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10th Annual Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Kid-O-Rama Festival Introduces New Family-Friendly Events and Activities

Weeklong family-friendly festival offers activities for kids of all ages with new events like Ice Carving Demonstrations, Dress Up Day and Minute-to-Win-It Games Olympic Valley, Calif., February 13, 2019—Families visiting Tahoe this week are in for a treat, with the return of the 10th annual Kid-O-Rama Festival to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. From Feb. 16-23, this weeklong, kid-focused, family fun event will feature live music, complimentary treats, a daily game and craft room and more. A special ice carving performance and a Minute-to-Win-It Games showdown will make their Kid-O-Rama debut this year, while favorites like Disco Tubing, Après S’mores Party and...

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Plumas NF Over-snow Vehicle Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Plumas NF Over-snow Vehicle Comment period extended – open houses rescheduled- Sierra Rec Magazine – News – February 12, 2019 – Quincy, CA – The comment period for the Plumas National Forest Over-snow Vehicle Use Designation Project has been extended, with a new comment period end date of March 1, 2019.  The previous comment period expired on January 24, 2019, during the government shutdown. This is the second comment period extension. Two open houses have also been rescheduled; the new dates are: February 26, 2019 (updated February 11, 2019*) in Blairsden-Graeagle, CA at the Graeagle Fire Hall, 7620 Hwy 89, from 4:00-6:00 pm. February 27,...

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Mt. Whitney Lottery Rescheduled

Annual Lottery Will Start Feb. 22, 2019 Sierra Rec Magazine Updates: February 12, 2019 – The Mt. Whitney Lottery, the process which awards both day and overnight hiking permits of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, has been rescheduled to start on February 22, 2019. Typically, the lottery begins February 1 through www.recreation.gov, but was delayed this year. The lottery will open February 22 at 7:00 am and close on March 15th at 9:00 pm Pacific Time. Applicants are reminded that: ·         Being first to apply does not improve your chances of success; applications will be processed in random order...

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Reno Tahoe Airport Passenger Numbers Soar in 2018

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) passenger numbers soared in 2018, with an increase of 4.8% over the previous year. RNO served 4,210,095 passengers in 2018 compared to 4,015,381 in 2017. “This is tremendous news, not only for the airport, but for the entire Reno-Tahoe region,” said President and CEO Marily Mora. “This number, 4.2 million, represents the largest number of annual passengers we have seen at RNO since 2008.” The rise in passenger counts can be attributed to the hard work of the Airport Board of Trustees and staff to bring in new air service. In addition, the increase would...

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INYO NF. Open House for USFS and BLM Off-Highway Vehicle Grants Scheduled for Feb. 13

Open House for USFS and BLM Off-Highway Vehicle Grants Scheduled for Feb. 13 BISHOP, Calif. , February 9, 2019 – The Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office will hold an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to gather public ideas for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds. The informal open house will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.  The agencies plan to request grant funds from the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) to enhance and manage motorized recreation in the area. ...

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Yosemite National Park Impacted By Recent Winter Storms

Multiple park facilities damaged by significant snowfall earlier this week Sierra Rec Magazine – Yosemite National Park updates – February 9, 2019 – Multiple park facilities, housing units, and the park’s ski area have been significantly impacted by the significant snowfall the park received earlier this week. Yosemite Valley received approximately 18 to 24 inches of snow due to storms Monday through Wednesday. Yosemite’s high country saw several feet of new snow. The large snowfall amount caused several trees to topple, power outages, roads to temporarily close, damage to park campgrounds, and the temporary closure of the park’s ski...

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Venturing Out Tours Cooking Up Great Adventure For Guests in Truckee

Local Truckee Couple Dedicated to Living a Life Of Adventure and Sharing The Experience With Others. Sierra Rec Magazine – Truckee CA, February 2019 – As a bright eyed two year old sliding down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort with her parents, Nikki Umatum would never dream her life may lead her from Southern California to a 24 hour adventure lifestyle in Truckee California.  Fast forward to college, studying International Business at San Francisco State and daring to actually spend time writing down her life goals; including an increasing desire to have adventure be a defining feature...

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The Sierra Starts To Dig Out From Storm

Storm Totals Range From 49″ to 130″ Across The Sierra. Resorts Start Digging Out Looking Forward to Epic February Skiing Sierra Rec Magazine – February 5, 2019 – Lake Tahoe – 117″!!!! Let that sink in for just a moment. Then check your resort location before heading out with excitement because many of the resorts are closed or delayed as they try to dig out or even get to their resort today to begin the process. This last Sierra Storm delivered in big ways all across the Sierra. June Mountain registers 130″ at the top of the mountain to...

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Mt. Whitney Lottery Postponed

INYO National Forest Announces Postponement Of Whitney Lottery Sierra REC Magazine, January 31, 2019 – The Mt. Whitney Lottery, the process which awards both day and overnight hiking permits of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, has been postponed. Typically, the lottery begins February 1 through www.recreation.gov. However, the recently awarded contractor for this site was working with the Inyo National Forest to develop the online protocol for the lottery. This work was delayed during the shutdown. The forest and the recreation.gov are working to get the lottery functional and anticipate that it will start sometime in mid to late...

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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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