Category: News and Events

Red Bull Raid Levels Up And Returns to Squaw Valley In 2020 | April 3-4

First Of Its Kind, Red Bull Raid Levels Up And Returns to Squaw Valley In 2020 Human Powered Ski And Splitboard Event Combines Speed And Form In Uphill Battle Olympic Valley, CA. (FEB 11, 2020) – Red Bull Raid, the only freeride event in the United States that blends the endurance aspect of competitive uphill ski mountaineering with the technical, progressive style of big-mountain riding, will return to Squaw Valley on the weekend of April 3-4, featuring a newly introduced weather window over the two days to optimize conditions and travel needs for athletes.  With 75 of the finest backcountry...

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Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog AND Granite Chief Wilderness Protected IN NEW Base-to-Base Gondola AGREEMENT

[OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.] Feb. 10, 2020 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (Squaw Alpine) and Granite Chief Wilderness Protection League (the League) last week announced that they have reached a comprehensive agreement to dismiss the League’s lawsuit against the approval of the Squaw Alpine Base-to-Base Gondola. The agreement details protection measures for Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog habitat and for the nearby Granite Chief Wilderness Area.  Specifically, the agreement conserves potential habitat for the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog and provides funding for its monitoring, research, and potential re-establishment. The agreement also provides funding for the conservation of lands within the...

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Sierra-at-Tahoe to Wed 14 Couples this Valentine’s Day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – January 30, 2020 – Set to take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, Sierra-at-Tahoe will host the first ever Great Sierra Elopement. On this special day, 14 couples will have the opportunity to say, “I Do,” at 8,852’ atop of 360 Smokehouse BBQ (conditions permitting), featuring panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Peak, Huckleberry Canyon + the Lovers Leap area. Sierra’s own, in-house officiants will be directing the nuptials, while also providing each couple with a photo to commemorate the moment as well as a complimentary beverage before taking their first lap as a...

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Open house for USFS and BLM off-highway vehicle grants scheduled for Feb. 6 IN BISHOP

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest will hold an open house at the co-located BLM/Forest Service office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, to gather public input for potential off-highway vehicle grant funding requests. The agencies annually request funding from the state of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to help enhance and manage motorized recreation in the Eastern Sierra. The OHMVR Division distributes a portion of off-highway vehicle registration fees collected to federal- and state-agencies, cities, counties, academic institutions, tribes and non-profit...

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America’s Top Young Nordic Skiers to Compete in Truckee-Tahoe for National Titles in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior Cross Country National Championships

Largest junior XC competition in US will crown Junior National Champions in 4 events ● More than 1,000 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators expected ● Races held March 9-14 at the ASC Training Center on Donner Summit ● Opening Ceremonies March 8 at Squaw Valley SODA SPRINGS, Calif. — More than 400 of the country’s elite cross-country skiers and future Olympic hopefuls ages 14-19 will gather here in March to compete in the 2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior XC National Championships. Races will be held Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14th at the ASC Training Center (ASCTC)...

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Forest Service releases draft decision for Hwy 28 improvements | Lake Tahoe

Project includes next phase of East Shore bike path SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) issued a draft decision for proposed improvements to the Highway 28 corridor from Sand Harbor to Spooner Junction on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. The draft decision incorporates Alternative 2 of the Proposed Action and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process (36 CFR 218.5). Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted project-specific written comments during the designated comment period. Objections must be submitted within 45 days following the publication of the legal...

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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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TRAFFIC ADVISORY SEASONAL PASS CLOSURES IN THE SIERRA

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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MT ROSE SKI RESORT OPENS TODAY 7 DAYS A WEEK

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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SQUAW VALLEY ALPINE MEADOWS SKIERS CAN AMPLIFY THEIR ADVENTURE WITH THE NEW IKON PASS MOBILE APP

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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ALTERRA MOUNTAIN COMPANY TO ACQUIRE SUGARBUSH RESORT IN VERMONT

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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