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Stand up Paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe

Stand Up PaddleboardingStand Up Paddleboarding… Maybe you’ve heard of it- a friend told you about a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or maybe you’ve seen it- sitting on the beach, looking out onto the lake, you were intrigued by someone balancing on what looks like an over-sized surfboard, paddling the waters. If this is you, and you haven’t already joined the paddle-board movement, now’s the time! Standup Paddle Boarding (also known as SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the nation… it’s easy to learn, fun for all ages, and proves a great, unique way to enjoy and explore the water! The sport can be a serene experience as you glide through the water taking in the scenery, or it can be as physically challenging as you want, working out every muscle as you trim and tone. And, there’s no better place to Stand Up Paddleboard than the beautiful blue water of Lake Tahoe, where you can paddle by magnificent granite boulders, peer into the clear depths of the lake, and observe breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.

Here’s a guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Tahoe area- have a SUP-er time!

Rentals, Sales, Lessons, Tours:

Whether this is your first time testing the waters, or you are an experienced pro, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water and experience Tahoe. There is no shortage of companies for rentals, sales, lessons, and tours throughout the area… so there’s no excuse- Get out there and find out why Lake Tahoe is considered the largest, most beautiful flat water paddle venue in the country!

EVENTS:

As you may have noticed, people are practically living on paddleboards. They take their dogs and kids on them. They do yoga on them. Personal trainers use them to help clients balance and develop core strength. And, of course, people compete on them. Along with Hawaii, Lake Tahoe is known as an originator of the sport, hosting two of the country’s largest paddling events, Ta-Hoe Nau and the Tahoe Fall Classic. These events are “shore” to be a great time for both competitors and spectators.

Ta-Hoe Nalu, Aug. 15-17 in Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe, is the longest running and largest SUP and Paddleboard race event in the United States. This family friendly event features distance and beginner races, a live concert, sand castle building contests, and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. The interactive event also invites attendees to participate in workshops, dine at the full-service food and beverage court and enjoy Saturday’s opening ceremonies featuring Polynesian dancers from Halau Hula ‘O Leilani at 7:30 a.m. Registration opens at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Sunday’s five-mile race kicks off at 9 a.m. and the weekend wraps up at 4 p.m. with closing ceremonies.

The Tahoe Fall Classic, Sept 13-14, is the third and final race in the Tahoe Cup race series, present by O’Neill and hosted by the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA). This prone paddle race is a 22-mile, point-to-point race from El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. It is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world and is expected to draw hundreds of competitors from all over the country. SUP demos are provided throughout the weekend compliments of SURFTECH and lunch is provided by Men Wielding Fire. Registration is now open at www.tahoecup.org and a $300 cash purse is awarded to the first paddler to finish.

For more information visit GoTahoeNorth.com.

Reno Tahoe Athletes’ Road to Sochi

Some of the top athletes in the world call their home Reno Tahoe! Below are a dozen names to follow on their journey to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, with excerpts from their bios. Go TEAM USA!

DavidWise_HeadshotDavid Wise

Reno, NV – freeskiing halfpipe
Growing up around Lake Tahoe has its advantages, especially if you’re David Wise. Cliff jumping, bouncing on the trampoline and mountain biking in the summer, plus world-class skiing in the winter, have helped Wise develop into one of the top young halfpipe skiers in the nation.

Wise started skiing at age three at Sky Tavern on the outskirts of Reno. From there he quickly moved on to ski racing at Mt. Rose, Nevada. After getting into trouble repeatedly for skiing the terrain park during racing practice, breaking expensive race skis on jumps and constantly nagging his parents, they finally let their son try freeskiing.

Maddie Bowman

South Lake Tahoe, CA – freeskiing halfpipe
Bowman’s first X Games gold in 2013, a bronze at X Games Tignes and victories at both stops of the VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix made for a sweet ski season. Top it all off with her first AFP halfpipe title and that wraps it for the 2013 winter. With this kind of momentum, it’s looking good looking towards Sochi.

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Squaw Valley, CA – ski racing giant slalom, downhill, combined
Born in Reno, she has captured more major championship medals than any other American woman with eight – three Olympic and five World Championship.

Here’s the CNN-style highlight reel: podiums in four of six Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G races, finishing second in the standings when the final race of the season was canceled…super G bronze at the World Championships, the fifth Worlds medal of her decorated career…fourth in the World Cup overall standings for the second straight season…and to cap it, a record-extending 16th U.S. title with a giant slalom victory at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships. Whew!

Chas Guldemond

Reno, NV – snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle
Came from humble beginnings and became a pro snowboarder in 2006 after moving to Reno Tahoe.
Guldemond made some noise in 2013, starting off with a second at the Breckenridge Dew Tour in December and a solid win at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in January. Then he placed fourth at X Games Tignes and third at the Burton U.S. Open to close off a strong season.

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Lake Tahoe, CA – snowboard slopestyle
The Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia has added her strongest discipline which is in slopestyle, giving her the opportunity to go strive for Olympic hardware. Her style and ability to charge enormous features sets her apart from the rest of the women’s field. She is a positive young athlete with a bright future ahead, at the young age of 22 she has already made a mark and is considered a veteran, in a sport she has helped advance and will continue to advance for many years to come.

Travis Ganong

Squaw Valley, CA – ski racing
The Squaw Valley charger posted top 30 finishes in all but two World Cup downhills last season, including a career best seventh on the gnarly Stelvio speed track in Bormio, Italy. Add it all up and he pinned a personal best 18th in the season-long downhill standings. He then celebrated by winning super G gold at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships held on his home snow in Squaw.

Big Mountain skiing is what it’s all about and what better place to learn than Squaw Valley.

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Truckee, CA – ski racing
Marco Sullivan grew up in Lake Tahoe with skiing in his soul. He learned to go fast on some of the gnarliest terrain at Squaw Valley and was a promising four-event skier before he started to concentrate on downhill. It’s all about the speed. For Sullivan, the 2013 season proved to be his best since he rocked his first World Cup win in 2008.

Nate Holland

Squaw Valley, CA – Snowboardcross
With seven X Games gold medals Nate Holland has enough precious metal to gild his driveway by now. Let’s see if he can collect a few more in Sochi.

Tim Jitloff

Reno, NV – Alpine Skiing
As told by the man himself, “Since I lived in Tahoe, I grew up freeskiing all my youth and in that freeskiing, I found I enjoyed the thrill of racing. I’ve been doing both ever since.”

Danny Davis

Truckee, CA – snowboard halfpipe
Now that Danny Davis has won the X Games Halfpipe Gold, he will focus on winning the Olympic Gold in Sochi.

Stacey Cook

Truckee/University of Nevada, Reno/Mammoth – alpine skiing
Cook started skiing at four with her father at various Lake Tahoe ski areas and races in the low-key Buddy Werner League events run by Truckee’s recreation department. “When I was about 10, I got a scholarshp to the Northstar (racing) program and I won the first race. That’s when I got serious.”

Karly Shorr

Truckee, CA – snowboard slopestyle

Trained and competed in gymnastics growing up, and entered first snowboarding competition in 2008.

The Great Santa Dash 2013

Run before you Crawl and support the “claus”!

the-great-santa-dash-logoMax out on holiday cheer and participate in the Great Santa Dash the morning of the Reno Santa Pub Crawl! Sport a festive Christmas costume if you want to avoid Santa’s naughty list, plus all adult Santas (21+) will receive a FREE SANTA CRAWL CUP!

The start of the run is located in downtown Reno at Wingfield Park, December 14th, 2013 at 10am. Runners of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate.

Reindeer Charities will donate all of the proceeds from cups to local schools. In addition to giving to local schools, The Great Santa Dash will proudly support AIY Foundation which is the charitable portion of Athlete in You, LLC.  The AIY Foundation’s mission is to contribute athletic equipment, helps to restore physical education programs, and educate school children about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER

Spectator’s Guide to Ironman North Lake Tahoe

It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!

First-Impression_Ironman_2012Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The

Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.

Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!

Advance Access Code for UNR Football Games

By using the code NVFAN you can gain advance access to single-game football tickets for the 2013 Nevada Wolf Pack football season, before they go on sale to the general public.  All remaining tickets go on sale to the general public soon, so be sure to take advantage of this offer today!

Click here to enter your code and purchase single game tickets.

This offer is not valid for the UNLV or BYU games.  Fans interested in attending those games are encouraged to purchase a Power Pack.  The Power Pack includes the UC Davis (home opener), UNLV (Homecoming) and BYU (senior day) games and starts at just $70 for general admission or $103 for reserved.

Click here to purchase a Power Pack.

General admission full season tickets are just $90 per seat for adults and $35 for kids (8th grade and younger).   Reserved seats start at $155 per seat.

Click here to purchase season tickets.

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For more information please visit NevadaWolfPack.com or call 775-348-PACK

How to Score Discounts to the Reno-Tahoe Open

The Reno-Tahoe Open is recognized as a favorite stop on the PGA TOUR, the 15th annual Reno-Tahoe Open is one of only 45 cities to host the PGA TOUR and the only one offering the exciting Modified Stableford playing format! This exicting format encourages the professionals to shoot for the pin every time which creates more excitement for spectators. Besides the lion’s share of a $3 million dollar purse, 300 FedExCup points goes to the tournament winner. The stunning Montrêux Golf & Country Club is northern Nevada’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course and provides a challenging, yet beautiful, test for the top notch PGA TOUR professionals.

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Reno Tahoe USA is happy to extend the opportunity to receive $5.00 off a “Good Any-Day” ticket, (no limit on how many you can purchase).  Click here to purchase and enter promotional code RSCVA13 to activate the discount.

VOLUNTEER

Gain a true “inside the ropes” experience behind a PGA TOUR event by becoming a volunteer!  The RTO cannot operate without an amazing force of volunteers and they could use help for a variety of positions throughout the event (July 29-August 4).  Even if you can’t volunteer, you can still help by forwarding this opportunity to friends, family or organizations that you are affiliated with.

For more information about being a volunteer, or to sign up, call 775.322.3900 or click here

ENTER TO WIN

Enter our ticket giveaway! Each winner (20) will receive 2 General Admission tickets, valid for any single day of the tournament. Note: Children ages 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Contest Ends July 15, 2013

It’s Showtime for the ‘13 USBC Women’s Championships

WCPanaramic2013LARGEAfter nearly eight weeks of construction, the transformation of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center is complete, and the one-of-a-kind bowling venue is ready to welcome more than 20,000 bowlers for the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships.

The 81-day event will be held in the convention center; which includes 44 lanes, the world’s largest mobile scoreboard, office and vendor space, locker area, squad room, concessions area and seating for hundreds of bowling fans.

WCTrophies2013LARGEThe USBC Women’s and Open Championships is held in the same host city during the same year for the first time. The Open Championships, which started March 1 and will conclude July 7, is being held at the National Bowling Stadium.

The Women’s Championships, which is making its record-eighth trip to Reno, kicks off April 12 and will go through July 1.

Competition at this year’s tournament will run from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily as bowlers compete in team, doubles and singles in three average-based, all-handicap divisions for a prize fund of nearly $2 million.

More info: www.bowl.com

2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships

MORE THAN 52,000 BOWLERS TO HIT THE LANES DURING 2013 UNITED STATES BOWLING CONGRESS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The United States Bowling Congress will hold Opening Ceremonies for the 110th Open Championships on Friday, March 1st, at the National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno. Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and the Mass Ball Shot Ceremony approximately 30 minutes after Opening Ceremonies begin.


Marking a record 11th visit to Reno Tahoe, the 2013 tournament will draw more than 10,500 teams representing more than 52,000 bowlers from all 50 states and nine foreign countries. Additionally, more than 26,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe throughout the tournament, which runs through June 29th. The USBC Open Championships were first held at the National Bowling Stadium in 1995, and the economic impact of the anticipated 78,750 visitors to the destination in 2013 is projected to be $150 million.


“The return of the USBC Open Championships is an exciting event for Reno Tahoe USA,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “And we’re making history once again as the first destination to host both the USBC Open Championships and the USBC Women’s Championships in the same year.”


The USBC Women’s Championships begin this April, on temporary lanes currently being constructed in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The Women’s Championships are expected to draw more than 37,000 visitors, bowlers and guests included, during the three-month tournament. Reno Tahoe USA will also be the first destination to host both the USBC Open Championships and the USBC Women’s Championships in consecutive years when both tournaments return in 2014.

Ballers, Bowties and Benefiting Charity Weekend with Pro Athletes and Nevada Alum

A weekend of Ballers, Bowties, and Benefiting charity is coming to Reno, Feb 23-24.

Dontay Moch (Nevada Alum and current Cincinnati Bengal) is hosting a series of events to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and Strikes for Kids, beginning with a bowling tournament on Feb 23, continuing with a party in EDGE Saturday night, and ending with a poker tournament at Peppermill on Sunday. Athletes will also be honored at a Nevada baseball game, 11 am on 2/23 and will be throwing out the first pitch!

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Code: DSTRIKE
Call: 800-648-5555

Athletes from a number of pro sports teams will be in attendance  – many are Nevada Alum!

Appearing Athletes include:

Dontay Moch, Cincinnati Bengals/Nevada Alum

James Michael Johnson, Cleveland Browns/Nevada Alum

Brandon Marshall, Jacksonville Jags/Nevada Alum

Kaelin Burnett, Oakland Raiders/Nevada Alum

Tray Session, Oakland Raiders/Nevada Alum

Jonathon Amaya, Miami Dolphins/Nevada Alum

Kevin Basped, NY Jets (Retired)/Nevada Alum

Ezra Butler, New Orleans Saints/Nevada Alum

Virgil Green, Denver Broncos/Nevada Alum

Robert Sands, Cincinnati Bengals

John Griffin, NY Jets

Ryan Christenson, LA Dodgers

Schedule of events:

Feb 23 Nevada Baseball Game, 11 am. Throwing out the first pitch

Feb 23 Bowling Tournament, 4 pm to 7pm – National Bowling Stadium

Feb 23 Ballers & Bowties, EDGE party to benefit Make a Wish, doors at 10 pm.

Feb 24 Charity Poker Tournament, 1 pm – Peppermill Reno ($10,000 prize pool!)

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Valentine’s Day Guide in Reno Tahoe

Roses are red, violets are blue, if it’s planning Valentine’s Day you dread, let Reno Tahoe help you! Wow the socks off of your Valentine this year with these lovable ideas you’ll only find in Reno Tahoe USA:

1. Last Tracks Wine Tasting

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From Diamond Peak’s mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge, guests enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe while tasting fine wines and tasty appetizers. At the end of the event, after the lifts are closed, guests ski, telemark or snowboard down a freshly groomed corduroy run to the bottom.

Last Tracks is held on Saturdays starting in February, until the end of the season. Events start approximately at 4:00pm, but you can pick up your Last Tracks ticket at 2:00 pm to get some runs in before the event starts. The event ends around 6pm or at sunset, whichever comes first. All guests must stay until the end of the event and go down as a group. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Single event tickets are $29. Includes a ski lift ticket valid from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Reserve Online!

2. Spa Atlantis Valentine’s Day Spa Packages

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Treat your sweetheart to a romantic day of wellness at Spa Atlantis, insides Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada. Spa Atlantis offers guests complete serenity in an award-winning spa. For the month of February, guests can choose from the following Valentine’s Day spa packages.

Sparkling Mimosa Pedicure

Raise a toast to soft and silky feet.  Champagne bubbles and raw sugar cane granules create sparkling skin.  Relieve roughness, as the healing properties of orange and grape essential oils seal in the moisture benefits from a warm paraffin wrap.  Your feet are then massaged with Mimosa Champagne lotion.  60mins $80

Sweethearts Escape

Our jetted tubs and effervescent bubbles are the perfect way to start your romantic escape.  Slip into the warm waters and experience the true ambiance of love.  Next fall even deeper into relaxation with a side by side couple’s massage.  90mins $310

Evening Primrose Wrap

Your blissful experience will begin with a hydrating rose sugar scrub. Relax while tired and dull looking skin is gently buffed away to reveal new, refreshed skin.  Your body is then deeply moisturized with a rose petal infused moisture cream and essential oils.  Float blissfully away as you relax in our weightless floatation bed, while enjoying a scalp massage.  You’ll leave with glowing, healthy skin as soft and delicate as a rose petal. 60mins $145

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To make a reservation, please contact Spa Atlantis at 775.954.4315.

3. Crazy in Love… with Sports

Archie, the Reno Aces loveable mascot, is ready to help you ace this Valentine’s Day with the perfect gift – an Archie Gram! The package includes a $15 gift card, flower arrangement and two Outfield Reserved tickets (with an option to upgrade) to the Reno Aces home opener on April 12! Archie will deliver the packages between Feb. 7-14, and delivery is FREE to those in the Reno/Sparks area. I want to get in the game.

4. Turn Up the Heat

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Keep the heat going into the weekend. Feb. 15, the #1 male revue in the world, Chippendales®, hits the stage at the Silver Lagacy’s Grande Exposition Hall with their exclusive “Ultimate Girls Night Out” tour. Capturing the perfect balance of sex appeal and tasteful teasing, this full production show portrays everything from men in uniform to dusty cowboys. Ok, I’m interested.

5.  Romantic Serenades

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Listen to the chords of harmony and love at Artown’s Encore Performance of Violinist Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva at the Pioneer Center, Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Friends of Artown receive 10% off ticket prices, contact Artown at 775-322-1538 for code. Click to tune into more info.

6. Indulge in Decadent Treatments at Stillwater Spa in Tahoe

Throughout February, Stillwater Spa offers a pair of luxurious spa treatments for individuals and couples seeking blissful relaxation:

o    I Love Me” special treatment features a 50-minute Stillwater massage, 25-minute Lushly scrub, a Moroccan Oil™ Blowout, a complimentary champagne toast, and a $25 resort credit when guests spend $50 or more. Price: $225.

o   “I Heart You” special treatment for couples includes a 75-minute Couples Escape, 25-minute Moroccan Oil™ scalp massage and conditioning treatment, complimentary champagne toast, and $25 resort credit when guests spend $50 or more. Price: $425.