Month: January 2009

An original, firsthand account of the remarkable first ski crossing of Tioga Pass

Editor’s Note: This account, previously never published, was written by Dennis Jones in the late 1950s, and is provided courtesy of Starr Walton Hurley, niece of Dennis Jones, and Norm Sayler, president of the Donner Summit Historical Society. The story below contains some added detail from that was merged into the story from another typed retelling of the adventure that Jones wrote some time later.

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The Truly Great Ski Race

So, Mr. or Ms. Backcountry Skier, you want to be a nordic ski racer, you say? Maybe you watched the last Olympics, and marveled at the athletes and their amazing oxygen uptake and strength. Or perhaps a friend dragged you over to your local cross country ski area, and you – with your mega-wide boards and heavy tele boots – kept getting buzzed by a bunch of folks wearing colorful skin-tight lycra, leaving you feeling like you were standing still as they powered up the hill. OK, maybe you can live without the spandex; but still, it looked like fun. Those skinny little skate skis can sure fly over the trails.

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A Slackcountry Attitude

Paul Oelerich slays the Mt. Reba slackcountry during last year’s Bear Valley Tele Fest. A lot of folks are taking issue with the label “slackcountry” recently for its derogatory attitude. Get over it. Keep in mind I say that with a full measure of self-deprecation. There’s no point in lying, it’s my favorite kind of tour. Usually. I still love revving the meter full tilt when the tilt is at the edge of reason, but not all the time, and admittedly, not at the same RPM as 20 years ago. You too? Thought so.

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Backcountry Skiers: Make Room on Your Bookshelf

In conversations the past month with avid local Sierra backcountry skiers about Dan Mingori and Nate Greenburg’s new guidebook Backcountry Skiing California’s Eastern Sierra, 166 Ski and Snowboard Descents in the Range of Light between Tioga Pass and Bishop Creek (Wolverine Publishing 2008) immediate comments from those newly aware of the book fell cleanly into two camps. A majority exclaimed, “Really? That’s awesome!” While others grumbled, “Really? That sucks!”

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C’mon in and Shut the Door!

Whether you’re a seasoned winter explorer or a four-season greenhorn, there are few feelings as joyous as skiing to the door of a snowbound backcountry hut. Just as the natural world is at its most inhospitable, wind and snow swirling in the air, here you are at the threshold of a magical landscape with little more than a sleeping bag, playing cards, and flask in hand. At night, you lounge under the coziness of a roof, warmed by a wood stove and shared with good friends. By day, you shred lonely backcountry peaks until exhaustion. Can it get any better?

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Join @ellasuring and @theory_in_motion as they discuss ultra running and Alyssa’s journey as both an athlete and a coach. The full interview is out now on our website. 🏃🏼‍♀️

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There’s still time for spring skiing at @bvadventure

With over 65 kilometers of groomed paths and a cafe on the trails, it’s a great destination for the whole family.

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Looking to beat the crowds this season for some spring skiing? Just 3 hours from the Bay is Bear Valley Mountain Resort. Our writer @ellasuring explored the area this weekend and was greeted with short lift lines and friendly faces to share in the stoke!

@bearvalleyresort is located between Tahoe and Yosemite and is the perfect casual ski destination for friends and families. With a variety of terrain levels, rentals, a lodge and lots of dining options, it’s the perfect winter getaway.

#california #skiing #snowboarding #winter #mountains #snow #adventure
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🌸 Embrace the vibrant magic of spring in California`s desert state parks! 🌼 Get ready to be amazed by a sea of rainbow colors as the wildflower season blooms in all its glory. 🌈✨ Don`t miss out on this impressive display of nature`s artistry! 🌺🌵⁠ ⁠

Learn more about the bloom at the link in our bio!⁠

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🏕️ As the popularity of dispersed camping grows, an increasing number of campers are leaving the beaten path. Picture the disappointment of arriving at your chosen adventure spot after hours of planning and travel, only to find it strewn with litter. ⁠

🌿 Let`s safeguard the unspoiled magnificence of our natural surroundings! ⁠

Click the link in our bio 🔗 for five essential tips to ensure your next outdoor escapade respects and preserves the beauty of our wild spaces. ⁠

Photo and story by Krista Houghton
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Disconnect to Reconnect: James Murren shares his annual tradition of a ‘Digital Detox’ in this issue’s Earn Your Beer column. 🌵

This year, he turned to the deserts of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to reset. Read about his soul-refreshing experience. Cheers to adventure and unplugging! 📵

Featured Brews — The Butcher by @societebrewing and Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale by @sierranevada 🍻

Photo by Left Coast Photographer 📸

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