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Public Notice: Changes to reserved and first-come, first served campsites at Gull Lake Campground

June Lake Loop, Ca,- January 2020 – Visitors to the Eastern Sierra should plan for some changes to the reserved and first-come, first-served campsites at the Gull Lake Campground this year.  Previously, all sites at Gull Lake Campground were first come, first-served. This year, campsites 1-6 will remain first-come, first-served.  Campsites 7-11 will become reservable campsites. Effective Wednesday, January 29, Gull Lake Campground reservations will be available at  https://www.recreation.gov/. As a reminder, reservations are always six months in advance for family sites. Gull Lake Campground is managed by the concession company, California Land Management (CLM), under a permit with the...

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Mark your calendar for these NATIONAL PARK entrance fee–free dates in 2020

Fee Free Entrance Days Start Monday Jan 20th. On five days in 2020, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2020: Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. DaySaturday, April 18: First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger DayTuesday, August 25: National Park Service AnniversarySaturday, September 26: National Public Lands DayWednesday, November 11: Veterans Day Three National Parks in the Greater Sierra Region charge fees to explore the parks. Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park...

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Guided Snowshoe Hikes with a Ranger Begins January 25 on the Carson Ranger District

Carson City, Nevada, Jan. 13, 2020 – The Carson Ranger District on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is pleased to announce the return of the popular Forest Ranger-led snowshoe walks. The walks start on Saturday, Jan. 25, and will be offered every Saturday through March 28. “Ranger-led snowshoe walks are a fun way to explore National Forest System Lands, while learning about the natural, cultural, and geologic history of the Lake Tahoe area,” said Cody Nicholes, Off-Highway Vehicle Manager for the Carson Ranger District. The walk begins at 10 a.m., last three hours, and cover approximately two miles of moderately strenuous terrain. It...

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EBBETTS PASS (STATE ROUTE 4), MONITOR PASS (STATE ROUTE 89), AND SONORA PASS (STATE ROUTE 108) CLOSED FOR 2019/2020 WINTER SEASON Stockton – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed State Route 4 over Ebbetts Pass, Route 89 over Monitor Pass and Route 108 over Sonora Pass for the 2019/2020 winter season as of Monday, December 2, 2019. The routes were last open to vehicle traffic on November 26, 2019. The recent storms and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the passes and subsequent...

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Black Friday Hydro Flask Savings Event

Happy Thanksgiving for our family to yours on this holiday weekend. We hope you kickback and enjoy a great meal with family and friends, or get out and explore this weekend with all our new snow in the Sierra. For you Adventure shoppers we have a great partnership with our friends at Hydro Flask to share with you this Black Friday. Great deals on all your favorite Adventure Items.   Save 25% off Your Favorite Hydro Flask Products Plus Free Shipping  25% off Hydro Flask Growlers + Free Shipping! Offer ends 12/8! Use offer code FESTIVE19 in cart for...

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Sets Opening Date for the 2019/20 Season

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – November 27, 2019 – Sierra-at-Tahoe is please to announce that it will begin spinning lifts for the 2019-20 Winter Season this Saturday, November 30, at 8:30AM. After a slow start to November, Mother Nature has turned on the tap, bringing Sierra two feet of snow and counting in the last 48 hours. This, combined with Sierra’s snowmaking efforts, will allow the resort to open for operation this Saturday. Conditions permitting, Sierra plans to run Easy Rider Express, Rock Garden Chair and two surface lifts, with access to 2 runs and one terrain park. “It truly...

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Winter Weather Changing Travel and Camping Plans in the Sierra

The State of the Inyo, as of 11/22/19 Report confirms Winter Storms Will Alter Plans of Holiday Travelers and Late Fall Recreation Plans Eastern Sierra, Nov. 22, 2019 – There are lots of changes this week with the first round of snow and more is in the forecast for next week. This is the time of year when conditions can change rapidly, so please check with Caltrans for road conditions: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ and travel with tire chains, food and water, and blankets for safety. Of note, the Rock Creek Road is closing (at the Sno Park) on 11/25 and  the Lakes Basin (Lake...

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JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND RENO SKI RESORT CELEBRATES OPENING FRIDAY NOV 22 View this post on Instagram The mountain’s looking good with 7-8” of new snow and more in the forecast! Starting tomorrow, we’ll be open 7-days/week conditions permitting. #8260wherethesnowis #skirose#mtroseskitahoe A post shared by Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe (@mtroseskitahoe) on Nov 21, 2019 at 10:58am PST View this post on Instagram There is excitement in the air this morning as we watch for more accumulations from both our snowmaking crew and Mother Nature. #mtrose #8260wherethesnowis #skirose A post shared by Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe (@mtroseskitahoe) on Nov 20,...

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BLM seeks public input on Alabama Hills Management Plan

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office is seeking public input on the development of a management plan for the Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine in Inyo County. The 30-day public scoping period for the proposed management plan begins on Thursday, Nov. 21, and ends on Monday, Dec. 23. The BLM will provide information and accept written comments on the future management of public lands in the Alabama Hills during public scoping workshops to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the following locations: •     Monday, Dec. 9, Statham Hall, 138 N. Jackson St., Lone...

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Enhance the On-Mountain Experience with Stat Tracking, Friend Groups, and Pass Management DENVER, CO, November 22, 2019 – The new Ikon Pass mobile app is available now in app stores, expanding the on-mountain experience for skiers and riders at 41 global Ikon Pass destinations. At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the Ikon Pass mobile app will complement the existing Squaw Alpine app. Ikon Pass holders who plan to make Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows their home mountain this season are encouraged to take advantage of both apps. The new Ikon Pass app is designed to help Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass holders get the most out of their pass and enhance a day on the...

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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows to Host 2020, 2021 U.S. Moguls Freestyle Championships

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Nov. 18, 2019—U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced today a two-year agreement with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows to host the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Championships. The nation’s top freestyle moguls skiers will descend on Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for the next two springs in the season-culminating events confirmed for March 21 & 22, 2020 and tentatively for March 20 & 21, 2021. “We are so excited to end the next two competitive seasons for moguls at beautiful Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows,” said Jeremy Forster, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Director of Freestyle/Freeski/Snowboard. “We look forward to partnering with the resort to...

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ICON Passholders Now Have Expanded Family Access to 15 Resorts DENVER, CO, November 13, 2019 – Alterra Mountain Company announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, which will bring the company’s total to 15 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America, including the world’s largest heli-skiing operation. Founded in 1958, Sugarbush Resort is a year-round mountain destination located in the scenic Mad River Valley of Vermont with two distinct mountains – Mt. Ellen and Lincoln Peak – that are joined by a two-mile high-speed quad. Sugarbush also has a fully appointed health and...

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Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows to Open for the 2019-20 Winter Season on Friday, November 15

Intermediate terrain opening on Kangaroo trail at Alpine Meadows – Beginner terrain, snow tubing to open at SnoVentures Activity Zone at Squaw Valley Sierra Rec Magazine – [Olympic Valley, Calif.] Nov. 12, 2019— After weeks of preparation and snowmaking at every opportunity, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will celebrate Opening Day for the 2019-20 season on Friday, Nov. 15 with skiing, riding, snow tubing and swag giveaways. Guests will have access to intermediate terrain on Kangaroo trail at Alpine Meadows and beginner terrain and snow tubing at SnoVentures Activity Zone at Squaw Valley. The Squaw Kids area will also be open for children’s lessons. Lifts will spin...

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Top 50 Sierra Destinations

In honor of My 50th Birthday I give You My 50 Favorite Sierra Locations I have been Blessed to Visit Sierra Rec Magazine Exclusive – Charlie Pankey – November 9, 2019 – Ok so I am no spring chicken any longer, but I have had a blessed couple years of exploring the natural wonders of the Sierra and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. My 50th Birthday is a time to celebrate the many blessings that God has granted me including a great family and good friends to share my experiences with along the way. As I...

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

Nevada City, Calif. – Keep the family tradition alive this year or start a new one by cutting a tree for the holidays in the Tahoe National Forest! Experience cool mountain air, the forest floor crunching beneath your boots, and finding that perfect tree in a hidden glade…All of these moments await those who purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit for only $10.00 from the Tahoe National Forest or other vendors. Holiday Tree Cutting Permits are available at all locations below beginning November 12, 2019. Fourth graders can obtain a FREE Tahoe National Forest Holiday Tree Cutting Permit by presenting an Every Kid Outdoors...

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20 Mule Team Reenactment Visits Death Valley

20 Mule Team will lead a parade from The Inn at Death Valley to Harmony Borax Works and back on November 8 -9 DEATH VALLEY, CA – Twenty mules will pull replica borax wagons through Death Valley National Park in a rare public reenactment on November 8 and 9. Several partners are working together to create this event, which culminates two weeks of special events in the park. The 20 Mule Team will lead a parade from The Inn at Death Valley to Harmony Borax Works and back on November 8 from 1:00-3:00. The mules will pull the wagons...

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Plumas National Forest – Elk Information Sought

Quincy, CA – Plumas National Forest wildlife crewmember Abby Marshall is asking the community for help by sharing their knowledge of local elk populations. This information will assist the Forest in their efforts to restore and improve elk habitat management. Marshall is a graduate student focusing on wildlife management within her Natural Resources Master’s program at OSU. Marshall is a Plumas County native (Cromberg and Portola) and current resident. She is also the reigning Women’s World Champion for the Longboard Races held at Johnsville Ski Hill. “I’m creating a monitoring plan to identify important elk calving areas and habitat on...

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Plumas NF – Frenchman Campgrounds & Boat Launch Temporary Closures – hazardous fuels reduction activities

Sierra Rec Magazine – November 5, 2019 – Quincy, CA – Portions of Frenchman Lake Recreation Area will be closed temporarily to protect the public during active removal of hazardous trees and other woody fuels. All National Forest System roads and other highways at the perimeter of Frenchman Lake will remain open as willLunker Point Boat Launch.The 24-hours a day closure areas, including a 50’ buffer zone around each area, include: Big Cove, Spring Creek, Frenchman and Cottonwood Spring campgrounds, Frenchman Campground Boat Launch and adjacent treatment areas. The closure is in effect until January 31, 2020. Some people...

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Join us in Sequoia National Park this Veterans Day for the Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway Dedication

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 30, 2019 – This Veteran’s Day join the National Park Service (NPS), the Colonel Charles Young Foundation and the Sequoia Parks Conservancy for a fun event commemorating the legacy of Colonel Charles Young. The portion of State Highway 198 from Salt Creek Road to the Sequoia National Park Entrance in Tulare County has been renamed “Colonel Charles Young Memorial Highway” through state legislation, with new signs in the process of being installed. On November 11th, also the last of five fee-free days in 2019 for all NPS sites, a public event...

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Caples Fire 100% Contained, Burned Area Assessment in Progress

PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Incident Commander Kevin Breitwieser has declared that the Caples Fire is now 100% contained and in patrol status at 3,435 acres. There has been almost no change in fire size since October 18. The extreme wind event on October 26 that prompted a public safety power shutoff was a good test of the containment lines and resulted in three small spots which were extinguished. Traces of smoke from interior burning will continue to be visible, but no additional fire growth is expected.   Patches of tree mortality are found in the high fire severity areas of the...

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