now offers a hit list of preferred links located on the left side of the home page. We have chosen sites that are Tahoe based and feature quality content ranging from weather and avalanche conditions to equipment sales and rentals.

Real Deep Snow and Tahoe Weather Discussion are weather blogs authored by North Lake Tahoe locals. Both sites analyze a variety of weather models and forecasts and combine them with personal knowledge of conditions in the region.

The Sierra Avalanche Center reports daily on snowpack and avalanche conditions. SAC forecasters dig pits daily and report results from a variety of aspects and elevations in the Tahoe basin. Reports are frequently accompanied by video and photographs especially during active cycles.

Grant Kaye is a local photographer with a brilliant portfolio of Tahoe landscapes and beyond. Dr. Robb Gaffney is a frequent contributor to SBDC and the author of Squallywood, a guidebook to Squaw’s rowdiest lines. Tim Konrad and the Unofficial Squaw crew keep tabs on the daily radness going on in Squaw Valley and other resorts with the newly launched Unofficial Networks.

The BackCountry, located on Donner Pass Road in Truckee, sells gear and supplies for all things backcountry with a strong emphasis on ski touring and mountaineering. The BackCountry features a huge fleet of rental gear including skis, snowboards and snowshoes. The BackCountry’s website has a free guidebook and allows users to post all kinds of useful information from equipment sales to trip reports. The upstairs of the store hosts classroom space for AIARE level one, two and three avalanche courses. Field time for the courses is typically held in the Donner Peak, Mt. Judah backcountry. The BackCountry also sponsors the Adventure Slide Show Series held one a month at Plaza Bar in Squaw Valley. Renowned climbers, skiers and mountaineers share their adventures, show great photography and yuk it up with fellow adventure seekers.