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Alpenglow Winter Festival Event Profiles Issue 107

Photo: Scott Rokin

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 Event Profiles Issue 107

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Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour Santa Cruz

February 21-24, Santa Cruz

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz with four shows/two programs. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks.

The tour brings films from the 43rd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year’s World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you.

The Santa Cruz stop benefits the UCSC Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund. This fund provides full and half scholarships to dozens of first-year students, affording them the chance to experience the shared magic of the wilderness before beginning life at UCSC.

Learn more here.

The Great Ski Race Event Profiles Issue 107

Photo: Troy Corliss

The Great Ski Race

March 3, Tahoe City to Truckee

Race this epic 30-kilometer (18.43-mile) course 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 7,700-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.

Proceeds benefit Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue (TNSR), a volunteer team that mobilizes to rescue skiers, boarders, snowshoers, snowmobilers, and snow bikers lost in the backcountry.

Learn more here.

Sea Otter Classic Event Profiles Issue 107

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Sea Otter Classic

April 11-14, Monterey

Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events.

There will be hundreds of bicycles available to demo on the Raceway and in three other demo zones. With special areas for eMTB, MTB skills and kids’ bikes — riders can try before they buy.

Whether you’re young or old, new to cycling or experienced, you are sure to find obstacles and fun designed just for you throughout the Expo. Try them all over the four days and take home not only big smiles, but new skills to try out on your local trails and routes.

Festival passes get you access to the demo areas, food court, beer garden, stunt shows, kids’ activities, and more. Buy online and save. Kids 12 and under are free.

Learn more here.

The Great Auburn Epic Race Event Profiles Issue 107

Photo: Kasey Carames / California Enduro Series

The Great Auburn Epic Race

April 28, Auburn

The inaugural Great Auburn Epic takes place in Auburn, the Endurance Capital of the World. This mountain bike race features four timed cross country stages on the spectacular trails at Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA).

The race starts with a 4.5 mile transfer along Foresthill Road including a crossing of the Foresthill Bridge – the highest bridge in California at 730 feet. Stage 1 is on smooth single track on the Foresthill Divide Loop from Grizzly Bear House to Drivers Flat. Stage 2 features four more miles on the Foresthill Divide Trail and then 3.5 miles of amazing flowy, twisty turns and switchbacks of the Connector Trail, where racers are treated to amazing canyon views above Lake Clementine. Stage 3 takes place on Culvert Trail – a flow trail with banks, berms, jumps and a tunnel under Foresthill Road. The fourth and final stage is the Confluence Trail from Mammoth Bar OHV along the Middle Fork of the American River to the confluence where the middle fork meets the north fork.

Post-race party with BBQ, craft beer, awards and shenanighans round out a great day on the bike. Professional timing provided by California Enduro Series.

Learn more here.

Groveland Grind Event Profiles Issue 107

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Groveland Grind

May 18, Groveland

The Groveland Trail Heads mountain biking club brings back this unique fundraising cycling event for its second year. The Groveland Grind is a multi-terrain (pavement, broken pavement, gravel, small rocks and dirt) adventure ride at Yosemite National Park’s doorstep.

Riders will experience everything the majestic Stanislaus National Forest has to offer including grinding climbs, challenging terrain, and some of Mother Nature’s most amazing views. With three routes to choose from, cyclists of all skill levels in good physical condition can participate. All three routes are truly special as they hug the border of Yosemite National Park, with some sections on the original road and railroad to Yosemite.

A post ride party tops off the day, complete with food, beer, and a raffle. Proceeds support the Ferretti Non-Motorized Trail System project (mountain bike trails).

Learn more here.

Grasshopper Adventure Series Event Profiles Issue 107

Photo: Paul Miller

Grasshopper Adventure Series

Located in Northern California’s Sonoma and Mendocino counties, each “Hopper” is unique in its route and terrain and challenges both cyclist and equipment like no other race series in the world.

Remaining 2019 series events include: Super Sweetwater Feb 16, Lake Sonoma MTB March 23, Skaggs & Super Skaggs Apr 27, King Ridge Dirt Supreme May 11, Jackson Forest June 22. Other Hopper Adventure events include: Huffmaster Hopper Apr 20, Mendo Hopper Sept 14-15, Usal Hopper Oct 12.

Learn more here.