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The Billy Dutton Uphill   Leave a comment



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By Tim Hauserman

Photos by Far West Nordic Association.

This Sunday April 23rd is the Billy Dutton Uphill. It is tougher then it looks, and it looks pretty damn tough. The event climbs up the Mountain Run at Squaw Valley. It’s just around five kilometers to the top, a piece of cake for a cross country skier or runner right? Well, wrong, because it’s 2000 feet of climbing. It’s hard, but it’s also spectacularly beautiful to ski the Squaw terrain in the early morning, enjoy an awesome party at the top with an always cool group of local folks, and then enjoy the view from the tram as you head back down the hill. Or you can be one of the truly adventurous and join a few crazies who ski back down the hill on their skinnies.

The race is run in memory of Billy Dutton, one of the founders of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. He was a Squaw Valley kid who used to like to ski up the mountain on his classic skis before succumbing to cancer several decades ago. Members of his family join the event every year.




The Billy Dutton attracts cross country skiers, and snowshoers/runners and has different prize categories for each. A few runners have come close to winning the event every year, and are often in the lead until the several hundred yard downhill just before the finish. The Billy Dutton is a fundraiser for Far West Nordic’s Junior program. The party at High Camp includes an excellent silent auction and raffle prizes, as well as music and food and a chance to catch your breath while enjoying the amazing view.

Every skier or runner should try the Billy Dutton at least once. I’ve done it about five times, even though every time I do it I wonder why I’m doing this to myself once again. The trick of course is to ski slow and steady, which has never been my strong suit. I go way too fast out of the gate, followed by leaning over my poles gasping for breath. Whatever your technique, it’s a true iconic Tahoe event that should definitely be on every cross country skier or runners bucket list.


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.



We’re Improving ‘Your Friend In High Places!’   Leave a comment


I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  There is so much to do and see here during our brief but glorious season that we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Here on my Lake Tahoe and Truckee Lifestyle blog, I am always trying to improve the site’s usefulness and provide you with timely information.

Toward that end, please note that I have added new sections to the blog:


Photo from Shakespeare Festival Website.

Photo from Shakespeare Festival Website.


1) ‘Events Calendar’ page. We can’t always do a feature article on ALL of the current happenings on the main page, especially during the summer, (I’ve got real estate to sell!) but I do want to keep you informed. The new page will be updated as we come across events in the area, so do check the page often.






2) I’ve added a “Categories’ section on the left hand column to help you find specific information on articles we’ve written . For example, say you’re interested in popular hikes in the area. Those would be under the ‘Summer Recreation’ link. Some items will be under multiple categories and hopefully the information is categorized intuitively.  You can also use the ‘Search’ box located right above the categories section.




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3)  I’ve also added a ‘Local Services’  area on the left column. These are people or companies I’ve done business with that offer services that you may need.





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4) There is also a page for my current real estate listings. The page includes a brief synopsis of each property, with a link to my website which has more in depth information on those properties.





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5) Since I am busy selling real estate, I’ve brought in some help on the blog. I’d like to introduce you to Tim Hauserman and Michelle Portesi. Both have been contributing writers to the blog already, but as I couldn’t possibly keep up with my ‘day job’ and write all these articles and calendar events, I’ve asked them to help me keep the blog updated.  Their stories are located below my information on the ‘About’ page.



I hope you will find these changes make for a more pleasurable browsing experience on my blog. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment.


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