Sierra-at-Tahoe Job Fair

Job Fair Sierra-at-Tahoe

SAT customer service

Customer Service, Sierra-at-Tahoe
Photo courtesy of B. Walker/SAT PR

Thea Hardy, Public Relations at Sierra-at-Tahoe, has announced their annual job fair for the coming ski season. From the time the last skier left the resort at the end of last season, the resort has been a busy place, and it’s about to ramp up the busy factor.

If you’re looking for a ski season job, either at the entry level or a spot that requires experience, it’s time to take a look at what’s needed at Sierra. The job fair will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Solstice Plaza at Sierra (https://www.sierraattahoe.com/event/sierra-job-fair-2017/).

The job board is pretty extensive. Ski resorts are like small cities. Running one takes a wide variety of skills over a very long list of job titles and skills.

John Rice, longtime General Manager of the resort, has said that they are looking for employees who are really good with working with the public. Sierra turns into an international gathering from the opening bell till the end of the day, every day of the season. People from around the globe, from the very young to the much more mature, enjoy the resort every day it’s open.

Accountants, drivers, mechanics, janitors, mountain operations, ski school instructors, retail, food and beverage, barista’s, reservation desk, ticket desk, lift operators, day care, guest services, IT support, parking, warehouse, and more, all of whom make the resort function smoothly, no matter what.

What do you need? Good people skills, and a love of the mountains. Awesome, as Hardy describes it. You do need to show up and apply. What a way to spend the winter.


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Alpine Aspen Festival and Fish Fest at Lake Tahoe

Judy Wickwire fly fishing.

Fly fishing with Judy Wickwire in Hope Valley. Photo Courtesy of Alpine Aspen Festival

Alpine Aspen Festival

The Alpine Aspen Festival takes place over the October 7 & 8 weekend. Head up to Hope Valley and the Blue Lakes Road, right off SR 88. The large parking lot, almost at the intersection, is where most everything will be.

Hiking, nature walks, disc golf, watercolor workshops, music, fly fishing demonstrations and instruction, Dutch Oven cooking, history, aspen tree planting, bird watching and much more will fill each day. Some of the offerings are off site but close by. Most everything is free. Anything that you pay for will be more than worth it.

Families will enjoy the friendly people and events, and your well behaved doggies are welcome as well. All of this is in a beautiful area of Hope Valley. The aspens will be showing some color, and fall is absolutely in the air up here.

Remember to wear layers, use sunscreen, take a hat, and lots of chocolate.

Fall Fish Fest

The Fall Fish Fest at the USFS Taylor Creek Visitors Center at Lake Tahoe. It’s an annual celebration of the return of the Kokanee Salmon to Taylor Creek.

Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 4:00 p.m. this family friendly festival celebrates autumn, Kokanee Salmon, Taylor Creek, Lake Tahoe, and education about all of it.  Added bonus: it’s free.

All you have to do is show up. While there will be goodies available it’s best to bring your own lunch and stash of snacks, especially chocolate covered M&M’s. Festivals can be hunger inducing, especially among the children.Arrive early to get a decent parking spot. The annual Oktoberfest is going on at Camp Richardson at the same time.  With two big events like this happening at the same time parking will be a nightmare. Go early.

The salmon will fill Taylor creek from bank to bank. An amazing sight that is also very colorful, as they swim upstream to spawn. Year after year, they head back to Taylor Creek to do it all over again. The Kokanee turn red during their swim upstream making them pretty easy to see. Bring your camera, with a full battery and lots of room on the memory card.

The day will include a treasure hunt–always exciting for the little ones–fish painting, a visit from Smokey Bear, and the mascots Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Rock Salmon, along with a giant inflatable Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Add to the mix the Bumble Bee Ice Cream truck and things just look perfect.

Runners may opt for the  Kokanee Trail Runs. Walkers are welcome to participate in these runs.

The Rainbow Trail winds through the underground Stream Profile Chamber, which is part of the Rainbow Trial. There’s lots to do and learn while on the trail. Take the time to read all the colorful signs along the way.

The Kokanee Salmon are prime food sources for bears. There are plenty of bears around, and at this time of year quite a few of them head to Taylor Creek, intent on gorging on salmon.

They are wild animals. Mother bears with cubs come here. If there are bears around while you are there, stay well away from them, especially the mother bears with cubs in tow. Your safety and the safety of the bears are at stake.


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Alpine Watershed Group Creek Clean Up Day

Autumn is on the way!

If Hope Valley is on your list of favorite places to get outside, consider pitching in to clean it up. Great chance to do so Saturday, Sep. 9.

The Alpine Watershed Group is holding its Creek Clean Up Day, and Hope Valley is on the list.

According to the blurb on their website, “The Alpine Watershed Group hosts this annual event in partnership with a variety of local agencies and community groups, including Alpine County, Friends of Hope Valley, and the Carson Water Subconservancy District.”

What’s on tap? Take your pick:

 – Hope Valley Willow Planting and Bank Stabilization

   – Grover State Park – Native Garden and Weed Pull

   – Bear Valley Trout Spawning Protection 

   – Markleeville Creek Heritage Park Enhancement

   – Storm Drain Stenciling in Markleeville 

Great time to give back to a spectacular place, meet old friends and new, and have a fun filled and rewarding day in the mountains.


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After Labor Day

picture of mountain bike rider on mountain trail.

Mountain bike rider on trail from Twin Peaks

Labor Day has come and gone. Shoulder season begins! From Pollock Pines to Tahoe the crowds have thinned out. Trails and lakes are wonderful and waiting.

School bells started ringing in early August–weird–and as of now, all schools are in session. Football rules the weekends. Homework, clubs, school, have take over, leaving the high country much less crowded.

Where to go, what to do? Just about anything. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaks and canoes, fishing, camping, all of it. Weather has been hot but is cooling off now, making things much more comfortable.

Rafting? Tahoe City to River Ranch on the Truckee is slow and sweet. The American River out of Coloma is running really nicely for anyone wanting a whitewater ride (Adventure Connection).

Kayak and canoe enthusiasts can head to Silver Lake, Caples Lake, Loon Lake, Union Valley, and Lake Tahoe for a little human powered water fun.

Hiking? Carson Pass, Hope Valley, Crystal Basin, Tahoe Basin. Take your pick. It’s all good. All you need to do is get out there.


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Mountain Bikes in the Mountains

Andrew on the up hill run, Placerville Bike Shop

Mountain bikes in the mountains. What a combo! With summer in full roar, long days with more trail opening up as the snow melts, mountain bikes are riding just about everywhere possible. Here are some places to learn, to rent a bike, or just find out about local trails in and around Pollock Pines to Tahoe.

Resorts:

Kirkwood runs a mountain bike park in the summer. They run only on weekends. From 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday (July/August including Labor Day weekend). Rentals, lessons, lifts, thrills, and high altitude riding.

Northstar Califorina  runs their bike park 7 days a week. Hours are  from 10;00 am- 5:00 pm, Saturday to Thursday, and 10:00am to 7:00 pm on Fridays. Rentals, lessons, lifts, competition, group instruction.

Squaw Valley is still in downhill ski mode. Kinda hard to mountain bike amongst the skiers.

Bike shops  and rental outfits that can steer you to great rides:

Placerville Bike Shop, 1307 Broadway, Placerville, CA 95765, 530.622.3015

Wattabike, 2933 Highway 50, Meyers, CA 96150, 530.544.7700

South Shore Bikes, 871 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.544.7433

Anderson’s Bike Rental, 645 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.541.0500

Camp Richardson Outdoor Sports1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.542.6584  

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works,  3430 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.541.7505

Tahoe Bike Company, 3131 Harrison Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.600.0267

Over the Edge Tahoe, 3665 Tamarack Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, 530.600.3633

Olympic Bike Shop, 620 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, 530.581.2500

Flume Trail Bikes, 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd b, Incline Village, NV 89451,  775.298.2501

Factory Bikes, 3039 CA-89, Olympic Valley, CA 96146,  530.581.3399


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Death Ride 2017

Death Ride 2017

Death Ride/Tour of the California Alps, 2017: Stunning!
Logo courtesy of Death Ride 2017

Death Ride 2017 will launch out of Turtle Rock Park, SR 89, just south of Woodfords and north of Markleeville, on July 8, at 0500 or daylight, whichever shows up first. The ride is also known as the Tour of the California Alps, coursing through the Sierra.

The Ride

For 129 miles, riders will climb an aggregate total of 15,000 feet. Three stunning mountain passes will be summited, two of them twice. First up is Monitor Pass, 8,314 feet, ridden both ways, twice. Next up is Ebbetts Pass, 8,730 feet and the highest, ridden both ways, twice. After climbing out of Woodfords Canyon on SR 88, riders tackle Carson Pass, 8,580 feet, making this the fifth pass of the day. All of this, 129 miles of it, have to be completed by 2000, or 8 pm.

Swag and Support

Completing all five passes earns 5 stickers for your helmet, a Five-Pass Pin, and you’re eligible to buy the Five-Pass jersey. If you registered for this lung busting challenge,  here’s what you receive, besides bragging rights:

• Custom Death Ride® Patch
• Custom Death Ride® Water Bottle
• Custom Death Ride® Five-Pass Finishers Pin (if course is completed)
• Tuf-Map
• Giveaways from Sponsors at Bike Expo and on course
• Official Participant Numbers
• Highway Closures
• SAG, Tech & On Course Communication Support
• Medical Support
• Law Enforcement Support
• Food & Drink at Rest Stops
• Lunch (10:00am – 3:00pm)
• Live Music
• Post Ride Dinner/Rider Dinner complimentary per event organizers and is NOT refundable

You might still be able to register to ride. You’ll have to check with the Death Ride folks to find out. If you haven’t trained for this, or you have never ridden or hiked at altitude, you’re better off waiting till next year. It’s a stunning ride, and now matter how many of the climbs you ultimately conquer, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.


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Fun weekend at Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Fun at Lake Tahoe

Time for fun at Lake Tahoe

For a fun weekend for you and your children, consider heading up to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Lake Tahoe. Over the weekend of June 24 and 25, two festivals will take place.

The “Wild Tahoe Weekend” is sponsored by the US Forest Service Lake Tahoe folks and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science. Both days are free. You’ll need to take or buy snacks and lunch.

Saturday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, is dedicated to the 6th annual Native Species Festival, while Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, is for the 7th annual Lake Tahoe Bird Festival. Lulu the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Smokey the Bear will be there, along with displays and nature walks.

It will be warm over the weekend. Sunscreen, hats, plenty of water should be on your list to take with you. These festivals are especially fun for children of all ages.

Taylor Creek is spectacular right now, and the Visitor’s center, 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on State Route 89, is a wonderful place to spend the day with your children, or with just you, enjoying an amazing early summer weekend.


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Summer Freedom Fest July 1-4

Freedom Fest Concert at Squaw Valley

Gold Coast Freedom Fest concert time at Squaw.
Photo courtesy of Tom Day/Squaw/Alpine PR

Liesl Kenny, Public Relations Director at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, invites everyone up to Squaw Valley over the 4th of July. The resort is hosting what they call Freedom Fest from July 1 through July 4. As always it will be a fun filled family oriented event in stunning Olympic Valley.

Here’s the line up for Freedom Fest:

 Freedom Fest, a celebration of the historic 2016-17 winter season over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, will feature four days of free music on two stages, hot tub parties, fireworks and more. For the fourth time in resort history, Squaw Valley mountain resort will offer skiing and riding on July 4 following a record-breaking winter season with over 60 feet of cumulative snowfall.

Gold Coast Revival concerts will take place July 1-3 from noon to 3pm with ski-in, ski-out access and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Paying tribute to the Gold Coast Concert Bowl which hosted the Jerry Garcia Band, Jimmy Cliff and others back in 1991, concerts on July 1 and 2 will feature the WinterWonderGrass All-Stars performing Pickin’ on the Dead featuring Tyler Grant, followed by The Lil Smokies on Monday, July 3.

Freedom Fest moves from Gold Coast to the KT Base Bar with free music starting at 4pm July 1-3. Chi McClean will open for headliner The Grant Farm on Saturday. Music on Sunday from 4-7pm features headliner, Rayland Baxter. Monday’s concert will extend to 9pm with musical acts by Bonfire Dub featuring Bridget Law of Elephant Revival and Big Head Todd and The Monsters. Monday’s shows will be followed by a free fireworks display, visible throughout The Village at Squaw Valley.

Bluesdays, the popular outdoor concert series in The Village at Squaw Valley, will host Chris Cain on Tuesday, July 4, rounding out the long weekend of live music across Squaw Valley mountain resort. Known for his jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals, Chris Cain’s expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery.

In addition to live music, Squaw Valley’s High Camp Pool and Hot Tub will be open daily from 11am to 4pm with live DJ’s performing from noon-4pm, July 1-4. At 8,200 feet with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada, it’s one of the most unique parties around.

Skiing and riding operations are scheduled for 10am-2pm, July 1-4, and are subject to change based on weather and conditions. All 2016-17 and 2017-18 Tahoe Super Passholders will have access to skiing and riding as well as on-mountain concerts. Single and multi-day lift tickets as well as the Tahoe Super Pack will also offer access to the mountain and festivities. ”

That’s a full schedule. Freedom Fest is on the way. Book your room now, then head up for a fun filled 4th.


Posted in Lake Tahoe, Outdoor Recreation, outside treks, ski resorts, skiing

The Other Flume Trail in Incline Village

Rider and bike at Lake Tahoe

Ride, ride, ride, and do it safely.

The Other Flume Trail

What other Flume Trail?  The one known as the Incline Flume Trail. Like the other one, the trail is on what used to be a flume that sent logs down to the Lake in the Comstock Era. It’s pretty family friendly, more flatish that its cousin simply known as The Flume Trail. The trail is an extensive project that involves the Tahoe Fund, Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association, the USFS, Friends of Incline Trails, the Forest Service, Nevada State Parks, Nevada Land Trust, Washoe County and Incline General Improvement District and others.

The trail project highlights the ongoing efforts of the Tahoe Fund and others to secure high quality family friendly recreation opportunities throughout the Tahoe Basin.

Read about the trail at the Tahoe Fund website. Get your gear on, pump up the tires and head over there for what is a fun ride with outrageous views of Lake Tahoe.


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Bear Valley Summer

Summer fun at Bear Valley

Bear Valley summer!

Bear Valley is another recreation paradise in the Sierra. Located at 2280 State Route 207, Bear Valley, CA, 95223, the area has plenty of skiing, Alpine and Nordic, during ski season. The rest of the year there’s hiking,mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, playing, wandering, music, art, and a whole lot of fun, family oriented events.

What’s going on this summer:

Marc Gendron who is the PR guy at the resort said that there’s something for everyone up there. He pointed out in a press release that “… guests and visitors now have more lodging options to experience Bear Valley Mountain and the amazing view of the Sierra during the summer and early fall months. New lodging opportunities include eco-friendly glamping units facing the Mokolumne Peak and Canyon, RV parking, and the newly renovated Bear Valley Lodge.”

To take advantage of what the resort offers it’ll take more than a day. Plan to stay a couple of days and enjoy the area. The drive over Ebbetts Pass, at 8,730 feet, from El Dorado and Alpine Counties, is stunning all by itself, and well worth the drive.

The summer event schedule is full of exciting opportunities for everyone who enjoys being out and about and active in the mountains.

For the full text of what Marc sent out, check it out here.


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