So you have your new super fat twin tip skis or that new board with rocker.
You can ride switch all day long, throw down corked threes in the big pipe, you’ve dropped the cross on Mount Tallac, won a race or two during gay week and skied Powderhouse in the full moon!
Yep pretty hot, right? Well let me tell you about two of my favorite skiers first and then we can take a vote.
It all started more than three decades ago when he decided to move to South Lake Tahoe, for just one winter. That one winter turned into 36 years and the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Tahoe.
Meet Gary Bell, back country pioneer and owner of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works (SSCW) in South Lake Tahoe. The big fun in the small shop since 1980. read more →
Local designer comes full circle, reclaiming herself in the process.
From the big city lights to mountain alpenglow, Kahlil Johnson of Riverside Studios is making her mark with her signature handbags and accessories.
After learning to make shoes in 1996, Kahlil landed a job as a shoe designer in New York City in 2001. At night, she studied handbag construction at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Upon returning from the Big Apple to the Greenest Little Mountain Town, Kahlil started her own line of signature handbags, and accessories to boot.
“Water seldom, but deeply. Plant bulbs now. Plant, divide and transplant perennials now to give you a huge jump on spring. Plant or transplant any trees and shrubs while the soil is still workable. Deciduous trees and shrubs put on as much as 80% of their annual root system expansion in the fall.”
As an avid succulent collector, Barbara found it almost impossible to find suitable pots for her specimen plants.
That’s when she decided to make her own and share them with other succulent collectors (and every art lover!)
Meet Barbara Wesson of South Lake Tahoe.
Their handcrafted, all vegetable soaps are blended in South Lake Tahoe and made with pure Tahoe water.
Besides being locally made, the soaps contain no alcohol, artificial colors or preservatives. And, they’re highly addictive, especially when you lather up with their natural sponges. read more →
Nancy Tieken Lopez started art hikes when receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose State University over fifteen years ago. Nancy studies included an emphasis in bronze sculpture and installation art and lead to more ephemeral materials of earth installations with music, dance and poetry.
Kiss the itches goodbye, and get softer skin, relax and kick that flu with this soap and bath salts made in Incline Village.
What’s the secret ingredient? Minerals from the Dead Sea, of course!
Bob had a great idea.
Growing up in Kings Beach you see, Bob always shared something in common with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bear.
Yes, Bob loves trash.
His love for Lake Tahoe and paddling naturally led to the creation of his small wooden stand up paddle board manufacturing company in South Lake Tahoe.
Meet Garrett Villanueva, co-owner of Sawyer Wooden Board Company.
Garrett and his partner Jacob Quinn, have extensive backgrounds in woodworking, sustainable building design (LEED certified), and a deep passion for surfing, stand up paddling and the environment.
Through her own life changing experiences, Susan has witnessed the profound and powerful benefits of simple nutrition for herself and her family. Now she wants to share it with you.
Susan Frailey RN BSN from South Lake Tahoe recently published her breakthrough approach to nutrition in her new book, More Alive Now: Simple Nutrition to Change Your Life.
Through her innovative nutritional tools that make sense, are easy to follow, and will last a lifetime, Susan has joined Andrew Weil and Michael Pollan as a pioneer in the art of nutrition committed to help us achieve optimal health through simple daily decisions. As a mother of an autistic child, a full time health practitioner, entrepreneur and business owner, if Susan can do it, anyone can. read more →
On July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.
Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.
“Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.
Celebrate 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 28-29, 2016, and includes local artisans, businesses, organizations and a community stage with live performances by artists, storytellers, writers or presentations. read more →
Did you know…Tahoe has its own skateboard manufacturer?
Tahoe Longboards was started by Chuck Vogt in 1997 in Kings Beach. Chad Thomas, local photojournalist and woodworker, has joined Chuck as co-owner, co-fun hog, co-local entrepreneur and they have launched all new 2012 boards.
The secret to their success after 15 years going strong is unrivaled craftsmanship, and small batches of boards. The small batches allows them to maintain a tight grip on quality-control, adapt quickly and keep things fresh. (And probably go out and ride more…)
Her energy and creativity is endless. It all stems from her deep appreciation of the environment, fashion and functional art.
As a seamstress, shop owner, mother, community volunteer and artist, Heather’s tastes and talents are manifested in her latest creations and her new shop – Bespoke.
Meet Heather River, eco-stylist and entrepreneur from Truckee.
Farmin’ Family – Truckee clan starts town’s first major farm
by Melissa Siig, Moonshine Ink
This article is a reprint from the Print Edition of Moonshine Ink, the Independent News Source for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.
It was a book that changed the life of the Shaw family.
Upon the recommendation of a cousin in Berkeley, the family of five got Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” the seminal book about America’s food culture, on audio tape and listened to it whenever they were in the car. read more →
Over thirty years after modern ski music was born with the release of his 1985 vinyl EP, titled “Ski Patrol”, local Tahoe-based snow reporter, entrepreneur and musician Eric T. Brandt, aka: “Eric T.” has released a new single, “I Love KT”.
It all started when she was just a little girl.
The beat and rhythm of life filled her blood, overflowing with creativity.
Now, she’s sharing her passion for west African drumming and dance with Lake Tahoe.
Meet Liz Broscoe, South Shore Drumchik.
Lake Tahoe is home to Bakpocket Products, a unique line of ultralight, outdoor products including signature hammocks, beach blankets, eco-friendly backpacks, bags and accessories.
Founded by South Lake Tahoe locals, Bryan Burnam and Jacob Hanneman, the Humboldt State University (HSU) graduates created the first-ever Bakpocket hammock as their senior project in 2013. Since its grassroots inception, Bakpocket has expanded to create more than 20 products now sold throughout California. read more →
Robb Gaffney M.D. began studying the slopes of Squaw Valley when he was in college. He has skied Squaw for more than 25 years and is the author of Squallywood – A Guide to Squaw Valley’s Most Exposed Lines.
Dr. Gaffney received the coveted Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Golden Camalot in 2014. And, in turn, diagnosed Todd Offenbacher as bi-polar since TO is obsessed with the Arctic and Antartica.
Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more creative, Riverside Studios has opened The Branch in downtown Truckee to showcase large scale art.
Featuring locally made furniture, sculpture, 2-dimensional paintings and photography, the gallery will give artists the space deserved for their larger pieces to stand alone.
Stop by and meet the colorful group of artists at The Branch, located at 10060 Donner Pass Road, in Truckee – of course.
She’s a pro mountain bike downhill racer.
And art framer.
Meet Tasa Herndon.
When driving down the road of life, often we don’t know how good we have it, until we see it in the rear view mirror.
To help us remember the beauty of the past and the magic of the moment, Hillary Dembroff and Heather Kovac of South Lake Tahoe have created crystal hangings and jewelry charged with metaphysical and healing properties they call RearView Miracles.
Belly Dance outfits. Jewelry. Hats. Books. Clothes. Bags.
If you are looking for something truly different and locally made, visit Gaia Licious in South Shore. It’s an Unique Experiential Boutique.
Molly B of Tahoe Fire Glass has specialized in kiln fired and porcelain jewelry since 1983.
This delicate art form requires meticulous skills and talent due to the fragility of the precious materials used in the settings.
Looks like Molly is a pro!
It’s no secret at all that Tahoe and Truckee has a rich music scene.
Our year-round playground and gorgeous surroundings fuel the creative juices of local musicians, and their spirit of giving back to their community.
The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema brings together the passion of 25-year Tahoe local and filmmaker Steven Siig, who has long wanted to open a theater in Tahoe, and Mark Gogolewski, who has had a dream of helping to breathe new life into Tahoe City.
Together, they hope to contribute to the renaissance of Tahoe City and make it the place to be, both in winter and summer.
Todd takes full advantage of the endless recreation and adventures located out his front door year round in North Lake Tahoe.
Whether skiing backcountry, at the resort or on the groomed skating trails in the winter, or mounting biking, hiking and sailing competitively in the Monday night Laser fleet, Jackson keeps himself active.
His passion for fitness and Lake Tahoe has also landed him at the helm of two successful businesses including Adventure Sports Week Tahoe.
Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift for the expecting mother?
What about a hand-painted custom belly.
Health 2 Humanity, co-founded by John Cefalu of South Lake Tahoe, is focused on creating sustainable solutions to the sanitation problems facing many developing countries, not just throwing money or products at the problem.
H2H trains, teaches and funds micro-businesses in Kenya and Ghana. Soap is given to orphans and helps fund orphanages in need. And 50% of every purchase is donated to the global cause.
Is it a Monet? No
It’s a Colbert.
He has nine Winter X Games gold medals in four different disciplines, six in snowboardcross, and was also the 2001 ESPY Action Sports Athlete of the Year.
Meet Shaun Palmer, legendary snowboarder.
I think he created a new music genre.
He’s on a mission.
Turn every single person on to the outdoors and fitness. Period.
With his hilarious antics and positive attitude on and off the screen, Todd Offenbacher, world-class climber and Lake Tahoe TV host, embraces every day to the fullest and encourages us all to do the same. While he has taught us all not to take ourselves or life too seriously, Todd has made it his passion to remind us why we chose to live in this special place.
With a style his own, full of passion and resolve, he fought hard to maintain our mountain culture. He was a beatnik, a mountain dreamer until the end. He liked to talk about the history and change in this town, but it wasn’t until you read his stories that define us did it hit.
Robert ‘Fro’ Frohlich wrote about his favorite places, pastimes and people around Lake Tahoe, making bocce ball night at Wolfdale’s sound like a soulful experience. And it was for Fro. Surrounded by his friends, he embraced the power of now. Skiing in blizzards or sailing in gale force winds, these intense experiences spurred him on to want more. More for himself, and everyone else.
Through her eco-friendly handcrafted prints and cards, she has captured the art of nature and the nature of art.
Meet Michelle Murdock, printmaker, artist and owner of Quail Lane Press in Tahoe City.
Michelle’s intention is to make relief prints about the environment that do not hurt the environment.
You may have seen the little red barn along the river.
It’s the Truckee River Winery where they’ve been making wine since 1989.
She has the magic touch. Her gentle manner and extensive medical experience has made her one of the top holistic health providers in Lake Tahoe, who specializes in craniosacral therapy and acupuncture.
Meet Barbara Ricotta, RN, MA, L.Ac. of North Lake Tahoe.
Barbara discovered holistic wellness in the mid 1980s while working as a critical care nurse. Inspired by her many clients who were seeking a higher level of health and well-being, she subsequently embarked on a career in holistic health and wellness.
The rustic beauty of logs are sculpted into some very interesting home accents by this South Shore artist.
In 1996, Craig Davies came to Lake Tahoe to snowboard.
While he was delivering pizzas, he started making candles and selling them at craft shows.
Tahoe Candle soon became a burning success.
His deep love of the Sierras drives his passions.
What all started as a few pieces for themselves, has blossomed into a full line of jewelry.
Tahoe Treasures, a South Shore gem.
Just when you think life has handed you enough hardship, Benjamin Allen humbles you with a most personal journey of extreme loss and heart wrenching grief. Over a 13 year period, Allen’s wife and two children – one an infant – died. So intense was his journey, that he was featured on Oprah, The Today Show, The New York Times, 20/20, and the Dallas Morning Post.
The Sports Exchange, a fixture of Truckee’s West River Street landscape and leading sporting goods store in the region, was recently sold to longtime manager Rob Cavallo.
Cavallo has played a key role in the growth of Truckee Sports Exchange over the past eight years as an employee and manager. He has spearheaded many significant improvements to provide locals and visitors with the best possible shopping experience in the Truckee-Tahoe area. read more →
Here’s one for the birds. After 30 years, this Truckee local is back home and has brought a little something with him, amazing talent. Greg Zirbel, artist and owner of NeatTweets has taken his Tahoe Truckee High School woodshop skills, mixed them with his love of art, nature and a little historical lumber and turns out the most beautiful birdhouses you’ve ever seen.
Not just birdhouses, historical landmark replicas are his specialty. These functional master pieces are not just birdhouses, but function as feeders as well. Each one has a story of its own and are well documented which really adds to there appeal. read more →
His obsession with backcountry skiing and adventure all started at age eight. He’d hike up Hobbit Hill in South Lake Tahoe with his dog, Sugar, and ski down.
As the adventures have grown longer and more challenging since chasing Sugar four decades ago, he’s still charging.
Meet Geoff Clarke; mountaineer, backcountry guide, photographer and green builder.
Once you meet Sharon Freewoman you’ll never forget her.
A North Lake Tahoe local for 33 years, Sharon has made The Rainbow Bridge a favorite place to find locally made products and art.
Sharon has been a leading purveyor of community for our mountain town through her guiding wisdom and open heart.
Restless and exhilarating, Lexa Hillyer’s inaugural collection spins headlong into a rush of sound and image, revealing the possibilities hidden beneath a thin layer of ice or snow. Acquainted with the Cold, winner of the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, begins with a seduction and ends with a call: “Barred owl, I’m ready./Convince me of eternity.” Through her poems, Hillyer invites the reader to live more fully, to delve into the wild possibilities open to us all.
Order online today at Bona Fide Books.
Someone asked me the other day if I was a ski bum.
This was a question that had me standing there going, “huh well uh.”
Tahoe Rim Trail 3rd Edition 2012, is written by local author Tim Hauserman who has hiked the entire trail, every inch. He’s biked the open sections, has volunteered to build trail sections, and is one of the biggest advocates for the TRTA.
He’s one heck of a writer too.
An avid adventurer and explorer, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two years old, and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail.keep looking »