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Earn a SAFE AS Women’s Avalanche Safety Workshop Scholarship!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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What: Tahoe Mountain Sports in association with Coalition Snow are offering 6 scholarships for SAFE AS Clinics. See rules for entry below! Winners provide their own transport to/from the clinics, and their own avalanche safety gear if they have access to it, but everything else is included. Winners will also receive a base layer courtesy of Helly Hansen.

Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports (on Saturday, November 22) with Michelle Parker will include a raffle to help raise funds for SAFE AS scholarships. Learn more here: http://goo.gl/7yiTdV

Who: Women and girls, ages 14 and up who want to get SAFE AS and might need a little boost to help get there

When: Entries must be in by December 2, 2014

How to enter:

  1. Answer the following questions via email sent to safeasclinics@gmail.com:

    – Why do you want to attend SAFE AS?

    – What does being able to ski and/or snowboard safely mean to you?

  2. Post a photo on Instagram showing why you are your best, strongest self in the mountains! Tag #gettingSAFEAS @tahoemountainsports, @coalitionsnow@hellyhansen and the resort where you’d like to attend the clinic (including which date if there’s one in particular)–either @squawalpine, @crystalmountain, @stevenspass, or @coppermtn. Be sure to include the above tags so we can repost some of your awesomeness. Winners will be chosen by the SAFE AS crew and Tahoe Mountain Sports. If you don’t have Instagram, please email us a photo. SAFE AS and Tahoe Mountain Sports reserve the right to re-use your entry photo.

Website: http://safeasclinics.wordpress.com

Thanks and stay SAFE AS!

About SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety): Created by Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Paaso, Lel Tone, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom, and Sherry McConkey, the SAFE AS clinics goal is to heighten community snow safety and avalanche awareness by hosting women’s intro to avalanche safety workshops. These leading ladies of skiing hope to foster an open, welcoming environment by which to encourage participation and communication.

“By sharing their own mistakes, uncertainties, and bad decisions, these women taught us that it’s okay to be unsure, and that we all will make close calls at some point—and that’s alright. They also taught us that those close calls are a chance to learn exactly what not to do, and go out smarter and safer the next time.” – SAFE AS Clinic Participant – Abbie Barronian from Powder.com

Skiing on the 4th of July

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Now we know we’ve done a lot about skiing on our blog and Facebook page here at Tahoe Mountain Sports this spring, but now it’s July – summer time! So without further ado, more summer skiing!

It’s no secret that Lake Tahoe got tons of snow this winter, and that Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood were open for the 4th of July weekend.

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Top 10 spots to watch the Amgen Tour of California in Tahoe and Truckee

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

For six years, the top professionals of cycling have tackled the winding roads of California in a Tour de France–style race with diverse challenges and amazing scenery. This year, the race kicks off at Lake Tahoe, and goes through Truckee on day 2. All we can say is, what took them so long? Our region’s breathtaking landscapes, exhilarating roads and athletic culture fit perfectly with this world-class event.

With that in mind, we’ve been working on a list of places to watch the world’s top cyclists compete for the leaders’ jerseys in their different disciplines.


Top scenic spots:

Emerald Bay: It’s going to be tough to beat Emerald Bay for a great shot of the peleton (cycling speak for pack) snaking its way up the switchbacks of Highway 89.  Located on Highway 89 between Homewood and South Lake Tahoe. Bonus: Racers will go by twice. What to bring: you’ll have to stake out a spot early here, so bring a Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover to stay warm in the early morning hours.

Cave Rock: The East Shore’s famous cave rock also offers spectacular scenery on Lake Tahoe’s shore. Spectators who started in South Lake Tahoe may migrate here, so finding the best view may require some hiking or scrambling. We recommend The North Face Crestone hiking shoes to get you to the perfect spot sure-footedly.

Tahoe Mountain Sports: Yes, of course we’re in our own list, but for good reason. Located right across the street from the beach, you can’t beat the scenery, and racers will pass on their way back to South Lake Tahoe, and around the corner on their way up Highway 267 on the way to the Northstar-at-Tahoe finish. Bonus: easy access to supplies in case you didn’t dress right for the weather.

Truckee Mousehole: Truckee is putting on “The King of the Mousehole” competition on day two, where the first rider to sprint through the Mousehole (the Highway 89 undercrossing tunnel of the railroad) wins points and the title of king, guaranteeing nail-biting action for spectators.  Fans are sure to be cheering loudly here, so bring a Summit Bugle Bulb Horn to add to the din of excitement.

Donner Summit: Snaking their way up Old Highway 40 on day two, racers will be competing for King of the Mountain points at the top. They’ll cross the iconic Rainbow Bridge with Donner Lake in the background and under Donner Peak. Grab a Thermarest Trail Seat to stay warm and comfy sitting on the rocks.

Party picks:

Homewood/West Shore Cafe: With not one but two chances to watch the racers go by, Homewood resort and the West Shore Cafe across the street will be prime viewing locations with lots going on. Park for free at Homewood’s North Lodge, grab barbecue from the West Short Cafe, hit up the beer garden for craft brews, listen to live music by Boogaloo and compete in a race-inspired costume contest. Lodging packages are available.

Blue Onion Cafe: Kings Beach is another two-fer place to party. Cyclists go through Kings Beach once on the way back to South Lake Tahoe (lap 1) and turn right past the Blue Onion on the way to Northstar-at-Tahoe (lap 2). Live music, food, kids activities and much more are on tap for this local favorite cafe.

Northstar-at-Tahoe: The finish line for day one of the Tour of California, Northstar is no stranger to bicycle racing. The Village at Northstar offers a plethora of viewing locations and all the amenities. A festival expo, live music, a bike fit clinic, live TV viewing of the race and, of course, the dramatic finish are just a few offerings on the schedule.

Squaw Valley USA: True to its Olympic heritage, Squaw Valley starts off day two of the Amgen Tour of California. Watch the riders sign in under the Olympic Rings in the Village before they hit the road. Keep up with all the action with live coverage on the Jumbotron, enjoy live music and then go skiing for just $39!

Mountain Hardware & Sports: After racers speed up Highway 89 from Squaw Valley along the Truckee River, they’ll make a sweeping turn into Truckee, right past Mountain Hardware & Sports on the corner of Donner Pass Road. Live music and more will keep you entertained while you wait for the racers to arrive.

Want more? Here’s a complete list of the Amgen Tour of California events around Lake Tahoe.

Squaw Valley Opening Weekend 2010

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Tahoe ski resort openings are on everyone’s mind this week as the chairs start spinning around Lake Tahoe. Five-year Squaw resident and Moment Skis sales rep Rom Marcucci gives us the update on Squaw Valley opening weekend 2010.

WHO: Rom Marcucci and several hundred pros, bros and weekend warriors

WHAT: Skiing opening weekend

WHERE: Squaw Valley USA

WHEN: November 21-22, 2010

GEAR: waterproof ski jacket, Smith ski helmet, a sense of restraint knowing what kind of sharks lie beneath the powder

If you love deep powder and don’t mind the consequences of what 4 feet of it on top of rock can do to your gear/body, this past weekend at Squaw was pretty amazing. Early Saturday morning I had the brilliant idea to go for a skin before Squaw opened, taking advantage of a sunny weather window. Unfortunately, 12 inches of blower on top of rock/dirt/pinecones/manzanita made for poor conditions. I quickly gave up and headed down to the ski area. Squaw has been blowing snow relentlessly for the past week, giving us a bit of a base under the powder. I skied some laps on the 200 vertical feet of Searchlight before heading into work. The conditions certainly weren’t epic, but it was great to catch up with some old ski buddies.

When I opened my door on Sunday morning, I was shocked by how much snow we’d received. Everything was covered in several feet of fluff. I got in line for Red Dog at 8:30, scoring a pretty good position. Unfortunately, it took until 10:15 for patrol to clear everything. With work at 11, I managed to squeeze in three runs… and what runs they were! The snow was so deep. The skiing improved on the second and third runs as the flat spots packed down. So many of my turns were over the head. People seemed thrilled to be wallowing in it. With even more on the way, it is going to be an amazing week in Tahoe. This much early season snow is something I’ll certainly be thankful for.

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, bike, ski, surf, climb, dive) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.

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