Alpenglow Mountain Festival in Tahoe

By Christina Nellemann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know you wanna be here, but take that avalanche safety class first before heading into the snowy hills. Photo by Alpenglow Sports

Finally, the next forecast is predicting about a foot more snow in the Tahoe area. Hallelujah! It looks like those snow dances and prayers worked. This might be your best time to get up into the mountains for some Sochi-inspired extreme winter sports. If you’re already an experienced skier or snowboarder, you know what to do, but what if you’re new to mountain snow sports?

Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City will be holding a two-week winter sport festival February 14 – March 2 which will feature clinics, classes, natural history lessons and backcountry ski and snowshoe tours at various locations around North Lake Tahoe including Squaw Valley, Page Meadows, Ward Canyon, Emerald Bay and Homewood.

Each event is geared toward aspiring beginner and intermediate winter sport enthusiasts who want to get more exercise in the high mountains.

Alpenglow has teamed up with Nature’s Bakery to offer most of the events for free, but participants are encouraged to register online in advance to ensure they get a spot in their desired clinic or tour.

You can also register for some great giveaways. The events will include guided snowshoe, backcountry and nordic ski tours, cross country skills and wax clinics, AIARE certified field and classroom avalanche safety clinics, and full moon skiing.

Other events will include the Great Ski Race at Tahoe Cross Country, the Wine, Women and Wax clinic, presentations by Mammut athlete Todd Offenbacher and Alpenglow Sports experts on backcountry skiing and avalanche conditions, and a natural history tour with Will Richardson of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.

Read more at http://www.7×7.com/tahoe/alpenglow-mountain-festival-tahoe

Reno-Tahoe Tourism At Five-Year High

PHOTO: Tourism in the Reno-Tahoe area is at a five-year high. Photo credit: Douglas County, Nevada.

PHOTO: Tourism in the Reno-Tahoe area is at a five-year high. Photo credit: Douglas County, Nevada.

January 28, 2014

RENO, Nev. – American travelers again seem willing to spend the money to take a business trip or vacation in Northern Nevada.

Chris Baum, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, says last year was the best tourism year in the region since 2008.

He points out a nearly 10 percent room rate increase generated an additional $25 million in taxable room revenue.

And, he says, more tourism should mean more jobs created.

“When your hotel is running two-thirds full you’re able to keep most of your employees on board and keep them busy and occupied,” he says. “So we’re talking about thousands and thousands of jobs.”

Baum maintains more tourism money also helps restaurants, retail and other businesses in the area.

He says his agency does a lot of marketing and advertising to try to boost tourism, but he says it also seems that many Americans are ready to have some fun after years of recession.

“We also find there’s a lot of pent-up demand in the United States from people who haven’t taken a vacation for a couple of years,” he explains. “Even if they get away for a three-day weekend, that’s still a lot more than they were doing three or four years ago.”

Baum says a lot of people visit Northern Nevada to enjoy Lake Tahoe and the outdoor lifestyle of the area.

He stresses tourists come from all over the U.S., but Northern California remains the top market for Reno-Tahoe tourism.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service – NV

– See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-01-28/budget-policy-and-priorities/reno-tahoe-tourism-at-five-year-high/a37145-1#sthash.pyDSWXED.dpuf

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