Category: Cross Country Skiing

Earn Your Beer: Issue 108

Snowshoeing June Lake

By James Murren

I parked my car where the snow plows had stopped clearing the road that goes from June Lake to Silver Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Accumulated snow in the area was measured in feet and I was excited to go snowshoeing.

Where the snow plow stopped, snowshoeing began, meaning the unplowed road was the trail. As I strapped on my snowshoes, a backcountry snow boarder came walking out from the other side of the snow pile.

“Good, you’ll help pack it down,” he said. We exchanged a few musings on the recent weather as I finished with the final strap. He commented that the snow-covered road/trail was not tracked after  a half a mile or so.

A little ways down the road, two ice-climbers were seemingly learning how to use their axes on a snowy section of wall that was not more than …

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The Great Ski Race 2019

March 3, 2019 • Tahoe City to Truckee
thegreatskirace.com

On Sunday, March 3, The Great Ski Race opens an epic 30-kilometer (18.43-mile) of groomed ski trails through the backcountry from Lake Tahoe’s premier Nordic center, Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area (Tahoe XC) to Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar in Truckee.

Showcasing views of Squaw Valley, the Sierra Crest, and Lake Tahoe, the exhilarating course climbs for seven miles over 7,400-foot-elevation Starratt Pass, then zooms down giant S-turns and into soft forest glades along Sawtooth Ridge into historic Truckee. Two “soup stations” along the way offer drinks and snacks. An after party at Cottonwoods serves Sierra Nevada beer, a sizzling lunch from Men Wielding Fire, and live music from The Blues Monsters.

Register for The Great Ski Race at thegreatskirace.com. Adults are $60 ($70 starting Feb. 18) and for kids under 18 are $25. The entry fee on race day is $110. …

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Event Profiles: Issue 107

Featured upcoming events

Alpenglow Mountain Festival

February 16-24, Lake Tahoe & Truckee

Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically acclaimed films and more. This year Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases over 75 individual events from February 16-24, 2019 and is almost entirely free.

Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – backcountry skiing and splitboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music, educational workshops, social gatherings and more.

Visit their website to see the full schedule of events and sign-up in advance to guarantee your spot. Also check out their lodging partners and use code MTFEST19 for deals and discounts.

Learn more here.


Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Santa Cruz

February 21-24, Santa Cruz

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff …

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Ear to the Ground: Issue 107

News & notes from the outdoor industry


Bianca Valenti makes 2018 “Most Accomplished Athletes” list

Outside Magazine has named San Francisco based big wave surfer Bianca Valenti one of 2018’s most accomplished athletes. Other outdoor athletes recognized were climber Alex Honnold, runner Des Linden, and several others. While there is nothing physical that would preclude women from surfing giant waves, female big wave surfers have long struggled to compete for equal prize money in that exclusive arena. While competing in surf contests around the world, Valenti co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. Because of her efforts (and the efforts of other committed female surfers) women will compete for equal prize money at Mavericks this year.

Sierra snowpack on the rise

As we go to press, data from the California Department of Water Resources indicates that the Northern Sierra and Central Sierra, which stretch from the Trinity Alps down …

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Gear We Love: Issue 107

Goodies for your active lifestyle

Gear We Love Issue 107

1. Fireside Outdoor Pop Up Fire Pit with Heat Shield

Imagine being able to set up a fire pit anywhere in less than a minute. That’s the cool thing about the Pop Up Fire Pit from Fireside Outdoor: it packs into a small bag and sets up quickly wherever you need a low-maintenance campfire. What makes this portable campfire so enjoyable is the stainless steel mesh that the logs sit on. Strong enough to withstand 125 pounds of wood, the mesh provides oxygen to the fire from below, creating a hotter burning fire that creates more warmth. We recommend you spend a little bit more and purchase the optional heat shield. The heat shield allows the Pop Up Pit to be set up on the grass or concrete without leaving any sort of brown marks, allowing for S’mores on the lawn and worry free backyard …

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Doug Read

A Tahoe City Nordic ski legend faces his toughest rescue yet: himself

By Tim Hauserman

Long time Tahoe local Doug Read was one of the original founders of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team back in 1976 and served as its President for eight years. As a member of TNSAR’s A-Team, he has gone on over 150 searches: many in the middle of a blizzard in the middle of the night. He also has been the Great Ski Race Director for 42 years. While the last few years of mild winters have been tough on the race, in the past it has been the largest cross country ski race in the western United States.

When Read purchased a second home in rural Sierraville with his wife Laura, he founded the Tour De Manure Metric Century bicycle ride, which is the primary fundraiser for the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department. …

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SnowPals Makes Bay Area to Tahoe Ride Sharing Easy

San Francisco Bay Area snow sports community celebrates twenty years of sharing enjoyment of Tahoe’s winter wonderland while advocating for the environment

SnowPals

SnowPals — the largest snow sports community (with 8,000+ members) on the west coast — is celebrating its 20th year of service to San Francisco Bay Area’s community of skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The grassroots organization’s core mission is to bring San Francisco Bay Area residents together to enjoy snow sports in the Lake Tahoe area and beyond. A main goal of the organization is to reduce carbon footprint impact on the environment; to that end SnowPals work diligently to encourage people to pool resources and ride share to Tahoe area resorts.

SnowPals is comprised mostly of busy professionals from all parts of the Bay Area (San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, Peninsula, and North Bay), representing a diverse community of singles, couples, and families. …

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2019

Lake Tahoe & Truckee • February 16-24, 2019
alpenglowsports.com/mountainfestival

Alpenglow Mountain Festival 2019

Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a nine-day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically acclaimed films and more. This year Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases over 75 individual events from February 16-24, 2019 and is almost entirely free.

Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, Alpenglow Mountain Festival showcases some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – backcountry skiing and splitboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music, educational workshops, social gatherings and more.

Registration opens December 17, 2018. Learn more and register at alpenglowsports.com/mountainfestival.

 

 

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Snowbound: Winter Resort Guide 2018-2019

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!


Featured Resorts

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Town South Lake Tahoe / Stateline NV
Avg Snowfall 360”
Skiable Acres 4630
Vertical Drop 3500′
Lifts 28
Trails 97
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

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Gift Giving Guide 2018

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season

Check out the stellar gift ideas below that are sure to be big hits with the adventure enthusiasts on your list. PLUS enter win sweet stash from many of these companies! Learn more here: adventuresportsjournal.com/bestgifts2019.

Costanoa
Evergreen Lodge Rush Creek Lodge
Clif Family O'Neill Yacht Charters
Pacific Yurts Mount Hermon Adventures
Giro Morsel
Gregory Packs Advanced Elements Summer Shower
Dynaplug Ride Concepts
Zodiac Lights ENO
Hydrapak Leki
Bucci Sportiva
Phoozy
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Winter Wonderland

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

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