Following the announcement of combined operations between Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows (SQUAW VALLEY / ALPINE MEADOWS “COMBINED OPERATIONS”) the talk around Tahoe has turned to Troy Caldwell’s land, … Read More
I hadn’t really thought about dying before. Other than a fleeting, “That would suck,” wrapped in a thought about someone else, death was not on my radar. Too busy enjoying life I guess. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself submerged in a torrent of snow, windpipe packed with powder, tumbling between crushing blows, thinking to myself in the darkest darkness of my life, “This is it. I’m gonna DIE in Japan. Sayonara Seth.”
Nor-Cal never ceases to amaze me. Last week I woke up from a dream and found myself in Humboldt County. My legs were feeling lazy and in desperate need of a bike ride so I asked around about the local trail options. Lo and behold, I was instantly clued into one of the coolest public trail facilities that I have yet seen in California – the Paradise Royale MTB Terrain Park.
Located in between Garberville and Shelter Cove off Hwy 101, the Paradise Royale Park lurks on the ridgeline overlooking the infamous ‘Lost Coast’ in the Kings Range Conservation Area. If you’ve ever hiked or surfed on the ‘Lost Coast’ then you know how gorgeous this remote stretch of Cali coastline is. The addition of the bike park makes this remote zone all the more a mecca for adventure.
Hit the jump for the full scoop on Paradise Royale…
On my way back from Reno yesterday I decided to skip the I-80 sh!tshow and cruise up Mt. Rose Highway to soak up the frosty views. I figured there might be an angry inch or two of graupel to make me smile as I rolled over the summit. But much to my surprise, not only was there 4-5 inches in spots, but the snow-cone like layer was actually damn friendly?! Supportive enough for a crew of dozens to rally the mini-park and even cautiously rip lines through the trees anyway.
I wasn't gonna stop cause I had no board, no jacket and some slippers on my feet. But the crew looked they were having way too much fun not to get a couple snaps of one of the first legit Tahoe shred sessions of the year.
Tis the season once again!….Y'all ready to welcome back winter at a few ski/shred movie premiere parties?
As usual, we've got showings of all the biggest and baddest flicks coming to the local area including the highly anticipated world premiere of Jeremy Jones' signature backcountry snowboarding film – DEEPER. Here's the 411:
TGR's DEEPER – WORLD PREMIERE
Friday, September 10th – Truckee River Amphitheatre – Truckee, CA
Tickets – $15 at door, Children under 8 free with paying adult, Entry includes 2-for-1 voucher to Alpine Meadows.
Expo – 6-8 pm. Show at 8 pm. After Party at 50-50 Brewery.
Getting to be that time of the year again. Naw, not shoulder season, worse – injury season. One glance around the Tahoe bars and grocery stores these days and it's obvious there has been a solid increase in crutches, casts, and general limping after the last two months of near weekly pow resets. Adding up our thousands of collective cartwheels I guess it's really no surprise though. Injuries are to crashing just as crashing is to skiing – an unfortunate but inevitably reality sometimes.
So here's hoping you have enjoyed every inch of fresh and escaped unscathed, but if lady luck left you hanging a while back and you're nursing a nagging injury this article is for you. I'm no MD, nor even a PT, so I won't be covering any rehab specifics, but what I've shared are a few basic but unique health products that can be used as supplementary therapies to what the doctor ordered, or more commonly, as a proactive start to healing an ache that you've unsuccessfully tried to ignore.
With all eyes still on the action in Vancouver let's not forget that in less than a week Squaw Valley will steal back the competitive spotlight for the next month! Three major ski contests roll into Squaw come March including the Freeride World Tour (aka Tram Face), the Unofficial Game of GNAR, and the U.S. Freestyle Nationals.
Freeride World Tour – Nissan Tram Face – Feb 26 – March 5
(Ralph Backstrom launches into his day one run at last year's Tram Face comp)