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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!

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: 

HumanFactor

“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.

Vibram Shoes – Comfortable Enough You Could Outrun A Gazelle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Stan Powers, from Washington, was kind enough to contribute this review to Tahoe Mountain Sports. Stan swears by his Vibram Five Fingers and hopes to persuade more runners to fall in line.

Vibram shoesI was actually turned on to Vibram Shoes by my eye doctor who runs in them almost daily. He has run half-marathons and will be doing a marathon in them soon. They seem to come from the philosophy that the native Africans and Australians had to run miles and miles to run down their prey. Gazelles, as well as other animals, tend to overheat when they run too much because they have no means of sweating. It’s amazing, really – these natives have no arch supports or Salomon running shoes! By running on the toes of your feet and letting your them absorb the shock, versus landing with all that impact on your heels, you don’t send the shocks directly up your leg.  This helps to prevent knee and hip pain both now and in the future.

Converting to Vibram Shoes is not easy, but totally worth it! I had some pretty nasty foot pain develop when I first started trail running in my Vibrams, but in time the pain went away. The only thing I must recommend, as you’ve probably heard from others, is to break your finger shoes in slowly. Our foot muscles, tendons and ligaments tend to degenerate over years of non-use. I got a bit too aggressive because the shoes felt so liberating and seemed to provide infinite energy, so I ran further than I likely should have on my third time out. The result – a small fracture in one of the top bones coming from my fourth toe. I stayed away from running for a month or so. That was difficult, but worth it, and I have been more than happy with my new shoes ever since.

I ran my first 10K in them at the ocean in July. It was fun watching all those footprints deep in the sand in front of me, but looking behind me I noticed I hardly left a trail at all. I was able to run a 10K in under one hour comfortably, which was a first for me. I suggest these Vibram shoes to anyone who runs! Why fight what we are naturally made to do?

 

 

 

 

True Love: Trail Running The Sierra

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Guest: Ryan
Running in the Sierra is a treat when it comes to trail running. The awesome views and developed trails are both reasons why I love running here.

My Story:

I wasn’t really a trail runner to begin with, or a runner for that matter,  in fact, I hated running especially on pavement in cities. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I was exposed to trail running. A group of friends and I were finishing up a scramble mission in the Mt Whitney Zone and upon reaching the summit we preceded to run the Mt Whitney Trail. After summiting three peaks and traveling an unknown amount of miles we found our selves with beer and Portal Burgers in hand, a glorious end to a long day in the mountains. After this trail running experience I was hooked.

From that moment on I make it a yearly goal to make it above 14,000 feet. This pilgrimage started my love of trail running and living in Tahoe leaves endless miles of trails to run. The graded trails, especially the more popular trails like the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for example, are graded so much that it can be done riding a mule. Sections of the PCT that run through Desolation Wilderness are some of my favorite. In some cases on the PCT you will encounter large stone stairs, yes a lovely stone staircase in woods. This type of human development is what makes these types of high traffic trails perfect for trail running. Long gradual down hills and up hills, swooping around the contours of the Sierra make up most of the development in the Northern Trails system. While there are many sections that do not fit this description and have much steeper up hill and down hill sections, these are mostly avoidable due to the remoteness of the section of trail.

Everyone I know who runs, has their own little circuit that they run on a regular basis. These circuits are great for a quick run before work, or a beautiful sunset run in the evening, but after running a trail a couple of times I find those circuits to be a little monotonous. A case of tree vision usually sets in and my motivation to run fades. That’s why I like running with a general goal in mind, like running to a summit or lake for example. Setting a goal like this can really help motivate you when on a trail run, especially a longer run. Sometimes I’ll even bring a small fly rod to check out new water and add a little variety to the days run. Catching fish and a work out is a win-win.

A rewarding aspect of trail running is the distance covered, as well as the elevation gain and loss, one experiences when running in the Sierras. I love looking down ridge lines and seeing the trail snake it’s way around the contours of the mountains. Approaching the tops of passes is also exciting, especially if you are unfamiliar with what features lay beyond it. The amount of elevation gain and loss gives a sense of the work put in for those spectacular views. Being able to see the lower elevation start of a run from the high point gives you a sense of the vertical attained, no place makes this more apparent than the Eastern Sierra mountains along the 395 corridor. The amount of vertical relief is astounding down in this section of the Sierra as well.

Running in the Sierra is also a bit of a game. There is a saying in the Sierra “If you don’t like the weather wait an hour.” This couldn’t be truer during the later summer and fall months in the Sierra. Thunderclouds can build rapidly and cause a down pour when, in the first half of the day, the sun was shining. These types of weather changes give a natural time clock for your run. Trying to bag a peak? Better make sure you beat the thunderclouds there first! Racing thunderstorms can be  fun, or terrifying, in the High Sierra especially above tree line. In most cases you can see the storms coming, but if your unlucky they can build in no time and really catch you by surprise.  Finding yourself above tree line during such events would fall under the terrifying category, but running just bellow tree line can be quite fun. Personally, I love running in the rain, the thunder and lighting shows can be spectacular!

What ever your motivation is to trail run, take it and run with it!

 

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TMS and Boreas Introduce The Pack Tester Adventure Team!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Boreas Gear is an exciting new outdoor equipment company that states that “The best gear is neither complicated nor expensive yet as versatile as the person using it.” The undercurrent here is that Boreas has figured out the secret formula for such gear, or, at least, is working hard to find that formula.  How does a new company find the secret ingredients that it needs to be the best? It partners with Tahoe Mountain Sports to put together a pack testing adventure team! This team will be responsible for testing and providing real world feedback on the stylish backpacks. Who are the lucky seven  that have been chosen for the pack testing team, you ask? Let’s meet them, shall we?

Introducing The TMS/Boreas Pack Tester Adventure Team!

 

Name:  Ted Teske

Pack Testing: Buttermilk 55

“My job requires that I travel to some fairly remote and inhospitable locations. I’m always looking for gear that can keep me organized, dry in the field and stand up to the “not so gently” rigors of modern travel. Boreas packs interest me with their flexible  sleek designs that seem to hide the rugged construction under their well thought out features and aesthetics. We’ll see!”

 

 

Name: Andy Pattison

Pack Testing: Buttermilk 55

“I spend at least 2-4 weeks on the trails every year. As a result, I have become picky about packs and gear. This is why I am very excited to be a pack tester for the Boreas Buttermilk 55 and why I’m looking forward to checking it out during the second half of my honeymoon this fall.”

 

 

Name: Michael Detwiler

Pack Testing:  Repack 15

“I own a few Dakine packs and they have treated me well over the years. I’m interested in testing out a different brand to see what more modern-designs and different manufacturers have to offer. When I’m on my bike the Dakine packs seem to flop around a bit, I’m hoping the Boreas pack fits a bit more snug.”

 

 

Name: Adam Tirella

Pack Testing:  Lost Coast 60

“As someone who works at a job involving the outdoors, being able to play around with new gear is one of my favorite perks. I especially like the opportunities I get to try and support new brands that are pushing the envelope as far as form and function goes. I know firsthand, Boreas is one of those companies!”

 

 

Name: Anne Greenwood

Pack Testing: Lost Coast 60 Women’s

“I am working on completing the Tahoe Rim Trail this summer.  I have been solo backpacking and find my Gregory Pack to be like hoisting a bag of bricks onto my back. I am really looking to lighten up so I can move faster and not feel so broken after three-four days. I did get my pack down from 49 lbs (ouch!) to 28lbs, and I think the Boreas pack will get me down to 22….a very reasonable load! I may actually be able to bring a stove!”

 

 

 

 

Name: Sandy Jean Borden

Pack Testing: Lost Coast 60 Women’s

“I’m a gear junkie! I’m always critiquing and analyzing gear this is why I’m excited about this opportunity to share my experience with a Boreas Pack. Practicality, durability, comfort and unique features will be what I will be checking out and reporting on!”

 

 

Name: Mike Rommel

Pack Testing: Lost Coast 60

“The reason I would like to test Boreas Packs is that the pack looks innovative in design, contour and light in weight. I will be testing the pack on a full day high alpine, multi-pitch climb in the Palisades at Temple Crag. I look forward to the pack being comfortable with its ergonomic design.”

 

For the next month, these courageous testers will be embarking on grand adventures with their Boreas packs, giving them the ultimate “real world” challenge. Will these packs hold up against the vigors of our  outdoor adventure test team, or will  Boreas  actually wear out our mighty seven? Regardless of the outcome, this test can only make the world of outdoor adventure, a lot stronger.  Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of the Boreas/TMS Pack Challenge!

See Previous Post “Gear Testers Wanted: Boreas Backpacks”

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.

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