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Striding The Sierra

Ski & Ride 2013       By Becky Wright      

Nordic skiing features prominently in Tahoe's past, present and future

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Lake Tahoe’s Best Places to Stargaze

From the Vault      

Top 20 places to stargaze at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe boasts up to 300 clear nights per year. The dry air and western on-shore marine airflow pattern are ideal for good “seeing,” as is the low atmospheric turbulence.…

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Fifty Shades of Brown

Ski & Ride 2013       Written By Kyle Magin      

Learning to pronounce Nevada

Nobody was ever happier to see Reno.     At the end of a seemingly infinite desert, I pulled into a gas station off of Interstate 80 with my parents and…

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The Sisterhood of Ski Safety

Winter 2014-2015      

Avalanche survivor and Squaw Valley skier Elyse Saugstad uses her experience to empower local women

Written by Elyse Saugstad “Avalanche! Avalanche! Two people are buried!” Swiftly, six women pulled out their transceivers and initiated their avalanche rescue protocol.     Just hours before, on a brisk,…

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Single at 7,000 Feet

Best of Tahoe 2015       Written By Julia Mueller      

Being single in Tahoe isn't always easy--but it can be rewarding

Written by Julia Mueller  •  Illustration by Jesse Greenwood   Tahoe is one of Earth’s most romantic places. An area attracting interesting, adventurous, healthy individuals should be a goldmine for…

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Tears in the Skintrack: Saying Goodbye on the East Side

Winter 2016-2017       Written By David Bunker      

Written by David Bunker   His baritone barks echoed up the canyon like mournful pleas. They held such sadness and were inflected with such abandonment that for a moment I…

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Outrunning Cancer

Summer 2015       Written By Jen Schmidt      

Friend's illness becomes rallying cry for Tahoe race

Recently I asked my grandmother, who is less than a year away from turning 90, the secret of longevity. Moderation in everything, she said matter-of-factly.       Moderation in food. Moderation…

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Finding Fro

Summer 2013      

High on Donner Summit sits a trove of untold stories from one of Tahoe’s great writers.

Written by David Bunker “Let me grab a flashlight,” says Norm Sayler as he stands poised at the brink of Donner Summit Historical Society’s shadowy basement. He retrieves the light…

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Birding Takes off at Tahoe

Summer 2013      

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is connecting people to nature

Written by Becky Regan Most birders will say one sighting flipped the switch.     For Will Richardson, it happened back in high school, when a flash of brilliant blue caught…

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Becoming Tahoe’s Mark Twain

Best of Tahoe 2013      

Incline Village’s McAvoy Layne performs as author Mark Twain

Written by McAvoy Layne Becoming Mark Twain for a summer afternoon’s “Tales of Tahoe” cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen is a royal pain in the neck. I pull the ski…

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As Sierra Nevada College Transforms Students, it is Transforming Itself

Winter 2015-2016      

Sierra Nevada College's changes make an impression on long-term observer

Written by Tanya Canino She burst into my office at missile speed, following the trajectory of a new-found idea and nearly exploding at its consequences: “There is so much more…

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Playing with Fire

From the Vault       Written By Alison Bender      

An outdoor fire pit or fireplace provides warmth on brisk Tahoe summer nights

There’s something about a fire that draws a crowd: An outdoor fire pit or fireplace provides warmth on brisk Tahoe summer nights and adds a focal point for al fresco gatherings. “We see…

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