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Top 2014-15 Ski & Snowboard Movies

January 2nd, 2015 By   

If you are anything like me, you can’t get enough skiing or snowboarding in your life! That being said, an easy way to keep the stoke alive all year long is with a great ski or snowboard movie.

This year we have four amazing movies to get you fired up to take on the backcountry or conquer that cliff or feature at your local resort…

MSP Films – Days of My Youth
Winner of the Powder Awards – Best Male Performance, Best Line (Cody Townsend) and Best Natural Air (Richard Permin)

Red Bull Media House, in association with MSP Films, presents “DAYS OF MY YOUTH”, a new film that examines every skier’s lifelong affinity for the sport. Filmed over two years using state of the art techniques and technologies, this movie offers a unique glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier experiences – exploring the globe and escaping to the playground of the mountains. Traveling worldwide, MSP’s team has looked through the lens in a new way to capture moments that redefine what is possible on skis.

The film exposes the joys and struggles associated with a lifetime built around skiing, all while narrated to the prolific readings of Alan Watts alongside profound insights from an intimate cast of skiing’s modern day superstars. “DAYS OF MY YOUTH” reminds every viewer of their first time on skis, and reinforces that the experience will continue to keep you young for a lifetime.

Starring: Richard Permin, Michelle Parker, Mark Abma, Bobby Brown, James Heim, Cody Townsend, Markus Eder, Banks Gilberti, Sam Anthamatten, and Sander Hadley. Featuring the legendary Bobbie Burns.

Teton Gravity Research – Almost Ablaze

Awarded “Film Of The Year” at the 2014 International Freeski Film Festival, TGR’s Almost Ablaze is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding on The Planet. Experience a new level of sensory overload as each athlete is wired for sound, immersing the audience completely in the moment. Watch as athletes push the edge to realize a heightened state.

Almost Ablaze highlights stunning locations, next-level riding, and the globetrotting lifestyle of these thrill-seeking athletes. The crew sets up camp deep in the Teton Range hitting 5,000-foot dream lines all on foot. Check out urban riding in the war-torn Winter Olympic venues of Sarajevo. Explore the massive untapped terrain of Sella Nevea, Italy during a record winter where they struggle to keep lifts and chalets from completely disappearing into the snow. Finally, feel the madness as TGR’s full cast of athletes meets in Revelstoke for a mind-blowing session producing some of the most diverse riding in the world. Almost Ablaze takes you beyond the boundaries. Experience a rarely seen state of being and level of excitement where one missed step will result in total chaos.

“The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later. But the edge is still Out there.”

-Hunter S. Thompson

Powderwhore – Some Thing Else

For their tenth film Powderwhore wanted to do something special. So all they did was capture their deepest powder ever, expeditions to the most remote mountain ranges, and the steepest spines on the planet. Combined with the most interesting characters on snow, and their usual low brow humor, and they have a ski movie worthy of their ten years filming the backcountry experience.

Jeremy Jones’ Higher

Ten-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year winner Jeremy Jones revolutionized backcountry snowboarding with Deeper, his 2010 ode to splitboarding and human-powered adventure. His 2012 sequel, Further, took him to the planet’s most remote mountain ranges and earned him a nod as a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and his environmental advocacy work with Protect Our Winters won him recognition as one of President Barack Obama’s 2013 Champions of Change.

Now Jones and TGR elevating their game and taking their quest to the next level for the third and final installment of the Deeper, Further, Higher trilogy from the award-winning producers at Teton Gravity Research. Presented by Subaru, Higher traces Jones’ snowboarding journey from hiking Cape Cod’s Jailhouse Hill as a child to accumulating several generations’ worth of wisdom and expertise about thriving and surviving in the winter wilderness.

Jones has gathered friends old and new to pass the torch to the next generation of big mountain rippers. His crew for the film includes Bryan Iguchi, Luca Pandolfi, Ryland Bell, and others. With these friends, Jeremy leaves tracks on signature lines in the close-to-home playgrounds he’s made his own around Jackson Hole. He also makes history with far-flung first descents in the Eastern Alaska Range and the Himalayas of Nepal, where the stakes are as high as the peaks themselves.

Higher is in the midst of a worldwid film tour with over 200 stops, is an official selection of the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, and is currently a Finalist for Best Film at the 2014 Banff International Mountain Film Festival.

Need Some Warm Boots for SnowGlobe?

December 30th, 2014 By   

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Stay warm at this year’s SnowGlobe Festival with the warmest winter boots for men and women!

Don’t delay, stop by Tahoe Mountain Sports today en route to the coolest concert in South Lake Tahoe to pick up a pair of toasty boots to stay warm while you rock out all night long…

Learn more about TONIGHT and tomorrow’s SnowGlobe line-up and get tickets here!

 

New Year | New Gear! – Pinterest Contest

December 26th, 2014 By   
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Its a new year, so show us what new gear you like on Pinterest

Rules:

  • Follow @TahoeMountainSports on Pinterest (insert Pinterest logo)
  • Create a board with the title “New Year | New Gear!”
  • Pin your top ten wish-list gear items from tahoemountainsports.com
  • Tag each pin with #NewYearNewGear
  • Submit your entry by emailing your board’s unique URL with “New Year | New Gear!” in the subject line to social@tahoemountainsports.com

How will you be rewarded, you ask? Tahoe Mountain Sports will give one participant a $50 Gift Card to Tahoe Mountain Sports, a as well as Smith Optics Parallel Sunglasses – Women’s (Retail $129), Power Practical Lithium 4400 Rechargeable Battery Pack (Retail $59.99) and CEP Compression Recovery Socks – Men’s (Retail $49.95)

What are you waiting for? Head over to our New Gear | New Year Pinterest board to learn more and start pinning on your new board now!

 

Windblown in Patagonia

December 20th, 2014 By   
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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   
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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.

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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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AIARE Level 1Refresh Class 12/30 with Tahoe Mtn School

December 13th, 2014 By   

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The AIARE Level 1 Refresher Course is designed for the student who has completed an AIARE Level 1 avalanche course and would like to update their knowledge and skills to the current level. Recommended every 2-4 years.

When: December 30th, 2014 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (Safeway Shopping Center – 11200 – 5E Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161)
Contact: Phone: 530-414-5295 | Email: info@tahoemountainschool.com
Cost: $375 | Register at tahoemountainschool.com

The AIARE Level 1 Refresher Course will go over the following:

  • Review of basic Level 1 material
  • Interpret the avalanche bulletin
  • Create a tour plan based on conditions
  • Personal/Group gear check
  • Discuss risk management plan
  • Terrain travel, group management, travel techniques
  • Information gathering and observation field work
  • Stability tests
  • Hands on decision making
  • Companion rescue review and practice
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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.

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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   

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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 www.TahoeMountainSchool.com Or call (530) 414-5295
When: December 6th, 2014 8:00 AM through December 7th, 2014 4:00 PM
Phone: 530-414-5295
Email: info@tahoemountainschool.com

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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!

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