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WHERE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR 4TH OF JULY?

Sparks Fireworks tower crowdThis year Reno Tahoe USA is hosting some of the top Independence Day events and pyrotechnic displays in the nation. It’s a tough call deciding which of these parties to crash but we’ve tried to make it easy for you to see what each event has to offer.

LAKE TAHOE

July 1-4, the fifth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration in Incline Village offers the perfect getaway for families. They’ve got a patriotic chalk drawing contest, beer tastings, firecracker trail trek, and even a doggie dress up contest for your pup. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a jam-packed weekend with the fam, look no further – after you finish reading this post, of course.

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We can’t forget about the 70 feet of snowfall last winter quite yet. Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA are reopening for the weekend offering discounted tickets and wrapping up the season with huge 4th of July parties. Squaw will also host the famed 21st annual Lake Cushing Crossing on July 3. No one does pond-skimming quite like Squaw Valley. Perhaps it is because men and women in Reno Tahoe are a little more daring, a little more agile and a little better on sticks. Or maybe, it’s because the Cushing Crossing is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool. We don’t really need a reason; we do it the way we want.

Other local Lake Tahoe events include Tahoe City celebrating 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach, July 4, and Kings Beach hosting their annual firework display and deck party at the North Tahoe Event Center on July 3.

SPARKS

Experience the biggest 4th of July party in the region, Star Spangled Sparks, at the Sparks Marina. Join thousands to celebrate our freedom at this FREE all day event. Rise bright and early for free hot air balloon rides at 6am and a three dollar all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The excitement continues during the day with a fun-run around the Sparks Marina, bounce houses and a ride area for the kids. Later that evening, witness a military flyover moments before the longest and most spectacular pyrotechnic display in the region, you won’t want to miss this 11th annual celebration.

VIRGINIA CITY

Virginia City made the list for the “Top 10 Fourth of July Fireworks 2011.” For us this comes as no surprise as every year thousands journey to the famous, historical city. The event begins with a parade downtown around noon and ends with the Comstock Cowboys performing at dusk along with an extensive fireworks show. The last time Virginia City had this many explosives was back when the city was first discovered as a gold mining jackpot.

PYRAMID LAKE

Do you want to be the party planner? The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe welcomes all those who want to throw their own 4th of July party. Summer season fireworks are now on sale for use on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation in designated areas. Create your own fireworks show over North America’s most beautiful desert lake!

WALKING ON WATER… SORT OF

paddleboardHot summer weekends are finally here and you can jump into the summer season by enjoying Tahoe’s “coolest” attraction. Lake Tahoe is renowned for its cobalt blue waters, providing a clear view of depths up to 75 feet. And hey, what better way to explore its depths than to skim its surface via paddle? Here’s something unexpected: Lake Tahoe is the largest stand up flat-water paddleboard venue in the country!

“Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most scenic and green ways to take in Lake Tahoe,” said Ernie Brassard, president of the 2011 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Classic, August 13-14 in Kings Beach. “You get a completely different perspective of the lake and the surrounding mountains from the water than you do from the trail.”

The sport continues to skyrocket in popularity, as evidenced by a recent increase in Tahoe rental shops and outfitters, as well as festivals taking center stage during the summer and fall months.

A popular event you won’t want to miss is the Jam from the Dam, July 9, which has participants racing six miles from Commons Beach in Tahoe City to the Waterman’s Landing – a new restaurant and stand up paddleboard shop. Like the Ta-Hoe Nalu, it’s a great opportunity for spectators to demo equipment in a fun and festive environment.

Need equipment? Tahoe Paddle & Oar caters to the canoe and kayak audience with rentals available, including wetsuits and life vests, along with on-water lessons. If it’s a lazy Sunday and you want your paddleboards and beaches all in one place, rentals are available at one of Tahoe’s most well-known beaches, Sand Harbor State Park, located outside of Incline Village. Kayaks and paddleboards are a must to explore San Harbor’s hidden coves, cathedral of massive white boulders and lively beach activities. The infamous white sand is also a great picnic spot!

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Reno Tahoe Flash Mob at Alpine Meadows

In the midst of a blizzard that brought 54 inches of snow to Alpine Meadows, Microsoft Licensing, GP and Microsoft Student partnered with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, Moment Skis and Sentury Snowboards on Saturday, March 19, creating the biggest flash mob this area has ever seen in an effort to promote Reno Tahoe and the products of local companies.  

“It was touch and go that we’d even be able to pull this off, but with employees and videographers that flew in for the weekend, we forged onward,” said Amy Strande, director of Microsoft Student Outreach.

On Saturday, more than 125 people braved the blizzard conditions to gather at the Alpine Meadows Take the Lake Rail Jam Competition, kicking off the event with a surprise flash mob. 

“We went with an 80’s theme, because we were looking to go big and relate to everyone,” said Max Lanman, creative director of the flash mob. “We wanted it to be over the top and fun to watch.”

The goal of the flash mob was to create a viral video to showcase Reno Tahoe and Alpine Meadows, and to promote Microsoft products and locally produced Sentury Snowboards and Moment Skis. The event brought together a community of people; including, Microsoft employees, interns, vendors and family; UNR Dance Co-Op members; dance students from Reno to South Lake Tahoe; and Alpine Meadows’ ski team skiers, families and coaches.  The flash mob video can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/flashmob.

The idea stemmed from a challenge issued by Frank Holland, corporate vice president of Microsoft, when he visited the Reno office in 2010. Holland’s challenge was to think of creative ways to grow awareness and market share of Microsoft products in the community.

“I started thinking that we could partner with local tourism officials and our existing partners at Sentury Snowboards and Moment Skis to showcase the area and local products using each partners’ social networks,” said Lynnette Bellin, instigator of the flash mob. “The blizzard made this a herculean feat!”

 “The flash mob was a fun addition to the existing college spring break week at Alpine,” according to Deanna Gescheider, executive director of marketing for JMA Ventures, which manages Alpine Meadows and Homewood resorts. Unfortunately, the competition was cancelled due to weather conditions, but the rail jam proceeded as planned.  Take The Lake Jump Line Competition draws college students from the San Francisco Bay area during spring break.

Over the past year, Sentury Snowboards has created Bing and Windows Live branded snowboards for Microsoft.  Microsoft also partnered with Moment Skis to create a Windows-branded ski.  “The branded equipment  is mainly sold to Microsoft employees, serving as a conversation starter with people on the mountain, so that we can evangelize Microsoft products,” said Ken Skogerson, project manager of the MSLI Marketing and PR committee.

-Lynette Bellin

Leave sNOw Trace Extravaganza March 10-13

leave_snow_trace (2)It’s a LEAVE sNOw TRACE extravaganza as the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics partners with Tahoe Mountain Sports and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for an entire weekend of events March 10-13, 2011. 

The award-winning Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is the international leader in sustainable recreation practices. The nonprofit organization teaches children and adults vital skills to minimize their impacts when they are outdoors. Leave No Trace is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used today on public lands across the nation by all types of outdoor recreationalists. One of Leave No Trace’s 7 fundamental principles is “Plan Ahead and Prepare,” and Tahoe Mountain Sports and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association continually help Tahoe residents and visitors do just that.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association exists to maintain and enhance the legendary 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail and encourages stewardship through volunteer programs, education outreach, and community partnerships. TRTA staff and volunteers inspire trail-users to adhere to the Leave No Trace principle.

For their LEAVE sNOw TRACE crusade, Leave No Trace, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and Tahoe Mountain Sports have planned the following events to help spread the word of leaving no trace at Lake Tahoe:

  • Thursday, March 10 – Tahoe Mountain Sports Sasquatch Sale Benefits the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.The Tahoe Mountain Sports annual spring clearance, the Sasquatch Sale, kicks off with 10% of all profits being donated to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, all day 10am-6pm.
  • Thursday Night, March 10 – Leave No Trace Winter Skills Awareness Workshop: Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach for an interactive program that provides the necessary tools to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Participants will explore the principles of Leave No Trace through hands-on, engaging activities that are guaranteed fun for all ages. Rumor has it that Bigfoot will be there to share some of his secrets on leaving no trace in the wild! Program runs 6-8pm with light refreshments provided, and is free and open to everyone.
  • Saturday, March 12 – Kings Beach SnowFest Parade: Bigfoot, the Leave No Trace mascot, hits Kings Beach’s mainstreet for the SnowFest Closing Weekend Parade, joined by the official, decked-out Leave No Trace Subaru and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association Ford F-150 filled with Tahoe Mountain Sports and Tahoe Rim Trail staffers. Parade starts at 11:30am. Watch the action go by at Tahoe Mountain Sports, aka “parade central,” with the judges and the emcee hanging out on their front porch, and the best deals of the season inside with the Sasquatch Sale!

- Lis Korb

Volunteer Opportunities for Amgen Tour of California’s Lake Tahoe Stages

Biking TahoeThe 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America, recently announced that volunteer opportunities have been posted on their official website  for the race, including opportunities for Stage 1 and 2 in Lake Tahoe. 

Approximately 500 volunteers are needed for the Overall Start, Sunday, May 15 in South Lake Tahoe and the Stage 1 Finish in North Lake Tahoe at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, as well as the Stage 2 Start taking place nearby at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.

Several assistants are needed to provide support for the 75 professional course marshals who travel with the tour and help the local law enforcement agencies. They’ll have an opportunity to be on the race routes, close to the cyclists, with responsibility for monitoring pedestrian traffic, barricades and road closures.

According to the race officials, more than 4,500 volunteers in communities throughout the state participated in last year’s race, making it seamless and successful from start to finish and solidifying it as the largest sporting event in the state of California.

Positions include:

  • Course Marshalswill be assigned a designated area along the racecourse to assist with the coordination and safety of the field of play for all race venues. They’ll aid in keeping the course clear of pedestrians, spectators, cars, etc., and will keep spectators informed as the race in is progress. These positions are for local stages only; traveling Course Marshals are not being recruited at this time.
  • Media in Start Cities will help with the distribution of media credentials at check-in. Volunteers in Finish cities will support tour media operations staff in the media office, including credential distribution, serving as “runners,” and assisting with general Q&A and office set-up.
  • Security will work with Tour Security Staff regarding access-control, including on-course, hospitality, awards, green room and press conferences (special Security t-shirt will be provided).
  • Volunteer Check-in will assist LOC Volunteer Coordinator with set-up, check-in/registration.

Amgen RouteVolunteers must be 18 or older or accompanied by an adult. The online sign-up form allows individuals to rank their top-three job preferences with every attempt made to match their area of interest. Respondents will be notified soon thereafter by the local organizing committee.

“Volunteering for the Amgen Tour of California is an opportunity to help us showcase all that Lake Tahoe has to offer,” said Director of Tourism Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “You’re not just a volunteer; you’re an ambassador for the entire Lake Tahoe region.”

“Sign me up, or better yet I’ll sign my kids up,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Having volunteers fired up about the race starting in South Lake Tahoe is what we need to have a successful event.”

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with economic benefits to the state, global recognition and a high level of competition. The race also set records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Stage 1 Finish and Stage 2 Start, and serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee. Stage 1 of the race is presented by Michelob Ultra, and Stage 2 is presented by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC).

In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most recognizable and respected riders, such as top Tour de France competitors, world champions and Olympic medalists including Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

Amgen Tour VictoryThe 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cover 800 miles and visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling.  Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1, Presented by Michelob Ultra: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
  • Stage 2, Presented by the California Travel and Tourism Commission: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
  • Stage 4, Presented by UnitedHealthcare: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
  • Stage 5, Presented by Rabobank: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside to Paso Robles
  • Stage 6, Presented by Herbalife: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
  • Stage 7, Presented by Nissan: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8, Presented by Amgen: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks

For best viewing points, where to catch the riders up close, a complete list of events (including the Tahoe 10-Day Countdown leading up to the race) and lodging accommodations, click to www.TahoeAmgenTourofCalifornia.com follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For details about the Tour and information about volunteering, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

2011 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES LAKE TAHOE ROUTES

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in North America, today announced the Stage 1 and Stage 2 race routes for Lake Tahoe.

Amgen RouteLake Tahoe’s first-ever involvement in the race as the official Overall Start is Sunday, May 15 and begins at South Lake Tahoe at 6,300 feet, the highest start elevation in the six-year history of the competition. Stage 1 wraps up in North Lake Tahoe at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, with the Stage 2 Start taking place nearby at Squaw Valley USA on Monday, May 16.

Cyclists will begin at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on the California/Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe. The peloton will loop past Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course around Heavenly Village, past the starting line again and onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard (Highway 50) through the casino corridor then clockwise around the 72-mile perimeter of Lake Tahoe.

Riders will gain 700 feet in elevation as they wind up switchbacks on the West Shore. Upon reaching the top of scenic Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world and the first of three King of the Mountain finishes, they will descend 500 feet while exceeding speeds of 40 miles per hour until the flats of Homewood, home to Lake Tahoe’s oldest marina. Athletes will cruise along the historic West Shore, making their way to North Lake Tahoe and the heart of downtown Tahoe City and then onto Kings Beach.

Cyclists will leave the California side of the lake and enter Nevada, the first out-of-state course for the Tour, and pass through Incline Village. The group will skirt by spectacular Sand Harbor State Park and the legendary Thunderbird Lodge along the East Shore at lake level before a long and steady 1,000-foot ascent to Spooner Summit at an elevation of 7,150 feet.

Speeds here will increase to 45 miles per hour as they descend back toward the lake and through the tunnel at Cave Rock. Racers will then pass Zephyr Cove Resort, returning to Stateline, Nevada, the scene of the overall start.

Amgen TourAfter crossing the state line and back into California at South Shore, the peloton returns to Emerald Bay with its remarkable views and the second King of the Mountain finish. Here some riders may gain separation from the pack before their second descent onto the West Shore.

After passing Tahoe City for a second time, there’s a short ascent to Dollar Point before turning left up Brockway Summit (Highway 267) at North Lake Tahoe to 7,000 feet and one last chance for the climbers to dictate the race outcome with the third and final King of the Mountain finish. After cresting the summit, the lead group plunges down a rapid descent into a hard left turn onto Northstar Drive, where both sprinters and climbers will set-up for a high-speed blast to the finish line at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. 

The spectator-packed finish line is also home to the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival, which features a health and fitness expo, cancer awareness education, cycling gear, family activities, bike safety, food and entertainment. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will also host a Break Away from Cancer Walk on Sunday, May 15.

Upon completing Stage 1, competitors will have ridden a lap-and-a-half around Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the country, conquering 119 miles and three mountains passes in approximately five hours and a total elevation gain of 5,500 feet.

North Lake Tahoe is hosting the Stage 2 Start of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California at Squaw Valley USA, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the following morning, Monday, May 16. The action starts directly under the historic Olympic rings at the center of the Village at Squaw Valley with riders peddling the cobbled corridors before turning onto Squaw Valley Road and then descending to the Olympic Flame entrance and a left-hand turn onto Highway 89.

The peloton will follow the picturesque Truckee River corridor as they make their way on Highway 89 toward Truckee and through the two roundabouts near the Interstate 80 overpass. Riders will then turn left onto historic Donner Pass Road before riding the ramp over Interstate 80 and past Donner Memorial State Park, home to the infamous Donner Party.

The pack will continue along the northern shoreline of Donner Lake as they make their approach to the steeps of Old Highway 40 on their way to Donner Summit and the day’s first King of the Mountain finish. With some of the best views of the approaching riders and Donner Lake far below, this spot is sure to jammed-packed with enthusiastic spectators.

From there, athletes speed pass Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Donner Ranch Ski Resort and Soda Springs Ski Resort and descend into California’s Gold Country via Highway 20 and the finish line for Stage 2 at the Sacramento State Capitol.

“Lake Tahoe is pulling out all the stops to provide cyclists and spectators with an unforgettable experience,” said Tourism Director Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “This is our golden opportunity to make our mark on the cycling community, and businesses and organizations are eager to welcome the thousands of visitors who will be traveling to the lake, many for the first-time ever.”

“Hosting the overall start in South Shore will not only provide economic impact this year and beyond, but it will also further brand Lake Tahoe as a ‘must ride’ biking destination,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

Beginning with the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California quickly became the most successful race in the United States with economic benefits to the state, global recognition and the level of competition. The race also set records in attendance for a single sporting event in California, as well as any cycling event ever held on U.S. soil, with more than 2 million spectators in previous years.

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority are spearheading promotional and sponsorship efforts for the Lake Tahoe Stage 1 Start, Stage 1 Finish and Stage 2 Start, and serve on the Amgen Tour of California Lake Tahoe Local Organizing Committee. Stage 1 of the race is presented by Michelob Ultra, and Stage 2 is presented by the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC).

In previous years, the race has drawn some of the world’s most recognizable and respected riders, such as top Amgen Tour VictoryTour de France competitors, world champions and Olympic medalists including Lance Armstrong, Tom Boonen, Oscar Freire, Paolo Bettini, Fabian Cancellara, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck.

The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will cover 800 miles and visit 15 Host Cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling.  Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:

  • Stage 1: Sunday, May 15 – South Lake Tahoe to North Lake Tahoe-Northstar at Tahoe Resort
  • Stage 2: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
  • Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
  • Stage 4: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
  • Stage 5: Thursday, May 19 – Seaside toPaso Robles
  • Stage 6: Friday, May 20 – Solvang Individual Time Trial
  • Stage 7: Saturday, May 21 – Claremont to Mt. Baldy
  • Stage 8: Sunday, May 22 – Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks

- Pettit Gilwee

See the Best in Independent Films in Tahoe

Kye Petersen on RondThe Telluride Mountain Film Festival comes to North Lake Tahoe Thursday, December 16 and Friday, December 17 and offers up the best in independent films. 

Part of the Squaw Valley Institute educational events, the two-day celebration kicks off with a VIP Private Opening Reception and Film Showing at Gallery Keoki in the Village at Squaw Valley December 16 at 6:30 p.m. This private party is limited to 50 people, who will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers while socializing with the Director of Mountainfilm on Tour, Justin Clifton, and then watch a broad selection of festival films via multiple viewing screens.  

The General Public Showing is scheduled for December 17 at the luxurious Resort at Squaw Creek, also in Olympic Valley. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host bar and an 8 p.m. film program. 

Tickets purchased online are $20/person with current Squaw Valley Institute members at $10/person and local residents with North Tahoe/ Truckee identification at $15/person. Tickets at the door (if available) are $20/person. Each event will run about two-and-a-half hours. 

For more information about the Telluride Mountain Film Festival and to purchase tickets, click to the Squaw Valley Institute’s website at www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. For lodging reservations, recreation and event details, call North Lake Tahoe at 1-877-949-3296 or visit www.GoTahoeNorth.com

Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.

 -Pettit Gilwee

MARK TWAIN’S 175TH BIRTHDAY BASH IS NOVEMBER 30 IN TAHOE

Mark TwainOn the occasion of Mark Twain’s 175th birthday, the Mark Twain Cultural Center will host a celebration and the old boy himself (impersonator McAvoy Layne) will hold forth on the balance of the autobiography that Twain asked be withheld for 100 years after his death. 

The celebration, which honors one of Lake Tahoe’s most well-known writers and pioneers, takes place Tuesday, November 30, 7 p.m., at the new Mark Twain Cultural Center at 760 Mays Boulevard, Suite #10 in Incline Village, Nevada. General admission tickets are $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for students.

For 20 years now, in more than 2,000 performances from Leningrad University in Russia to C-Span, McAvoy Layne has preserved the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain. McAvoy is also the author of the soon to be published, Becoming Mark Twain, and winner of the Nevada Award for Excellence in school and library service. He portrays the ghost of Mark Twain in A&E’s “Biography of Mark Twain” and in the Discovery Channel’s Cronkite award-winning documentary, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

For more information about Mark Twain’s 175th Birthday Bash and to purchase tickets, click to ww.GhostofTwain.com or call 775-831-2820.  

For general information about North Lake Tahoe’s special events, along with weather, lodging, recreation and the best deals, click to the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus’ website at www.GoTahoeNorth.com.

North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.  The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.

-Pettit Gilwee

Heavenly Snowboard Foundation Hosts Bijou Battle Skate Jam

Heavenly foundationThe Heavenly Snowboard Foundation  will host the Bijou Battle Skate Jam, Saturday, October 23 at the Bijou Skate Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. This event is a family event and all ages are welcome to register and participate. The event is a fundraiser for the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation, a non-profit that helps youth in the community experience snowboarding. 

“We’re very excited about the event, we know we’re going to put smiles on a lot of faces that day,” said Travis Chatwin, head snowboard coach. “The community support has been awesome and we really appreciate all the assistance we’ve received from the Parks and Recreation Department.”

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a rider’s meeting at 10:30 a.m. and event kick-off at 11:00 a.m. Helmets are required. Cost is $10 and includes an event T-shirt (supplies are limited). The competition will be a jam format, with each division allotted ten minutes, only ten riders will be allowed per session. Three judges will be judging on overall impression, trick difficulty, landings and style. Males and females will compete together; divisions are: 9 & under, 10-13, 14-17, and 18 and over. Prizes will be given to the top finishers in each division and include skate decks, trucks, wheels, backpacks, and tons of other donated items.

The Bijou Battle will feature a tent village with vendor tents from the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation, U.S.A.S.A., Shoreline, the Heavenly TPC and others. There will also be a bake sale, food vendors and a huge raffle; tickets will be available at the event for $2 each, 3 for $5 and 5 for $10. Raffle prizes include skate items, backpacks, gift certificates, snow items.

The Heavenly Snowboard Foundation appreciates the support of our local community, the Parks and Recreation Department, Shoreline of Tahoe, U.S.A.S.A., Labor of Love, The Village Board Shop, Tahoe Sports LTD., and On Course Events.

If you have additional questions please contact Aimi Xistra-Rich at 530.314.9285 or heavenlyssf@yahoo.com.

For more information about the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation’s programs for youth please click here.

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a non-race Blue Angels program through the middle school; works with the SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society); works with the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood. 

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation: The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a non-race Blue Angels program through the middle school; works with the SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society); works with the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood.

Experience the Lodge-to-Lodge Getaway on Lake Tahoe

kayak tahoeExperience a multi-day kayak adventure along the Lake Tahoe Water Trail in style September 23-26 or by special arrangement.

This fall, Tahoe Adventure Company is featuring a multi-day kayak and stay package along the West, North and East shores of Lake Tahoe. Guests enjoy the glassy, clear waters with early morning guided paddles spotting local wildlife and learning about the unique natural and human history of this special region. 

By afternoon, they arrive at their lakefront hotel for a hot shower, warm meal, and pure relaxation. The best hotels have been chosen for their comfort and include Sunnyside Lodge, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. After checking in, guests can choose to benefit from a massage, a walk along the beach, skipping stones or simply relaxing by the pool or on the water’s edge.

The four-day kayak adventure is a luxurious way to spend a long weekend, special occasion, or simply a reason to celebrate autumn on one of the most magnificent lakes in the world.  Fall in Lake Tahoe treats us to warm sunny days as well as calm water and is void of crowds.In addition to thorough instruction, guides will inform you about natural and human history topics such as wildlife, geology, ecology, and native peoples. Kayaking is at a leisurely pace, allowing time to see the sites and enjoy the crystal clear water. Each day’s paddle starts after an excellent breakfast, finishes in the afternoon and is suitable for beginners. Evenings are enjoyed with delicious meals at terrific local restaurants with great company.

For more details and the day-to-day itinerary, call Tahoe Adventure Company at 530.913.9212 or  TahoeAdventureCompany.com. Space is limited.

-Written by Pettit Gilwee, special to VisitRenoTahoe