From pow surfers to twin tips and back again, the history of snowboarding can be seen in the evolution of board designs, some of which have made a comeback after decades of dormancy   [caption id="attachment_11337" align="alignright" width="404"] Chuck Barfoot, 1984, photo by Bud Fawcett, budfawcett.com[/caption] In 1978,...

Orland Bartholomew’s three-month solo ski traverse of the Sierra Nevada was an improbable, groundbreaking feat that was nearly lost to history—today, it still inspires new generations of adventurous Sierra Nevada skiers   [caption id="attachment_11265" align="alignleft" width="234"] Orland Bartholomew[/caption] When Orland Bartholomew pushed off his rake-handle ski poles and...

Those who experienced Tahoe’s 2018-19 winter will not soon forget it.  After a modest start, Old Man Winter socked the Tahoe region with one powdery storm after another in January and February, blanketing the mountains in a thick coat of white and treating skiers and...

Squaw Valley groomers experience adventure and beauty in their nightly mission to create pristine runs   It will be hours before the sun peeks above the shoulders of Marlette Peak, splashing pink color into Emerald Bay and across the freshly frosted peaks of Squaw Valley. Pine martens...

A small but adept crew overcomes difficulties to provide prime skiing surfaces at Tahoe Cross Country   On the evening of April 30, I was in mourning. It appeared as if I had skied my last day of the great winter of 2019 at Tahoe Cross Country...

Raised on Tahoe’s terrain parks, young Cody LaPlante is flying high again after injury, with his sights set on progression   [caption id="attachment_11199" align="alignright" width="600"] Cody LaPlante, photo by Graeme Murray, courtesy Red Bull Content Pool[/caption] The sound of metal edges slicing over hardpack gives way to silence...

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