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

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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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) Events

Enjoy a great day outdoors while soaking up some knowledge about the beautiful area you call home with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS).

TINS hosts several activities and events to bring Tahoe’s natural history, science, and conservation issues to the public through walks and talks, citizen science programs, or other special events. read more →

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The Magical Sounds of Tahoe Birds

Cheese-Burg-er.

It’s the distinctive 3-note whistle of the Mountain Chickadee.

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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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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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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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TAMBA Mountain Bike Events, Trail Days and Trail Conditions

The new crew leading the charge at the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) is on a roll – literally.

TAMBA has been cranking with trail days attracting hundreds of volunteers, group rides, trail condition reports, securing new trails – yes! – and helping to promote BMX tracks in Tahoe and the region.  read more →

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Windjammers Season Kickoff Party March 28

Sailing season already?

Tahoe sailors just can’t wait!

Don’t miss the legendary Tahoe Windjammers Clam Chowder Season kickoff party on Friday, March 28, 2014 starting at 6pm.

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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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Identify Birds with South Lake Tahoe Group

Red-naped-Sapsucker-at-Cove-EastYou know what they say… Birds of a feather flock together.  And boy do they.

If you love birds, join the South Shore bird network at Cove East every Wednesday morning and learn more about Tahoe birds all year round.  If you’re lucky you’ll see our resident Beaver in the Truckee River, and a Hooded Merganser, Great-Blue Heron, and Red-tailed Hawk.

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Birding at Pope Beach

Pope Beach and Pope Marsh.

It’s the quintessential spot for bird watching in South Lake Tahoe.

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Backcountry Vertical Challenge supports Sierra Avalanche Center

The 2014 Lake Tahoe Backcountry Vertical Challenge is a community–wide fundraising initiative to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center. In a quest to attain operational dollars for Lake Tahoe’s local avalanche forecasting agency, Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City has challenged the entire Tahoe backcountry community to a cumulative goal of 15 million vertical feet of human-powered uphill travel.

Every single foot of uphill travel matters, and no number is too small. Event runs annually December through May.

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2014 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour

Daron-Rahlves-Silver-Belt-photo-by-Court-LeveDaron Rahlves, four-time Olympian, World Champion and Truckee local, has refined the classic Silver Belt race that started at Sugar Bowl in the 1940s.  Now called the “Banzai Tour,” the event mixes big mountain freeride action with ski and boarder-cross strategy in a mad-dash race series held at four ski resorts.

The final competition takes place March 15-16 at Sugar Bowl.  Don’t miss it.

 

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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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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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Ski to Benefit Local 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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Thru Hike 165 miles with Tahoe Rim Trail Angels

Don’t miss the angel-assisted annual Thru-Hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail and help raise money for maintenance of this iconic Lake Tahoe trail.

It’s 14 days of pure bliss, or the closest you can get to it by hiking 165 miles along the crest of Lake Tahoe.  The TRTA Annual Thru Hike trip will take place in August and September each summer.

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Ta-hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddle Festival Aug 15-17

The 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 15 through 17th.

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Winter Camping 101 Excursion March 29-30 with the Tahoe Rim Trail

Join experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides on an overnight excursion and day trip designed to share the joys of winter camping and exploration in the backcountry overlooking Lake Tahoe with an emphasis on safety, comfort, and fun on March 29-30, 2014.

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Skiing with Your Dog at Lake Tahoe

While you can’t take your dog to most cross-country ski areas in Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you can take them on a few developed trails and almost anywhere else.

Here are some key spots where you can safely cross-country ski with your dog.  Don’t forget the poop bag!

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Getting Lost in a Winter Wonderland by Robert Frohlich

Opie Lost Trial LodgeUpon arriving to the Lost Trail Lodge, the first person to greet you isn’t a person at all, but a Great Pyranees named Opie. The giant yet gentle dog’s immediate friendship is a hearty welcome within the wilderness setting and creates an easy, relaxed tone for one of snow season’s most unique getaways.

“I named this place Lost Trail because people are always getting lost off the backside of Sugar Bowl or along the Pacific Crest Trail and somehow end up here,” explains David Robertson, owner and operator of the wilderness outpost.

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The GREAT Ski Race March

The Great Ski Race in North Lake TahoeThe fastest time is 1 hour and 7 minutes to race 30 kilometers or 18.43 miles. Shizam! It all began 36 years ago with only 66 racers.

Today, thousands of skiers participate in The GREAT Ski Race to raise money for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. Don’t miss the largest Nordic ski race west of the Mississippi every March. read more →

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Free Valentine’s Sunset Snowshoe Hike Feb 14

Impress your Valentine with an evening snow hike around the beautiful Tahoe Meadows above Lake Tahoe at sunset and enjoy wine, sparkling water, cheese and other goodies on February 14th, of course!

The hike is free to all Tahoe Rim Trail members. read more →

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Sierra Avalanche Center Discount Ski Days

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

Check the Sierra Avalanche Center website link daily, and attend the SAC ski and ride days. All ticket sales go to SAC, our backcountry life line.

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Eagles and Agriculture February 20-23

Eagles-and-AgricultureThis remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and a variety of other birds and wildlife species.

It’s a bird lover’s paradise during the Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event February 20-23, 2014 in Carson Valley.  read more →

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Tahoe’s Wind Powered Ski Resorts

Running a ski resort takes a lot of energy. Lifts, snow making, lights, etc. Just so we can have fun and be comfortable.

But electricity causes pollution, right? Not if you tap into the wind like some of our ski resorts. read more →

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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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Sierra-at-Tahoe Is Open Top to Bottom

TerrainPark_WalkerSierra-at-Tahoe Resort is open and offers guests fun mountain activities for all ability levels. Sierra Resort has top to bottom skiing/riding including 23 open trails and 6 lifts, a terrain park with small to medium features, and snow play. Current conditions offer families, beginners, and intermediates a great opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and learn to ski in snowboard in comfortable conditions. read more →

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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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Hannah Teter Spreading her Gold with Sugar

Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter wants to “Sweeten the World one Bottle at a time,” with her Pure Vermont Maple Syrup.

Hannah Teter, pro snowboarder from South Lake Tahoe, recently created Hannah’s Gold, a Vermont maple syrup company that donates 100% of its profits to funding infrastructure and humanitarian needs in the African village of Kirindon in Kenya.

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Winter Wildlife Survival with TINS Jan 22

TINS Winter Brids of the RegionHave you ever wondered what our animals do for the winter? Do Tahoe bears really hibernate? Exactly what IS hibernation, anyway? Where do the frogs go? What about the birds, squirrels, and insects?

Join the Tahoe Institute of Natural Science for Winter Wildlife Survival on January 22, 2014 in South Shore for a slide show and fascinating presentation.  read more →

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Merry Christmas Tahoe!

Chain controls.

Looks like Tahoe and Truckee locals have been VERY GOOD this year!

Santa is blessing us with snowfall.  Keep those wool blankets handy.

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So Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count Dec 14

The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 14th,  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.

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Volunteer for Bald Eagle Count Jan 10, 2014

Bald Eagle TINSAs 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 36th annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Count on Friday, January 10, 2014. 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.

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

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“McCONKEY” Movie at Squaw Dec 28

Shane MCConkey“McConkey” based on the life of local free-skiing icon Shane McConkey will be shown at Olympic Village Inn on December 28, 2013 starting at 5:30pm.

Featuring incredible action footage and Shane’s own home videos, “McConkey” offers a rare look at his most intense risks as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.

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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 14 at MontBleu

Well known as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, Lake Tahoe is the stage for the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival to be held December 14, 2013 in South Shore at MontBleu. The pre-party starts at 6:30pm.

Designed to capture the intensity and passion of adventure, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival showcases clips from the best action sports films of the year, along with theatrical stunts and jaw-dropping imagery by Aurora photos and lots of prizes and tributes to our mountain culture.

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Ski with Jonny Moseley Dec 28-30

Who can forget his famous dinner roll that clinched his gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics. And, chances are you’ve heard him as the new voice of the Warren Miller ski movies.  Well now you can ski with Jonny Moseley on his home mountain.

Ski & Ride with Jonny Moseley Dates: December 28-30, 2013 – Intermediate and expert skiers can join Jonny at the bottom of Summit Express at Alpine Meadows 10am for a fun-filled 2hr mountain tour. If you still have some runs left in you, take the Squaw/Alpine Express with Jonny and finish the afternoon at Squaw from 2-4pm at the Gold Coast Demo Center.

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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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“Slow is Smooth. Smooth is Fast.” And other Adventure Quotes.

bigdaddy2.JPGThe following quotes were part of Aaron Sedway’s photo and mixed media display at the North Tahoe Art Center in 2007 – boy time flies.

Besides punctuating his dramatic photos, the quotes capture the passion of the athletes he shoots, and shout Tahoe mountain culture.

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Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” Nov 29-30

iceland_mike arzt_Ticket to RideIt’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.  Warren Miller’s 64th movie, Ticket to Ride, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable.  That’s not Desolation Wilderness and Emerald Bay behind the lucky girls in this photo. Darn.

The  snow-obsessed will find out the location of this ski spot at Olympic Village Inn November 29 and 30, 2013.

 

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Winter Birding and Raptor Tour at Hope Valley Nov 9

Jim-Woods Birding Under Nevada SkiesJoin naturalist and birder, Jim Woods, on a hunt for migrating birds heading from Hope Valley to lower elevations of beautiful Alpine County at Sorensen’s Resort November 9, 2013. With informed guide and local birder Jim Woods, plan on having a fun and informative nature day with our local birds as the star of the show. read more →

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Tahoe Fat Tire Festival Sept 13-15

The legendary Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is back at Squaw September 13-15, 2013.  Originally founded in the mid 1980s by North Shore’s TAMBA members Greg Forsyth and Aaron Martin of Cycle Paths, this classic 2-wheeled festival was the premier mountain bike event in the Sierra for two decades. It put Tahoe on the map, showcasing our rugged granitic terrain, early bike pioneers and stewards, and volunteer trail work and education programs that made TAMBA the model mountain bike club back then, and still to this day. read more →

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4FRNT Presents “CRJ – The Chronicle of a Freeskiing Icon” Sept 14

CR Johnson from High FivesOn Saturday, September 14, the communities of Tahoe, snow-sports and beyond will come together in celebration of local professional skier CR Johnson’s profound effect on the sport he helped shape during his heralded career.

Seating will begin starting at 6 p.m. outside at Squaw Valley’s KT Base Bar for the World Premiere of “CRJ – The Chronicle of a Freeskiing Icon.” This event is free of charge with all ages welcome to attend. No need to bring a hat however, as Bigtruck Brand will be hosting a sew-on-site hat tent with limited edition CRJ patches made from CR’s old outerwear. read more →

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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 15

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 Camp Richardson in South Shore to Kings Beach in North Shore on September 15th starting at 8am sharp.

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Concours d’Elegance August 9-10

Exotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in style during the 41st anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Concourse d’ Elegance August 9-10, 2013 and will feature the Boats of Alan Furth as this year’s Marque Class.

Furth kept the vast majority of his collection in Lake Tahoe. Since Alan’s passing, most of these boats were sold and have since been scattered all over the country. The Lake Tahoe Concours is honored to feature Alan’s collection as the 2013 Marque Class, which will bring many of these classics home. This eccentric collection will truly be a crowd pleaser. read more →

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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.

Talk about life changing, including our very own Alan Masters of South Lake Tahoe, PCT-ordained “PackMan” who is making the journey for Diabetes Research in honor of his dad.

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Free Tahoe Rim Trail Hike: Birds, Views and Falls with TINS Aug 3

Birds of a feather flock together on the Tahoe Rim Trail with our favorite local naturalists, Will and Clark, of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science during their  annual Birds, Views and Falls free hike August 3 from 7am to 3pm.

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Free Tahoe Rim Trail Hikes

Tahoe’s peaks, wildflowers, and vistas are calling us.   Grab a buddy, or meet a new friend on the Tahoe Rim Trail during the free guided hikes this summer.

These hikes are great for all abilities and ages (shorter hikes are most appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise, socialize, and visit beautiful vistas during the summer months in the Tahoe Basin.

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The Lake Tahoe Water Trail. A Paddler’s Paradise.

Have you always wanted to paddle around the lake, but thought it was too hard to camp or get supplies?

Well now it’s easy! The Lake Tahoe Water Trail Guide and Map lets you plan a custom paddle trip all around the lake. read more →

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Women’s Sailing Clinic with Tahoe Windjammers July 20

Ladies! If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, here’s your chance to learn from the best.

The Lake Tahoe Windjammers will hold a Women’s Sailing Clinic on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:30 am.

The sailing women often beat the guys.

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