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Category: Issue 106
Winter is here and it is time to hit the slopes. Here’s a guide to help you keep track of the best spots in California/Nevada to get your turns in!
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Town South Lake Tahoe / Stateline NV
Avg Snowfall 360”
Skiable Acres 4630
Vertical Drop 3500′
Terrain Parks 2
Opening Day Nov 16
Miles to Major Cities Reno 60, Sacramento 100, San Francisco 190
Highlights for 2018 / 2019: New this year is the Lakeland Village Resort, an official lodging property right on the shore of Lake Tahoe offering 19 acres of lakeside woodlands, beachfront residences, and stunning views of Lake Tahoe and The Sierra Nevada. This is a great place to set up a home base for your Lake Tahoe adventure. Also NEW this year are the WINTER GUIDED UTB TOURS, a great way for to experience Heavenly’s big time …
by ASJ Staff | Dec 2, 2018 | Backcountry Skiing, Biking, Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, Gear We Love, Hiking, Issue 106, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Sailing, Skiing, Snow Sports, Snowboarding, SUP, Surfing, Water Sports, Whitewater | 0 |
Haters back off: Stop treating California like a social outcast
By Matt Niswonger
As the first rains finally arrived on Thanksgiving weekend it appeared our hellish fire season was finally over. While the fire danger subsided many Californians still smoldered with anger in the wake of comments made by President Trump and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke after both men toured the devastation.
As a state we are still coming to grips with the scale of this tragedy, but President Trump considers himself highly educated on the subject and provided some “helpful” tips. There’s no predicting the pithy words that come out of his mouth on a regular basis, so when he toured the devastation in mid November and gave a speech, I paid close attention. Here is what I understood:
California had a terrible fire season, but we all need to calm down and look to Finland. You …Read More
Winter Wildlands Alliance protects national forests for quiet winter recreation
By Leonie Sherman
California is ground zero for a process called Winter Travel Planning, which will regulate snowmobile use in national forests for the first time in our country’s history. The Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) plan implemented by the US Forest Service (USFS) in 2015 requires the USFS to analyze all areas in the forest that get snow and designate where motorized vehicles are appropriate and where they aren’t. Five national forests in California will set a precedent for the rest of the country when they become the first to complete their OSV plans by the end of 2019. Plumas National Forest’s comment period is open until December 10, while draft plans are in the final stages on the Stanislaus, Eldorado, Tahoe and Lassen National Forests. Boise, Idaho-based Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA), with staff members spread across the snowbelt …Read More
Traveling with the world’s best adventurers from the crags, to the slopes, and to the sea
By Chris Van Leuven
As a teen, Adam Ü learned to navigate the inner circles of the Bay Area’s climbing elite who took him to competitions, provided places to stay when on the road, and showed him the finest crags around. Later he joined the elite world of backcountry skiing. Today he’s a marine biologist, pro skier, musician, and full-time globetrotter.
Mickey’s Beach, California, summer 1994. Waves roll in from the Pacific, the waters pooling into a mix of green and white, filling the spaces between the enormous jagged rocks lying at the foot of the beach. A year before these rocks were attached to the upright 45-60 foot tall overhanging wall above, but a winter storm slammed the wall so hard the outer shield of rock broke free, exposing another layer of stone.…Read More
Digital Artist Robbie Crawford
By Chris Van Leuven
Thirteen is an impressionable age. It’s that time when adulthood is creeping up and decisions are being made that can affect the rest of your life. To Robbie Crawford, now 43, those were the days he found the local surf break near his home in Huntington Beach called the Wedge, a surf location that contains such beauty that he’s been photographing there for decades. The Wedge is “one of the heaviest shore breaks on the planet,” the former professional bodyboarder says. “People break their necks there all the time. People die there too. It gets really shallow at the end of the wave—two-inches deep.”
As a teen, Robbie bodyboarded there obsessively and made it on the cover of Bodyboarder International Magazine when he was 16. He’s since been on half a dozen covers. But there was more to the barrel than just …Read More
Joanne Schwartz’s lifetime of adventure
By Leonie Sherman
Four foot ten with sparkling eyes and an effervescent smile, Joanne Schwartz was the first person to leave the campground every morning and the last person to return. While I was sitting on a deserted beach playing tin whistle, she was scaling the second highest mountain on the island, a 12-mile hike with fifteen hundred feet of elevation gain. The next day she took off for a 16-mile ramble in search of wildflowers. Over dinner she shared stories of kayaking the South Pacific and an expedition to Mexico’s Copper Canyon. I crawled off to my tent while she was still laughing with the boys. She’s 70 years old.
“Who is this ‘Little Old Lady’ kicking all our asses and making it look fun?” we asked each other the next morning as she shouldered her pack and strolled off to the east.
Turns …Read More
Meet the dedicated and gregarious volunteer behind the Groveland Trail Heads and Groveland Grind
By Michele Charboneau
Dwight Follien is all about giving back to the sport he credits for literally saving his life. Like many kids, Follien grew up riding bikes, but priorities shifted as he got older. He rediscovered the magic of two wheels in 1993 when battling an excessive alcohol habit. He reflects, “I saw a mountain bike and thought it was cool … so I bought one and soon after put myself in a recovery program. Two of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”
Bikes came to the rescue again nearly 20 years later when Follien lost his job, and with it, his health insurance. Significant medical issues ensued, including complications from Type 1 diabetes, gastroparesis, and neuropathy of both wrists. Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond his control, Follien became severely depressed, living …Read More
Perfecting the Shitshow
By Kurt Gensheimer
That donkey. That blasted donkey. Of course donkeys are known for being stubborn, but this particular donkey was downright iron-willed. I kept looking uphill through a dirt-hazed gaggle of crazy, costumed mountain bikers pedaling singlespeeds of different ratios, and all I kept seeing was the mane of that donkey continually gaining ground on me. The donkey’s pace was unrelenting, grinding the pedals of a mountain bike, refusing to give up or slow down, and all I could think of in that moment was how much sweat the guy in that donkey suit was yielding.
There’s an old saw in singlespeed circles that goes like this: if you ride a singlespeed in the woods and nobody sees you, are you still cool? Well, what if there are 600 people riding singlespeeds in the woods and everybody sees you? Is it cool or is it just …Read More