Tag Archives: Feb/March 2011

Spinning to Paradise and Back

Chico’s 30-year-old Wildflower still one of the best centuries to test your riding legs, even for a rookie over 50 By Tim Hauserman When you get to a certain age — say when the women you are riding with says, “Oh, yeah, my Dad’s about your age” — you begin to think about ways to Continue Reading »

Mammoth Extends Reach

With daily flight service from the Bay, Mammoth lures Nor Cal skiers to the High Sierra By Pete Gauvin  •  Photos by MMSA/Peatross It is only by virtue of geographic inconvenience that Mammoth Lakes is considered more a playground for Southern California than Northern California. If it were not for a wall of snow-caked mountains Continue Reading »

Scenic Sliding at Spooner Lake XC

A mountain bike mecca in summer, Tahoe’s east shore is just as spectacular in winter but much less crowded By Tim Hauserman Many adventurers in the summer and fall head to Spooner Summit on the east side of Lake Tahoe for epic riding or hiking on the Flume Trail. Some are not aware that this Continue Reading »

Skate Skiers Unbound

Backcountry skate skiing captivates, doles out lessons to Tahoe writer Story and photos by Laura Read In the early spring, when warm days melt snow crystals into a fine paste and frigid nights freeze them to a crust, Mother Nature extends an invite to skate skiers to stray from the confines of machine-packed trails onto Continue Reading »

Three Classic Eastside Couloirs

For some skiers, nothing beats “getting walled” Story and photos by Brennan Lagasse Although California’s ‘Range of Light’ is known for many things, to backcountry skiers it’s famous for some of the best couloirs found anywhere on the planet. Striking corridors of snow easily identified by the rock walls that make up their borders are Continue Reading »

Face Rats: An Endangered Species from 
Heavenly’s Golden Age

Author of In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum recounts how a 
rag-tag group influenced ski bum culture and ushered in the birth of freestyle skiing By Jeremy Evans  •  Photos courtesy of Heavenly Ski Resort On the south shore of Lake Tahoe is a steep swath of snow called “The Continue Reading »