Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Trout Creek Projects

Trout Creek Trail

The Town of Truckee will have a double ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. One ribbon cutting is for the Trout Creek Bikeway phase one opening and the other is for the Trout Creek Restoration Project.

The first ceremony will be at the bikeway trail head, Bridge Street at Euer Valley Road at 3:00pm. The second ceremony is for the creek restoration, Donner Pass Road at Trout Creek at 3:45pm. The two locations are within 5 minutes walking distance of each other.

Granite Chief Avalanche Seminar: Truckee

Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) will present a backcountry awareness seminar at Granite Chief on November 21, 2014. SAC is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness and preparedness to everyone venturing into the winter backcountry.

Seminar discussions will include backpack essentials for readiness in a life threatening situation and learning how to use the SAC online avalanche forecasting tool.

The evening will begin with a social hour of beer and brats and avalanche airbag deployment techniques.

Monday, November 17, 2014

SUP Paddling in Paradise

Quiet bay at the RIU St. Martin.

A group of Stand Up Paddlers from California got to thinking about a paddling vacation in a warm tropical climate. As if by coincidence, a Sacramento based company called Flow Stand Up Paddle put together an adventure/play/paddle vacation on the island of St. Martin.

St. Martin is an ideal island for paddling. St. Martin has flat water, open ocean, downwind, upwind,  protected bays, and surf to paddle. The expansive beaches have soft white sand and the ocean is warm and inviting. St. Martin is 34 square miles in size, divided into two countries, Dutch and French. We stayed on the less commercialized French end of the island.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tahoe Mountain Sports Avalanch Education Series

Squaw Valley
Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer three evenings of avalanche education with equipment vendors and the Sierra Avalanche Center. Anyone who explores the backcountry on skis,board, sled or snowshoes should attend these free events.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tahoe Christmas Tree Cutting Permits selling soon.

The Forest Service will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Monday, November 24, 2014, in their South Shore office and Wednesday, November 26, 2014, in the North Shore office.

Permits are available for purchase until December 19, but are usually sold out by then. The last day to cut a tree is December 25, 2014.

Permits cost $10 each, with a limit of two permits per family. Permit holders will be allowed to cut a variety of pine, fir, or cedar, in designated cutting areas. The cutting areas are all in the National Forest, with specific instructions on responsible cutting.