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Jeffrey Weidel

Small Lake Tahoe ski resorts struggling to make it this season

Perception can be everything. And that’s why Janet Tuttle hates the front-side view of Donner Ski Ranch, which depicts a lack of snow. Old Highway 40 runs right by the aging ski resort, where dark patches of dirt, grass and rocks don’t serve as great advertising tools for a resort that’s trying to lure skiers and […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: Snowboard lessons not just for children any longer

Beginner Tips * Keep knees bent and back straight. It should feel like sitting in a chair. * Weight always forward, perhaps the hardest concept to grasp. The natural inclination is leaning backward, which generally results in a fall. * Hands stay in front for balance. * Keep weight on uphill edge of snowboard, the […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

On skiing: Intriguing 50-year run for Mt. Rose

Mt. Rose at a glance * Established: 1964, when it was called Mt. Rose Ski Area * Lifts/trails: 8 lifts, 60-plus trails * Base/summit: 8,260 feet/9,700 feet * Skiable area: 1,200 acres * Location: 22222 Mt. Rose Highway, Reno, Nevada * Website: www.skirose.com Although now just an amusing footnote in the annals of Mt. Rose ski resort history, old-timers […]

February 12, 2015 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: Iconic Rahlves’ Banzai series starts at Alpine Meadows

It’s quite a mixture of skiers and riders of all levels, gathering for a fun and competitive experience on the slopes, where they get to experience a legitimate racing environment. Now in its fifth year, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is billed as racing at its purest form. Taking place at three Lake Tahoe ski resorts, […]

January 28, 2015 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: National Safety Month is a reminder to ski, ride responsibly

Ski resorts nationwide are participating in National Safety Month in January with the goal of educating skiers and snowboarders about being safe and practicing common sense on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are vital for everyone to understand when cruising down the mountain. Every resort, large […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: What does a strong holiday season mean for Tahoe ski resorts?

There’s no doubt Lake Tahoe depends heavily on skiers to help fill its hotels, visit its restaurants, spend money at its casinos, and in general leave behind a trail of cash that gets spread around throughout the region’s business community. And there is no more important time than during the holiday season. Experience a poor one […]

January 02, 2015 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: What to know when buying new skis

Attention, all you budget-conscious types. Let’s face facts — change is required. It’s time to ditch those archaic skis and get hooked up with a new pair. Yes, it is hard pulling the trigger, especially when your bank account isn’t overflowing with excess cash and the old skis still provide adequate transportation. So did my […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

On skiing: Sierra-at-Tahoe gets by with very little snowmaking

There are no golf balls heading along the shortly trimmed grass that grows each summer at Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. But judging from the appearance of this nicely manicured grass that remains that way into the fall months, there could be. “We keep our grass real short and groomed, it’s almost like a golf fairway,” explains […]

December 04, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

On skiing: What to know, wear when preparing for ski season

Opening day Boreal Mountain: Now open Northstar California: Friday Heavenly Mountain Resort: Friday Mt. Rose: Friday Kirkwood Mountain Resort: Saturday Squaw Valley: Wednesday, Nov. 26 Sugar Bowl: Wednesday, Nov. 26 *Both Boreal and Mt. Rose opened briefly in early November Although no major snowstorms have descended on Northern California and left Lake Tahoe ski resorts […]

November 19, 2014 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: Prepare skis, boots, accessories for off-season storage

Like it or not, the curtain is coming down on the ski season. And judging from the recent temperatures, the end of the season could be arriving sooner than you would like. But the end of the season should not include discarding your ski gear with little regard, and quickly moving on toward your warm-weather […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: How to avoid most common snowboarding injuries

So you want to try snowboarding! It’s a great alternative to skiing and can be mastered through lesson programs and the right frame of mind. However, there are some inherent dangers to snowboarding, especially for beginners. Dr. Robert Cabry with Drexel Sports Medicine, has some tips for people — young and old — who participate […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: Lake Tahoe skiers, riders come home with four Olympic medals

An Olympic medal is a powerful accomplishment that can never be stripped away. Shine on one of the biggest stages that sports has to offer and the achievement endures for a lifetime. And if that medal happens to be gold, the “Olympic tag” becomes synonymous with the athlete’s name for eternity. Three youthful Lake Tahoe […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

On skiing: What level skier are you?

You have been skiing for a while. But do you really know how well you can ski? Can you accurately pinpoint your ability level? The answer for many people is no, they can’t really assess their skiing ability. Most skiers either classify themselves as a beginner, intermediate or expert. However, there are more than three […]

February 12, 2014 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Lake Tahoe well-represented at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Not only is Lake Tahoe one of the finest ski and snowboarding regions in the country, it also produces some of the nation’s top skiers and riders. That’s evident as the 2014 Winter Olympics near. There will be nine skiers and riders from Lake Tahoe ski resorts competing in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, […]

January 29, 2014 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,
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