• The science behind snow

    The science behind snow

    By NOAA How are snowflakes formed?  A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky. This creates an ice crystal. As the ice crystal falls to the ground, water vapor freezes onto the primary crystal, building new crystals – the six arms of […]

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  • Tahoe-Truckee digs out before next big dump

    Tahoe-Truckee digs out before next big dump

    By Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee Brian Santos felt conflicting currents of emotion Saturday after historic winter storms dumped a bounty of snow on the northern Sierra Nevada – a region dependent on winter tourism and also vulnerable to the heartache such storms can bring. At the Truckee Donner Lodge, where Santos was working as day […]

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  • 4 U.S. women in top 16 downhill race

    4 U.S. women in top 16 downhill race

    By USSA ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria – Jackie Wiles (Aurora, Ore.) skied to her first career Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium, finishing third, in Sunday’s much anticipated downhill. After three days of weather delays, the women ran an early morning downhill training run Sunday, and then headed back to the start for the real deal. In […]

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  • How to live the good life in a ski town

    How to live the good life in a ski town

    By Megan Michelson, Outside Ski bumming is hardly a glamorous lifestyle. It means things like eating ramen for dinner, sleeping in your car, and taking an assortment of odd jobs. But the payoff can be worth it when you get an all-you-can-eat buffet of powder days. So how do you make life work in a […]

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  • USFS to lead tours at Heavenly ski resort

    USFS to lead tours at Heavenly ski resort

    The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit’s ski with a ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort program begins Jan. 20. Tours begin at the top of the gondola every Monday and Friday at 1pm.  The tours last approximately one hour. The end April 7. Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boarders or above and provide […]

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  • Winter trails day in South Lake Tahoe rescheduled

    Winter trails day in South Lake Tahoe rescheduled

    Even though the skies on Jan. 14 will be clear, the trail will be nearly impassable even on snowshoes. The means the South Shore winter trails day is being canceled. However, it has been reschedule for Feb. 18. With South Lake Tahoe, U.S. Forest Services and Lake Tahoe Unified School District offices having been shut down […]

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  • Vail Resorts reports slow start to the season

    Vail Resorts reports slow start to the season

    By Jason Blevins, Denver Post The slow start to the ski season did not help Vail Resorts. The Broomfield, Colo.-based resort operator reported Friday that early-season visitation to its nine North American mountain resorts and three urban hills was down more than 13 percent compared with the previous season. By the end of December though, visitation […]

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  • Truckee’s Bennett 10th in alpine combined

    Truckee’s Bennett 10th in alpine combined

    By USSA WENGEN, Switzerland – Friday’s Audi FIS Ski Word Cup alpine combined produced a surprise podium, and another top 10 World Cup result for Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley). With upward of 6 inches of new snow overnight, officials swapped the downhill and slalom events, running the slalom first and the downhill – which was […]

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  • Bring in the birds for winter entertainment

    Bring in the birds for winter entertainment

    By Melinda Myers Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment, but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year-round. Increase the number of visitors to your yard by including all […]

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  • Ski industry strives to curtail injuries

    Ski industry strives to curtail injuries

    By Susan Wood With Christmas snow conditions ripe, Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Chief Operating Officer Pete Sonntag tweeted he was about to drop into Killebrew Canyon and thanked his “ski patrol for keeping us safe.” This January marks the 16th year of National Ski Safety Awareness, changed from a weeklong event to a month in 2013. […]

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