Forest Service Hosts Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Open House in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Anyone Interested In Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Access In The Tahoe Basin invited To Attend SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. The OHMVR applications request funding for trail maintenance and operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle access in the Tahoe Basin. The open house will take place in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150. The public may arrive anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. and visit informational stations, talk with staff and ask questions. There will be no formal presentation. The 60-day grant application comment period begins Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and ends Monday, May 4. “We encourage anyone interested in off-highway vehicle recreation to join us for this event,” said LTBMU Trails Engineer, Jacob Quinn. “Participants can learn about the outstanding off-highway vehicle opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin and how these grants support the operations and maintenance of our off-highway vehicle programs.” For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Adrian Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email adrian.escobedo@usda.gov. For more information on the applications, grant process or how to comment, contact Jacob Quinn at 530-543-2609 or...

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 enthusiasts and all-mountain athletes from across the country convening at iconic Squaw Valley to compete for the crown, the event looks to again push progression at the intersection of man-powered ski travel and big-mountain freeriding.  After a sterling first year that reimagined the core concept of a big-mountain event, Raid is coming back bigger and better in 2020, expanding its competitor field from 60 to 75 and increasing the event window to two days. The longer event window will help better the chance of perfect conditions for a field that includes icons such as Red Bull athlete JT Holmes–as well as a slew of local and visiting rippers–to properly showcase their abilities. Each of the two heats in the event will consist of two portions: A timed uphill race and a technically judged big-mountain freeriding contest. Each heat can be awarded a maximum of 200 points–100 for the timed uphill race and 100 for the downhill portion of the event.  The 100 points for the uphill section of each heat...

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 Congressionally mapped boundaries of the Granite Chief Wilderness Area and places operational limits on the gondola operations to mitigate impacts to the Wilderness Area.  The League’s lawsuit against Placer County also named the United States Forest Service. The lawsuit was filed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and challenged the adequacy of the environmental analysis and the County Board of Supervisor’s decision to approve the project.  "As a high value Sierra wilderness area, the Granite Chief Wilderness needs ever more safeguards to ensure we leave such wild treasures for future generations,” stated Daniel Heagerty, director of the League.  “Squaw Alpine has made significant and greatly appreciated commitments to minimize wilderness impacts and invest in important endangered species conservation efforts. We are very pleased with the Agreement we reached with Squaw Alpine." The agreement includes: The League agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against the Squaw Alpine Base-to-Base Gondola.Squaw Alpine agreed to conserve approximately 27 acres of the resort’s private property. These lands, which include pristine wetlands and deep natural ponds,...

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 wedded pair. “Currently, Sierra is only able to offer full-service weddings during the summer months,” states Marketing and Sales Director, Katie Hunter. “But there has been a large demand for winter options. This fun and unique day gives couples the opportunity to seal the deal atop our snowy wonderland, for an unbeatable experience.” Those looking to finalize their nuptials can take advantage of Sierra’s only winter wedding offering for just $100/couple. A valid marriage license + ability to make a deposit are necessary, as well as a valid lift ticket or season pass. More information can be found,...

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) on Donner Summit, following opening ceremonies March 8 at Squaw Valley Resort, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. “Competing in the Junior National Championships is the pinnacle of success for all of these athletes,” said Organizing Committee chair Valli Murnane. “For a handful, it is the beginning of a journey to international and Olympic competition.” 2015 Junior National Race - Compliments of Bill Clark & ACS Racers from 10 divisions will be vying for Junior National Champion titles in four events: Individual Classic on Monday, March 9; Freestyle Sprint on Wednesday, March 11; Individual Skate on Friday, March 13; and Classic Relay on Saturday, March 14. There are three racing divisions per gender: U20 (ages 18-19), U18 (ages 16-17) and U16 (ages 14-15). The top finisher in each division will be crowned Junior National Champion. The top team will win the Alaska Cup. Organizers are working to fill 200 volunteer positions. To sign up and for a detailed schedule, course maps and other event information, visit www.xcjuniornationals2020.com. About the Course...

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 notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on Jan. 24, 2020. “The Highway 28 improvement project represents the culmination of an extensive multi-agency planning effort aimed at improving public safety, recreational sustainability and community enjoyment along the East Shore,” said LTBMU Forest Supervisor, Jeff Marsolais. “We are excited to build on the momentum of the new East Shore trail with this next important connection.” Project-specific activities would improve highway safety and infrastructure; summer recreational access; water, air and scenic quality; and increase non-motorized access to the SR-28 corridor. East Lake Tahoe Bike Path - Photo Credit by Tahoefund.org Project-specific improvements would include construction of a new shared-use pathway; connection of pedestrian trails in six locations; addition of parking spaces at four sites; construction of emergency pull-outs and vista points along the highway; installation of storm water capture and infiltration features; installation of a new effluent pipeline and fiber optic cable; and construction of a new aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection station. The project proposal was developed, designed and will be implemented...