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11th Annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event

11th Annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event

11th Annual Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event, presented by Alpenglow Sports Saturday, January 21, 2016 • 9am-3pm Alpine Meadows Ski Resort Photo: Alpenglow Sports The Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Event – North America’s largest venue for all things alpine touring, telemark and splitboard – returns this January. Alpenglow Sports has once again partnered with Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Ski Resort to provide its eagerly anticipated 11th annual Backcountry Demo Event on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 9am to 3pm. The event offers FREE Admission, and all ages are welcome. A community-oriented leader in the backcountry industry for 30-plus years, the Tahoe City shop has worked hard to foster the largest, and most well-known backcountry demo event in North America. “With the mainstream popularization of backcountry skiing and riding, we felt there was a great opportunity to create a fun demo event,” according to owner Brendan Madigan. “When...
Clark County Sues Save Red Rock

Clark County Sues Save Red Rock

Lawsuit seeks to silence group’s opposition to high-density development in Red Rock Canyon Press Release // Las Vegas, NV – Clark County has filed a preemptive lawsuit against Save Red Rock (SRR), a grassroots conservation organization that has worked for over a decade to protect the rural, recreational and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA). The lawsuit is an attempt to silence SRR’s opposition to a concept plan presented by developer Jim Rhodes’ Gypsum Resources, LLC (Gypsum) that asks the County to rezone land currently deemed rural to a non-conforming high-density zoning. The Gypsum plan includes a 2,010-acre development with more than 5,000 homes on Blue Diamond Hill, located within Red Rock Canyon adjacent to the RRCNCA. In its lawsuit, Clark County alleges that SRR’s appearances at 2011 public hearings before the Clark County Commissioners where the group voiced its opposition to a Rhodes development proposal...
Vote for Chad Underhill-Meras in GoPro of the World Contest

Vote for Chad Underhill-Meras in GoPro of the World Contest

Santa Cruz surfer gets chance at winning GoPro and cash prizes in 5th annual contest powered by Surfline California’s very own Chad Underhill-Meras of Santa Cruz has​ made Surfline​’s Go Pro of the World V’s Top Three for November. Vote for Chad’s video in the “Capture Different” category and help him win for November AND propel him toward the grand prize in ’17! Vote for Chad HERE. About GoPro of the World V The 5th annual GoPro of the World contest — powered by Surfline – expanded its range of entries to include three categories: Best Wave, Best Photo and Capture Different, which is your chance to display the most innovative use of a GoPro. With the introduction of the Best Photo category, the winning shot could come on any day, on any wave, from any surfer. Think of it as your chance to finally one-up Slater, JOB...
Outdoor Rec Act Passes Congress

Outdoor Rec Act Passes Congress

Groundbreaking legislation counting outdoor recreation jobs as part of Gross Domestic Product clears Congress; heads to President’s desk for signature Photo: Bruce Dorman Press Release // Washington DC – The United States Senate has passed the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act in a unanimous and bipartisan vote. The Outdoor REC Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives two weeks ago, also with unanimous, bipartisan support. With passage in both chambers, the REC Act, introduced just a year ago by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), is expected to be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the year. OIA’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Report shows that outdoor recreation annually accounts for $646 billion in consumer spending, 6.1 million American jobs, $80 billion in federal state and local tax revenue and other significant economic activity across the country. With today’s Senate vote and subsequent...
Best of Tahoe Season Pass Deadline November 20

Best of Tahoe Season Pass Deadline November 20

Early storms and sophisticated snowmaking systems promise great winter fun at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Press Release // North and South Lake Tahoe, CA/NV • November 16, 2016 – With the recent arrival of fresh snow, skiers and snowboarders are getting excited for the ski season, which begins with opening day scheduled for Wednesday, November 23,2016 at Heavenly and Northstar. Sunday, November 20, 2016 is the deadline for skiers and snowboarders to get their season passes for the Best of Tahoe resorts – Heavenly Mountain, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain. With the recent addition of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada, all 2016-2017 Epic Pass holders will receive five free days of skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb. Tahoe Local Pass holders will receive five free days in Colorado and Utah this winter season with holiday restrictions. The Best of Tahoe resorts bring the spirit of Lake Tahoe’s...
California Enduro Series Announces 2017 Schedule

California Enduro Series Announces 2017 Schedule

Popular mountain bike race series returns with extended lineup for 2017 season Evan Geankoplis crushing his way to the Pro Men top step for the 2016 season. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso. The California Enduro Series (CES) is pleased to announce the 2017 race schedule, promising another extraordinary year of enduro racing. Celebrating its fifth year, the series introduces two new venues and welcomes back a favorite from the 2015 lineup. The upcoming season also sees the return of the successful Golden Tour with a $24,000 cash purse for Pro categories. Expanded schedule; new venues For 2017, the California Enduro Series expands to eight rounds. Returning for 2017 are the popular Golden Tour events at China Peak, Northstar, and Mammoth along with the Toro Enduro and the Ashland Mountain Challenge. The series also welcomes back a popular venue from 2015 – the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro on the Mendocino...
American Rivers Supports Standing Rock

American Rivers Supports Standing Rock

National river conservation organization states strong support for Sioux Tribe’s right to clean water and protection of sacred sites Pipeline protesters and police on November 2, 2016. Photo: Pat Clayton. Press Release // Washington, November 3, 2016 – American Rivers called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across the Missouri River and urged Energy Transfer Partners to halt construction until the EIS is completed. President of American Rivers president Bob Irvin states, “American Rivers supports the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to secure clean water for its people now and in the future. The tribe is a sovereign nation and has every right to protect the health and safety of its members as well as the lands and waters vital to its culture and heritage. If constructed as planned beneath the riverbed near the...
Save Red Rock

Save Red Rock

Red Rock Canyon under threat of development Photo: Tom Moulin Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) – a popular Las Vegas-area destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the globe – is under threat of a massive housing development project that includes 5,000 homes. Clark County Commissioners are considering a request to rezone land that’s currently deemed rural, which would result in the destruction of Red Rock’s landscape, bringing pollution and traffic to the area and enraging the two million visitors who use the RRCNCA each year as a destination for climbing, hiking, biking and camping. The proposed development is on land that borders RRCNCA. Save Red Rock (SRR) is a grass roots organization committed to protecting the rural, recreational, and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon. The organization has a long history of success in safeguarding the area. The group is currently rallying the support of outdoor enthusiasts and...
Spotlight on Blix

Spotlight on Blix

Santa Cruz company produces beautiful environment-friendly electric bicycles By Luke Yates Electric bikes are rapidly gaining popularity, and there is a notable company based near the ASJ office in Santa Cruz – Blix Electric Bikes. Blix moved to the California coast from Scandinavia in 2014 and has been growing ever since. “It started in Sweden in 2006. My best friend started over there so they’ve been doing it for ten years now,” says Pontus Malmberg, CEO of Blix. “The bike here has been under product development for ten years. We’re using the same technology.” Earlier this year, ASJ staff was invited to join Blix for a test ride around Santa Cruz. The company produces three e-bike models: the Stockholm which features traditional geometry and a classic look; the Komfort+ which includes a European style convenient step-through; and the Vika+ – a foldable bike with the same electric capabilities...
Wildflower Triathlon 2017 Cancelled

Wildflower Triathlon 2017 Cancelled

Tri-California puts triathlon events on hold; focuses on event rental and traffic management division Wildflower 2016. Photo: Kaori Photo. Tri-California announced that it will not produce its iconic Wildflower Triathlon for 2017 – nor any of its other triathlon events – due to prolonged drought, the economic climate, and a decrease in triathlon participation. Although the event planner pulled out all the stops to produce quality Wildflower events in 2015 and 2016 with alternate swim, run, bike, and run courses, participation was too low to make it economically feasible. In a ripple effect, low participation affected exhibitor, sponsor, and camping revenue. The financial losses proved too great to run the event without water levels high enough to hold it in one location. Tri-California co-founder Terry Davis said, “In the 34 years that I have been producing the Wildflower Triathlons, I have never experienced anything that compares with the effect...
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