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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.

1526837_10151797712291174_1336164900_nJamie Anderson

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.

Next Stop: Reno/Tahoe

next stopNext Stop TV Show, powered by Alaska Airlines, recently ventured to Reno Tahoe to get an insiders guide to an epic Reno Tahoe vacation.  Their adventure leads them to mountaintop panoramic views with Lake Tahoe Snowmobile, an “over-the-top crazy” event at SnowFest, bluebird skiing at Diamond Peak, Tahoe-style luxury at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa, great eats at Campo Reno, the mixology behind EDGE Nightspot, and a taste of local music with former NBC “The Voice” contestant Whitney Myer. Check it out:

North Lake Tahoe SnowFest 2013

Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights jam packed with events and activities for all ages. This year, the annual favorites will return March 1-10, along with a host of great new ones! On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe’s numerous resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, there’s something for everyone.

336545_10151287843365001_4888850_oIn its 32nd year, SnowFest, is expected to draw thousands of attendees, with the majority of events free to spectators.

Event Highlights:

Opening Night Ceremonies, Laser Show, Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Squaw Valley (March 1)

Mamasake Extreme Food Challenge for those with a strong stomach (March 1)

Jack London Commemorative Sierra Sled Dog Derby (March 2-3)

SnowFest23rd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Tahoe’s frigid waters (March 2)

SnowFest Parades in Tahoe City and Kings Beach (March 2 and March 9 respectively)

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Squaw Valley (March 2-3)

37th Annual Great Ski Race, a 30-kilometer cross country race from Tahoe City to Truckee (March 3)

Jake’s Mardi Gras on the Lake Party (March 4)

Truckee’s Fastest Bartender Contest (March 6)

Blue Agave’s Indoor River Rafting and Trivia Night in Tahoe City (March 8)

Mother-Son Laser Tag at the Rideout Community Center on the West Shore (March 8)

Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on Donner Summit (March 9-10)

25th Annual Snow Sculpture Contest at Tahoe City’s River Ranch Lodge (March 10)

Ta-Hoe Nalu Arctic Standup Paddleboard Race in Kings Beach (March 10)

For more information about SnowFest and a complete list of events, visit the organization’s website at http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com/. There you can also click to follow the event via Facebook and Twitter.

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!

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?

Top Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should have come to Tahoe

travelocity-gnome-tahoeTop Ten Reasons the Roaming Gnome should should have broken his Cabin Fever in Tahoe rather than Utah in Travelocity’s Top Ski Destination contest.

1.     Ski in two states at the same time at Heavenly while looking at the deep blue of Lake Tahoe, even with your narrow gnome stance

2.     Go on a blind date with Tahoe Tessie (Lake Tahoe’s mythical resident “sea creature”).

3.     Depending on how the date goes, perhaps a quick wedding and an even quicker divorce in Reno.

4.     50 Tram laps at Squaw Valley USA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first televised Winter Olympic Games.

5.     Tempt fate with a visit to the Donner Party museum,  just hope they don’t think you’re a chocolate filled gnome.

6.     Our drinks have personality with drinks like the ‘Wet Woody’, the ‘Scorpion’ and the ‘Flaming Kava Kava’. Gnomes keep your beards away from the flames!

7.     Forgot your skis?  No problem, where else but in Sparks can you get your skis, ride a Ferris Wheel and drive a NASCAR simulator in one mega sports store?

8.     Follow in the footsteps of Ol’ Blue Eyes and Marilyn Monroe in the tunnels at the historic Cal Neva Lodge

9.     Spend a little downtime at the spa before heading out for a long night in Reno

10.    Satisfy a late night hunger at what has been heralded as one of the best burgers in the country, the Awful Awful, awfully big, awfully good, don’t be scared my friend, you can do it.

Winter Dew Tour headed to Northstar Feb. 19-22

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will serve as the host venue for the final stop on the Winter Dew Tour, Feb. 19-22! Building on the success of the five-stop AST Summer Dew Tour, a 3-stop nationally televised Winter Dew Tour has been created and will begin this December in Breckenridge, Colo. and travel through Mt. Snow, Vt. before crowning Tour Champions at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.

The Winter Dew Tour will bring the top athletes in skiing and snowboarding to Northstar for four days of high-level competition, as well as extensive spectator entertainment and activities on the mountain and in the village.

For those not able to make it to the event, ABC, the USA Network, and MTV/MTV2 will be broadcasting the 3-stop tour. Check out this tour preview:


Orbitz: Lake Tahoe the most popular ski destination for 2008-2009

OrbitzLast year marked a record-setting ski season for U.S. resorts with 60.5 million skier visits, according to the National Ski Areas Association. As travelers begin thinking about where to find the best deals and the most snow for the upcoming season, Orbitz predicts Lake Tahoe will be this year’s most popular destination.

“While ski vacations are more popular than ever before, the current economy presents new challenges for travelers on tighter budgets than in past years,” said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandizing for Orbitz. “Travelers looking for ski season savings need only a bit of expert advice on when and where to travel, and Orbitz has the insider knowledge to help them hit the slopes.”

2008-2009 Orbitz Insider Ski Index (Ranking* and average daily hotel rate**)

  1. Lake Tahoe, CA/NEV    $116
  2. Breckenridge, CO    $225
  3. Park City, UT    $239
  4. Vail, CO    $286
  5. Aspen, CO    $227
  6. Keystone, CO    $149
  7. Winter Park, CO    $193
  8. Whistler, BC    $292
  9. Banff, Canada    $189
  10. Steamboat Springs, CO    $204

*Based on hotel and vacation package bookings from 11/1/08 to 4/30/09 for bookings as of 10/14/08
** Based on average daily hotel rates from 11/1/08 to 4/30/09 for bookings as of 10/14/08

Storm of the century still kicking!

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Reports of amazing winter weather are coming in from all over Reno-Tahoe. Our first hand investigators confirm EPIC powder everywhere you turn! And the powder on the ground is being rapidly covered by even more POWDER!!!!!

  • I can’t believe how hard it’s snowing right now,” said Alpine Meadows spokeswoman Rachael Woods. “This kind of snowfall definitely sets up the Sierra for great spring skiing conditions and really helps with our water situation.”
  • Everybody’s ready to ski,” Kauffman said. “They missed out last year, and this last Saturday and Sunday were excellent. The snow is very deep, powdery dry, like Colorado and Utah,” Kauffman added. “We don’t get that too often.”
  • We did get hammered up here,” said Greg Murtha, spokesman for the resort [Sugarbowl], which has 71 inches of snow at its base, 104 on top. “It was hard to tell when one storm stopped and the next one started.”

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