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Author: Charlie Pankey

Sierra Storm Drops Over 3 Feet Of New Snow at Sierra-At-Tahoe

Sierra-At-Tahoe Lavishing in Fresh Powder But Strong Winds Will Effect Lifts Today Sierra-At-Tahoe – South Lake Tahoe, Ca – January 17, 2019 – Blizzard Warnings, High winds, Near impossible travel conditions Yesterday in the Sierra, has left its mark and dropped over 3 feet of snow on Sierra-At Tahoe Ski resort off HWY 50. Sierra-At-Tahoe January 16, 2019 3 feet of fresh power This storm has brought over three feet of new snow to Sierra-at-Tahoe, with 22” falling in the past 24 hours. The best part? There’s more on the way! As Storms Continue today snow totals are likely...

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Registration for 2019 Epic Rides Off-Road Series Blown Wide Open

Celebrating mountain bikes, mountain communities, live music, and good friends January 3, 2019 – New Years Day brings new resolutions and a fresh start, and for mountain bikers looking for a good time, the opening day of registration for the 2019 Epic Rides Off-Road Series. Epic Rides, and apparently the nations mountain bike community, are amped for the 2019 season. Now in its third day, registration numbers have set new records on January 1st and 2nd already. Attracting beginners, seasoned veterans and the world’s top professional mountain bike talent, the Off-Road Series has built a reputation for offering premium...

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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Partners with CMH Heli-Skiing to Launch Chair to Chopper Challenge

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows App users can qualify for an all-inclusive Canadian heli-skiing trip [Olympic Valley, Calif.] Dec. 21, 2018–New this season, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is upping the ante on its app-based vertical challenge contest. Bragging rights among friends is great, and a heli-skiing adventure is even greater.  Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures have partnered to launch the Chair to Chopper Challenge. Located in Western Canada, CMH Heli-Skiing makes backcountry skiing and riding dreams come true, with access to 3 million acres of remote terrain within the famous powder triangle of British Columbia. This season, any guest who...

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Incline Village Forest Service office to close temporarily

News Release Lake Tahoe SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will temporarily close the Incline Village office beginning Wednesday, December 26, 2018. All services will be available through the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe, including the sale of Access, Senior and Interagency passes along with fuelwood (seasonal) and wilderness permits. The South Lake Tahoe office also sells maps and offers backpacking, biking, hiking, off-highway vehicle and other recreational information for the Lake Tahoe Basin. The South Lake Tahoe office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m....

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Forest Service accepting reservations for 2019 snowshoe program

USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is now accepting reservations for the 2019 Winter Trek Conservation Education Program.  SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. –The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is now accepting reservations for the 2019 Winter Trek Conservation Education Program. Fifth-grade teachers may reserve a spot by calling the Forest Supervisor’s office at 530-543-2789, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Winter Trek begins Tuesday, January 15, and continues through March 28, 2019, weather permitting. Field trips are generally three hours long and are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays....

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June Mountain Ski Resort Opens Saturday

California’s Family Mountain June Mountain, Mammoth’s sister to the north, opens for its 18/19 winter season on Saturday, December 15. Join the June crew for a day of family fun on the slopes with a first chair ceremony and toast to the season. Events Schedule  7:30AM Ticket Office Opens8:00AM Chair J1 Opens to the Public J1 Chairlift8:30AMOpening Day Ceremony J2 Chairlift 11AMToast to the SeasonJune Mountain Meadows Chalet Opening is weather and conditions permitting and subject to...

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Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Northstar California Gear Up for Winter Operations with Winter Park and Ride Program  Truckee, Calif. –  Dec. 11, 2018-Weekend park and ride service to local ski resorts will soon be coming to Truckee, offering guests the option to help reduce congestion, ditch the car and be dropped off right at the base of the slopes. The seasonal service will be provided by Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit operated by Placer County in partnership with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Northstar California.  The winter park and ride program will...

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As the First Snow Flies in the Sierra – Squaw Valley Prepares for New Season and 50 Year Celebration of Aerial Tram

What’s New for Winter 2018-19 at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows • Ikon Pass debuts in its first full season with access to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and 34 iconic destinations around the world • $1.4 Million in Renovations at Alpine Meadows Base Lodge • Resort will be powered by 100% renewable electricity starting Dec. 1 Sierra Rec Magazine – Olympic Valley, Calif. – October , 2018 – With opening day scheduled for Friday, November 16, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is counting down the days to the start of the ski and ride season and the official winter debut of...

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The Ferguson Fire Continues To Engulf The Sierra and Endanger Firefighters and Local Residents. Updated Road Closures

Additional Road Closures for the Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park include the West HWY 120  Crane Flat region Awahanee, CA, August 2, 2018 – On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Brian Hughes, 33, Captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots lost his life battling the Ferguson Fire on the Sierra National Forest. An official memorial website has been established in honor of Captain Hughes. There, the public can learn about him, upcoming memorial services, and where to send condolence letters or contributions. The site also includes a section for visitor-submitted memories and condolences. more… The Ferguson Fire now in its 21th day, started July 13 on the Sierra National Forest and is managed under unified command between the United States Forest Service, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, CALFIRE and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. The fire is now 68,610 acres with 39% containment and 3,344 personnel that are currently engaged on the fire which includes 145 engines, 45 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 88 crews, 5 masticators and 49 dozers. There have been 2 fatalities and 11 injuries to date. 10 structures have been destroyed. Firefighters worked throughout the night to contain a couple spot fires outside of Wawona as they made progress toward full suppression of the Ferguson Fire. The high-pressure system above the fire is weakening which will result in warmer and drier conditions. With lower winds speeds and the inversion layer...

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Notice: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center Closed today, August 2, 2018 (severe weather)

Sierra Rec Magazine- August 2, 2018 – The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Visitor Center will be closed today. The area has experienced flash flooding, hail, and mudslides. Hwy 168 (Westgard Pass) is closed from Death Valley Road to the junction at Nevada State Route 266 due to heavy flooding. This will affect access for visitors (as well as our employees) to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest area. Please travel safe today, especially on dirt and OHV roads that may have also received storm damage....

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Yosemite Valley and Other Areas Will Remain Closed through Sunday, August 5

Yosemite National Park Announces Yosemite Valley and Other Areas Will Remain Closed through Sunday, August 5, 2018 Due to Continued Unhealthy Smoke Impacts and Active Firefighting Operations Conditions and closures to be assessed over the weekend Sierra REc Magazine – August 2, 2018 – Yosemite National Park announces Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, and other areas will remain closed to all visitors through Sunday, August 5, 2018 due to continued unhealthy smoke impacts and ongoing firefighting operations. The park will continue to assess conditions and reevaluate...

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