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 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m daily. Only once in the last ten years has the resort opened earlier than November 15, and on only three occasions in the past twenty years. Beginner ski tickets for SnoVentures will be on sale for $49 and snow tubing will cost $42. Day tickets at Alpine Meadows start at $84 for adults when purchased in advance, or $99 at the window at Alpine Meadows. Tahoe Super 4 Pack and Ikon Pass holders are encouraged to check out the Opening Day Checklist to get ready for the first turns of the season. Photo **For editorial use only, courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows With a focus on best serving its guests, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow has invested $9 million in snowmaking over the past nine years. The system encompasses over 300 snowmaking guns, many of which are now fully automated: Automatic air and temperature sensors allow snowmakers to determine the optimal time to make the best snow and remotely control the quality and quantity of snow, from powder to heavy base-setting snow. The resort team will...

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 was building this list I could not believe the amount of places I had to leave off the list in order to get it down to 50. Thank you to my Wife for supporting me as I laced up my boots weekly to discover a new place to explore or just needed a little time in nature to balance my soul. This list is obviously just my adventures, so there are many...many places not listed that would be on the all time great list for the Sierra. Some places I have only visited once, some are easy to get to and others took commitment. this list represents my favorite location easily found on a map and most readers could add to their adventures and enjoy. I am assuming Everyone loves Lake Tahoe so I did not include the jewel of the Sierra. but trust me, it's home base. As far as the Eastern sierra South of Yosemite, most of it is yet to be explored by me. I guess I...

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 Pass at their local Tahoe National Forest Office. This opportunity will not be available at private vendors. To obtain an Every Kid Outdoors Pass, please visit: everykidoutdoors.gov.  Please purchase a Holiday Tree Cutting Permit at the following locations: Supervisor’s Office—Nevada City631 Coyote StNevada City, CA 95959(530) 265-4531American River Ranger District22830 Foresthill RdForesthill, CA 95631(530) 367-2224Sierraville Ranger District317 South Lincoln StSierraville, CA 96126(530) 994-3401 Truckee Ranger District10811 Stockrest Springs RdTruckee, CA 96161(530) 587-3558Yuba River Ranger District15924 Highway 49Camptonville, CA 95922(530) 478-6253Monday – Friday:9:00 am – 4:30 pmMonday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and certain Saturdays*Monday – Friday:8:00 – 4:30 pmMonday – Friday:8:00 – 4:30 pmMonday – Friday:8:00 – 4:30 pm All Tahoe National Forest Offices will be closed November 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Mountain Hardware and Sports11320 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA. 96161 530-587-4844Mon-Sat 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am -6:00 pmWhite’s Sierra Station Food Mart508 Main Street, Loyalton, CA 96118(530) 993-1212Mon – Fri 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sat 6:00 am – 5:00 pmSierraville Service...

SNOWMAKING BEGINS IN TAHOE, OPENING DAY CELEBRATIONS SET FOR HEAVENLY, NORTHSTAR AND KIRKWOOD

Heavenly began making snow yesterday morning using the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast of the United States. Northstar and Kirkwood will follow soon on Friday, Nov. 1. TAHOE, Calif. — Oct. 28, 2019 – Cold temperatures and dry air have created ideal conditions for making snow in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort all plan to take advantage of this week’s cool weather window to build a solid base for the upcoming 2019-20 winter season.Heavenly turned on their snowmaking machines at 9 a.m. on Sunday, activating the largest snowmaking system on the West Coast of the United States. Northstar and Kirkwood’s sophisticated snowmaking systems are set to kick in later this week on Friday, Nov. 1, conditions permitting. Using the latest computer technology, snowmaking operators are monitoring changes in air temperature, water pressure and wind direction. Snowmaking crews at Heavenly and Northstar are alerted instantly of these changes and are able to quickly turn on or off machines from their cell phones or computers to optimally prepare resorts for upcoming opening days.The start of snowmaking is an exciting reminder that opening day celebrations at all three resorts, collectively known as the #TahoeTrifecta, are right around the corner. Heavenly and Northstar are scheduled to open together Friday, Nov. 22 and then Kirkwood is slated to on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Opening day details below. Grab your Squad for First-turns and Après at Heavenly Opening DayHeavenly will kick off the early season with a social-scene opening day celebration that carries guests from the Heavenly Village Gondola with complimentary donuts, hot chocolate and coffee...

Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation, Recreation and Education In Desolation Wilderness

Once Known Simply As The "Devils Valley" Desolation Wilderness Turns 50! Sierra Rec Magazine, October 2019 - In 1969, the Lake Tahoe Region became home to Americas newest Wilderness Area, Desolation Wilderness. A 64,000 acre plot of land once called the "Devils Valley" inhabited only by the Washoe and set aside as the Desolation Valley Primitive Area in 1931. Desolation Wilderness in 50 years has become one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. With the proximity to Lake Tahoe and the easy of access provided by numerous trailheads from every side of the wilderness boundary, let alone the famed PCT which crosses the full length of the wilderness region, hundreds of thousands visit the granite basin, clear blue lakes and towering peaks that make up the Desolation Wilderness each year. "It only takes a few miles of hiking to make you feel completely transported into another world when hiking in Desolation Wilderness"Charlie Pankey - Publisher Sierra Rec Magazine Susie Lake How Did Desolation Wilderness Develop Although it is commonly believed that Lake Tahoe was formed by the collapse of a volcanic crater, the Basin was actually formed by the rise and fall of the landscape due to faulting. About 24 million years ago the Sierra Nevada block was formed by tremendous uplifting.  Two principal faults evolved: the eastern margin created the Carson Range, while the Sierra Nevada developed on the western side.  From the "up thrown" fault blocks, the highest peaks in the region originated while the "down thrown" block sank creating a large valley. Lava flowing from Mt. Pluto on the north shore, then...

Preparing for Winter on Reds Meadow Road and Devils Postpile National Monument

Starting October 15, there is no overnight parking in the Reds Meadow Valley Sierra Rec Magazine - Mammoth Ca, October 10, 2019- The Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument are planning for winter on the Reds Meadow Road. The road will close at the Minaret Vista for the season on Sunday, October 27 at sunset. The Devils Postpile Ranger station is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday through Monday and will close for the season at 1:00 pm on Monday, October 14. Two Inyo National Forest campgrounds are still open in the valley, Pumice Flat and Reds Meadow, and will close on October 6. Starting October 15, there is no overnight parking in the Reds Meadow Valley and the road is not plowed during or after winter storms. Depending on the nature and extent of the snowfall, the road may re-open if conditions allow. The Inyo National Forest makes every reasonable and safe effort to keep the road open until the winter closure. Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls. After October 13, visitors are advised to bring their own water. Potable water will not be available at Devils Postpile National Monument or anywhere in Reds Meadow Valley as these systems will be winterized. Vault toilets are available. If the parking lot at Devils Postpile fills, visitors are advised to park at the overnight hiking parking lot, or go to another destination such as the Rainbow Falls Trailhead parking lot. While the road is closed, visitors may still access destinations along the road using nearby trail networks. The Reds Meadow Road accesses popular recreation destinations such as...