb behaviors, often referred to as heuristic traps. The common denominator lies not in the training but in the patterns of evaluating avalanche hazards.

pz_presHow do we address the bigger picture? Project Zero was launched as a collaborative effort with the mission to shift the perception of avalanche risk and to move the goal toward zero deaths. It is a ground-breaking unity of avalanche forecast centers, educators, equipment manufacturers and industry associations across North America.

When I first learned of Project Zero, the message struck me on a personal level. I sought a way to become a part of the initiative and was invited to take a role as a Project Zero Ambassador. I gave a presentation at the 2015 Silverton Splitfest in Silverton, Colorado under the current campaign, The Backcountry Starts Here. At the core of the campaign are the “Backcountry Basics” one should follow before entering backcountry terrain. These are five call-to-action pieces that serve to reinforce the baseline of a positive backcountry experience.

Backcountry Basics • Get the Gear• Get the

The first three call-to-action pieces are relatively self explanatory. (1) Get the Gear: Includes a beacon, shovel, and probe. (2) Get the Training: By taking an avalanche course, it puts you on the same sheet of music, same terminology and same understanding as others in your group. (3) Get the Forecast: Check weather and avalanche forecasts before deciding on an objective.

The next two call-to-action pieces are more complex and are the key components I elaborate on to streamline the complexity of “Get the Picture,” which is the importance of a routine. Backcountry users need to have a rigid, rule-based routine much like any other high-stakes industry. The analogy, as Bruce Tremper of the Utah Avalanche Center puts it, “is much like that of a commercial aviation pilot, performing pre-flight checklists.” The use of a method-based routine prevents us from making assumptions and rule of thumb shortcuts.

alptruthTo fully grasp this concept, people need to put their mind in an analytical mode that seeks and filters facts and look for clues. The clues are everywhere, and are often referred to as nature’s billboards. Systems that are employed for environmental traps such as ALPTRUTH, originally developed by avalanche researcher Ian McCammon, is an acronym used to stay on course and give you mental clues during pre-planning and while you are out. From a practical perspective, when ALPTRUTH is employed as an obvious clues system, it can help us gauge the bigger picture. As McCammon put it, “If I run through this checklist and notice one or two clues it gives me a gauge. If I start to see three or more of the ALPTRUTH clues, I know I am getting pretty far from shore and it’s time to reassess my goals.”

The amount of information, data and resources available today can be overwhelming. In order to make good decisions we need to be able to sort and prioritize information and filter these facts. The mountains are not static. A complex understanding of terrain and snow science is essential to make fluid decisions. When making key decisions in avalanche terrain I always ask myself how I could be wrong. I emphasize to others to always be willing to reevaluate and change their plan based on new information. Employing a method such as ALPTRUTH can help keep you on track identifying environmental traps.

facetsThe final call to action – Get out of Harm’s Way: Daily, we make hundreds of decisions both large and small and we must make them efficiently. We are largely unaware of making them, even when they are critical decisions. Our decision-making is heavily affected by our biases and reliance on success of habits. Intuitive decisions are made on almost an unconscious level whereas analytical thinking is systematic. These intuitive decisions, or rules of thumb become “heuristic traps” when they are applied unconsciously and can be deadly when we use them in avalanche terrain unconsciously. McCammon also developed an acronym for basing decisions on familiar but inappropriate cues known as FACETS. Like facets in the snowpack, we want to avoid them. Heuristic traps account for the lion’s share of avalanche incidents. Basing our decisions on familiar, but inappropriate clues.

Employing system acronyms such as APLTRUTH for environmental factors and FACETS for human factors are a few tools for developing a routine and helping us stay on track. Consistent use of such routines and changing the mindset of backcountry recreationalists may help evolve the patterns of avalanche accidents and, ultimately, that is the goal of Project Zero. These are practical tools that can help novices recognize the conditions and events that have taken lives in the past and start them on an advanced routine in the backcountry.

This post comes from Shaun Nauman, a blogger ( and Boulder, CO resident. When Shaun isn’t studying snow hydrology and forecasting avalanches, the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor is finding new adventures in the backcountry on his splitboard. Watch for more adventures, gear reviews and fun reading from Shaun and other Ambassadors of Tahoe Mountain Sports.

Leave No Trace: Adventure Dining Guide

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

By Michelle Shea

Who: Sam and Jenna, the Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Michelle Shea (host), Skyler Mullings (cameraman), Connor Stohlgren (sound)
What: Paleo car camping meal and Leave No Trace cooking methods
Where: North Lake Tahoe
When: August 2015

Click on the photo to learn more about leave-no-trace cooking techniques.

Click on the photo to learn more about leave-no-trace cooking techniques.

Spending time with Leave No Trace experts Sam Ovett and Jenna Hanger during their visit to Tahoe emphasized the importance of taking care of all the little details when cooking outdoors. By planning ahead and paying attention to what we might be leaving behind, we can all do our part to keep the wilderness pristine.

Sam and Jenna are ambassadors of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The duo live, work and travel out of a brand new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Sam and Jenna came to Lake Tahoe in August to work several events and were kind enough to sneak in an afternoon of hanging out on the beach, stand up paddle boarding and Paleo car cooking with the Adventure Dining Guide team.

This is an episode you don’t want to miss! Click the “view recipe” to get some more Leave No Trace tips and learn how you can prepare this healthy Paleo meal on your next camping excursion:

Check out Tahoe Mountain Sports for your outdoor culinary needs:

I hope that this episode of Adventure Dining Guide encourages you to always be responsible and to always Leave No Trace!

This post comes from Guest Blogger Michelle Shea. Michelle lives at Lake Tahoe and is the host/creator of the outdoor series Adventure Dining Guide. She created Adventure Dining Guide because “food is the unrecognized hero of our journeys, and it’s about time backcountry meals get the recognition they deserve”. Learn more at


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