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Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin
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Mark is an award-winning, nationally published author, historian and professional speaker with seven books and more than 800 articles in print. A prolific writer, Mark has received the Nevada State Press award five times. He is a popular lecturer and experienced field trip leader who has lived at North Lake Tahoe since 1978. He teaches Sierra Nevada history using entertaining stories, slide shows and informative tours. He has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio and has appeared as an expert consultant on CNN, The History Channel and The Weather Channel, as well as many historical documentaries.

Granlibakken | Birthplace of Tahoe Skiing

Granlibakken Tahoe Resort celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2017 making it the oldest by far of all Lake Tahoe ski areas. This secluded mountain...

Tamsen Donner: Her Dream & Legacy

Author’s note: I first met Ann Smith in Reno in 1996 where we were both attending a sesquicentennial celebration of the 1846 pioneer migration...

Miracles at the 1960 Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are on us once again and many fans are eager to watch young athletes give amazing performances on snow and ice....

Alex Cushing: An Unusual Ski Pioneer

When Alexander C. Cushing, president of Squaw Valley Development Corp., came out of nowhere to boldly snatch the 1960 Winter Olympics away from Innsbruck,...

Mickey Daniels | Tahoe’s Big Mack Hunter

Mickey Daniels is a funny guy, but when it comes to catching fish in Lake Tahoe, he’s all business. As skipper of “Big Mack...

1938 | The Biggest Winter of All, Part II

The winter of 1937-38 pummeled the Tahoe Sierra with heavy snow 80 years ago, but just like last season’s record precipitation, the weathermen never...

1938 | The Biggest Winter of All, Part I

The winter of 1938 pummeled the Tahoe Sierra 80 years ago, but just like last season, forecasters and residents never saw it coming. Similar...

Fearless Snowshoe Thompson had no equal

California’s first alpine skier, the legendary, Norwegian-born John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson, is credited with being the first to ski across the Sierra Nevada, a...

Auburn Ski Club | A Leader in Winter Sports, Part II

This winter the Auburn Ski Club, based in Auburn, is celebrating its 90th anniversary. While many may be unfamiliar with the club, its birth...

Auburn Ski Club | A Leader in Winter Sports, Part I

In 2018, Auburn Ski Club (ASC) will proudly celebrate 90 years of nurturing, training and educating skiers — both alpine and Nordic — and...