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North Tahoe Summer Festivals   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi


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It’s summer at Lake Tahoe, and as usual, the list of events and things to do come at you fast and furious. This weekend kicks off a few local Tahoe City area festivals you might want to partake in.

Alpenglow Sports presents their Summer Mountain Festival from June 18 through the 26th. Celebrating nine days of human powered sports in North Lake Tahoe.
Trail running, hiking, yoga, stand up paddle boarding, pilates, films, backpacking, shoe demos and rock climbing are some of the planned activities.

For more info, go to their website




You still have time to catch some of the Tahoe City Solstice Festival.

On June 18, you can glide across water so clear that you can see the bottom. Paddle past historic home and hear stories of local history, culture and landmarks with a guided paddle with Tahoe City Kayak starting at 9am.

The Tahoe City Wine Walk is from 2-4. Tickets are available at the Boatworks Mall and the North Tahoe Visitors Center.

Pete ‘n Peters celebrates their 40th year at their outdoor street party starting at 6 pm. Appetizers, live music and dancing are part of the festivities.

June 19 -Trunk Show  heats up Tahoe City at the 3rd annual ‘Bringin’ The Love Party from noon to 6pm.

At 3pm, Tahoe City kicks off their summer music series for Concerts on Commons Beach.

See for more info.



Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series: Emily Harrington   Leave a comment


By Tim Hauserman



If you keep your eyes open, you will find great things to do at night at Lake Tahoe. One of the best is when you get the opportunity to take advantage of the great athletes of the world that come to Tahoe to tell their stories through the Alpenglow Sports Winter Film Series. The latest is Emily Harrington, climber extraordinaire, who will present, “The Long Way” on February 12th at 7 pm at the Olympic Village Lodge. It will document a National Geographic expedition of her adventure, suffering and ultimate reward found in the jungles and peaks of Myanmar.

Harrington has climbed all over the world, and has summited Mt. Everest. This past fall she was one of five members of The North Face/National Geographic Team which traveled to Myanmar to seek the summit of Mt. Hkakabo Razi, the highest peak in this remote and mysterious country. Myanmar has a brutal history of political upheaval, civil war and human rights violations. Even before climbing to the peak, the group had a 250 mile hike on foot through the dense, remote jungle to reach the Tibetan border and begin the ascent. They encountered challenging obstacles, and a great deal of physical suffering, yet emerged considering it a life altering experience.



“We’ve had a glimpse into Emily’s show and her tale is absolutely amazing,” says Brendan Madigan, owner of Alpenglow Sports. “She’s continually pushing the ceiling of possibility not only in women’s climbing, but in the sport as a whole. I don’t know of another athlete who excels at all disciplines and has the ability to weave their adventures into such a compelling tale. Her story is not to be missed.”

This is the 4th installment of this year’s Alpenglow Winter Film Series, now in it’s 9th year. All shows are free, and there is a raffle available with the proceeds going to various local non-profit organizations. This month’s beneficiary is the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. The final installment of this year’s series is in March. For additional information, please contact Brendan Madigan at Alpenglow Sports 530-583-6917 or



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


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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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