Archive for February 2016

The Great Ski Race!   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

After a few rough years when it was cancelled due to lake of snow, The Great Ski Race is set to roll once again on March 6th. The largest cross-country ski race in the western United States usually draws around 1000 skiers who take on the challenging 30 kilometer course from Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area near Tahoe City to The Cottonwood Lodge above downtown Truckee.

The race attracts everyone from world class racers who chew up the course in just over an hour, to those who have the simple goal of enjoying the views and crossing the line before the cut off time. In-between is a huge mass of local and out of town skiers who are doing their best to beat their friends, or their personal bests.

The race’s first wave of top seeded racers leaves at 9:00 am, with more waves hitting the trail every few minutes after. The route follows the Yellow, Green and Orange trails of Tahoe XC, before starting to climb in earnest up to the Fiberboard Freeway. Now a long steady uphill brings the racers to Soup Station One, at about 12 kilometers from the start. Then it gets interesting: A series of long downhills, some quite steep and rutted by the time the later racers get there, interspersed with a few short uphills. The last kilometer is a narrow fast downhill followed by the Big Hill just above the finish line which is the steepest part of the course and provides boundless entertainment for those who have already finished. Once the finish line is crossed the party begins with food, drink and merriment.



The Great Ski Race is the major annual fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. These are the folks who go out in a blizzard in the middle of the night to rescue those who are lost. They have a remarkable record of bringing folks back to their loved ones, as well as carry out a valuable program of education on winter survival to local children. For more information on the TNSAR check out this article:

Mountain heroes · Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue

For information on the race go to


Alpenglow Mountain Festival   Leave a comment


by Tim Hauserman

A few years ago Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, and an active member of the Tahoe City Downtown Association, came up with the idea of producing a mountain festival centered to highlight what we love to do at Tahoe. The idea was simple: Introduce the public to human powered winter activities at Tahoe such as back country skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing and do so either free or very inexpensively.

The week long Festival is now in it’s third year and unlike it’s first two years, there is plenty of snow to really get everybody excited about all of the offerings. In fact, some of the events have reached capacity and the rest are filling up fast. The Festival runs from February 20-28th, and every day is packed with fun and educational things to do. Here are a few of the daytime activities:

  • Classic and skate skiing lessons and tours at both beginner and intermediate level led by experienced local guides and instructors.
  • Back country skiing and tours as well as avalanche safety and beacon training
  • Yoga classes almost every day to stretch out those tight muscles you just worked
  • Recreation information session with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association
  • Full Moon Snowshoes and a natural history snowshoe with the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences
  • Gear Demo Event
  • Fitness Skinning-Skiing uphill with skins on your skis with the focus being to increase fitness.

At night the festival has a series of films and events to keep the outdoor vibe going:

  • Drawn, the Art of Ascent, a screening by critically acclaimed author and film maker Jeremy Collin
  • Tahoe Style Nachtspektakel- A European inspired event with a moderate uphill backcountry ski to a lakeview location where food and a bonfire await.
  • Winter Wildland Alliance Backcountry Film Festival
  • Alpenglow Film Series with world renowned alpinist Kelly Cordes
  • Wine, Women and Wax-Yep a ladies only wine and cheese event focused on improving waxing technique…on your skis.

If you are around Tahoe or Truckee this week, don’t miss the festival, get online today at for the schedule and to register for events.



New Tahoe Donner House Listing – February 2016   Leave a comment


New Listing in the much desired Tahoe Donner area.  Listing Agent: Lynn Richardson, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

11975 Brookstone Drive, Truckee CA                                                                                   Asking: $799,900



3 Bedroom   .   2 1/2 Baths   .   den/office

2 Car Garage

2577 Square Feet







This home has it all! Beautifully maintained and situated on a level lot with 2 sides of greenbelt for extra privacy.
The great room has a lodge feel with massive rock hearth, wood burning fireplace, log accents, vaulted wood ceilings & wood floors in kitchen and dining.

Kitchen has granite slab counters, newer Viking appliances and new sink, faucet and backsplash.

Spacious master suite is on main level and looks out to greenbelt. Downstairs

has two large guest bedrooms plus family room/den/office.
Don’t forget all of Tahoe Donner’s amenities! Club house with a pool and full gym, Private Donner Lake access, cross country skiing and lodge, downhill ski hill, golf course, equestrian center and more.


Call me today to view this wonderful property:

Lynn Richardson
 Coldwell Banker NO.CA.-TD
 Main: 530-587-7474
 Agent: 530-582-2422
 17400 Northwoods Blvd #2
 Truckee CA 96161
For more photos, go to my real estate website:





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