Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kings Beach Highway Improvements Started

Major construction is underway in Kings Beach at Lake Tahoe. Traffic on Highway 28 through Kings Beach will be negatively affected. Traffic lanes and parking will be reduced during the three-year, $50 million dollar construction period.

Kings Beach improvement project. Click to enlarge.

The project calls for adding round-abouts and removing traffic lights. Sidewalks will be added and the current 4-lane highway will be converted to 3 lanes.  The project is designed to reduce traffic accidents and pollution run-off into the lake.

The project will also improve bike and pedestrian safety along Highway 28. This will be a very welcome improvement along this heavily traveled and poorly shouldered stretch of roadway along the lake.

Construction will be stopped during the tourist season, July 1 through Labor Day. Expect the project to be completed in 2016.

Monday, April 21, 2014

USA Today Readers select best Cycling Towns

USA Today readers selected from 20 cities chosen by cycling legend, George Hincapie. Hincapie did not select a Lake Tahoe area city. However, two relatively close California cities were selected and both of these cities have been involved with the Amgen Tour Bicycle Race.
The 10 Best according to readers:

1. Davis
2. Fort collins
3. Minneapolis
4. Madison
5. Greenville
6. Chattanooga
7. Tucson
8. Durango
9. Sacramento
10. Bend

Towns that did not make the 20 nominee list include: Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Palo Alto, Scottsdale and Ashlund.

George Hincapie was a key rider (domestique) for Lance Armstrong on each of Armstrong’s Tour wins. Like Armstrong, Hincapie was caught cheating with performance-enhancing drugs.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Top Tier Disc Golf Tournament at Lake Tahoe

The Professional Disc Golf Association will sanction a “Pro/Am” tournament at Lake Tahoe, June 27-29, 2014. The King of the Lake Tournament will bring in “A” rated professional disc golfers from around the country.

The Tournament begins Friday in South Lake Tahoe at Bijou Community Park and Zephyr Cove Park.  Saturday moves to Truckee with Sierra College and Truckee Regional Park courses. Final rounds on Sunday will be held at Tahoe Vista Disc Golf in the North Tahoe Regional Park.

All of the amateur slots for this event have been filled, but there are several other events in the Tahoe Basin that haven't filled.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Squaw Valley Earth Day Event

Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley will be hosting Earth Day 2014 on April 19, Saturday. Earth Day is a fun venue with live music, entertainment, and vendors that show you how to preserve and protect local and global resources.

Earth Day began in 1970 as a way for Americans to demonstrate the need to develop a healthy and sustainable environment.  Today Earth Day is a collective expression of public will to create a sustainable society and inspire positive healthy practices that benefit local communities and the world.

Earth Day runs from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Live music begins with Drop Theory at 11:30am and ends with Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons at 5:00pm on the plaza stage.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Proper Ski, Board, and Boot Storage

Applying hot wax.
When the ski season is over, don’t just walk away from your equipment and expect it to be ready when the snow falls. You need to store your gear properly to maintain function and get the most life out of it. Heaping your gear in the corner of a hot Sacramento garage or a damp basement is not the answer.

Storing skis and boards:

Hot wax your skis/boards and make sure the edges are coated in wax. Don’t scrape the wax off your edges. The wax will protect the edges from moisture and minor hits.

Store your skis in a dry environment with moderate and consistent temperatures. A closet is better than a mudroom or garage.

Store skis and boards vertically. Hanging skis in standard tip racks is fine. There are companies like Rocker Ski Rack that make special racks for rocker skis that they say maintain the shape of the ski better.