Tahoe Weekly https://thetahoeweekly.com Lake Tahoe's Complete Events, Entertainment, Recreation, Dining, Art guide Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:42:10 -0800 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://thetahoeweekly.com/files/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/cropped-SiteIcon_Tahoe-2-32x32.png Tahoe Weekly https://thetahoeweekly.com 32 32 Tahoe’s season of celebrations https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/tahoes-season-of-celebrations/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:10:17 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55832 December in Tahoe is not only a time for celebrations for the holiday season, but it’s also a time for celebration of many other important milestones – the 20th anniversary of Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, the 60th Anniversary in February of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the 70th Anniversary of Squaw Valley and the 80th […]

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A winter storm moves in over Lake Tahoe’s East Shore as seen from Hidden Beach. |
Photography by Paul Hamill | PaulHamillPhotography.com, @PaulHamillPhotos

December in Tahoe is not only a time for celebrations for the holiday season, but it’s also a time for celebration of many other important milestones – the 20th anniversary of Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, the 60th Anniversary in February of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the 70th Anniversary of Squaw Valley and the 80th Anniversary of Sugar Bowl. These are all important milestones in our community, the ski industry and the regional economy from a summer-only destination to a year-round destination (and, if I missed any other important dates, I know you’ll send me an email.)

The holiday season celebrations are already in full swing, with a jam-packed few weeks left until Christmas of live music, holiday performances, family-friendly fun, festive activities and lots of visits from St. Nick. As we do to kick off every December, Tahoe Weekly features its Winter Tahoe Music, Events & Festival guide with the season’s best events to enjoy during the holidays and for the next few months with some winter favorites to some fun new events coming to Tahoe.

Just in time for the holidays, Priya Hutner discovered some of the behind-the-scene secrets for making a classic holiday decoration – life-sized gingerbread creations. It’s a favorite local tradition to visit the life-size creations of some of the region’s best chefs, so be sure to check out these amazing holiday displays at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Resort at Squaw Creek and Harveys Lake Tahoe.


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Family adventures at indoor climbing gyms https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/family-adventures-at-indoor-climbing-gyms/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:06:17 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55817 Since moving to the Tahoe Sierra, my husband Luke and I have enjoyed many of the recreational opportunities available in the area. Our interests have mostly centered around snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting and kayaking. But we never made climbing a part of our adventures. Now that we are raising our son Anikin in the […]

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Young climbers build confidence and strength on the auto-belay routes at Blue Granite Gym. | Michelle Allen

Since moving to the Tahoe Sierra, my husband Luke and I have enjoyed many of the recreational opportunities available in the area. Our interests have mostly centered around snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting and kayaking. But we never made climbing a part of our adventures. Now that we are raising our son Anikin in the heart of some of the best climbing terrain in the world, it seems only natural for him to try it out.

We watched Luke bag route after route with what seemed like little effort and amazing speed. Anikin said he looked like Spiderman and I agreed.

Being climbing novices, we needed some help introducing Anikin to the sport. Climbing gyms are a great resource for learning how to climb and there are several in the Tahoe region, including Blue Granite Climbing Gym in South Lake Tahoe. We took Anikin there for his first climbing experience.

We were greeted by Ivan Belardo, a friendly climbing instructor, who set us up with day passes and rental equipment. We were given climbing shoes; Luke and Anikin got harnesses for the auto-belay. Set up above a route, a rope runs from the auto-belay device to where it is tethered to the floor with a locking carabiner. You unhook the carabiner and clip it into your harness. The auto-belay automatically takes in slack as you climb up, and then, when you reach the top, or fall, it gently lowers you to the ground.

Luke helps Anikin get his climbing gear on | Michelle Allen

After a quick and thorough safety talk and equipment demonstration, Belardo took us on a tour of the building explaining all the features as we went. Our first stop was the beginner auto-belay area. The walls are covered with various colored, hand and foot holds, which vary in difficulty. Anikin spent a short amount of time getting acquainted with his equipment and the wall, but his favorite part was the ride back to the bottom on the auto-belay. A short time later, his attention waivered and he wanted to move on to the boulder room.

The boulder room has no ropes but heavy padding on the floor. The features include underhangs and overhangs and lots of angles. Climbers ascend using the hand and foot grips, but to get down the climber must climb or jump down onto the padding. This room is tough and requires a good amount of strength and courage.

It is difficult to find a good starting point even on the easy routes; once you ascend part of the way up, the grip placements get more difficult. As I climbed some of the routes, I felt more comfortable — and more tired. Each time I ascended farther; I knew that at some point I had to figure out how to get down.

The boulder room requires a good amount of strength and courage and is extremely fun. | Michelle Allen

Next, we explored what I think was the coolest feature: The Pit. The first floor of this three-story climbing area was built underground. The walls start at the underground level and extend to the top of the building. There are a variety of route options that range in difficulty and include lots of overhangs, features and cracks.

Luke and Anikin played around for a little while on the easier routes until Anikin was ready to go. Before we left, I suggested that Luke climb on his own. He clipped into his first rope and in less than a minute he was at the top. For 20 minutes we watched him bag route after route with what seemed like little effort and amazing speed. Anikin said he looked like Spiderman and I agreed.

Blue Granite Climbing Gym offers day passes, memberships and classes in climbing, yoga and fitness. There are clubs for children with six-week sessions from Jan. 13 to Feb. 18, from Feb. 24 to April 4 and from April 20 to May 30. | bluegraniteclimbing.com


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Kevin Jamieson | Creating in Tahoe’s Tiniest Art Gallery https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/kevin-jamieson-creating-in-tahoes-tiniest-art-gallery/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:06:01 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55774 Stepping into Mail Bag & More, a mailing and shipping service in South Lake, one would not expect to find Tahoe’s tiniest gallery. The owner of both, the mailing service and the art gallery, is Kevin Jamieson. His quirky characters and creative doodles adorn the walls. There are also gifts for purchase, like you would […]

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Kevin Jamieson in his studio. | Kayla Anderson

Stepping into Mail Bag & More, a mailing and shipping service in South Lake, one would not expect to find Tahoe’s tiniest gallery. The owner of both, the mailing service and the art gallery, is Kevin Jamieson. His quirky characters and creative doodles adorn the walls. There are also gifts for purchase, like you would find in an art studio.

Tahoe Art Walk
Dec. 14 | 4-8 p.m.
South Lake Tahoe galleries
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Originally from Los Angeles, Jamieson has been doodling since he was 10 years old. He moved to England at age 18 to pursue a drumming career. While there, Jamieson studied classic piano theory and music at one college and art at another. His primary goal at the time was to join a rock ‘n’ roll band, but he soon became disillusioned.

“I call [art] my ‘artsycodone.’ It keeps me calm, relaxes me. It’s with me night and day. I sit down with my inks and go at it.”

— Kevin Jamieson

“I realized there were 100 other guys like me 10 feet away. There are a lot of talented musicians there,” he said.

Jamieson came back to the United States and became a roadie. “I hauled equipment for Ozzy [Osbourne] among others. It was a good way to stay with creative people,” he says.

He eventually got into hairdressing and truck driving. Then, 30 years ago after someone crashed into his big rig in the congested city of Los Angeles, he decided to sell his trucking company and move to the Tahoe Sierra with his wife Kym.

Kevin Jamieson art. | Courtesy Kevin Jamieson

“I came up here to be around the beautiful landscape and enjoy different seasons,” he said.

In Tahoe, he continued to drive trucks and help out on rock tours while making new Tahoe friends. One of them was the owner of Mail Bag & More. Jamieson ended up taking over the business when his friend passed away.

Jamieson’s interest in art blossomed again three years ago, when he bought some cardstock and ink on a whim and started doodling again.

“Stuff started happening, I came up with my most beautiful creative work,” he said.

The random characters translated to paper are eccentric and colorful and inspire happiness. His friends encouraged him to frame his work.

Mail Bag & More has great lighting and a stark white motif that’s perfect for displaying art. Jamieson has 50 to 100 prints available to view and purchase whenever the shipping store is open.

“You can buy gifts you won’t find anywhere else here,” he said.

He is right. For me, it is impossible not to smile when sipping out of a Kevin Jamieson “Walkies” coffee mug.

He is indeed a busy guy, running a mailing and shipping business, an art gallery and a notary service. With everything going on, though, he admits that his favorite place in which to create art is at work in Mail Bag & More.

Kevin Jamieson art. | Courtesy Kevin Jamieson

“We’re all into healing, artwork, massage, hairdressing — there’s lots of business going on here. My office is my hangout, my studio. I’m most comfortable here,” he said.

Among his fellow businessowners where he has access to music, munchies and all-around good vibes, the characters he conjures up just fall out of him and onto the paper. He suffered a bad injury a while back and was on pain medication. A friend asked him if the medication sparked his imagination. Jamieson was intrigued so he stopped taking the meds; happily, he found that his unique characters still came to him naturally.

“I call [art] my ‘artsycodone.’ It keeps me calm, relaxes me,” he said. “It’s with me night and day. I sit down with my inks and go at it.”

Mail Bag & More is at 2301 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Suite 14, in South Lake Tahoe. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., weather permitting. Jamieson is involved with Tahoe Art League and participates in the self-guided Tahoe Art Walk with Scott Forrest Fine Art Studio on the second Saturday of every month. | @thejamiesongallery


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The majesty of holiday gingerbread displays https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/the-majesty-of-holiday-gingerbread-displays/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:05:57 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55819 The scent of ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon is unmistakable and nostalgic; the holiday season is here. Gingerbread is one of the desserts that remind me of this time of year. Gingerbread comes in many forms whether it’s a crispy ginger-snap cookie, a soft, moist loaf cake or a colorful holiday gingerbread house that delights […]

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Resort at Squaw Creek features a life-sized Gingerbread Village every year. | Courtesy Resort at Squaw Creek

The scent of ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon is unmistakable and nostalgic; the holiday season is here. Gingerbread is one of the desserts that remind me of this time of year. Gingerbread comes in many forms whether it’s a crispy ginger-snap cookie, a soft, moist loaf cake or a colorful holiday gingerbread house that delights children and adults alike. Gingerbread houses range from simple to outrageously elaborate. A number of gingerbread displays that stand out can be seen at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, Harveys and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev., and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nev.

Executive pastry chef Jeremy Moore at the Hyatt Regency created a unique, life-sized Advent calendar made of gingerbread for this year’s holiday season. The creation is 14 feet long and 10 feet tall complete with lights, ornaments, and Santa eating cookies by the fireplace. On Christmas Day, Mrs. Clause will make a visit. Moore started baking the gingerbread in mid-November.

“I use a lot of ginger, butter and molasses so that the house will smell really good. It is meant to last for a month. Brown sugar and molasses are both natural preservatives.”

— Jeremy Moore

“I use a lot of ginger, butter and molasses so that the house will smell really good. It is meant to last for a month. Brown sugar and molasses are both natural preservatives,” Moore says.

He mixed up 300 pounds of bread flour, 160 pounds of butter, 120 pounds of brown sugar and 15 gallons of molasses. The dough is then refrigerated for a couple of days. Moore and his team run the dough through a sheeter, which is an electric rolling pin.

“Once the dough is rolled out into giant sheets, we bake them,” he says.

He uses 3-inch-by-12-inch molds and bakes 700 pieces of cookie in a walk-in oven that holds 150 cookies at a time.

“I use an egg-white wash to give the sheets a crinkle look,” he says.

The next step is the assembly, which requires building a wooden support frame. The display takes weeks to put together. Instead of glue, Moore uses an egg white and powdered sugar mixture. He uses a thicker combination of these ingredients to pipe in the areas that need extra securing.

A fireplace is in the middle and there are 24 12-inch-by-12-inch doors that open. Behind each door there will be lights and ornaments.

“Every morning at 9 a.m. a person from the Hyatt leadership will open a door and give out prizes and gifts for the people that are there,” says Moore. “We wanted to create something that is nontraditional.

The life-sized display is an extravaganza not to be missed and will on display through the holidays.

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe created a life-sized Advent Calendar for its gingerbread display this year. | Courtesy Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Another spectacular display is at the Resort at Squaw Creek with its annual Gingerbread Village featuring a running train and pictures. Santa will also be in the village. The display is part of the resort’s holiday celebrations Magical Memories with events throughout December.

Both Harveys and Harrah’s create elaborate gingerbread displays that depict scenes from the region. In the lobby of Harveys Lake Tahoe, you can see a gingerbread rendition of Emerald Bay, complete with Vikingsholm, the “M.S. Dixie” and surrounding mountains. In the lobby of Harrahs, the gingerbread display will feature a snowy, alpine village scene. | hyatt.com, destinationhotels.com/squawcreek, caesars.com/harrahs, caesars.com/harveys


 

Make a Gingerbread House at home
From the kitchen of Executive Chef Jeremy Moore

1 lb. brown sugar
1 lb., 4 oz. butter (or shortening)
5 oz. water
½ oz. baking soda
1 quart molasses
1 ¼ oz. ground ginger
2 lbs., 8 oz. bread flour

Cream the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Pour in the water and molasses and mix on a low speed for 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl. Pour in the bread flour, ground ginger and baking soda and mix on low speed for 5 minutes. Place onto a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place dough in the refrigerator for 2 days minimum to allow the dough time to absorb the water and firm up.

Roll dough to 3 millimeters (.12 inches) in thickness. Cut shapes to fit your personal design (search for plans for gingerbread houses online). Brush with egg whites to get a crackled look or egg yolks for a shiny look. Bake dough until hard at 330 degrees. Large pieces will take 30-plus minutes; small pieces may only need 20 minutes.

Allow to cool and store at room temperature for at least one day. After baking, the gingerbread will last for months. Decorate to taste.


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Tahoe Music, Events & Festivals | Winter 2019/2020 https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/tahoe-music-events-festivals-winter-2019-2020/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:04:32 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55837 LIVE MUSIC | ARTS & CULTURE | CULINARY DELIGHTS | THE GREAT OUTDOORS | HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS Add your events to our calendar here LIVE MUSIC Small Ensemble Concert Dec. 20 | Airport Gardens | Reno, Nev. Reno Wind Symphony offers a free concert at the Reno/Tahoe Airport at noon. | renowindsymphony.com Nevada Chamber Music Festival […]

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LIVE MUSIC | ARTS & CULTURE | CULINARY DELIGHTS | THE GREAT OUTDOORS | HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Add your events to our calendar here

LIVE MUSIC

Small Ensemble Concert
Dec. 20 | Airport Gardens | Reno, Nev.
Reno Wind Symphony offers a free concert at the Reno/Tahoe Airport at noon. | renowindsymphony.com

Nevada Chamber Music Festival
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 | Area venues | Reno, Nev.
The 16th annual festival features unique concerts showcasing world-class musicians and the best in classical music, culminating with a New Year’s Day celebration, presented by the Reno Chamber Orchestra. | renochamberorchestra.org

MTV SnowGlobe Music Festival
Dec. 29-31 | SLT Community Playfields & Bijou Park | South Lake Tahoe
This is the only festival in Tahoe that gets everyone outdoors moving and dancing to some of the hottest DJs to hit the lake culminating with fireworks to ring in the New Year. | snowglobemusicfestival.com

The BRRR-Roque Masters
Jan. 4-12 | Area venues
TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will begin the 2020 Season with Baroque chamber music masterpieces from Handel, Bach and Vivaldi, featuring soloists from within the orchestra. | toccatatahoe.org

Celtic Music Series
Jan. 18-May 16, 2020 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City Nov.
The Celtic Music Series presents local, regional and internationally recognized traditional, acoustic Celtic music artists every third Saturday of the month from October through May, except December. | breweryarts.org

Classix Series: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Jan. 18 & 19 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Violinist Esther Yoo joins the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Something for the Dark.” | renophil.com

Reno Chamber Orchestra
Jan. 25 & 26 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
This January concert will be led by music director finalist Nicholas Carthy. After a light-hearted Schumann opening, soprano Hope Briggs joins the RCO for a Beethoven concert aria. | renochamberorchestra.org

Apex Concert: Piano and Winds
Feb. 20 | University Arts Building | Reno, Nev.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform compositions by Mozart, Barber, Ligeti, Francaix and Reicha. | unrmusic.org

Classix Series: Landscapes & Legends of Mexico
Feb. 22 & 23 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Partnering with the acclaimed symphonic photo-choreography company Westwater Arts and Nicholas Bardonnay, the Reno Phil brings you “Magico,” a collaboration of live symphonic music with photography that weaves together a vibrant tapestry of the landscapes and people of Mexico. | renophil.com

Reno Wind Symphony
Feb. 23 | Nightingale Concert hall | Reno, Nev.
Reno Wind Symphony presents “Variations Around the World.” | renowindsymphony.com

University Symphony Orchestra Honors Concert
Feb. 25 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Every year students at the University of Nevada, Reno compete for the honor of playing a solo with the University Symphony Orchestra. This concert is a showcase for the best young musicians that UNR has to offer. | events.unr.edu

Martha Redbon
Feb. 27 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Redbone is a compelling voice in American roots music. “Bone Hill: The Concert” exposes a never-before-told piece of American history in this dramatic musical by Redbone and long-time collaborator Aaron Whitby. | events.unr.edu

ALTUS Music Festival
March 18-21 | South Shore
Enjoy four days of music, snow sports and entertainment during Spring Break.

Steel Betty
March 12 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
This authentic Austin, Texas band proves Austin is still the heart and soul of the American music scene. Their shows honor the original musical pioneers of bluegrass, folk, country and conjunto music. | events.unr.edu

Reno Chamber Orchestra
March 14 & 15 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Maestro Kuo will take listeners on a journey back in time, from a recent classical composition to a traditional Beethoven symphony. | renochamberorchestra.org

Classix Series: Scheherazade
March 21 & 22 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Andrew von Oeyen will bring his artistic flair and piano technique to the Reno Phil for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also features Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work, Scheherazade. | renophil.com

Apex Concerts: Flautissimo
March 26 | University Arts Building | Reno, Nev.
Flutist Demarre McGill, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Hyeyeon Park will perform compositions by Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Nino Roto, Handel-Halvorsen and Kapustin. | unrmusic.org

WinterWonderGrass
March 27-29 | Squaw Valley Ski Resort | Olympic Valley
WinterWonderGrass brings the best of bluegrass, acoustic roots and Americana music, along with California craft beers, wines, spirits and local food in a winter wonderland. | winterwondergrass.com

Reno Chamber Orchestra
April 4 & 5 | Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Dynamic young conductor Conner Gray Covington brings the season to a close with a concert juxtaposing new works with traditional classics. | renochamberorchestra.org

ARTS & CULTURE

“Frozen, Jr.”
Until Dec. 15 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
The enchanting modern classic is based on the 2018 Broadway musical and brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film. | wildhorsetheater.com

“Winter Dreams”
Until Dec. 22 | Sierra Marketplace | Reno, Nev.
The most unusual, breathtaking and hilarious performers come together in “Winter Dreams,” a blend of modern entertainment with Old World artistry. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the skills honed by years of dedication and training. | magictheatercircus.com

“Hearts Like Fists”
Until Dec. 22 | Restless Artists’ Theatre | Sparks, Nev.
This superhero noir comedy is about the dangers of love. The city’s heart beats with fear: Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. Can the Crimefighters stop Doctor X? | rattheatre.org

“The Addams Family”
Dec. 13-15 | Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe | Kings Beach
Great Futures Productions’ presents this musical comedy from the multi-award-winning writers of “Jersey Boys,” with music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa and directed by Rayme Sciaroni. | bgcnlt.org

The Nevada Show
Dec. 13-April 25 | Harveys Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
This show, hosted by The Magic(ish)an Nick Fedoroff, takes you on a wild ride through the many reasons all other states are eNVious. It features an entirely Nevadan cast of classically trained dancers, singers, acrobats and circus freaks. For age 21 and older. | caesars.com

Ignite Cabaresque
Dec. 14-March 2020 | Harrah’s Reno | Reno, Nev.
Hosted by the magician Tyler Wilson, Ignite is a fiery exploration of the things that heat you up — passion, desire, adrenaline — and an explosion of sensations to put a little pink in the cheeks. | caesars.com/harrahs

Kirkwood Deep Riders Awards
Dec. 14 | Kirkwood
Enjoy the latest film edits from Kirkwood skiers and riders in this video competition awards ceremony and showing. | kirkwood.com

“A Year with Frog and Toad”
Dec. 14-15 | Damonte Ranch High School | Reno, Nev.
Two great friends, the cheerful Frog and the grumpy Toad, work and play their way through four fun-filled seasons. | sierraschoolofperformingarts.org

PJ Masks Live! Save the Day
Dec. 20 | Reno Events Center | Reno, Nev.
This live musical production is back with an all-new show features preschoolers’ favorite superheroes and familiar songs. | visitrenotahoe.com

Golden Dragon Acrobats
Dec. 20-Jan. 11 | Harrah’s Lake Tahoe | Stateline, Nev.
The spellbinding artistry and amazing athletics of the world’s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe will thrill you. | caesars.com

“Winterland” showing & dinner
Dec. 27 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Enjoy a showing of Teton Gravity Research’s “Winterland” along with a farm-to-table dinner, whiskey tasting. | squawalpine.com

Reno Latin Dance Fest
Jan. 9-12 | The Row Reno | Reno, Nev.
This Latin dance festival hosts workshops taught by professional instructors, night parties with hours of social dancing, Latin DJs and an evening showcase where couples and teams from all over the nation perform. Enjoy an array of styles such as bachata, salsa, cumbia, hip-hop and the now popular kizomba. | renolatindancefest.com

“What Rhymes with America?”
Jan. 10-26 | Restless Artists’ Theatre | Sparks, Nev.
A father and his teenage daughter stand on either side of a closed door. Life is unraveling for him and it is entirely uncertain for her. So begins this poignant, funny play about estrangement and the partially examined life. | rattheatre.org

“Shrek, The Musical Jr.”
Jan. 17-26 | Community Arts Center | Truckee
An ogre named Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad and rescue princess Fiona. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

Take Five 2020
Jan. 17 & 18 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
Thirty artists have five minutes each to share the unique characteristics of making art in Reno. | bruka.org

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Jan. 16-20 | Nevada City & Grass Valley
The renowned Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film with more than 100 films, workshops, filmmaker and activist talks, family-friendly programs, exhibits, parties and much more. | www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

“The Play That Goes Wrong”
Jan. 24-26 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous — sure to bring down the house. | pioneercenter.com

“Murder on the Orient Express”
Jan. 24-Feb. 9 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev.
With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for the world-famous detective Hercule Poirot. Wax your mustache, hold on to your passport and get ready for a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express. | renolittletheater.org

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Jan. 25 & April 17-18 | Area venues
Wild & Scenic Film Festival goes on tour with showings on Jan. 25 in Reno, April 17 in Truckee and April 18 in Tahoe City. | wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

“Disrupted”
Jan. 31 | Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema | Tahoe City
Realization Films, a Tahoe-based, feature-film production company run by Mark Gogolewski, Jared Drake and Steven Siig, offers this tight-knit thriller that festers in the collateral damage of gentrification and race-related tensions rooted in modern day Oakland. | disruptedmovie.com

Writers in The Woods
Feb. 7-8, 22-23, April 10-11 | Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Nev.
This literary series features poets, writers and essayists, who give readings followed by Q & A from the audience on Friday night. On Saturday morning, they teach a workshop. | sierranevada.edu

“The Children”
Feb. 7-19 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
How do we decide when a stranger’s life is worth more than our own? | bruka.org

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
Feb. 10 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
The Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to Reno with The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Show creator and original host Joel Hodgson and riffing robots Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy will take you through some of the cheesiest films ever made. | pioneercenter.com

Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville
Feb. 14-16 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
This musical comedy features both original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. | pioneercenter.com

Mountainfilm
Feb. 15 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Alpenglow Sports brings MountainFilm to Tahoe at 7 p.m. at part of the annual Mountain Festival. | alpenglowsports.com

“Slow Girl”
Feb. 21-March 8 | Restless Artists’ Theatre | Sparks, Nev.
This is the story of a teenager who flees to her reclusive uncle’s retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident. The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from. | rattheatre.org

Shen Yun
Feb. 28-March 1 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
Everyone loves a great story and Chinese culture has 5,000 years full of them. Each Shen Yun performance includes short dance stories of heroes who battle demons, fly up to the heavens and visit deep-sea palaces. | pioneercenter.com

TEDx UNR
Feb. 29 | Reno Sparks Convention Center
Explore new ways of thinking, learn something new and stoke your curiosity in an environment full of intrigue and optimism featuring 21 speakers including entrepreneurs, journalists, techies, authors, therapists, artists and more. | tedxuniversityofnevada.org

“Noises Off”
March 6-April 4 | Good Luck Macbeth | Reno, Nev.
This play takes a fond look at the follies of theater folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theater troupe’s production in three stages. | goodluckmacbeth.org

Roses are RAD Film Festival
March 13 | Cargo | Reno, Nev.
The Roses are RAD Film Festival is an amateur film festival where Mt. Rose skiers and snowboarders have a chance to show off their editing skills on the big screen. | skirose.com

“The Imaginary Invalid”
March 13-29 | Reno Little Theater | Reno, Nev.
Zany as a Marx Brothers movie, a hypochondriac complains of a million imaginary ills and astronomical medical bills. He concocts a plan to wed his daughter to a doctor in hopes of receiving free medical care, but she has her eye on another. | renolittletheater.org

“Never the Sinner”
March 19-28 | LTCC Duke Theater | South Lake Tahoe
This is a love story set to themes of crime and punishment, the press, the times, humanism, Nietzsche’s philosophy and the end of the jazz age. | blackicetheatreco.com

“The Secret in the Wings”
March 20-April 4 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
This is a fantastical story into a spellbinding netherworld of rarely told fairy tales. | bruka.org

Dancing with the Stars
March 21 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
TV’s biggest dance show is returning to Reno. The show will feature fan-favorite professional and troupe dancers in a new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on the hit ABC show from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop. | grandsierraresort.com

“Steel Magnolias”
March 27-April 5 | Community Arts Center | Truckee
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Louisiana, where all the ladies who are anybody come to have their hair done. Helped by her new assistant, Annelle, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s ladies. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

Bandstand”
March 27-29 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
This inspiring new American musical explodes with infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing. It’s 1945. Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind. | pioneercenter.com

Diamond Cut
April 3 | The Chateau | Incline Village, Nev.
View the winning videos at The Diamond Cut Awards Ceremony and Screening. | diamondpeak.com

“Jersey Boys”
April 8-12 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. | pioneercenter.com

“Deer”
April 10-26 | Restless Artists’ Theatre | Sparks, Nev.
West Side empty-nesters Ken and Cynthia hit a deer while driving to their weekend house in the Poconos. Cynthia tries desperately to nurse the dead animal back to life, as Ken fights for his first weekend alone with his wife in 25 years. | rattheatre.org

CULINARY DELIGHTS

Art of the Mixology
Sundays | Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | Northstar
Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe hosts Art of the Mixology during the winter. This entertaining, educational experience will feature freshly cut herbs, classic ingredients such as bitters and infused liquors to create three unique cocktails paired with appetizers. | RSVP ritzcarlton.com

Carson City Wine Walk
1st Saturday | Downtown Carson City, Nev.
Enjoy the Wine Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. while strolling through downtown sipping and tasting the afternoon away. | downtowncarson.org

Wine Walk at the Carson Mall
2nd Saturday | Carson Mall | Carson City, Nev.
Come sip and shop at the Carson Mall on the second Saturday of the month from 2 to 6 p.m. | visitcarsoncity.com

Wine Walk
3rd Saturday | Riverwalk District | Reno, Nev.
The Wine Walk along the Truckee River is from 2 to 5 p.m. on every third Saturday of the month. | renoriver.org

 Reno Beer Crawl
4th Saturday | The Library Tap House | Reno, Nev.
Attendees can sample domestic, nationally recognized and locally distributed craft beers across 15 different locations. This self-guided event is every fourth Saturday of the month. | renobeercrawl.com

Holiday Mixology
Dec. 13, 20, 27 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Learn how to make three delicious craft cocktails with Six Peaks Grille master mixologist. Participants will use fresh, seasonal ingredients provided. | RSVP (530) 581-6610

Tail & Ale
Dec. 14 | Tahoe Biltmore | Crystal Bay, Nev.
The annual Tail & Ale from 5 to 9 p.m. features North Lake Tahoe’s only indoor, winter, dog-friendly microbrew festival. Tickets include unlimited beer tastings, a commemorative glass and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit Pet Network Humane Society. | northernlightstahoe.com

Moonlight Snowshoe Tour & Dinner
Dec. 14, 17-19, Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 1 & 8 | The Chalet | Alpine Meadows
After the mountain closes and the winter moon rises, experience a snowshoe tour to the mid-mountain Chalet for an intimate seated dinner featuring Bavarian-inspired, multi-course cuisine created by Executive Chef Steve Anderson. | squawalpine.com

Anthony Chophouse Wine Dinners
Dec. 19, Jan. 30, March 26 | Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.
Enjoy wonderful wine and delectable dining in an attractive atmosphere. The dinners offer several courses, paired with the perfect wine from the featured winemaker. | nuggetcasinoresort.com

S’moresapalooza
Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 1 & 15, March 7 & 14 | Northstar California
Enjoy creative, delicious s’mores in the Village at Northstar. | northstarcalifornia.com

Farm to Table Dinner with Olympians
Dec. 26 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Enjoy a cozy, family-friendly dinner in the company of some of the region’s most renowned athletes. Gather beside local legends for an intimate evening of stories, camaraderie and history in the making over a buffet-style dinner. | squawalpine.com

WhiSki Farm to Table Dinner & “Winterland” showing
Dec. 27 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Enjoy a holiday Farm to Table dinner and whiskey tasting, followed by dessert, a showing of Teton Gravity Research’s “Winterland” and Q&A with the athletes. | squawalpine.com

Farm to Table Dinner & movie
Dec. 29-30 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Guests will enjoy a cozy, family-friendly, buffet-style meal beside the grand fireplace following by a showing of “The Lion King.” | squawalpine.com

New Year’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Jan. 1 | Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area | Tahoe City
Kick off 2020 with the annual New Year’s Day Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy pancakes, bacon, coffee and juice then take a ski and snowshoe. Proceeds benefit youth programs. | tahoexc.org

Elevate Your Palate Week
Jan. 10-17 | area venues | South Lake Tahoe
Score dining deals throughout the week at some of the best local eateries that belong to the South Tahoe Restaurant Association. | tahoesouth.com

Brew HaHa
Jan. 25 | Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.
Brew HaHa is a benefit for the Sierra Arts Foundations, featuring a large selection of micro and macro beer tasting plus entertainment from The Garage Boys. | nuggetcasinoresort.com

First Tracks Breakfast
Jan. 25, Feb. 9 & March 1 | Homewood Mountain Resort
Early birds looking for the freshest snow can load Madden Chair from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and take laps on Old Homewood Express before the slopes open to the public. Grab a breakfast burrito at the bottom of Madden Chair and hit the slopes. Free to passholders. | RSVP skihomewood.com

Science of Cocktails
Jan. 31 | Sierra Nevada College | Incline Village, Nev.
Science of Cocktails is a unique evening event where mixology and science meet. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center together with support from community partners, will host the fourth annual event; proceeds directly support the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center and innovative science education programs. | tahoe.ucdavis.edu

Last Tracks Wine & Beer
Feb. 1-April 11 (Saturdays) | Diamond Peak Ski Resort
Intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders can take the last chairlift up to the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge and enjoy wine or beer tastings and appetizers before skiing down a freshly groomed run at sunset. No event Feb. 15. | RSVP diamondpeak.com

Devil Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl
Feb. 8 | C Street | Virginia City, Nev.
Stroll through Virginia City’s historic saloons and sip on signature, themed drinks with your colored cup, which tells others if you’re single, taken or open for suggestions. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Ability Bash
Feb. 8 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Get your tickets to the 26th Annual Achieve Tahoe Gala feature amazing food and wine selections to benefit Achieve Tahoe. | achievetahoe.org

Reno Onesie Crawl
Feb. 8 | Downtown Reno, Nev.
With more than 70 bars, restaurants and nightclubs within walking distance, downtown Reno has established itself as the undisputed bar crawl capital. Each event is themed. Party until the sun comes up. | crawlreno.com

200-Foot Banana Split Extravaganza
March 14 | Tahoe Donner Downhill
Help devour an incredible 200-foot banana split at 1:30 p.m. for free. | tahoedonner.com

Mountain Family Dinners
March 16 | The Lodge at Big Springs | Northstar
All aboard the gondola for this unique dining experience. Ride up to The Lodge at Big Springs where hot wine and hot cocoa await, followed by a family-style interactive dinner. Finish the evening with s’mores around the fire pits. | northstarcalifornia.com

Beer & Gear
March 21 & 22 | Homewood Mountain Resort
Guests can sample new suds and find a new favorite board or skis, including a sneak peak of 2020-21 gear. Don’t miss the action at the 4th annual “Homewood King of the Hill Race” on The Face on March 21. | skihomewood.com

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Holiday Snowshoe Tours
Dec. 12-28 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Enjoy a guided snowshoe tour of Squaw Valley against the beautiful backdrop of Tahoe’s alpenglow, while learning about the history of how the Olympic Valley came to be. Offered are sunset tours, full-moon tours, Christmas Day tours and private tours | destinationhotels.com/squawcreek

PSIA Western Nordic Symposium
Dec. 13-15 | Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area | Tahoe City
Professional Ski Instructors of America Nordic Symposium for cross-country ski instructors offers a variety of skiing and teaching-oriented topics designed as a Level I exam prep clinic. | tahoexc.org

AIARE Avalanche Training
Dec. 13-15, Jan. 18-20, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 15-17 | North American Ski Training Center | Truckee
The curriculum is an intensive seminar designed to give an understanding of avalanche formation, observation skills, the ability to use an avalanche transceiver and probe and how to dig a snow study pit. | gotahoenorth.com

Alpenglow Tailgate Talks
Dec. 14 | Alpenglow Sports | Tahoe City
Alpenglow Sports’ Tailgate Talk series of Fall 2019 is the largest Tailgate Talk lineup to date for the mountain shop. Famed athletes, conservationists, photographers and others will give free talks at 7 p.m. Beverages are available for purchase; all proceeds go to a nonprofit beneficiary. | alpenglowsports.com

Feel Good Fridays
Dec. 13, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 13, April 10 | Boreal |Mountain | Soda Springs
Ski or ride for a $25 lift ticket at Boreal Mountain; the price includes a $5 donation to High Fives Foundation. | Boreal on Facebook

Heavenly/Kirkwood Holiday Rail Jam
Dec. 14, 21, 28 | Heavenly & Kirkwood
The rail jam will feature both professional and amateur riders, as well as kids. Experience all the fun for the whole family from 4 to 6 p.m. | skiheavenly.com

S A.F.E. A.S. Clinic
Dec. 14-15 | Squaw Valley Ski Resort | Olympic Valley
Women, ages 14 and older, interested in snow and avalanche safety in and out of bounds can attend a S.A.F.E. A.S. Clinic. The Intro to Avalanche and FUNraiser Day offers classroom and on-snow training, morning yoga, lunch, après party and raffle. | squawalpine.com

Christmas Bird Count
Dec. 15 | South Lake Tahoe
Join Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for its annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science projects in the world dating back to 1900. TINS has coordinated the South Lake Tahoe count since 2004. | tinsweb.org

Silver Belt Series
Dec. 21, March 2 & April 9 | Sugar Bowl
A Sugar Bowl signature, the Silver Belt Series, returns with three events: D-Money’s on Dec. 21, the Banked Slalom TBA and Quad Crusher TBA. | sugarbowl.com

Snowshoe Star Tours
Dec. 23, Jan. 20, Feb. 24 | area venues
Tahoe Adventure Company and Tony Berendsen present telescopic tours of the night sky. It starts with guided sunset snowshoeing, followed by a brilliant tour of the night sky. For ages 8 and older. | tahoeadventurecompany.com

Friday Fun Nights
Dec. 27-April 4 | Village at Northstar
Join the fun in the heart of the Village as the disco lights surround the ice-skating rink every Friday night with drink specials, complimentary face painting and live music. | northstarcalifornia.com

Snowshoe Stargazing Tours
Dec. 28-Feb. 29 | Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center | Northstar
In this easy to moderate snowshoe walk, tours are led by Tahoe Star Tours Tony Berendsen; each tour features a science-based talk about the cosmos, followed by the opportunity to view constellations through high-powered, professional telescopes. | northstarcalifornia.com

Disco Tubing
Dec. 28-March 7 | SnoVentures Activity Zone | Olympic Valley
On Saturdays, families can spin, slide and speed down the snow tubing lanes to vibrant DJ tunes as the night is illuminated with colorful lights and lasers splashed on the mountainside from 5 to 8 p.m. | squawalpine.com

Ski with a Ranger
January-March | Heavenly
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management invites participates to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly. Tours begin at the top of the gondola every Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. starting in January. | skiheavenly.com

Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series
Jan. 2 & 23, Feb. 20 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Back for its 14th year, the Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series will be showcasing its best lineup to date. Locals and athletes share stories of their incredible adventures in the mountains. | alpenglowsports.com

Lake Tahoe Backcountry Demo Days
Jan. 4-5 | Alpine Meadows Ski Resort | Alpine Meadows
Alpenglow Sports offers this annual backcountry demo event to perpetuate the enthusiasm for all aspects of in-area and back-country skiing. Join guides, forecasters, AIARE instructors and gear experts for a resort-based showcase of all things back country, including demos, avalanche education, guided tours and a raffle. | squawalpine.com

Avalanche Rescue Tips & Tools
Jan. 8 | Craft Wine & Beer | Reno, Nev.
Learn the ins and outs of avalanche rescue. The night will begin with a discussion on the essential avalanche safety tools and how beacons work, best practices when using a shovel and probe and the role of an airbag. Raffle benefits Tahoe Backcountry Alliance. | Tahoe Mountain Sports on Facebook

Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
Jan. 10-April 7 | Area venues
Tahoe Adventure Company offers full moon snowshoe treks monthly during the winter. Enjoy instruction, natural history and hot drinks and snacks. No experience is needed. | RSVP tahoeadventurecompany.com

Reno Rumble
Jan. 10-11 | Reno Event Center
Professional Bull Riders: Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour brings the excitement and top levels of cowboy and bovine talent that fans have come to expect from the sport’s leader. | pbr.com

Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count
Jan. 10 | Area venues
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will be coordinating the 39th annual mid-winter Bald Eagle count and volunteers are invited to participate. There are 26 stations located around the Tahoe Basin. | tinsweb.org

Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes
Jan. 10, Feb. 7 & March 6 | Diamond Peak
Join a Community Snowshoe Hike to Diamond Peak’s Snowflake Lodge for ages 10 and older. Enjoy s’mores and hot cocoa at the top. | diamondpeak.com

STOKE Mountain Tours
Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 7 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Join a free, guided interpretive tour of the mountain while learning about natural and local history. Must be an intermediate skier and have a lift ticket. | diamondpeak.com

Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
Jan. 11, Feb. 8 & March 7 | Sugar Pine Point State Park | Tahoma
Enjoy a guided full moon snowshoe tour through the park and along Lake Tahoe’s shore to learn about local and natural history from 6:30 to 9 p.m. | sierrastateparks.org/events

The Sheep Show
Jan. 16-18 | Reno Sparks Convention Center | Reno, Nev.
The Wild Sheep Foundation’s premier outdoor and mountain-hunting expo includes an exhibit hall filled with more than 400 North American guides and outfitters and top-of-the-line retailers of gear, art, taxidermy and outdoor items. | wildsheepfoundation.org

National Winter Trails Day
Jan. 25 | Echo Lake
This National Winter Trails Day, The Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Sugar Pine Foundation will be co-hosting a snowshoe trek to Echo Lake from the Echo Lake Sno-Park. | tahoerimtrail.org

Burton Qualifier
Feb. 1 | Boreal Mountain | Soda Springs
The Burton Qualifier is the premiere amateur snowboard contest series offering local riders of all ability levels and ages the chance to come together for a fun day of riding, cash prizes and the opportunity to go to the finals at Boreal for the third year. | events.burton.com

Mountain Festival Winter
Feb. 15-23 | Area venues
Alpenglow Sports presents this nine-day festival, a celebration of human-powered mountain sports with events, clinics, equipment demonstrations and films. Geared toward beginner and intermediate winter-recreation enthusiasts, the festival will showcase Nordic skiing, back-country skiing, splitboarding and snowshoeing and natural history of the region. | alpenglowsports.com

McKinney Cup
Feb. 22 | Mt. Rose
The McKinney Cup, a USSF Far West Masters event, pits some the fastest skiers in the sport against each other in Giant Slalom, sponsored by Tamara McKinney in memory of members of her family, Steve, McLane and Frances McKinney. | skirose.com

Banked Slalom
Feb. 23-24 | Kirkwood
Back for its 25th year, The Kirkwood Banked Slalom is a local favorite where top local skiers and riders battle it out over two days. Day 1 is the kid’s competition and Day 2 is for adults. Watch or participate in this intense race through Snowsnake Gully, and catch the awards ceremonies, including one for the best parent and child duo. | kirkwood.com

Pain McShlonkey
March TBA | Squaw Valley Ski Resort | Olympic Valley
Dress up in outrageous ski duds and come out for a day full of belly laughs, camaraderie and philanthropy in celebration of legendary skier Shane McConkey. Festivities include the Extreme Small Mountain Invitational and a downhill race, where pros and amateurs battle it out on snowblades for the Golden Saucer trophy. | shanemcconkey.org

The Great Ski Race
March 1 | Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area | Tahoe City
The 42nd annual Great Ski Race challenges cross-country skiers to race from Tahoe City to Truckee. The event raises funds for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. This is one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. | thegreatskirace.com

Community Cup
March 7 | Homewood Mountain Resort
This event is open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Participants will be required to register in teams, with races starting at the mid-mountain Big Blue View Bar. | skihomewood.com

Spring Loaded
March 9-April 5 | South Lake Tahoe venues
Celebrate sun, snow and good times during Spring Break with events from rail jams and fun runs, to cruises on Lake Tahoe and snowmobile tours, to beer tastings and late-night events. | springloaded.tahoesouth.com

Banked Slalom
March 21 | Boreal Mountain | Soda Springs
The seventh annual Boreal Banked Slalom is a costume race benefiting the High Fives Foundation and includes live music and a legendary après party. | rideboreal.com

Subaru Winterfest
March 13-15 | Sierra-at-Tahoe | Twin Bridges
Enjoy live music by emerging artists, along with s’mores and craft coffee, daily giveaways and test the latest gear. | sierraattahoe.com

Clover Cup
March 14 | Woodward Tahoe | Soda Springs
Woodward Tahoe is hosting a fun-filled day of action sports competitions — skate, scooter and BMX — to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with lots of clovers, high fives, smiles and green clothes. | rideboreal.com

Gold Rush Festival
March 14-215 | Royal Gorge Cross Country | Soda Springs
This cross-country festival at Royal’s Gorge’s Summit Station hosts a number of races both classic and freestyle in a number of distances. There are also kids’ races and obstacle races. | royalgorge.com

US Freestyle Moguls Championship
March 19-22 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
This event brings the nation’s top freestyle mogul skiers together for intense competition in moguls and dual moguls. National team members and divisional athletes will face off on the renowned Red Dog ski run. | squawalpine.com

Subaru WinterFest
March 20 | Boreal Mountain | Soda Springs
Demo the latest equipment from Nordica and LibTech, grab great giveaways and hot chocolate, support Adaptive Sports Chapter, participate in the Subaru scavenger hunt or take a photo in the giant Subaru Adirondack chair. | rideboreal.com

Pink Heavenly
March 21 | Heavenly Mountain | South Lake Tahoe
A family-friendly deck party, all-day music, costume contest and prizes will bring thousands of fun-loving, pink-clad participants together at the California Base Lodge. All proceeds benefit Barton Health cancer support services. | pinkheavenly.com

PinkFest Tahoe
March 21 | Mt. Rose Ski Area
Mt. Rose hosts its annual PinkFest Tahoe fundraiser featuring women’s specialized clinics, ski and snowboard clinics and a Deck Party at Winters Creek Lodge. | RSVP pinkfesttahoe.com

IFSA Freeride World Tour Qualifier
March 26-29 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Tahoe Freeride teams up with the McConkey Foundation to create the McConkey Cup. The IFSA FWQ will be run in Shane’s honor the same weekend as the McConkey Foundation Gala and the PMS Downhill. | freeskiers.org

Pride Ride
March 28 | Homewood Mountain Resort
The second annual Pride Ride will return, featuring a fun weekend of festivities on and off the mountain including live DJ and dance parties, slalom drag race, Rainbow Ridge Pride Parade and more. | skihomewood.com

Gunbarrel 25
March 28 | Heavenly
GB25 in its 17th year is bigger and better than ever. With awards from leading industry manufactures from the fastest 25 laps to the Iron Man/Women award. | skiheavenly.com

Spring It On
March 28 | Northstar California
Enjoy the celebration at Northstar with retro costumes, upbeat music, Family Fun Night, the annual Pond Skim and more. | northstarcalifornia.com

Luggi Foeger Uphill/Downhill Festival
March 28 & 29 | Diamond Peak
The weekend features an uphill face to the top of the mountain followed by a race back down to the finish line, along with a recreational course, ski boot races, live music, fun relays and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged. | diamondpeak.com

Tom Sims Retro World Championships
March 28 & 29 | Soda Springs
Enjoy three days of crazy fun and rubbing elbows with legends and heroes of snowboarding’s history from The Great Race and The Beach Party Hand-Shaped Old-School Pipe Session. | Tom Sims Retro on Facebook

NASTAR National Championships
March 31 | Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
NASTAR participants qualify for the championships by earning a Top 10 national ranking or a Top 5 state ranking within their age, gender and ability group. It will be an exciting week of activities with free concerts, autograph signings by NASTAR Pacesetters, a raffle, awards receptions, a Family Team Race, a Team Race for Friends, a Resort Team competition, a slalom competition and a final Race of Champions to determine overall winners. | squawalpine.com

Beyond the Boundaries Camp
April 3-5 | Boreal Mountain | Soda Springs
Beyond the Boundaries provides a women’s snowboard camp that is freestyle focused with pro-rider coaches and staff. Private parks, morning yoga, goodie bags and celebratory aprés create this weekend snowboarding experience. | rideboreal.com

Spring Fling Rail Jam
April 4 | Heavenly Mountain Resort | South Lake Tahoe
Come compete or watch the fun at the base of World Cup for the annual Heavenly Spring Fling Rail Jam. | skiheavenly.com

Boarding for Breast Cancer
April 4 | Sierra-at-Tahoe | Twin Bridges
Boarding for Breast Cancer partners with Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort for breast cancer awareness, prevention and fundraising during the Boarding for Breast Cancer event. | sierraattahoe.com

Heavenly Pond Skim
April 11 | Heavenly Mountain Resort | South Lake Tahoe
Come celebrate Spring and see if you can make it across the pond or cheer on others as they skim or sink at Heavenly’s Pond Skim. | skiheavenly.com

Billy Dutton Uphill
April 12 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Participants start at the base of KT-22 and go up the Mountain Run to High Camp. Ski it, skin it, run it, snowshoe or hike, whatever works. The Billy Dutton Uphill is a unique race with a tough 2,000 feet of climbing over the 3.2-mile course. | squawalpine.com

FRIVOLITY & Festivities

Retro Après Ski Party
Dec. 28 | Alpine Bar | Alpine Meadows
Pay tribute to the good ol’ times and get ready to say goodbye to 2019. Grab your best retro après ski gear and meet Jonny Moseley, host of an unforgettable throwback party. There’ll be a live DJ mixing classic beats from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. | squawalpine.com

White Out Soirée
Dec. 28 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
This dazzling evening is filled with delicious food, dancing and merrymaking to celebrate the holiday season and support Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation. Guests will enjoy an outstanding silent auction and rockin’ music. | squawalpine.com

Winter Fireworks
Jan. 4-Feb. 22 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Enjoy a winter fireworks celebration every Saturday at 7 p.m. at KT Deck. | squawalpine.com

Snowshoe Cocktail Races
Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 21, April 18 | Camp Richardson | South Lake Tahoe
Think you have what it takes to run with a full cocktail tray in hand through obstacles up and down the beach while wearing snowshoes? We have great prizes for the fastest (and cleanest) at the obstacle course finish line. | camprichardson.com

UllrFest
Jan. 24-25 | Diamond Peak Ski Resort | Incline Village, Nev.
The 10th annual UllrFest is a benefit weekend to raise funds for the Diamond Peak Ski Team. It kicks off Friday night with a torchlight parade, bonfire, party and live music. There are also a gala and auction at The Chateau. Dress in Ullr attire; the event is named for the Scandinavian god of winter and snow. | diamondpeak.com

Winterpalooza
Jan. 26 | Snowplay Area | Tahoe Donner
Winterpalooza may be the most exciting day of the year at Snowplay, with tube racing, snowman building, relay races, a snowstrider course and much more. | tahoedonner.com

Glowstick Parade & Carnival
Feb. 22 | Tahoe Donner Downhill
A light parade and carnival for kids. Children 10 or younger who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Snowbird run will be given glowsticks. | tahoedonner.com

SnowFest!
Feb. 28-March 8 | Area venues
Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe has come alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights of events and activities for all ages. On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe’s resorts and lakeside neighborhoods, enjoy on-snow events, special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater and more. | tahoesnowfest.org

Leap of Love
Feb. 29 | Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
Leap of Love is for couples ready to get married or those wanting to renew their vows on the High Camp Upper Deck with a light reception to follow in the Terrace Room that offers panoramic views of the Sierras and Lake Tahoe. | squawalpine.com

Cocktail Bingo
March 7 | Historic Downtown Truckee
Truckee Downtown Merchant Association offers a bi-annual tradition of fun, laughter and play with eight games of bingo. There will be a no-host bar and small assortment of snacks. | historictruckee.com

Monster Jam
March 20-22 | Reno Livestock Events Center
Watch some of the best tricks and stunts from Monster Trucks, ATVs and Speedsters with fun for the entire family. | monsterjam.com

Dummy Downhill
March 22 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Join the fun at the 19th annual Dummy Downhill. Participants build a dummy on skis (or a snowboard) that gets launched off a jump on Show-Off while spectators cheer them on from the Base Lodge Deck. This wacky event is fun for the whole family. | diamondpeak.com

Downhill Dummy Contest
April 12 | Tahoe Donner Downhill
Join Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort for the annual end of season bash. Enjoy food and beverage specials, a bounce house, live music and the traditional Downhill Dummy event, in which teams build unique dummies to send sliding down the hill and off a massive jump. | tahoedonner.com

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Candy Cane Express
Until Dec. 15 | V&T Depot | Virginia City, Nev.
Begin the holiday season aboard vintage, heated coaches traveling along the historic Virginia & Truckee route to Gold Hill. Savor hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies during this magical trip. | virginiatruckee.com

Noel Nights
Until Dec. 20 | Village at Northstar | Northstar
Kick off the holiday season with Noel Nights every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be carolers, sleigh rides, face painting, holiday crafts and pictures with Santa. | northstarcalifornia.com

 “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”
Until Dec. 21 | Good Luck Macbeth | Reno, Nev.
The premise of the parody is the question: What if Dickens’ Mrs. Cratchit wasn’t so goody-goody, but instead was an angry, stressed-out, modern-day, American woman who wanted out of this harsh London 1840s life? The main character is the hard-drinking, suicidal Gladys Cratchit. | goodluckmacbeth.org

“Son of a … Buttcracker 9”
Until Dec. 21 | Brüka Theatre | Reno, Nev.
In this ridiculous parody of “The Nutcracker,” an outlandish underbelly of Mary Shelly-isms, neologisms and Brüka-isms abound. | bruka.org

WinterFest Reno
Until Dec. 24 | Greater Nevada Field | Reno, Nev.
Adults and children can ride the Holiday Express Train, a custom narrated journey around the inside of the stadium, taking you on a mission from Reno to the North Pole to deliver Santa’s Naughty and Nice list, take pictures with Santa and enjoy ice skating. | WinterFest Reno on Facebook

The Polar Express
Until Dec. 24 | Eastgate Depot | Carson City, Nev.
The one-hour-long train rides are great family fun. Kids can even wear pajamas. The popular holiday movie is brought to life with characters, including Santa. A souvenir silver sleigh bell is offered as remembrance of a journey to the North Pole. | vtrailway.com

Silent Nights
Until Dec. 26 | Village at Northstar
Enjoy ice skating and s’more roasting while watching Holiday classics from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. | northstarcalifornia.com

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland
Until Dec. 29 | Eldorado Resort Casino | Reno, Nev.
Santa’s Christmas Wonderland features glittering costumes, sensational sets, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus dancers this side of the North Pole. | eldoradoreno.com

Candy Cane Lane
Until Dec. 31 | Carson Valley Inn | Carson Valley, Nev.
Drive down Candy Cane Lane to see thousands of Christmas lights and a variety of scenes depicting traditional characters and images. Accompanying music can be heard by tuning the car radio to 89.9 FM. | carsonvalleyinn.com

Christmas on the Comstock
Until Dec. 31 | Area venues | Virginia City, Nev.
Celebrate Christmas as they did in the 19th Century in this month-long celebration. Historic Virginia City hosts a Sierra Concert with the Comstock Cowboys at Piper’s Opera House, the Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl, Parade of Lights, photos with Santa and V&T Candy Cane Express. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Magical Memories
Until Dec. 31 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Experience the magic of the holiday season at this annual resort-wide celebration. Holiday festivities include Gingerbread Village and holiday music, movie nights, family events and more. | destinationhotels.com/squawcreek

Northern Lights Tahoe
Until Dec. 31 | Area venues
This annual, popular, month-long festival will highlight local communities. Celebrate the season with a Santa Pub Crawl, holiday parties, ski films, music and more in Crystal Bay and Incline Village, Nev. | northernlightstahoe.com

Heavenly Holidays
Until Dec. 31 | Heavenly Village | South Lake Tahoe
Heavenly Holidays Family Festival offers a search for Santa and his elves on the slopes, ice sculptures, breakfasts with Santa, ice-skating performances starring Disney characters, a Ferris Wheel, virtual reality, ski simulator, magic shows, symphony orchestra and a Heavenly Rail Jam. Adult highlights include holiday-themed après-ski parties with a DJ inside Santa’s 16-foot interactive snow globe. | skiheavenly.com

39 North Pole Village
Dec. 12-14 | 39 North Victorian Ave. | Sparks, Nev.
Downtown Sparks becomes a sparkling winter wonderland as the Nugget Casino Resort and 39 North Downtown team up to host 39 North Pole Village. Stroll through the holiday lights and enjoy visits with Santa and more. | 39northdowntown.com

Tree Lighting & Holiday Toy Drive
Dec. 13 | West Shore Café | Homewood
West Shore Cafe hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Dinner event with live music, Christmas caroling from the Tahoe Truckee School of Music and the inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the end of the pier. Bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots. | westshorecafe.com

Jubilate! Holiday Concert
Dec. 13 & 15 | Assumption Catholic Church | Truckee
Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, Tahoe Truckee Youth Chorus and Truckee Christmastime Strings present holiday music and traditional carols to celebrate the season, including the annual audience sing-along. | truckeechorus.org

How Hip-Hop Stole Christmas Ugly Sweater Party
Dec. 13 | MontBleu Resort Casino | Stateline, Nev.
Blu Nightclub is the scene of this holiday party featuring Del the Funky Homosapien and Chali 2na with special guest DJ Vangloryus. | montbleuresort.com

A Comstock Christmas Carol
Dec. 13-15 | Piper’s Opera House | Virginia City, Nev.
This production borrows from the classic story by Charles Dickens with historical Comstock characters set in 1860s Virginia City. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Festive Fridays
Dec. 13, 20 | Downtown Truckee
Celebrate with free parking from 4 to 6 p.m., Victorian scavenger hunts, historical tours and holiday sip & shop. | historictruckee.com

“The Nutcracker”
Dec. 13-15 | Pioneer Center | Reno, Nev.
A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents the annual ballet. Artistic director Alexander Van Alstyne has choreographed an exciting rendition of the popular holiday ballet and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s moving score. | pioneercenter.com

Santa Train
Dec. 13-14, 20-21 | Western Pacific Railroad Museum | Portola
The Santa Train rolls into the Western Pacific Railroad Museum featuring visits with Santa, exhibits, cookies and hot drinks and more. Museum open from 4 to 9 p.m.; trains departs at 5. | santa.wplives.org

“Home for the Holidays”
Dec. 13 & 14 | Cargo Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
Reno Jazz Orchestra has been dazzling audiences with grand sound and soul since 1997. They embellish great music with grand Christmas tradition in the spirit of the jazz big-band stage performance. | renojazzorchestra.org

Holiday Music with Sierra Strings of Tahoe
Dec. 14 | South Lake Tahoe Library | South Lake Tahoe
The Friends of the Library present Sierra Strings of Tahoe to usher in winter and the holiday season. Meet with local authors first and then enjoy this magical performance. Free and open to all. | engagedpatrons.org

Holiday Open House
Dec. 14 | Tahoe Maritime Museum | Tahoe City
While Mrs. Claus reads a story, guests can take photos with Santa and make an ornament from 3 to 5 p.m. There will also be wine, beer and light appetizers from 4 to 6 p.m. | RSVP (530) 583-9283, ext. 105

Santa’s Workshop and Maker Market
Dec. 14 | Truckee Roundhouse | Truckee
Santa will be visiting from the North Pole workshop to work with his maker elves. Visit with Santa, shop for local art and gifts from the makers and visit the textile elves to make a custom elf hat. | truckeeroundhouse.org

Home Ranch for the Holidays
Dec. 14-15 | Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park | Minden, Nev.
Home Ranch for the Holidays is a celebration of the season that includes a vintage toy exhibit, music and treats. A doll house, dolls, handmade clothing and accessories are features of the exhibit. Construction toys, cooking toys, games and cards will also be shown. | visitcarsonvalley.org

Carson Valley Winter Concert
Dec. 14 | CVIC Hall | Minden, Nev.
Carson Valley Pops Orchestra will delight young and old with a lineup of musical selections. The concert starts at 7 p.m. | cvpops.org

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 14 | Town Hall | Genoa, Nev.
Santa will be visiting throughout the morning for three seatings starting at 8:30 a.m. | genoanevada.org

Santa Fly-In
Dec. 14 | Truckee Tahoe Airport | Truckee
Kids can watch Santa fly in on a special plane at 10 a.m., and then visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be hot chocolate, holiday treats and holiday photo ops. | chamber.truckee.com

Brunch with Santa Claus
Dec. 14 | The Chateau | Incline Village, Nev.
This family event features many fun activities including a delicious brunch, magic show, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Reservations. | yourtahoeplace.com

Reno Winter Light Festival
Dec. 14 | Reno City Plaza
There will be an ice-carving contest; watch ice carvers create sculptures from a block of ice and vote for your favorite artist. There will be a performance by Fire Dancers and food trucks and beer garden. | reno.gov/community

Santa Pub Crawl
Dec. 14 | Incline Village/Crystal Bay, Nev.
Celebrate the season with a pub crawls at North Shore venues as part of Northern Lights Celebration. The crawl is from 8 to 11 p.m. with stops in Incline Village and Crystal Bay. There is a complimentary shuttle for participants. | northernlightstahoe.com

Grinch Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl
Dec. 14 | Downtown Virginia City, Nev.
Have some spirited fun in Virginia City saloons featuring specialty holiday drinks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | visitvirginiacitynv.com

Tahoe Flow Arts Holiday Bazaar
Dec. 14 | Tahoe Flow Arts Studio | Tahoe Vista
Tahoe Flow Arts Studio presents a high-caliber mixed-media performance of acrobatics, aerialists and dance followed by a bazaar from 5 to 10 p.m. | tahoeflowartsstudio.com

Reno Santa Pub Crawl
Dec. 14 | Reno Arch | Reno, Nev.
Get your jollies on and run those cookies off. Dress up like Santa and run around Reno with 20,000 others dressed in their best Santa costumes. Be under the Reno Arch at 10 p.m. | renosantacrawl.com

Homestead Holidays
Dec. 14-15 | Silver Saddle Ranch | Carson City, Nev.
More than 8,000 feet of lights make Silver Saddle Ranch look magical. Visitors can enjoy live music, Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, chili from Hillbilly Chili and Kiwanis, fire pits, hot cocoa, apple cider, and more. | visitcarsoncity.com

“Messiah”
Dec. 14, 15, 21 & 22 | Area venues
TOCCATA presents its annual grand performance of Handel’s classic with Maestro James Rawie. | toccatatahoe.com

Merry Days & Holly Nights
Dec. 14-31 | Village at Squaw | Olympic Valley
The holidays at Squaw Valley begin with a welcoming reception for Santa, who will stay around until his big night on Dec. 25, followed by an opening ceremony and glow stick parade to the Merry Wonderland and Ice Garden. Enjoy musical, dance and dramatic performances, enter contests, take sleigh rides and ski with Santa. | squawalpine.com

Christmas in the Sierra
Dec. 14 | Douglas County Community & Senior Center | Gardnerville, Nev.
This event features David John and the Comstock Cowboys at 7 p.m. | (775) 782-5500

Holiday in History
Dec. 14 | Lake Tahoe Historical Society | South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Historical Society is planning a festive day of free family fun as the museum is transformed into a Victorian Christmas scene. Tour the museum and 1930’s log cabin. Santa arrives by sleigh and there will be free sleigh rides for all. | laketahoemuseum.org

“The Twisted Nutcracker & The Tale of the Rat King”
Dec. 14 & 15, 20-22 | Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
Truckee Dance Company is celebrating the season with a twist on the timeless tradition of “The Nutcracker.” A spectacular choreography of upbeat and passionate performances will thrill and amaze audiences in the lavishly decorated Merry Wonderland. | truckeedancefactory.com

Santa Ski Day
Dec. 14 | Mt. Rose
Get into the holiday spirit and experience the Santa Ski Day, where every ski and rider is dressed as Kris Kringle, elves, candy canes, shiny presents, Mrs. Claus and more. | skirose.com

Reno Wind Symphony Holiday Celebration
Dec. 14-15 | UNR Nightingale Concert Hall | Reno, Nev.
One of the highlights of this concert is the recitation of the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by KOH Radio personality Ross Mitchell, accompanied by the Reno Wind Symphony. | renowindsymphony.com

Santa Train
Dec. 14-15, 21-22 | Wabuska Depot | Carson City, Nev.
Nevada State Railroad Museum celebrates the 34th year of Santa Train. Ride in rail cars pulled behind the historic V& T Railroad No. 25 steam locomotive. Santa hands out candy canes to all the riders and listens to children’s Christmas wishes. | nvculture.org

Snowball Festival
Dec. 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 | Soda Springs ski area
Soda Springs’ Plant Kids will transform in to the North Pole from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a holiday bounce house, a giant oversized snow globe and Santa himself. Holiday music will fill the air as guests make their way through the candy cane forest or take in the thrill of holiday-themed tubing. Holiday cheer continues with joyful snow play, merry face-painters, cheerful balloon artists, delicious festive foods and a craft hot cocoa bar. | skisodasprings.com

Holiday Treat
Dec. 15 | Carson City Community Center | Carson City, Nev.
Carson City Symphony presents its 35th annual Holiday Treat, a feast of seasonal and holiday entertainment including the Carson City Symphony Chorus and the Victorian Dancers. | ccsymphony.com

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 16 & 17, 23 & 24 | Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Tell Santa Claus all of your favorite toy wishes as you enjoy a breakfast buffet in Cascades from 8 to 10 a.m. | squawcreek.com

Whitehats Christmas
Dec. 18 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
This special evening of acoustic splendor and harmonic bliss features The Whitehats: harmonies atop acoustic stylings with bassist Kyle Rothchild and percussionist Frank “Fletch” Fletcher. | Brewery Arts Center on Facebook

Joyful Noise
Dec. 19 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
The 18th annual Joyful Noise community show featuring Cherie and John Shipley with special guest artist Tom Miller, Lanny Hansen and the fabulous eight-piece Joyful Noise chorus. | breweryarts.org

“The Christmas Express”
Dec. 19-21 | Community Arts Center | Truckee
Apropos to this celebratory year of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, this play, presented by Truckee Community Theater, is set in a train depot in the festively named town of Holly. | truckeecommunitytheater.com

Holiday Dreams
Dec. 19-Jan. 1 | Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Holiday Dreams is a unique holiday-themed show with a fresh approach, taking the time-honored elements of the holidays — music, decorations and spirit of Christmas — and mixing them with computer animation and projection mapping, for a modern, up-to-date spin on the classic holiday show. | grandsierraresort.com

Cruise with Santa
Dec. 21 | M.S. Dixie | Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Zephyr Cove Resort Santa Cruise features a meet and greet with Santa, spectacular views of the beautiful Lake Tahoe, professional photography, holiday music and delicious treats with hot cocoa. | (775) 589-4922

“A Rat Pack Christmas”
Dec. 20 | Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev.
The Dean O’Holics present this tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. | crystalbaycasino.com

“Tahoe Nutcracker”
Dec. 20-22 | North Tahoe High School | Tahoe City
Lake Tahoe Dance Collective offers this holiday classic set in 1919 Tahoe with professional guest artists, community members and local dancers. | laketahoedancecollective.org

“The Nutcracker”
Dec. 20-24 | Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.
Reno Dance Company’s production of this classic holiday ballet features 20 professional dancers and 200 local children. | nuggetcasinoresort.com

Unsilent Night
Dec. 22 | Brewery Arts Center |Carson City, Nev.
Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD or Mp3 and walks a route according to the music. | Brewery Arts Center on Facebook

Fa La La La La
Dec. 22 | Brewery Arts Center | Carson City, Nev.
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble perform with 120 glistening bronze bells and chimes. | Tintabulations on Facebook

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 24 | Village at Northstar
Come to TC’s Christmas Eve morning from 8 to 10 a.m. before Santa has to head back to the North Pole. | northstarcalifornia.com

Torchlight Parade
Dec. 24 | Granlibakken | Tahoe City
Granlibakken’s annual Torchlight Parade starts at 5 p.m. Ski down the holding a torch, then enjoy hot chocolate, cider, s’mores and gifts. Santa will be there for photos. | granlibakken.com

Santa & Penguin Pete
Dec. 24 & 25 | Diamond Peak | Incline Village, Nev.
Santa and Penguin Pete will be handing out stickers and treats and visiting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the slopes and in the Base Area. | diamondpeak.com

Christmas Day Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 25 | Tahoe Donner Downhill | Tahoe Donner
Enjoy breakfast, starting at 10 a.m., with Santa followed by a half day of skiing and riding with Santa. Lifts open at 11:30 a.m. | tahoedonner.com

Cirque Musica Holiday Wishes
Dec. 28 | Nugget Casino Resort | Sparks, Nev.
This production brings a holiday story to life, featuring the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica with favorite holiday hits performed live by a full symphony orchestra. | nuggetcasinoresort.com

 “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Dec. 30 | MontBleu Resort Casino | Stateline, Nev.
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production live on stage. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang will produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. | montbleuresort.com


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Becoming Del the Funky Homosapien https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/becoming-del-the-funky-homosapien/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 20:00:26 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55798 Teren Delvon Jones grew up in 1970s Oakland surrounded by his parents’ record collection. “My father was up on musical styles like reggae and jazz,” says the artist better known as Del the Funky Homosapien. “He was into the deeper stuff while my mom listened to pop hits and Motown.” Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. […]

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Teren Delvon Jones grew up in 1970s Oakland surrounded by his parents’ record collection.

“My father was up on musical styles like reggae and jazz,” says the artist better known as Del the Funky Homosapien. “He was into the deeper stuff while my mom listened to pop hits and Motown.”

Dec. 12 | 7 p.m.
Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor | Reno, Nev.

“How Hip Hop Stole Christmas” w/Domino & Chali 2na
Dec. 13 | 9 p.m.
MontBleu Resort Casino | Stateline, Nev.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Del found the hip-hop lifestyle at a tender age. He started out writing poetry before discovering rap on the black comedy of party records by Richard Pryor and other comedians. The 1979 “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang was a historical jumping-off point.

“I heard that and I liked it, but I knew that wasn’t, like, the real,” he says. “I heard how people really talk.”

Along came RUN-DMC in 1983.

“Anything tight to us was ‘the beat.’ The harder it was, the more it was ‘the beat’ to us. There were other records out like Prince and Michael Jackson, but that was crap to me. “Sucker M.C.’s” was just hard rhymes and a beat. It was the hardest I’d ever heard. To my young mind, that was the hardest out there.”

This was in a time before rap music went mainstream. Del listened to KZSU Stanford University and KPOO San Francisco on the weekends and visited mom-and-pop shop Leopold Records whenever he could to peep the newest jams. He subscribed to The Source when it was only a newsletter.

“There wasn’t too many people that were into rap,” he says. “It was strange to people. It was hella new. If you’d been from New York, it was nothing to you, but on the West Coast we got shit hella late. People used to think I was from New York because I was always up on the styles. I was a fiend for it. I wanted anything I could get my hands on. As the culture started growing, stuff like that started to appear and everybody just grew together.”

“I felt like hip hop lost a lot of its audience because it was overwhelming them. For the average person it was doing too much. I wanted to pull back a little.”

-Del the Funky Homosapien

Del’s first foray into public performance came in the form of talent shows and unsanctioned rap battles at King Estates Junior High School in Oakland.

“It was something we did for a reaction or for fooling around,” he says. “Maybe I was cutting class and with my homies. Eventually it would get to the point where there was a crowd and the whole school was gathered around. The principal had to break it up a few times.”

A family trip to Los Angeles took his music career to the next level when he met Sir Jinx, a DJ in the early rap group C.I.A. with Del’s cousin, O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube. In fact, it was Jinx who introduced Jackson to his own cousin, Dr. Dre, to form the ground-breaking rap group N.W.A.

“[Ice Cube] was slightly older than me,” says Del. “Previous to that he would be around, but at this point he was out looking for girls. So I went next door. Dre’s aunt lives next to my aunt. Jinx was playing with remote-control cars or some shit. He was as old as my cousin, but outside doing the same thing I probably would’ve been doing. I learned everything about production and how to make songs from him.”

Del signed with Street Knowledge Productions and released his debut record “I Wish My Brother George Was Here” in 1991 before founding legendary hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics back in Oakland. After innovative collaborations with Kid Koala and Gorillaz, his most recent album “Gate 13” was created with alternative hip-hop producer Amp Live.

“We wanted things to be fundamentally sound,” says Del. “I felt like hip hop lost a lot of its audience because it was overwhelming them. For the average person it was doing too much. I wanted to pull back a little.”

The album is full of witty wordplay over simple drum and bass that recalls the golden era of hip hop Del helped to create.

“I’m older so I guess it’s a matter of perspective, but I feel like we had more to say or we were allowed to say more back then than we are now,” he says. “For a lot of the artists today their end game is to be famous or get money or whatever. After Puff Daddy and all that shit, you’re thinking, ‘I’m about to have millions.’ I didn’t grow up that like. It was was like ‘Are you out your mind?’ It just so happened that hip hop actually changed the world like it did in the end.” | jubjubsthirstparlor.com, montbleuresort.com


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Wax on, wax off | The art of waxing downhill skis https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/wax-on-wax-off-the-art-of-waxing-downhill-skis/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:56:36 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55813 I spend a lot of time waxing cross-country skis at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, but because I like to write about unfamiliar topics, I figured I should learn about waxing downhill skis. I reached out to a few experts and found that waxing downhill skis is similar to waxing cross-country skis with a few […]

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Collin Fletcher scraping the ski. | Courtesy Start Haus

I spend a lot of time waxing cross-country skis at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, but because I like to write about unfamiliar topics, I figured I should learn about waxing downhill skis. I reached out to a few experts and found that waxing downhill skis is similar to waxing cross-country skis with a few important distinctions — and that once you have the right equipment, waxing is something anyone can do.

Check Out Tahoe Downhill Ski Guide  for everything you need to know for the upcoming 2019-20 ski season in Tahoe.

First, I talked to Collin Fletcher, a waxing expert at Start Haus in Truckee. He told me that if you want to wax your own skis, you to acquire the necessary tools: vises to hold the skis; a coarse stone to smooth out the nicks; a warm, base conditioner wax, a middle-range wax and a colder wax; a waxing iron; a horsehair, coarse brush and a smooth, nylon brush and a plastic scraper. You can also add painter’s tape. This will set you back a couple 100 bucks, although perhaps some of it is already sitting in your garage.

Fletcher recommends waxing every few times you ski, with a more detailed tune once or twice a season depending on how often you ski and in what terrain. How much you wax will probably depend on how much time you have, how serious a skier you are and how much you want to spend on wax. It also depends on how many rocks you hit. Do you wait until the snow is deep or do you have to get out as soon as anything white has covered the ground?

Another option is to have a shop do a stone grind, which refreshes your base and creates a structure pattern. In the process, however, it removes a bit of that base, which is why you can only do a grind about two or three times during the life of the ski.

Collin Fletcher dripping on wax. | Courtesy Start Haus

The waxing process

Before you apply the wax, use a hard, ceramic stone. Rub it flat against the edges to smooth off the big nicks. For more serious issues with your base or edges, bring it into a shop for a tune.

The first step in the waxing process is to use a warm, cleaning wax — yellow or warm universal wax. To apply the wax, use the iron to drip or crayon on the wax, then make several steady passes down the ski to apply the wax evenly. Scrape off the cleaning wax while it is still warm. This removes the dirt and grime. Brush out any remaining wax. Always brush first with the coarse brush and then with the fine brush.

Next, wax with the wax of the day. Red wax is a middle-of-the-road wax for normal snow temperatures, while blue wax is for colder temperatures.

“Go colder rather than warmer,” said Fletcher. “You can never go wrong adding a few drops of blue in, even in the spring to make the wax last longer.”

Let the wax of the day cool off before scraping with a plastic scraper, followed by a good brushing and you are ready to go. Fletcher says to keep the skis and bindings clean, use painter’s tape along the ski where the binding is to keep wax from mucking up the works.

Once you have invested in the equipment, this is a process that is almost free —the cost of wax is the only recurring cost — and should only take about 15 to 20 minutes. If you don’t have the time or don’t want to invest in the waxing gear, take it to your favorite local ski shop.

Collin Fletcher smoothing the wax over the ski. | Courtesy Start Haus

Tuning tips

For nearly 20 years, Rob Furtney has been involved in the ski industry, including working as a representative with a large demonstration fleet of skis. He passed on these key tips.

  • Tuning is a lot like cooking. The more you know, the more options you have to make the process quicker, easier and much better. Knowing the individual steps and what they add to the overall process is important.
  • Tuning will improve your ability to hold an edge on firm surfaces, as well as glide better in sticky snow.
  • Attend a tuning clinic at a local ski area.
  • Make tuning time fun. Good music and a tasty beverage can elevate the experience. Never underestimate the atmosphere that a proper she-shed or man-cave can bring. Make sure it stays clean and above all well ventilated.
  • Don’t waste time and money with crazy expensive waxes unless you are racing and looking for the win. There are many wax options these days including some that claim to be environmentally friendly.

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    ]]> Late Start in 1911 But Record Snow Anyway https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/late-start-in-1911-but-record-snow-anyway/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:53:22 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55803 The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory near Donner Pass averages 48 inches of snow in November — just 12 percent of the median annual snowfall for that location — since Southern Pacific Railroad began taking measurements in 1879. It’s not uncommon for terrain to be limited by a lack of natural cover this early in the […]

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    Monster storm in January 1911. | Courtesy Sparks Tribune

    The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory near Donner Pass averages 48 inches of snow in November — just 12 percent of the median annual snowfall for that location — since Southern Pacific Railroad began taking measurements in 1879. It’s not uncommon for terrain to be limited by a lack of natural cover this early in the season, making snowmaking systems a critical tool at this time of year. Sierra winters have been trending drier early in the season with more of the storm action coming later. A significant portion of winter precipitation in this region is delivered by a half-dozen or so atmospheric rivers that wallop us with intense rain and snow.

    In November and December 1910, mountain loggers were hoping for early rain to increase the seasonally low river flow for floating timber to Truckee’s sawmills. Workers in the ice-harvesting industry wished for extended cold temperatures to freeze their ponds for cutting. And residents and downtown businesses in Truckee were looking for enough snow to bring tourists and money to their annual Ice Carnival. Erratic, early-season weather conditions pleased no one. It’s a truism that the most predictable aspect of California’s climate is its unpredictability.

    The winter of 1910-11 was also a late starter with little to no snow accumulation on Donner Pass into January. But the storm door blew open on Jan. 11 with a potent atmospheric river event. Heavy snow pummeled downtown Truckee, sometimes at the rate of 12 inches per hour. The howling winds and incessant snowfall shut down lumberjack operations, cut off the commercial ice harvest and brought Truckee’s popular winter carnival to an abrupt halt.

    It’s a truism that the most predictable aspect of California’s climate is its unpredictability.

    The snow overwhelmed Southern Pacific Railroad crews and paralyzed train traffic. Dangerous avalanches between Boca and Donner Pass forced the railroad to hold all westbound trains in Reno, Nev. One passenger train was stranded near the summit for 30 hours in drifts 20 feet deep. Stalled trains littered the tracks for miles and 300 feet of wooden snow shed near Truckee collapsed under the weight of snow.

    Communication between California and Nevada was lost when the storm knocked out all telegraph and telephone lines over the Sierra. Finally, the six-day blizzard subsided, leaving snow 7 feet deep in Truckee with all roads blocked and schools closed. The few trains pushing through the snow-choked mountains were running up to 50 hours late. It had been the longest and most intense storm since 1890, a Top 10 winter for snowfall.

    For three days skies were clear and Truckee residents and railroad crews had a chance to dig out, but the break was short-lived. For the next two weeks, Pacific cold fronts charged onshore, increasing the snowpack to 18 feet on Donner Summit. On Jan. 30, an avalanche at the Prosser Creek ice plant buried six men who were shoveling a roof. Co-workers began digging immediately, but three men were killed in the slide.

    A relatively dry February brought relief from the onslaught with only 53 inches snow recorded on Donner Pass that month. But harsh conditions continued to take a toll. In Plumas County, a Western Pacific passenger train carrying 60 people was stranded for nearly a week. Crews tried to dig out the train, but an avalanche killed one workmen and convinced railroad officials to abandon the site. Anxious passengers had to struggle over the deadly snow slide and then board maintenance handcars for a ride to safety.

    Despite sobering headlines, Truckee continued to promote its winter carnival activities. California and Nevada newspapers carried advertisements for weekend excursions to Truckee, where participants could enjoy ice skating, sledding, tobogganing, skiing, evening dances and organized snowball fights. Sled-dog races were popular and rigs could be hired to carry tourists to Tahoe City for spectacular views of the lake. Southern Pacific had spent $500,000 beefing up its snow removal equipment, so despite occasional delays, passengers could be fairly certain of reaching their destination safely — if not always on time.

    In early March, a moisture-packed storm tore into the region. A prominent Sacramento weather forecaster proclaimed it the worst in 40 years. Whipped by gale-force winds, heavy snow pounded the Sierra into submission. All train traffic was suspended. In Truckee, the snow became so deep that a tunnel was dug from the train depot across the main street to the businesses of Commercial Row. Donner Summit’s snowpack hit the unprecedented depth of 307 inches (25.5 feet).

    As the snowpack neared its zenith at Lake Tahoe, it seemed the world came crashing down. Mr. Melver and his son were contracted mail carriers on the route between Lake Tahoe and Truckee throughout the winter. Skiing along the relatively safe ridge high above the Truckee River canyon, the men were suddenly caught in a giant avalanche and swept down toward the river. Cushioned by the snow, the men tumbled down 1,000 vertical feet; fortunately both survived this ride of a lifetime.

    Nature was less forgiving on March 9, when after nine days of continuous snowfall, a series of powerful avalanches crashed down on the mining towns of Jordan and Lundy in the eastern Sierra near Mono Lake. The bombardment lasted two hours and killed 17 men and women, including a hermit who had lived on the mountain for 30 years. Three days later, rescuers miraculously discovered a woman who had been buried for 60 hours under snow and debris. Mrs. R.H. Mason, wife of the chief engineer of the wiped out Hydro Electric Power Co., was found in her bed, practically unhurt and thankful to be alive.

    The snowfall total for 1911 on Donner Summit was 563 inches. That winter set benchmark weather records that have yet to be matched or exceeded. At Tamarack, 767 inches (64 feet) of snow fell that year with more than half falling in January alone. The current United States monthly snowfall record of 390 inches (32.5 feet) was set there during the January barrage. The greatest snow depth ever measured in California, 451 inches (37.6 feet), was recorded on March 11, 1911, also at Tamarack, located in Alpine County at 8,000 feet.

    On March 13, the snowpack at Spooner Summit measured 22.5 feet deep, the all-time record snow depth for Nevada. Remember, a late start is no barrier to a big winter.


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    Tahoe XC Celebrates 20 Years https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/tahoe-xc-celebrates-20-years/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:51:56 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55782 Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area will celebrate its 20th anniversary by throwing a party like it’s 1999 on Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. with music from The Blues Monsters, a raffle, 20th anniversary T-shirts, an obstacle course for the whole family and food available from MOGROG Unimog Food Truck. Now is the time […]

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    Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area will celebrate its 20th anniversary by throwing a party like it’s 1999 on Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. with music from The Blues Monsters, a raffle, 20th anniversary T-shirts, an obstacle course for the whole family and food available from MOGROG Unimog Food Truck.

    Now is the time to dig deep into the bottom of your closet and pull out those neon tights that were the best and brightest 1980s and 90s Nordic fashion. The event is free, but reservations are requested. | tahoexc.org


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    Mountains to Meadows debuts in 2020 https://thetahoeweekly.com/2019/12/mountains-to-meadows-debuts-in-2020/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:49:04 +0000 https://thetahoeweekly.com/?p=55779 Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship announces the expansion of the Original Gravel Enduro with Gravelation at Mountains to Meadows from Sept. 24 to 27, 2020. Registration opens on March 20. The new Mountains to Meadows featuring Gravelation will celebrate the trails renaissance in Plumas County with new events. The headlining event, Gravelation, replaces Grinduro in Quincy […]

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    Courtesy Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

    Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship announces the expansion of the Original Gravel Enduro with Gravelation at Mountains to Meadows from Sept. 24 to 27, 2020. Registration opens on March 20.

    The new Mountains to Meadows featuring Gravelation will celebrate the trails renaissance in Plumas County with new events. The headlining event, Gravelation, replaces Grinduro in Quincy and will feature the redesigned and challenging 2019 Grinduro course with four timed stages known as Hough and Puff, Pine Creek Plunge, Rouler’s Revenge and Smokechaser. There will also be a Friday night cyclocross race. live music, weekend camp out and other outdoor adventures. | quincymountainstomeadows.com


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