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Snowmaggedon 2017

Snowmaggedon 2017

A view from the trenches By Meghan Ochs Photo: Heavenly/Sarah Ackerson Every skier and rider dreams of the perfect powder day: epic turns, huge face shots and endless smiles as gravity floats you down the mountain. Once or twice in a lifetime, those dream days become dream seasons, full of seemingly endless fun with limitless and constant snowfall. In 2017, California experienced such a winter. Snowmageddon 2017, as many are calling it, has dumped record breaking amounts of snowfall on almost every single resort in the entire Sierra Nevada range. With more than twice the average amount of snow, the behind-the-scenes efforts to keep your favorite ski mountain operating this season has been heroic to say the least. Every time a major storm rolled through, all the snow that fell on parking lots and walking areas had to be cleared. Snow removal is grueling, dangerous work, and it requires...
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!...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Warren Miller Entertainment Releases Title of 2016 Film: Here, There & Everywhere

Warren Miller Entertainment Releases Title of 2016 Film: Here, There & Everywhere

Includes interviews with original cinematographer Warren Miller; presale tickets available September 8  Photo: Hank de Vre Press Release / Boulder, CO – The most respected name in action-sports film production, Warren Miller Entertainment has announced its 67th full-length feature film will be titled, Here, There & Everywhere. The industry leader also announces the original cinematographer, narrator and household name Warren Miller himself will appear on-screen in this year’s movie. In 1949, ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humor and the beauty that is skiing. Since that time, Warren Miller film crews have traveled the globe—from storied slopes to hidden, snow-covered corners—taking powder-hungry filmgoers Here, There & Everywhere. This year, Warren Miller Entertainment continues that legacy. In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, go on a freeski adventure with Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland...
The Dying Game: High Fives Foundation

The Dying Game: High Fives Foundation

Extreme is not worth it By Tim Hauserman High Fives athlete Steve Wallace adaptive surfing at High Fives annual surf camp. Photo: Trevor Clark. In the April issue of Adventure Sports Journal, I wrote “The Dying Game,” a look at an effort underway in the Lake Tahoe region to reduce the number of people dying and getting severely injured while doing adventure sports. It was a look at the cultural pressure that athletes feel to jump further and fly higher, and the lack of understanding of the increased risks they are taking. One response has been the Go Bigger Coalition, described in the article, which is focused on getting adventurers, especially the younger ones, to make good decisions so they are able to become the true heroes: those who are still alive to climb that mountain in their 70s. The response to the article was electric. It touched a...
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