Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lake Tahoe July 4th Firework Shows

Lake Tahoe offers several places to view spectacular firework shows. Show organizers are required to clean-up spent firework shells that fall into the lake.

Boaters can see all the shows at once or pick one and get in close. Bring blankets and warm close on the boat.


New Fire Restrictions in the Lake Tahoe Basin

The USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has issued the following fire restrictions. The restrictions are effective July 1, 2015, through the end of the official 2015 fire season.
1. No open fires, charcoal fires, stove fires, or campfires except within grills and fire rings at exempted sites. Persons with a valid California campfire permit may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.

2. No smoking outdoors unless stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GoSnow App Will Socialize Skiers and Riders

Screenshots by GoSnow.

GoSnow is the first app for skiers and riders to meet up and plan trips. GoSnow was founded by a snowboarding Aussie named Sean Bellerby. Bellerby wants to inspire and connect skiers and riders worldwide to ride and experience more on the snow. The app lets like-minded individuals socialize more.

Meet Up: GoSnow makes it easy to meet local skiers/riders in the same ski town or planning the same tip. Meet up on or off the snow.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Wildfire near Markleeville now up to 9,500 acres

A wildfire 8-10 miles south of Markleeville continues to grow. The blaze, known as the “Washington Fire”, was sparked by lightning on Friday, June 19. High winds and heavy timber created a rapid rate of spread over the weekend. The blaze is currently 10% contained.

Hwy. 89 over Monitor Pass is closed at Hwy. 395 and Hwy. 4 is closed as well. The blaze is spreading northwest towards Markleeville. Several campgrounds along Hwy. 4 to the north end of Markleeville have been evacuated. Residents of Markleeville are being advised to get ready for mandatory evacuations.

Steep rocky terrain, lack of vehicle access, and high winds are hampering firefighting progress. There are currently 500 personnel, 10 air tankers, 8 helicopters, and 17 engines working the fire.

Possible thunder storms later in the week could hamper containment efforts.

USA Cycling Championships will be in Truckee

The USA Cycling Amateur National Championships will be in Truckee June 24-28, 2015. The course changes each day, with stops in Loyalton, Serene Lakes, Northstar California, and downtown Truckee.

Racing begins Wednesday on an out-and-back course that travels north on Hwy.89 from Northstar California. Younger riders complete a 69 kilometer course and top riders “CAT 1 and U-23” complete 167 kilometers.

The racing is at Serene Lakes on Thursday. This is a 5 kilometer course around the lakes. Riders will complete 3-5 laps, depending on their division.