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TMS Owner Dave Polivy Honored in 40 Under Awards

Friday, June 5th, 2015


Congratulations to Tahoe Mountain Sports Owner Dave Polivy on being included in a list of honorees for the eighth annual SGB 40 Under 40 Awards, which recognizes leaders and standout individuals across the sporting goods industry! The 40 recipients were chosen from a list of 400 nominees and selected by a panel of industry experts.

View the 2015 40 Under 40 list HERE

“These awards are a way to recognize the great work done by younger leaders in our industry,” said James Hartford, president and CEO of The SportsOneSource Group, which publishes the SGB trade publication. “The extraordinary and diverse talent nominated again this year made it difficult to narrow the list to just 40 people. We drew very strong support from past honorees and other industry leaders to select a prestigious group of individuals and it is our pleasure to honor this next generation of leaders.”

Dave Polivy: “Take chances in order to make mistakes and celebrate successes. Learn from both and don’t make those mistakes again. If you say you are going to do something, make sure you do it. Do what you love because you only live once.”



Tahoe Mountain Sports Rep Sample Sale

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

rep sale 2015 eblast

The deals return! Tahoe Mountain Sports’ Rep Sample Sale brings you the best bargains on top-notch gear, clothing and equipment this Memorial Day weekend in Truckee on Saturday May 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from all sales will benefit the Auburn Ski Club Nordic Programs.

For this exciting event, we’ve invited over a dozen of local sales representatives to set up booths in the Tahoe Mountain Sports front parking lot – conveniently located in the Safeway Shopping Center. Get exclusive deals from the brand representatives themselves, including new samples and discounted demo gear. Plus, you’ll get their expert advice and selling points to ensure you’re making the best buy. This year’s brands include Deuter Backpacks, Salomon, Black Diamond, The North Face, Marmot, Volkl and more to gear you up for all seasons in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

Find unbeatable prices, and gear for all outdoor sports: lifestyle and technical clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other camping necessities, as well as Nordic ski gear and winter backcountry equipment. Admission is free.|

Look for the tents and flags this Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 23) at the corner of the parking lot at the Safeway Shopping Center (at the Bank of the West entrance). We’re just a short distance from exits 185 and 186 off on Highway CA-80 and Highway CA-89, so come for the sale, then, make a day at the beach or on the trails. You don’t want to miss these deals from the source!

What: Outdoor Sports Brand Representative Sample Sale

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161 (Front parking lot, near the Bank of the West entrance at the Safeway Shopping Center)

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Mark the Calendar for Ladies Night!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Hey ladies! Tahoe Mountain Sports is hosting a night of sales, wine and cheese just for you on Tuesday June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.. Save up to 50 percent on footwear, swim and running apparel, as well as storewide savings with a portion of the profits going to Girls on the Run-Sierras.

The shelves at Tahoe Mountain Sports are stocked with swimwear from brands including Carve Designs, Lole, Next by Athena, Reef, Oakley, and Patagonia. Find the bikini to bring with you on your summer adventures.

Performance wear by The North Face and Horny Toad will also be featured. For every purchase over $50, get a free pair of Wigwam socks.

Deals aside, this is a night to hang with the ladies and support one of the leading female nonprofits in the area, Girls on the Run-Sierras. There will be a raffle with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Girls on the Run-Sierras. Prizes include a complete outfit from The North Face and Horny Toad, as well as many more. Complimentary wine by Uncorked and cheese by Westminster Cheddar will be served.

Thanks to our sponsors The North Face, Wigwam, Horny Toad, Uncorked, and Westminster Cheddar!

RSVP on Facebook at our Ladies Night event. We’ll see you there!

Horny Toad Dizzie Dress
Horny Toad Dizzie Dress
MSRP: $61.95
The North Face Venture Jacket
The North Face Venture Jacket
MSRP: $98.95


Trailspace Editor Shares: Why I bought the Deuter Fox 30 from Tahoe Mountain Sports

Friday, March 30th, 2012

In January I bought my son a new backpack.

As the co-founder and editor of Trailspace, a backcountry gear community for outdoor enthusiasts, I’m well aware that the choices when buying a single piece of outdoor gear can be simultaneously empowering and overwhelming. Which brand? Which model and features? From whom to buy?

With a seemingly infinite number of options, how did I end up buying a Deuter Fox 30 backpack from Tahoe Mountain Sports?

That’s what TMS’s Dave Polivy wanted to know too.

Back in January, I stopped outside the Deuter tent at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow’s Demo Day. A man turned to me. “Are you Alicia, from Trailspace?” he asked. “You bought a pack from me.”

I was impressed. Though Tahoe Mountain Sports advertises on Trailspace, Dave and I had never met or communicated. I’d simply purchased a pack online earlier that month. But Dave recognized me as a customer, and even remembered which pack I’d bought.

“Why’d you choose Tahoe Mountain Sports?” was his next question. Dave is well aware that his customers have choices.

So, here’s how this gear editor successfully navigated from “what to buy?” to pack in-hand:

Knowing Our Needs

“I want to go backpacking with you, Mom.”

I was thrilled when my 7-year-old son said these words, and I mentally began narrowing down our pack options.

He already had several small daypacks, but he needed a bigger pack that could carry his sleeping bag, clothes, and a snack on family backpacking trips. He also needed a pack he could use to haul his ski gear to and from the mountain all winter.

Narrowing Down the Options

On Trailspace, we regularly encourage people to visit local outdoor retailers, like Tahoe Mountain Sports, if they’re so lucky as to have one nearby. Whenever possible, especially if it’s a first-time purchase, try the gear on before buying, especially packs and boots. Unfortunately, our rural Maine location is far from many specialty retailers, which means we often have to go online to find the items that meet our needs.

This time the selection process was sped up significantly because far fewer backpacks are available for kids than adults. I had plenty of options to choose from, but not too many to slow me down. Less was more, in this case.

My son and I considered:

  • Brand: I’ve personally been happy with Deuter and Osprey packs, so we started our search there, but didn’t rule out others.
  • Fit/Size: Though visiting an experienced pack fitter is best, we got out the measuring tape to find my son’s torso length.
  • Features and Use: We looked for a traditional pack, designed for kids, suitable for overnight backpacking and hauling ski gear.
  • Price: All the results were in a similar price range, so this wasn’t a significant part of the decision.
  • Reviews: We read the user reviews of kid packs on Trailspace.
  • Winner! We settled on the Deuter Fox 30 for its technical features (it’s a scaled down pack for younger kids), brand reputation, and good reviews. My son picked orange.

Where to Buy

If we’d visited a local specialty retailer, like Tahoe Mountain Sports, to try on packs, we would have bought the product in-store, supporting the local store and staff. While we buy a lot of gear online, we don’t use specialty outdoor stores as a showroom for online purchases. Not cool.

In our case, Trailspace’s page for the Deuter Fox 30 listed at least seven online outdoor stores under “Where to Buy.” All were selling it for roughly the same price.

So, how did I pick Tahoe Mountain Sports? Well, first of all, they were in the running just for stocking a good product I wanted at a good price.

Then, with all else being equal, I was inclined to pick the smaller guy, especially one with a physical store that is family run. I may not get to visit Tahoe Mountain Sports in person, but I like knowing there are specialty outdoor stores, staffed by experienced outdoorspeople, who help others gear up and get outdoors.

Tahoe Mountain Sports was the winner.

The Result

The order process was smooth. The Deuter pack arrived within days and has served us well so far, and even earned some compliments at our local ski slopes. It will make its backpacking debut in just a few weeks.

And back in January, amid the hoopla of a major tradeshow, Dave Polivy, owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports, remembered me and my son’s pack from one single online purchase.

It was nice to know that what felt like an anonymous purchase to me had caring and knowledgeable people on the other end. Whether it happens online or in your own local shop, that’s the value of outdoor specialty retailers.

Alicia MacLeay is the editor and co-founder of, an online community for outdoor gear enthusiasts. Founded in 2001, Trailspace and its 13,000 community members share outdoor gear reviews and discuss backcountry gear for hikers, backpackers, climbers, skiers, paddlers, and trail runners.

Meet the Tahoe Mountain Sports Giveaway Finalists!

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Meet the Tahoe Mountain Sports Giveaway Finalists!

Holy entries!  This giveaway had the most entries to date for Action Sports Now with over 200!  After narrowing the field to around 30 semi finalists, we randomly picked 15 finalists to compete for this amazing giveaway.  Voting starts, Monday, February 13th at 12pm EST.  All you have to do to vote is go to Tahoe Mountain Sports’ Facebook page, “Like” Tahoe Mountain Sports, click the left hand poll button or the link on their wall, and vote for your favorite entry.  Whoever has the most votes on Sunday, February 19th at 5pm EST will be our winner.  The winner will take home the following:

Deuter Freerider Pro 30 Ski/Snowboard Pack
Deuter Freerider Pro 28 SL Women’s Ski/Snowboard Pack
Contour Roam Helmet Camera
Hestra Ski/Snowboard Gloves, the Army Leather Wool
Hestra Ski/Snowboard Gloves, the Henrik Pro
– $100 Tahoe Mountain Sports Gift Certificate, useable online or in store
– Apple Red Special Edition iPod Shuffle, 1GB
Check out the finalists’ entries below and good luck to everyone!!!

Craig Slocum from Yuba City, CA

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are my favorite place to play. So many memories from hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, 4 wheeling; I could go on and on.  I will continue to visit the Sierras with my kids and hopefully they will appreciate the amazing beauty of the mountains, rivers and lakes.

Paul Osborn from Armstrong, CA

This is more of a love hate relationship, but a year ago I attempted to summit a mountain in Bolivia named Illimani.  It was my first ever real summit attempt and it was a blast.  I made it to around the 6000 meter mark and had to turn back.  It got me hooked on mountaineering.  Unfortunately I didn’t make to the top, but it is now my goal to try it again this summer.  I’d love to have a couple pieces of new gear to help me in that attempt!

Here’s a video I put together of that summit attempt.

Brandon Bethea from San Diego, CA

My favorite mountain is Table Mountain in South Africa because it was my mom’s favorite and holds special meaning.  After she was diagnosed with cancer, I promised I would go and see it one day, plus it will be my 6th continent whenever I do go!

Anthony Girelli from Asheville, NC

I like Cataloochee Mtn. It’s certainly not the best boarding, but the people and prices are great.  It’s super close and convenient and I can go 3 or 4 times a week.

The Cat
Bounce, Bounce, Clink
The bar rises
One motion up
Blades meet white
Click, Click, Bump
Board and body one
Momentum builds
Deep grooves cut
Swish, swish, scrape
A pendulum
Frozen, moving
Along the hill
Left, right, left
Snaking along
Lost a field of others
Racing down
Gust, gust, whoosh
Wind whips
Cuts through clothes
Ears hear, not feel
Sip, sip, gulp
Hot inside
Cold without
Both lodge and me.

Rob Caughron from Oakley, CA

Me at Bear Valley! I love snowboarding!

Craig Strom from Truckee, CA

My favorite mountain is Squaw Valley USA because it gives instant access to the steeps. Good après doesn’t hurt either.

Jennifer Causby from Mt. Pleasant, SC

Copper Mountain, CO!!  Well, we haven’t actually stepped foot on the slopes there yet, but we will be there on February 9th!  As a southern girl from South Carolina, we get really excited over a few snow flurries (which rarely happens.)  If we want to play in the snow, we have to drive to North Carolina, for some of the man-made mush.  To celebrate my husband’s 31st birthday, we decided to take an adventure to Copper Mountain to see the real stuff – SNOW.

We can’t wait to see the powder and taste it on our tongues as it falls from the sky.  Since I have never snowboarded, we are going to spend one day on boards and one day on skis.  I don’t know if the pros in the mountains will be more surprised to hear me say, “Hey Ya’ll”, or to see my excited from seeing so much real snow.  Since we live near the beach, and not near the mountains, we have lots of preparing to do for our trip.  That’s where this amazing (dare I say, Kick-Ass) giveaway would come in.  This prize pack would be put to use almost immediately, and I see ourselves becoming addicted to our new found sports.  It would be used more often.

Please, help us go out West in style so we won’t be identified as rookies immediately.  You know the saying, “Fake it till you make it” – that’s our plan and this gear is a major part of that plan!

John Maguire from Denver, CO

To you Mr. Action Sports Now,

I have ridden a lot of mountains, I even work for one currently in Colorado, but I owe it all to my hometown hill where I started and fell in love with this sport. I grew up living one mile away from a small mountain in the middle of Vermont named Suicide Six. Google it I dare you, hopefully a result shows up.  Out of all the trail maps I have collected over the years, Suicide Six is my favorite because it’s so awkward!  Three chair lifts including a ‘J’ bar.  Look at this, AMAZING.

Back then I thought this was a mountain.  A real mountain.  I landed my first 3, jumped off my first chair lift, and even broke my first bone here at S6.  Memories I would never trade for other experiences at these huge resorts.  I know everyone else is bragging about their mountain being Vail, Breckenridge or another giant resort, but we owe it to these little gems out there which still run.  We owe it to you little guys!  Here is a picture from Suicide Six in my collection.  I hope you enjoy Mr. Action Sports Now.

Joe Flannery from Truckee, CA

Before I knew what a bivy sack was, before I learned the Yosemite Decimal System, or slipped skins onto my skis, I walked up Bighorn Peak in the North-West corner of Yellowstone National Park.  I had just graduated from college and was working in the Park for the duration of the summer.  Within a few weeks of that first season I lusted after something a little longer than the average hike.  A co-worker suggested Big Horn, so I made plans for my next day off.

Big Horn Peak rises above the Sky Rim Trail, a ridgeline route running along the boundary between Yellowstone Park and the Gallatin National Forest.  A pack of wolves roams this region, and the high density of whitebark pines promotes an equally high density of grizzlies.  This rugged backcountry corner receives some stock use, but is largely ignored by the visiting summer throngs.

I woke up late the morning of the hike and that, plus the long drive, put me at the trailhead by 11:00.  I shouldered my stuff.  Back then my outdoor gear consisted of the same backpack that had recently carried my textbooks, a pair of hiking boots, and a two Nalgenes.  To play it safe I threw in an extra apple beside my customary PP&J.

The first section of trail paralleled Black Butte Creek and I walked along in the dappled light of lodgepoles and creek-side willows.  I passed a few fishermen sight-casting for trout in the larger pools, but within a half- hour I walked alone for the rest of the day.

Three miles up, and just before the trail left the drainage on a little shelf, I jumped a large animal bedded down in the shade.  It stood and crashed through the underbrush.  I flailed at my bear spray canister, numbed in panic by the dark brown fur seen flashing between the branches.  It was a bull moose.  He stomped away, splashing across the creek before stopping for a moment on the other side to display his rack and glare back.  The sudden adrenaline rush left me empty and starving; after the moose’ departure I sat and ate the apple and half the sandwich, then finished off the first Nalgene.  The day was hot, and I had been guzzling unconstrained.  Water filled only half of the second water canister when I peeked into my bag to take stock –I must have drunk some it in the car.  And now the trail left the trees.

The trail steepened once out of the drainage.  The sun beat down.  I crawled a mile up the trail past the creek, tiring quickly and awakening to the fact that I had severely under-packed; most of my water was gone, I had little food, and my journey still was only one-third of the way through.  The few trees that spotted along the trail cast ever-lengthening shadows.  I picked up my pace.

Another mile.  Then another.  I greedily drank the last of my water and ate the final sandwich half.  The last mile steepened even further, and turned into a sort of loose scramble.  False summit after false summit added to my exhaustion.  I stumbled over rocks and nearly tripped every fifty feet or so.  Strange thoughts crossed into my mind, filling a void the dehydration created.   A few more sloppy steps and then I was there, the earth leveling lush and green high in the sky.

The summit of Big Horn contained a scene I will never forget:  High alpine tundra, as fresh and blooming as a valley meadow, covered the flat-topped mountain for a space as large as two football fields.  Purple and yellow flowers smiled up at the sun.  The peak itself stood at the opposite side, rising twenty feet above the horizon-line like a rocky steeple.  A trail, beat into the turf by hikers and wildlife, held water in puddles.  I lurched forward punch-drunk over the trail, sending hundreds of thirsty butterflies into the air.  Halfway between myself and the peak, a herd of bighorn sheep, mostly ewes and lambs, bleeted and grazed amongst the grass.  The flock parted as I walked through.  In the jumble of rocks on the prominent, I found the register and scrawled some indecipherable message, lost in memory to my thirst and exhaustion.  On the north side of the peak I found a patch of snow.  I packed each Nalgene half-full each, then started down.  It was well after dark when I finally made it back to my car.

Years later now, with enough gear to fill half of my garage and a few more trips under my belt, I still smile at my summit on Bighorn despite the disastrous planning and self-created miserable conditions.  Maybe it was the delirious lightness in my head and step, or the way the butterflies swirled and danced, or the cry of the ewes calling to their lambs, but that peak will always seem holy to me, almost biblical against the blue sky.  And so Big Horn is, and will always be, my favorite mountain amongst many a range.

Vanessa Nicola from Shamokin, PA

Mount Washington in New Hampshire.  It is a beautiful, scenic place.

Natasha Sheu from Longmont, CO

Hi, I decided to write my entry in the form of a Haiku. My favorite mountain is Solvista Basin in Granby, Colorado!  Thanks for doing the giveaway in the first place and the opportunity to win this sick prize package.

It is White. All White
Suddenly Heaven on Earth
Snow just for shredding

Riding on the chair
Higher and flyer we get
Hanging with homies

Now hit the powder
Get mad air on all the jumps
Wind hitting my face

I love snowboarding
Never want to leave this haven
Solvista Basin

Milena Regos from Incline Village, NV

OK, my favorite mountain is Bansko, Bulgaria. The reason is that I grew up there skiing when I used to race at the ski team in Bulgaria. Now, it’s a big town and one of the more popular resorts in Europe.  It’s a funky, very old town with cows going out and coming in every day.  You can hardly understand the locals as they have their own accent (and I speak Bulgarian fluently).  It’s a fun town and a very cool mountain.  I hope you will go there one day!

Stephen Springer from Greenwich, RI

My favorite all time mountain is Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont.  This mountain is awesome and you can shred a different slope every half hour and still not even have seen the whole mountain yet. Also the terrain parks are killer!  They are always grooming and fixing the parks so each ride down is as good as the first.  THIS MOUNTAIN IS AWESOME!!!!

Aidan Tinelli from Syracuse, NY

Hey guys!  My favorite mountain is Phelps.  It is one of the 46 high peaks in New York.  It’s my favorite because me and my family climbed it in the middle of winter and also it has a great view!

Francesco Viola from Charlotte, NC

The Favorite Mountain that Never Was

It was a clear morning in February at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia.  Fresh Snow had just fallen and my coworkers, friends, and I had just gotten all of our snowboards and gear packed up for an awesome day of snowboarding.  The Mountain was in tip top shape and everyone was excited about getting some solid runs in during the day.  This trip was attended by some coworkers and some friends of mine.  About 5 of the coworkers had never been snowboarding before and me being the nice guy that I am, decided to volunteer myself to go down the green runs with them and teach them some good techniques to use.  I was no expert, but growing up surfing and skateboarding, I would consider myself better than average.  I had been to Vermont at Jay Peak and Stowe and to the North Carolina Mountains so I figured that I at least had some knowledge that would help mold my coworkers into better snowboarders.  We had gotten to the green runs as soon as they opened the mountain and started our descent down the mountain.  As soon as we began, I immediately knew that it was not going to take an hour to help my coworkers out and that I may be stuck with them for more than what I originally bargained for.  My friends had gone to the more experienced runs and I was to meet up with them later after I had helped my coworkers.  As the sun rose in the sky, I realized that I was going to be stuck with my coworkers on the greens for a while.  Three hours later, around 12 o’clock, we finally met up with my friends at the bottom of the mountain and my coworkers were going to get lunch so I was finally free to go with my friends to the blue and black runs and the terrain park.  At this point I was ready to get off the greens and to get to the good runs and the terrain park.  We all rode the lift to the top of the mountain and my coworkers headed to the lodge for lunch so me and my friends went directly to the terrain park.  I was super pumped at this point and was ready to hit some jumps and just go all out.  Me and my buddies strapped in at the top of the terrain park and I was the first one to start the run. The first jump was a table top jump which I cleared and started to the next jump.  I built up speed and tried to get a lot of air and as soon as I got in the air I realize I was about 6 ft higher in the air than I realized because the second jump was not another table top, but a ramp.  I panicked a little in the air and was going to do a controlled bail out.  Then all of a sudden BOOOOOM and I’m laying on my back screaming at the top of my lungs “help”.  My buddies rode up from behind me to see if I was ok.  My one friend walked up and said, “Hey man, are you alright, did you hit your head?”  I said, “No I broke my arm really bad.”  At this point, he proceeded to look at my left arm which was bent at a 35 degree angle from the normal position that it should be in.  At this time, my friend began to freak out and bolted down the mountain to get help.  I was in the worse pain I had ever experienced and now wished that I had ridden down the terrain park to check everything out before proceeding with the jumps.  Mistake on my part. To make an even longer story short, I was taken to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital to get pumped with Morphine for 6 hours before they decide to drive me two and a half hours away to the nearest large hospital.  2 plates and 17 screws later, my arm is back together and on the long road to recovery.  I still have the plates in my arm and haven’t been snowboarding since the accident.  That was 3 years ago.  From being at Snowshoe, the small amount of time I was there, I could tell it would have been my favorite mountain, but unfortunately it turned out way differently.

Its time for me to get back out on the mountain and what better way to go than winning this prize pack. Thanks Guys!


Huge Winter Gear Contest Running Right Now!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

We’ve put together the ultimate winter gear prize package and we’re working with Action Sports Now to give it away!

All you have to do is go to the contest page at and tell us what your favorite mountain is and why. Get creative – send in an essay, a poem, a picture or a painting – whatever makes us believe your favorite mountain is the best in the world – whether it’s a backcountry peak or uber-lux ski resort.

The winner will get a Deuter Freerider Pro 30 Ski/Snowboard Backpack, a Deuter Freerider Pro 28 SL Women’s Ski/SNowboard Pack, a Contour ROAM helmet camera, Hestra Army Leather Wool ski/snowboard glvoes, Hestra Henrik Pro ski/snowboard gloves, an Apple Red Special Edition iPod Shuffle (1GB), and, alst but not least, a $100 gift certifcate to Tahoe Mountain Sports so you can shop the best Outdoor Gear and Outdoor Clothing.

Hurry though, the deadline for entries is February 5!

Holiday Gear Gift Guide: Pam and Dave’s Picks

Monday, December 5th, 2011












Our gear guides continue with Tahoe Mountain Sports owners Dave and Pam, who’ve shared what’s on their wish lists. Peek back at Kevin’s wish list for more holiday gear gift ideas, and look for more favorites from TMS’s core staff and contributors in the coming weeks.

On Dave’s Wish List:

Snow Peak Kanpai Bottle

This is the just the coolest bottle ever; it’s that simple. It insulates, comes with 3 different caps depending on what you are drinking with it and a beer can will fit inside for easy traveling. $159.95







Wigwam Snow Whisper Pro Socks

It’s not cool and it’s not exciting, but it is a pair of socks under $20. I always need new socks, especially ski socks. These are the thinnest, most comfortable ski socks going and everybody should have at least 1 pair of socks in their stocking….. and I’m even Jewish! $14.95







Hestra Winter Tracker Glove

I’m always on the hunt for the best lightweight glove that I can backcountry ski in, skate in and wear around for driving or shoveling as need be and these gloves fit the bill. Hestra is a new brand for us at TMS and I picked these out for the store because I like them so much. So simple, affordable, Hestra comfort and durability round out my reasons for wanting this glove this holiday season. $49.95





On Pam’s Wish List…

Patagonia R3 Hiloft Hoody

So soft and fuzzy plus it’s lightweight, compressible and warm. I think I could live in this. It looks great on and I like the magenta color. $179









I really want an outfit for the holidays like the Isis Fundamental Cowl Neck ($68.95) and Isis Strike a Cord Skirt ($68.95). This outfit is the perfect mountain lifestyle dress outfit that can be dressed up or down, looks great and is comfortable. It will look great with my Smartwool tights and Keen Bern Baby Bern Boots.



Halloween: A good excuse to buy new gear

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Need a costume? Need new outdoor gear? Here are some last-minute Halloween costume ideas that kills two birds with one stone.

MSR Flex Skillet + Patagonia Fjord flannel shirt + some apples to chuck at people = Johnny Appleseed

Patagonia Pelage Jacket + white tights + white SmartWool Ski Town Hat = abominable snowwoman

Thermarest NeoAir sleeping pad (folded into a square) + sharpie = Spongebob Squarepants

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Holiday Outdoor Gear Gift Guide: Staff Picks 2010

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

In this ultimate outdoor gear gift guide, we take a departure from our usual 5 Under $50 gift guides to bring you an inside look at what the Tahoe Mountain Sports staff have on their wish lists this year.

TODD: Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket $378.95

“I wanna get a Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket because I think it’s the best men’s winter shell we have (that isn’t crazy expensive). I’m also due for a new ski jacket since my old one was destroyed in a tragic fireplace-related accident.”

KELLY: MSR Evo Snowshoes $139.95 (currently on sale for $125.95)

“I really want some MSR snowshoes. The new MSR Evo, formerly the Denali classic, are the best suited for recreational so they’re the best for me since I am no crazy snowshoe enthusiast but want to be able to take my dogs out and also have a lightweight pair for backcountry snowboarding.”

DAVE: Smith Vantage Helmet $179.95

“This new helmet from Smith is uber-lightweight and great looking, plus it has an amazing ventilation system and is audio compatible with my iPhone so I can listen to my music and answer work calls all at the same time.”

KEVIN: Mammut Nirvana Pro 35 Backpack $169.95

“What I would really like is a Mammut Nirvana Pro 35 backcountry pack, because it has a back panel that opens, allowing you to get into your stuff without pulling it out into the snow. Also, I’m not very good at coming up with my own system of organization, and it has organizer pockets that include a labeled first aid kit! I also want a Mammut Extreme Baltoro Jacket, $358.95, because it looks better than a well-tailored Armani suit, and it costs less!”

LIS: Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon $449.95

“Since this is hypothetical and I am imagining my potential gift-giver to be quite generous, I want a new avalanche beacon. I currently have a 2-antenna beacon and it just doesn’t perform as fast, efficient and clear as a 3-antenna transceiver like the Pieps DSP. I’m also jonesing for the Lole Tender Top, $64.95, so soft!”

PAM: Haiku Hobo Bag $77.95

“I really want the Haiku Hobo Bag! I love the styling and it has tons of pockets. It’s also durable and more urban looking than the bag I’ve been carrying. I love the paisley pattern and unique side-angle zipper. Hopefully my husband reads this and gets it for me!”

New Stuff that Just Arrived

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Hi All-

As this will be my first post on our new Tahoe Mountain Sports – Outdoor Gear Blog, I was going to update you on some of the newest and coolest products we just got in.

First, we just added the brand new Mammut Slackline Set which will allow you to set up your slacklines quickly and efficiently. Not to mention that they come with everything you will need, so you don’t have to worry about buying all new slings and webbing and making sure they are the right size.

The next batch of stuff I wanted to alert you too is the brand new 2009 Ozone snowkite range. There are 3 main kites in the range: the Access XC, the Frenzy FYX, and the Manta II. The Access has not changed much from last year except for the bar setup, but the Frenzy and Manta have gotten redesigns in both the bar and the kite. These kites are sweet, super stable in the air, and will give you everything you have always wanted for your snowkite quiver.

Lastly, we are happy to offer footwear for all seasons now. The Keen Targhee II and the Chaco Canyonlands with Event are great all terrain, all conditions, all around trail and everyday shoes that will keep your feet dry and comfortable all winter long.

That’s it for now, we will provide more updates regularly so check back often!

-Dave, TMS

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