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

Spring Sugar Pine Plantings

Sugar-Pine-Planting-at-Lake-TahoeHelp the Sugar Pine Foundation plant healthy, fungus-resistant sugar pines.

Sugar pines and other white pines are plagued by a non-native invasive pathogen. White pine blister rust kills about 90% of sugar pines it infects. Scientists and restoration managers have agreed that the only effective restoration strategy is to identify seed trees resistant to the rust and plant their progeny. That is exactly what the Sugar Pine Foundation does. And, you can help too.

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Star Tour Hikes with Astronomer Poet Tony Berendsen April 5

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Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear dark nights are perfect for star gazing and there’s no better guide than poet-astronomer Tony Berendsen, owner to Tahoe Star Tours.

Fascinated with Astronomy since he was given a telescope at age eight, Tony uses a unique mix of art and science to help his guests understand the view into space.  He recites poems written for the purpose of describing the cosmos, he calls “Poastromy.

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Book Art and Community at Bona Fide Books

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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The Use of Movement in Praise of the Divine at Sierra College April 11

Jennie Pitts-Knipe“The Use of Movement in Praise of the Divine,” an interactive and visually rich talk in the Sierra College Insights’ speaker series, will be presented by dance choreographer and instructor Jennie Pitts-Knipe. The event is open to the community and offered at no cost in Truckee on Friday, April 11.

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TeleGrass Festival at Sierra-at-Tahoe April 5

Telefest Tahoe CultureSkip the gym. Head to the Annual TeleGrass Festival at Sierra-at-Tahoe on April 5th for a day of thigh pumping, and bun burning.

Experience Tahoe’s tele-culture with clinics, Bluegrass music, races, equipment demos, raffle prizes and seasonal brews at Tahoe’s biggest telemark event.

And remember: Drop knees not bombs. Free your heel and your mind will follow.

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24th Annual Lake Cushing Classic April 12

elephantskiercushingcrossingThis wildly entertaining competition challenges local lunatics and gregarious guests to cross the vast and chilly waters of Lake Cushing on skis, a snowboard or any ski or snowboard-based vessel.

Notorious for its colossal crashes, hilarious costumes, and ultra-creative pond skimming contraptions, the annual Lake Cushing Classic comes to the frigid waters of Squaw Valley USA on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1 p.m.

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Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party April 5

The Heavenly Ski Patrol Fundraiser Party will be held at the Heavenly Village at Stateline on Saturday, April 5th, beginning at 6 pm.

Live music, dancing, chances to win Heavenly-Northstar-Kirkwood season passes, and good times for a good cause.

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South Lake Tahoe Museum Cultural Heritage Events

0357 Tallac CasinoLong time locals and the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum will take you on a memorable adventure through Lake Tahoe history with a series of events in South Lake Tahoe, April 12, 2014 through August 7, 2014.

Events sell out quickly, so act now or you’ll be history!

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Annual Billy Dutton Uphill April 13

Each spring hundreds of Nordic skiers, snow shoers, and runners race up the mountain run in the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill, in honor of late local luminary, Billy Dutton.

Sunday, April 13th, marks the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley starting at 8am.

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First Fridays at Riverside Studios

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Join Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee on the First Friday each month from 4pm to 8pm for Tahoe mountain culture.

Toast the fine art of living with the local artists, live music and libations at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee, where art and culture intersect.

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Buckle Up Big Air in Memory of Greg Smith April 12

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 12, 2014.

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Poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington at LTCC April 24

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The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series is celebrating National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room with poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington.

These award-winning poets will read from their works, engage the audience with a Q and A, and sign copies of their books. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. read more →

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 19

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2014Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

This all ages, community-sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling/composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors.  read more →

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Beacon and Eggs Search Contest at Alpine Meadows April 20

Meet Walter and Clancy, the Alpine Meadows dutiful patrol dogs at the annual Beacon and Eggs beacon search contest.

The combination Easter egg hunt and avalanche beacon search practice session is organized by Alpine’s ski patrol and takes place on Easter Sunday, April 20th.

This fun and free* event raises avalanche awareness and the cute factor, and is a great opportunity to practice search and rescue techniques.

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 26

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 26th from 10am to 4pm at the Bijou Community Park.

Bring your dancing shoes because Ryan Palmer, the Lake Tahoe DJ, and Lonesome Locomotive will set the stage for juggling, dancing, stilt-walking, and aerial performances with the Willy Woggle Circus.  Free admission, and don’t forget to ride your bike!

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Writers in the Woods Series at Sierra Nevada College

Shyra Tahoe Culture Writers-in-the-WoodsThe Sierra Nevada College English program brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for readings and book signings in intimate settings where audience members get to meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Readings are free and open to the public.

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South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library Events

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.

Check out the 2014 event schedule.

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Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop in Truckee

So you love to write, but lack the discipline or motivation.

Here’s your chance to connect with your local writing community and improve your writing practice during this 6-week creative writing workshop Monday nights with Karen Terrey May 15 to June 16, 2014.

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Little Shop of Horrors by Truckee High School Drama Dept May 2-11

Truckee High SchoolTruckee High School’s Drama Department ends its 2013-2014 season with the laugh-out-loud Broadway musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” a grand-scale production that features a flesh eating plant, do-wop and pop music, and a man who gets more than he bargains for.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” the musical is filled with a cast of talented TTUSD high school students and for the seniors graduating in June this will be their last show. Directed by Peggy Boelk and Assistant Director Mark Brady and produced by Barb Wilkinson. The musical will have evening performances in the THS Theatre beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 2nd ,3rd ,9th ,10th , 16th and 17th. Matinee shows take place at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 4th and 11th. read more →

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Mom’s Morning Out at LTCC May 3

Lola Love of My LifeMoms of all ages are invited to enjoy a free morning of education, inspiration and relaxation on Saturday, May 3 from 8am to 11:30am 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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Tahoe Escape Exhibit at Tahoe Maritime Museum

FletaFrom the history of speedboats to sea planes and elegant wooden boats, to dive explorations and tales from the Lake in the Sky, the Tahoe Maritime Museum preserves our nautical heritage.

The Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.

Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display.

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Made in Tahoe Festival May 24-25

Allana Hughes Pottery Riverside StudiosCelebrate Tahoe arts and mountain culture with local arts, local products,  food, and music at the Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw.

The two-day festival takes place on Saturday-Sunday, May 24 and 25, 2014, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →

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The Impact of Climatic Change and Global Warming June 17

Join renowned limnologist Dr. Charles Goldman for an entertaining public presentation about Lake Tahoe, climate change and global warming effects on lakes of the world on June 17, 2014 starting at 6pm at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College)for a $5 donation.

UC Davis research at Lake Tahoe began with Dr. Charles Goldman. In 1959, Dr. Goldman formed the Tahoe Research Group and began regularly monitoring Lake Tahoe.

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Spring Birds of Hope Valley May 6

Discover dabblers, divers, and other feathered friends on an early morning walk with guide and historian, William Tweed at Sorensen’s Resort on May 6, 2014.  Renowned writer and former chief naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, William is steeped in the knowledge of the Sierra environment.

Catch birds in their native habitat, while having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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Galaxy Slideshow and Starwatch at Hope Valley May 17

Join Astronomer Adrienne Cool and Ron Marzke, of San Francisco State University, for a fascinating nighttime event and slide show, peering through telescopes to spy planets, stars, and nebulae. The moon will be in its first quarter phase, which will be ideal for stargazing.

Stargazing takes place at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley on May 17, 2014, starting at 8pm.

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Trails & Vistas at Spooner Lake Sept 6-7

You’ve never experienced anything like this.

Poetry, music, dance and art in nature, Trails and Vistas strives to inspire individual participation in both artistic exploration and environmental stewardship.

Described as magical, diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas’ Art Hikes blend art experiences with the beauty of being immersed in nature. This year’s guided art hikes will take place along an aspen lined trail at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7.

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Historic Emigrant Trail Tour through Hope Valley June 22-Oct 6

john-fremont-carsonPeople continue to be amazed and inspired by the intrepid travelers of California’s 1848 Gold Rush and the courageous and adventurous migration that followed.

Highly acclaimed historian Frank Tortorich will lead participants across parts of the historic Mormon-Emigrant Trail and the early Pony Express Route in beautiful Hope Valley, June 22 through October 6, 2014. The activities start with a free slide show and diary readings the night before and all guests are welcome.

Don’t miss this moment to walk with a historian who knows every inch of this special place.

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Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada July 6 with Kim Chatfield

Ever think of the Sierra as a medicine cabinet? In fact, the surrounding Lake Tahoe mountains are chock-full of surprisingly healthful plants and flowers.

Join Dr. Kimball Chatfield, a medicinal plants expert, on an easy walk through magical Hope Valley at Sorensen’s Resort near South Lake Tahoe on July 6, 2014 from 10am to 1pm.

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Tahoe Derby Dames

Blending athleticism, finesse, thrills and spills, Tahoe Roller Derby has taken hold in South Lake Tahoe.

Check out the high altitude skating excitement when Sister Slayer and the dames, lead by coach Jack Hammer (Mark Brown), compete in their home bouts listed on their website.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Trackers July 20-22, 2014

Map and compass orienteering. Wildlife, flora and fauna identification. Astronomy.

It’s all part of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Tahoe Institute for Natural Science youth backcountry camps held in July at Lake Tahoe. Get in tune with your senses and explore Tahoe with a wildlife tracker’s state of mind! This 3-day program will introduce teens (ages 12-14) to the wild inhabitants of the Tahoe Basin, how we can recognize their signs, scat, and learn why they can’t always be seen.

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FREE Family Science Expo March 19

Looking for something fun and educational to do as a family?

Check out the free family Science Expo on March 19, 2014 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College.  Admission is free.

Come early or stay late for the CHALLENGER PLANETARIUM SHOW Playing at 3, 4, 5, and 6 p.m. RSVP required for this portion.

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Still Life With Iris at LTCC March 14-23

Still Life with Iris Tahoe CultureThe Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College presents the fantasy/adventure Still Life With Iris March 14-23 in the Duke Theatre.

Written by Steven Dietz, this award-winning play chronicles a young girl’s quest to regain her memory, her past, and with them, her home. read more →

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 27

Tahoe Culture Wild and Scenic Film FestivalJoin the Sierra Nevada Alliance on March 27, 2014 when they host award winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been inspiring attendees to take action regarding issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world.   The festival starts at 7pm at MontBleu in South Lake Tahoe.

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TAP presents Golden Bough March 27

Golden Bough Tahoe CultureTahoe Arts Project is pleased to present acclaimed Celtic trio, Golden Bough on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 PM at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Set sail for the land of freedom and opportunity in the spirited concert, America Bound which pays homage to America’s Irish and Scottish roots, with songs and instrumental music. read more →

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Gunbarrel 25 at Heavenly March 29

GB 25 Glen Plake by Heavenly Ski ResortDo laps all day with Glen Plake at his 9th annual mogul marathon on one of North America’s toughest black-diamond bump runs, Gunbarrel, at Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe.

GB25 takes place Saturday, March 29, 2014. ♦

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Alpenglow Sports presents Big Wall Climbing with Emily Harrington March 13

Boone Speed photo of Emily HarringtonAlpenglow Sports hosts Big Wall Climbing with Emily Harrington on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Olympic Valley Lodge as part of the Winter Film Series.

Free admission and big raffle to benefit the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships. read more →

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Tahoe Youth Ballet Annual Winter Repertory Season March 14-15

Sierra Walsh, photographed by Danielle Hankinson

Tahoe Youth Ballet’s Sixth Season celebrates both collaboration and diversity.

The program will feature Maurya Kerr’s San Francisco – based dance company, tinypistol; a new work for the Company by founding Artistic Director Christin Hanna in collaboration with New Chamber Ballet’s Miro Magloire, and a revival by Constantine Baecher.

The program opens with a new work for the Company to selections of Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin. read more →

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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Sugar Pine Point SP March 15

Step back in time along the west shore of Lake Tahoe for a great cause.

On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 6:30pm the Sugar Pine Point State Park Rangers are leading full moon snowshoe tours through the historic Hellman-Ehrman estate sharing local history tidbits and the wonders of the natural environment. All proceeds benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

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Alpine Meadows Free Spring Music Series March 15-April 26

Alex-of-Boca-do-RioNow Alpine Meadows’ great spring skiing just got better. The free Spring Music Series runs through the end of April – just like the lifts!! All concerts are free and family friendly.

After you’ve enjoyed the world famous corn, head to the Sun Deck for even more exercise with live music Saturday starting at 1pm.

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Rajan Zed to speak on Hinduism at Truckee March 21

Rajan ZedHindu statesman Rajan Zed will speak and answer questions on Hinduism on Friday, March 21,  in Truckee.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will address the gathering at “For Goodness Sake”, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, starting 06-30 pm and then answer questions. All are welcome to this free event. Coffee and snacks will be available. read more →

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Olympic Homecoming Celebration at Squaw March 21

2014 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2014Squaw Valley ski resort celebrates the return of Lake Tahoe’s athletes from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi with an Olympic Homecoming Celebration, complete with live music, parade, fireworks, and appearances by Olympic medalists Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht, and Julia Mancuso.

The welcome home party begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21 at the KT Base Bar in The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Snowshoe through History at Sugar Pine Point State Park March 22

What would it be like to be the only permanent resident of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore during the winter of 1904?

Find out March 22, 2014 during a snowshoe hike around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the lake shore. You’ll learn about the natural environment that attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and explore the fascinating history of a Tahoe landmark.

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SNC Poetry Center Opening Event March 28-29

Poetry-HerreraJuanFelipeSierra Nevada College’s new Poetry Center is proud to host Poet Laureate of California Juan Filipe Herrera and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield for their grand opening March 28-29, 2014.

The Poetry Center promotes an appreciation of contemporary American poetry with one of the largest collections of contemporary American poetry in Nevada and a diverse program of public readings and workshops. read more →

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Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw March 30

Get your saucers ready for the Annual Pain McShlonkey Classic event at Squaw on Saturday, March 30, 2014.

This action packed on and off-mountain event will serve as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as pros and amateurs battle for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy and bragging rights.

Celebrated for his playful spirit, McConkey was the mastermind behind the original Pain McShlonkey Open that debuted in 2003.

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Sierra Stories by Gary Noy May 20

SierraStories405Author and Sierra Nevada Native, Gary D. Noy, will launch his newest book, Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues, at the South Lake Tahoe Library May 20, 2014 at 6pm. read more →

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Dancing With The Tahoe Stars: A Fundraiser for TAP March 8

1901604_648092158583360_776265253_nTickets are on sale now for the second annual Dancing With The Tahoe Stars. This very special event will take place on Saturday, March 8 at 6:30 pm at the MontBleu Theater. read more →

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Pi Day Fun Run with Tahoe Mountain Milers March 14

Tahoe Mountain MilersThis fun loving group of runners is at it again.  Any reason to run together is the goal, so they’ve created the Pi Day Fun Run, on 3.14, that’s March 14, 2014, get it.

Distance: 3.14 miles. Goal: finish in 30 minutes and 14 seconds. The brainchild of their (fun) run coordinator, Abbey Murray, this run is ALL ABOUT FUN. The Winner gets a Pie and all runners eat pizza pie! read more →

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Golden Girls Olympican Party March 15

WelcomeHome_SierrasGoldenGirlsSouth Lake Tahoe will honor its three USA Olympic team members who train at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Saturday, March 15.

Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, who won gold for snowboarding slopestyle and freeskiing halfpipe respectively, and Hannah Teter who placed fourth in snowboarding halfpipe, will be lauded at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

Way to go girls!!!

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Snowshoe Cocktail Races at the Beacon March 15

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 race on March 15, 2014 at 7pm.

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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Free TRT Snowshoe Hikes

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is offering free guided snowshoe treks along the famous trail that winds 165 miles peak to peak around Lake Tahoe. From ice falls on the new Van Sickle State Park trail, to full moon hikes on Mount Rose, it’s no wonder everyone loves this trail.  These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during the winter months in Lake Tahoe.

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