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High on Moab

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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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

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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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Register for the Level 1 AIARE Class 12/19-12/21 w/ Tahoe Mtn School

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. AIARE Field Blue Book and the AIARE Student Manual included in course price.
When:December 19th, 2014 8:00 AM”>December 19th, 2014 8:00 AM  through December 21st, 2014 4:00 PM
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (Safeway Shopping Center – 11200 – 5E Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161)
Phone: 530-414-5295 | Email:
Cost: $375 | Register at tahoemountainschool.com
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Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction) :

1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

  • Types and characteristics of avalanches
  • Avalanche motion
  • Size classification
  • The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering

2. Observations and Information Gathering

  • Field observation techniques
  • Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
  • Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
  • Observation checklist
  • Avalanche danger scale

3. Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
  • Route finding and travel techniques
  • Decision making and Human Factors

4. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Student Prerequisites:

Students must be in moderate physical condition and beable to travel in mountainous terrain on skis, splitboard or snowshoes, that’s it!

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Nikwax #DirtyJacket Instagram Contest

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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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

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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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!

Deuter Backpacks Shine in Yosemite

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The following trip report and gear review is brought to you by Kevin Snow of Tahoe Mountain Sports:

“I should have bought another banana,” I thought as I turned onto Highway 140, entering the Merced River Valley. I wasn’t sure how long the drive was going to take me, and I’d hastily misjudged my morning hunger level as I flew through the gas station just outside of Lee Vinning hours earlier. “I heard there’s a pizza place down there somewhere,” I remember thinking, when all of a sudden, I realized what was happening, my car slowed, and a tear came to my eye. I had just entered the Yosemite Valley and what had just come into view was one of natures’ most awe inspiring, grand, and massive gifts of beauty, towering three thousand feet above the valley floor. I stood before El Capitan, in all of its majesty, in pure astonishment, as I contemplated not only the massive geologic events it would have taken to make this gargantuan monolith, but the amount of monumental historic events for the climbing world that have taken place on its walls and in its shadow. I felt like an ant. All of a sudden the world had been pulled into perspective for me, I felt small in it, and another tear came to my eye.

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The gang at the trailhead in Camp 4 in front of Midnight Lighting. The iconic bouldering problem is defined by the chalk lightning bolt in the background, and has been kept up by climbers outlining it in chalk for 3 and a half decades.

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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

Analyze, Interpret, Decide: Avalanche Education Resources

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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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: 

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“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: coe.montana.edu/ce/subzero/


 

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 (avtraining.org)
Avalanche.Org (avalanche.org)
Forest Service National Avalanche Center (fsavalanche.org)
National Snow and Ice Data Center (nsidc.org)
Back Country Access (BCA) Float Airbags and Safety Equipment (backcountryaccess.com)


 

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“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.

#WeLikeToHike Instagram Contest

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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If you like hiking, show us! Every hiker needs a great pair of socks and a water bottle that doesn’t take up too much room. Darn Tough Vermont Socks and Platypus Hydration are the perfect pair to make a great day on the trails comfortable and hydrated!

What You Can Win

His and Hers – Platypus 1.0 Liter Softbottle and Darn Tough Hike/Trek Socks

How to Enter

Share your hiking photos on Instagram with the hashtag #WeLikeToHike and tag @tahoemountainsports, @darntoughvermont, @platypushydration and one (1) or more of your hiking buddies.

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Tahoe Mountain Sports will pick a winner on November 18 and notify them by leaving comment on Instagram. Winner will be asked to provide shipping information via email.

Winning photo 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 hikes and can take a photo (or have their friend take one) is encouraged to enter

Ladies Night at TMS with Michelle Parker (11/22)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Ladies Night Featuring Michelle Parker @ Tahoe Mountain Sports
A Benefit Event for S.A.F.E. A.S. Clinics – Women’s Avalanche Safety Workshop Series

What: Special Ladies’ Only Inspirational Evening with Professional Skier Michelle Parker and Exclusive Women’s Shopping Deals
When: Saturday, November 22 | Doors-Shopping Specials: 5:00 p.m. | Official Program: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5 Truckee, CA 96161(Safeway Shopping Center)
Presented by: Mountain Hardwear and Tahoe Mountain Sports

Join your fellow ladies in the Truckee-Tahoe area for a fun night at your local outdoor gear headquarters and get excited for winter along with the rest of us! Tahoe City, CA native and inspirational pro-skier, Michelle Parker will lead a motivational discussion on her career and what it takes to be a successful action sports athlete. Additionally, attendees of this FREE event will enjoy store-wide savings and special deals on women’s specific apparel, footwear and gear. Utilize this great evening as the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping, or to simply spoil yourself! A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the SAFE AS Clinics, a local non-profit organization that fosters exceptional opportunities for women to learn about the skill sets needed to become a well educated skier or snowboarder.

Take advantage of special discounts on gear and clothing this night only! There are great prizes to be won in the raffle (benefiting the SAFE AS Clinics), including a Ghost Whisperer hooded down jacket (valued at $300) from Mountain Hardwear and lots more (including gear from Vapur and Pistil)! With winter just around the corner, Tahoe Mountain Sports has everything you need to stay warm outside. If you’re into hiking, yoga, Crossfit, rock climbing, skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing, we’ve got the gear to get you out there! Enjoy special shopping deals in an intimate and customized setting that will leave you inspired to take your skills to the next level.

Michelle Parker is a 27 year old professional skier who was born and raised in Squaw Valley and has been a member of the Squaw Valley Freeride Team since 2006. After competing in X Games events for Slopestyle and Halfpipe Michelle turned her focus on filming with Matchstick Productions and has been featured in the latest film ‘Days of My Youth’ as well as ‘Superheroes of Stoke’, whereupon she was awarded IF3’s and Powder Awards ‘Best Female Performance’. Michelle is addicted to chasing winter in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and has spent the past 9 summers guiding and coaching in Argentina at South America Snow Sessions.. Michelle spends most of her time in the mountains skiing, climbing, and mountain biking. She co-founded SAFE AS, is an advisor for High Fives Non-profit Foundation, is an ambassador for both Alpine Initiatives and Climate Reality, and has raised over $18,000 for the Sarah Burke Foundation. Philanthropy is equally as important to her as she see’s skiing as an outlet to inspire and create a positive change.

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

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If you can’t make the event but would still like to donate to a wonderful, women’s cause, please check out the SAFE AS website. Thank you to Mountain Hardwear for sponsoring the 2014 Tahoe Mountain Sports Ladies Night with Michelle Parker!

RSVP to the event on Facebook: http://goo.gl/A4ySME
Join the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Adventure Group:
http://goo.gl/jhcVII

Tahoe Mountain Sports proud to work with Michelle Parker. The above video introduces episode one of Michelle and SASS Global Travel’s latest venture, “Argentina Calling”. Throughout the first installment of this three-part series, Parker shows us what drives her to South America from her home in Lake Tahoe, CA each summer. Enjoy watching the lady shredder chase pow while she gives us a taste of what’s to come in the next two episodes.

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