Issue 82

Editor’s Note: Post Traumatic Snow Disorder

Editor’s Note: Post Traumatic Snow Disorder

Regardless of conditions, fun in the snow is the best cure For three years now the winters in California have gotten progressively leaner. The fun factor for skiers and boarders has dwindled down to the lower end of the scale, and many people are singing the blues...
Fresh Hope on the Summit

Fresh Hope on the Summit

With Royal Gorge XC revitalized and Sugar Bowl celebrating its 75th season and a new lift, good times are piling up on Donner Summit By Pete Gauvin A few years ago, the Donner Summit area was suffering a terrible hangover. The recession and real estate melt down had...
Fat Tires and Wind Power

Fat Tires and Wind Power

Snowbiking & Snowkiting at Royal Gorge By Pete Gauvin You don’t have to wait until the snow melts to ride a bike at Royal Gorge. Saddle up on a fat-tire snow bike. Royal Gorge will offer a fleet of burly Surly snow bikes for rent at the Van Norden Station, where...
Other Summit Attractions

Other Summit Attractions

Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge aren’t the only attractions on Donner Summit By Pete Gauvin Donner Ski Ranch, is the epitome of mom-and-pop ski area, a place where plaid shirts, blue jeans and 200cm skis are still not uncommon on the double chairs. It offers six lifts, 750...
Tahoe on Skinny Skis

Tahoe on Skinny Skis

A bit of Nordic heaven surrounds Lake Tahoe By Tim Hauserman For many adventure seekers, winter at Lake Tahoe means grabbing “first chair” rights and making tracks at Squaw Valley, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Alpine, Northstar or one of the other ski resorts surrounding...
Tower of Lies

Tower of Lies

Alpinist Kelly Cordes examines the dramatic history of Cerro Torre By Matt Niswonger Most California climbers are familiar with Cerro Torre, an iconic spire of rock in southern Patagonia. The spire is part of the massif depicted on the logo for one of the most well...
Murphy Mack

Murphy Mack

Life is a bike race for this race promoter, and whoever has the most fun wins Words by Karen Kefauver • Photos by Ted Ketai Snapshot of SuperPro Racing’s Murphy Mack Born: Lansing, Michigan Raised: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I spent weekends on farms on big farm equipment...
Fully Committed

Fully Committed

Chris Bertish is all about big wave surfing and ultra distance SUP By Neil Pearlberg Chris Bertish will be the last person to brag about how he won the 2010 Mavericks Invitational in some of the biggest and heaviest surf ever. Or that his victory came right after an...
EPiC: Inspired Leadership

EPiC: Inspired Leadership

Through the decades, Ecology Action has shown that meaningful change is possible By Charong Chow A typical weekday morning at the Ecology Action office in downtown Santa Cruz, California begins with the arrival of a swarm of incoming bicycle commuters, a few...