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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.



Snowfest! February 28-March 9th   Leave a comment


Here we go again. It’s time for Snowfest! North Tahoe and Truckee’s Winter Carnival. Ten days of races, parades, strange and bizarre events, and lots of chances to eat, drink and be merry.

This year the theme is “Bring back the 80s.” So head up to the attic and find that bright 80s ski gear and get ready to party. Everyone has their favorite Snowfest event they can’t wait to get back to year after year, and then of course it is fun to try something new and different as well.

The Old Favorites-

Begin your week by heading to Squaw Valley for the Torchlight Parade, Laser Light Show, Fireworks and Snowfest Queen Coronation on February 28th. Then don’t miss our home town funky parades in Tahoe City on March 1st and Kings Beach on March 8th. While sometimes it seems like there are more kids in the parade then watching it, that’s what makes it fun. After the Tahoe City Parade head on over to Garwoods to watch a large contingent of fools jump in Lake Tahoe and swim way too far out as part of the Polar Bear Swim.



Then of course, if you get hungry you could hit the Sunnyside Luau on March 2nd  for some delicious Hawaiian style fare,  or get something that sticks to your ribs at The Bridgetender Rib Fest on March 7th.

Something New and Different

How about trying Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race on March 2nd? There’s a course full of bumps and obstacles to make it interesting and fun for the little ones.

Or how about the Tahoe Mountain Man contest?  Here is your chance to show off your skills at snow shoveling, climbing over berms and putting on chains.

After all that Mountain Man stuff it’s time for some pizza. Head off to Zano’s in Truckee for the Godfather Pizza Eating Challenge. Can you eat a four pound pizza all by yourself? Now is your chance to find out.

These are just a few of the fun things to become a part of over the next ten days. Go to to check out the full calender of events.

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Also this week: Catch the last of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival.



Thursday Feb. 27: Cross country ski tour with Grassechi from 9-10am at Tahoe City Winter sports Park. Nordic skills clinic from 1o:30am until noon. Alpenglow Sports Winter Wildlands Alliance Back-country Film Festival from 7-10pm.

Friday Feb 28: Cross country ski tour from 9-10am at Tahoe Cross Country and a Nordic skills clinic from 10:30am-noon. A beginners guide to cross country skiing from 7-9pm at Alpenglow Sports.

Saturday, March 1: Nordic demo day from 9am-3pm at Tahoe Cross Country

For more info, visit


banzai tour

ALSO:  Don’t miss the last 3 events of the Rahlves Banzai Tour:

March 1-2 at Squaw Valley,

March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and

March 15-16 at Sugarbowl. For more info, visit





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