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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!

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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.

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Archery Hotspot is Catching Fire

Try the latest sport whose popularity can’t be contained in Reno Tahoe USA! While Hunger Games: Catching Fire is released in theaters this week, release your inner Katniss Everdeen or Peeta Mallark at Wasting Arrows – Reno Tahoe’s archery range. Shoot – you’ll be hooked!

The high demand sport’s popularity has increased by 54% in the past five years, thanks to popular movies, games and the heated competition at the last Summer Olympics.

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Avid archers themselves, husband and wife team Lystra and Deana Pitts opened Wasting Arrows in November of 2012, and are Certified USA Archery (USAA), National Field Archery Association (NFAA), and National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) archery instructors, plus officers of the Nevada Bowhunters Association (NBHA). They provide a safe environment for a wide range of skill levels, from beginner to expert.

DSC_9919Wasting Arrows has 22 archery lanes with equipment available for rental or purchase. Family night, date night, birthday parties, classes and events are all offered.

For the more advanced archer, league and tournament shooting is available at Wasting Arrows. Featuring quality Spyderweb targets for high-speed compound bows, plus aerial targets thrown by a Laporte Archery Trap Machine – the only in the region.

Wasting Arrows’ range is open to the public daily with no appointments required, from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays, noon to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays. Hourly rates start at $12, and equipment rentals at $5. Frequent Feather cards can be obtained for repeat guests.

For more information call (775) 360-6556, or visit www.WastingArrows.com.

Science is Always in Style… It’s Fashion Month at The Discovery!

Visitors offered the opportunity to explore the science behind the fashion industry

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 7, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), sponsored by The Summit, celebrates “Fashion Month” with a variety of displays and hands-on classes exploring the art and science behind the fashion industry. Fashion Month begins with a kick-off party at The Summit  Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Discovery-Building FrontThe Discovery’s Fashion Month celebration includes hands-on classes and activities that range from bracelets made from the latest fingernail painting techniques to handbags and headbands created using recycled T-shirts. Fashion Month culminates with a Fashion Show & Party on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Discovery.

Another element of Fashion Month are two design challenges. Participants can choose to design a stylish and functional backpack or a mind-blowing fashion statement using solely reclaimed or upcycled materials. Design challenge entries will be showcased at the Fashion Show & Party alongside unique fashions from local merchants. Details for both design challenges are available on The Discovery’s website at www.nvdm.org.

The Discovery is located at 490 S. Center Street in downtown Reno. Events at The Summit will be held in the Personal Shopper Lounge between Yankee Candle and My Wedding Library at 13925 South Virginia Street.

For more information about Fashion Month and other upcoming activities and events at The Discovery, visit the calendar of events on the museum’s website at www.nvdm.org

The Great Tahoe Sternwheeler Race!

The Great Sternwheeler RaceThe Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.

There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.

California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.

Tahoe QueenThis proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.

Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area

Deals for Dad this Father’s Day in Reno Tahoe

Skip the tie and golf balls this year and give dad a gift he’ll remember – a vacation to Reno Tahoe USA! Treat Dad to these awesome deals!

National Automobile Museum lrFathers are FREE at the National Automobile Museum

Take your gearhead to one of the “Top 5 Car Museums in the World.” This Father’s Day, dads get in free when visiting with their families.

2-for-1 at Washoe Golf Course

Treat Dad to a day of golf – and you’re free! Washoe Golf Course is honoring a 2-for-1 deal on Father’s Day for playing times between noon and 6pm.

Many Meaty Menu at Hash House A Go Go

Hash House A Go Go will feature Father’s Day specials ranging from $8.75 to $15.95, June 16, that will make any dad feel like a king.

  • Papi Chulo Hash – crispy potatoes, pork tenderloin in chipotle adobo, fresh corn, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, fresh avocado and queso fresco, crowned with two eggs and served with a fresh tortilla ($14.95). Add a cold Corona for $4.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Flapjack – topped with fresh whipped cream ($8.75).
  • Crispy Pork Tenderloin Quesadilla – Flour tortilla filled with charred tomatoes, fresh corn, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, scrambled eggs and crispy pork, all on a bed of mashed potatoes and crowned with Bar B Que cream ($15.95). Add a Hamms for $1.
  • The Spicy BBBLT – Dad loves bacon because bacon rules! Our BBLT is even better with spicy jalapeño bacon on fresh milk bread with chili mayo and a choice of fries or a house salad ($12.95).
  • Felix’s “Front of the TV Meal”- 14-ounce Certified Angus Beef New York steak with griddled mash, sliced tomatoes, your choice of eggs and fresh fruit ($14.95).

Father’s Day Dining at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Toucan Charlie’s Buffet & Grille

Champagne Brunch                        $20.99 adult | $12.99 child (ages 4-10)| Served from 9a.m.-3p.m.

Beer & BBQ Dinner Buffet            $22.99 adult | $12.99 child (ages 4-10) | Served from 4:30p.m.-9p.m.

Bistro Napa Special

Steak Oscar $28.00 | Dinner from 5p.m.

10 oz. prime rib eye topped with crab meat and hollandaise sauce.

Manhattan Deli Special

BBQ Platter with Ribs, Beef Brisket & Chicken $19.99 | Lunch and Dinner served from 11a.m.

Accompanied by coleslaw and housemade corn bread.

10 More Father Focused Ideas…

  • Take him out to a ballgame at the Aces Stadium – or even better, the Triple-A All-Star Game! Details…
  • Whitewater rafting in the Truckee River. 2358365371_5ccbb2b5ca_zDetails…
  • Reno Rockabilly Riot. There will be live music, a pin-up contest, drag racing, and much more!  Details…
  • Tickets to a night at the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” with all the fixings – bulls, BBQ, and beer. Details…
  • Take the entire family for a fun outing at one of the many activities everyone loves. Details…
  • Be “Gone Fishin’” Details…
  • Go sailing across the “Best Lake in America” according to readers of USA Today – Lake Tahoe! Details…
  • Take a hike – a breathtaking one. Details…
  • Off-Road Tours. Details…
  • Check out our website VisitRenoTahoe.com for more ideas!

Ultimate inspirational destination: North Lake Tahoe

Written by guest blogger: Aimee Claire

Situated on the beautiful California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is spoken of with bated breath by vacationers, and is a stunning testimonial to the United States’ classic Big Country. It’s a diverse location, with four main shores each with a different character; all with azure waters, lovely beaches and snow-capped mountains in the background.

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Where is North Lake Tahoe?

The North Lake Tahoe coast on the Nevada side is a relatively quiet, upmarket affair.  It is part of the Nevada State Park, and it is very well looked after. The area can be identified via the southwards meandering of Highway 28 until it reaches Spooner Lake and US Route 50. Highway 28 takes the traveler through heavily wooded pine forests with blue skies overhead, and with plenty of wildlife to be seen.

Obviously, this type of backdrop lends itself to outdoors pursuits of all kinds, and the choice of holiday amusement is dependent on the places where travelers stay. The choices are many, even in the relatively unsullied North Lake Tahoe area, and there is something for every desire, guaranteed.

The best places to be

Three of the best places to visit for first time travelers to the area are Incline Village, Crystal Bay, and Sand Harbor; all three are great activity bases and there are differing types of accommodations available.

Incline Village

For a relaxing game of golf in the summer months, hiking, mountain biking, or horse riding, Incline Village (named for the Great Incline Tramway, built by loggers back in 1878) is the place to stay. During the winter, and early spring, diehard skiers and snowboarders can plunge through the annual average 10 feet of snow to their hearts’ content, although the less sporting visitor can still enjoy it with the yearly North Lake Tahoe SnowFest, involving parades, competitions, parties and theater.

The Hyatt High Sierra Lodge condos can be rented on a nightly basis, or savvy regulars can buy timeshares in that location, making it a good value, comfort-driven stay. For travelers who prefer hotel set ups, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa and Casino provides 4.5* accommodation with all the trappings, but if a cheap hotel with bed and breakfast is required, the Parkside Inn offers lovely big rooms and a continental breakfast; it is recommended to book with them direct, rather than through an affiliate travel site.

Crystal Bay

For those that prefer to play in the casinos of Nevada, Crystal Bay offers four of these buzzing establishments, which include hotels and restaurants, allowing game play, water sports, live entertainment and excellent food for the duration of any stay. The Cal-Neva Casino Resort has a swimming pool that crosses the state line, and the staff service there is impeccable.

Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor is the real North Lake Tahoe home of water sports, with Jet Ski rentals that allow visitors to explore the entire coastline of the area if they wish. There’s also scuba diving and kayaking for a couple of quieter ways to investigate the beautiful clear crystal waters. The beach at Sand Harbor is renowned for the cleanest standards and even in the summer months is unlikely to be overcrowded.

Sand Harbor itself has no accommodations, so the nearest places to stay are based at Incline Village, and slightly further away at Crystal Bay.

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:

Mother’s Day Getaway Guide

Searching for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Try spending some quality time with mom while exploring all the adventures in Reno Tahoe USA! From a relaxing day at the spa to unbeatable room deals, you’ll find everything you need to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget.

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Spoil Mom with a Tahoe Spa Day
May 10 – 13
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Lake Resort Spa & Casino is offering three extravagant treatments for mothers and daughters to share. Experience these lavish treatments at a 25% discount:

  • “Mother Makeover” – Hair color, cut, makeup and manicure/pedicure special
  • “Mother’s Sierra Dreams” massage special
  • “Mother’s Luminous Vitamin C Facial”

In addition, all moms treated to a spa experience will receive a complimentary rose and gift bag.

RSVP Mother’s Day Spring Fun Fair
May 9 – 12
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Mills Park in Carson City featuring carnival rides, crafters and a food court. The fair takes place on Thursday and Friday from 4 – 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 10 pm.

Mother’s Day Trunk Show
May 11
For a unique treat, join the Nevada Museum of Art for the Mother’s Day Trunk Show, featuring ceramics artist Dane Meier whose pieces celebrate nature and crafting with clay. Admission is FREE. The exhibit is open from noon – 3 pm.

Moms on the Run
May 12
Deck yourself out in pink and join the run dedicated to supporting women’s fight against cancer. The 13th annual Mom’s on the Run, held at Reno High School, features four different race options; including, a 5k and 10k run, and a 3k and 5k walk. Bring the whole family to cheer you on and enjoy the fun-packed afternoon with live music, face painting, a bounce house and more.

Sweet Room Deals
For stays on May 10th and 11th, Deluxe Rooms at Circus Circus Reno start at $75 when you call 800-648-5010 and mention promo code IMOMS.

Spa Special

20% off Spa Services at Silver Legacy Resort – perfect for Mother’s Day! Call 775-325-7401 to schedule an appointment.

Mother’s Day Giveaway
Moms should be pampered, which is why the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is giving you and your mom an opportunity to win a well-deserved getaway. Enter the Mother’s Day Giveaway by April 30 for a chance to win a luxury package which includes:

  • 2 nights in a Tuscany Tower suite
  • $200 Spa Toscana credit
  • $100 dining credit

The winner will be chosen on May 1.

Make this Mother’s Day extra special with an unforgettable meal in Reno Tahoe USA. For great specials, check out our Mother’s Day Dining Guide.

Spring Break Brewery Tour

Remember how much fun it was to wake up on Easter morning, grab your basket and hunt for brightly colored eggs your parents meticulously hid around the yard? Well it’s time to relive that excitement in a more adult manner- with beer! While enjoying your spring break in Reno Tahoe USA, hunt down each of these breweries and discover all the frothy flavors the region has to offer.

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Silver Peak

With three locations throughout Reno, each with its own delicious menu and distinctive atmosphere, Silver Peak offers a wide variety of microbrews ranging from the light XXX Blonde to the dark-as-chocolate Peavine Porter. The outstanding flavor doesn’t end with the beer though. Be sure to check out their menu, including their famous salmon fish and chips.

Great Basin Brewing Co.

Recently dubbed the “Best Brewery” on Metromix Reno’s Best Of 2013 list, Great Basin is a staple in the local brewery scene. With a flight of brew master specials and four flagship beers always on tap, including the multiple award-winning Icky IPA (named after our state fossil, the Ichthyosaurs), you’ll find a brew that’s perfect for you at any of the three locations.

The Brewer’s Cabinet

Fresh, exciting and unique, The Brewer’s Cabinet is a nano-brewpub crafting one-of-a-kind beers you won’t find anywhere else. Their small batch brewing system gives their brewers the freedom to create the beers they want without the pressure of following current trends or popular fads. And to complement their in-house infusions, you’ll also find specialty guest drafts and bottles, as well as a rich menu that pairs perfectly with their pints.

Brasserie St. James

The Brasserie stands behind the notion of making beers for all palates, and they definitely meet this standard by offering a vast selection of perfectly crafted brews with high quality ingredients. Located in the historic Crystal Springs building, the rooftop patio provides a perfect setting to enjoy top quality beer in the warm spring sun.

The Brew Brothers

The Brew Brothers is where great beer and exciting nightlife collide. Named “Best Brewpub in America” by Nightclub & Bar Magazine, The Brew Brothers offers eight custom microbrews, an inciting menu and award-winning live entertainment.

Check out all the fun bars and exciting nightlife in Reno Tahoe USA here. And you’re bound to work up an appetite, so plan ahead with our Easter Dining Guide.