Skiing Stoke from Lake Tahoe

Month: February 2012

Night Photography Slideshow at Moody’s Tuesday Night

Local photographer Grant Kaye will give a presentation on time-lapse and night photography this Tuesday at Moody’s. Grant will be sharing his favorite night images, along with the stories behind them and details about how they were created. The show starts around 8:30 and is free. The slideshow is the first in a regular series of local artists presentations at Moody’s.


Stacking up in Squaw Valley around 1pm on Monday, February 27

The strangest thing occurred in Squaw Valley this morning. It started snowing…hard. There was close to a foot of snow on the Valley floor by 1pm today. Several waves of snow will continue this week and we should be looking at close to three feet above 7,000 feet by Friday.

Airbag saves life of Squaw local caught in avalanche at Stevens Pass

Three skiers were killed in an avalanche at Stevens Pass in Washington yesterday. Elyse Saugstad, from Squaw Valley, was also caught in the slide but deployed an airbag which kept her on the surface and apparently saved her life. Avalanche conditions were rated HIGH during the time of the avalanche.

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King of the Hammers

Another one bites the dust at King of the Hammers.

King of the Hammers has been called the toughest single day off road race on the planet. Held in Johnson Valley, California the race combines the speed of the Baja 1000 with the technical aspects of rock crawling. Racers compete against the course and their own cars as much as each other. Breakdowns are not only common, but expected and true competitors are prepared to do whatever it takes to fix their rigs and cross the finish line. Only 40% typically make it. Haines Alaska Heli Ski Guide and Tahoe City resident Tom Wayes has completed the race five years in a row and finished in the top twenty four times.

Tom Wayes from Tahoe City finished the Hammers in this rig for the 5th year in a row.

Prepare for liftoff.

January 2012 In Review

January 2012 was interesting to say the least. Lots of hiking, biking, ice skating and finally a bit of skiing toward the end of the month. Making the best of an atypical winter brought us to Lake Tenaya in Yosemite. Tioga Pass had not been open this time of year in decades. Here is a look at Lake Tenaya in mid-January 2012. The end of the piece includes my solitary quality ski day of the year on January 22.