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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee events, shows and live performances.

First Fridays at Riverside Studios

Toast the fine art of living with local artists, live music and libations on the First Friday of each month from 4pm to 8pm at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

Riverside Studios art gallery includes a strong collection of artwork from local artists from around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, all hand crafted.

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LTCC Writers’ Series March 5

brandeis2 tahoe cultureLake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series continues in March with a visit from nationally recognized novelist Gayle Brandeis, and short story writer Dimitri Keriotis on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room, inside the library building on campus. The two will read selections from their works, answer audience questions about the writing process, and autograph copies of their books, which will be for sale at the event. It’s absolutely free to attend, and the public is welcome to attend.

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Ginny Schankerman ART at Bona Fide Books March 6

GShankerman-IMG_2185-lower-resBona Fide Books will host an art reception for plein air painter Ginny Schankerman Fri., March 6, 6:30-8:30 pm at its shop in Meyers. The local independent press will also kick off the opening of its print shop and community mercantile, featuring goods made in the print studio. This event is free and open to the public.   read more →

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Alpenglow Mountain Festival Feb 21-Mar 1

LT Snow Bike Challenge at Alpen Glow Backcountry biking.com phtotoThe Alpenglow Mountain Festival takes place February 21 through March 1 throughout North Lake Tahoe to showcase our Tahoe Mountain Culture through human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more. read more →

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Splitboarding the Chinese Himalaya March 4

Splitboarding in China by CampbellOn the evening of Wednesday, March 4th, at Tahoe Art Hause & Cinema, Truckee local Dave N. Campbell will present his tale “Splitboarding the Chinese Himalaya”  presented by Alpenglow Sports. read more →

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 13

It’s the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 13, 2015 at Harrah’s.

The St. Patrick’s Day Party will feature a gourmet corn beef and cabbage buffet with all the fixings.

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SnowFest! February 27-March 8, 2015

It’s been going on since 1982, with wacky and wild years of mountain culture, Tahoe Style.

SnowFest is North Lake Tahoe’s 10 day winter carnival.

SnowFest takes place February 27 through March 8, 2015 throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  Don’t miss the Tahoe City Snowfest parade, Polar Plunge, Wacky Winter Bowling or the Stand Up Paddle Race.

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Meet the Squaw Avalanche Dogs March 5

Murphy and Eric by Keoki FlaggMeet our local heroes on March 5, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for a fundraiser at North Tahoe Visitor Center.

Learn about avalanche awareness, and how the Squaw Valley Rescue Dogs save lives.  Donations made at the event will help fund Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Avalance Search and Rescue dogs.  Show your support for these amazing pups! read more →

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The Cultural and Political Legacy of the 1980s at Sierra College March 6

Sierra College TruckeeAre you interested in re-visiting the allure of break dancing, music videos and Madonna’s influence on fashion? Perhaps you are wondering how Ronald Reagan’s political and economic policies have impacted the 21st century or are interested in discussing what you find most intriguing about the decade that marks the end of the cold war?  Don’t miss “Morning in America or the Second Gilded Age? The Cultural and Political Legacy of the 1980s” with history professor Taylor Tiraterra on Friday, March 6, 2015, from at 7 to 8:15 p.m., at Sierra College in Truckee. Complimentary refreshments sponsored by Starbucks from 6:30 to 7 p.m. read more →

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The Passion According to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach with TOCCATA April 1-3

TOCCATA Tahoe cultureTo celebrate Easter, J.S.Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew will be presented by TOCCATA – The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area – April 1 and 3, 2015.

Here’s your chance to experience what many consider to be Bach’s greatest masterpiece, the Passion of Christ, by our own local musicians.

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2015 South Lake Tahoe Library Events

Check out the free literary and cultural events for 2015 hosted by the Friends of the Library, that will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Highway 50.

It’s not just a library, it’s becoming the place for kids of all ages to read, learn about the Lake Tahoe environment, make crafts, discuss books with friend, read with dogs, join a Lego building party, and attend work shops and readings presented by local community members who know reading binds our community, and the world.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Collective Winter Repertory March 6-7

Sierra Walsh, photographed by Danielle HankinsonThe Lake Tahoe Dance Collective takes the stage March 6 and 7 at the Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema in Tahoe City for its Winter Repertory Season, this time welcoming dancers from the Los Angeles Ballet.

The performance will include the company premier of Chris McDaniel’s “Ragtime Jubilee,” a sassy celebration of jazz-influenced ballet from the ragtime era. Originally created for the Los Angeles Ballet’s Dances by Dancers program, McDaniel brought the work to the LTDC ensemble and will join the cast, along with fellow Los Angeles dancer, Alexander Castillo.
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Pancakes for Dogs in Kings Beach March 7

The North Tahoe Public Utility District’s annual Snow Fest! Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday March 7, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 AM at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach, CA. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children and children under 3 are free! read more →

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC May 2

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8am to noon at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Moms rock, especially this amazing woman who worked full time as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years, and raised 6 kids and one husband.  ♥

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Iconic American Climber Lynn Hill at Squaw March 12

Lynn Hill Iconic Climber at SquawOn Thursday, March 12, 2015 iconic climber Lynn Hill will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Hill is acknowledged as one of the most accomplished rock climber in the world. Having learned to climb in southern California in 1975, Lynn was part of a cutting-edge generation of free climbers known as the “Stone Masters”. In 1983, Lynn moved to upstate New York and continued to raise the standards in free climbing, as well as in arena of international climbing competitions.
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Winter Natural History Snowshoe Outing with TINS March 21

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) for a Natural History Snowshoe trek on March 21, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:20 pm.

This short and scenic hike will take you through Tahoe Meadows to Chickadee Ridge, encompassing an open meadow, lodgepole pine forests, and scenic vistas. Along the way, TINS staff will discuss winter ecology concepts and the survival strategies and adaptations employed by animals from the Lake Tahoe Region.This hike is perfect for the whole family! read more →

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40 Watt Hype at LT Golf Course Feb 20

40 watt FNCTN tahoe cultureOn Friday, February 20, dance to Latin and Hip-hop flavor with 40 Watt Hype at the Clubhouse at Lake Tahoe Golf Course. Eli Seth Lieberman, from Strive Roots, starts the show at 8:30 p.m. with other entertainment including live painting, local sponsor and non-profit organization booths and sponsor giveaways from Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Blackjack Taxi. read more →

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Learn to Curl at Ice Arena Feb 15

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling

Lake Tahoe’s one and only curling club, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC), will host learn-to-curl sessions on Sunday, February 15, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. for those interested in giving this fast-growing Olympic sport a try. Both events are open to the public, and will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Rufus Allen Blvd. read more →

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Auditions for Pippin at LTCC Feb 17

Acting for the Camera at LTCCThe Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College is holding auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), book by Roger O. Hirson, directed by Susan Boulanger, musical direction by Mark D. Williams, and choreography by Angela Smith. Auditions will be Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Duke Theatre. Callbacks will be Saturday, February 21 at 12 p.m. read more →

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Conscious Dance Workshop with Ann Thennes Feb 21

The Mountain Gypsy, Ann Thennes, will hold her annual Conscious Dance Workshop on February 21, 2015.

The dance is free form expression and moving meditation to help you make a conscious connection with your mind, body, spirit and the heartbeat of mother earth. Dance at your own pace with the intention to ground, release and integrate energy rising from our source, Lake Tahoe.

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Buckle Up Big Air in Memory of Greg Smith April 11

Skiers and snowboarders will unite to throw down on a custom slopestyle course in memory of Sierra Freestyle Skier, Greg Smith, and to spread Seatbelt Safety Awareness at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Come out and enjoy the fun.  Competitions, a big BBQ, music and lots of great raffle prizes will take place at Sierra on April 11, 2015.

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Hike with Snowshoe Thompson at Van Sickle Feb 28

snowshoethompsonLearn how tough Snowshoe Thompson really was during the 3-mile hike in the Van Sickle Bi-State Park on February 28, 2015 from 10am to 1pm with the TRT gang.

You’ll be crossing Snowshoe’s winter tracks over which he famously carried the mail for two decades in the mid-1800s back and forth from Genoa, Nevada to Hangtown, California.  You’ll follow “Snowshoe” himself brought to life with Chautauqua performer Steve Hale of Comstock Characters. Bring your imagination and be prepared to be transported back to the winter of 1865. 

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Books, Art and Community at Bona Fide

Book Art by Bona Fide BooksCreate art for books, cards or any medium at Bona Fide Books in Meyers. Books in this photo were made by Karen Cutter.

Bona Fide events feature community, peculiarities and a wholesome good time.

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Fresh Tracks 5K Snowshoe Walk and Race Feb 22

Tahoe Mountain Milers

The Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club is hosting the Fresh Tracks 5K Snowshoe Walk and Race on Feb. 22 at 10 am at Historic Camp Richardson Resort.  Okay, this year no snowshoes required.

The beneficiaries are the Eric Nageotte-Lowe Scholarship Fund for the Heavenly Freestyle Team and Girls On the Run-Sierra.

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Backcountry Film Festival Feb 26 at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema

Chasing Ice Nat Geo

On Thursday, February 26th the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema will host and showcase nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled during the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. read more →

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Tahoe Dance Band at Senior Center Last Friday Every Month

Tahoe Dance BandPut on your dancing shoes and boogie, swing or trot with the 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band on the last Friday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center.

The Tahoe Dance Band plays the standards and classics for both your dancing and listening pleasure including fox trots, waltzes, tangos, swing and polkas.   Click here to listen to them now! read more →

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Annual Squaw Valley Prom to Benefit Local Non-Profits Feb 21

Ten years ago, the Squaw Valley community banded together to throw a prom – not a high school prom, a ski town prom in which all proceeds went to charity.

On February 21, 2015, the Squaw Valley Prom will be hosted by the High Fives Foundation with all ticket proceeds benefiting their amazing non-profit organization. This year’s theme will be Oceans Eleven.

 

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Mountain Dogs Lecture at TERC Feb 19

Sender Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle WorksBenjamin and Lynette Hart of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will present information about breed-specific and gender-specific behavioral profiles of dogs most commonly chosen as companions in the mountains. Breeds include Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, German shepherds like Sender shown here, mascot of SSCW, Rottweiler’s, boxers and chihuahuas – what, Chihuahuas are mountain dogs?  I’m intrigued.

The presentation will begin at 6pm on Feb. 19 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village for only $5. read more →

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World Famous Climber Emily Harrington at Squaw Feb 12

Emily Harrington Alpenglow Winter SeriesOn Thursday, February 12th, 2015 North Face athlete and world-famous climber Emily Harrington will be the featured presenter at the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Village Lodge.

Harrington is a professional rock climber and adventurer who has been a prominent and leading figure in the climbing community since she was a teenager. She is perhaps best known for her five-time National Championships, two-time North American Championships, and numerous podiums on World Cup circuit. read more →

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Inspired Adventures at Kindred Art and Folk Institute Feb 16-19

Kindred Art and Folk Institute

While you ski all day, drop the kids off at Kindred Art and Folk Institute in Truckee between Feb 16-19 to paint Aspen trees, design a sterling silver necklace, and cook a meal that they’ll bring home for dinner.  If that’s not enough, they’ll learn how to create watercolors that grow crystals while they go ice skating and eat s’mores.

Sorry adults – just for kids. Waw!

 

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World Travel Inspires South Shore artist Niall McGuinness

Niall McGuinnessRio. Lisbon. Caribbean. Africa. Miami.

These are the places that inspired Niall McGuinness from South Lake Tahoe to create his breakthrough debut album, Limpopo.

We call it Soulful. Engaging. Contemplative. Original.

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Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, July 22-24 at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Lake Tahoe Dance FestivalThe annual Lake Tahoe Dance Festival takes place July 22-24, 2015 at Gatekeeper’s Museum. The Festival will get underway with a Gala Opening Night Celebration of dinner, a special performance, and a swing dance lesson for all. The following Main Stage performances will include free, educational pre-performance talks. read more →

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West African Drumming with Liz Broscoe at LTCC

From ancient times through modern day, it’s one woman’s journey on the drum.

Learn how to play in a drum circle  with Liz Broscoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

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Paint the Bear at North Tahoe Arts Feb 28

Keep Tahoe Bearable.

Learn how to live with, protect and respect these marvelous creatures at the North Tahoe Arts Center during the “Paint the Bear” event sponsored by the Bear League right after the Snowfest Parade on February 28, 2015 from 11am to 2pm. Wooden Bear cutouts will be provided by Truckee High School woodshop class for kids to paint as they like. Event is free and open to the public. The parade starts at 11:30am in Tahoe City and marks the beginning of SnowFest!

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Zumba with Nancy

Join Nancy McGuinness, Latin and Multicultural dance instructor for over 20 years, during her Zumba classes at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center Mondays through Thursdays. Only $8 drop in!

It’s a great way to lose weight, increase strength and coordination and to foster self-esteem and pure happiness.

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care presentation Jan 29

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Tahoe BearTom and Cheryl Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care will be the guest speakers at the Tahoe Area Sierra Club meeting on January 29, 2015 at 7pm at Unity at the Lake Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Forrest Day at LT Golf Course Jan 23

Forrest Day Tahoe CultureOn Friday, January 23, the FNCTN Winter Music Series will rock the Clubhouse inside the Lake Tahoe Golf Course with Forrest Day. Big Sticky Mess, a funky jam band from Davis, CA will open up the show with other entertainment including live painting, local sponsor and non-profit organization booths and sponsor giveaways. read more →

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas Jan 23

K2 Siren of the Himalayas Tahoe Culture

On January 23rd at 7:00 pm, you can watch K2: Siren of the Himalayas at Lake of the Outfitters at the Y in South Lake Tahoe.

Four world-class alpinists team up in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering in this breathtaking documentary. The film follows an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark K2 expedition.

 

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SAC Avalanche Awareness Presentation at LTCC Jan 16

Lake Tahoe Backcountry SkiingThe Sierra Avalanche Center is kicking off their Avalanche Awareness and Inspiration series at the Lake Tahoe Community College on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7pm. Snow nerd extraordinaire Travis Feist will be talking avalanches and globetrotting adventurer Todd Offenbacher will be sharing stories and images from skiing in both the Arctic and Antarctica. read more →

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Global Warming Presentation at SLT Library January 27

Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead has become visible due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.

FIRE AND WATER, How Global Warming is Changing California’s Weather and a Bipartisan Solution will be held Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. at the South Lake Tahoe Library.  California has been hit hard by drought and wildfires in recent years. These events have left many Californians wondering, is this extreme weather linked to global warming, and what can we expect for the future?

This image on right shows a visible Central Pacific Railroad tunnel No. 6 along the muddy banks of the Sacramento River near Lakeshore Drive in Lakehead due to Lake Shasta’s low lake levels.  Read more at http://www.redding.com/news/relics-exposed-lake-shasta

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Sugar Pine Foundation Children’s Book at SLT Library Jan 31

Stellers Jay in Sugar Pine Tahoe CultlureTo raise money for The Sugar Pine Foundation, hear the story about The Happiest Tree in the Forest, a new children’s book about the sugar pine trees of Lake Tahoe at the South Lake Tahoe Library, Saturday Jan 31 at 11am.

You’ll meet author Michelle McLean and illustrator Ana Valdez at this fun and educational story time at our home town library.

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Kiwanis Mid-Winter Beach Party and Crab Feed Jan 30

It’s been a South Lake Tahoe tradition for 33 years and a major fundraiser for local charities.

The Kiwanis Sunrisers’ Annual Mid-Winter Beach Party and Crab Feed will be held Jan 30, 2015 at Harrah’s.

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Winter Wilderness Survival Workshop with TNSRT at Sorensen’s Jan 10

Tahoe Nordic Search and RescueHopefully, you’ll never need to know what to do if you get lost out in a Sierra winter. But it’s better to know what to do just in case.

Members of the nonprofit, all-volunteer Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team (TNSRT) will lead an easy snowshoe and cross-country ski trek to cover planning and preparation, proper dress and equipment, emergency shelters, etc on Saturday January 10, 2015 from 10am – 12pm at Sorensen’s in Hope Valley.

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”We’re Jammin’: Bob Marley’s take on Life and Love” at SNC Jan 9

On Jan. 9, community members will explore relationships through the song lyrics of Bob Marley with Dr. Kim Bateman as part of the engaging Sierra College Insights series held on the Tahoe-Truckee campus.

From the blissful state of “One Love” to the impetus to “Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Your Rights,” many people have experienced relationships that transition from oneness to separation.

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An Evening with Skier Meghan Kelly at Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema Jan 9

An Evening with Skier Meghan Kelly at Tahoe Arts Haus & Cinema Jan 9On the evening of Friday, January 9th at Tahoe Art Haus, Tahoe freeskier Meghan Kelly will entertain the North Tahoe community with a 2014 sailing and skiing expedition that began in Iceland and finished along the rugged southwest coast of Greenland. The trip was created in cooperation with the Climate Reality Project and Polar Bears International in order to document the severe climate change of the region.

Along the way Kelly and her team sought out first descents in a rarely accessible winter zone.   read more →

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“Collage” by Truckee High School Drama Club Jan 8-10

Fall Play Tahoe CultureMembers of the Truckee High School Drama Club have been rehearsing a collection of scenes and monologues, for months now and they are ready to share them with the community in a series of evening performances January 8, 9, and 10, 2015 at 7pm.

Works will include a number of monologues written by the actors themselves, as well as one-act plays and scenes. Refreshments will be on sale during intermission and there will also be raffle items available.  read more →

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Winter Trails Day at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area January 10

The 20th annual Winter Trails Day will be held January 10, 2015 at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in North Lake Tahoe.

Winter Trails Day is a nationwide event that celebrates snow sports and gives those new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits associated with these winter activities. Whether you are a novice or an expert, join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for one of two scheduled guided snowshoe hikes. read more →

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Adventurer Mike Libecki at Squaw Jan 15

Cory photo of Mike Libecki, rock climberOn Thursday, January 15th, 2014 Mike Libecki, rock climber of international fame and a National Geographic nominee for “Adventurer of the Year,” continues the series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge.

Now in it’s 9th year, the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series has become a staple seasonal event for North Tahoe’s skiing and climbing community. read more →

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon Jan 17

snowshoe coctail racesAs if running in snowshoes isn’t hard enough.  Add a tray of cocktails and the race is on.

The Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe is holding its infamous snowshoe cocktail races on Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21 at 7pm.  Snowshoes provided.

Winter is happening at Lake Tahoe.  Grab your skis or snowboard or rent them, and get to a resort or take the dog on a cross country ski or snowshoe trek today before heading to the Beacon.

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Avalanche Education Classes

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works DroppingIf you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss this FREE, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free. A popular and credible guest speaker will be on-site to inform and entertain each night of the Series; look forward to learning directly from professional skiers, mountain guides and avalanche safety instructors, and local non-profits that work to keep you safe in the backcountry.

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