Saturday, January 14, 2017

Prevent slip and falls with chains for your boots

Walking on snow and ice can sometimes land you on your keister. Even the best rubber soled hiking boots provide poor traction on slippery surfaces. The best solution is to attach temporary traction devices on the soles of your shoe or boot.  You can keep the traction devices in your pocket when you are’t using them.

The best solution I have found are the products from ICEtrekkers. ICEtrekkers has three traction solutions that are easy to install and remove. The rubber elastic sling appears durable and is designed to stay flexible in cold temperatures. My wife and I have the “Chains” product which works well in packed snow and ice.  The case hardened square links are strong and securely attached to the rubber sling.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Plenty of snow for the Great Ski Race in March

All the cross country trails are filled with snow this year.
The popular Great Ski Race for cross country skiers will take place March 6, 2016 without fear of the course melting away.  The race has been plagued with cancellations over the past few years due to lack of snow. This year won't be a problem because the snowpack is at 130% of normal.

The Great Ski Race begins in Tahoe City and ends at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Skiers begin at 6,600 feet and reach a peak altitude of 7,700 in the first half of the race. The second half features some steep uphill portions with a net elevation loss to just under  6,000 feet at the finish line.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Girl injured in fall from Squaw Valley Chairlift

 An 8-year-old girl fell from the Big Blue Express chairlift on January 2. According to Lake Tahoe News, the girl fell from nearly 40 feet. A witness said the girl fell when the chair restarted after a stoppage.

She was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in stable condition with broken bones.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Recent storm brings relief to skiers and water lovers

Beautiful Lake Tahoe.
The water level at Lake Tahoe is on the rise again thanks to all the recent precipitation. The latest storm brought  33-36" to Heavenly, Kirkwood 27-37", Mt. Rose 20-24", and Squaw/Alpine 36". All of this snow, combined with recent rain in the area, has brought the lake level up by nearly 2 inches.

This lake level rise represents 6.39 billion gallons of water, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. The current lake level sits at 6221.61feet. The level for the same day in 2014 was 6222.56, and 6223.63 in 2013.

After 4 years of drought, the latest weather pattern has brought welcome relief. Skiers and boarders are loving it. Expect great skiing/riding for the upcoming holidays.

Check the lake level in real time:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Warren Miller’s “Chasing Shadows” movie coming to town

Warren Miller has been cranking out epic ski movies since 1949. The latest film from Warren Miller Entertainment “Chasing Shadows” is sure to be a hit. Back in the day, the films were silent and required narration. Warren Miller traveled the film circuit to provide his personal commentary as the film rolled.

Today, the movies from Warren Miller Entertainment are first-class productions with sound and voiceover by Squaw Valley skier and Olympic athlete, Jonny Moseley.

Chasing Shadows is filmed on high peaks around the globe featuring local Tahoe skiers/riders, Sho Kashima, JT Holmes, and Amie Engerbretson.

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