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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.

Need 2 Speed Go-Kart Race Track

Feeling a little cooped up this winter? Why not head to Need 2 Speed, Reno’s first indoor go-kart racing track. Housed in a 50,000 square foot space on Sierra Center Parkway, Need 2 Speed features a winding, curvy Grand Prix-style track and the carts can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour!

The facility is completely climate-controlled so there are perfect conditions for racing all year long. Even the young ones can race in carts that are limited to 25 miles per hour, so it’s fun for the entire family.

Need 2 Speed offers memberships that save money on racing as well as being able to take advantage of special offers, and is planning on offering league racing and tournaments throughout the year. The facility also offers three party rooms for special events and also conference rooms for corporate meetings. Individuals and groups can also rent the entire facility for larger events and have complete access to the track and unlimited racing.

Judging by the big smiles on the faces of the people as they take off their helmets after a challenging race, Need 2 Speed is going to quickly become a very popular stop in Reno for a unique and fun racing experience!

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Motown Legend Aboard Feb. 4th Reno Snow Train

Martha Reeves picThe Reno Snow Train welcomes Martha Reeves (of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas) the “Queen of Motown Soul” with hits Dancing in the Street and Jimmy Mack, aboard the February 4 – 6, 2014 Motown themed Reno Snow Train. Miss Reeves, here from Detroit for her only West Coast 2014 appearance, will have a Motown Q&A and sing a few of her hit songs for passengers. In addition, Top Shelf, a Bay Area Classic Soul Trio, will perform some favorite Motown hits both in the Dance Car and strolling throughout the train.

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The 15-car, 600 passenger Snow Train features live entertainment with the multi-talented John Lee Sanders in the Piano Lounge, Elvis Tribute Artist, Card Magician, Dance Car with A&A Music Events DJ, Smoking Car and open seating Dome Car. The family and retiree-friendly, midweek Snow Train starts from $269. per person, double occupancy with departures Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4 and 11. Train themes are Motown (featuring special guest Martha Reeves), Classic Country, Aloha, Hooray for Hollywood, Mardi Gras and Rockin’ Round the 50’s.  Fares include round trip reserved, coach seating from the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento, two nights Reno hotel including all taxes & resort fees, entertainment and light meals aboard the train and Winner’s Book of coupons good for discounted meals and shows in Reno. Pullman Gold Service, reserved Dome Car seats with first class table dining, is available as a Snow Train option for an additional cost.

The destination “stars of the show” are the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the top 10 rail routes in the world. Combine the Reno Snow Train with the Sierras to experience the most memorable and unique train journey in the history of railroading. For additional information contact your professional Travel Agent or Key Holidays at (800) 783-0783, www.RenoSnowTrain.com.

2014 Elvis Pub Crawl: Suits and Showgirls

Party like it’s Elvis’ birthday!

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There is one heck of a party planned to celebrate the man that made the biggest mark of all time on Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Saturday, January 5th, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Harrah’s and Circus Circus in downtown Reno will celebrate the King’s Birthday at 12 venues. The Elvis Suits & Showgirls Pub Crawl begins at 7:30 p.m. Simply pick up your commemorative cup for just $5 at any participating bar and start crawlin’! Show up in your hottest Elvis garb or show off those gams in a showgirl costume. Everywhere you go, there is a great themed party and drink specials waiting for you.

Hang at Aura Lounge for the Elvis Karaoke contest starting at 9 p.m. Put on you “Blue Suede Shoes” and perform your favorite Elvis tune for prizes.  At Silver Baron’s Lounge both Friday and Saturday evening starting at 8:00 p.m., Elvis impersonator, Johnny Baron as Elvis, will be performing.  And back by popular demand on Saturday is “Little Elvis” and “Little Marilyn!” And at Rum Bullions Island Bar, enter an Elvis Costume contest on Saturday at 10 p.m. for great prizes!

Use code ELVIS14 at Silver Legacy to book a discounted room ($60)! Plus, 10% of your room rate will go to charity!

Use code IELVIS at Circus Circus for a discounted room ($35)!

  • Cost: $5 gets you admission along with a commemorative cup and map
  • Specials: $3 drink specials and $3 beer specials for anyone with a cup!
  • Contests: There will be a costume contest at EVERY STOP
    ·  Pre-Sale Cups: Available for pre-sale at Junkee Clothing Exchange at 960 S. Virginia St.
    ·  Cups: will be available event night at Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Harrah’s and Circus Circus

New Plans for JA Nugget in Sparks

The international architecture and design firm Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. has been selected to assist in the redesign of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

NuggetGamingFloorCuningham Group put together a comprehensive design plan for the Nugget that reflects the resort’s strategy to reinvigorate and reposition the property as THE place to go in Northern Nevada. The design will feature upgraded finishes, colors and lighting to evoke a sense of fun, excitement and energy.

The renovations will feature new experiences in  food and beverage, entertainment, gaming and rooms offerings intended to honor traditional Nugget values while generally broadening their appeal.  The Nugget’s new owners plan to invest up to $50 million dollars into the property in the coming years to update and renovate the Nugget’s casino floor, hotel rooms, restaurant concepts and entertainment venues.

Fans of laid-back, all-stops-out, down-country good times will have a new place to party when the Sparks Nugget casino resort debuts Gilley’s Reno Sparks later this spring.  Gilley’s will offer Northern Nevadans a unique combination of total entertainment, including a restaurant, nightclub, live entertainment, DJs, dancing, those charming Gilley Girls and more. Line-dancing, two-stepping and boot-scooting will take center stage on the dance floor, supplemented by world-class barbecue including steaks, pork, and chicken, and following in the rich tradition of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off.

Those who follow pop culture–and almost anyone in search of quality recreation–will recognize Gilley’s as the iconic dance hall and saloon featured in the country classic film, Urban Cowboy. That concept has been replicated successfully at clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and Las Vegas, but it’s an exciting first for the Reno/Sparks area, as well as a fitting and fun nod to Northern Nevada’s rich ranching history.

And Yes, There Will Be A Bull.

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Gilley’s will open with 10,000-plus square feet in the space formerly occupied by the venerable Trader Dick’s restaurant and lounge.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reno Tahoe

Snoop Dog to Schubert and s’mores to balloon drops, find the right NYE party for you!

New Year’s Eve at the BuBinga Lounge is celebrating with a The Red Carpet Affair! Join DJ Dragon & Romance for Party Favors and a Midnight Toast. $100 All Access to Open Premium Bar from 8pm to 12am – good at all Eldorado Bars & Lounges.

1_snowglobe405Tiesto, Kaskade, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Zeds Dead, Beats Antique, Gramatik and more will ring in the New Year at the SnowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe. The three-day event is set to take place on the campus of Lake Tahoe Community College December 29-31.

Reno Chamber Orchestra’s Masterworks Concert No. 4 – the always-lively New Year’s Eve concert – includes music by Martin, Schumann, Bruch, and Schubert, as well as a host of musical bonbons and other surprises!

I <3 NYE Party will ring in the New Year at the Peppermill! They’re ushering in 2014 with celebrations galore in the Capri Ballroom. Get your groove on to the sounds of the Soul Lads, performing live. When the clock strikes midnight, celebrate with a balloon drop and champagne toast! Tickets are $60 per person, which includes 2 drink coupons.

At Fire & Ice Celebration at Northstar celebrate with your family & friends in the Northstar Village!  Enjoy live music, ice skating, roasting s’mores by the fire and an amazing fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.1_subhero_cat_shop_dine.village-newyears

Head to the NYE Bounce Heavy DJ Party at the Tahoe Biltmore for free cover, hot DJs and an authentic North Lake Tahoe party vibe… what more do you need to know?

Silver Legacy is Rockin’ the Dome again this New Year’s Eve with live entertainment, dance parties and a spectacular midnight countdown and fireworks show! For a DJ and dancing experience with VIP bottle service, party favors and a midnight champagne toast, Aura Lounge is the place to be to dance the night away.

Join the Atlantis for free champagne from 11 p.m. until midnight and free party favors. Atlantis invites the community to countdown the seconds to 2014 together, followed by a balloon drop. In addition, the music on the cabaret stage is guaranteed to set the tone of the event. Listen to Escalade and Atomika, from 4 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.

At Circus Circus, enjoy free live music on with California Band, free party favors from all over the property and at midnight, watch the fireworks from right outside! Come early on New Year’s Eve and play in the Midway, enjoy a free circus show, or even try your luck on the casino floor.

Ring in the new year in style, and at the right price (no cover!) at Harrah’s Reno. The gorgeous Harrah’s Go-Go dancers will be performing all night long at Club Sapphire, and The Stage @ the Zone will be spinning video club hits on three giant screens.

Cheers to ending 2013 with a bang!

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RENO TAHOE USA REACHES “TIPPING POINT” WITH OVER 50 “TOP 10” AWARDS

Northern Nevada is Celebrated for Livability, Value, Year-Round Recreation and More

Travelers looking for a fun, safe, affordable, sunny, beautiful, hip and varied vacation destination should check out Northern Nevada’s Reno Tahoe area, according to more than 50 varied publications and websites, from A (AOL Real Estate) to Z (Zagat.com). The four season, high desert resort destination that encompasses Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe has been recognized for excellence on more than 50 occasions – in a wide variety of national publications and online rankings – over the course of the past 24 months, and the “Top 10” accolades just keep on coming.

RTUSA_AllSeasonTAG“It’s pretty incredible to be ranked #9 on the list of ‘100 Best Places to Live’ (Livability.com), #5 on ‘Top Spots for Winter Vacations’ (The Weather Channel) and as one of the ‘20 Most Crime-Free Cities in America’ (AOL Real Estate), while offering the #1 Lake in America, Lake Tahoe (USA Today Reader’s Poll) and the #1 Ski Resort, Squaw Valley (Men’s Journal), as well as the #1 ranking for ‘Underestimated Cities for Food’ (The Daily Meal),” according to Christopher Baum, President and CEO of Reno Tahoe USA. “It’s especially surprising when you consider that this is a resort area that most Americans haven’t visited… yet,” said Baum, “But we’re confident that THAT is about to change.”

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the gateway to nearby Lake Tahoe’s world class skiing for the vast majority of visitors. And with an early storm recently dumping two-to-three feet of fresh powder in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, listed as one of “11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Mountain Ranges” by UnofficialNetworks.com, it will be difficult to find a better winter sports getaway this season, according to authorities such as:

  • Buzzfeed Travel, which ranked Lake Tahoe #1 among “34 Places that are Even Better During Winter.”
  • National Geographic Magazine, which recently highlighted Reno as one of its “Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns.”
  • Men’s Journal, which recognized top-ranked Squaw Valley, as well as nearby Northstar and Kirkwood, as having some of the “Best Ski Schools in the U.S.”
  • FoxNews.com, which ranked Squaw Valley USA one of the Top 10 “Best Ski Resorts in North America.”
  • MSN.com, which cited Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (just a 25 minute drive from downtown Reno) as one of the “10 Hippest Ski Areas You Rarely Hear About.”
  • Forbes, which also picked Squaw Valley as one of their “Top 10 U.S. Ski Resorts.”

Besides its top overall rating from the readers of USA Today, Lake Tahoe also picked up several additional noteworthy warm weather awards:

  • Yahoo! Travel included North America’s highest alpine lake in its international list of “10 Lakeside Vacations that Have it All.”
  • FamilyVacationCritic.com voted Sand Harbor at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe one of the “10 Best Beaches for Families.”
  • Yahoo! Shine named Lake Tahoe as a Top 10 lake vacation “Best for Celebrating a Western Icon.”

In addition to its #1 rating from The Daily Meal, and Campo’s selection by Esquire Magazine as one of “The Best New Restaurants in America,” the region’s diverse and rapidly expanding food scene also was recognized as follows:

  • The local GourMelt Grilled Cheese Truck earned double honors this year as one of the “10 Best Grilled Cheese Trucks” by CultureCheeseMag.com and also as one of the “101 Best Food Trucks in America” by The Daily Meal.
  • Chapel Tavern in Reno’s hip MidTown District was recently named one of the “10 Best Places to Drink Rum” in the country by Zagat.com.
  • A mainstay in downtown Reno for more than 50 years, the Awful Awful was listed as one of the “51 Great Burger Joints Across the U.S.” by USA Today.

Additional recognition for Northern Nevada also came for several of the area’s top Special Events:

  • USA Today called the National Championship Air Races one of the “10 Best Air Shows Around the World.”
  • Salon.com ranked the annual “Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff” in Sparks one of its 2013 “10 Summer Festivals Worth the Pit Stop.”
  • MSN.com recognized Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, which will host more than 100,000 bowlers when the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and Women’s Championships return to the destination in 2014, as one of the “Coolest Bowling Spots in North America.”
  • Hot Rod magazine recently cited the iconic Virginia City International Camel Races as one of their “41 Ways to Go Fast” in 2014.

Locals know why so many visitors are visiting, returning, and sharing their great experiences in Reno Tahoe, and it all starts with the quality of life enjoyed in Northern Nevada:

  • Downtown SkylineMSN Money ranked Reno one of “America’s Cheapest (Livable) Cities.”
  • Realtor.com ranked the Reno area #3 on its list of “Top 10 Turnaround Towns.”
  • U-Haul listed Reno as #4 on its list of “Top U.S. Growth Cities.”
  • Where to Retire Magazine listed Reno as one of its “100 Best Places to Retire.”
  • Sunset Magazine recognized the Reno Riverwalk District as one of its “32 Great Spring Trips.”
  • The American Planning Association celebrated C Street in nearby Virginia City, an authentic 1860s gold and silver mining town, as one of the “Great Streets of America.”
  • OnlineColleges.com ranked the University of Nevada, Reno one of the “10 U.S. Colleges with Great Greek Life.”
  • Mother Nature Network celebrated the world’s tallest artificial rock climbing wall at BaseCamp, in the heart of downtown Reno, as one of “8 of the World’s Best Climbing Walls.”
  • And after a fun-filled day of skiing, swimming and eating, it’s reassuring to know that – for the sixth year in a row – Reno has been recognized by Casino Player Magazine for being home to the “Loosest Slots in America.”

According to Baum, “Based upon all of our diverse accolades, from such a wide array of third-party organizations over the last two years, Reno Tahoe USA is obviously a vacation destination where visitors can’t lose!”

For a complete list of recent Reno Tahoe USA awards, please visit http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/media/top-listings.

Sparks Hometowne Christmas 2013

Sparks is kicking off their holiday season with a holly jolly weekend of festivities!

The Hometowne Christmas Parade: Celebrating 150 years of Nevada Heritage honors the Sesquicentennial – 150 years of Statehood for Nevada!  Come downtown on December 7 for a traditional Christmas parade along with entertainment, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts. The tree lighting ceremony will be Friday night with the parade on Saturday at 1pm.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6, 2013 6:30-7:00 pm

Gather ‘round as Mayor Martini turns the lights on the glorious tree. Event includes carolers and great entertainment. New surprises are afoot, come and be a part! Refreshments courtesy of John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

Hometowne Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, Parade: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come down early and get hot chocolate compliments of Living Stones Church. Check in on Santa at Santa’s Village in the Schoolhouse, where the elves from the Boys and Girls Clubs keep the Santa in merry mood. Warm up with great Christmas shopping at the Hometowne Craft Faire in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, at Victorian and Pyramid Highway.

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 7 at 10:00am.

Registration available at Scheels Customer Service starting November 1, 2013.

FEE: $20 OR New Toy Donation  – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots!

Christmas on the Comstock

This Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, Virginia City, Nev. kicks off its annual holiday tradition, Christmas on the Comstock. Located just 25 miles from Reno, the town boasts the Parade of Lights, a country Christmas concert and Breakfast with Father Christmas. The festivities continue throughout the month with unique gifts and boutique holiday shopping at local merchants.

Breakfast with Father Christmas – Dec. 7, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join Father Christmas for breakfast, photos and a chance to share Christmas wishes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: Adults $10, Kids $8.

The Candy Cane Express Trains –Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Two departures daily: noon and 2 p.m.

Create holiday memories aboard the Candy Cane Express Holiday Train on the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Delight with visits from the Candy Cane Sisters while sipping hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and enjoying delicious cookies and candy canes. Price: $14 adults, $7 children, ages 2 and under free. Purchase tickets online.

Christmas Movies at Piper’s Opera House Dec. 7, 12 – 4 p.m.

Bring the kids to watch classic Christmas movies at the historic Piper’s Opera House before the Parade of Lights. Price: FREE.

Christmas on the Comstock Parade of Lights – Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

Bundle up and gather along C Street for Virginia City’s only evening parade and watch as the town lights up with Christmas cheer. Price: FREE.

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Christmas in the Sierra – Concert with David John & The Comstock Cowboys, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Bring your cowboy boots and Santa hat to this boot-stomping good time with David John and the Comstock Cowboys for a country Christmas concert at Piper’s Opera House. Buy your tickets in advance online. Price:  $25.

Photos with Father Christmas – Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stop by the Virginia City Visitors Center at 86 South C Street to meet Father Christmas and create a holiday memory. Call 775-847-7500 for more information.

Virginia City Merchant Christmas Gift Giveaway, Dec. 7 – Dec. 30, merchant business hours vary.

Pick up a lucky number card at Forever Christmas, The Mark Twain Museum or the Visitor Center for a chance to win one of 2,000 free gifts at over 20 participating merchants. Price: FREE.

Gingerbread Social and Charity Auction – Dec. 8, 5 p.m.
Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win fabulous prizes at Piper’s Opera House. Price: FREE.

To purchase tickets and for more information on Christmas on the Comstock events taking place in Virginia City, Nev., visit online or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.