Hopefully, 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.
Sponsored by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that make the Tahoe region their home all year-round or a fly-way vacation, while passing through to other destinations.
Beginning January 1st, participants will scour the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species of birds as they can find during 2015. This event is not strictly a competition, but an opportunity to learn about and experience the Tahoe’s diverse bird community and rich birding opportunities. read more →
As 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 33rd annual Mid-winter Bald Eagle Count on January 9th, 2015. 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.
It’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.
If 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.
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!
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.
Upon 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.
When you were a kid, did you ever meet a new friend that made you feel bad because you didn’t want to play with your old friends anymore?
This is what the NTN system by Rottefella has done to me.
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 →
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Saturday and Sunday, January 24 -25, 2015 from 8:00am- 5:00pm. This course will provide individuals with a foundation in important first aid concepts critical to responding effectively to emergencies in a remote backcountry environment.
No, it’s not named after any resemblance to Pakistan’s K2.
It’s named after Kick Turns. 22 of them.
The South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count on December 15th, 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.
Kirkwood is well known for skiing.
And for its local dishes?
You be the judge.
Join 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 8, 20134.
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 →
It’s the official beginning of winter for many skiers and snowboarders.
Warren Miller’s 65th movie, No Turning Back, features big mountain skiing with local skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe at the most exotic settings imaginable. No Turning Back pays homage to the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has lead Warren Miller to every end of the winter world.
The movies show at Olympic Valley Inn Nov 28 and 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM.
The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (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.
Check out their schedule of events. read more →
South Lake Tahoe Community members recently attended a workshop to help identify opportunities to create safer, more walkable and bikeable routes around the South Tahoe Middle School (STMS), Bijou Park and Lake Tahoe Community College.
Everyone loves to ride bikes like Gary Bell, owner Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, on his high roller.
Wednesday, October 14, 2014 the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) will celebrate the completion of new trail to the Mt. Houghton Summit from the Tahoe Rim Trail at Relay Ridge. This new trail is the final phase of the multi-year Rim to Reno Project that connected the Tahoe Rim Trail to communities in Northern Nevada by building trail from Mt. Rose to the Thomas Creek Trailhead.
The new .7 miles of trail to Mt. Houghton Summit increases recreational access in the Mt. Rose area and protects Tahoe Draba, an endemic species found only in a few sites in the Tahoe Basin. Trail building was a summer long endeavor with over 100 volunteers and more than 2,000 hours contributed.
Help continue to maintain and build the trail like no other by coming out and volunteering for one, or a few, of these work days. Choose a day for your group to sign up for and contact us so we can set your group up for a fun filled day of being outside and making a difference. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome to join.
Pope Beach and Pope Marsh.
It’s the quintessential spot for bird watching in South Lake Tahoe.
Not always a vacation at Station Lake Tahoe
Call Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe “Station Vacation” and the 18-member crew will quickly tell you that it’s not all fun and games working on the largest alpine lake in North America. read more →
Their pecking sounds painful.
They’re so loud that sometimes they sound like jackhammers.
The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition (LTBC), a nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization headquartered in Lake Tahoe, has produced an update to the Lake Tahoe Bikeways Map that is now available throughout the Tahoe Region at no charge.
Do you prefer leisurely “Lakeside Rambles” or a 3-day backpacking trip?
Both? You’re in luck!
Located on the bottom floor of the Heavenly Village Transit Center, Explore Tahoe showcases a wealth of natural history, recreation and transportation information, along with environmental educational programs geared for all ages.
Explore Tahoe has also been a very big supporter of the new Van Sickle Bi-State Park and multi-use trail right in its backyard.
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 →
Exotic wooden boats mark our nautical history in stylec 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 44th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 8-9, 2014.
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.
To celebrate the spirit of bicycling in Tahoe, the Slow Rollers Bicycle Club proudly presents the annual Spirit Parade on September 18, 2014 starting at 4pm at Safeway, next to Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.
In 2012 WE set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Single Line of Bicycles at 1,188 riders – yes! Check out the video.
Everyone is invited to ride in this 3-mile cruising event to MontBleu at Stateline, Nevada. We’re counting on everyone in Tahoe, that includes the north, west and east shores, to come out and ride. Costumes are optional.
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 in July. Contact the club for exact date.
The sailing women often beat the guys.
The annual march up to Round Top and Winnemucca Lake to view the wildflowers is on! read more →
The 2nd Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival will take place on August 10, 2014 in the Divided Sky parking lot, located at 3200 US Highway 50. The festival kicks off with a “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain. Riders should arrive at the Divided Sky at 7:30am to register for the ride.
Sierra Ski and Cycle Works has Santa Cruz bikes to ride to the festival.
Why would anyone scuba dive in Lake Tahoe?
There’s nothing to see – right?
Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition July 25th and July 26th, at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe, at the largest collection of antique wooden boats this show has ever assembled. Along with the timeless mixture of masterfully restored wooden boats reflecting off the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, you’ll also enjoy live music, an array of food and shopping, a wine tasting village and a festive, family-friendly atmosphere.
The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic: A Vintage Boat Show for Charity, takes place at the Tahoe Keys Marina July 25 and 26, 2014.
The park is considered one of the top mountain bike parks on the west coast following Whistler. The park is open so get your cross-country and downhill bikes tuned and ready to go.
Oh yeah, and your dad. It’s the perfect place to take Dad over this Father’s Day weekend. Think he can hang? I mean hang on. And you think it was rough raising kids. Have fun Dad.
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.
Flock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the 5th Annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival on Saturday, June 7th from 8 am to 4 pm.
The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and US Fish and Wildlife Service invites everyone to this free event for fun and educational walks, workshops, educational activities and live bird demonstrations. read more →
At an elevation of 6,223 feet, the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station has the distinction of being the highest-altitude Coast Guard station in the country.
Meet the Lake Tahoe Coast Guard at the Tahoe Maritime Museum on June 7, 2014 starting at 8:30am for its annual safe boaters course.
The course teaches the particulars of handling a motorboat or personal watercraft. This course will give people the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states.
Nothing beats riding our bikes around town to hear the spring birds and watch the wild flowers pop. Here’s another reason to grab another gear.
The 2014 Tahoe Bike Challenge takes place June 7 – June 20, 2014.
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.
Stream fishing in Alpine County is on.
Rainbows, browns, and brookies are abundant in Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley and Bear Valley streams.
The South Lake Tahoe Yacht Club’s annual Summer Solstice Party will take place at the Tahoe Keys pool in South Shore on June 21, 2014.
Chartered in 1961 as the “Boat Club”, the name was changed to the “South Lake Tahoe Yacht Club” in 1978. Over 200 members enjoy summer boating activities including beach picnics, overnight shoreline campouts, and the annual boat parade and Summer Solstice Party.
Winter activities include skiing, a mystery trip, dinner dances, and a guest speaker at dinner meetings. Click here for more info.
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 →
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 →
Thank you Tahoe Keepers! Keeping it Blue, yeah!
According to watercraft inspection data and scientific reports, Lake Tahoe’s waters remain free of new invasive species introductions, which are major threats to the overall health of Lake Tahoe and surrounding water bodies. read more →
His deep love of the Sierras drives his passions.
It’s easy to see why Hwy 4 is a National Scenic Byway.
Without a doubt, it’s one of the most scenic drives across the Sierra Nevada located about 30 miles from South Lake Tahoe. And it’s ideal for back country skiing, hiking and road biking.
The pass is open.
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.
It’s the distinctive 3-note whistle of the Mountain Chickadee.
Lake Tahoe backcountry skiing just got a boost of more snow, so get your gear ready, or rent it at Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.
While summer and fall are wonderful in Tahoe, there is nothing like gliding down a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Nothing.
Better yet, make it a dual or multi-leisure day with a backcountry ski, then bike ride, sail or hike. Only in Tahoe!keep looking »