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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee ski resorts and ski mountain culture.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Merry Christmas Tahoe!

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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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“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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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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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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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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Customer Appreciation Day at Sierra April 15

What a great season! To thank you, Sierra-at-Tahoe is offering $25 tickets during its Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, April 15th, with a few lifts running from 10am to 2pm.

All of the proceeds raised from the day’s lift ticket sales will be donated to sponsor youth recreation and education including youth baseball, soccer, swimming, and other youth activities.  Thanks Sierra! read more →

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U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw March 20-24

Julia-Manusco-by-AlamyThe Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships are on at Squaw, March 20 -24.  Here’s your chance to watch America’s top skiers including Squaw’s Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, Olympian Marco Sullivan and Olympic hopeful Travis Ganong compete on their home-turf as they gear up for next year’s winter games in Sochi, Russia.

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U.S. Freestyle Championships at Heavenly March 29-31

Catch the world’s top mogul and aerial athletes compete for the U.S. Freestyle Championship title at Heavenly March 29-31, 2013. With high-flying aerials, bumps and jumps, concerts, fireworks and a chance to meet the freestyle superstars, you won’t want to miss this awe-inspiring event.

“Heavenly has a tradition of hosting the biggest Freestyle events in the land, dating back to the 1970s Hot Dogging contests,” said Glen Plake. “The 2013 Freestyle Nationals belong at Heavenly, and for the competitors, what a pleasure to be competing on such hallowed ground!” read more →

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Free Avalanche Workshops at Squaw March 15

When disaster strikes, be ready to be the one who saves your friend’s life, including your dog’s life.

Learn how to correctly and efficiently use an avalanche beacon at the free monthly clinic at Squaw on March 15, 2013, sponsored by the Squaw elite team – Squaw Dogs. Workshops are from 5:30-7:30pm at Ski Patrol Base in the Red Dog Complex.

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The North Face Masters of Snowboarding February 13-17

The North Face Masters of Snowboarding presented by PrimaLoft will take place February 13-17, 2013 at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

The event will feature top big mountain snowboard competitors battling for The North Face Masters of Snowboarding champion title, $15,000 in prize money and a chance to advance to the 2014 SWATCH Freeride World Tour by The North Face.

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Freeskiing World Tour at Kirkwood Feb 27-March 3

Don’t miss what has arguably become one of the biggest events of the year to take place at Kirkwood.  Entering its 16th season at Kirkwood, the North American Freeskiing World Tour brings some of the nation’s best big mountain skiers to take on the permanently closed terrain of The Cirque which is open only twice each year for this event and its counterpart The North Face Masters.

Kirkwood skier Josh “Baby J” Daiek will compete at his home mountain, and host his fellow skiers February 27 through March 3, 2013.

Currently Baby is on the top, so come on out and cheer him on.  Go Big Baby J!

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Mountain Safety Tips for Tahoe Skiers by Gary Bell of Sierra Ski and Cycle Works

Well where is it? What happened to that sick Tahoe winter? Everyone kept saying “Oh it will come, don’t worry, it will snow.” Even that Spoke Junkie dude in November said, “Just wait, once it starts you will never forget it!” Right, we won’t forget this winter. Oh, I know, Miracle March three hundred inches, and then Marvelous May. Yeah right. I’m not going to say it’s over or anything like that, but as I write this, it sure feels like spring out there.

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Learn to Ski or Board for $30 Dec 8 and 9

Now, there’s no excuse not to learn to ski or snowboard.  Tickets, lessons and gear for $30.

Does it get any better?

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Jeremy Jones’ Further Ski Film rocks Squaw Dec 29

Squaw Valley will host two showings of “Further” on December 29 with Jeremy Jones, Jonny Moseley and local athletes to support Protect Our Winters and Girls on the Run Sierra.

Squaw Valley will be showing two showings of Jeremy Jones’ big mountain snowboarding movie “Further” on December 29 to support Protect Our Winters (POW) and Girls on the Run. All shows will be attended by athletes Jeremy Jones, Jonny Moseley, Ralph Backstrom, Iris Lazzareschi and JT Holmes – all of whom will be signing posters before the start of each show.

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Buddy Werner Youth Ski League at Sierra-at-Tahoe

Since 1979 adult volunteers have been teaching young skiers side by side through the Buddy Werner Youth Ski League.

Besides being loads of fun, it’s a great way to get your parents out on the slopes every Sunday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.  Many of the adult volunteers today were graduates of Buddy Werner themselves, so they understand how much fun it is.

Skiers will meet every Sunday from December 11,2012 through March 25, 2013 from 8 AM to 3 PM, but if demand warrants, a Saturday program may be available.

Grab your parents and go!

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The Ski Bum Life by Gary Bell

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.”

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Tall Treez Film Festival with Jamie Anderson Nov 16

Tall Treez, a South Lake Tahoe snowboard and film company, is teaming up with Lake Tahoe snowboarder Jamie Anderson to host its 3rd Annual Film Festival on Nov. 16 at the Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. for just $12.

Jamie and Tall Treez are having a jacket drive to give to under-privileged kids in Tahoe. Bring your slightly used jackets, and you will receive 2 FREE Raffle tickets for a chance to win TONS of new gear. read more →

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Legend of Aahhh’s Film Debut Nov 2 at Squaw

Many old school skiers remark that this film changed their lives as they watched Scot ski the steep and deep on skinny skis with power and grace.

Filmmaker Greg Stump, who revolutionized the genre of ski films with “Blizzard of Aahhhs,” brings his new semi-autobiographical film “Legend of Aahhhs’ to Squaw Valley on November 2. Preceding the showing of the movie, Stump will join legendary skier Scot Schmidt, and current freeskier phenom Timmy Dutton for a panel discussion moderated by Squallywood author, pro skier and sports psychiatrist, Dr. Robb Gaffney. read more →

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Tahoe Nordic Search And Rescue

It sends chills up your spine.

A person lost in a blizzard. Or worse – a child. Luckily we have some of the most experienced and dedicated, hard core rescuers in the Sierra.

Tahoe Nordic Search And Rescue.

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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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Olympians Headline Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows US Ski Team Day April 7

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Who can forget his famous dinner roll that clinched his gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Legends of American skiing, including Olympians Julia Mancuso, Jonny Moseley, Shannon Bahrke, Marco Sullivan, Tamara McKinney and many more, will hit the slopes at Squaw Valley April 7 for the first Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows US Ski Team Day. Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal will also appear as a special guest.

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Tour historic estate and 1960 Olympic trails on West Shore

Take a tour through timeless Tahoe at Sugar Pine Point, one of the finest remaining natural areas in Tahoe, and relive the dreams and aspirations of Olympic athletes as you travel along the 1960 Winter Olympic XC trails.

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Carpool to Kirkwood and Help Keep Tahoe Cool!

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Who said ski resorts don’t care.

Most of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts have launched ride sharing programs to reduce emissions including Kirkwood’s K-Pool.

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Jamie Anderson, Slopestyle Phenom

Jamie Anderson, a South Lake Tahoe native, is easily considered one of the top female snowboarders in the world.

And she’s headed to the 2012 Winter X Games along with Sierra-at-Tahoe team riders, Hannah Teter, and Maddie Bowman.  Go get em girls!

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Echo Lakes Splitfest March 2-4 for Sierra Avalanche Center

This 2nd annual celebration in Tahoe’s backcountry with splitboarders, AT skiers and teleskiers is open to all ages and abilities. Just $10 gets you in each day, and all money supports the Sierra Avalanche Center.

Head to Strawberry Lodge in Kyburz March 2-4 to gather with the mountain tribe to check out new backcountry gear, and have a chance to win some free gear at the raffle on Saturday night or even a ski, board or bike tune from Sierra Ski and Cycle Works.

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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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“Expert” an Overused term in Skiing by Gary Bell

What do you suppose would have happened to us if all that rain (yeah remember the rain?) had been snow? Bliss or agony or probably both, you know; just a little agony for short periods while you are trying to get the snow from your driveway to the top of that six foot high pile that lines the full length of your driveway.

Then the only sounds you hear are your heart pounding and the snow hissing as it passes around your knees as you float effortlessly dropping a couple thousand feet of the most pure bliss that exists on this planet! Well that rain was ugly and worrisome for a bit, but we still got our bliss anyway, right!?! read more →

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Tahoe ski conditons are Heavenly

Heavenly Mountain Resort snowmakingThanks to man made snow, Heavenly, Northstar and all of the Lake Tahoe ski resort conditions are phenomenal.  Although trails are limited, this is the perfect time to practice carving, hone your skills, and perhaps try something new – like telemark skiing.

After skiing and riding, jump on a bike, take a hike, get on the lake, go climbing or just stroll along one of our pristine beaches and bird-watch.  Only in Tahoe.

 

 

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Heavenly Tubing Hill gets High Marks

Heavenly Tubing HillAs if the mountain isn’t fun enough, Heavenly added a tubing hill. It has 5 buffed lanes, each over 500 feet long with a 65-foot vertical drop.

And, in usual Heavenly fashion, it is meticulously maintained and groomed to perfection for tubing aficionados.

Impressed by the size of it, I just had to try it even though the skiing was superb.

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Ty Dayberry. Freeheel skier extraordin – AIR.

ty_07.gifHe started telemark skiing at age 10.

By 21, he’s taken his freeheel art to a higher level.

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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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Winter Events at Cedar House

Owners Jeff and Patty Baird are alpine and Nordic skiers who also love to unwind over delicious meals. That’s why they started Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee and winter adventure events so you can learn to skate ski, cross-country ski or snowshoe.

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Skiers Hall of Fame inducts Magnifienct 7 November 18

What do these locals have in common?

Alex Cushing, Lynette Davis, Shane McConkey, Tamara McKinney, Wayne Poulsen, Daron Rahlves and Franz Weber, shown here.

Tahoe mountain culture. These seven regional sports pioneers called the “Magnificent 7” are being inducted into the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition (RTWGC) International Sports Hall of Fame on November 18th at the Atlantis Casino Resort.

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Take the Green Sierra Pledge and help Plant Trees

Environmentally conscious skiers and snowboarders can join Project: Green Sierra to become part of the solution, sponsored by Sierra-at-Tahoe.

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