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

Not always a Vacation at Station Lake Tahoe

Station Lake TahoeHey all you boaters and paddlers on Lake Tahoe, please read this information about Tahoe water conditions.   Be smart out there.

Not always a vacation at Station Lake Tahoe

Written by Chief Petty Officer Class Sherri Eng, 11th Coast Guard District

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 →

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Woodie Woodpecker spotted at Fallen Leaf Lake

Their pecking sounds painful.

They’re so loud that sometimes they sound like jackhammers.

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TAMBA Mountain Bike Events, Trail Days and Trail Conditions

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.

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Free Tahoe Bike Map

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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.

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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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Van Sickle Trail Info at Explore Tahoe

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.

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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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Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) Birding 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.  Don’t miss the Wednesday bird walks in Incline and Thursday bird walks at Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Concours d’Elegance August 8-9

Lake Tahoe Concours d'EleganceExotic 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.

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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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22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic Paddleboard Race Sept 14

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 in South Shore to Kings Beach in North Shore on September 14th starting at 8am sharp.

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Annual Bike Spirit Parade Sept 18

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.

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Women’s Sailing Clinic with Tahoe Windjammers

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.

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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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Wildflowers @ Winnemucca Lake & Round Top are on

shyra.JPGThe annual march up to Round Top and Winnemucca Lake to view the wildflowers is on! read more →

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Meyers Mountain Bike Festival Aug 10

Mountain biking lake tahoeThe 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.

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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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Mt. Houghton Volunteer Workday July 19

Mt. Houghton Trail Day Tahoe CultureIt’s finally happening! We’re building trail to Mt. Houghton from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Help us kick off this fantastic project by joining our first volunteer trail building day on July 19th on from 9AM to 4PM.

To help celebrate this exciting project we are providing lunch to all of our pre-registered volunteers thanks to our project sponsors! Join us for this workday and bring your coworkers, family, and friends with you! No experience is necessary. read more →

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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 25-26

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.

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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 these guided hikes this summer.

While most of these hikes are no longer free, please consider donating money to TRT or becoming a member if you want to hike in a group.  You can always hike the TRT for free.

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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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. 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.

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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.

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Lake Tahoe Bird Festival June 7

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 →

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Boating Safety Class at Tahoe Maritime Museum June 7

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.

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Tahoe Bike Challenge June 7-20

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.

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Stream Fishing is Open in Alpine County

rainbow_troutStream fishing in Alpine County is on.

Are you?

Rainbows, browns, and brookies are abundant in Markleeville, Woodfords, Hope Valley and Bear Valley streams.

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South Lake Tahoe Yacht Club Solstice Party June 21

red white and blue sailingThe 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.

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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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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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Watercraft Inspection Program (YOU) Stop Invasive Species

Tahoe Keepers original logoThank 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 →

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South Shore Mountaineer Carving a Niche

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His deep love of the Sierras drives his passions.

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The Allure of Ebbetts Pass

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.

 

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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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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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The Magical Sounds of Tahoe Birds

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

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Lake Tahoe Backcountry Skiing is On

Tahoe CultureLake 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!

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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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Sailor’s Ski Day at Heavenly

Hey rag people!

Mid-April is the annual Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club Ski Day at Heavenly. Contact the club for the exact date.

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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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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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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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Do you know…how KT-22 got its name?

unofficial.JPGNo, it’s not named after any resemblance to Pakistan’s K2.

It’s named after Kick Turns. 22 of them.

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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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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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