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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee outdoor recreation and activities.

Tahoe Maritime Museum

The Tahoe Maritime Museum invites you to share your passion for preserving our maritime history and Tahoe’s unique cultural heritage.

Besides maritime history and activities for kids like the inside boat simulator, you’ll find nautical and landlubber outings and unique items herein Tahoe City.

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Hope Valley Outdoors Yurt

Cross country ski at the solar-powered Hope Valley Outdoor Center at Pickett’s Junction. Established by long-time South Lake Tahoe local, Joyce Coker (aka “the Pie Lady”) the off the grid yurt offers high voltage, human-powered fun.

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Concours d’Elegance August 10-11

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in style especially during this favorite event where you can drool over 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world.

Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 109-11, 2018.

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Tahoe’s Boating Heritage Featured on Collector’s Stamps

The passion of stamp collectors and wooden boat aficionados have intersected to mark the important role in the nautical history of Tahoe’s classic craft and promotion of the restoration and preservation of vintage wooden watercraft at the highest level,

Tahoe’s iconic boating heritage is captured on US Postal Service collector stamps.

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Did you know…Lake Tahoe has an Underwater State Park?

Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?

There’s nothing to see – right?

Wrong.

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Volunteer for Bald Eagle Count Jan 12

Bald Eagle at Pope Marsh Dec 15As part of a national survey effort monitoring the recovery of Bald Eagle populations, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count on January 12, 2018 from 9am to 12pm. Volunteers will be responsible for counting all bald eagles at one of 26 sites distributed around the Lake Tahoe shoreline during a three-hour period on the morning of the count.  Click here for map locations.

I see Bald Eagles every time I go to the lake.  Magical.

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Dirtbag The Life of Fred Beckey Jan 6

Tahoe CultureClimbing legend Fred Beckey – and friend of Lake Tahoe, will be the star Saturday, Jan. 6, in a feature film shown at MontBleu starting at 7 pm. 

Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations of climbers to head for the mountains with his monumental first ascents and eloquent books, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.

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Sierra Avalanche Center is Our Lifeline

Backcountry skiing and riding are sweet! Avalanches are not. Don’t get caught.

Check the Sierra Avalanche Center website link daily, and attend an avalanche safety awareness class now!

And donate to SAC or buy a discounted ski ticket. All sales go to SAC, our backcountry life line.

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1960 Olympic Winter Games Museum

On Thursday, February 18, 1960, under storm-threatening skies, the greatest winter athletes in the world gathered in Squaw Valley.

It was the beginning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games and many notable events and achievements like Carol Heiss pictured here who won a Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating.

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Sky Tavern Ski Area

Located in the very northeastern nook of Lake Tahoe on Mt. Rose Highway is Sky Tavern, an important piece of Nevada’s heritage.

Since 1948, the Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program has taught tens of thousands of kids winter sports. Today the program is still going strong through extensive volunteer efforts dedicated to preserving Tahoe ski culture.

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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Events

Soak up some local knowledge about the other wild creatures that call this place home with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS).

TINS hosts several activities and events to introduce Tahoe’s natural history, science, and conservation issues to the public through walks and talks, citizen science programs, or other special events such as wildflower tours.

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Slow Rollers Bike Ride for Christmas Cheer Oct 7

Join the Slow Rollers to celebrate our cycling community and Christmas Cheer on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  Gather at South Shore Bikes at noon, ride starts at 12:30 and heads to the American Legion on Highway 50. If you can’t do the bike ride, go the American Legion for the party – music, food and fun.

Bring an unwrapped toy to donate for the kids!

Spruce up your bike, put on your costume and ride with Slow Rollers.

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Fall Foliage Viewing Areas

Fall is one of our favorite times to spot the abundant Aspen groves surrounding Lake Tahoe. Now ablaze in gold, sprinkled with orange and red, it’s time to take a hike through our enchanting fall foliage landscapes and listen to the sounds of nature.

Still some colors around Tahoe, as well as bald eagles, bears and blue heron at Taylor Creek grabbing salmon.

Following are directions to great spots to view fall foliage in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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Tahoe Vista Paddlefest

It’s the finale. The big daddy of the entire stand up and paddle season at Lake Tahoe.  So you’ve been standing up and paddling all summer longer, just to get ready for this epic.

It’s the 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic SUP race across Lake Tahoe from Eldorado Beach to Tahoe Vista on September 8-10, 2017,

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The Gunn Chronicles by South Shore Writer

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He just finished his 3-year bike tour around the world raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Meet Rick Gunn, South Shore journalist and photographer.

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Tahoe Community Bred at Local Bike Shop

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake Tahoe Feel real Lake Tahoe community and pride at this fun & funky shop that has been catering to locals and visitors for 37 years. Sierra Ski and Cycle Works has been owned by South Lake Tahoe mountain bike pioneer, Gary Bell, since 1980.

“I want to help people understand the roots of Tahoe mountain biking, and how it has evolved over the past three decades,” says Bell.

As the unofficial official Tahoe bike and ski museum, you’ll find all sorts of locals sharing trail tales, buying and renting bikes from this local business bred in the mountains.

Keep Tahoe Pride.

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East Side Trails in Your Pocket

Do you prefer leisurely “Lakeside Rambles” or a 3-day backpacking trip?

Both? You’re in luck!

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Self Rescue Skills @ Lover’s Leap

Learn skills you hope you NEVER have to use.

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Slow Rollers fund Bikes for Children Program

slowrollers.jpgTheir goal is simple:

To ride bikes and have a good time.

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The Donner Party, Truckee, CA

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The Donner Party was no party at all.

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They’re here. PCT Thru-Hikers. What a Trip.

You’ve probably seen them lately. Huge backpacks. Shoes dangling. In need of a shower; a place to stay for the night.

And a glimmer in their eye that no one can possibly understand unless you’ve done it.

PCT Thru-Hikers; those hearty hikers who have been walking from Mexico as they keep on keeping on to the Canadian border.

If you see them hitchhiking, please give them a ride to the PCT trailhead.  They really really want to get back out there.

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Northstar Mountain Bike Park

BikerLake Tahoe has another reason to brag – Northstar Mountain Bike Park.

The park is considered one of the top mountain bike parks on the west coast following Whistler.

Last day is Oct 1.  Go get it!

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 25

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2017 from 10 am to 3:30 pm.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →

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National Trails Day at Spooner Lake State Park June 3

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the annual National Trails Day® event on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 10AM – 2PM at Spooner Lake State Park. This free event is open to the public and will include: access to nearby trails, Leave No Trace activities, educational talks & booths related to the outdoors, free gear demos, free giveaways and a special appearance from TRTA trail mascot, McLeod the Marmot.

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2017 Tahoe Nature Chase

tahoe-institute-for-natural-scienceThroughout 2017, participants in TINS’ Tahoe Nature Chase will explore Lake Tahoe in search of designated nature-observation challenges that are assigned for each month throughout the year. read more →

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Tahoe Bike Challenge June 1-14

Nothing beats riding a bike around town to hear the spring birds and watch the wild flowers pop.  Here’s another reason to grab another gear.

The Tahoe Bike Challenge takes place June 1 through June 14, 2017.

This non-competitive, competitive 🙂 event encourages everyone to park the car, and ride a bike.  Whether you’re headed to work, school, the post office or just riding to have fun, grab your bike to stay healthy, Keep Tahoe Blue, and to win prizes.

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Summer Avian Visitors: Birding at Lake Tahoe with TINS

Summer is a perfect time to learn about birds that migrate to Lake Tahoe for the season – and boy are they noisy this year. Join Kirk Hardie, Co- Executive Director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for bird watching walks to introduce us to the migratory birds of the Lake Tahoe region.

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Western SkiSport Museum boasts California Skiing Legends

Located next to Boreal ski resort is a treasure trove of California ski history. The Western SkiSport Museum was developed as an exhibition of Western North American ski history in 1969. The history of California skiing and legendary mailman, Snowshoe Thompson, who carried a 80 pound mailbag on skis over the Sierra Nevada mountains while rescuing stranded miners in raging blizzards are key exhibits. read more →

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Plants of the Tahoe Basin by Michael Graf

plants-of-the-tahoe-basin-michael-grafThe Village Nursery in Truckee highly recommends this pocket field guide for the Truckee-Donner area.

“Plants of the Tahoe Basin” by Michael Graf is a comprehensive illustrated guide to the trees, ferns, and flowering plants of the Tahoe Basin.

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How to Mountain Bike and Rules of the Trail

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works Monument PeakRide It. Don’t Slide. Use both brakes.  Go over snow, not around it.

Yield to Hikers and Horses, and uphill riders, and learn how to use both brakes.  And, if you leave a skid, please stop and fix it.

Contact the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) for their Rider Education Program and to help work on trails. Respect. read more →

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Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Birds of the Sierra Nevada by Ted Beedy Ed Pandolfino

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, is a beautifully illustrated user-friendly book with the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

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Look. Up in the sky! It’s a Pelican! A Pelican?

You may have seen them lately because they’re only here in the Spring.

Big white birds, flying in perfect formation high in the sky. Lake Tahoe is in the migratory path of pelicans headed for Pyramid Lake, Nevada.

These pelicans are quite large, often mistaken for geese. Look again.

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New Backcountry Beacon Basin opens in Meyers

Beacon Basin PracticeA Beacon Basin for avalanche transceiver practice and training is now open at the Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) station in Meyers. As more people are getting out in the Tahoe backcountry, there is an increased need for individuals to learn how to use their avalanche safety equipment. The Beacon Basin is open Thursday through Sunday throughout the winter months.

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Exposed Ski Lines caught in Squallywood Book by Robb Gaffney

squallycover.jpgIf you liked the 1st edition, you’ll love the 2nd.

Squallywood

A Guide to Squaw Valley’s Most Exposed Lines by Robb Gaffney, MD.

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Tahoe Rim Trail Snowshoe Hikes

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is offering free guided snowshoe treks along the famous trail that winds 165 miles around Lake Tahoe. From enchanting forests to mesmerizing vistas and towering peaks, 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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Lam Watah Washoe Heritage Site

Tahoe Culture Washoe at Lake TahoeHere, the Washoe fished and gathered berries.

The Lam Watah Washoe Heritage Site is a small archaeological site in South Lake Tahoe managed by the US Forest Service that is open to the public.

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Skiing Legend Daron Rahlves Becomes Restaurateur in Truckee

Daron_Rhalves_at_Moody's Bistro in TruckeeDaron Rahlves, the most decorated American Downhill and Super G skier in history, has a number of passions, with skiing and food are at the top of his list.  So it’s logical that Rahlves recently joined the ownership team of Moody’s Bistro & Lounge, an acclaimed restaurant in Truckee, one of the most popular ski towns in America.

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Ski to Benefit Schools with Discounted Tickets. DUH!

Gary Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works supports Tahoe SchoolsIt’s a no brainer.  Ski or board at our Lake Tahoe ski and cross-country resorts with special discounted lift tickets and help our local schools.

It’s part of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation Skiing (TTEEF) for Schools Days – woohoo! – that TAMC and locals love to support.

The benefits are endless.  Get smart and buy your TTEEF ticket today.  Schools matter.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 17

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 17th, will be held from 8am until sundown, is a chance to do some birding in the winter, socialize with other birders and contribute to the largest, longest running citizen science program in the world.

Novices to experts are all welcome for this fun winter event that focuses the 7.5 mile radius count circle on the Upper Truckee River mouth at Cove East.

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Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream named after Tahoe Pro Snowboarder Hannah Teter

hannah ice creamSlide over Wheaties.

To commemorate her ongoing humanitarian efforts in Africa, Ben & Jerry’s has honored fellow Vermont native and gold medalist snowboarder Hannah Teter with its newest flavor, Maple Blondie.

It is the first flavor created for an athlete by the company.

As part of Ben & Jerry’s social mission, a portion of the ice cream sales will benefit Hannah’s Gold, Teter’s charity that funds various projects in Kenya.

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G.N.A.R. Movie

Skiers and snowboarders worth their salt have certainly descended an expert-rated run, naked, while simultaneously talking on a cell phone with their mom; however, this act has rarely been captured on film as well as it has in the new movie, G.N.A.R.

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Did you know…Kirkwood has a Cookbook?

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Kirkwood is well known for skiing.

And for its local dishes?

You be the judge.

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Mountain of Storms, A Patagonia Film at Tahoe Art Haus Oct 19

mntstorms-tahoe-cultureGrab your favorite adventure partner and join Alpenglow Sports for Mountain of Storms, presented by Patagonia, at the Tahoe Art Haus on October 19th. The excitement starts at 7 pm.

Mountain of Storms documents the storied 1968 road trip adventure of 5 friends:  Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, Chris Jones and Lito Tejada-Flores. Piled into an old sketchy van, the group embarked on a 5,000-mile journey from California to Patagonia to attempt a new route on Cerro Torre’s infamous Fitz Roy.  Along the way the friends found surf, skiing and climbing as they headed southward towards the then still-mythical land of Patagonia.

Dick Dorworth will be here in Tahoe City on October 19th. Will you?

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The Story

THE STORY showcases the unfathomable talent of mountain sports’ biggest stars including the marquee athletes of alpine skiing, including Lake Tahoe’s Errol Kerr and ‘Shane & the McConkeys’.

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Tahoe Rim Trail 35 Year Anniversary Party & Fundraiser Oct 11

The world-renowned Tahoe Rim Trail took root 35 years ago with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) formation in 1981 to create a long-distance trail which would circumnavigate Lake Tahoe from the ridge tops of the surrounding mountain ranges to create a 170 mile trail system.

Show your support for Tahoes most renowned trail at the TRTA 35th Annual Celebration & Fundraiser on October 11, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm.

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“A Return to Pakistan” by Todd Offenbacher

“A Return to Pakistan” by Todd Offenbacher recounts an amazing tale of a climbing epic that includes a broken leg at 5,500 meters, natural disasters, Taliban road blocks, and a mountain culture based on religion, honor, and respect.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival Aug 12-14

2014 5mie-0146 Tahoe Nalu photosThe biggest paddle board festival on Lake Tahoe just got bigger.

The Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-up Paddle Board Festival features two-days of races for paddle boarders of all ages and skill levels. Lakeside entertainment including food, luaus, live music and prizes will top off the races held at Kings Beach August 12 through 14h.

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Climbing at Donner Summit

Donner Summit Climbing Protected

Touch and Go, Hungover Hangover, Rat’s Tooth, Empty Sky, Rhythm Killer, Pinball Junkie, Inner Recess, Rambo Crack, Space Invaders, and Bourbon Street.

These are the epic climbing routes at Donner Summit.

To protect nesting peregrine falcons, the Access Fund and the Truckee Donner Land Trust closed several popular climbing routes on Black Wall and Road Cut. Now that the baby falcons have left the nest, the routes are all now open. A big thanks to the climbing community for respecting the closure!

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Tahoe Wildflower Big Year

Tahoe Wildflowers

The Tahoe Wildflower Big Year (TWBY) celebrates the hundreds of plant species that make the Tahoe region their home. Many events and activities are planned, including guided wildflower outings, workshops and talks on a variety of topics such as wildflower ID, photography, gardening with natives, pollinators, and more.

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 29-30

Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 29 and 30 at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe during the antique wooden boat show.

Along with the mixture of masterfully restored boats, you’ll also find live music, a beer tasting village and lots of food and family-friendly events.

 

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We live in a special place. A place so beautiful it nurtures the soul and creative spirit. A place so breathtaking it inspires conservation. A mountain culture that masters the fine art of living. Welcome to this place we call home. Welcome to Lake Tahoe. Meet the local artists, individuals, businesses and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit.
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