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18 Tahoe communities
24 Backcountry huts
28 Rocker revolution
30 The best ski exercises
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46 Downhill ski resorts
63 Cross-country ski areas
72 Gear guide
88 Avalanche survival
104 Hidden gems
112 Drinks to warm you up
122 Entertainment & music
130 Calendar of events - North
147 Sled dog races
148 Calendar of events - South
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The gear guides
His and hers guide to whats out there to make you
comfortable this winter and where you can fnd it.
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Publishers
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editors
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contributors
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Simone Grandmain Tim Parsons
Susanne Haala Becky Regan
Adam Jensen Dylan Silver
Mark McLaughlin Sylas Wright
Colleen Moore
layout & design
Jessica Brooks Michelle Morton
Keigh Cox Jina Padilla
Jesse Mireles Terri Thomas
contributing PhotograPhers
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Rachid Dahnoun
Keoki Flagg
Simone Grandmain
David Kearney
Jonah Kessel
Eva Kolenko
Michelle Morton
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Stacy Collins
Michelle Geary
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Carolyn OConnor
Natasha Schue
Kirk Paulsen
Jen Schmidt
Dylan Silver
Jason Smith
Krith Tatsukawas
Cody Townsend
Joel Wortman
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If you live here long enough, you stop seeing
the lake as a region. Its because all those
little communities surrounding the lake
from the 25,000 people in South Lake Tahoe
to the 250 in Carnelian Bay have unique
local identities they do not want to lose. This
guide will help you understand where you
are, as you tour beautiful Lake Tahoe.
InclIne VIllage
This luxury village is home to some of the wealthiest people in the
world. When you drive through, take Lakeshore Boulevard to view
the large estates that border the lake on its northeast side. Only
one mile from the casinos, and 30 miles from Reno and Carson
City, Incline Village offers its own mountain in Diamond Peak and
a number of winter athletic training hot spots not to mention
exclusive beaches that, even in the winter, afford beautiful views of
the lake.
KIngs Beach
Just west of Incline Village, Kings Beach sits atop Lake Tahoe. With
easy access to Northstar, the casinos and the lake, Kings Beach
truly lives up to its name. And its only going to get better. With $48
million in improvements scheduled for the downtown corridor, the
future of Kings Beach will see easy access for visitors between the
shopping areas and recreation areas, all of which serve as the perfect
Kings Beach venue for the upcoming 32nd annual SnowFest!
northstar
Just north of Kings Beach on Highway 267, halfway between
Truckee and the lake, Northstar is a growing resort area that is filled
with summertime activities. Best known for its shopping jewelry,
kids clothing, outdoor gear, you name it its winter terrain park
and its family friendly ski trails, Northstar is perfect for an afternoon
with the kids. Also home to the $300 million Ritz Carlton, Lake
Tahoe and a multi-million redeveloped base area, Northstar will
play host to a number of fun festivals and events year-round.
trucKee
The town of Truckee is the gateway to the lake. With a rich history
of saloons, gunslingers and other wild west fantasies, it works hard
to keep its local charm while playing host to the thousands of guests
who stay in our area each year. With nearby Donner State Memorial
Park and a downtown shopping area, Truckee can entertain just
about anyone with some time on his or her hands. With a rich
downtown shopping corridor and easy access to, among others,
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort and
the marvel that is the Donner Summit backcountry, Truckees
winter playground is at your fingertips.
squaw Valley
Halfway between Truckee and the lake on Highway 89, Squaw
Valley is a world-recognized ski resort and home of the 1960 Winter
Olympics. Its also home to a great party to kick off SnowFest! The
Tram Car takes visitors up to the top of the mountain to enjoy
spectacular views and ice skating. The base area provides shopping
and family activities, and plenty of parking. Speaking of Olympics,
the mountain is home to some of the worlds best winter athletes,
including gold medalist and Americas sweetheart, Julia Mancuso.
alpIne Meadows
Just a couple miles south of Squaw, accessible to and from Squaw
via the Squaw/Alpine Express shuttle, Alpine Meadows is a locals
favorite offering a diverse selection of terrain and a laid back
atmosphere. Renowned for optimal spring skiing conditions, guest
will be sure to learn a bit about Cornology at Alpine what they
call the science of skiing spring snow and one of the reasons Alpine
has some of the best spring skiing in the region.
tahoe cIty
On the northwest side of the lake, Tahoe City is a perfect little
hamlet for visitors to enjoy the quiet of the lake while having plenty
of entertainment options close by. With good restaurants and easy
access to businesses and the picturesque walk along Commons
Beach, Tahoe City has everything you need. And this is where
SnowFest! started, way back in 1981. Celebrate 32 years of this true
community event this March in TC, as the locals call it.
hoMewood
On the West Shore just south of Tahoe City lies Homewood, a small
winter ski resort that boasts one of the best lake views in the entire
basin. Homewood is one of the most beautiful places to stay, as it
is surrounded by old-growth elm and pine trees, and sits just yards
from the lake. And if you get a chance, talk to some of the locals
they are the definition of tight-knit community, and you might
learn a thing or two from them, especially about our curious bear
population.
MeeKs Bay
This small little neighborhood on the West Shore offers luxurious
views of the lake, and great access to nearby state parks. Meeks Bay
has its own fire station, one of the few developments other than
homes in this classic Tahoe vacation spot.
Tahoe offers everything from upscale accommodations
to smaller areas with a relaxed vibe
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statelIne
The largest of the communities around
Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe its only
city has a large variety of entertainment
options. The areas biggest casinos bring
in the areas biggest act numbers from
Maroon 5 to Brad Paisley to Los Lobos
and the Beach Boys so if nightlife is
what youre looking for, make a trip to
South Lake. Did we mention Heavenly
Mountain Resort is there too? South Lake
Tahoe has it all.
Meyers
Just south of South Lake Tahoe, Meyers is
a funky town that is home to many locals.
If youre looking for a trip off the beaten
path, try lunch or dinner in Meyers, and
come back telling stories about the real
Tahoe.
KIrKwood
About 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe,
on a two-lane road that weaves over
two mountain passes, lies Kirkwood
Mountain Resort. It may be remote, but
in this solitary horseshoe canyon, climate
and geography conspire to create one of
the purest, most authentic, big-mountain
ski experiences in North America.
heaVenly
Heavenly Village offers shopping
selections, great food and even a cinema
for the whole family to enjoy. The
world-famous gondola will take you to
gorgeous winter views of the lake and
the snowshoe hike back to town, should
you try it, is perfect for those who are in
shape or want to be.
Zephyr coVe
Located on the southeast short of the lake, Zephyr Cove is a historic
area. Businesses nearby offer a slew of fun activities, and Zephyr Cove
Resort offers perhaps the best line of snowmobile tours in the region,
for people who need a bit more horsepower in their winter fun.
glenBrooK
On the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe, historic Glenbrook epitomizes
the idea of rural and lake. Only 150 acres of the town have been
developed, leaving homeowners and visitors with undisturbed serenity
and unique recreational opportunities.
sand harBor
With a sandy beaches, boat launches, picnic spots and access to
world-class biking, hiking and fishing, Sand Harbor is one of the most
popular summer spots on the lake. But that doesnt mean its not full of
plenty of winter adventures. Be sure to pack your snowshoes or cross-
country skis, as you can catch the Flume Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail
nearby, hit the trails down the road from Spooner Lake and explore the
backcountry between Lake Tahoe and Carson City.
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Richard Hooste skins up one of
the peaks surrounding Lake Tahoe on a
splitboard during a winter backpacking
trip in March 2011. Photo: Michelle Morton
Winter is a long stretch for all the warm weather
backpackers out there. A snowy trek is tempting,
but also scary. Packs are heavy and stakes are
higher.

Teres another option for those trying to test
the winter waters, but not quite ready to hunker
down in a snowy tent or igloo. Te Sierra Club
maintains four huts, sprinkled throughout the
northwest Tahoe Basin wilderness, that are
available for reservation year-round.
Te cabins arent fancy, but they do ofer
sleeping accommodations for about 15 people
and free up some tent space in the old pack.
Along those lines, the huts also ofer warmth
with a wood-burning stove, frewood and a
feeling of security.
Backpackers must bring everything else. Tis
means food, a water-purifcation system,
sleeping bags, pads, light, avalanche shovels
and any other backpacking essentials that
usually make the list. Be prepared to shovel
out entrances in heavy snowfall, and do pack
the camp stove because the cabin stoves arent
always efcient for cooking.
It is feasible to backpack from hut to hut,
but most people choose to stay at one hut
for multiple nights, said Sierra Club outings
marketing manager John Halal. I think the best
option would be to rent a hut for a few days and
kind of have that be your home base, he said.
Soak in a quiet weekend in snowy solitude or get
after some backcountry skiing or snowboarding.
Tere are good riding areas around the huts
ranging from beginner-friendly meadows to
expert bowls and ridgelines.
No matter what the day may hold, make sure
backcountry and avalanche safety come frst. In
good weather, the huts are all accessible within
a days hike from the nearest road. Tey range
in distance from 3 to 6 miles from parking, but
beware that some of the cabins require more
mountaineering skills than others and may not
be accessible in bad weather.
Weekdays are easier to come by, provided its not
a holiday, but reservations should still be made
a week ahead of time at a minimum, according
to Andy Sexton, who takes reservations for the
huts. Sexton said the lodge staf cant provide
directions to huts for liability reasons, so it is up
to group leaders to get everyone there safely.
Dogs are allowed, but realize that the hut is a
shared space and there might be other dogs
staying the night, Sexton said.
Peter Grubb Hut
Te Peter Grubb Hut is our frst stop. It is the
most accessible hut of the four, sitting three
miles north of the Donner Summit stretch of
highway. Te hut has a main room with a wood-
burning stove, tables and a kitchen area. An
upstairs sleeping loft accommodates 15.
Te hike to Peter Grubb is an 800-foot elevation
gain spread over the frst two miles and then 250
feet of downhill to the hut. Pay attention along
the way because its sometimes hard to catch
the orange triangles posted on trees that mark
the way every 100 to 200 yards. Nearby Round
Valley is a good practice spot for beginning
skiers and snowboarders. Te Sierra Club also
suggests Paradise Valley, Basin Peak, Castle Peak
and Sand Ridge Lake as good day excursions
depending on weather and conditions.
HuTS PROvIDE ANOTHER OvERNIGHT
OPTION FOR BACKPACKERS IN WINTER
Take sheLTer
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By BECKy REGAN
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Above: Skiers enjoy the sunshine outside the
Peter Grubb Hut. Photo: Dick Simpson
Below: Ski equipment rests outside the
Ludlow Hut on a bluebird day.
Photo: Stewart Logie
JOHN HALAL
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I THINK THE BEST OPTION
WOuLD BE TO RENT A HuT
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Benson Hut
Tis is a tricky one in the winter. Mountaineering skills
are a must and the route is treacherous in bad weather,
according to the Sierra Club. Six miles south of Donner
Pass Road, Benson Hut is perched at 8,300 feet on a steep
hill right of the Lincoln-Judah saddle that runs to the north
face of Anderson Peak.
Its a steep climb of 1,200 feet from Lake Mary up to Mount
Lincoln to start the Benson trek. Te trail then follows an
exposed ridgeline for three miles with potential cornices on
either side or wind-exposed ice. Avalanches are absolutely
a possibility around the hut and along most of the hike in.
Believe it or not, this is actually the easy way into Benson.
Its worth the hike though. Te hut has fold-out bunk beds
downstairs and is the only hut that sleeps about 12 instead
of 15. Along with Bradley Hut, Benson Hut also gives easy
access to some of the better and steeper terrain. Tere is an
outhouse about 100 feet west of cabin.
Bradley Hut
Connecting the 4 miles between Bradley Hut and Benson
Hut is the most common option for backpackers who
choose to hike hut-to-hut. Bradley is the newest of the huts
since it was moved from Five Lakes Basin in Granite Chief
Wilderness to Pole Creek in the late 90s.
Te hut is stationed two miles north of Squaw
Valley and it sits in the upper drainage of Pole
Creek. It is equipped with the usual Sierra
Club wood-burning stove, tables and kitchen
area. Te upstairs loft sleeps 12-15 and the
two-story outhouse is 40 feet north of the
cabin.
Te trail to Bradley gradually follows fre
road 8 up for about 1,500 feet spread over
fve miles. Skiing is possible on the slopes
and in the bowls north and west of the hut.
Beware of avalanche danger, especially
on Silver Peak (south). Good snow can
also be found in Deep Creek, the next
drainage north, according to the Sierra
Club hut descriptions.
Ludlow Hut
Farthest south sits Ludlow Hut, nestled
six miles in on the West Shore. Te hut
blends well in the winter and is one of
the more difcult to fnd. Te upstairs
sleeping loft ofers enough wooden
foor space to sleep 15. Te outhouse
is 100 feet southeast of the cabin.
Its a six-mile trek with 1,000 feet
of elevation gain along McKinney
Creek to Miller Lake to get to Ludlow
Hut. Tere is an alternate return
option along General Creek, but the
passage is more difcult, according
to the Sierra Club.
Te Sierra Club suggests day trips
to Sourdough Hill and Lost Corner.
More beginner-friendly ski areas
are the Richardson Lake shore and
in Miller Meadow.
Final details
For more information on the huts
and their history, visit sierraclub.
org/outings/lodges/huts. Parking
information is provided on each
huts page.
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Granite Chief
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Te Sierra Club encourages those who use the huts in the winter to join
a summer or fall work party to help replenish frewood stocks and keep
up hut maintenance. As always in the backcountry, leave the huts clean
and minimize impact. Te Sierra Club will always accept contributions
to help defray maintenance costs.
Reservation rates cost $15 per night per person and the Clair Tappaan
Lodge starts accepting reservations after Nov. 5. Reservations can be
made by contacting 530-426-3632 or clair.tappaan.lodge@sierraclub.org.
Space can be reserved for multiple nights, but weekends usually fll up
by the end of November.
For more information on reservations, availability and similar matters.
contact the Hut Reservations Coordinator at Clair Tappaan Lodge,
530-426-3632 or clair.tappaan.lodge@sierraclub.org.
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I
ts hard not to notice more people rocking out on the slopes these
days. Over the past decade, rocker and reverse camber equipment
has steadily taken over the ski and snowboard industry. Te new
technology, with its raised tip and tail, has its pros and cons, but without
doubt has opened doors for riders of all levels and made the mountain
more accessible for the weekend warrior. Rocker is beginner-friendly,
park fun and powder-slashing ready.
If your average skier is skiing powder or chop and they dont have a
bunch of days to burn, this early rise (rocker) is a real equalizer, Tahoe
Sports Ltd. manager Eric Bickert said. Tey rip. Are all my skis rocker?
No, but they have a place.
Understanding rockers place and recognizing individual riding needs
are crucial to fnding the right ft. Tere are an overwhelming number of
choices out there. Before we get into the nitty gritty of it all, understand
this: rocker or reverse camber means a raised tip and tail in one manner
or another.
R e gul aR c amb e R oR R e v e R s e ?
Tere is no simple answer to the question that was on most riders minds
during the past decade. It all depends on individual style and day-to-day
conditions.
Since it all began with regular camber, lets start there. When a regular
camber ski or snowboard lies fat, the center arches up and the outside
contact points are pushed into the snow. Tink of a low rainbow. With
pushed down contact points, regular camber generally ofers more
stability and edge control. Tis is all good when a rider is looking for
consistent landings and reliable stability at high speeds, but more edge
also means a tougher learning curve for beginners who are face planting
while picking up the basics.
When a ski or board has reverse camber, fip that rainbow upside down.
Te tip and tail are now raised out of the snow. Tere are many variations
on this of course, but lets not jump ahead.
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Photo: Dylan Silver
A snowboarder hits a rail in Heavenlys terrain park Wednesday in December 2011.
Rocker technology is ideal for boxes and rails with its raised tip and tail.
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Obviously, raised tip and tail means less edge catch for beginners as they
start linking turns. It also provides a loser, skateboard feel on the snow.
Not hard to connect that this equals a good time in the park and more foat
in the powder. When theres powder, it allows you to go enjoy yourself
because you put less energy in and get more out of it, Bickert said.
Riders who arent into powder or park and already know the basics should
probably stick to regular camber. Regular camber was made for those who
love cutting hard and fast on fresh corduroy runs. If its a hard pack day,
dont take your rockers out. If its a chop or mashed potato, or just plain
old knee-deep, thats when you take the rockers out, Bickert said.
Strip it down and reverse camber is good for beginners, advanced powder
hounds looking for cruise control and riders trying to up style points in
the park.
R oc k i ng paR k p e R f oR manc e
Since regular camber isnt as fuid or loose, new tricks are easier to learn
on reverse camber, especially on rails and boxes (jibbing) where edges are
the enemy. While reverse defnitely has the edge on rails, or lack thereof,
an argument can be made that regular camber has better pop. Riders can
load up on those pushed-down contact points before launching. Reverse
camber combats this with increased carbon stringers and usually a stifer
fex to complement the degree of reverse camber. So hypothetically, riders
should be able to get sufcient pop out of either.
Consistent landings, however, are absolutely brought to you by regular
camber. While its easier to grab an extra rotation on reverse, its also easier
to wash out on landings. Without that extra edge bite, sometimes skis and
boards just keep spinning. It takes skills to truly master the reverse camber
landing, but it can be done.
p owd e R t o t he R oc k e R
Conditions are key and rocker was built for the powder. People can still
ski the middle of the ski and not have to go from carve position to back
seat survival position in the trees, Bickert said.
Rocker will certainly save the legs some work in the trees. In the powder,
regular camber riders work harder. Tey must use more leg muscles to
keep their weight in the backseat, but some will sacrifce that for the
familiar stability. Bottom line, rocker has the advantage in powder and is
making trees possible for a larger number of people.
Now rocker has opened it up for all skill levels and that is a downside
because the mountain tracks faster, Bickert said. But boo hoo, because
on a powder day you go get your lines.
vaR i at i ons
Once the reverse camber decision is reached, then its time to pick the
rocker. Each company has its own take on reverse camber, and the best
way to fnd the right ft is to give them a try at a demo shop, but here are
the basics.
Most rocker technology is headed to camber underfoot with diferent
degrees of raised tip and tails. Tis gives the more traditional feel of regular
camber, but still allows for more foat in the powder and less catch in the
park. Tese are usually pricier but combine the best of both worlds.
Tere is a park rocker, which is mostly fat under foot with kick-ups at the
tip and tail. Te fat underfoot encourages more solid landings without
too much edge on the rail.
Tere is a beginner rocker, which rises at the tip and tail and the outside
edges. Tink of a canoe. Tis is also similar to concave gear, which is
popular in park because it means even less edges while jibbing. Again,
landings get tricky and turning becomes beyond difcult without edges.
Tis technology is straight beginner or rail junkie.
Tere is still the straight reverse camber out there that just starts going up
from the middle and doesnt stop, the original snow skateboard. Along
those lines, there is extreme rocker gear for heavy powder days that gives
rocking chairs a run for their money. Some gear has rocker in the front
only and some is just completely fat.
whe R e s i t al l goi ng?
Rocker is here to stay, but before making the leap, defnitely hit up a demo
shop to fgure out if the new technology is for you. Tere are many rocker
choices out there, so do some homework and then talk to someone in a
shop who is knowledgeable.
Te bottom line is there is a time and place for everything and rocker is
not magic, but it has its place, Bickert said. You have to know how to ski,
but if you can learn a slightly diferent technique, rocker is badass.
When theres
poWder, it alloWs
you to go enjoy
yourself because
you put less energy
in and get more
out of it,
ERIC BICKERT
TAHOE SPORTS LTD.
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1
gobl e t squat
How to do it:
1. Stand with your legs about shoulder-
width apart, with your toes pointed slightly
outward.
2. Grab a dumbbell or kettlebell and hold it
against your chest. With a kettlebell, hold
the handle, but with a dumbbell just hold it
vertical by the one end.
3. Squat down with the goal of having
your elbows, which are pointed downward
because youre cradling the bell, slide past
the inside of your knees. Then squeeze your
glutes and quads to standing position.
wHy it works:
This is an excellent exercise to strengthen
the glutes, quads and core, while at the
same still increasing hip mobility to help
reduce injury. By placing the weight in
front of your body, it forces you into proper
position which also reduces the risk of
squatting.
Best sKI
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2
si ngl e- l eg de adl i f t
How to do it:
1. Stand holding a dumbbell thigh high in
front of you.
2. Place your left or right leg out behind
you. Toes can be touching the foor behind
you or be lifted completely off the foor to
make the lift harder. Keeping your shoul-
ders back, core tight and the back straight,
bend at the hips and lower the dumbbell
toward the foor.
3. Lower down to mid-shin level. Keep
everything tight with your back rigid (no
rounding) and eyes looking forward and
explode up through your heels to the start-
ing position.
wHy it works:
Single-leg exercises are great to help pre-
vent muscle imbalances. When one side of
the body is stronger than the other it can
unconsciously work harder and ease the
work from the other side of the body. To
balance out your strength gains, the single-
leg deadlift is extremely effective.
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si ngl e- l eg glute bri dge
How to do it:
1. Lie on your back on an exercise mat or
the foor with bent-knee position with your
feet fat on the foor about hip-width. Draw
the left knee toward your chest and slide
the right foot slightly toward the midline
of the body.
2. While keeping your core, lift your hips
up off the foor. Your right heel is pressing
into the foor for added stability. Squeeze
the glutes and avoid arching the low back.
3. Slowly lower yourself back to the mat.
Maintain control using your glutes. Repeat
and switch legs.
wHy it works:
The single-leg glute bridge not only
strengthens the muscles in the glutes,
but also helps to tone and strengthen the
quadriceps, lower back and abdominal
muscles. It can also be performed almost
anywhere with no equipment making it a
great exercise for road trips.
BY KYLeR CRouSe
Tahoe MaGazIne
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Ke t t l ebel l sWi ngs
How to do it:
1. Stand with feet hip-width apart and
place a kettlebell between your feet. hinge
at the hips with slightly bent knees to
lower your body down to grasp the kettle-
bell both arms.
2. Initiating an explosive upward move-
ment to swing the kettlebell upward,
return to a vertical standing position, do
not arch your back, and squeeze the glutes.
allow the kettlebell to swing until the arms
are parallel to the foor.
3. Remember that this is not a shoulder
exercise, but an exercise to generate
explosive force in the hips. Repeat for the
desired number of reps.
wHy it works:
The kettlebell swing involves the powerful
muscles of the hips to generate force and
mimics the same athletic hip extension that
is so important in many sports. For skiing,
the hips help turn and are responsible for
jumping and absorbing force.
5
5
squat j umps
How to do it:
1. Stand with your legs about shoulder-width
apart, with your feet pointing forward. Bend
your legs and lower your body down into a
deep squat while keeping your torso upright.
Swing your arms back behind you.
2. exhale and jump straight up, swinging your
arms over your head like you are blocking a
ball in volleyball.
3. Land gently on the balls of your feet before
landing on your heels with your legs bent. Re-
peat with no rest for 5-8 consecutive jumps.
wHy it works:
Squats jumps involve using your legs and hips
to generate force like a compressed spring
before jumping straight up in the air. an ef-
fective way to increase power and add some
fun and variety into your training program is
to add plyometrics. Plyometrics work by using
the bodys energy like a spring. This strength-
ens the tendons and connective tissues that
protect the joints.

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NOT INTO DOWNHILL SKIING? NOT TO WORRy.
HERE ARE FIvE OTHER WINTER OPTIONS TO GET yOu OuTSIDE
AND ACTIvE DuRING THE SNOWy SEASON IN TAHOE.

By AxIE NAvAS
TAHOE MAGAZINE
With more than a dozen alpine skiing resorts in the area, Lake Tahoe has
certainly earned its reputation as one of the top downhill destinations
in the country. But even though the basin might be known for its steep
slopes, killer views and bottomless powder, that doesnt mean there
arent plenty of other winter recreation opportunities available. From
ice fshing to dog sledding, weve got you covered.
CROSS-COuNTRy SKIING
Downhills mellower and cheaper cousin, cross-country skiing has
become increasingly popular in the past fve years. Te National Sporting
Goods Association reported 2.26 million cross-county skiers nationwide
in its 2011 annual sports participation report, up from 1.67 million in
2007. On the South Shore, theres Camp Richardsons cross-country and
snowshoe center where nordic skiers can enjoy groomed loops near
the lake shore. About 35 miles to the south, Kirkwood Mountain Resort
boasts 80 kilometers of nordic track, 80 percent of which is for beginners
or intermediate skiers. Northstar California Resort on the North Shore
takes nordic skiers up either the gondola or Village Express Quad chairlift
to reach its 50 kilometers of trails, while neighboring Tahoe Cross Country
Ski Area is one of the few nordic centers that allows dogs. To the west near
Tahoe City, check out Granlibakkens miles of ungroomed trails.
SLEDDING AND TuBING
Families looking to spend some quality time together should check out the
400 foot banked-turn tubing hill at Hansens Resort in downtown South
Lake Tahoe near Heavenly Mountain Resort. To the south at Echo Summit
on Highway 50, Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe ofers up to 16 groomed
sledding hills with varying degrees of slope. Be warned: you need to be
prepared to climb since theres no lift to take you to the top. Boreal Mountain
Resorts Playland ofers tubing on the north side of the lake about 10 miles
west of Truckee, while the small tubing hill at Taylor Creek Sno-Park just
west of Camp Richardson is perfect for small children and beginners. If
you want a break from the traditional sledding experience, take a tour with
musher Brian Maas of the Wilderness Adventures Dog Sled Tours.
ICE FISHING
Tose seeking a peaceful, back-to-nature Tahoe experience need to
look no further than Tahoe Fly Fishing Outftters. Te South Lake Tahoe
company ofers guided ice fshing expeditions to Caples and Red lakes,
but make sure you call in advance to book your trip. Matt Heron Fly
Fishing based in Olympic Valley does fy fshing trips on the Truckee and
Little Truckee rivers. Not your traditional ice fshing where you huddle
around a frozen hole praying for a bite, Tahoe Sport Fishing Co. on the
South Shore and Mickeys Big Mack Lake Tahoe Fishing Charters and
Tours takes fshermen and women out on to Lake Tahoe throughout the
winter. Charters with both companies can be booked as fshing trips as
well as private party events.
ICE SKATING
Chances are slim that the basin will have another winter like last season,
when cold temperatures and light snowfall combined to make skating on
the lakes in the Tahoe area a reality, but there are still plenty of options
for skaters looking for some rink time. On the South Shore, theres the
indoor South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, which ofers public skating sessions.
Ice skaters can twirl and carve near the base of the Gondola at the
neighboring Heavenly Village Ice Rink, while Heavenly Mountain Resorts
sister ski area Northstar California Resort northwest of Kings Beach also
boasts an outdoor rink. Te Squaw Valley Olympic Ice Pavilion near the
West Shore sits at the crest of Squaw Valleys upper mountain. Skaters
board the aerial tram to access the rink that ofers sweeping views of the
valley and Lake Tahoe.
BACKCOuNTRy EDuCATION
Wilderness and avalanche education classes abound in the basin, and
not to worry most of the classes involve more time outside than in
the classroom. Mountain Survival, Inc. ofers courses from four hours
to seven days long, and specializes in teaching outdoor skills and tactics
needed around the basin and throughout the Sierra Nevada. If youre
looking to become a Wilderness First Responder or just want to brush up
on your outdoor medical know-how, check out the wilderness education
courses ofered at Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe.
For specifcs on avalanche safety, Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars
based on the north side of the lake ofers classes for backcounty
recreationists. If safetys your name and shreddings your game, head
south to the Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort, which teaches skiers and riders
backcountry basics.
Nordic Search and
Rescue Team crosses
Castle valley during
National Ski Patrol
Avalanche 1 course
training. Photo: Keith
Tatsukawa
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T
his winter at Tahoe, you might want to consider picking up a new
sport, and way to exercise, with snowshoeing. Tere are countless
trails around Lake Tahoe for all levels of snowshoers, whether its
your frst or 100th time strapping on snowshoes. For sales and rentals,
there are also seemingly infnite options around the lake.
One option for snowshoe rentals and sales is Alpenglow Sports, located in
Tahoe City. Brendan Madigan of Alpenglow recommends snowshoeing
to anyone who spends time in the Sierra.
Its very user-friendly, Madigan said. Equipment lasts for so long for
a small investment you get a huge return in the form of fun and ftness.
Madigan explained that there are snowshoes for everyone, from
beginners to experts, both in male and female versions. For beginners,
snowshoes weigh a bit more and have a simpler cleat. For more
advanced snowshoeing, there are more aggressive cleats (for gripping
snow) and heel risers (for steep terrain). Essentially, the more advanced
snowshoer you are, the lighter and more aggressive snowshoe you will
have, Madigan explained.
Tere are a variety of shops around Lake Tahoe that ofer snowshoe
sales and rentals, as well as some ofering various tours and lessons.
Alpenglow Sports ofers sales and rentals, along with West Shore Sports
(in Homewood), Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort on the South Shore of the
lake, and plenty, plenty more.
Many of the rental shops and resorts here recommend certain trails
along the West Shore for beginners.
A classic go-to is Paige Meadows, on the backside of Alpine Meadows
(near Homewood). Its a great spot, super pretty, with aspen trees and
open felds, Madigan said.
Rob Weston, owner of West Shore Sports in Homewood, agreed.
One of my favorite places to go, that I snowshoe myself, is Blackwood
Canyon (also near Homewood), Weston explained. Its killer. Tere are
lots of meadows covered in the snow. Tat whole area is just incredible
snowshoeing.
A little farther south, Weston recommends Sugar Pine State Park for
beginners and intermediates, as well as the meadows near Meeks Bay
across from the campground.
ExERCISE WHILE HAvING
FuN IN THE SIERRA
snowshoe
tahoe
TRy SNOWSHOEING THIS WINTER,
AND HAvE SOME FuN WHILE
GETTING A WORKOuT.
By COLLEEN MOORE
TAHOE MAGAZINE
Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Tahoe while on shoeshoes this winter.
ITS FuN AND EASy. ITS A GREAT ALTERNATIvE
TO SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING.
IF yOu CAN WALK,
yOu CAN SNOWSHOE.
Rob Weston, West Shore Sports
learn more online There are plenty of locations to
snowshoe and plenty of rental companies across the region to get started.
South Lake Tahoe: www.tahoesouth.com/Listings/snowshoeing
North Lake Tahoe/Truckee: www.gotahoenorth.com/winter/outdoors/
snowshoeing
For more experienced snowshoers, one go-to place is the Tahoe Rim Trail,
the 165-mile trail that circumnavigates the lake and ofers numerous
access points from the South, North, West and East shores.
Weston adds a key word of advice, however, if snowshoers happen
to come across cross-country-skiing tracks do not step in them. In
general, good spots to snowshoe for beginners are areas that are already
packed down, from either previous use, snowmobiles, or even roadways
covered in snow.
Much like any other winter activity, having the proper equipment is key
to enjoying your time on snowshoes. Hiking boots and layers are two of
the most important things to wear when snowshoeing.
Once you start snowshoeing, its like hiking, and youre going to work up
a little bit of internal heat, Weston said. You want to dress lightly with
layers you can peel of.
Other important items to bring include water, sunscreen, lip balm, hats
and gloves. Also recommended are ski or hiking poles, to help keep your
balance, especially if youre new to the sport.
Also to note, there are several shops and rental centers that ofer guided
tours throughout the area. West Shore Sports ofers a moonlight tour
every full moon in January, February and March for $20, with proceeds to
beneft the Sierra State Parks.
Another option for tours is Hope Valley outdoors located at the Highway
88/89 intersection about 20 minutes from Tahoes South Shore. Hope
Valley ofers 60 miles of snowshoe trails on a variety of terrain. You can
leisurely stroll through beautiful forests or into quiet meadows, or you
could climb one of the valleys 10,000-foot peaks, if you have the energy.
Hope Valley also ofers guided tours and Full Moon tours. And be sure
to check out the valleys private guided tours, which are an afordable
$60 (by appointment) and are custom-tailored to each group. You can
follow a meandering river or visit a pristine meadow, and youre almost
guaranteed to see eagles, osprey, neurons, bobcats and/or other majestic
Tahoe wildlife.
Weston explained that unlike other winter sports, such as skiing,
snowboarding or even snowmobiling, you dont have to set aside a
whole day to do it. You can simply put on the right clothes, strap on the
snowshoes, and head out the door for 20 minutes to a few hours.
People need to try snowshoeing, Weston added. Its fun and easy. Its
a great alternative to skiing and snowboarding. If you can walk, you can
snowshoe.
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Snowmobiling offers a different
level of excitement during winter in Tahoe
By COLLEEN MOORE
TAHOE MAGAZINE
Spectacular views of the
Sierra Nevada abound
during a safe and responsible
snowmobile ride through
Lake Tahoes backcountry.
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W
hile Lake Tahoe is famously known for
its skiing and snowboarding, theres
another extreme sport thats gaining
popularity in the basin.
Snowmobiling in Tahoe ofers locals and
visitors alike a chance to get outside and explore
the area in a diferent way. Tere are several
companies around the lake that ofer tours,
rentals and lessons. Whether its your frst time
on a snowmobile, or youre just looking to get
out without buying a sled, there are options for
everyone.
One option for snowmobiling is Lake Tahoe
Snowmobile Tours, operating atop Brockway
Summit in North Lake Tahoe, where owner
Dave Ceruti has been snowmobiling for more
than 20 years.
(Snowmobiling) is unlike boating or other
activities. Most people have done that stuf,
Ceruti said. Its unique because people havent
done it. Its not something people do all the
time. Teyre pretty jazzed up to go do it, which
makes it fun for us.
His company runs tours twice a day around
Mount Watson, Watson Lake and the Brockway
Summit area. Tours range from two hours to
three or four hours. Tere are tours available
for all levels of riders, and the companys only
stipulation is children must be older than 5 to
participate.
Most of our riders are frst-timers, Ceruti
said. We have written rules and verbal rules.
Teres quite a lot (that we go over) before we
get going.
Te company operates on U.S. Forest Service
land, which means it has to obtain permits to
operate. Te company also has proper frst-aid
training, as well as medical snowmobiles and
emergency radios. Due to public land rules,
the Forest Service allows Cerutis staf to access
certain areas, while others are of limits.
A lot of it has to do with if they fnd certain
animals in the area, then they would put that
area of limits, Ceruti explained. Normally
what pops up when an area is of the charts
for a season is because they discover foxes or
something in that area denning.
Ceruti added that he considers the areas where
Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours operates some
of the best in Tahoe.
Mt. Watson is beautiful because of the views.
At the top of Mt. Watson, looking down at Lake
Tahoe is fantastic. It has a gorgeous view, he
remarked.
Another option for snowmobilers in Lake Tahoe
is to stop by Full Trottle Tahoe, in Brockway/
Kings Beach. Unlike other snowmobile
operators, Full Trottle allows customers to
have self-guided tours. With 20 sleds and 35
miles of groomed trail (weather dependent),
customers are invited to take out snowmobiles
and explore the terrain on their own.
Its like a ski trail, all marked out, explained
John Brackett, an employee at Full Trottle.
Its easy for beginners to have a good time and
enjoy themselves, as well as push their limits.
Full Trottle provides sleds and helmets, as well
as guidance on how to operate the sled, but
other than that lets the customers have fun.
We give them a trail map, and four or fve trails
to choose from, Brackett said. Ten they get
to go up there and have an adventure, either
with themselves or their family. We make sure
(customers) know everything they need to be
safe.
He added that employees are just a phone
call away, if customers get stuck or need any
assistance.
We hop out there and help them out, and let
them keep having a good time, Brackett said.
Packages start at a half hour for a trial period,
and go up from there on the hour. For more
experienced riders, Full Trottle ofers overnight
rentals, allowing riders to take their sleds and
a trailer wherever they want, whether it be for
back country touring or exploring a diferent
area of Tahoe.
Unlike Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours, Full
Trottle operates on private land that is leased
all winter. Tis allows the company to groom
trails and create a trail network within that
private land.
Both companies recommend snowmobiling to
anyone who has never tried it and is visiting the
Tahoe area. For equipment, Brackett suggested
wearing the same clothing you would as if
you were going skiing or snowboarding, with
waterproof boots and layers.
You can start of very cold, then work yourself
up and get sweaty and want to be able to take
of layers, Brackett said.
On Tahoes South Shore, snowmobiling tours
also are ofered at Zephyr Cove Resort, which
ofers access to 45 miles of groomed trails where
you can glide through towering pine and aspen,
breathing in the fresh air and marveling at the
amazing scenery. With its expertise and Lake
Tahoes natural beauty, Zephyr Cove promises
an unforgettable tour, whether youre a novice
or a seasoned snowmobile enthusiast.
Ceruti added that one of the most important
things to bring snowmobiling is a camera,
to document the adventure, as well as take a
picture of any wildlife you may encounter. Also,
water is a must-have when snowmobiling.
Its amazing how much energy you do use,
Ceruti said. On top of water, bring sunscreen.
Just like skiing, you get the shine of of the snow
and you can get burnt.
learn more online
There are plenty of locations to ride and rent snowmobiles around the region.
South Lake Tahoe: www.tahoesouth.com/Listings/snowmobiling
North Lake Tahoe/Truckee: www.gotahoenorth.com/winter/outdoors/snowmobiling
ITS EASy FOR BEGINNERS TO HAvE A GOOD TIME AND
ENJOy THEMSELvES, AS WELL AS PuSH THEIR LIMITS.
John Brackett, Full Throttle Tahoe

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Watching the sunset, I said it was the most beautiful thing I had ever
seen, then the moon rose over the lake, Cross said.
Christmas Valleys John Hirschfeld was raised in San Francisco and
learned to skate as an adult after his boss, Dr. Terrence Orr, rented the
South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena for a night for his employees.
Most of us had never played before, said Hirschfeld, who soon after
joined the city recreation hockey league. I immediately went out and
bought gear and took some lessons.
He ventured outdoors to skate three years ago during the one week when
conditions were good. He went a couple of times two years ago, and then
came 2011-12.
We just went nuts with it, he said.
What was unusual about last year is we didnt have wind, said Chris
Proctor, who grew up in Indiana and began playing hockey at age 35.
I have never seen outdoor ice that smooth. Usually there are ripples
and uneven surfaces and frozen debris. Proctor was skeptical when
Hirschfeld suggested they take their hockey nets, barbecue grill and
families to skate at Grass Lake of of Luther Pass. Te conditions were
perfect and again the day was a winter highlight.
By TIM PARSONS
TAHOE MAGAZINE
Photos: David Kearney
Skaters each year hope to experience the thrill of ice underneath a full
moon. Last winter, the Tahoe area had great conditions for two separate
full moons.
Winter 2011-12 had the best outdoor ice skating conditions the Sierra
Nevada has had in at least a decade. South Lake Tahoe resident Gary
Cross said he skated nearly every day for two months. It was the best
game in town.
Te formula for a great skate is pretty simple: A long coldsnap and not
much snow.
You dont want those intermittent warm periods, said Jan Null, a
meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services. Ice forms during
the nighttime hours. In the daytime you dont want to get very far above
freezing. You want nice layers to form rather than a signifcant melt in
between so then you get fractured ice and all sorts of stuf like that. You
want an extended cold period. Tats probably the biggest thing.
Te lack of snow kept open Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to Yosemite
National Park, in the early winter, and Cross had an epic, full moon
experience on Tioga Lake 28 days after skating under the full moon at
Baron Lake.
T h E B E s T G A M E I N T o W N
while the tahoe winteR of 2011-12 wasnt the snowiest, it did pRovide foR
RaRe extended outdooR ice skating conditions
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s K a t i n g s A f E T y
If you see any of these signs, you may wish to abandon any
further attempt to go on the ice:
Flowing water near or at the edges of the ice.
Flowing springs under the ice in spring fed ponds and lakes.
Water fows in and/or out of the iced-over water body.
Cracks, breaks or holes.
Ice that appears to have thawed and refrozen.
Abnormal surfaces that you have not seen before.
Gary CroSS SayS
You are in charge of your own rescue.
Ice must be at least 2 1/2 inches thick. Measure ice before skating.
Early morning is the best time to skate. Temperatures rise during the day.
Wear a fotation device.
Bring a friend and tell others where you will be.
Carry an ice pick and kayak throw bag with a 50-foot rope.
It got to the point where we didnt even want it to snow, said Hirschfeld,
who also skis, snowboards and last year took advantage of the conditions
to do some human curling.
I sent my daughter and her friend (in a chair) the whole length of Lilly
Lake, he said. Te kids loved it. ... Tey dont like going to the rink that
much because theyve gotten so spoiled outside.
Outdoor skaters need to take safety precautions. Backcountry ice skating
is not advised by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management
Unit.
I know that people do it, spokeswoman Lisa Herron told the Tahoe
Daily Tribune last winter. We dont recommend it because its very
dangerous.
Cross said ice should be at least 2 1/2 inches thick before it can safely
hold a person. He carries an ice pick around his neck and carries a kayak
throw bag with a 50-foot rope.
Just like backcountry skiing, you are in charge of your own rescue, Cross
said. You defnitely want to have rescue equipment. ... You want to go in
the morning before 10 a.m. Something that is safe at 6 in the morning is
not safe at 2 in the afternoon.
Cross listed some of the lakes he skated last year: Kirkwood, Baron,
Caples, Tioga, Silver, Immigrant, Roundtop, Woods, Fourth of July, Eagle
and Lilly.
Bill Martin, chief meteorologist at Oaklands KTVU-TV, said he skated at
a lake near Squaw Valley last New Years Eve when the conditions were as
good as they were about a decade earlier when he skated at Donner Lake.
Both winters were La Nia seasons.
Typically (La Nia) means more of your storms will be derived from the
high latitudes, Canada, Martin said. So its a higher, colder air mass,
especially early in the year. When you have that kind of pattern it sets you
up for ridiculously cold nights. Teres very little moisture in the air.
Martin said to expect a more typical weather pattern this winter.
You get more wet storms with midlatitude air mass they are coming
of the water, he said. Te strength of that El Nio is yet to be seen
but this year its (setting up) to not be an incredibly great pond skating
season.
Regardless, outdoor skaters shouldnt be shut out this winter.
If you are willing to travel, theres always somewhere where the wind
blows just right and keeps the snow of of it, Hirschfeld said.
Two winters ago when we had that huge winter, Cascade Lake
wasnt holding snow and there were hockey games out there until
the end of February. So its almost always there. Sometimes you have to
work for it.
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Alpine Meadows
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Boreal
219659 Boreal Ridge Rd., Truckee, CA
530-426-3666, www.borealski.com
Diamond Peak
1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV
775-832-1177, www.diamondpeak.com
Donner Ski Ranch
19320 Donner Pass Rd., Norden, CA
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Granlibakken
725 Granlibakken Rd. Tahoe City, CA
877-552-6301, www.granlibakken.com
Homewood
5145 West Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA
530-525-2992, www.homewood.com
Heavenly
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
800-432-8365, www.skiheavenly.com
Kirkwood
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Dr. (o Hwy 88), Kirkwood, CA
530-581-8244, www.kirkwood.com
Mt. Rose
22222 Mount Rose Hwy, Reno, NV,
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Northstar
5001 Northstar Drive (o Hwy 267) Truckee, CA
530-562-2267, www.northstarcalifornia.com
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1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Village, CA
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Tahoe Donner
11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA
530-587-9444, www.skitahoedonner.com
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Hwy 50 and Al Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 530-542-6056
Camp Richardson Cross Country Ski Center
1900 Jameson Beach Road (o SR 89), CA 530-541-1801, www.camprichardson.com
Donner Memorial State Park
Hwy 80 - 3 miles west of Truckee, CA
Heavenlys Mountain Adventure Park
Top of Heavenly Gondola, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 775-586-7000, www.skiheavenly.com
Hope Valley Outdoors
Picketts Junction at Hwy 88 & 89, Hope Valley, CA
530-694-2266, www.hopevalleyoutdoors.com
Kirkwood Nordic Center
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive (o Hwy 88), Kirkwood, CA, 209-258-7248, www.kirkwood.com
Lake Tahoe Winter Sports Center
Hwy 50, Meyers, CA 530-577-2970
Northstar
5001 Northstar Drive (o Hwy 267) Truckee, CA
530-562-2218, www.northstarcalifornia.com
Royal Gorge
9411 Hillside Dr., Soda Springs, CA, 800-500-3871, www.royalgorge.com
Sugar Pine Point State Park
Tahoma, CA 530-525-9528, www.parks.ca.gov
Sorensens Resort
14255 Hwy 88, Hope Valley, CA, 530-694-2203, www.sorensenresort.com
Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area
Tahoe City, CA. 530-583-5475
Tahoe Meadows
Near the Diamond Peak Resort o Mt. Rose Hwy, Incline Village, NV
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With seven powder bowls, countless ridgeline adventures, summit-
to-base groomed trails, and mountaintop views of Lake Tahoe, Alpine
Meadows hosts some of Tahoes and the countrys fnest terrain.
Alpines reputation for a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere can be
experienced both on and of the slopes. Beginner skiers and boarders
enjoy gentle groomed slopes just steps from the mountains day lodge,
while experienced adventurers take advantage of the wide variety of
Alpines famous natural terrain either through guided tours or specialty
clinics or simply by exploring on their own. Full-and half-day ski and
snowboard programs invite kids as young as age three (and as young as
age fve for snowboarders) to have fun on the slopes; and as the ofcial
home of Disabled Sports USA, Far West division, Alpine Meadows
provides unmatched daily instruction to students with physical and
developmental disabilities. With nine mountain dining options, Alpine
Meadows ofers delicious options which satisfy any appetite; and the
Last Chair Bar, located in the day lodge, is a favorite spot to savor aprs-
ski refreshments while sharing the days stories from the slopes.
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Last fall, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces, bringing skiers
and riders access to 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and more than 270 trails
all on one lift ticket or season pass. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows
are proud to announce nearly $24 million in capital improvements for
the 2012-13 winter season including the following: Tahoes Only Mile-
Long Terrain Park: Alpine Meadows and Snow Park Technologies
(SPT) will bring Tahoes longest terrain park to Alpine Meadows.
Improved, More Efcient Snowmaking: New snowmaking upgrades
will signifcantly improve efciency, making it possible to generate
more snow faster delivering better surface conditions earlier in the
season. Burton Adult Learn to Ride (LTR) Center: Alpine is partnering
with Burton and their acclaimed Learn to Ride (LTR) program for adults.
Redesigned Ticket Ofce to Improve Guest Experience: Te ticket ofce
has been reconfgured, complete with an improved look and streamlined
customer experience, providing a centralized place for guest information
and products.
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Nearly Always the frst resort open in the area and open from 9 a.m. to
9 p.m, 7 days/week, Boreal routinely provides skiers and riders more
access to the mountain than any other resort in the country. Located
directly of Interstate-80, Boreal has become a mecca for terrain park
enthusiasts, and the 1-2-3 Ride Free program gives beginners a reason to
keep coming back for more.

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Woodward Tahoe, the newest addition to the renowned Camp Woodward
family, opened for business in June 2012 and has helped transform
Boreal into a year-round destination for action sports enthusiasts.
Woodward Tahoe ofers week-long camps throughout the summer for
snowboard, ski, skate, BMX, cheer/tumble and digital media, as well as
public day sessions each year from August thru April. Te 33,000 square
foot Woodward Tahoe Bunker includes launch ramps, foam pits,
trampolines, full-sized spring foor, concrete skate park, digital media lab
and much, much more. Woodward Tahoes outdoor campus, which will
remain open each year until the snow falls, includes several dirt tracks
and jumps for bikers as well as an additional skate park and mini-ramp.
Learn more at www.woodwardtahoe.com. Along with the opening of
Woodward Tahoe, Boreals lodge recently received a facelift including a
new paint job, new carpeting and a renovated patio area for you to enjoy
the Tahoe sunshine over lunch.
lift houRs: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
W W W . B o R E A l s K I . c o M
AvERAGE sNoWfAll:
400 inches
sNoWMAKING: 75 to 80%
terrain coverage
Top ElEvATIoN: 7,700 feet
vERTIcAl RIsE: 500 feet
RIdEABlE AcREs: 380
loNGEsT RuN: 1 mile
TERRAIN: 41 trails
TuBING
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 7,200 feet
lIfTs: 3 quads, 3 triples, 1
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1 moving carpet at tube park
chairs, 6 surface lifts,
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AMENITIEs: shuttle service
TERRAIN pARK: located on
spillway; family-friendly terrain
features on penguin
sNoWMAKING:
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Top ElEvATIoN: 8,540 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 1,840 feet
RIdEABlE AcREs: 655
loNGEsT RuN: 2.5 miles
TERRAIN: 30 runs, open
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BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,700 feet
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Diamond Peak Ski Resort is recognized for its incredible lake views,
perfectly groomed runs, family-friendly atmosphere and its exceptional
value. Diamond Peak has 30 runs spread over 655 acres of terrain with
a peak elevation of 8,540 feet and 1,840 feet of vertical drop. Now in its
46th season, Diamond Peak ofers a newly renovated $4 million Base
Lodge, a thriving Child Ski Center, new and exciting events, great ski and
snowboard school packages, and a variety of options to customize your
day at the resort.
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Diamond Peak has made several on-mountain improvements that will
beneft every type of skier and rider, from kids and beginners to seasoned
experts. First and foremost, snowmaking capacity has been increased
by 20%, allowing the resort to take greater advantage of optimal
temperature windows and provide an incredible snow surface for skiers
and riders regardless of what Mother Nature decides to do. In addition to
snowmaking improvements, glading has been completed in the trees of
of Crystal Ridge providing an improved tree skiing and riding experience
to go along with exceptional groomers and the incredible views of Lake
Tahoe. Tis season will also feature the debut of Petes Playground, a
childrens specifc of-piste zone that will include rollers and terrain
features to help children develop of-piste skiing and riding skills in a
safe, fun environment.
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W W W . s K I h E A v E N l y . c o M
AMENITIEs: ski and ride schools,
fve rental and two repair shops,
nine on-mountain restaurants,
four lodges.
TERRAIN pARK: 4
Top ElEvATIoN: 10,067 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 3,500 feet
AcREs: 4,800
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,540 feet
lIfTs: 1 eight-passenger gondola,
1 aerial tramway, 2 high-speed
six-passenger chairs, 7 high-speed
quads, 5 triple chairs, 3 double
chairs, 6 surface lifts,
4 magic carpets
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Unbuckle at Tamarack, North Americas number one aprs ski party, is
back and bigger than ever with seven opportunities per week to perfect
those dance moves. Featuring half-priced drinks, a live DJ, dancing and
the lovely Heavenly Angels, the party takes place at Tamarack Lodge at
the top of the Heavenly Gondola from 3:30-5:30 p.m. every night. When
you come to Heavenly, you better plan to go all-inbecause Heavenly
is for those who are up for frst chair and are still going strong after last
call. At Heavenly, you play hard and sleep when you get home.


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Heavenly has re-imagined both the menu and experience at Gunbarrel
Grill inside Lakeview Lodge, creating the ultimate on-mountain guys
hangout or man cave. Flat screen televisions will dot the landscape
while friendly waitresses provide table service that features made-to-
order gourmet burgers and a ridiculously huge selection of well-priced
microbrews. After a four-year hiatus, the halfpipe will return to Heavenly.
Located in High Roller Terrain Park, Lake Tahoe will be an ideal backdrop
for this 18-foot-high, 500-foot-long, competition-quality pipe with a 56-
foot-wide transition.Te free-wheeling days of 70s Hot Dogging returns
to the famous moguls of Gunbarrel, as the resort hosts the U.S. Freestyle
Championships from March 29-31, 2013. Te nations most accomplished
freestyle skiers will showcase their talents, as they prepare for the 2014
Olympics in Sochi. Also featuring the aerial competition, this will be the
rockin-est competition of the season, highlighted by freworks and a live
concert.
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AMENITIEs: childrens center,
burton learn-to-Ride center,
west shore caf & inn, famous
barbecue, rental/demo and repair
centers, adult lift tickets from $44.
TERRAIN pARKs: 2
Top ElEvATIoN: 7,880 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 1,260 feet
AcREs: 1,260
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,230 feet
chAIR lIfTs: 1 high-speed quad,
2 triple chairs, 1 double
chair, 4 surface lifts
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Known as Tahoes most beautiful resort, Homewood Mountain Resort
ofers incomparable views of Lake Tahoe from each of its gladed runs,
groomed slopes and powder bowls. Renowned as a family-focused
mountain at the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Homewoods daily childrens
programs, renowned ski and snowboard school and new Burton Learn-
to-Ride Center ofer a friendly environment for learning to ski and
snowboard. Just steps from the slopes, Homewoods West Shore Caf &
Inn ofers visitors one of the regions best lakefront locations for lunch,
aprs-ski fun, dinner and lodging.
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Homewood will ofer online adult lift tickets from $44. Known for ofering
Tahoes most beautiful price, the lakefront mountain ofers guaranteed
ticket savings every day, including holidays, at SkiHomewood.com.
Additionally, the Homewood Guarantee ensures that all chair lifts
will operate every day throughout the 2012-2013 season, weather and
conditions permitting ofering favorite chair lifts including Quail
and Ellis triple chairs and the Old Homewood Express Quad which
invite guests to ski and ride Homewoods powder bowls, gladed steeps,
and signature groomed trail; all which tout incomparable views of
Lake Tahoe. Homewoods Burton Learn to Ride Center for adults uses
proven teaching methods and innovative Burton beginner equipment
with students ages 13+. Each Burton Learn to Ride package includes
instruction featuring Burtons tried-and-true methodology, a beginner
lift ticket, and Burton equipment. Te Homewood Guarantee ensures
that each student will feel snowboard-profcient by the third lesson or
the fourth lesson is free.
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AMENITIEs: four terrain parks,
learn-to-ski/ride center, two rental
shops, on-mountain restaurants,
child care: ages 2-6
AvERAGE sNoWfAll:
600 inches
sNoWMAKING: top-to-bottom
on four runs
Top ElEvATIoN: 9,800 feet
TRAIls: 65
RIdEABlE AcREs: 2,300
loNGEsT RuN: 2.5 mile
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 7,800 feet
lIfTs: 1 high-speed quads,
1 fxed quad, 6 triple chairs,
1 double chair, 3 surface lifts
2 magic carpets
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2012-13
ski and snowboard season and its frst season as part of the Vail Resorts
portfolio. Since 1972, the 2,300 acres of Kirkwood have provided some
of North Americas fercest inbounds terrain that will challenge expert
skiers from frst chair to last. Te solitary horseshoe canyon in which
Kirkwood resides is one of the purest, most authentic, big-mountain ski
experiences in America, and with an average annual snowfall of more
than 600 inches, there are sure to be plenty of deep powder days.

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As the newest addition to Vail Resorts, Kirkwood is easing into the
portfolio in order to preserve the unique feel that makes it the mecca
of thrill-seeking skiers and riders. Comfort bars will be installed on
every lift at Kirkwood, making it the only resort in the state of California,
along with Heavenly and Northstar, to take this precaution. Vail Resorts
award-winning EpicMix technology will be integrated at Kirkwood this
season, so those days of racking up vertical at Kirkwood and bragging
about it to disbelieving friends will now be backed up by cold hard
stats. A revolutionary technological advancement for the ski industry,
EpicMix automatically captures and uploads all mountain activity to an
online application or social media. Kirkwood will play host to the lone
US stop for the new Swatch Freeride World Tour by Te North Face,
which combines the Freeride World Tour, the Freeskiing World Tour and
Te North Face Masters of Snowboarding to create one unifed global
championship series. Te new six-stop world tour will hit Kirkwood on
Feb. 27-March 3, 2013.
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sNoWMAKING:
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Top ElEvATIoN: 9,700 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 1,800 feet
AcREs: 1,200
loNGEsT RuN: 2.5 miles
TRAIls: 60+
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 7,900 feet
lIfTs: 2 six-pack, high speed
detachable chairs, 2 quad chairs
(fxed grip), 2 triple chairs (fxed
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Mt. Rose is Lake Tahoes closest skiing to Reno, located only 25 minutes
away from Reno and 15 minutes from Lake Tahoe. Te mountain boasts
more than 1,200 acres of terrain and 60+ trails to suit any type of skier or
snowboarder. Two 6-passenger high speed chairlifts get you to the peak
of the mountain (elevation 9,700) in 3.5 minutes with panoramic views
of Lake Tahoe and Nevada awaiting you at the top. Mt. Rose is the closest
resort to the Reno/Tahoe Intl. Airport and just 25 minutes from Renos
17,000 rooms. Mt. Rose is the perfect choice for the frst and last day of
your Lake Tahoe vacation.
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Mt. Rose Online Specials for the Coming 2012-13 Season: Online-
only daily specials include Bonus Mondays ($49 lift tickets), Two fer
Tuesdays (2 lift tickets for the price of 1), and Ladies Day Tursdays a
$29 lift ticket for ladies with specialized clinics available as an add-on to
online purchases. Online specials begin after Jan. 7, 2013. Other discount
options available at the resort include: Family Packs: 2 adult lift tickets
and 2 lift tickets for ages 17 & under for only $148 (valid every day of
the season available online and at the resort). $49 midweek tickets for
college students. Must have current ID, non-holiday. $39 discounted lift
tickets for Department of Defense active personnel. Purchase at Mt. Rose
Guest Services, not valid for friends or family members.
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TERRAIN pARKs: 7
sNoWMAKING: 50% coverage
Top ElEvATIoN: 8,610 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 2,280 feet
MId-MTN ElEv: 6,800 feet
RIdEABlE AcREs: 2,904
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,540 feet
supERpIpE
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lIfTs: 1 gondola, 1 six-pack
express, 6 quad express chairs,
2 triple chairs, 1 double chair, 2
tow/surface lifts, 5 magic carpets
chairs, 6 surface lifts,
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In the Village at Northstar, Tavern 6,330 will debut featuring an American
grill inspired by California farm fresh ingredients and a cozy, tavern-
esque atmosphere suitable for the whole family. Accompanying a stellar
wine list will be a variety of micro brews and signature cocktails served at
the inside bar, as well as outside at the Rock Bar on the patio. With indoor
and outdoor seating for up to 200, smore making around the fre pits on
the patio and a slopeside location next to Village Run, the Tavern is sure
to become an aprs ski favorite.


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Heading into Northstars 40th anniversary season, skiers and riders will
have unprecedented access to Sawtooth Ridge by snow cat and guided
backcountry tours. Northstar will introduce EpicMix Racing, giving
resort guests the opportunity to see how they stack up against Lindsey
Vonn, the best American ski racer of all time. Kids learning to snowboard
will experience the new Burton Riglet Park complete with learning
progressions and equipment specifcally designed to help them improve.
New glade skiing on Te Backside of the mountain and sweeping views
and incredible food ofered at the Zephyr Lodge will make skiers and
riders feel like theyre at an entirely new mountain. And, in celebration
of Northstars 40th anniversary, on December 22 guests are invited to the
resorts 40th Birthday Bash hosted by team rider, Shaun White.
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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort boasts 2,000 acres and 2,212 vertical feet of
dynamic terrain with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from the summit
and one of the deepest snowpacks in the region. Access to expert of-
piste terrain in Huckleberry Canyon, incredible tree runs, a commitment
to consistent, quality grooming and excellent beginner programs like the
worlds only Burton Star Wars Experience and a $39 beginner package,
make Sierra Resort a favorite Northern California resort. Easy to get to
and always welcoming, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is known as the locals
spot a bastion of the authentic California ski experience.
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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is excited to ofer new additions for the 2012-13
season that are sure to enhance guests on-mountain experience. Te
Force is strong at Sierra Resort for Younglings and Padawans in Yodas
Riglet Park. Te worlds only Burton Star Wars Experience uses the
beloved intergalactic saga to help children ages three to six make their
frst snowboard turns using Burtons innovative Riglet Reel Technology.
Experts can enjoy new backcountry cat tours that take expert skiers and
riders straight to the edge of Huckleberry Canyon, giving backcountry
enthusiasts the option to by-pass the hike and save energy for those
deep powder turns. Sierra Passholders also get the added value and the
option of riding free at multiple mountains around the country. Ski free
at Mountain High, California, Stevens Pass, Washington, or Monarch
Mountain in Southern Colorado. Your powder playground awaits. See
you on the mountain.
lift houRs: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and peak peRiods
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AMENITIEs: ski and snowboard
school, on-mountain cafeterias,
mountain sports shop and
equipment rentals, child care:
8 months to 5 years
Top ElEvATIoN: 8,852 feet
vERTIcAl RIsE: 2,212 feet
AcREs: 2,000
AvERAGE sNoWfAll:
480 inches
loNGEsT RuN: 2.5 miles
TERRAIN: 46 slopes and trails
TERRAIN pARKs:
5 ski and snowboard
supERpIpE:
nationally Ranked superpipe
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,640 feet
lIfTs: 3 express family-friendly
quad chairlifts,1 triple lift,
5 double lifts, 4 magic carpet
childrens surface lifts,
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KIds x pARK: new for skiing and
snowboarding. great for kids that
like bumps and little jumps.
TuBING fluMEs: take the little
dipper and keep the little children
smiling from ear to ear. but for the
thrill-seekers, the tube express will
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kick for any age.
lIfTs: 2 ski, 2 tubing tows
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Soda Springs is located just of Interstate-80 at the Soda Springs exit
atop Donner Summit. Te welcoming small resort spirit and relaxed
atmosphere is perfect for families. In fact, Soda Springs ofers Planet
Kids, a dedicated snow-play area designed with children ages 8 and
under in mind. Access to Planet Kids includes tubing, beginner skiing/
riding, tube carousels, snow volcanoes and more. Catch the free sleigh
ride over to Planet Kids from the base lodge.
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Be on the lookout for new expanded terrain to the right of Crystal Bowl
during the 2012/13 season. Soda Springs also recently expanded its Tube
Town tubing area to nearly double its size. Tubing is included with every
lift ticket purchased, so you can enjoy a day on the slopes plus slide down
one of Sodas many groomed tubing lanes.
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Top ElEvATIoN: 9,050 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 2,850 feet
AcREs: 3,600
TRAIls: 170+
BoWls: 16
TERRAIN pARKs: 3
AvERAGE sNoWfAll:
450 inches
loNGEsT RuN: 3.2 miles
uphIll cApAcITy:
49,000 people/hour
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,200 feet
lIfTs: arial tram: 1 funitel:
1 express 6-pacs: 5
express Quads: 3
fixed-grip Quad: 1
triple chairs: 9
double chairs: 4 conveyor lifts: 5
magic carpets: 2 telecord: 1
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AMENITIEs: scenic aerial tram
rides, 1960 olympic museum,
indoor climbing wall,
snowshoeing, night skiing
pIpEs: 2
TABlETops: 12+
RAIls/BoxEs: 30+
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Known for legendary skiing and gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe, Squaw
Valley is one of the jewels of the region. For locals and visitors alike, its
the place to race to on a powder day, and the place to relax with family
and friends at lively bars and restaurants or cozy frepits in the base
village and enjoy all the Sierra has to ofer.
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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are investing nearly $24 million in
capital improvements for the 2012-13 winter season. New on-mountain
projects include top to bottom snowmaking improvements, Big Blue
Express, a new high-speed, six-passenger chairlift and a revamped High
Camp beginner area. At the base of the mountain, Squaws completely
redesigned Olympic Plaza Bar will pay tribute to the resorts Olympic
heritage with new rustic chic lodge furniture and all new signature
menu items. Following last years addition of new North Face, Salomon
and Oakley concept stores the resorts base village is adding two new
specialty sport shots Parallel Sports and Te Ledge board shop. Tis
year also marks year two of the Squaw and Alpine Meadows partnership
with Snow Park Technologies (SPT) to ofer the highest quality parks
at both resorts, including Tahoes only mile-long terrain park at Alpine
Meadows.
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Top ElEvATIoN: 8,383 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 1,500 feet
pEAKs: 4
AcREs: 1,500
TRAIls: 84
AvERAGE sNoWfAll:
500 inches
loNGEsT RuN: 3+ miles
GRooMING: 500 acres
sNoWMAKING: 375 acres
BAsE ElEvATIoN: 6,883 feet
fAMIly pARK: nob hill
sTEEpEsT RuN: the palisades
BEsT KEpT sEcRET:
strawberry fields
TERRAIN pARK: Judah
lIfTs: 5 high-speed
express Quads
2 fixed grip Quads
3 fixed grip doubles
1 gondola 1 surface lift
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Sugar Bowl Resort, perched high atop majestic Donner Summit, has
been serving up some of the fnest skiing and riding in the region since
1939. With 4 peaks, 13 lifts, 102 trails, 3 parks, 1,500 skiable acres and
endless backcountry beyond the ropes, Sugar Bowl boasts vast & varied
terrain that gets buried under the most annual snowfall (500) in North
Lake Tahoe. Convenient access, complete with a scenic drive up Old
Highway 40 and hundreds of free slopeside parking spots at the base,
makes Sugar Bowl one of the more user-friendly resorts in all of Tahoe.
And value-driven programs like CORE Rewards and General Admission
deliver big savings.

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Complementing an impressive downhill operation, Sugar Bowl expands
its operations this season to include Royal Gorge Cross Country, the
iconic XC resort with over 200km of groomed trails on nearly 6,000 acres
of pristine land atop Donner Summit. Skiers & riders can now enjoy both
downhill and crosscountry skiing on one convenient pass. And when
you visit the Sugarbowl.com website to fnd further information, youll
be pleased to see a new and improved website in its entirety, including
improved navigation, more comprehensive snow reporting and Send
It, a user-generated trail map where skiers and riders can post photos
and videos on exact locations of the mountain. Finally, Sugar Bowl has
launched Summit Crossing, 25 ski-in/ski-out homesites at the base of the
mountain, featuring front door access to Royal Gorges extensive network
of cross country trails. Visit Sugarbowl.com for further information.
Photo: Grant Barta
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Granlibakken features an intimate ski hill, perfect for beginning through
intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Its a place to avoid the crowds,
while enjoying a day of skiing right out your back door. A rental shop, ski
school, warming hut and Snack Bar are also on the premises. Ski School,
ski hill and snack bar are open Friday through Sunday, Christmas/New
Years and mid-February holidays. Te rental shop, snow play area and
warming hut are open daily all season. Granlibakken ofers beginner ski
and snowboard lessons priced from $65.
Guests have easy access to popular cross-country trailheads which
provide miles of un-groomed Lake Tahoe skiing and snowshoes terrain.
For the kids or young at heart, Granlibakken has a machine groomed
snow play area. Cost is $12 per person for saucer rental and use of the
snow play area all day (no tubes or toboggans are allowed). $45 adult
lift tickets, $28 for children 4-12 years old. Ski packages with lodging,
full hot breakfast and choice of eight ski resorts start at $145/person.
Granlibakken is located in a 74-acre picturesque mountain valley only
minutes from Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City.
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Te Treetop Adventure Park is new this year. Open Friday/Saturday and
Holidays. Open mid-week by reservation for groups of ten or more. Park
available for 4 year olds and up. Each park session is 2.5 hours.
lift houRs: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. fRi - sun
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AMENITIEs: ski school, rental
shop, snowplay area, snack bar,
warming hut
sAucER/slEd hIll: 50 feet
Top ElEvATIoN: 6,570 feet
vERTIcAl dRop: 240 feet
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Te place for family fun and learning, Tahoe Donner Ski Area is committed
to being Te best place to begin. We ofer a variety of services for
families including ski instruction for children as young as 3 years old,
interchangeable lift tickets for parents with non-skiing children, retail
outlets, and a kid-friendly menu in the cafeteria. Wide-open bowls,
uncrowded slopes, great beginner terrain, excellent grooming, and
a friendly, courteous staf await you. Our size allows us to deliver that
personal touch that the larger ski areas cant always provide.
WhaTs neW
Tis year we have great family events including a torchlight parade, 200
foot banana split extravaganza, downhill dummy and rail jam. We are
also participating in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Week. Special ofers
include parents day every Tuesday (excluding holiday periods). Bring
your kids (under 13 years old) to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area
for a day of skiing and get an all-day adult lift ticket free for yourself!
Make reservations today for one of our all-day ski school lessons for
ages 4-12, including lunch for only $119. We have made several capital
improvements this summer including adding a new parking lot to give
our guests additional parking options. We have made improvements to
the Snowbird lift loading area to help beginner skiers and riders load the
lift properly. We also purchased a new snow groomer to continue to ofer
some of the best groomed terrain in the region. Finally, we purchased
new furniture and painted the lodge.
Photo: Keri Oberly
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Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Ski Center
WHAT S NEW
Opening day this year is slated for Tursday, November 22 Tanksgiving
Day, Conditions Permitting, for the Truckee-located cross country ski
center that sees, on average, roughly 360 inches of snowfall per year.
Looking for a new experience this year and are fairly new to cross country
skiing? How about Tahoe Donners discounted Learn-to-Ski or Skate
Package, which is is perfect for people new to the sport, but who want
to have fun right away. Te package includes a 90-minute group lesson,
all-day rental, and trail pass, with 10 a.m. and noon group lesson times
costing $49, and 1:30 p.m. lesson time costs at $42. Oh, and dont forget
to have fun slipping and sliding at Tahoe Donners Snowplay Area, where
families can experience the resorts exhilarating tubing runs or grab one
a sled and carve your own path. Anticipated opening date this year is
Friday, Dec. 14, conditions permitting.
AT A GL ANCE
Ski through the pines and aspens, climb peaks and gentle rolling hills,
or glide along the meadows of Euer Valley. Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Ski Center is a premier cross country ski and snowshoe facility with over
100 kilometers of trails groomed daily for diagonal striding, skate skiing
and snowshoeing. With a wide variety of terrain, there is something for
everyone! Troughout the season we ofer night skiing, clinics, lessons
and special events. Come join us! Te skiing is out there Daily hours
are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Season Pass Early Ski starts at 7 a.m., Monday
through Friday. Call 530-587-9484 for more information.
LEARN MORE: www.tahoedonner.com
Photo: Tahoe Donner Association
c R o s s c o u N T R y r e s o r T s
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Kirkwood Cross Country Ski
and Snowshoe Center
AT A GL ANCE
Eighty kilometers of groomed trails at 7,800 feet ofer the most spectacular
scenery and exciting terrain in the west. Located 1/4 mile east of Kirkwood
on Hwy 88 (next to the Kirkwood Inn) and nestled in a beautiful Alpine
Valley, diverse terrain ofers excellent skiing for all abilities. Bring four-
legged friends along too dogs are allowed on two trails, the High Trail
located behind the Kirkwood Inn and the Outer Loop on the meadow.
Sip on hot chocolate beside the wood-burning stove in the day lodge or
warm up in one of three trailside warming huts, then fnish the perfect
day with a scrumptious meal at the historic Kirkwood Inn.
WHAT S NEW
Tis season a new grooming machine has been added to the Kirkwood
feet. Tis means multiple trail systems can be groomed at one time and
the Schneider Trail system can be groomed earlier in the season and
more consistently. Many trails feature interpretive signs providing for a
more enlightening and meaningful visit. Te Kiddy Kilometer is sure to
keep the youngest skiers engaged this one kilometer loop lined with
life-size animal cut outs and fip up signs.
LEARN MORE: www.kirkwood.com
Photo: Rachid Dahnoun
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Royal Gorge Cross Country
Ski Resort
WHAT S NEW
Teres a new day rising at Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort this season,
as Sugar Bowl Resort takes over resort operations at this iconic destination
atop majestic Donner Summit. With $500,000 of capital improvement
projects mobilized, cross country skiers, skaters and snowshoers will
enjoy a renovated Summit Station lodge, a new grooming feet delivering
improved trail conditions, enhanced wayfnding signage across the resort,
a new website featuring up-to-the-minute trail and conditions reporting
and much more. Skiers will also enjoy dual-resort combo passes, ofering
downhill access to Sugar Bowls expansive 1,500 acres (and the most snow
in Tahoe) and XC skiing at Americas largest cross country resort, boasting
more than 200km of trails on 6,000 acres of pristine land atop Donner
Summit. Interconnect trails between the two resorts will also be greatly
enhanced, allowing for beginner-friendly access from the Sugar Bowl
Village to the Van Norden Meadow. A full-service resort, Royal Gorge
ofers rentals, instruction, trail passes and more. Look for this iconic resort
to back on the destination map in no time at all.
AT A GL ANCE
Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort is Americas largest cross country
operation, boasting more than 200km of trails on 6,000 acres of pristine
land atop majestic Donner Summit. Te Summit Station acts as XC HQ,
ofering rentals, lessons, trail passes, food & drink and more. Te views
are spectacular, with wide open vistas across high-alpine meadows, and
breathtaking shots into the Royal Gorge and the river bed below. Known
world-wide in its heyday of overnight XC outings to the Wilderness Lodge,
new operators Sugar Bowl Resort have their sights set on returning this
iconic destination to its once and former glory.
LEARN MORE: www.royalgorge.com
Photo: Royal Gorge
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AT A GL ANCE
Hope Valley Outdoors is a sustainable, of-the-grid, solar powered
winter resort ofering our customers the best in outdoor recreational
opportunities. If youre looking for cross-country skiing, backcountry
skiing, snowshoeing, rentals, lessons and even guided tours, Hope Valley
Outdoors can provide experienced information for just about all your
outdoor needs. In our quiet and secluded location, only 20 minutes
from Lake Tahoe, we do not have any phone service. Terefore we only
accept cash or checks. We operate out of a yurt at Picketts Junction at
the intersection of Hwy 88/89. We are located in Hope Valley, a beautiful
high alpine valley surrounded by seven 10,000 foot peaks. Our location
is between South Lake Tahoe and Kirkwood Ski Resort. Lodging and
camping are all nearby, and we are open Tanksgiving through Easter.
Our opening and closing dates depend on the snow conditions.

WHAT S NEW
Our major focus becomes ftting winter enthusiasts with cross country
skis, snowshoes and accessories. Hope Valley Outdoors has over 60 miles
of marked trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Wonderland
Tours, and Moonlight Expeditions. On 20 miles we groom and set track.
Our trail system and parking is on a donation program. Grooming and
plowing the parking area is quite expensive to keep from having set fee
donations are highly encouraged. New this season we are ofering:
Lesson tour package, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., come half an hour early to be
ftted for equipment. Price $80, includes equipment for the tour. Please
email us for reservations .
LEARN MORE: www.hopevalleyoutdoors.com
Hope Valley
Outdoors
Photo: Dylan Silver
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Tahoe Cross Country
Ski Area
At a Gl a nc e
Located just minutes from downtown Tahoe City, Tahoe XC is a locals
favorite for skate skiing, classic skiing and snowshoeing. Twenty three
beautifully groomed trails lead to scenic open meadows, challenging
uphills, thrilling descents and unforgettable views of Lake Tahoe. Known
for its fun, friendly community atmosphere, Tahoe XC hosts several
unique on-snow events such as the Gourmet Ski Tour, the Great Ski Race
and the Tahoe Rim Tour. Pull-behind sleds allow families to safely tow
children ages 0 to 5 years, and three trailside warming huts ofer free self-
serve hot chocolate and tea.
LEARN MORE: www.tahoexc.org
Wha t s Ne w
A new feet of Fischer rentals for 2013 allow skiers to experience the
latest in XC ski technology. Shoe to a View, a new snowshoe trail, leads
adventure seekers to the top of Lakeview trail for a stunning panoramic
view of Lake Tahoe. Keep an eye out for Bos Mobile Kitchen, a new
snowmobile-driven grill that can go anywhere and serve up a delicious
trailside lunch or breakfast. Bringing the dog? A mile of new dog-friendly
terrain brings the dog trail network to 6 miles, keeping the family dog
included in the fun.
Photo: Tom Zikas
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Salomon Pledge Boot
2
To combat the wet, heavy Sierra cement,
skiers and riders need a solid pair of
pants. Patagonias Powder Bowl Pant
has two layers of Gore-Tex thats guaranteed to
keep you dry, and theyre light enough to hike
in, stylish enough to club in and tough enough
to wear day in, day out. Available at Patagonia
in the Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe
(1001 Heavenly Village Way No. 16, South Lake
Tahoe, Calif., 530-542-3385).
South Shore
5
Over the past few years, Salomon
has been making waves with its line
of snowboard footwear. Te high-
end pledge is an excellent example of its
solidly built, simply styled boot that will
have you stomping all over the mountain.
All Salomon boots feature easy pull-and-
lock lacing, so youll be the frst to that fresh
stash. Available at Tahoe Sports LTD in
South Lake Tahoe (4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd.,
Suite 7, South Lake , Calif., 530-542-4000).
1
Tough they didnt invent the frameless goggle,
Dragons new APX model is this seasons hottest
eyewear. Te oversize lens promises great peripheral
vision and the 100 percent UV protective lens will protect
your eyes from glare, but you might look a little like an
astronaut. Available at Heavenly Eyes in South Lake Tahoe
(4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 775-586-
6116).
Dragon APX Goggle
Patagonia Powder
Bowl Pants
Tahoe Moonshine
Jagged Peaks Gin
4
Distilled in a warehouse in South
Lake Tahoe, Jagged Peaks Gin
just tastes like winter. Tahoe
Moonshine owner Jef Van Hee uses
local ingredients such as juniper berries,
for a favor that seems to be made for
the mountains. Be safe. Always ski and
snowboard sober. Available at Dart
Liquors in Stateline (148 U.S. Highway 50,
Stateline, Nev., 775-580-6110)
MenS
Gear Guide
Lib Tech T.Rice
Pro HP C2BTX
3
Widely considered the best snowboarder on
the planet, Travis Rices signature model could
be the best snowboard. Lib Tech built the board
with its new fberglass-free basalt construction and
added all its patented technology, including Magne-
Traction for better edges in icy conditions and reverse
camber for better foat on the fresh days. Much of the
Lib Tech line of boards is available at Shoreline at
Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe (259 Nevada State Route
207, Stateline, Nev., 888-877-7669).
Dragon
Lib Tech
Patagonia
Tahoe Moonshine
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Burtons products have been trusted for decades.
Its Mission binding is no diferent. With a cup-
like toe strap and reliable metal buckles, you can
expect these bindings to last a few seasons, even if your
board doesnt. Available at Burton in the Northstar Resort
Village. (3001 North Village Drive Suite 3110 Truckee,
Calif., 530-562-8014).
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Looking to get out in the backcountry this
season? Trusted by one of the worlds best
big mountain riders and North Shore local
Jeremy Jones, the Mountain Twin will provide
easy travel up and down those track-free lines.
Available at Porters Tahoe in Truckee (11391
Deerfeld Drive, Truckee, Calif., 530-587-1500).
9
Two years in the making, Further
documents big mountain rider and
North Shore local Jeremy Jones limit-
pushing snowboarding and mountaineering in
places like Japan, Norway, Alaska and, of course,
Californias Sierra Nevada. Watch it, be amazed
by it, but please dont try anything in this flm at
home. Available from tetongravity.com.
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Lokis transformer-like feeces and jackets are changing
outerwear as we know it. Each jacket comes with built in
mittens that fip over the end of each sleeve. Te design
retains body warmth and allows it to fow from the arms to the hands.
Along with the built-in face mask, this is exactly the kind of gear ninjas
would wear in the snow. Available at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings
Beach (8331 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 866-891-9177).
Burton Mission Binding
Further
Jones Mountain Twin
Split Snowboard
Loki Mountain Hoody
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Safety always comes frst in the backcountry. Anyone riding, skiing or hiking out
of bounds should be equipped with an avalanche beacon and other safety gear,
and know how to use it. Available at Te Backcountry in Truckee (11400 Donner
Pass Road, Truckee, Calif., 530-582-0909) and Sierra Ski and Cycle Works in South Lake
Tahoe (3430 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-7505).
Avalanche classes and beacon training are available in both the North and South Shore
through various organizations. Daily avalanche conditions are available through the
Sierra Avalanche Center at sierraavalanchecenter.org.
Dead Sea Minerals Bath Salts
11
Who said men dont take baths? Obviously, they never busted a triple-cork
rodeo of the Seven Sisters. After all those fips, er, tumbles, a muscle-soothing
bath might sound like a pretty manly idea. Add Dead Sea Minerals Bath Salts
to heal those victory wounds. Available at New Moon Natural Foods in Tahoe City (505
West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, Calif., 530-583-7426)
Backcountry Access DTS
Avalanche Beacon
Gear Guide
North Shore
Burton
Jones
Teton Gravity Research
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With the rising popularity in backcountry snowboarding and splitboards,
Gnu launched the woman-specifc B-Pro series. Packed with features like
Magne-Traction and reverse camber, getting rad in powder has never been
easier. Available at Shoreline of Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe (259 Nevada State
Route 207, Stateline, Nev., 888-877-7669).
3
Every skier and boarder is bound to have a few sore
spots after a day on the mountain. Passionfower
Organics Arnica Rub ofers soothing relief for the
bumps and bruises that come with every great snow story.
Available from South Lake Tahoes Gaialicious (987 Tallac
Ave., South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 530-542-4244).
Passionfower Herbals
Arnica Rub
electric eG2.5 Goggles
2
On those powdery days when the white stuf
is fying, what better and more stylish
pair of optics to protect your vision? You
cant hit the big booter if you cant see. Available
at Te Village Board Shop in South Lake Tahoe
(3552 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.,
530-541-4444).
Gnu Womens B-Pro C2 BTX
Split Snowboard
686 Original Cargo Pant
1
Lake Tahoes winters can be a ride on a
bucking weather bronco. If you cant
aford 15 diferent pairs of pants for
every condition, grab a pair that works well
all around. Te 686 Smart Cargo is a classic.
Te removable liner is useful when those dark
stormy dumps turn into sparkling spring sun.
Available at Kirkwood Mountain Sports (1501
Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, Calif.,
209-258-7423).
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To beat the cold, its best to layer
up properly. Too many bulky layers
can cause you to sweat, which then
freezes. Hot Chillys line of colorful prints
will keep you warm. Available at Great
Outdoor Clothing Co. in South Lake
Tahoe (1001 Heavenly Village Way, South
Lake Tahoe, Calif., 530-542-2859).
Hot Chillys Base
Layers
Gear Guide
South Shore
WOMenS
686
Electric 2011 James Cassimus
Gnu
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north Face Montana Mitt
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Only so many snowballs can be thrown without mittens. Te North Face
Montana mitt will go a long way in the cold. Te lengthy gators will keep snow
out in deep conditions while the soft overlay along the thumb is great for wiping
runny noses. Available at North Face at Northstar California (6001 North Village Drive,
Suite 6101, Truckee, Calif., 530-562-3663)
Patagonia Primo Jacket
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Road
a
Bumpy
Jake Hickman airs off a jump during the u.S.
Freestyle Selections in Steamboat, Colo., last
December. Days later, the Tahoe teen suffered
a spinal cord injury on a training run. Hes
looking to return to the sport this winter.
Photo: Kirk Paulsen
p E o p l E
TAHOE magazine 81
S
ix months to the day after his spine-wrenching crash at the U.S.
Freestyle Selections, Jake Hickmans skis hardly touched the snow
as he foated down the slopes at Mount Bachelor, an elated teen.
Te frst day back, I felt like the biggest gaper ever, said Hickman, joking
about the experience in Tahoe tourist terms. But then the second day
everything came back, and the third day I was skiing like 70 percent of
what I used to be. I felt really good.
Tat was June 2012.
A half-year earlier, the former J-2 National Champion, then 17, was riding
an emotional high that culminated with a pair of fourth-place fnishes at
the U.S. Freestyle Selections in Steamboat, Colo. Hickmans performance
the frst two days of competition likely earned him a World Cup start a
childhood dream for the still-rising star on the Squaw Valley Freestyle
Team.
On Day 3 of the event, however, that dream screeched to a halt with one
miscalculated launch.
He came into the bottom air and it was just a fuke thing he caught
his tip and got thrown backward a little bit, said Jakes father, Eric, who
witnessed the Dec. 23, 2011, accident. He was going to land on his neck
and he decided that that wasnt a good idea, so he threw a loop and
landed on his back instead. It was a good decision on his part, or else it
could have been a lot worse.
Hickman remembers it well the ill-fated takeof, his surprisingly
simple thought process in the air, the jarring impact and the frightening
aftermath.
I went of the jump and thought, Ah, this is dumb. And that was about
it. And then once I hit the ground I was like, Something is really wrong.
I just went numb right away. I couldnt move anything or feel anything,
and I just had to lay there, he said. Tat was the scariest part.
Hickman was rushed to a local hospital before being transported to
Denver Health Medical Center, where he underwent more than eight
hours of surgery to repair a T7-T8 spinal cord injury. He had sufered a
compression fracture and dislocated vertebrae, which caused a
By SyLAS WRIGHT
TAHOE MAGAZINE
Jake Hickman is shown at u.S. Freestyle Selections in Steamboat, Colo., where he suffered a spinal cord
injury during a training run. Photo: Kirk Paulsen
... CONTINuED ON NExT PAGE
A year after
suffering a
traumatic
spinal cord
injury,
standout
young Tahoe
moguls skier
JAke
HickmAn
is on the
road to recovery
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pinch to the spinal cord. Doctors inserted 10 screws and two 16-centimeter
rods into his back.
And yet, he was fortunate to escape in that good of shape, his father said:
It didnt break both sides of the vertebrae, or else it would have been
game over, a complete spinal cord injury.
Nevertheless, Hickman was down and out, and facing the reality of an
uncertain future. Not only might he not return to the sport he loved, he
might not ever walk again. Not to mention the nerve pain he felt in his
midsection from crushed nerve roots.
Tere defnitely was a panic that set in, said Hickmans longtime coach
Jimeel Ferris, director and head coach of the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team.
He had a broken back, so not only were you concerned about him never
skiing again, it was more about being able to be a kid, and walk again, and
even live. It was a sketchy situation there for awhile.
With an army of supporters rallying behind him, Hickman said keeping
a positive attitude in spite of his misfortune was not difcult. His parents
set up a Jake Hickman Rehab Facebook page where hundreds of friends
posted comments and stayed up to date on his status. Te Tahoe-based
High Fives Foundation also took Hickman under its wing as a Winter
Empowerment Fun Athlete, allowing people to donate money toward his
recovery.
It was never really a question of spirits, because I have such a great
support group with my family and all my friends, Hickman said. Tahoe
is such a good, tight-knit community, and that really helped. And I had so
many ski friends who were all super helpful. Tey knew kind of what I was
going through. Everyone has to deal with injuries in the ski community,
so it wasnt ever really a question about morale. It was just kind of like,
OK, Ive got to get through this.
Trough all the other injuries Ive had, you kind of learn to stay positive
and keep working toward it.
So thats what he did. Within fve days of the injury, Hickman was already
walking with assistance. He was soon transferred to Craig Hospital in
Denver, where he steadily progressed on a rigorous rehab regimen.
Skiing was not even on the radar until we started to get into his rehab.
Ferris said. Doctors were giving him some good prognosis, and then he
just fipped a switch and was like, Im going to come back, and Im going
to come back stronger than ever.
After seeing Hickman on the snow for the frst time since his accident, the
Squaw Valley coach did not doubt his words.
We were skiing on snow exactly six months to the day after his accident,
I just went numb right away.
I couldnt move anything or
feel anything, and I just had
to lay there. That was the
scariest part.
Jake Hickman
Jake Hickman airs off a jump during the
u.S. Freestyle Selections last December.
Photo: Kirk Paulsen
...FROM PREvIOuS PAGE
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Jake Hickman receives a fst bump in the starting gate at the u.S.
Freestyle Selections last December. The Tahoe teen suffered a
spinal cord injury during a training run at the event and is trying to
make a full recovery. Photo: Kirk Paulsen
and it was unbelievable. I sat there with a bunch of other coaches from
all over the country with our jaws on the ground, Ferris said, chuckling
at the memory. It was impressive.
Hickman, who is currently working out with Chris Cloyd from
Performance Training Center in Truckee, said he feels stronger than
ever following a summer of intense physical therapy, as well as a fall of
of-snow training at Woodward Tahoe on Donner Summit. Te nerve
pain above his belly button has almost completely subsided, while he
said his back feels solid, but really stif.
In August, he was cleared by doctors to compete in any sport at any
level, which for Hickman meant a green light to dive back into moguls
competition full bore.
Well see how it goes, but I feel pretty confdent about it, he said. Im
just kind of taking it step by step. I cant really say if Im going to be on
the U.S. Ski Team, I cant really say Im not. Its hard to say at this point. I
really dont know. Making the U.S. team is a huge goal for me, but I also
need to realize that it might not happen this season, because Ive gone
through a lot. I might just be training this season, working hard to get
back to where I was.
Ferris has little doubt that Hickman, whom he has coached since the
age of 10, can return to his past form, and even exceed it. He just isnt
sure when that will happen.
Its going to take a while. Moguls skiing is a gnarly sport; its an
aggressive sport, Ferris said. Youre jumping, youre fipping, youre
landing, and its very technical. Will he be able to come back? Yeah. But
its a mental sport as much as its a physical sport. Your mind has to be in
the right place if youre going to do double fips and all these tricks and
haul down a moguls run.
His body is already back, really. Its more about a mindset now. He
wants to, he has the physical conditioning to and he can. Its just a
matter of when they say, 3, 2, 1
When that times comes, Hickman said hell be ready.
Ive ran over it a million times in my head. Ive gone over it and over it
and over it, and I dont feel like theres any way I could do it again, he
said of the crash. So I feel like thats not really a huge scare for me or
fear issue as far as returning to competition goes. Tere are defnitely
going to be some things Im a little smarter about, but I feel like thats a
good thing for my skiing and for my body.
While Hickman remains confdent in his ability, watching him compete
will never be the same for at least one of his biggest fans his mother,
Sheila.
Oh, it scares me, she said of the thought. But we spent so much
time at Craig Rehab that it made me realize that people get spinal cord
injuries from tripping over a power cord or falling down stairs. And
these athletes are so well trained, I think it was just a freak accident like
anything else. But it does scare me and I dont know if I can watch him
on snow. So well see when he gets out there. I may just wait and see the
results and not watch him.
No matter whats in store for Hickman, the North Tahoe High School
senior said his skiing accident has given him a diferent, more refreshing
perspective on life.
And for that, he will forever be thankful for his fate.
Im a completely diferent person now, he said. Night and day. Its
kind of funny how before an injury you take everything for granted. And
now, every day, Im just so stoked to be able to chase my dream again
to go of a jump or go ski or do what I want, instead of being stuck in
a chair. Its defnitely a blessing.
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TAHOE PRO SKIERS ELySE SauGSTad
AND Cody TowNSENd ON WHAT
IT TAKES TO GO BIG, LOvE THE SPORT
AND SuRvIvE AN AvALANCHE
Elyse Saugstad and Cody Townsend pose for a shot in the Austrian mountains
before taking off down the slope. Photo: provided to Tahoe Magazine
Shredding
a t t h e t o p
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E
lyse Saugstad and Cody Townsend might be winter athletes, but
their seasons dont end when the snow stops falling.
Te professional big-mountain skiing husband-and-wife power
couple lives and rides in Squaw Valley, where they spend much of the
summer preparing for the upcoming winter and the demands the sport
will put on their bodies. Its a two-pronged approach to get ready for the
next season, Saugstad said. Tey combine a love of skiing with the dry-
land training hours in order to survive the professional ranks.
You have to be passionate about it. You cant get caught up in whos
being sponsored. Eventually, the hard work will pay of, Saugstad said.
Te other part that goes into it is that you have to treat it like any other
professional sport.
Tat means hitting the gym and hitting it often. Saugstad and Townsend
lift weights, do squats and leg presses, strengthen their cores and work on
balance fve to six days a week. Its not all about leg strength, but rather
about developing a well-rounded ftness routine, Townsend said. For the
skiers, serious quad exercises dont even come into play until the fall. And
it always still takes actual days on the mountain to fne-tune all the small
muscles.
No matter how hard you train, the frst day on the snow Im always sore
as heck, Townsend said.
Physical therapy and professional ftness training also give the athletes an
edge. Saugstad has taken bar classes at Michelle Rahlves Te Bar Efect, a
ftness center with ofces in Truckee and Tahoe City that uses a fxed bar
for a total-body workout.
She cited Woodward Tahoe, an action sports training and summer
camp facility at Boreal Mountain Resort, as a central component of her
upcoming fall training. Te 33,000-square-foot Tahoe facility opened in
June and boasts six Olympic-size trampolines, an indoor skatepark, three
foam pits and a tumbling track. Woodward Tahoe ofers programming for
skateboarders, BMXers, skiers, snowboarders and cheerleaders looking
to perfect their skills before hitting features on the feld, the park or the
mountain.
Te couple supplements the anaerobic indoor workouts with activities
like mountain biking, surfng, trail running and fshing. Te latter is really
more for the mental game, Saugstad admitted. Te mental aspect is just
about the largest component. And its something you can defnitely work
on, she said.
Big mountain skiing involves more than great thigh muscles and rock-
hard core strength. You also need to be willing to huck 100-foot clifs and
brave the occasional avalanche. Mental toughness and focus are just as
necessary as physical ftness.
Squaw valley resident and professional skier Cody Townsend impressed the home crowd in 2010 with his jump, which he landed cleanly near the bottom of Silverado.
... CONTINuED ON NExT PAGE
yOu CONSTANTLy
HAvE TO PuSH yOuRSELF.
ELySE SAuGSTAD

By AxIE NAvAS
TAHOE MAGAZINE
86 WinTEr 2012/2013
So how do you refne your mental game as you amp up your conditioning?
According to Saugstad, its all about testing your limits even on an easy
resort day.
You constantly have to push yourself. When Im skiing I always try and do
something that ups the fear factor. Doing clifs youve never done before,
or park jumps. (Te park jumps are) really out of my comfort zone, but it
really helps. Days that are really icy I ski really tight turns, she said.
SuRvIvAL ON THE EDGE
Saugstad needed every neuron of mental toughness on Feb. 19, 2012,
when she was caught in an avalanche that took three of her friends lives
at Stevens Pass.
For gnarly factor, thats as tough as it gets. Tat was a fun, free ski day. We
were skiing an area we could have skied blindfolded. You can get in over
your head when you least expect it, she said.
Tat morning, the group followed all the steps that would be outlined in a
backcountry avalanche safety class. Tey checked the avalanche forecast,
and assessed which route would be less avalanche-prone. Tey paired
up in buddy groups and decided they would hit the slope one by one to
expose fewer people to danger.
Saugstad was the second skier down the route. Shed stopped in a heavily-
forested safe zone and was waiting for her companions when the seventh
skier triggered the avalanche. Within seconds, she was caught up in the
snow and hurtling down the slope. She was wearing an ABS avalanche
safety backpack, which she activated as the deluge caught her.
Te avalanche felt very much like being in a washing machine, as I was
tossed and turned this way and that way, having at times no idea what
way was up or down, Saugstad wrote on her website, www.elysesaugstad.
com.
When she fnally came to a halt, she was completely cemented with only
her face and her arms above the snow. Within 10 minutes, one of her
companions dug her out. Te search started for the other skiers, all of
whom were scattered across the slope. One of the victims was found three
feet to the left of where Saugstad stopped, while another was buried about
300 feet down the hill. None of the three men who died wore an avalanche
backpack that day, a piece of gear that Saugstad credits with saving her
life. Since February, the packs, once only well known in Europe, have
become more popular in North America, she said.
Te avalanche I was in helped bring it to the forefront. Its a cultural thing
and now everyone sees it as a necessity, she said. If youre getting into
the big mountain, its good to have the education. If you dont understand
snowpack and the terrain, then the backpack wont work as well. You
have to know snowpack and what youre getting into. Teres a lot bigger
picture than just the glamour of an avalanche.
For Townsend, the February avalanche impressed upon him just how
serious big-mountain skiing can be.
Te closest call was with my wife. Tat brought it home more than
anything else. When your wife almost dies, or your friends almost die, you
realize how serious this is, he said.
THE DAILy STRESSES
While surviving an avalanche represents the extreme pole of big-mountain
skiing, there are numerous quotidian impacts for which athletes like
Saugstad and Townsend need to prepare. Chiropractor Adam Spindler
calls those daily stresses the unnatural forces that athletes put on their
bodies when they participate in impact sports from skiing to football to
motocross.
Professional big-mountain skier Elyse Saugstad shreds through deep
powder in a wooded glade. Photo: Cody Townsend
... FROM PREvIOuS PAGE
TAHOE magazine 87
Spindler, who also works as a healthy lifestyle coach and
personal trainer from his South Lake Tahoe clinic Sports
Performance Chiropractic and Fitness Nutrition, said
those forces can cause degenerative, arthritic problems
in the knees and the spine that age joints long before their
time.
It ages their spines. When I see their X-rays, Im always
kind of shocked, Spindler said. If youre a typical Bay
Area resident, this would start to hit you in your 40s and
50s. Because of the extremes we put our bodies through
in Tahoe, you might start to see this in your late 20s.
What happens is that the spine can become compressed
by the impacts caused by skiing, from jumping of a clif
to snaking through a feld of moguls. Vertebrae can even
fracture from the downward compression, a preventable
injury that often goes undiagnosed, Spindler said.
Te key is making sure your spine and joints are properly
aligned. Tat means engaging in functional conditioning
not your average workout, functional conditioning
trains movements rather than isolated muscles,
according to Robert Gotlins Sports Injuries Guidebook
plyometrics, agility training, yoga and other strength
and fexibility regimens. Deep tissue massage work to
mobilize muscles doesnt hurt either, Spindler said. Its
injury-prevention conditioning that can also improve an
athletes reaction time, he said.
He also said that while weight training can be OK, athletes
should avoid weight training machines at all costs. A
good rule of thumb: If the exercise doesnt work at least
two joint systems, dont do it. Flexibility is just as crucial
as strength building, and Spindler recommended split
squats with a stick to develop balance, strength and
symmetry all in one move.
To do the exercise, grab the top of a 4-foot stick above your
head and behind your back with your right hand. Take the
bottom of the stick, which should be perpendicular to the
ground and pressed against the base of your spine and
between your shoulder blades, with your left hand. Stand
up tall, drawing your belly button toward your spine, and
rest your head on the stick. Put your right leg forward and
step down into a lunge or spilt squat position. Dont let
your right knee extend beyond your right foot, and bend
your left leg until you feel your hip fexor stretch. Hold for
10 to 20 seconds, switch legs and repeat.
For Townsend, the total-body workouts and functional
conditioning he does in the preseason are all part of his
main goal health and ftness. Improved skiing comes
naturally with the healthier lifestyle, he said.
Its more of an overall thing. Youre working on being
strong physically. I work out a lot to be healthy, and that
helps me be a better skier overall, Townsend said.
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SPINES. WHEN
I SEE THEIR
x-RAyS,
IM ALWAyS
KIND OF
SHOCKED.
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Jason Smith witnessed this Sunday morning avalanche at
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backcountry
Y
oure sufocating in the dark and you cant move. Te snow
that had seemed so fufy moments before as you carved
wide S turns down the slope is cemented in your nose,
your eyes and your mouth. Your life depends on a small avalanche
transceiver if you decided to bring it and your companions
if you decided to ski with friends. If you ask Randall Osterhuber,
by this point the key mistakes have already been made and much
of what he would recommend when it comes to avalanche safety
is moot. For Osterhuber, director and treasurer of the Sierra
Avalanche Center, the key to surviving an avalanche is to never
get caught up in one.
My frst answer would be to get an education and a formal
outdoor backcountry class. Since the weather and snowpack
change constantly, you have to check the advisory daily,
Osterhuber said.
STEPS yOu NEED TO KNOW
IF yOu WANT TO COME OuT
OF AN AvALANCHE ALIvE
Survival
in the
By AxIE NAvAS
TAHOE MAGAZINE
... CONTINuED ON NExT PAGE
SAC publishes a daily avalanche advisory on its website, www.
sierraavalanchecenter.org, that covers the Central Sierra Nevada between
Yuba Pass on the north and Ebbetts Pass on the south. Te forecast
applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski boundaries and
describes general avalanche conditions.
Its important to monitor the advisory even when the snow pack is light.
In fact, dry winters can sometimes make for the worst avalanche seasons.
Last year, there were two avalanche fatalities in the Tahoe basin both
caused by an early, weak snowpack that gave way in March as snow
accumulated on top.
Te old, weak snow that had been reburied was the fault line. Dry winters
can breed especially weak grains within the snowpack, Osterhuber said.
To assess specifc conditions for where youre skiing, you need to know
what to look for. Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars and Expedition:
Kirkwood Avalanche Education both ofer backcountry classes in the
Tahoe area.
Te avalanche safety sessions can help you recognize dangerous
conditions like wet snow instabilities and storm and wind slabs, as well
as which routes are more avalanche-prone. Tey can also teach you basic
backcountry protocol, like skiing with a buddy and exposing only one
skier at a time to avalanche danger.
Tough Osterhuber said you cant rely on gear, there are three pieces
no skier should leave home without, according to the SAC website: an
avalanche transceiver, also known as an avalanche beacon, which emits
a signal that can guide rescuers to your body; a collapsible probe; and a
shovel. Tere are no guarantees when it comes to avalanches though,
and skiers must know how the gadgets work before heading into the
backcountry.
You cant have gear trump your knowledge of how to use it. You cant
look at this gear as protecting you from an avalanche. It wont keep you
from being killed. What it does is help with body retrieval. You cant
be fooled that just because youre wearing a transceiver that you have
immunity, Osterhuber said.
Avalanche backpacks such as the ABS TwinBag that deploys two airbags
when you pull a cord can save your life according to the ABS website,
97 percent of the 262 who have activated the air bag survived but are
geared more toward advanced skiers and cant replace a transceiver,
probe or shovel, Osterhuber said.
Te equipment takes a fair bit of knowledge. People are severely
traumatized even if they survive. Tey get really worked. Teyre done,
Osterhuber said.
If worse comes to worst and you do get caught in an avalanche,
Osterhuber had one word of advice: fght. If you can get your head above
the snow, it increases your chance of survival exponentially. Securing at
least some breathing space around your nose and mouth can also help,
even if your head is buried. By grabbing trees and working your way to
the top of the snow could mean the diference between life and death.
Te bottom line is that you have to fght for your life. At that point, the
mistakes have already been made, Osterhuber said.
PEOPLE ARE SEvERELy TRAuMATI ZED EvEN I F THEy SuRvI vE.
THEy GET REALLy WORKED. THEyRE DONE.
Randall Osterhuber
... FROM PREvIOuS PAGE
Mount Rose ski patroller John Talbot
explains to responders how a probe
line works to grid an avalanche area
and fnd victims buried underneath
the snow in January 2009.
Photo: Jen Schmidt
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By DyLAN SILvER
TAHOE MAGAZINE
Its like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking
and you dont know where youre going to end up the next
day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. Its like
a throw of the dice. Jim Morrison
For many, vacation is a time to kick back and toast to whatever comes to
mind. While thats a personal choice, lets remember that getting drunk
can inadvertently afect those around you. And at higher elevations, in
an exciting atmosphere, it can afect you diferently. Heres a few things
to keep in mind when youre dipping into Lake Tahoes many watering
holes.
1
Tough it is a common belief that elevation increases the
potency of alcoholic beverages, it actually does not afect your
bodys ability to metabolize alcohol. In other words, your blood-
alcohol content will be the same after one beer in the mountains as
will be at sea level. But because the air is thinner, elevation does afect
the bodys ability to absorb enough oxygen. Tis can cause somewhat
of a drunken feeling light-headedness, dizziness, and shortness
of breath. Combined with one, two or three too many drinks, things
might get a little hazy, or blacked out, real quick.
2
Teres a longstanding myth that alcohol helps warm the body
when its cold. Initially, a drink will dilate your blood vessels and
move them closer to the surface of the skin, ofering a temporary
feeling of warmth. But, according to the Discovery Channels trusty
Mythbusters, this wont help one stay warm over any period of time,
and it actually might make them colder. Because the veins move blood
outward, core body temperature the heat one needs to stay warm in,
say, the snow drops.
3
Bars in Nevada dont close at 2 a.m. Sometimes, they dont close
at all. Drinking in the Silver State can take endurance. Dont put
on the wobbly boot until youve donned your trousers, as the
saying goes. If youre going to start drinking on the California side and
move over to Nevada for the late hullabaloo, dont drink and drive.
4
According to Highaltitudelife.com, the Mayo Clinic and other
sources, elevation has been known to increase ones chances of
dehydration. Trough perspiration and the exhalation of water
vapor at high altitudes, the body can use up to twice as much moisture
as at sea level. Tat means you need more water to keep your body
functioning. And it means a heavy night of drinking, without substantial
hydration, can mean one elevated hangover.
5
Teres a distinction between possessing an open drink
(container) in public and being drunk in public. In Nevada,
having an open container is legal in some cities, but California
has a statewide law that bans open alcoholic beverages in public. Tat
doesnt mean youre allowed to wander the streets three sheets to the
wind on either side of the border. In both states, it is illegal to be drunk
in public and police closely watch behavior.
6
Drunk driving is never tolerated. If youre caught behind the
wheel and under the infuence, even if your blood alcohol level
is less than .08, you will be charged and spend the night in jail.
And on winter nights, those concrete foors are plenty cold. We want
everybody to have a good time, South Lake Tahoe Police Department
spokesman Lt. David Stevenson said. But know your limits and dont
drink and drive.
s p i r i t s
short vacations in Lake Tahoe are a fun chance to let loose, but a few
things need to be considered before swimming in the punch bowl.
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ccidents, trafc tickets, injuries: three ways to quickly ruin your winter weekend and freeze up
personal fnances.
Sgt. John Giovannini from the Placer County Sherifs Ofce branch in Tahoe City has seen it
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Giovannini outlines 10 pointers for visitors and locals alike to follow this and every winter.
Motori ng
the slippery slopes

Giovannini says many drivers are caught
running red lights when their tires lose traction
and they continue into an intersection. Tis is a
result of going too fast, he says, meaning drivers
need to slow down.
Just because you have four-wheel drive
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Giovannini says four-wheel drive tourists
unfamiliar with driving in snow occasionally
overestimate their vehicles ability to stop
and corner. He recommends allowing greater
distances between vehicles and, as always,
keeping it slow.
Giovannini says he remembers the tragic
incident when a man was crushed by a vehicle
as he lay just of the highway putting on chains
the type of accident he says is common.
Drivers need to pull well of the roadway to
avoid being hit, Giovannini says.
Bigger is not always better. Surprisingly,
Giovannini says its the big-tired, lifted trucks
and jeeps that encounter the most problems
in the snow. Tis, he says, is due to two factors
the idea they are invincible and that their
higher center of balance makes them prone to
rolling.
Traction equals control and control equals
safety, a reason why Giovannini recommends
those with pick ups make sure to weight their
rear tires. Locals, Giovannini says, use wet hay
bales to add heft.
If caught in a slide, unable to break, Giovannini
recommends steering your vehicle into the
closest berm of snow especially if youre
headed for an intersection.
Snow mounts on hoods, windshields and
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sure despite snow that your license plate is
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Some drivers, Giovannini says, are either
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When climbing a steep hill and unable to get
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ridge of the road where soft snow has collected.
Te textured surface is sometimes enough for
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Preparing for the worst, Giovannini says having
extra warm clothing, food and water in the
vehicle is a must. A medical kit and extra winter
windshield washer fuid are other musts as road
grime from melted snow can prevent visibility.

By JASON SHuEH
TAHOE MAGAZINE
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T a h o e s W i n T e r
STAKES ITS ClAIm
By Mark McLaughlin
Tahoe Magazine
TAHOE magazine 99
W
ith a stroke of his fountain pen 150 years ago, President Abra-
ham Lincoln unleashed the greatest engineering project in the
history of man. His approval of the 1862 Pacifc Railroad Act
was the frst in a series of Congressional legislative acts that mandated
the federal government provide funding to build a new railroad and tele-
graph line across the United States from the Missouri River to the Pacifc
Ocean. Despite the tragic distraction of the ongoing American Civil War,
the transportation and communication construction frenzy that followed
this law would fnally stitch the country together and relegate the iconic
canvas-covered pioneer wagon to a historic relic.
Central Pacifc Railroads construction enterprise commenced late in
1863, and immediately ran into fnancial, political and engineering prob-
lems. Beyond those issues, however, building a railroad over the Sierra
Nevada posed a major challenge to the men laying the rails, especially
during the heavy winters of 1867 and 1868, when work was being done
in the high country. Weather-related delays were critical since Central
Pacifc was in a race with the Union Pacifc Railroad to lay as much track
as fast as possible. CP was heading east while UP worked westward. Te
more miles of track each company threw down, the more money and
land grants they would earn from their government contracts.
By November 1866, CP tracklayers had pushed the railhead to Cisco, at
nearly 6,000 feet in elevation and 92 miles east from Sacramento, their
starting point. Te obdurate Sierran granite proved nearly impossible
to penetrate. Where a roadbed could not be built, a tunnel was chipped
and blasted out. At elevations between 6,000 and 7,000 feet, nine tunnels
were slowly excavated, totaling 5,158 feet in length. At Donner Summit,
Tunnel No. 6 was carved through 1,659 feet of solid granite. Despite the
constant digging and the use of 300 kegs of black powder daily, the rock
was so hard that the estimated 8,000 Chinese laborers drilling the Sum-
mit Tunnel could gain only about eight inches per day. In addition to the
risk of deadly explosions, workers outside endured blinding blizzards and
lethal avalanches. Two back-to-back big winters, 1867 and 1868, virtually
paralyzed the construction project as workers fought their way through
Donner Pass.
After three years of labor in the foothills, the railroad line had fnally
reached the heavy Sierra snowbelt, where winter construction became a
major challenge. Instead of tackling the Storm King head-on, plans were
made to complete the dozen or more tunnels underway, working 24 hours
per day. Due to the anticipated severity of the winter weather in the upper
elevations, railroad management ordered about 3,000 Chinese crewmen
and material ahead into the Truckee River Canyon to prepare the road
there. In December 1866, when snow buried the pass, laborers ft large
logs together to construct huge cargo sleds. Using these oversized tobog-
gans, they hauled one locomotive, car parts, iron rails and other supplies
down to Coburns Station (future site of Truckee). Tey had intended to
move more equipment, but it was decided to wait until winter was over in
case overwhelming snowfall caused a disastrous loss of equipment. Te
limited leapfrog strategy worked, however, as workers in the relatively
protected Truckee River Canyon managed to grade about 33 track miles
before they ran out of construction supplies.
Tere were 44 separate winter storms in 1867, nearly twice the normal
amount. One particularly potent low-pressure system in late February
1867 dropped 10 feet of snow in 13 days, and literally buried the work-
ers housing structures and all their equipment. Total accumulation on
Donner Pass that year exceeded 44 feet, which efectively shut down all
construction except for tunnel work. One avalanche wiped out an en-
tire Chinese work camp; when the bodies were discovered the following
spring, work tools were still clutched in their frozen hands. Later another
slide near Tunnel No. 9 swept 20 Chinese to their death. On April 13, the
Summit Valley snowpack near Donner Pass exceeded 15 feet on June 1
it was still 6 feet deep.
Teodore Judah, the engineer who had surveyed a realistic grade over the
Sierra, died before construction got underway, but the railroad followed
his blueprint for the project. Despite excellent engineering skills, Judah
had no real understanding of the great danger, power and frequency of
Sierra snowfall and avalanches. He had made observations and inter-
One particularly
pOtent lOw-pressure
system in late
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10 Feet OF snOw in 13
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standing in the way OF the First
transcOntinental railrOads
cOmpletiOn between san FranciscO
and the nebraska/iOwa bOrder
were the harsh tahOe winters
OF 1867 and 1868
[Top] Photo: Southern Pacifc Railroad Central Pacifc Railroad director Leland Stanford, wearing a frock
coat, stood upon this pilot plow at Cisco, Calif., during the winter of 1867. [Bottom] Photo: Nevada Historical
Society During the winters of 1867 & 1868, hundreds of men were employed, shoveling railroad tracks.
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viewed early pioneers, hunters, miners, and Native Americans and come
to the conclusion the maximum winter snow depth was about 13 feet. Ju-
dah fgured that plows and steady train trafc would keep snow problems
at a manageable level, but after the brutal winter of 1867, CP realized that
it needed a solution to this problem. Despite the immense cost, Central
Pacifc eventually constructed about 37 miles of wooden snowsheds and
galleries to protect the trains, track, stations and work buildings. Arthur
Brown, the companys supervisor for the shed construction, reported:
Although every known appliance was used to keep the road clear of
snow that winter of 1867, including the largest and best snow plows then
known, it was found impossible to keep it open over half the time and that
mostly by means of men and shovels, which required an army of men on
hand all the time at great expense. For decades after the sheds were built,
passengers and crew often described the dark passage over the Sierra as
railroading through a barn. But it worked.
Te winter of 1868 got of to a slow start with mild weather through No-
vember, a meteorological blessing that enabled track layers to reach Don-
ner Summit on Nov. 30, 1867. Tere was no time to celebrate, however,
as the Pacifc storm door kicked open in early December. By mid-month,
the snowpack was 5 feet deep on the summit. On the frst day of winter,
Dec. 21, a subtropical atmospheric river known as the Pineapple Ex-
press swamped Northern California. Rainfall at Nevada City that month
exceeded 40 inches. In the higher elevations where rain turned to snow,
roaring avalanches snapped trees three feet in diameter. Buildings in the
Sierra were buried to their second stories; frewood cut from treetops was
shoved down chimneys. In some communities, residents visited stores,
saloons and each other via tunnels dug underneath the snow. Cross-
country skiing or snowshoeing was the only means of travel in the snow-
bound regions. To remove the snow, laborers shoveled it into empty box-
cars; it was then shipped to Sacramento and dumped into the river. Since
the invention of the rotary snowplow was still 20 years in the future, track
clearing before 1888 relied on wedge-shaped bucker plows and hand-
shoveling.
Te harsh weather and tough working conditions generated a rare labor
strike by Chinese crews, but CP quickly capitulated and met its demands
for a 12-hour workday and a salary increase of $5 to $35 per month. Te
weather turned brutally cold in January but stayed dry, and then re-
mained eerily calm through February. Te workers dream for an early
spring was shattered, however, when the most powerful single storm of
the season buried Donner Pass with 10 feet of snow in a week. In early
March, eight Chinese were killed when a newly-built railroad shed col-
lapsed under the enormous load. On March 12, a Wells Fargo and Co.
agent reported: Bringing treasure through the snowbound Sierra in a
sleigh, the white mantle is said to be within two feet of the telegraph wires,
making it 22 feet deep on the level. When April fnally arrived, workers
discovered that some of the road cuts were flled with as much as 60 feet
of drifted snow compacted into a solid mass. Tese frozen blockades had
to be blasted out with explosives to clear the way for the opening of spring
work. By June 1868, ice and snow remained 12 feet deep in many places
along the tracks, but trains were running from Sacramento all the way to
Lakes Crossing (later renamed Reno).
Constructing a railroad 88 miles over the rugged Sierra between Newcas-
tle and Truckee had taken 11,000 men 38 months of backbreaking work.
In comparison, to complete the line from Truckee, east across the desert
to Promontory, Utah, a distance of 571 miles, took 5,000 men just one year
and 27 days. Te completion of the frst transcontinental railroad across
the United States in May 1869 fnally opened to the door to safe travel
from coast to coast. Te Iron Horse was a revolutionary transportation
technology; the frst to provide a comfortable passage over storm-bound
Donner Pass during winter months.
For the crews that completed the line over the Sierra Nevada 145 years
ago, their herculean efort not only connected the Golden State with the
rest of the nation, but the railroad also became a vital component in the
development of skiing and winter sports in the Truckee and Lake Tahoe
region.
Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is a nationally published
author and professional speaker. His award-winning books
are available at local stores or at www.thestormking.com.
You can reach him at mark@thestormking.com.
Check out his blog at www.tahoenuggets.com
the harsh weather and tOugh wOrking cOnditiOns generated
a rare labOr strike by chinese crews, but central paciFic quickly
capitulated and met their demands FOr a 12-hOur wOrkday and
a salary increase OF $5 tO $35 per mOnth.
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restaurants
around
Truckee/Tahoe
By SIMONE GRANDMAIN
TAHOE MAGAZINE
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WHy SHOuLD THE LOCALS HAvE ALL
THE FuN WITH THEIR SECRET,
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LOCAL EATERIES WORTH A LOOK.
1169 Ski run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
530-544-8130
For more information, visit nepheles.com
Can a restaurant really be a hidden gem when it
has been wowing patrons since 1977? Apparently
so, because while many of the faces here remain
familiar, the menu is always new, changing
seasonally and with the times. Te restaurants
Creative California Cuisine consist of fresh game
and food, including elk, ahi, grouper and Whatever
we can get our hands on! says owner Tim Halloran.
One item remaining available all year long the
Seafood Cheesecake. Tis house specialty is a blend
of smoked Gouda, rock shrimp, and Andouille
sausage served on a bread crumb crust and drizzled
with a fve pepper chili sauce. Oh wondering how
the restaurant got its name? Nephele was the Greek
goddess of epicurean delights. She pledged her
services preparing the fnest ambrosia for the gods
that spared her son, Jason, from being ofered up to
the higher gods upon his birth. So now you know.
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Photo: Crista Halloran
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3140 Emerald Bay road, Meyers
530-577-5132
For more information, visit
getawaycafetahoe.com
Tis charming and intimate establishment has gone
and invented a new genre in the world of food writers:
Alpine Comfort Cuisine. Sounds about right. And
youll be saying Alpine Comfort Cuisine the minute
you try Getaways fried chicken. Or maybe it will be the
coconut-crusted french toast. Better yet, probably the
meatloaf. Owner Diane Guth knows her way around a
kitchen and, as a Certifed Specialist of Wine, a vineyard.
Ninety-nine percent of the menu is freshly made and
the other 1 percent? Probably a nicely aged Merlot.
Tats a great ratio for good food and good times, all
just a few minutes drive from South Lake Tahoe in the
wonderful little community of Meyers.
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10825 Pioneer Trail road, Suite 103, Truckee
530-550-9516
For more information, visit
fullbellydelitruckee.com
When youre eating with a fork, all you do is
push the food around your plate, looking for
the perfect bite, says deli owner and sandwich
master Tom Marrin. We put it on bread and give
you 20 perfect bites. Tats the motivation behind
our sandwiches. Perhaps its more like 30 perfect
with emphasis on the word perfect bites,
because this place serves up a huge sandwich full
of favor and no fuf. As for motivation, owners
Tom Marrin and Eric Barton set out to open a deli
so spectacular people would drive from Tahoe to
Truckee to enjoy their wares. Tey have succeeded.
Just check out these specialty sandwiches, among
a slew of others: Te Dirka Dirka corned beef,
pastrami, pickles, yellow mustard, Swiss and
jalapeno coleslaw; the Cuban roasted pork
loin, black forest ham, pickles, Dijon mustard
and Swiss; and the Southwest Chicken, a pressed
sandwich with avocado, pepper jack cheese and
chipotle aioli on focaccia. Do yourself a favor and
pay a visit to Full Belly Deli, and dont forget to
pick up one of the sandwich club cards.
FuLL BELLy dELI
The eggs benedict is just one of many freshly made, delicious dishes at the Getaway Cafe in Meyers. Photo: Simone Grandmain
FBDs tri-tip sandwich includes dry rubbed tri-tip with
caramelized onions; blue cheese & spinach. Here its
served on the delis famous jalapeno cheddar bread.
Photo: Full Belly Deli
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2905 Lake Forest Blvd., Tahoe City
530-583-3324

Tis tucked-away North Lake Tahoe treasure specializing in Italian
cuisine has been family owned for more than 80 years. Yes 80 years.
Translation: Tey must be doing something right. Second translation:
Tey have had a lot of time to dial in house specialties such as the
homemade ravioli stufed with spinach and smothered in fabulous
tomato sauce; eggplant, veal and chicken Parmesan; and Mastaccioli,
which is penne pasta smothered in meat sauce and mozzarella, then
baked. Te decor is very warm, welcoming and flled with mouth
watering aromas classic old-world Italian. And with all that history,
one can almost bet the crew at Bachhis catered for Te Godfather
Part II flm crews who were on location nearby on Lake Tahoes West
Shore.
BaCCHIS INN
8515 Brook ave., Kings Beach
530-546-0313
Not meant for large parties (La Mex, as the locals call it,
seats about six) this hole-in-the-wall is a must-do stop
for anyone who likes Mexican food and cheap prices. Te
most expensive plate on the menu is the Camarones a la
Diablo (deviled shrimp prepared with chili de arbor and
served with rice, beans and tortillas) for $9.99 and many
la carte items go for about $2 or $3. Te favors here are
not homogenized to appeal to a Taco Beller, but are very
genuine, sharp and fresh. And whats even better is the
terrifc and authentic Mexican grocery store adjacent
to the restaurant, which ofers up fresh breads, spices
and fresh meats prepared by a very under-appreciated
butcher. Well, at least underappreciated until now.
Located just of the main path through town, youll want
to remember a visit to La Mex while in Tahoe.
La MExICaNa
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536 Emerald Bay road, South Lake Tahoe
530-542-1990
For more information, visit evanstahoe.com
Dont let this quaint white cabin exterior fool you. For more than 24
years, owners Evan and Candance Williams have been creating cuisine
that belongs in a white house the White House. Just to tease you
... two of the most popular items include the roasted venison with a
pinot noir demi glade; and the breast of conft leg of duck with a Grand
Marnier glace served with fruited Israeli cous cous. Tere are three
fresh fsh entrees each evening, all flleted and prepared by Chef Jimi
Lasquete, whos originally from Kauai. Evans also ofers homemade
pasta and gourmet pizza. Te menu is daunting, not so much in price,
but in that everything sounds so good because it is.
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Bacchis Inn, located in the Lake Forest section of Tahoe City,
has tons of Tahoe charm. Photo: Simone Grandmain
La Mexicana is located off the beaten path in Kings Beach but we guarantee youll
remember where its located after just one trip. Photo: Simone Grandmain
The panko
chicken breast
at Evans is to
die for.
Photo: Evans
American
Gourmet Cafe
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120 Country Club Drive Incline Village, NV
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Since 1991
Cuisine
Lunch Specials Daily
Seafood Specialties Live Maine Lobster
Dungeness Crab Vegetarian Dishes
Thai Dishes Combination Dinners Full Bar
Fine Chinese
"Voted Best Chinese Food!"
120 Country Club Drive, #62
Incline Village, NV, Across from Hyatt
Open Seven Days
Mon - Sat: 11:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Sun: Noon -10:00 p.m.
(775) 833-3663
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily
Happy Hour 7 Days A Week 3 - 6 pm
Customized Catering
(775) 833-1030
www.crosbyspub.com
Where the locals eat & play
IN CHRISTMAS TREE VILLAGE
868 TAHOE BOULEVARD
INCLINE VILLAGE, NV
Full breakfast menu served
7 Days a Week
Famous fresh squeezed juice
cocktails
New multi-play & multi
denomination poker machines
Eleven new HD Flat-Screen TVs
Every sports TV package you
can think of!
10046 donner Pass road, Truckee
530-582-1040
When a patron was asked to describe this fne-dining
establishments cuisine, his response was cutting-edge.
He was spot-on. Imagine a rack of elk with medallions of
100-year-old garlic (a Korean delicacy), garlic chips, black
mission fgs and arancini fried risotto. Te creations here
are honed, focused, complex and all signature. You will
rarely experience anything like it. When owners John and
Nina Weatherson decided to move west from New York, they
brought an amazing bounty of knowledge and skill with them,
creating a bote that is casual, but upscale. Most of the menu
is gluten free, a feat made achievable with the multicourse
serving menu which uses very little starch. Trokay is the
Paiute word meaning peaceful dialogue. But the word is
out loud and clear.
2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake
Tahoe 530-600-2220
For more information, visit
primositalianbistro.com
Winter is the season for comfort
food, and pasta is often one of the
frst things to come to mind. Primos
Italian Bistro has perfectly cooked
pasta made from scratch, from ravioli
and linguine to lasagna noodles and
casarecce, and topped with favorful
sauces. Te menu also features classics
such as eggplant Parmesan, calzones,
meatballs and homemade pizzas, all
served up in a cozy bistro setting. Te
staf is knowledgeable about the food
and ready to make recommendations
from the wine list. Service is prompt
and, before you know it, youll be
wiping the plate clean. After a day on
the slopes, Primos homemade pasta
will warm you up and fll your belly
and may leave you wanting more.
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Photo: Simone Grandmain
Enjoy tender slices of eggplant baked in a
favorful tomato sauce and topped with lots of
Parmesan cheese.
TroKay CaFE
Or try Primos homemade baked ravioli.
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red hut cafes
2723 LAKE TAHOE BLvD., SOuTH LAKE TAHOE, 530-541-9024
3660 LAKE TAHOE BLvD., SOuTH LAKE TAHOE, 530-544-1595
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Visitors to this family staple on Lake Tahoes South Shore who pair
a cup of cocoa with a wafe have the ultimate sweet on sweet
experience. Upgrade to the Gourmet Cocoa for Ghiradelli chocolate,
steamed milk, whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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Ofering three diferent hot chocolates, even the regular isnt regular
but instead goes the extra mile with whipped cream, sprinkles
and an animal cracker. Te Mexican cocoa has vanilla, nutmeg and
cinnamon undertones, and the Peppermint cocoa sports favored
crushed candy canes.
wagon traIn coffee shop
COMMERCIAL ROW, DOWNTOWN TRuCKEE, 530-587-7574
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Rich, creamy, and at just the right temperature, owner Siobhan Smart
often applies the famous mile-high whipped cream topping to the
signature hot chocolate drink at the Wagon Train, famously known
to open at 5 a.m. until we get tired. Te secret to the restaurants
perfectly whipped frothy recipe? Its all in the wrist, Smart says.
Smart, indeed.
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Were fun, family friendly, with a great view says manager Scott
Craig. Te restaurant also ofers a delicious aprs ski drinks as well,
a warm spinof of its world-famous Wet Woody the Warm Woody,
which has a generous helping of St. Brendans Irish Cream and,
therefore, is for adults only. Te restaurants three-story river rock
freplace, however, is a treat for any age group.
after a long day on the slopes, there are few things more comforting than sipping a delicious and savory
hot cocoa drink. Below are five picks as to where to get one of these frothy mugs of goodness from
our local restaurants all across the truckee/tahoe region. we hope you warm up to our suggestions.
austIns restaurant
20 COuNTRy CLuB DRIvE, INCLINE vILLAGE, 775-832-7778
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Who says hot chocolate is just for children? Te Chocolate Snowball at
Austins is warmed up with Bacardi, Coconut Rum, Creme de Cocoa
and Frangelico. But this family restaurant defnitely ofers a kiddie-
friendly version as well, an unleaded treat topped with a chocolate kiss
and whipped cream.
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TAHOE MAGAZINE
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Lets Toast to Winter!
one of the best things about winter sports is the chance to come
inside, pour a drink and sit by a fire and relax. here are some fun
recipes to impress your friends, soothe your sore muscles and help
bring a warm glow to the evening. Cheers!
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ofee drinks are highly
underrated in the alcoholic
beverage world. Its the
perfect combination: cafeine and
alcohol. Cofee drinks can give
you a little pep in the evening so
you can enjoy some of Tahoes
nightlife after a full day of skiing.
Or if you are scared of staying
awake all night, there are plenty of
other options.
nutty irishman
In a cofee mug add:
1 oz. Baileys
1 oz. Frangelico liqueur
Fill with hot cofee
Garnish with whipped cream
and nutmeg
irish coffee
In a cofee mug add:
1 oz. Baileys
1 oz. Irish whiskey
Fill with hot cofee
Garnish with whipped cream
mexican coffee
In a cofee mug add:
1 oz tequila
1 oz Kahlua
Fill with hot cofee
Garnish with whipped cream
Jamaican coffee
In a cofee mug add:
1 oz. light rum
1 oz. Tia Maria or Kahlua
Fill with hot cofee
Garnish with whipped cream
after dinner mint
In a cofee mug add:
1/2 oz. white creme de menthe
3/4 oz. peach liqueur
1/2 oz. vodka
Fill with hot chocolate
Garnish with whipped cream
hot buttered rum
In a cofee mug add:
2 oz. dark rum
1 tsp. brown sugar
Pinch of nutmeg
Fill with hot water
Garnish with a cinnamon stick
and small foating pat of butter
hot apple cider
In a cofee mug add:
1 oz. spiced rum
Fill with hot apple cider
Garnish with a cinnamon stick
hot spiced Wine
Combine all the ingredients in a
large saucepan, simmer for 13-15
minutes. Save some of the alcohol
by not letting it come to a boil.
Serve into cofee mugs.
1 bottle of red wine (merlot,
pinot noir, or burgundy)
3 tbsp. honey
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. ground cloves
1 piece (3-inch) of fresh ginger,
peeled and thinly sliced
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1/2 cup sugar
Garnish with a cinnamon stick
and a splash of brandy
spicy bloody marys
In a large pitcher, stir together
the tomato and orange juices,
Worchestershire sauce,
horseradish, lemon juice, hot
pepper sauce and celery salt.
Cover and refrigerate until well
chilled.
1 46 oz. can tomato juice
1 cup orange juice
3 tbsp. prepared horseradish
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. celery salt
To serve, fll large glasses with
ice. Pour 1 shot of vodka over
the ice. Add 1 cup of the tomato
mixture.
Garnish with freshly ground
pepper and a celery stick.
hot martini
1 oz. gin
1 oz. pepper vodka
dashes of extra dry vermouth
1 olive for garnish
1 small pickled pepper
1 large martini olive
1 cup ice cubes
Put the ice in a cocktail shaker
Add the gin and vodka to the ice
and shake lightly (5 to 8 shakes)
Add vermouth and shake again
Place a strainer over the shaker
and pour the mixture into a
chilled martini glass
Garnish with an olive and a
pickled pepper
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Heavenly Himmel Haus
Te restaurant, which means heaven house in German, was
named after its location at the bottom of Heavenly Mountain.
Te new restaurant not only ofers traditional food, but also
six beers on tap and a total of 30 original German and Belgian
beers, such as Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Hofbru
Mnchen. Himmel Haus is located at 3819 Saddle Road in
South Lake Tahoe across from Heavenlys California Lodge.
Visit www.himmelhaustahoe.com for more information.
Squaw Valley Le Chamois
A locals favorite and a classic aprs experience, Le Chamois
serves delicious pizza, ice cold beer, and is a friendly place to
hang out. Tis classic Squaw Valley locale, has been a stand-
ing tradition for many of the local skiers and snowboarders to
grab a drink and unwind after a full day on the slopes.
Le Chamois is the perfect place to share some beers with your
friends with and share a few laughs with some of the
Squaw Valley locals. For more information, please visit
www.squawchamois.com.
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PumPkin Cake
Cakes By GraCe
The smell of cinnamon and pumpkin is in the air, a safe sign that winter
has arrived at the lake. And what would winter be without a real pumpkin
pie? Pumpkin cake is a traditional sweet dessert, often baked during the
fall and early winter, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas as a real
native of North America.
One baker on the South Shore has a special way of baking and decorating
her version of the dessert. Grace Gore, who owns Cakes By Grace in
Stateline, Nev., decorates her cakes with pinecones and little ice crystals,
made out of chocolate to make it look like a real snowy winter day.
Gore said that pumpkin is definitely a comfort food with all the spices.
Its supposed to be a way to the mans heart, she said.

Thats why the dessert is perfect for the upcoming romantic wintertime.
Gore said that this cake is really quick to make and there is not much
science to it.
By SuSANNE HAALA
TAHOE MAGAZINE
Cozy winter temperatures have arrived at the lake, along
with the season for festive dinners and delightful desserts.
Sweet cakes, pastries and cookies are perfect for the time
of the year, and some bakers around the lake have disclosed
their secret recipes. TradiTional PumPkin Cake
4 eggs (beaten)
1 cup oil
2 cups canned pumpkin puree, nonspice
Mix with:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the cream cheese frosting:
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
2 cubes butter (room temperature)
Mix well and add:
1-1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
Add 1-2 tablespoons milk to reach desired consistency
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients for the batter
together and place in a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan or two 8-inch round pans.
Bake the cake for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Once the cake has cooled, decorate. Gore dips the edges of small
pinecones in melted white chocolate and places them on the cake after
the cream cheese frosting has been spread evenly over the cake.
Cakes By Grace is located on 152-B US Highway 50 in Stateline, Nev.
Wi nTer desserTs from
around The lake
PHOTOS: SuSANNE HAALA
TAHOE magazine 117
Dons ReD VelVet Cake
Cakes By The lake
The most traditional cake around Christmas or winter is still red velvet
cake. Don Ewing, owner and manager of Cakes by the Lake in South
Lake Tahoe, said that the red velvet is a chocolate cake created at the
Waldorf-Astoria in the 1920s.
The myth is that the red is developed from a chemical reaction between
the acid present in cocoa powder and an alkaline (usually baking soda)
which creates a slight red hue by bringing out the anthocyanin (red color
naturally present in cocoa), but just enough to give the cake a red color.
In days gone by, the deep red color that created the trademark red velvet
was brought on by the use of boiled beets used to retain moisture. Most
present-day recipes use rich chocolate cake and red food coloring. Red
velvet is often available in winter because, where light fruit dessert
equals summer, rich chocolate cake with cream-cheese filling and icing
makes for a heavy dessert often consumed in winter.
Baker Don did not shy away from giving out the famous recipe:
red VelVeT Cake
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.
Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining
liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
Place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir with wire whisk.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for
about a minute or until completely combined. Pour into cake pans and
then tap pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out
clean.
Cool for about 10 minutes, remove from pans and cool completely on
a wire rack. Cover in plastic wrap while the cakes cool. Cakes may be
wrapped and frozen until ready to use.
Cream Cheese frosTinG
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners sugar
Sift sugar and set aside.
Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each
addition.
Fill and frost cake.
Dons Cakes by the Lake is located in South Lake Tahoe on 661
Emerald Bay Road No. 1.
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Vanille kiPfeRl/sPitzbuben &
GeRman manDelhoeRnChen
ernies inTernaTional PasTries
With a lot of European charm and a sweet sense of humor, Ernies
International Pastries owners Ernie and Marika Feld spoil visitors and
locals with high-quality pastries that originate from all over Europe.
Since they opened the bakery in Incline Village in 1975, Ernie and his
wife have delivered and sold goodies and become well known for their
creative cookies.
Ernie is originally from Czech Republic and his wife is from Budapest,
Hungary. Over the years, the couple baked a variety of recipes, including
traditional Austrian Vanille Kipferl and Spitzbuben, also known as
raspberry roses and, of course, Mandelhoernchen, or Almond-Chocolate
Horseshoes, a traditional German almond cookie, which Europeans
typically bake around Christmastime.
ausTrian Vanille kiPferl and sPiTzBuBen (rasPBerry roses)
(Makes up to 100 pieces)
Ernie said to use the simple 1-2-3-rule for the dough:
1 pound sugar
2 pounds butter or margarine
3 pounds flour
Mixed with:
10 whole eggs
For the outside:
Powdered sugar
(Bittersweet chocolate)
(Raspberry) jam for Spitzbuben
Slowly knead to a smooth dough with all the ingredients, flatten the
dough, and make it one round piece, and put it on a plate in the fridge
for a maximum of two hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Take out the dough and form finger-long moon shapes and place them
on a tray two inches apart. Bake the Kipferl for up to 15 minutes, but
check after about 10 minutes; they are done if they have a rose pink
color. Let them cool off for a few minutes and roll them carefully in
powdered sugar. You can also cover the ends in bittersweet chocolate.
For the Spitzbuben:
Cut out rose shapes. Half of the forms will need a hole in the middle.
Bake them the same way as the Kipferl and let them cool off.
Scatter powdered sugar over the ones that have a hole. Cover each of the
bottom roses with raspberry jam and top with a roses that has a hole.
Important: Cover the roses first with powdered sugar so you can see the
jam.
German mandelhoernChen (almond ChoColaTe horseshoes)
1 pound powdered sugar
1 pound fine ground almonds or almond paste
Egg white
Slivered/sliced almonds
Mix the powdered sugar with the almonds in a medium bowl with a
hand mixer, adding egg white until the dough gets a softness that can be
compared to play dough, Ernie said.
If the dough is still too dry, keep adding egg white with a tablespoon
until the mixture is easily shapeable. Do not use more than 1 ounce of
egg white. Form the dough into one round piece and refrigerate for a
maximum of two hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form moon shapes and roll each piece
in the chopped almonds, making them into little logs that are between
5 and 6 inches long. Bake each sheet for 15-20 minutes. They are done
when they turn a beige color. Let them cool off and dip the ends in
melted bittersweet chocolate. They need three minutes in the freezer
to dry.
Ernies International Pastries is located at 120 Country Club Drive in
Incline Village.
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linzeR toRte
By Tahoe house Bakery & GourmeT
One of them comes from Tahoe City, and is the famous Linzer Torte,
baked at the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet. Despite the fact that this
pastry is named for the Austrian town of Linz, it is a common sight in
many a Swiss bakery. The Swiss love anything that will complement
afternoon coffee and a Linzer Torte is a great option.
I think of Linzer Torte as a holiday dessert because the smell of cloves
and cinnamon always make me think of Christmas and tree trimming,
said Barbara Vogt Melrose, baker and co-owner of Tahoe House Bakery
& Gourmet. We used to have this for a treat on Christmas morning
while opening our gifts. I still send them out to friends at the holidays.
linzer TorTe
(Makes one 9 inch tart)

1 1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 cups + 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
11 ounces grated almonds
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove powder
1 cup seedless raspberry marmalade (If you cant find seedless rasp-
berry jam, just pass the seeded jam through a fine mesh strainer.)
1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt

In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and
combine. Scrape down and add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon,
and clove. Mix. Add the almonds and mix only until combined. Do not
overmix.
Rest dough in the refrigerator for a least one hour. On a floured surface,
roll out dough to approximately 1/8-inch thick. Grease a 9-inch tart pan.
Line the pan with the rolled-out dough. Fit it into the pan and cut off
excess dough. Using the back of a large soup spoon, cover all but the
outside inch of the dough with raspberry jam. You will have a large circle
of jam surrounded by a ring of bare dough.

Roll out the remaining dough to 1/8-inch thick by about 8 inches wide.
Cut long, even, 1/4-inch strips with a pizza cutter. Place on top of the jam
approximately 1 inch apart, then alternate to make a lattice design. Roll
out the leftover dough scraps into a long even rope about the thickness
of your index finger. Place along the edge of the cake pan, making sure
that the ends meet. Using a fork, make a lined design on the rope while
flattening the border. Brush the egg mixture evenly over the entire torte.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes. Crust will be
golden brown and the jam will start to bubble when it is done.
This dessert will keep for up to two weeks if wrapped in plastic and
stored in a cool place.
Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet is located at 625 West Lake Blvd. in
Tahoe City.
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TAHOE MAGAZINE
C h a l l e n G e
T o T h e
A
nyone who has ever tried baking at high altitude
knows it can be tricky. Anytime I teach a class, I tell
my students, Its not your fault; blame it all on the
altitude, said Susan G. Purdy, author of Pie in the
Sky, a book about baking at high altitude.
Purdy went on a quest to fgure out how baking changes at higher
altitudes and the result was a book full of tips and tables to help
others make the things they love turn out right, regardless of
elevation. Its not just a one-size-fts-all thing, she said.
Barbara Melrose, owner of Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet in
Tahoe City, said fguring out the right combination is a process.
Its kind of an experimenting thing, she said. Everything
weve adapted, weve started with smaller batches.
For many bakers, adjusting recipes to high altitude is a labor of love.
Its a lot of hard work. Youve really got to enjoy what youre doing,
said Lee Dufresne, owner of Te Treat Box Bakery in Truckee.
For those struggling at home, here are a few tips to help your creations
turn out as well as you hope.
increase baking time and temperature Te higher you go,
the cooler the temperature at which water boils. At sea level, water
boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit; but it boils about one degree cooler
for every 500 feet you go. Many of the communities at Lake Tahoe are
between 5,500 feet and 6,500 feet. At 5,500 feet, water boils at 202.4
degrees F; 6,000 it boils at 201.5 degrees; and 6,500 at 200.6 degrees.
Because of this, when using cookbooks developed for use at sea level,
youll need to increase the baking temperature about 15 to 25 degrees
and increase the baking and cooking times.
add more four and egg whites Because air pressure is reduced,
surface tension on batters is reduced, which causes more evaporation.
When liquid evaporates from a cake batter, it leaves a higher
concentration of fat, sugar and four, which changes the chemical
balance and can cause things to collapse after baking. Add more
four and egg whites to strengthen proteins and reduce sugar, which
weakens protein in four. Baked goods need to be strong to hold up
while baking, otherwise theyll want to rise too much, then will crash
as they cool.
increase acidity Using buttermilk instead of regular milk will help
batter set more quickly during baking. To make buttermilk, put one
tablespoon of lemon juice into a one-cup measuring cup and fll it up
the rest of the way with milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.
reduce leavening agents Because there is less air pressure at
higher altitudes, baked goods rise quickly and can often collapse
when they cool. To compensate for the altitude, use less baking soda
and baking powder. At 5,000 feet, use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon less, and at
7,000 use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon less. Always punch down breads once or
twice more often at altitude and/or let rise overnight in the fridge and
bring it back to room temperature the next day before
continuing the recipe. Te more you let bread dough rise, the more
the favor develops.
use a tube pan Using a tube pan helps bring up the heat in the
middle of a cake or quick bread and will make it set much more
quickly. Always grease and four pans carefully at altitude, because
otherwise baked goods will stick to the pan.
never whip egg whites to stiff peaks When you whip egg whites,
youre putting air in them think of them as having tiny balloons
inside. Heat makes them grow, Purdy said. If theres so much air
that the little balloons are fully expanded then, when theyre in the
heat of the oven, theyll grow and then pop. Whipping them to stif
peaks means the balloons are fully expanded and wont have any
room to grow in the oven. Tey will burst and cause baked goods to
collapse. At attitude, do not whip whites to stif peaks; instead, whip
egg whites only until the top forms a soft, droopy peak when the
beater is lifted to allow room for expansion, which will keep baked
goods fully risen.
add more extract When you inhale, moisture carries droplets of
favor through to your palate. Increased elevation means favors are
perceived as weaker than they are at sea level because dry air prevents
you from smelling and tasting the way you might at sea level. Add
more extract and favoring such as fruit zest to help give baked goods
the favor you desire.
Tips from Susan G. Purdy, author of Pie in the Sky, published by William Morrow Cookbooks.
Pie in the Sky can be purchased at Amazon.com. For more information about baking at high altitude,
visit www.highaltitudebaking.com.
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entertainment & music
S
o, you woke up early, schlepped your gear to the hill, skied
some tasty snow, had the obligatory aprs-drink and are
sitting back home, too tired to get far from the warm glow
of the freplace? Perfect. Outside is defnitely the place to be at
Lake Tahoe, but sometimes like during a blizzard sitting
inside in front of the television isnt so bad. But that reality
doesnt mean you have to stop enjoying the lake and the sports
it ofers. Lake Tahoe and the quirky ski culture that surrounds it
have gotten plenty of screen time over the years. Here are some
movies that either feature Lake Tahoe or have ties to its most
well-known winter activities.
HOT DOG ... THE MOvIE (1984) Te gold standard
in campy 80s ski movies, Hot Dog ... Te Movie is a must-see
for anyone interested in the good ol days of skiing or at least
how they were portrayed by Hollywood. Filmed at Lake Tahoe,
primarily at Squaw Valley, Hot Dog includes a familiar theme
of likable, underdog dirt bags battling smug, well-heeled rich folk
for skiing supremacy. Te movie features quite a bit of on-hill
action, including versions of skiing that still make appearances
(Chinese downhills) and plenty that dont (Ski ballet). Te movie
is available on DVD and is also available for free online at http://
unofcialnetworks.com/hotdog/. Rated R.
FROZEN (2010) Tis campy horror fick has nothing to
do with Lake Tahoe, other than its ski resort setting. Much of
Frozen is laughably bad, but the group of friends stuck on
a chairlift after the resort closes plotline is well-conceived
enough to play on that nagging feeling in the back of chairlift
riders minds that wonders What if I get stuck up here? Te
answer: Wolves. Rated R.
MISERy (1990) Unlike Frozen, Misery is a legitimately
scary movie featuring Kathy Bates playing an obsessed fan of an
author she rescues, and then imprisons, following a car crash.
Were dealing with Stephen King here, so the mental anguish
grows as the movie progresses and the sledgehammer scene is
as hard to watch as ever. Te level of cabin fever in this fick can
make even the viewer claustrophobic. In other words, Misery
provides plenty of motivation to get out of the house. Te movie
includes shots from around the Lake Tahoe region. Where the
author in the movie, played by actor James Caan, crashes was
flmed at Donner Pass, near Tahoes North Shore. Rated R.
A vIEW TO KILL (1985) Actors to play James Bond:
Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Tom Sims, Timothy Dalton, Pierce
Brosnan. Wait. Tom Sims? Tats right, this Moore-era Bond
movie features recently deceased snowboarding pioneer Tom
Sims dropping a monster clif, skimming a pond and generally
showing all the squares how James Bond gets down on a
snowboard, all while being chased by three automatic weapon-
wielding skiers. Somewhere, some snowboarder (or skier) has
had this dream. Totally radical. Rated PG.
A GuIDE TO SOME OF LAKE
TAHOES CAMEOS AND SKIINGS
CAMPy CLASSICS
Winter
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E N T E R T A I N M E N T
By ADAM JENSEN
TAHOE MAGAZINE
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Movie screenshots from http://www.imdb.com.
Films produced by MGM, Columbia Pictures, A Bigger Boat,
universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures.
OuT COLD (2001) Out Cold may not be quite as beloved as the
Hot Dogs of the world, but this update to the ski comedy genre is worth
a look for a couple of decent snowboarding scenes and plenty of (mildly)
humorous comedic action. As for the plot? Character Stumpy sums up
the small town-meets-big development tension. I was there. Yeah, it
was called the 80s. Ford was President, Nixon was in the White House
and FDR was running this country into the ground. I was bummin in a
hole-in-a-wall town in what is now called Utah. Some fella from Colorado
shows up, starts making so-called improvements, right? Before we knew
what hit us, the streets are running with latte. Rated PG-13.
SKI PATROL (1990) An unheralded classic from the golden age
of eye-rolling ski ficks, Ski Patrol boasts a few highlights between the
standard-issue love story, including an out-of-control snowboarder
with a split personality, comedian George Lopezs frst acting credit as
explosives expert Eddie and the now familiar plotline of a much-beloved
ski resort threatened with purchase by corporate interests (see: Out
Cold). Still stuck in the early-90s, Ski Patrol has not been released on
DVD, but can be found online through services like Netfix. Rated PG.
DuMB AND DuMBER (1994) Tis classic buddy fick features
Jim Carrey and Jef Daniels taking a road trip to a little place called Aspen.
Tis comedy features relatively little skiing, but includes some awesome
dos and donts of the ski world, as in do take your skis of before walking
into the lodge, dont stick your tongue to the metal chairlift and do wear a
spandex ski racing suit whenever possible. Te movie also provides some
unforgettable slope-side quotations that just about any ski bum can relate
to. Case in point: I said, Do you love me? and she said, No, but thats a
really nice ski mask. Rated PG-13.
GODFATHER: PART II (1974) An all around classic and
possibility the best gangster movie ever made, Godfather: Part II
includes Lake Tahoe among its backdrops. Te winner of the 1975
Academy Award for best picture, the movie used Fleur de Lac, the historic
West Shore estate of Henry J. Kaiser, as a setting. Te private development
is still around, but not open to tours. Te estate is popular as a sight-seeing
stop on Lake Tahoe boat cruises as the weather warms up. Rated R. For a
taste of Lake Tahoes actual mafa history, check out Scott Lankfords book
Tahoe Beneath the Surface.
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A huge variety of live music & entertainment can easily be found all
around the lake and in Truckee ... heres some info to help you start
making plans for this winter.
music music
tahoe
Something for everyone!
Award-winning American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Jonny Lang will perform at Harrahs South Shore Room on Jan. 12.
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HARRAHS LAKE TAHOE
Harrahs South Shore Room, 15 Hwy. 50, Stateline. 775-588-6611
See the most current schedule and details at: southshoreroom.com
Harrahs South Shore Room tickets are available through Ticketmaster
outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and at the Box Offce located at the
entrance to the showroom. For Ticketmaster phone orders, please call
either 800-745-3000 or 866-448-7849. Tickets are also available via
www.southshoreroom.com.
Nov. 23 & 24 Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout
7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22
Dec. 8 Night Ranger 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $41.80

Dec. 15 Christmas with Aaron Neville 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44
Dec. 21 Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker Tickets: $77

Dec. 22 Asleep at the Wheel 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $36.30
Dec. 28 Robert Randolph & Te Family Band /
Karl Densons Tiny Universe 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $44
Jan, 5 Tainted Love 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 22
Jan. 12 Jonny Lang 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $61.60
CRySTAL BAy CASINO
14 State Route 28, Crystal Bay, 775-831-0521.
See the latest musical line-up at crystalbaycasino.com
Ticket prices & showtimes to be announced.
Dec. 14 Te Saddle Tramps
Dec. 16 Dragon Smoke: Ican Neville, Stanton
Moore, Eric Lindell and Robert Mercurio
Dec. 29 Jackie Greene Band & the Mother Hips

Dec. 30 Jackie Greene solo

Dec. 31 Jackie Greene Band

Jan. 4 Afrobeat
Jan. 5 New Monsoon

Jan. 11 Te Brothers Comatose
Jan. 31 Paul Torn
Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that have won nine Grammy Awards.
They will be entertaining audiences on Dec. 22 at Harrahs South Shore Room.
Folk and rock star Jackie Greene returns for the second straight year to play
three nights during New years Eve at the Crystal Bay Casino.
Country singer-songwriter Paul Thorn plays the Crystal Bay Casino Jan. 30.
Lake Tahoe Actions
2012 Band of the year the
Dead Winter Carpenters
play Americana rock with
a mighty mean fddle.
Look for them performing
throughout the winter at
various local venues.
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MONTBLEu CASINO RESORT
55 Hwy. 50, Stateline, 888-829-7630.
See the most current schedule at montbeuresort.com.
Nov. 17, 2012 Joan Jett and Te Blackhearts
Catch Rock n Roll legend Joan Jett live in concert with her band, The Black-
hearts. Joan Jett has an astonishing eight platinum and gold albums and
nine Top 40 singles over her career, including the classics, I Love Rock N
Roll,, Bad Reputation, and I Hate Myself For Loving You. Doors are
at 8:00pm, show begins at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $50 (not including taxes/
fees) and are available online at montbleuresort.com, Ticketmaster.com,
the MontBleu Box Offce, or by calling 1-888-829-7630. MontBleu Theatre
Nov. 23, 2012 Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas
Catch a live performance and DJ set by Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas in
the MontBleu Theatre! With pumping hits and mixes of todays hottest
music, the Theatre will transform into a massive dance club. Doors are
at 8:00pm, show begins at 9:00pm. Tickets are $29.50 (not including
taxes/fees) and are available online at montbleuresort.com, Ticketmas-
ter.com, the MontBleu Box Offce, or by calling 1-888-829-7630. In the
MontBleu Theatre.

Dec. 1, 2012 Winter Ignite w/ Heavenly
Dec. 15, 2012 Daniel Tosh
Wildly popular stand-up comedian and television host of the hit Comedy
Central video clip show, Tosh.O, Daniel Tosh returns to MontBleu with his
acclaimed act for a one night only show on December 15. Doors open at
8:00pm, show starts at 9:00pm. Tickets are $55 $75 (not including
taxes and fees). dult material (18+ show). MontBleu Theatre.
Dec. 21, 2012 End of the World Party
Were partying like theres no tomorrow! Come celebrate the Mayan cal-
endars End of the World at Opal Ultra Lounge and go out in style! Offer-
ing $1 Fireballs, Zombies & Armageddon drink specials, sexy Go-Go Danc-
ers, and an amazing costume party! Doors at 10:00 pm. In Opal Ultra
Lounge.
Dec. 28 31, 2012 Snowglobe After Parties
MontBleu Theatre
Dec. 31, 2012 New Years Eve Party
Ring in the New Year in style with one of the largest New Years Eve par-
ties in the Lake Tahoe Basin! Come dressed to impress with our sexy and
upscale Brazilian themed party featuring traditional caipirinha drinks.
For one great price, youll get access to all four party areas including Opal
Ultra Lounge, Blu Nightclub, the Grand Ballroom in the Convention Cen-
ter, and The Zone & Party Pit. Live music from Pop Fiction as well as DJs in
each of the locations will keep the party dancing all night. Tickets are $55
in advance, $75 the day of the party (not including taxes and fees). Tick-
ets are available online at montbleuresort.com, the MontBleu Box Offce,
or by calling 1-888-829-7630. In the Opal Ultra Lounge, Blu Nightclub,
Convention Center, and The Zone & Party Pit.
Mar. 17, 2013 St. Patricks Day Pool Party
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a St. Patricks Day themed pool party!
Onsen Spa & Nightclub.
Live music,
DJs, dancing
& more parties...
Pop Fiction
Its hard to imagine a more perfect vacation
than one at Harrahs or Harveys Lake Tahoe.
Picturesque mountains. Crystalline lakes. Lively
gaming. Exciting entertainment. Adventurous
outdoor diversions. When you take your vacation
to a higher level, you truly get it all. Well see you
at the top.
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tahoe
venues
Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar Enjoy free live acoustic
music on Thursday & Fridays starting at 7 p.m. in the comfy
Fireplace Room. 10142 Rue Hilltop, off Brockway Road,
Truckee. 530-587-5711. cottonwoodrestaurant.com
Crystal Bay Casino The Crown Room in the Crystal Bay
Casino is equipped with a state-of-the art sound system and
plasma video screens. The Red Room offers a more intimate
setting. Quality entertainment at an affordable price.
14 State Route 28, Crystal Bay, 775-831-0521. See the
latest music line-up at crystalbaycasino.com
Harrahs South Shore Room Headliner musicians
perform regularly throughout the year in this 750 seat show-
room. Theres not a bad seat in the house. Located inside
Harrahs Lake Tahoe, 15 Hwy 50, Stateline. 775-588-6611.
southshoreroom.com.
Harveys Cabo Wabo Cantina Enjoy some of the best
margaritas in the west and free live music in the lounge.
Located downstairs in Harveys Casino in Stateline.
harveystahoe.com
MontBleu Resort Casino On the main foor youll fnd
Del Soul restaurant with live music from top performers com-
bined with a fun dance setting. 55 Hwy 50, Stateline, 888-
829-7630. See the current schedule at montbeuresort.com.
Moodys Bistro, Bar & Beats Jazz inspired musicians
play regularly in this 50s style restaurant and bar featuring
Northern California cuisine. Located in the historic Truckee
Hotel. 10007 Bridge Street, Truckee, 530-587-8688. See the
full schedule at moodysbistro.com

Te Fresh Ketch Enjoy live jazz and easy listening music
in the lounge. 2435 Venice Drive in the Tahoe Keys Marina,
South Lake Tahoe, 530-541-5683. thefreshketch.com.
Pick up the free, weekly issue of lake tahoe action for the
most current listings of entertainment around the lake.
This is just a partial listing of many places to
see live music around the lake.
ILLuSIon FuSIon
For FAmILy
entertAInment
Illusion Fusion, the high-energy theatrical production show
starring magician Alex Ramon, has indefnitely extended its full
schedule of shows at Horizon Casino Resort.
The show runs six nights a weeks at 8 p.m., and is dark on Wednes-
days. Illusion Fusion features world-class magic, sleight-of-hand,
never-before-seen illusions and hilarious comedy.
The public has really embraced this show, and has given it spec-
tacular 5-Star reviews on sites like Yelp, and guests rave about it on
their comments to us, Corinna Osborne, the general manager of
Horizon Casino Resort, said. We are thrilled that the show is stay-
ing put indefnitely as we roll out plans to promote great packages
and promotions throughout the year.
We are thrilled by the overwhelming response of the show, said
co-producer Tony Clark. Alex Ramon is a true star, and we are
lucky to have him in Lake Tahoe sitting down with Illusion Fusion
for so long now.
Ramon has performed in front of millions around the world, per-
forming on four continents in 14 countries. Hes was the frst ma-
gician in history to star as the Magical Zingmaster for Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, The Greatest Show on Earth.
Alex also toured the globe as the star of Disney Live!
Illusion Fusion staring Alex Ramon runs nightly in the intimate
setting of the Golden Cabaret inside the Horizon Casino Resort.
Tickets are $24.95. Tickets are available online at www.ticketfy.
com, or by calling the Horizon at 775-588-6211. Become a Face-
book fan for prizes, contests and giveaways, www.facebook.com/Il-
lusionFusion.
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Nov. 23 Gingerbread Village Unveiling and Grand Tree
Lighting Ceremony, 5-8 p.m. View the Gingerbread Village
Unveiling and enjoy the Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring a
visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Mose-
ley and local skier Amie Engerbretson. Sleigh rides at the porte
cochere take place 4:30-8:30 p.m. and youth will skate to seasonal
music. Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic
Valley, 530-583-6615, www.magicalsquawcreek.com.
Nov. 24 Tahoe City Holiday Hop Kick-off Shop Local
2013 in Tahoe City at local businesses from 3-6 p.m. and enjoy
complimentary beverages, photos with Santa and more through-
out downtown Tahoe City, 530-583-3348, www.VisitTahoeCity.
com.
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Downtown Truckee
Holiday Festival
Nov. 30 The holidays come to life in Historic Downtown
Truckee as downtown lights up! Tree decorating by local
school children, holiday music, hot chocolate, candy
canes and of course, Santa Claus! Join the Downtown
Truckee Merchants and celebrate the spirit of the season.
Historic downtown Truckee, California Welcome Center,
Commercial Row, www.HistoricTruckee.com.
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Noel Nights
in the Village at Northstar
Dec. 6, 13 and 20 Guests of all ages are invited to
participate in the Noel Nights holiday tradition in the
Village at Northstar, 5-8 p.m. the first three Thursdays in
Dec. Enjoy smores by the fire, free ice skating, hot cocoa,
shopping specials, holiday carolers, photos with Santa and
more. Northstar California, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee,
1-800-GO-NORTH, www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12 Local School Performances
Join proud locals and parents for performances by students from
Glenshire Elementary, Truckee Elementary and Truckee High
School, 5-6 p.m., Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road,
Olympic Valley, 530-583-6115, www.magicalsquawcreek.com.
Nov. 29 Sierra Nevada College Annual Winter Concert
Donna Axton and Choir will host the annual SNC Winter Concert
at St. Patricks Episcopal Church beginning at 7 p.m. St. Patricks
Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, 775-831-1314,
www.sierranevada.edu.
Nov. 30 Holly Days Jubilee Town Tree Lighting, Heritage
Plaza, Tahoe City, www.visittahoecity.org.
Nov. 30 Writers in the Woods Series Kelle Groom, winner of
the Library Journal Best Memoir of 2011 for I Wore the Ocean in
the Shape of a Girl, will do a reading and presentation 7-9 p.m.
in TCES 139-141. Kelle is also serving as the Colleges Writer in
Residence 2012-13 and doing a Writing Workshop with a limited
audience. For information email jsaraceno@sierranevada.edu.
Tahoe Center Environmental Sciences, 291 County Club Drive,
Incline Village, 775-831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.
December
Dec. 1 Holidays Jubilee Photos with Santa, Heritage Plaza,
Tahoe City, www.visittahoecity.org.
Dec. 1 Breakfast with Santa & Craft Bazaar Join the
Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department, the Rotary Club of
Tahoe City, and of course, Santa in a morning full of food and
fun, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A pancake breakfast, crafts for the
kids, holiday shopping for the parents, gifts from Santa, and much
more will surely provide something for everyone. Craft vendors
will be on hand with lots of handmade crafts to help you kick off
the holiday shopping. Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland
Lane, Tahoe City, 530-583-3440, www.tcpud.org.
Dec. 1 Handmade Sierra Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts
Show Just in time for the holidays, Sierra College Tahoe Truckee
presents an emporium of handcrafted wares by local fine art-
ists and craftspeople at the Second Annual Handmade Holiday
event on campus, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sponsored by More Creative,
the Colleges Student Art Club, the festive event will include live
music, food, and a variety of artworks for sale in all price ranges.
For more information email ttcsierracollegeart@gmail.com. Sierra
College Tahoe Truckee, 11001 College Trail, Truckee, www.sierra-
college.edu/about-us/visit/tahoe-truckee/index.php.
Dec. 1 Sierra Nevada College Annual Winter Concert
Donna Axton and Choir will host the annual SNC Winter Concert
at St. Patricks Episcopal Church beginning at 7 p.m. St. Patricks
Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, 775-831-1314,
www.sierranevada.edu.
Dec. 7 First Fridays (First Friday each month) First Fridays is a
community event where locals and visitors alike are encouraged to
explore and discover Historic Downtown Truckee, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy
artist receptions, live music, demonstrations, shopping specials,
food and beverages and much more. Look for the First Fridays
flags! Historic downtown Truckee, www.HistoricTruckee.com.
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Learn to Ski & Board
Weekend at Various Resorts
Dec. 8-9 Learn more on the North Shore. First timers can
get a taste of the thrill of skiing or riding at their resort
of choice. This special program offers gear rental (skiing
or boarding), a group lesson and beginners lift ticket all
for $30 per day. Offer valid at: Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley,
Alpine Meadows, Granlibakken, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Boreal
Mountain Resort and Granlibakken Resort. Participating
resorts may change due to weather and mountain condi-
tions. For current conditions call your resort of choice,
530-581-6900, www.gotahoenorth.com.
December
Dec. 7 Sierra Nevada College Holiday Gala The SNC
Holiday Gala at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. See website for
ticket information or call Leroy Hardy at 775-881-7519. Hyatt
Regency Lake Tahoe, 111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, 775-
831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.
Dec. 8 Brunch with Santa The annual Brunch with Santa
features Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves as well as brunch, arts and
crafts, photos and lots of fun to kick off the holiday season for
children. This collaborative community event is presented by Tahoe
Family Solutions and IVGID. For tickets call 775-298-0004. The
Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, 775-298-0004, www.
Tahoefamily.org.
Dec. 8 Toys for Tots Crab Feed Join your friends and neigh-
bors to support Toys for Tots. Bring your new unwrapped toy and
enjoy the annual Rookies Crab Feed and support the community
collection for Toys for Tots. Event starts at 1 p.m. Rookies Sports
Bar, 930 Tahoe Blvd., Raleys Center, Incline Village, 775-831-9008.
Dec. 8-9 North Lake Tahoe Learn to Ski & Ride
Celebration Learn to ski and snowboard at Squaw Valley and
Alpine Meadows. Learn the basics and feel comfortable on the
slopes. Before you know it, youll be making turns and falling
in love with the sport. Sqauw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road,
Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/
events-calendar/north-lake-tahoe-learn-ski-ride.
Dec. 8-9 Sing Christmas Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus
of Sierra College Presents a choral event in the Alpine Ballroom
at Resort at Squaw Creek to usher in the season with classic car-
ols. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. and Dec. 9, 2 p.m., 400 Squaw Creek Road,
Olympic Valley, 530-583-6115, www.singttcc.org.
Dec. 9 Project MANA Can Drive Help collect food for the
holidays. Bring cans and dry food in exchange for a free trail pass
for the day. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, Northwoods
Boulevard, Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
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Torchlight Parade
Dec. 31 New Years Eve Fun event for intermediate
skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride
unassisted in the dark on the Race Course run. Come
early to secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks
will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade.
Sign-ups are from 4:30-5:45 p.m. with a chair loading
time at 6:15 p.m. Free. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area,
Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
December
Dec. 15 Jan. 1 Holidays at Squaw Celebrate the holidays
at Squaw Valley. Enjoy amazing conditions, Santa on the slopes,
festive cheer in The Village and much more. Look forward to skiing
and snowboarding with Chief Mountain Host, Jonny Moseley, grab
a hot chocolate and nestle up next to the fire pit while you listen
to carolers, and take the family to SnoVentures for snow tubing.
Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-
0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/holidays-
squaw.
Dec. 21 End of the World Party Celebrate the end of the
Mayan calendar, Squaw style in the Olympic House, 1960 Squaw
Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/
things-to-do/events-calendar/end-world-party.
Dec. 21-24 Holiday Festivities in the Village at
Northstar Enjoy live music in the Village each day! Santa will
be in a different Village location each day, noon-2:30 p.m. to
take pictures with kids, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 1-800-GO-
NORTH, www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Dec. 24-25 Christmas Dinner Signature restaurant,
Manzanita features a holiday-inspired menu in addition to the
French-inspired California cuisine of award-winning chef, Traci Des
Jardins. Advance reservations are required from 4:30-10 p.m. A
la carte menu. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, 13031 Ritz-Carlton
Highlands Court, Truckee, 530-562-3050, www.ritzcarlton.com/
laketahoe.
Dec. 21-25 Holiday Celebrations at Alpine Meadows
Enjoy the holidays with Alpine Meadows. Take a lap with Santa
on the slopes, listen to the festive music and experience the amaz-
ing conditions and overall holiday cheer at Alpine, 2600 Alpine
Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows, 800-403-0206, www.skialpine.
com.
Dec. 22 Northstars 40th Birthday Bash hosted by Shaun
White Celebrate Northstars 40th birthday at a party hosted by
Northstar team athlete, Shaun White, 5001 Northstar Drive,
Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH, www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast starts at 10 a.m., followed by a half day of skiing and
riding with Santa. The ski lifts will open at 11:30 a.m. Tahoe
Donner Downhill Ski Area, Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoe-
donner.com.
Dec. 27 Free Demo Day Test equipment from Salomon,
Fischer, Rossignol, Atomic and Madshus. Trail pass is required.
Demo equipment from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Ski Center, Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
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Dec. 31 Aprs Ski New Years Celebration Plan your new beginning at the
Alpine Bar this New Years Eve. This aprs party is the perfect way to jump-start the
countdown to midnight. Featuring festive cocktails and live music, the Aprs Ski New
Years party invites skiers and riders to celebrate a resolution, bid 2012 farewell, and ring
in 2013, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, 800-403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
Dec. 31 New Years Eve Fire & Ice Celebration Ring in the New Year with
your family and friends in the Village at Northstar! Enjoy live music, ice skating, roast-
ing smores by the fire and an amazing fireworks show at 9 p.m., 5001 Northstar Drive,
Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH, www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Dec. 31 New Years Eve Celebration Celebrate the new year at Squaw Valley
with a family-friendly East Coast midnight toast at High Camp. For 21 and older, check
out the Olympic House for a rockin party to celebrate new beginnings and welcome
2013 in style. Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206,
www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/new-years-eve-celebration.
Dec. 31 New Years Eve Celebration Ring in the New Year on this magical night
with a four-course prix fixe tasting menu with a bubbly toast, music, dancing and party
favors in Manzanita by acclaimed chef, Traci Des Jardins. Advance reservations are
required from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., $200 per person. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, 13031
Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, 530-562-3050, www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.
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January
Jan. 4-6 Burton Mountain Festival Northstar California,
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH, www.
NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Jan. 5 Alpenglow Backcountry Festival Renowned outdoor
adventure go-to shop, Alpenglow Sports, will partner with Alpine
Meadows to host on-snow telemark ski demo days. Those looking
to test-drive the latest gear free of charge can choose from brands
like Black Diamond, Atomic, K2, Garmont, Dynafit, Karhu, Crispi,
and more. The experts from Alpenglow Sports will be available to
offer tips and information on selecting the best equipment. Alpine
Meadows, 800-403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
Jan. 7 Learn to Ski and Ride Week Diamond Peak Ski Resort
kicks off Learn to Ski and Ride Week with specials for beginner
packages. This is always a favorite week for all ages interested in
learning skiing or snowboarding. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline
Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1177, www.diamondpeak.com.
Jan. 12-20 Olympic Heritage Celebration Week
Keeping the Flame Alive Please see Sierra State Parks
Foundation (www.sierraspf.org) and West Shore Association (www.
TahoeWSA.com) for Olympic Heritage Celebration details.
Jan. 13-18 US Revolution Tour Northstar California,
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH, www.
NorthstarCalifornia.com.
Jan. 19-27 National Safety Awareness Week Alpine
Meadows joins the National Ski Area Association in promoting
safety awareness throughout the resort. Remember to wear
your helmet, slather on sunscreen, and be knowledgeable about
avalanche awareness. Alpine Meadows, 800-403-0206, www.
skialpine.com.
Jan. 19-27 National Safety Awareness Week Join Squaw
Valley and the National Ski Areas Association during a week devot-
ed to mountain safety education. Remember to wear your helmet,
slather on sunscreen, and be knowledgeable about avalanche
awareness. Stay tuned for more details on events and programs.
Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley,
800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/
national-safety-awareness-week.
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Olympic Heritage
Celebration Week
Jan. 13-20 During the winter of 1960, athletes from
around the world came to Lake Tahoe to participate
in the Winter Olympic Games. The biathlon and
cross country events were held in what is now Sugar
Pine Point State Park. Join park staff, the West Shore
Business Association and the Sierra State Parks
Foundation as we celebrate our snow heritage with a
series of events designed to bring families and friends
together as we celebrate what makes our region so
special. This historic venture will come alive with the
Olympic spirit as the public is invited to join us for a
week of special events. Scheduled events will include
an all ages, beginners, modified biathlon event;
snowshoe hikes highlighting our Olympic heritage; and
Opening Ceremonies. A full list of events can be found
on the parks website, Sugar Pine Point State Park,
West Shore, Lake Tahoe, 530-525-3345,
www.parks.ca.gov, (Ed Zberg Sugar Pine Point State
Park), www.SierraSPF.org.
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Ice Bar Kick-of Party
Jan. 19 A unique spot to gather with friends and catch
a few Sierra rays, the Ice Bar is a party every day during
the ski season. The grand opening is Alpines way of
celebrating the Ice Bar, its inevitable snowball battles, live
on-snow music, and casual ambiance usually reserved for
the beach. Skiers and riders who migrate to the Ice Bar
(located at the base of the Sherwood Chair) can kick back
in a lounge chair with a cold beverage and barbecued
bratwurst, try their luck with the hula-hoop contest, or
dance to some great DJ beats. Alpine Meadows,
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Day is a nationwide event
that offers those new to
snow sports the chance to try
snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to
discover the great fitness and social benefits associated
with these winter activities. Included are equipment
demos, free snowshoe/cross country ski lessons, and
winter-related education as well as food and entertain-
ment. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, Truckee,
530-587-9484, www.tahoedonner.com/cross-country/.
January
Jan. 21 Skogsloppet A high school fundraiser 15K freestyle
event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m.
Pre-registration cost: Adults $25, juniors $18. Day of registration:
Adults $30, juniors $23. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center,
Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
Jan. 25 Full Moon Tour and Dinner Event Seating limited,
please call 530-587-9484 to make your reservation. Cost: Season
pass holder $15, public $20. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski
Center, Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
Jan. 25 Full Moon Snowshoe Hike Join the fun for the
full moon snowshoe hike to Snowflake Lodge for the entire
community. For ages 9 and above. Meet at Diamond Peak upper
parking lot at 5 p.m. Snowshoe up to Snowflake Lodge, enjoy the
view and the night. Food and beverages available for purchase
at the lodge. Must pre-register in order to participate. Diamond
Peak Ski Resort, Incline Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1310,
www.InclineRecreation.com.
Jan. 26, Feb. 24, March 30 Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes
Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes along Tahoes West Shore at Sugar Pine
Point State Park, $25 includes snowshoe rental, park entrance fee
and guided interpretive program. Children 12 and under are $10.
Proceeds benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Meet at 6:30
p.m. for an introduction, snowshoeing begins at 7 p.m. and lasts
1.5 hours. Reservations are required and can be made by calling
the program sponsor, West Shore Sports, at 530-525-9920.
February
Feb. 2 Butterbox Rail Jam, Northstar California,
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH,
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Feb. 8 Writers in the Woods Series Tracy Ross, award-win-
ning journalist and contributing editor at Backpacker Magazine
will do a reading and presentation from 7-9 p.m. in TCES 139/141
on the campus of Sierra Nevada College. Also a limited attendance
writing workshop is available by contacting jsaraceno@sierrane-
vada.edu. Sierra Nevada College, Tahoe Center for Environmental
Sciences, 291 County Club Drive, Incline Village, 775-831-1314,
www.sierranevada.edu.
Feb. 8 Ullr Fest The annual Diamond Peak Ski Team festival Ullr
Fest covers three fun-filled days of events. It kicks off with a torch-
light parade and live music. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline Way,
Incline Village, 775-832-1310, www.diamondpeak.com.
Feb. 9 Ullr Fest Festivities all day at Diamond Peak Ski Resort,
Incline Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1310, www.diamondpeak.
com.
Feb. 10 Chinese New Year Celebration The Chinese New
Year at Squaw Valley will celebrate the traditional Chinese Holiday
with a Dragon dance. Also known as Spring Festival, this is the
year of the snake and they are making it all happen at Squaw
Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206,
www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/chinese-new-year-
celebration.
Feb. 10 Pacos Valentines Race Event 15k Freestyle, regis-
tration begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Pre-registration
cost: Adults $25, juniors $18. Day of registration: Adults $30,
juniors $23. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, Truckee, 530-
587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
Feb. 10 Ullr Fest Closing ceremonies Diamond Peak Ski
Resort, Incline Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1310, www.diamond-
peak.com.
Feb. 12 Fat Tuesday Mardi Crawl Celebrate Fat Tuesday
with Squaw Valley and hop from bar to bar accompanied by a live
band, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206,
www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/mardi-crawl.
Feb. 14 Valentines Dinner Annual Valentines Dinner at
Snowflake Lodge, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline Way, Incline
Village, 775-832-1310, www.diamondpeak.com.
Feb. 14 St. Valentines Day Celebration Love is in the
air at Squaw Valley this Valentines Day. Grab your sweetheart or
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February
Feb. 2 Last Tracks This is the first Last Tracks of the season.
Last Tracks is held on Saturdays until the end of the season. This is
one of the most popular events so sells out fast. It features a trip
up to Snowflake Lodge for spectacular views along with wine tast-
ing and appetizers. Event ends at sunset when everyone skis, or
snowboards down a freshly groomed blue corduroy run. Space is
limited. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline Way, Incline Village, 775-
832-1177, www.diamondpeak.com.
Feb. 8 Father Daughter Dance Three years ago, the Father
Daughter Dance was spearheaded by a group of local moms who
wanted to celebrate the special bond between daughters and their
fathers. This event has amassed a loyal following. In 2012, more
than 350 guests enjoyed music by DJ Retro, crafts from the Tahoe
City Parks and Recreation Department, cake and snacks, activity
booths, a photo booth from Reno Photo Booth Company, and a
keepsake photo from Danielle Hankinson Photography. Crystal Bay
Club Casino, State Highway 28, Crystal Bay, 775-298-0010. www.
tahoesafealliance.org.
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meet a new beau throughout the loveliest day in February. Take
part in one of the many activities hosted by Squaw Valley. Meet
singles on KT, find the hidden heart bag all around the mountain,
and decorate cookies, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley,
800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/St.-
Valentine%27s-Day-Celebration.
Feb. 15 Soup and Chili Showdown Compete against local
culinary enthusiasts from all over North Lake Tahoe and Truckee in
this family friendly competition of best soup and chili. A variety of
categories will be awaiting first place winners. Dig out that ancient
family secret recipe and join in the challenge or come out to sam-
ple the best of the North Shore and Truckee. Rideout Community
Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, 530-583-3440, www.
tcpud.org.
Feb. 15-16 Writers in the Woods Series Laura
Wetherington, author of National Poetry Series winner A Map
Predetermined and Chance will host a reading and presentation,
7-9 p.m. at TCES Room 139/141. A writing workshop is also avail-
able by contacting jsaraceno@sierranevada.edu. Sierra Nevada
College, Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 County
Club Drive, Incline Village, 775-831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.
Childrens Glowstick
Parade and Carnival
Feb. 23 A kids version of the Torchlight
Parade with glow sticks for children 10 or
younger who can ski or ride unassisted in
the dark on the Snowbird run. Come early
to secure a spot in the parade and get glow
sticks by playing free carnival games. Music
and snacks will be provided in the bar area
prior to the parade. Sign-up and carnival
start at 4:30 p.m. with the parade starting
at 6:30 p.m. Free! Tahoe Donner Downhill
Ski Area, Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee,
530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
Feb. 15-23 Kid-O-Rama Squaw Valley comes alive this Feb.
with a week-long kids extravaganza. Big trucks, street parties,
balloon animals, skating parties and kids concerts are just a few
of the festivities for kids and families taking place during Squaw
Valleys Kid-O-Rama. From activities sure to entertain Squaw Valleys
littlest visitors to teen fun, Kid-O-Rama offers non-stop fun for kids
of all ages, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-
0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/Kid-O-Rama.
Feb. 16 Ice Bar Party Recognized as one of Tahoes most
unique spots to gather with friends and catch a few rays of the
Sierras famous winter sunshine, the Ice Bar is a party every day
during the ski season. Skiers and riders who migrate to the Ice
Bar (located at the base of the Sherwood Chair) can kick back in
a lounge chair with a cold beverage and barbecued bratwurst, try
their luck with the hula-hoop contest, or dance to some great DJ
beats. Alpine Meadows, 800-403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
Feb. 22 Snowshoe Hike Join the full moon snowshoe hike
to Snowflake Lodge for the entire community. For all ages 9
and above. Meet at Diamond Peak upper parking lot at 5 p.m.
Snowshoe up to Snowflake Lodge, enjoy the view and the night.
Food and beverages available for purchase at the lodge. Must pre-
register in order to participate. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Incline
Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1310, www.InclineRecreation.com.
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North Lake Tahoe
SnowFest!
March 1-10 Celebrating 32 years of family fun in
North Lake Tahoe. Since 1982, North Lake Tahoe
comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights,
jam packed with events and activities for all ages.
At North Tahoes numerous resorts and lakeside
neighborhoods, theres something for everyone.
Enjoy on-snow events at Squaw Valley, Alpine
Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-
at-Tahoe. Participate in special events, parades, races,
parties, concerts, theater. Theres plenty of wining
and dining at North Lake Tahoes fine restaurants and
lively establishments. Join in and celebrate the fun
and frolic of winter! Snow conditions in early
March are some of the best of the season.
For the full schedule of SnowFest! events visit
www.tahoesnowfestival.com.
February
Feb. 23 9th Annual Squaw Valley Prom Back for its ninth
year, the Squaw Valley Prom is hosted by the High Fives Non-Profit
Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting their amazing orga-
nization. This years theme will be MTV Spring Break 99, 1960
Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.
com/things-to-do/events-calendar/Squaw-Valley-Prom.
Feb. 24 Full Moon Snowshoe Hike California State Park
staff will lead a 1.5 hour full moon snowshoe hike along the
magical west shore at Sugar Pine Point State Park. The adventure
begins on the lake side of the park and explores the natural and
cultural history surrounding the 1903 Hellman-Ehrman Estate. For
those new to snowshoeing there will be a beginners clinic at 6:30
p.m. sponsored by West Shore Sports. The hike begins promptly
at 7 p.m. and costs $25 for adults and $10 for children under
12-years-old. The price includes park entrance and snowshoe
rentals. All proceeds from the tours support the Sierra State Parks
Foundation. Wear layered clothing and waterproof shoes. Space
is limited and reservations are required through West Shore Sports
at 530-525-9920. Sugar Pine Point State Park, West Shore, Lake
Tahoe, 530-525-3345, www.parks.ca.gov (Ed Zberg Sugar Pine
Point State Park), www.SierraSPF.org.
March
March 1 SnowFest! Opening Ceremonies Enjoy a spec-
tacular fireworks show and music late into the night during the
opening ceremony of SnowFest! Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley
Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-
do/events-calendar/SnowFest-Opening-Ceremonies-%26-Fireworks.
March 1 Mother Son Laser Tag Join other mother and
son combos from all around the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and
Truckee in this exciting evening of Laser Tag. Many other games
and activities as well as professional photographers and delicious
pizza! This event will definitely be one to remember. Rideout
Community Center, Tahoe City, 530-583-3440, www.tcpud.org.
March 2-3 Rahlves Banzai at Squaw Where ski cross is like
supercross on a manicured track, the Rahlves Banzai is like moto-
cross on the mountain. This rousing competition makes its way to
Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-
0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/Rahlve%27s-
Banzai-Tour.
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March 3 The Great Ski Race The Great Ski Race is the main
fund raising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team,
a nonprofit all-volunteer organization. Team members, along
with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race, which
continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the
Mississippi. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equip-
ment for the Team, and to support winter survival and avalanche
education programs sponsored and conducted by the Team. The
Great Ski Race has gone from 60 racers being manually timed in
1977, to more than 600 racers with electronic timing in 1985, to
more than 800 racers every year since 1999. In 2005 all records
were broken, with 1109 registered racers, 1029 finishers, and the
fastest mens and womens times yet. Visit www.thegreatskirace.
com.
March 3 Winter Beach Party Join us for some tropical fun,
live music, food and games. A great time for the whole fam-
ily that starts at 12 p.m. Free. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area,
Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedon-
ner.com.
March 7-10 The North Face Park & Pipe Open Series
Three-stop tour featuring ski slopestyle and halfpipe competitions.
The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series will dedicate one com-
petition day to halfpipe and two days to slopestyle. Judging will
be overall impression based on creativity, degree of difficulty, com-
binations, variations, style, and amplitude. Northstar California,
www.northstarattahoe.com/events.calendar.month.asp.
March 9-10 Rahlves Banzai Tour Sugar Bowl Resort
Silver Belt Banzai The ski and snowboard worlds most excit-
ing and unique race series on the planet. Rahlves Banzai repre-
sents all that is raw and natural, on a un-groomed, as-is course,
with athletes battling the elements of the day, not to mention
themselves and each other in front of a local audience with global
attention showcasing Tahoe. RBT promotes an active lifestyle and
a find out what you are made of attitude, www.rahlvesbanzai.
com.
March 16 Spring Music Series Begins The Alpine Spring
Music Series features live music every weekend throughout the
spring ski and snowboard season. Well-known bands play at the
Alpine Meadows sundeck, in the Last Chair Bar & Grill or at the Ice
Bar. All Spring Music Series concerts are free and family friendly,
2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows, 800-403-0206,
www.skialpine.com.
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March
March 16-17 St. Pattys Spring Party Weekend Its spring
break, and there is no better place to get your party on than at
Squaw Valley. Complete with tons of sun, plenty of snow and pool
parties the Spring Party Weekend is something that shouldnt be
missed. Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley,
800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/
spring-party-weekend.
March 17-23 US National Alpine Championships The
U.S. Championships are a culmination of the ski racing year which
brings together the U.S. Ski Team and hundreds of young athletes
from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association club programs from
across the country. Complete with opening ceremonies, parties
and world class racing. Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road,
Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com.
March 23 Underwater Egg Hunt Go to the Incline Village
Recreation Center pool at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 for
some underwater egg hunt fun. Some eggs will be weighted and
some will float. Every child gets a prize. Children can participate
in a series of hunts. The Big Bunny will also make an early appear-
ance! To volunteer or donate call 775-832-1310. Incline Village
Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village, 775-832-1310,
www.InclineRecreation.com.
March 23 200-ft. Banana Split Extravaganza Help devour
the incredible 200-foot banana split at 1:30 p.m. Free. Tahoe
Donner Downhill Ski Area, Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, 530-
587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
March 7-10 The North Face Park & Pipe Open Series
Ski Slopestyle and Superpipe competition. Competitors will receive
FIS points. Three-stop tour featuring ski slopestyle and halfpipe
competitions. The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series will dedi-
cate one competition day to halfpipe and two days to slopestyle.
Judging will be overall impression based on creativity, degree of
difficulty, combinations, variations, style, and amplitude. Northstar
California, 5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH,
www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
March 29 Writers in the Woods Series Laura McCollough,
author of four books of poetry will do a reading and presentation
from 7-9 p.m. at TCES Rooms 139/141. She will also host a writ-
ing workshop with limited seating available and for information on
the workshop contact jsaraceno@sierranevada.edu. Sierra Nevada
College, Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 County
Club Drive, Incline Village, 775-831-1314, www.sierranevada.edu.
March 29-30 Pain McShlonkey Classic A tribute to the
legend Shane McConkey, this is a weekend where stars from
the ski industry converge on Squaw to pay homage to the man.
Friday includes a private gala and fundraiser, with Saturday host-
ing a small mountain competition on snowlerblades and an
old school no holds barred race to the bottom of the mountain.
Oh yeah, and then there is the party that evening held in Squaw
Valley Conference Center, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic
Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calen-
dar/Pain-McShlonkey.
March 30 Full Moon Snowshoe Hike California State
Park staff will lead a 1.5 hour full moon snowshoe hike along the
magical west shore at Sugar Pine Point State Park. The adventure
begins on the lake side of the park and explores the natural and
cultural history surrounding the 1903 Hellman-Ehrman Estate. For
those new to snowshoeing there will be a beginners clinic at 6:30
p.m. sponsored by West Shore Sports. The hike begins promptly
at 7 p.m. and costs $25 for adults and $10 for children under
12-years-old. Price includes park entrance and snowshoe rentals.
Wear layered clothing and waterproof shoes. Space is limited and
reservations are required through West Shore Sports at 530-525-
9920. Sugar Pine Point State Park, West Shore, Lake Tahoe, 530-
525-3345,www.parks.ca.gov (Ed Zberg Sugar Pine Point State
Park), www.SierraSPF.org.
March 30 Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg
Hunt Grab your basket and join the fun, 11 a.m. at Incline
Beach. Do not arrive late it is over in one minute. Arrive at
10:30 a.m. to have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny. This
event is for ages infant to 11-years-old. To volunteer or donate to
this event call 775-832-1310. Incline Beach, 967 Lakeshore Blvd.,
Incline Village, 775-832-1310, www.InclineRecreation.com.
March 31 Easter Egg Mile Run Hunt The Easter Bunny
left some eggs behind on Tahoe Donners longest run. Meet at the
top of Eagle Rock at 1:30 p.m. and help find the bunnys eggs.
You might get lucky and find a special golden egg. Free. Tahoe
Donner Downhill Ski Area, Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, 530-
587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
March 31 All-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt & Kids
Easter Egg Hunt Make room in that Easter basket to fit a
season pass to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Guests will have the
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Spring Eggstravaganza
& Egg Hunt
March 30 Join hundreds of other families in a free
egg hunt at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. The egg
hunt will kick off a morning of fun including games,
face paint, balloon animals and much more. The Easter
Bunny will be on hand for photo opportunities as well,
Tahoe City, 530-583-3440, www.tcpud.org.
chance to comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a
Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds
of eggs will be hidden across all of Alpines 2,400 acres, but only
one will be gold. Arrive early, as this all-day hunt will commence
when the lifts start moving at 9 a.m. Ski school will host another
annual favorite: The Childrens Easter Egg Hunt with plenty of
Easter candy for all. Visit www.SkiAlpine.com for details. Alpine
Meadows, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows, 800-
403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
March 31 Annual Beacon & Eggs Beacon Search
Contest Combine an Easter egg hunt with an avalanche beacon
search practice session, and the result is the Beacon & Eggs bea-
con search contest at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Avalanche bea-
cons will be buried in a one-acre area in at Alpine Meadows and
competitors will proceed to the buried backpack using their bea-
cons in search mode. Competitors work individually or in teams
(up to four people), sharing the prizes for recovering the beacon.
Competitors redeem a found beacon for prizes from Porters
Tahoe, The Backcountry, Alpenglow, and Mountain Hardware,
Cosmos Custom Footwerks, and the Truckee Sports Exchange. The
individual winner of the Alpine Meadows Beacon & Eggs contest
will win a Bronze Season Pass.
Free registration is at the Beacon & Eggs tent near the top of
Subway Chair Lift, 9-11 a.m. The Le Mans-style start is at noon
near the top of the Subway beginner lift, adjacent to the base
lodge. Competitors must provide their own beacons, probes, and
shovels. Alpine Meadows, 800-403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
March 31 Easter Celebration Celebrate the Easter Holiday at
Squaw with a mountain top service in the morning followed by an
Easter Egg hunt on the mountain. Catch the Easter Bunny in The
Village hopping around with delicious delights, 1960 Squaw Valley
Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-
do/events-calendar/on-mountain-easter-egg-hunt.
April
April 4-9 Northstar California Film & Music Festival
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, 1-800-GO-NORTH, www.
NorthstarCalifornia.com
April 6 Red Bull Schlittentag Schlittentag is the German
word for sledding day. Put simply, it translates as daredevils
willing to propel themselves down a snow-covered hill and over
a jump on a sled they built themselves. Three-person teams will
stretch their imagination to build the wildest, fastest sled this side
of the Alps. One will be the pilot and the two others will help give
their sled the push it needs to win the race and the fame and for-
tune that follows, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Alpine Meadows,
800-403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
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April
April 11 & 13 Sierra Nevada College Spring Concert
Donna Axton and Choir present the SNC Spring Concert at
St. Patricks Episcopal Church beginning at 7 p.m. St. Patricks
Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, 775-831-1314,
www.sierranevada.edu.
April 13 30th Anniversary Snow Golf Tournament As
the only top-to-bottom snow golf course, this spring event is a
unique way to spend a day on the slopes. The nine-hole course
starts at the top of Summit Express chair and meanders its way
down the mountain with the last holes bringing competitors back
to the bottom of Alpine Bowl Chair. Winners receive prizes includ-
ing gift certificates, Alpine Meadows swag, and more. Golf tour-
nament registration is free at the top of Summit Express, Alpine
Meadows, 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, 800-403-0206, www.
skialpine.com.
April 13-14 Snowbash A weekend of parties and fun, all
to celebrate the mountains we love, Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw
Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-0206, www.squaw.com/
things-to-do/events-calendar/snowbash-at-squaw.
April 20 Tahoe Truckee Earthday Celebration This
all-ages, community sponsored event gives participants an oppor-
tunity to learn about recycling/composting, alternative energy,
sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological
footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-
friendly vendors. Live music, a trashion show and environmental
fun at the largest eco-event in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.
Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, 800-403-
0206, www.squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/north-tahoe-
truckee-earth-day-celebration.
April 20 TRAINS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard
Competition put on by High Fives A great spectator
event, Trains affords locals and visitors alike the opportunity to wit-
ness world class skiing and snowboarding at one of the most stun-
ning locales in the Lake Tahoe basin. Alpine Meadows and Snow
Park Technologies roll out all the stops with an amazing slopestyle
course and spectator venue. A unique format will showcase the
talents of 30 competitors vying for top honors and the chance
to donate more than $5,000 to selected charities, 2600 Alpine
Meadows Road, 800-403-0206, www.skialpine.com.
May
May 5 Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting
Presented by the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe More than
$50,000 in goods and services will be offered along with premium
wines and sumptuous appetizers, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Look for vaca-
tions to exotic places, golf and dining packages, home mainte-
nance services, clothing, jewelry and accessories. All proceeds ben-
efit local youth and social service programs. Dress is Tahoe casual
with spring flair. Sunnyside Resort, 1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe
City, www.kiwanisnlt.org.
Downhill Dummy Contest
and Rail Jam
April 14 Join the annual end of season bash! Enjoy
food and beverage specials, bounce house, live music,
plus the popular Boxing Match Rail Jam and traditional
Downhill Dummy event. Teams build unique dummies
to send sliding down the hill and off a massive jump.
This years theme is Places around the World. Prizes
will be awarded for best design, best air and best crash.
You can also get full-day lift tickets at half-day rates.
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Northwoods Boulevard,
Truckee, 530-587-9400, www.tahoedonner.com.
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he Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers and Sugar Bowl
Resort have signed an agreement to return
a sled dog race to the Truckee/North Lake
Tahoe region after a 16-year hiatus.
Sugar Bowl Resort will host the Jack London
Commemorative Sierra Sled Dog Derby on the 3,000-
acre property of the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski
Resort on March 2-3, 2013.
Te race will be conducted by the Sierra Nevada
Dog Drivers, a nonproft California corporation,
under rules and the animal welfare policy of the
International Sled Dog Racing Association.
Sled dog teams in classes of from three to eight dogs
will depart the starting line in Soda Springs and run
to the Village at Sugar Bowl Resort and return.
Te Sled Dog Derby highlights the areas heritage
and races that were centerpieces of Winter Carnivals
in the early 1900s. Te frst sled dog race in the lower
48 was held in Truckee in 1915 and was attended by
Jack London. Sled dogs contributed to early regional
development being relied upon for transportation,
work chores, law enforcement and search and
rescue.
Completion of Interstate 80 brought growth to the
area. In the 1960s local mushers, led by Truckee
resident Bob Levorsen, formed the Sierra Nevada
Dog Drivers and held races at Hobart Mills. Te
Truckee Lions Club initiated races at the Truckee
Tahoe Airport in 1979. Tese annual races were
successful in drawing mushers from western states
and in attracting spectators. However, chronically
poor snow cover at the site forced many races to be
canceled and the last was held in 1997.
Race proceeds will beneft local animal welfare
organizations. Volunteers and nonproft service
organizations interested in participating in the race
should contact Preston Springston, pspringston@
hughes.net.
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after 16 years, sled dog races
return to the truckee/north lake
tahoe region
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in a six-dog sprint class race in
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Nov. 29-30 Warren Miller Flow State Film Catch War-
ren Millers newest flm, Flow State, at the MontBleu Theatre.
The flm showcases amazing locations and top skiers from around
the world. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the MontBleu Box Offce. MontBleu Theatre,
55 Highway 50, Lake Tahoe, Nev. 1-888-829-7630 or www.mont-
bleuresort.com
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Festival of Trees and Lights Multi-day,
family-oriented festival. Senior Stroll, 10-11 a.m., public viewing 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 29; public viewing 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., family
night 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 30; Teddy Bear Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.,
public viewing 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Gala, 5:30 p.m. to midnight,
Dec. 1; public viewing 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Movie Night The
Polar Express 3 p.m., Dec. 2. Sponsored by the Barton Founda-
tion to beneft the Barton Community Clinic. All proceeds beneft
Barton Healths Emergency Department Level III Trauma Center
Initiative. Call 530-543-5614 or visit www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.
org.
Winter Ignite
Dec. 1-9 Heavenlys annual ski season kickoff.
Aprs Ski Party, 3:30-5:30 p.m., half-price drinks,
food specials, live disc jockey, go-go dancing
Heavenly Angels and giveaways, Tamarack
Lodge, at the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort,
South Lake Tahoe. Warren Miller Film Premiere,
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; Heavenly After Party at Opal
Lounge, 10 p.m.; MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa,
55 Highway 50, Stateline, Nev. 1-800-648-3353.
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Dec. 8 Featuring the best adventure sports flms of
the year and the best talent in the action sports world.
The festival will showcase the top 10 submissions from
every corner of the Action Sports World in 10-12 min-
ute clip or segments which will premiere at the festival.
There will also be a raffe sponsored by TAFF and Sierra
Avalanche Center with prizes such as heli-ski trips, cat-
skiing trips, awesome gear and swag. Doors open at
6:30 p.m., begins at 7 p.m. at MontBleu Casino Resort
& Spa, 55 Highway 50, Stateline, Nev. Tickets are avail-
able at the MontBleu Box Offce. For information and
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Music Festival
Dec. 29-31 Multiple stages
will feature musicians and live
music. This years lineup features
Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa,
Chromeo Live, Beats Antique,
Big Gigantic, Laidback Luke,
MiMOSA, Madeon, Gramatik
and Polica. Held at Lake Tahoe
Community College,1 College
Drive, South Lake Tahoe.
For more information, visit
www.snowglobemusicfestival.
com.
December
Dec. 2 Kirkwood TenK A 10K race open to all levels of ski
ability. Course consists of two laps around the Kirkwood Meadow
loop at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows
Drive. For information, call 209-258-7248 or visit www.winter.
kirkwood.com.
Dec. 8 Breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m., Kahle Community
Center, 36 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline. Enjoy a pancake breakfast
and have your picture taken with Santa. $2 For ages 3-6. Call 775-
586-7271.
Dec. 13 Phone call from Santa 4:30-6:30 p.m. For ages 3-6.
Register starting Dec. 1 at Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury
Grade, Stateline. Free. Call 775-586-7271.
Dec. 15-31 Holidays at Heavenly Village Experience a
holiday winter wonderland with lights, decorations, carolers, magi-
cians, jugglers, live ice sculpture making, and a Ripperoo Parade.
Events culminate in a New Years Bash on Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. Call
775-586-7000 or visit www.skiheavenly.com.
Dec. 21 End of the World Party Were partying like theres
no tomorrow! Come celebrate the Mayan calendars End of the
World at Opal Ultra Lounge and go out in style! Offering drink spe-
cials, go-go dancers, and a costume party. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Opal Ultra Lounge, 55 Highway 50, Lake Tahoe, Nev., 1-888-829-
7630 or www.montbleuresort.com
Dec. 29-30 Holiday Festivities Bring your friends and family
to the hill and join in on the holiday fun as we ring in the New Year
with games, fun crafts and activities at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Base
Lodge, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges. For information,
call 530-659-7475 or visit www.sierraattahoe.com
Dec. 31 New Years Bash Ring in the New Year with your
family at Heavenly Village and watch as a brightly lit gondola
descends over the crowd, signaling the start of the freworks show.
Heavenly Village, 1-800-HEAVENLY or www.skiheavenly.com.
Dec. 31 New Years Eve and Kirkwood 40th Birthday
Celebrations Kirkwood celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012-
2013 with a full day of festivities on December 31 that leads into a
New Years celebration with freworks, music and the annual NYE
torchlight parade. The parade is open to intermediate to expert
level skiers and snowboarders aged 10 and up. Also offered on
New Years Eve is a special holiday snow cat tour that takes guests
to the top of Chair 2 to watch the freworks while enjoying cham-
pagne or sparkling cider. It is followed up with dinner at the Wall
Bar. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive.
For information, visit www.winter.kirkwood.com.
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Jan. 26-27 USASA Slopestyle and Boarder/Skier Cross
USASA brings its South Shore Series to Sierra-at-Tahoe for this
amateur slopestyle and boarder/skier cross at Sierra-at-Tahoe Re-
sort, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges. For information, visit
www. www.usasa.org or call 530-659-7475.
February
Feb. 2-3 Rahlves Banzai Tour Big mountain freeride action
meets ski and boarder-cross strategy at Kirkwood Mountain Resort,
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive. For information, visit www.winter.
kirkwood.com or www.rahlvesbanzai.com.
Feb. 23 USASA Boarder/Skier Cross USASA brings their
South Shore Series to Sierra-at-Tahoe for this amateur boarder/skier
cross at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin
Bridges. For information, call 530-659-7475 or visit www.usasa.
org.
March
March 8 Wild & Scenic Film Festival The Wild & Scenic
Film Festival brings the best of its flms on tour. The festival aims to
inspire and motivate the viewers and increase public awareness for
the environment through its educational flms. Tickets are available
at the MontBlue Box Offce. MontBleu Theatre, 55 Highway 50,
Lake Tahoe, Nev., 1-888-829-7630 or www.montbleuresort.com
March 8-10 Expedition: Kirkwood Womens Weekend,
A three-day event that includes coaching, ski demos and more at
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive. For
information, visit www.winter.kirkwood.com or contact 209-258-
7360 or expeditionkirkwood@vailresorts.com.
March 9 Gnu Presents Lil Weirdos, The coolest 13 and
under contest in the world! Join mini-shreds from all over NorCal
as they enjoy a day where they are the stars. This event is free and
open to snowboarders of all levels age 13 and under. Held at Si-
erra-at-Tahoe Resort, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges. For
information, call 530-659-7475 or visit www.sierraattahoe.com.
January
Jan. 12 Winter Trails Day An event to bring attention to
showshoeing and cross-country skiing. Showshoe demos, mini be-
ginning ski lessons at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood
Meadows Drive. For information, call 209-258-7248 or visit www.
winter.kirkwood.com.
Jan. 13 USASA Slopestyle Competition, USASA brings
their South Shore Series to Sierra-at-Tahoe for this amateur slope-
style competition at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe
Road, Twin Bridges. For more information, call 530-659-7475 or
visit www.usasa.org.
Jan. 19-20 Womens Camp A weekend camp in an all female
learning environment designed to improve on-hill skill and conf-
dence for women ages 18 and over of any skiing or snowboarding
ability. One day camp packages available at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort,
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges. For information, visit
www.sierraattahoe.com/womenscamps or call 530-659-7453, ext.
284.
Jan. 25-27, Feb. 8-10, March 4-8 Peak Performance
Academy Multi-day clinics for intermediate to advanced skiers
and snowboarders with access to the top instructors in the United
States. Check website for dates. Heavenly Village, 1-800-HEAVENLY
or www.skiheavenly.com.
Tahoe Snowcial
Feb. 27 - March 2 Tahoe Snowcial The worlds
of digital storytelling, snowsports and technology will
converge to unite and celebrate a global community of
enthusiasts who live their passion on the snow and tell
their stories online. Begins at Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. and ends
March 2 at 9 p.m., Harveys Lake Tahoe, 15 Highway 50,
Stateline, Nev. Visit www.tahoesnowcial.com.
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Feb. 27 - March 3
Kirkwood will play host
to the lone USA stop for
the new Swatch Freeride
World Tour by The North
Face, which combines the
Freeride World Tour, the
Freeskiing World Tour and
The North Face Masters
of Snowboarding to
create one unifed global
championship series.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort,
1501 Kirkwood Meadows
Drive. For information, visit
www.winter.kirkwood.com.
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March 27 - April 14 Heavenlys spring festival, features music,
parties, pond skimming rail jams, concerts and the Gunbarrel 25.
Visit www.skiheavenly.com for information.
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March 9-10 Womens Camp A weekend camp in an all
female learning environment designed to improve on-hill skill
and confdence for women ages 18 and over of any skiing or
snowboarding ability. One day camp packages available at Sierra-
at-Tahoe Resort, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges. For
information, visit www.sierraattahoe.com/womenscamps or call
530-659-7453, ext. 284.
March 23 College Shred Fest, Enjoy Spring break on the
snow with discounted lift tickets, contests, drink specials and plenty
of snow bunny spotting at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, 1111 Sierra-at-
Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges. For information, call 530-659-7475 or
visit www.sierraattahoe.com.
USSA Freestyle National
Championships
March 27 - 31 Kirkwood will play host to the lone
USA stop for the new Swatch Freeride World Tour by
The North Face, which combines the Freeride World
Tour, the Freeskiing World Tour and The North Face
Masters of Snowboarding to create one unifed global
championship series. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501
Kirkwood Meadows Drive. For information, visit www.
winter.kirkwood.com.
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10th Annual
Gunbarrel 25
April 6 10th Annual Gunbarrel 25, Ski legend
Glen Plake challenges participants to ski or ride the
famous moguls of Gunbarrel 25 consecutive times.
Gunbarrel Run at Heavenly Mountain Resort, 1-800-
HEAVENLY or www.skiheavenly.com.
Hot Pick
April
April 1 Banf Film Festival World Tour, The Banff
Film Festival World Tour returns to MontBleu and Lake Tahoe
and features a wide variety of flms and clips from the Banff
Festival. Each stop on the world tour is different and showcases
flms that refect the interests of the local audience including
exploration and adventure, culture and environment and
mountain sports. Tickets are available at the MontBleu Box
Offce. MontBleu Theatre, 55 Highway 50, Lake Tahoe, Nev.,
1-888-829-7630 or www.montbleuresort.com.
April 6 Billabong Flaunt it Finals, The Final stop on
the Billabong Flaunt it tour where girls will faunt their skills
in a slopestyle and rail jam to walk away with some serious
prizes in tow at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe
Road, Twin Bridges. For information, call 530-659-7475 or visit
www.billabong.com/fauntit.
April 6-7 Twisted Sisters, Freeride competition that tests
riders skills in steep terrain and on manmade features at Kirk-
wood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive. For
information, visit www.winter.kirkwood.com.
April 13-14 Kirkwood Banked Slalom, Winds through
Snowsnake Gully, open to skiers, snowboarders and snows-
katers ages 5 and older at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501
Kirkwood Meadows Drive. For information, visit www.winter.
kirkwood.com.
April 14 Ski Patrol Foundation Concert, The Heavenly
Ski Patrol throws a thank you party for the community with
drink specials, great food, raffe prizes and outdoor concerts.
The rooftop of the Heavenly Village parking garage in South
Lake Tahoe, 1-800-HEAVENLY or www.skiheavenly.com.
April 20 Sierra Nevada Celebration Days, An end-
of-season event with live music at Kirkwood Mountain Resort,
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive. For information, visit www.
winter.kirkwood.com.
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10th Annual
Telegrass
Festival
April 7 Celebrate spring
with live Bluegrass music,
telemark clinics and equip-
ment demos and beer tasting
at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort,
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road,
Twin Bridges. For informa-
tion, call 530-659-7475 or
visit www.sierraattahoe.com.
www.cityofslt.us
Year Round Facilities: Recreation & Swim Complex 530.542.6056 Senior Center 530.542.6094
Seasonal Recreation: Campground by the Lake 530.542.6096 Bijou Golf Course 530.542.6097
Explore Tahoe:
An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center
530.542.4637 4114 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Located in the Heavenly Village next to North Face
Celebrate Winter Trails Day:
January 12, 2013
Guided snowshoe hike location TBA
Kids Night Out:
New Years Eve Party! 12/31/12 (Overnight Optional)
Valentines Day Thursday 2/14/13
April Fun Friday 4/26/13
Pre-registration required - 530-542-6056
Recreation & Swim Complex:
Year-round pool, weight room, multi-purpose gym,
BBQ, outdoor playground, sand volleyball court,
meeting & party room rentals, snack bar & swim shop
530.542.6056 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Located next to the Ice Arena
South Lake Tahoe Senior Center:
State-of-the-art facility with meeting rooms and programs.
Monthly activity calendar and lunch menu. Information for senior services referrals.
530.542.6094 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
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Te hotel has 50 rooms and caters to guests who
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Let us prepare an unforgettable meal that inspires, tantalizes and satises.
Let us pair the perfect wines to complement your tasting menu.
Let us turn a dining experience into a lasting memory.
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and produce when possible reecting the regions rich offerings.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
THE CHEFS TABLE
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Alpine County Chamber of Commerce .................... 36
Alpine Mini Storage .............................................. 143
Ann Nichols & Co. ................................................ 143
Aramark Cruises/Tahoe Queen & M.S. Dixie ............ 33
Austins Restaurant .............................................. 108
Backstreet Framers ................................................. 68
Barifot/Baricolor ................................................... 102
Barton Health ......................................................... 92
Bella Lago Aesthetics .............................................. 27
Bite ...................................................................... 111
Blue Coyote Bar & Grill ......................................... 113
Bluestone Jewlery ................................................... 23
Boathouse on the Pier .......................................... 113
Bowl Incline ........................................................... 92
Buckingham Properties ........................................... 21
Burger Me! .......................................................... 115
Burton Creek veterinary Clinic .............................. 102
Cakes by Grace .................................................... 121
Cal Neva Resort, Spa & Casino ............................... 13
California State Parks ............................................. 97
Camp Richardson Resort .......................................... 3
Cedar House Sport Hotel .......................................... 4
Chapel of the Bells ............................................... 101
Chart House ........................................................... 17
Chase International (Incline village/Tahoe City) ....... 41
Chase International (South Lake Tahoe) .................. 91
China Wok ........................................................... 108
Cobblestone Center ........................................22 & 23
Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate ......................... 10
Constellation Residences at Northstar ..................... 69
Cottonwood Restaurant ....................................... 113
Crosbys ............................................................... 108
Diamond Peak ........................................................ 62
Edgewood Tahoe ...................................... (South) 164
Elk Grove Subaru.................................................... 15
Eskaton village Placerville .................................... 149
Fantasy Inn Weddings ............................................... 8
FEx Photography .................................................. 155
Firesign Cafe .......................................................... 97
Fresh Ketch Restaurant ............................................. 3
Gallery Keoki ........................................................ 135
Gatekeepers Museum .......................................... 102
Gateway urgent Care ............................................. 95
Glow ...................................................................... 76
Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop......................... 71
Granlibakken ........................................................ 102
Gravity Shop .......................................................... 23
Hartnett, Marynell .................................................. 97
Harrahs-Harveys ................................................... 127
Heavenly Resort ....................................................... 5
Heavenly Sports ..................................................... 12
Hemig & Erle - Dickson Realty .................. (North) 163
Himmel Haus ....................................................... 109
Homewood .......................................................... 119
Hyatt Regency ........................................................ 40
Incline At Tahoe Realty.......................................... 133
Incline Car Wash .................................................... 68
Incline vacation Rentals .......................................... 93
IvGID Recreation Center ......................................... 62
JAx Diner ............................................................. 113
Kalifornia Jean Bar ................................................. 23
Kunst Wood Furniture ............................................. 22
Lake of the Sky Outftters........................................ 36
Lake Tahoe Holidays Gift Store ................................ 77
Lake Tahoe Lockshop .............................................. 76
Lake Tahoe School ................................................ 139
Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling ...................................... 37
Lake Tahoe Specialty Stove & Fireplace .................... 70
Lake valley Properties ............................................. 92
Lakeshore Realty ..............................................6 & 20
Lakeside Inn & Casino ............................................ 93
Lakeside Pizza & Sports Bar .................................. 111
Lampe Real Estate .................................................. 20
Lather & Fizz ..................................................95 & 22
MacDuffs Pub ........................................................ 17
Marys Draperies .................................................. 151
McKinney & Associates Real Estate ....................... 151
McKinney & Associates Rentals ............................... 77
McKinney & Associates 3 Sisters ............................. 92
Montbleu - Opal ultra Lounge ............................. 129
Montbleu Resort, Casino & Spa .................... (South) 2
Mt. Rose ................................................................ 68
Mountain Hardware & Sports ................................. 79
Mountain Home Center ................................ (North) 2
Mountain Postal Pack & Ship .................................. 78
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society ....................... 102
North Tahoe Business Association ......................... 133
North Tahoe SnowFest! .......................................... 36
Northstar-at-Tahoe ................................................. 21
Obexers General Store & Deli ................................. 97
Overland Meat, Seafood & Deli ............................. 110
Pablos Custom Framing & Gallery .......................... 22
Pacos Bike & Ski Shop............................................ 60
Paolas Creations .................................................... 93
Paradise Timeshare Resale ...................................... 37
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation ..................... 78
Powder House Ski & Snowboard ........................... 123
Ready 2 Heal ........................................................ 137
Reno Tahoe Rustic Decor ...................................... 162
The Ridge Tahoe ..................................................... 60
The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe ..................... (North) 164
Rookies ............................................................... 121
Ruffes & Ruffnecks ................................................ 23
Sassafras .............................................................. 103
Scraps Dog Bakery ................................................ 103
Scusa Italian Ristorante ........................................ 109
Sears Authorized Store ......................................... 137
Shoreline of Tahoe ................................................. 79
Sidestreet Boutique .................................................. 9
Sierra At Tahoe ....................................................... 61
Sierra Hot Springs Resort & Retreat Center .............. 77
Sierra Mountain Sports ........................................... 87
Sierra Sports Care & Chiropractic ............................ 22
Sierra verde Group ................................................. 71
Smith, Michael John ............................................... 36
Sno-Flake Drive-In, Inc. ........................................... 68
Sorensens Resort ................................................... 70
Steinway Piano Gallery ........................................... 11
Soule Domain....................................................... 121
South Lake Tahoe Community Services .................. 157
Squaw valley & Alpine Meadows .............................. 7
Sugar Bowl ............................................................ 20
Sugar Pine Gifts ................................................... 133
Sport Haus ............................................................. 31
Suddenlink ........................................................... 101
Survival Straps ...................................................... 159
Svadhyaya yoga Studio........................................... 68
Ts Mesquite Rotisserie ......................................... 115
Tahoe Center for Orthopedics ................................. 92
Tahoe City Downtown Association ..............102 & 103
Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area ................................. 60
Tahoe Daves Skis & Boards .................................... 71
Tahoe Deliver ....................................................... 110
Tahoe Donner Association ...................................... 61
Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company ........................ 22
Tahoe Real Estate Group ........................................ 97
Tahoe Rug Studio ................................................... 23
Tahoe urgent Care & Medical Clinic ........................ 76
Tahoe youth Ballet.................................................. 22
Tahoma Lodge ....................................................... 97
Taqueria La Mexicana .......................................... 111
Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum ........................ 139
The Store ............................................................. 103
The Treat Box Bakery ............................................ 110
The Treehouse ........................................................ 93
TNT TMA Ski Shuttle ............................................. 110
TNT TMA North Lake Tahoe Express ........................ 76
TNT TMA Night Rider ............................................. 95
Truckee Downtown Merchants Association .............. 26
uncorked Wine Bar ................................................. 23
vacation Resorts International ................................ 78
village Center ........................................ (South) 163
village Ski Loft ....................................................... 76
Dr. Charles virden ................................................... 27
Dr. John Walsh D.C.................................................. 22
West Shore Association .......................................... 97
West Shore Sports .................................................. 97
Willards Sports Shop ............................................ 103
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Let us invite you to savor award-winning cuisine at 7,200 feet.
Let us prepare an unforgettable meal that inspires, tantalizes and satises.
Let us pair the perfect wines to complement your tasting menu.
Let us turn a dining experience into a lasting memory.
James Beard Award-winning Chef Traci Des Jardins has created a menu of
French-inspired California cuisine with a regional mountain resort inuence.
Manzanita features seasonal, organic, sustainable and locally grown meat
and produce when possible reecting the regions rich offerings.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
THE CHEFS TABLE
In this intimate culinary journey, up to eight guests will enjoy a tasting
menu at a private table adjacent to the exposition kitchen and personal
interaction with the Chef de Cuisine. From $75 per person.
$500 table minimum applies. For reservations, please call 530-562-3050
or visit ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.
Let us reinvent the meaning of a time-out.
Let us pamper you in our relaxing mountain-top retreat.
Let us take away daily stresses and replace them with lasting delights.
Let us be the treasured place you return to, simply by closing your eyes.
Escape to our forest sanctuary where nature abounds, bringing water and the
woods into balance and harmony through modern, results-oriented treatments.
Relax in our heated co-ed Spa lap pool overlooking the slopes. Unwind by a
cozy replace in your private restoration lounge. Step into the dry-heat-lodge
to detoxify. Re-energize in the pinyon pine steam room. Whatever your
pleasure, your high-altitude journey of restoration and relaxation awaits.
COZY CABIN COUPLES MASSAGE
Enjoy a couples massage in a romantically illuminated spa suite where
you will feel as though you have escaped to a cozy cabin in the woods.
$185 per person50 minutes or $265 per person80 minutes.
For reservations, call 530-562-3030 or visit ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.