Cross Country Skiing

Vail Reports 600 Inches at Tahoe Resorts This Season

Vail Reports 600 Inches at Tahoe Resorts This Season

The snow keeps coming at Northstar, Kirkwood and Heavenly Photo taken at Heavenly March 5, 2017. Happy snowy Monday from Lake Tahoe! March Madness is taking effect as Northstar and Kirkwood both cross the 600-inch mark for the season! Vail Resorts asks guests to take it slow and give themselves extra time on the roads. Cal Trans is an excellent resource for the most up-to-date information. Snow totals for Vail’s Tahoe resorts are as follows: Northstar California received 26” in the last 24 hours, 40” this month and 618” so far this season. Kirkwood received 14” in the last 24 hours, 23” this month and 601” so far this season. Heavenly received 20” in the last 24 hours, 38” this month and 594” so far this season. Enjoy, and be safe!...
The Great Ski Race 2017

The Great Ski Race 2017

The Great Ski Race March 5, Truckee Photo: The Great Ski Race The 40th annual Great Ski Race offers a 30K (18-mile) event that starts at Tahoe Cross Country in Tahoe City, winds through the forest and mountains of North Lake Tahoe on groomed trails, and ends at Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Hundreds of ski racers, touring skiers, and disabled athletes turn out for the race looking for achievement, adventure, and the famous finish-line party, with live music, hot lunch, refreshments and raffles. The Race is the primary fundraiser for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, volunteer skiers and snowmobilers who locate lost people in the Sierra Nevada. Race proceeds help purchase equipment and support winter survival education programs. Fees are $60 through February 24, $70 until March 4, then $110 on March 5 (race day), and $25 for skiers 18 and under. Tax-deductible donations above these amounts to...
Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2017

Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2017

Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 18-26, North Lake Tahoe Photo: Scott Rokis Alpenglow Sports’ fourth winter Alpenglow Mountain Festival, presented by DPS Skis, is a nine-day festival in North Lake Tahoe that celebrates human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – backcountry skiing and splitboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, natural history events and more. Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the festival has been designed to inspire participants as they enjoy and explore North Lake Tahoe’s playground with friends and family. With over 50 individual events, the festival offers an immense range of activities that span daily ski and splitboard tours, avalanche education, and critically-acclaimed film and natural history excursions for outdoor enthusiasts of all interests and...
Race Nordic

Race Nordic

Training for a lifetime of cross country skiing By Tim Hauserman Eliska Albrigtsen of Tahoe Cross Country points the way to her students (Tobias Albrigtsen). There are just a few sports that one can happily participate in from the age of four to 84. One is cross country (aka Nordic) skiing. While it might not have the Red Bull dopamine star power of downhill skiing or snowboarding, cross country skiing develops strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. And while almost anyone can enjoy sliding on snow, the upper echelon of cross country skiing produces the world’s greatest aerobic powerhouses. Outside recently ranked cross country skiing as the world’s toughest outdoor sport. The Lake Tahoe region has produced a vast number of Olympic medalists in skiing and snowboarding, but even though it has the largest concentration of Nordic trails in the United States, it has not yet produced an Olympic cross...
Snowbound: Winter Resort Directory

Snowbound: Winter Resort Directory

Winter is here and it is time to hit the slopes Photo courtesy Diamond Peak Ski Resort With winter in full swing, the stoke is high for some downhill delight. ASJ is here to help you keep track of the best spots in California/Nevada to get your turns in. Enjoy! BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORT Big Bear Lake Avg Snowfall 100″ Skiable Acres 198 Lifts 12 Trails 28 Terrain Parks 2 Scheduled Opening Day Nov 24 Passes $59 – $99 day Driving Distance to Major Cities (miles) Los Angeles 100 What’s New? Renovated F&B locations, new in-resort signage Learn more at bigbearmountainresort.com BEAR VALLEY SKI RESORT Bear Valley Avg Snowfall 224″ Skiable Acres 1680 Lifts 10 Trails 77 Terrain Parks 3 Scheduled Opening Day Nov 26 Passes $33 – $79 day Driving Distance to Major Cities (miles) Sacramento 123, San Francisco 178, San Jose 176 What’s New? New terrain and...
Warren Miller Film Tour 2016: “Here, There & Everywhere”

Warren Miller Film Tour 2016: “Here, There & Everywhere”

Warren Miller Film Tour 2016: Here, There & Everywhere Photo: Hank de Vre This fall, Warren Miller releases its 67th film, Here, There & Everywhere. The 67th installment brings the thrill of action snowsports to enthusiasts everywhere, as the world’s most accomplished skiers and snowboarders scour the globe for untracked powder and the pursuit of adventure. Narration by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, and on-screen interviews with the legendary Warren Miller deliver the nostalgia of skiing’s roots and a zeal for discovering new terrain. Venture with world-renowned athletes JT Holmes, Jeremy Jones, Seth Wescott, Jess McMillan, Ingrid Backstrom, Marcus Caston, Wendy Fisher, Tyler Ceccanti, Kaylin Richardson and others as they push the boundaries of their talent on snowcapped peaks, vast glaciers and towering, big-air jumps. Globe-trotting from the U.S. and Canadian Rockies to sparsely populated lands like Greenland and the Swiss Alps, these skiers and snowboarders prove that the...
SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival 2016

SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival 2016

SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival October 29-30, San Jose • November 5-6, San Francisco • November 12-13, Sacramento In celebration of its 11-year anniversary, SnowBomb Ski and Snowboard Festival will offer free general admission to the public for their 2016 festivals. SnowBomb founder Jim McAlpine explains, “After numerous years of poor conditions in Northern California, we want to reinvigorate the skiers and snowboarders in the Bay Area and Sacramento. Our festivals are lifestyle events and we encourage anyone who enjoys actions sports to enjoy our festivals. By eliminating the entry fee we are opening the doors to all who have ever been curious about the event and to amp up the public for this year’s ski season.” An additional upgrade to a “Powder Pass” can be purchased at the door for $25 and includes three lift tickets to local resorts Sierra-at-Tahoe, Bear Valley, and China Peak for the 2015/16...
Tahoe Donner Announces Early Bird Pass Prices for Winter Season

Tahoe Donner Announces Early Bird Pass Prices for Winter Season

Downhill and cross country season passes on sale September 15 through November 30; snowshoe and fat bike season passes also now available Photo: Mark Nadell Press Release // Truckee (Sept. 13, 2016) – Season passes for both the Tahoe Donner Downhill and Cross Country Ski Areas go on sale this Wednesday, September, 15 for the 2016-2017 winter season. Early season rates are valid through November 30, 2016. Tahoe Donner Downhill passes start at $304 for adults. Tahoe Donner Cross Country passes start at $319 for adults. Tahoe Donner Combo passes start at just $419 for adults. New this winter, the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is offering a snowshoe only season pass and a fat bike season pass on sale for $200 each at the early season rate. Guests under the age of 6 always ski free and seniors over 60 receive discounted passes at either resort. Guests ages...
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival 2016

Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival 2016

Alpenglow Sports hosts nine outdoor films at Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema on February 23 2016Trailer from Winter Wildlands Alliance on Vimeo. The 11th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is part of the nine-day Alpenglow Mountain Festival, presented by bigtruck brand. The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a bi-annual, nine day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, and film that takes place in North Lake Tahoe from February 20-28, 2016 (learn more here). Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival films come from renowned filmmakers who search out backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, as well as from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best films. 2015/16 tour films include The Weight of Winter (Ben Sturgulewski), I Love Splitboarding (Right on Brother), Shifting Ice (Kt Miller), The Forecaster (Spindle Productions), 55...
Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2016

Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2016

World-class mountain gathering returns to Tahoe’s North Shore Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 20-28, Tahoe City Three years ago, Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, fulfilled a dream bringing a world-class mountain gathering to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The first two Alpenglow Mountain Festival celebrations took place during drought years for the Sierra, with very little snow to accentuate so many incredible events scheduled throughout nine days. If you made it to either of these events, you know that the lack of snow didn’t matter one bit. Locals and visitors alike continue to champion past events as highlights of the season, and with winter back in the Tahoe area, this year’s promises to be the best yet. In what’s been called the premier mountain lifestyle event in North America, this year’s Alpenglow Mountain Festival is designed for individuals, couples, and families who are inspired by...
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