Monday, March 2, 2015

Amgen Tour of California returns to Lake Tahoe this year

Heavenly will be the start/finish for two stages of the Women's Amgen Tour.

South Lake Tahoe will host two stages of this year’s Amgen Tour of California. New for 2015 is the addition of a three-stage women’s race.  14 of the top women’s cycling teams from around the world will compete for the women’s race title.

Heavenly Mountain Resort will be the start and finish line for the two Tahoe stages. Stage 1 on Friday, May 8 will be a 74.5 mile clockwise loop around Lake Tahoe.  Stage 2 on Saturday, May 9 will be 2 laps on a 25 mile course out Pioneer Trail and through Christmas Valley. The final stage for the women’s race will take place on Sunday, May 10 in Sacramento.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Alpenglow Mountain Festival celebrates Tahoe winter sports

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is a 10-day celebration of human powered winter sports. Activities include presentations, films, equipment demos, clinics, and racing. The event is geared toward beginner and intermediate enthusiasts who want to learn more about their sport or learn about a new sport.

Activities include backcountry tours on splitboards, snowshoes, and skis. Some of the Nordic ski demonstrations and clinics have been cancelled due to the lack of snow, but other activities include avalanche beacon practice, yoga, and a natural history snowshoe tour.

There is still time to participate in the Tahoe City Alpenglow Sports Festival which will end Sunday, March 1, 2015. The Alpenglow Sports website has a complete listing of the daily events.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Tahoe to Truckee Great Ski Race gets cancelled again

Tons of snow in 2004.

The Great Ski Race has been cancelled for the third time in a row due to lack of snow.  The 30K cross country race from Tahoe City to Truckee has a 39 year history. During that time period, the race was cancelled only one time during the 80’s for lack of snow.

Back in the day (1977), the race was manually timed and had only 66 racers. By 1985 the race got electronic timing and 600 entrants. The race attracts about 750 racers a year now.

The race was set for March 6, 2015 at 7:00am in the Tahoe Cross Country ski area. The finish was at the Hilltop Lodge in Truckee. There is no information on The Great Ski Race website regarding refunds for entrants.

The Great Ski Race is the main fund raiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. Proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment for the Team, and for winter survival and avalanche education programs.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Warm Winter Weather offers Tahoe Paddlers Unique Opportunity

Donner Lake glass all to ourselves, 2/13/15
The unseasonably warm weather has made paddling a year-round Tahoe activity. Popular paddling lakes like Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake are at their least congested time of year. The power boats are gone, leaving wake free water with little noise and commotion from dockside activities.  You have the crystal clear water all to yourself.

Don't let the cold water temperature keep you from paddling. If the air temperature is 50 degrees and above, it is easy to stay warm by layering your clothing. A little exercise will keep you comfortable. The worst part of the winter paddle is entry and exit from the water. In less you can find a floating pier, you will have to walk into the water with your kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board (SUP).

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Donner Lake Museum may open in 2015

New Donner Lake Museum Building.

Construction on the new museum building just east of Donner Lake began in the spring of 2011. The parking lot was expanded and about 100 trees were removed to make way for the approximately 10,000 square-foot building that was set to open in 2013.

Unfortunately, the museum has been hit with several setbacks that have delayed the opening. The major setbacks have been the contract bid for the exhibits and funding issues.