Outdoor Events

Courtesy Reno River Festival

Wet and wild at River Festival
The 15th annual Reno River Festival on May 12 to 13 at the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno, Nev. The festivities include food, shopping, family-friendly rides and attractions, craft beers, a wine village, free concerts with nationally known artists and a mother/daughter look-alike contest. A unique bike ride, the Reno River Roll, is at the center of it all at Truckee River Whitewater Park. | renoriverfestival.com

Sugar Bowl to invest $8M in snowmaking

Sugar Bowl Resort will be expanding its snowmaking system during the summer for the 2018-19 winter season. The first $3 million of an $8 million snowmaking system upgrade and expansion will be invested to produce more snow to cover trails, race venues and terrain parks faster when temperatures drop, as first reported at TheTahoeWeekly.com. | sugarbowl.com

Comment period opens for Squaw gondola
The U.S. Forest Service and Placer County have opened public comment on the proposed Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Base-to-Base Gondola Project, as first reported at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

Squaw Valley has proposed a base-to-base gondola project, dubbed the California Express, connecting Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski areas including two mid-stations, multiple towers along the alignment, and eight Gazex avalanche mitigation exploders to be installed within the Alpine Meadows Ski Area boundary. | squawalpine.com.

Heavenly to widen ski trails
The Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) has approved improvements to existing skiing and snowboarding terrain at Heavenly Mountain Resort, as first reported at TheTahoeWeekly.com.

The improvements at Heavenly will include selective widening of ski trails, removing trail obstacles and relocation and/or realignment of some portions of existing snowmaking air and water pipelines to improve user experience, maintain user safety, increase energy and water efficiency, and maintain native species. Project work could begin as early as spring/summer 2018.