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

Dirtbag The Life of Fred Beckey March 16

Tahoe CultureUnsung climbing legend Fred Beckey – and friend of Lake Tahoe – is celebrated in this iconic film, “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”on March 16, 2018 at 6:30pm at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre.

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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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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Alpenglow Mountain Winter Festival

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Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Alpenglow Mountain Winter Festival held each February in North Lake Tahoe is a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically-acclaimed film and more. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter recreation enthusiasts, the festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer – Nordic skiing, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, snowshoeing and natural history events.

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Snowshoe through History at Sugar Pine Point State Park March 17

What would it be like to be the only permanent resident of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore during the winter of 1904?

Find out  during a snowshoe hike around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion on the lake shore March 17 starting at 11:00 AM. You’ll learn about the natural environment that attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and explore the fascinating history of a Tahoe landmark.

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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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Free Avalanche Workshop at Squaw

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

Learn how to correctly use an avalanche beacon at the free monthly clinics at Squaw  sponsored by the Squaw elite team – Squaw Dogs.  The workshop takes place from 5:30-7:30pm at Ski Patrol Base in the Red Dog Complex.

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Hilaree O’Neill at Squaw

Hilaree Nelson O’NeillJoin professional ski mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill, on February 8th at Olympic Valley Lodge at 7pm, as she recounts the wildest and most daring winter of her life.  O’Neill will share his experiences at this free event as part of the Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series.  read more →

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Concours d’Elegance August

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 10-11, 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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The GREAT Ski Race March

The Great Ski Race in North Lake TahoeThe fastest time to ski from Tahoe City to Truckee is 1 hour and 7 minutes to race 30 kilometers or 18.43 miles. Shizam! It all began in 1976 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 on Sunday, March 4 th starting at 9am. read more →

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Volunteer for Bald Eagle Count

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. 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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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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Ullr Fest at Diamond Peak

Ullr Fest at Diamond PeakEach winter Ullr (ooh-ler) the Norse God of winter is honored by the Diamond Peak Ski Team to celebrate Winter and raise funds for children’s ski programs.

Come dressed in your best Ullr Attire — prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!

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Olympic Nordic Trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park

biathlonprone-shooter_billbriner-compress4-300x218Did you know that Sugar Pine Point State Park is the site of the first-ever Olympic Biathlon event held as part of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Squaw?

Today, a total of 15 kilometers, approximately 25%, of the 1960 Olympic Nordic Trails have survived and been restored for hiking and biking.
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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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Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Dec 9 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 9, 2017  in South Shore at MontBleu.

Designed to capture the intensity and passion of adventure and Tahoe mountain culture, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival showcases breathtaking video footage of adventure thrill seekers as they ski, bike, jump, climb and surf the world. The fifteenth annual coveted Golden Camalot award will go to South Shore local Olympian Jamie Anderson. See you there!

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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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“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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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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Reel Rock Film Tour at LTCC Nov 15

Chris SharmaWhen you see these elite climbers in action, you get a taste of their endless pursuit of adventure. Tahoe Adventure Film Festival presents the 12th year of Reel Rock Film Tour at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre on November 15, 2017.

 

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Tahoe Bike Culture by the Spoke Junkie

Tahoe Bike Culture rocks TAMBAWhen you see the word “culture”, what comes to mind?

Music, art, higher education, the Byzantine Era, a dark gray blob growing in the bottom of a petri dish in science class. read more →

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Dave Nettle kicks off Alpenglow Winter Films Nov 16

Dave NettleClimbing isn’t just an activity for Dave. It defines who he is.

On November 16, at 7pm local hero Dave Nettle will kick off the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series at Squaw Valley’s world-famous Olympic Village Lodge with his show “Double Trouble: A World Traveler’s Quest for the Vertical World.”

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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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Slow Rollers Bike Ride for Christmas Cheer

Join the Slow Rollers to celebrate our cycling community and Christmas Cheer.  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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Tahoe Games Bike Night

Gary Bell High RollerThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series at Lake Tahoe Golf Course. read more →

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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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Meyers Climbing Festival & Bouldering Competition

The Annual Climbing Festival & Bouldering Competition in Meyers takes place every September.

Celebrate Tahoe’s beauty and athleticism by playing on our Sierra Nevada granite that is the bedrock of Tahoe mountain culture.

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Bijou Bike Park in South Lake Tahoe

What promotes individual achievement, builds character and social skills, increases self esteem, self discipline and determination, and is great exercise and fun for the whole family?

BMX riding!  Now there’s a track in South Lake Tahoe where you can ride and practice – at the Bijou Community Park. It’s part of Tahoe bike culture.

 

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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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Kirkwood Bikes and Brews

Head to Kirkwood for a day of mountain biking madness for all abilities and ages. It’s the preeminent Tahoe mountain bike festival crafted only by Tahoe locals who love to ride.  The Kirkwood Bike and Brews festival takes place in July.

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Free Guided Hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail

Enjoy birds, fall colors, big forests of Sugar Pine and breathtaking views during free guided hikes on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Bring your binoculars to learn more about the Mountain Bluebird, Red-Breasted Sapsucker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Pine Grosbeak, as you stroll through flower-covered alpine meadows.

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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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Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe annual Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival takes place in August in Meyers.

The festival includes the infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain.  Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.

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Self Rescue Skills @ Lover’s Leap

Learn skills you hope you NEVER have to use.

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Alpen Wine Festival for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Sept 3 at Squaw

“Focus on what you CAN DO” – Jimmie Heuga.

Wine aficionados will sip fine vintages to help raise money for Can Do MS, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, on Sunday, September 3, from 2-5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

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Tahoe Keepers Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invaders

Tahoe-Keeper-kayaker-side-view-by-Peter-SpainProtect your favorite place. Protect your favorite pastime.

Become a Tahoe Keeper and help protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invasive species (AIS) that can ruin our pristine waters and gear.

Learn how to stop the transfer of AIS to Tahoe and Truckee water bodies by self-inspecting and decontaminating your boats and gear after each use.   It’s easy and it matters. read more →

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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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Pro Bike Racer Tasa Herndon

She’s a pro mountain bike downhill racer.

And art framer.

Meet Tasa Herndon.

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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

LTBF scope at observation platformFlock to Taylor Creek Visitor Center for the annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival in June.

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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Alpenglow Mountain Festival

Tahoe Rim Trail Tahoe Culture

Alpenglow Mountain Festival in the summer is a celebration of human-powered events, clinics, presentations and more.

Geared for toward the beginner and intermediate mountain sports enthusiasts, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival will showcase some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer including trail running, hiking, yoga, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing and natural history events.

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Tahoe Bike Challenge

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 every June.

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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Lake Tahoe Coast Guard

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.

 

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South Lake Tahoe Yacht Club

red white and blue sailingChartered 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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Lake Tahoe Water Trail Open Year Round

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a 72-mile water route along the shoreline segmented into seven Day Trips, which includes public launch and landing sites, and information to help paddlers have a safe and fun adventure.

As the only paddling source for Lake Tahoe, visitors can find public launch/landing sites, planned paddle routes, shoreline businesses, cultural and natural attractions, navigation tools, and water safety and AIS prevention tips on the website, www.laketahoewatertrail.org, and the printed waterproof and tear restistant Water Trail Map & Guide, and Day Trip Maps. 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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