Welcome Home Bash for Tahoe South’s Three Olympians

Sierra at Tahoe 2014 Olympians
From Tahoesouth

South Lake Tahoe, the tight-knit ski community big on Olympic athletes will honor its three USA team members in a city-wide celebration, Saturday, March 15.

Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, who won gold for snowboarding slopestyle and freeskiing halfpipe respectively, and Hannah Teter who placed fourth in snowboarding halfpipe, will be lauded at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

A procession will take the Olympians via fire truck from South Tahoe High School, onto Highway 50, past the airport and through the town of Meyers, concluding at Sierra Resort. Community members can line Highway 50 along the route and cheer the Olympian procession as it drives by.

Attending the festivities will be California state Sen. Ted Gaines, El Dorado County supervisors and South Lake Tahoe City Councilmembers with proclamations for the three Olympians. The party will include autograph signings, live music, food and drink specials, prizes and a raffle with proceeds to the Sierra Foundation, which grooms future world class athletes.

The South Tahoe High School marching band will greet the Olympians at Sierra-at-Tahoe’s new Solstice Plaza at 1:40 p.m. The National Anthem by the South Tahoe High School Choir will be followed by an introduction from Sierra-at-Tahoe’s General Manager John Rice.

Meyers, Calif., residents Anderson, Bowman, and Teter may have put the tiny town of 3,000 just west of South Lake Tahoe on the international map as having the most gold medals per capita.

Jamie Anderson, 23, won her Olympic gold medal in the women’s inaugural snowboard slopestyle competition at Sochi. She also won four Winter X Games gold medals in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

Maddie Bowman, 20, struck gold in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe competition at Sochi, also her first. The skier also brought home gold at the Winter X Games in 2013 and 2014 in the superpipe division.

Hannah Teter, 27, was a 2006 Olympic gold and 2010 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe. Teter finished fourth at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the halfpipe event. She was a 2003 Winter X Games gold medal winner and 5-time bronze medalist.

Well-wishers and partygoers are encouraged to board buses or carpool to the resort as parking will be limited. The athletes will depart from South Tahoe High School at 1 p.m. Bus schedules, times as well as all event details will be available at www.sierraattahoe.com.

The welcome home celebration for the Olympians at the country’s “Best Ski Destination” (USA Today, Jan. 2014) is sponsored by Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, the City of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, El Dorado County, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Barton Health, Tahoe Center for Orthopedic, and the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce.

The Arctic Challenge Announces New Halfpipe Format

The Arctic Challenge Announces New Halfpipe Format


January 2014 – Freestyle snowboarding started with halfpipe 30 years ago. For a long time, snowboarding and halfpipe was the same thing. This is where freestyle snowboarding was born, but now it is a dying art form. The standardisation of pipes and contest formats kills the interest. The riding on the top level reaches new heights and rotations, but still fewer and fewer snowboarders start with pipe. Just like with gymnastics, we risk ending up with only a top elite of snowboarders having their 15 minutes of fame every four year in the Olympics. Very little has happened since halfpipe entered the Olympics. Today we have less halfpipes, fewer riders, almost no prize money, terrible tv-ratings, almost no events and little spectators at the events.

The Arctic Challenge 2014 will be an attempt to get the “free style” and interest back into halfpipe snowboarding. Basically get snowboarding riding back to snowboard contests. We will experiment with different formats and halfpipe obstacles that can be suitable for halfpipe contests. We know there are many good people out there doing great stuff, so we are not saying we have the final formula. There is definitely room for changes. And we are not the only ones being frustrated of the decline in interest for the halfpipe. But we would like to invite a few riders, media and key industry people to push progression for snowboarding on The Arctic Challenge platform.

In 2014 it is 15 years since we did the pilot event. The background was much the same: People were frustrated. Back then, we made a concept where riders could strongly influence the infrastructure, contest and presentation. In March 2014 we will invite riders to help develop the future format of halfpipe contests with us. We will work with SPT to make a pipe that has more than two basic walls. We will present a slightly different pipe pipe and contest format for a packed Oslo audience on March 15.

As we gonna experiment with setup and contest format, we will not have a live tv event. There will be plenty of media exposure, though, with a 44 minute sports documentary as the main thing. We also have a great partnership Snowboarder Magazine. We will also deliver a solid concept for content sharing on social media platforms.

It’s not gonna be a ranking event, but we are working together with the World Snowboard Tour. And we are offering appearance fee and some prize money for all. All riders will get their share.

Please contact us on hilde@thearcticchallenge.com if you are interested in joining this project – rookies or established. We are looking for world class riders that are comfortable with both transition and park elements, and it doesn’t hurt if you can speak your mind in front of a tv camera.

Arrival day is March 11th. Pipe is open from the 12th to the 15th. TAC is part of the newly established Oslo Winterfestival, and there will a good crowd on the “finals” on March 15th. We will cover your hotel, food and travel here in Norway.

Terje Haakonsen

Article by snowboardermag.com

Kengarden Roots Tour 2013 Coming to Tahoe July 22nd

Tahoe NV 7/22 – Kendama Kengarden Tour 2013

Shoreline of Tahoe @ The Marriot Location. 11am – 4pm

YALL READY!!!!???? This Monday: JULY 22nd!!!!!
Here is a little taste of last years road adventure with tour.


// Turner Throne
// Dave Mateo
// SOURMASH (live Painting)
// Alex Smith
// Zack Yourd
// Colin Sander
// Matt Rice
// TJ Kolesnik
// Jake Wiens
// Keith Matsumura!!!
// MYSTERY????
// MYSTERY????
// MYSTERY????




Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association News

Thanks to those who raced, volunteered, and spectated at the Kirkwood Mountain Classic races last weekend!  Thanks to Sports LTD, Wattabike, South Shore Bikes, Sierra Cycle Works, and Shoreline of Tahoe for kicking down some great prizes!  We raised about $1000 towards the Corral Trail Build which gets us a step closer in our fundraising goal of $15k to get a matching donation from the Salesforce Foundation.  Have you made a donation yet?  You can do so here, and still double your money!

Rebecca Rusch and the Kokopelli Trail Ride

You may have heard about endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch’s recent world record ride on the 142 mile Kokopelli Trail.  The winner of the Leadville 100 and just off another marathon National Championship, she’s coming to Tahoe to talk about her amazing Kokopelli ride and help out TAMBA!  On Friday, July 19, she’ll do a slideshow and presentation at Sports LTD @ Heavenly Village (next to Raley’s) in South Lake Tahoe.  Social Hour starts at 6pm, the presentation starts around 7:30.  Your $15 donation to TAMBA gets you in(kids are free), and includes drinks and pizza from Vinny’s Pizza (delivered by Bike!) and door prizes.  Don’t miss it!


TAMBA Trail Day- Monument Pass Connector
On Saturday, July 20th, join us for a Trail Day to help build the new connector between High Meadow and the TRT at Monument Pass.  Meet at 9am at the High Meadow Road gate and be prepared to ride a few miles up to the work site.  Bring your bike and helmet. Vehicles will be available to shuttle gear to the top, please bring long pants, long sleeves, and work gloves.  Lunch and post work BBQ provided.  If you have facebook, please RSVP on our facebook event.

Trail Work Mondays

In partnership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, we adopted the segment of the TRT from Tahoe Meadows to Hobart Road.  We’ve had a handful of folks out the last couple Mondays and accomplished a lot, but there’s still a lot to do. We’ll be doing work there every Monday evening in July starting at 5:30pm and most likely continuing this through August.
July 22- Meet at 5:30pm at the west end of Tahoe Meadows.
July 29- Meet at 5:30pm at the west end of Tahoe Meadows.
August 5- Meet TBD
Help TAMBA raise some funds!
We’ve partnered with the Ragnar Trail Relay Run happening on July 26+27 at Sierra-at-Tahoe.  We are their non-profit beneficiary but we need to rally some volunteers to make it happen!  We’ll get a $120 donation per volunteer!  We need 25 volunteers on
Friday, July 26 from 8am-5pm.  Do the math and that’s $3k!  Since we’re still working on raising the Saleforce Foundation match to build Corral Trail, that $3,000 will turn into $6,000!  TAMBA Volunteers get an event t-shirt as well as a TAMBA bag of goodies including a TAMBA pint glass, TAMBA socks, TAMBA water bottle and a gift card for a free bike tune-up at Sports LTD!  Jobs include staffing the registration and check-in table, and parking cars in the parking lots.  Sign up on the Ragnar volunteer page.  There’s been a great response so far, but we still need 6 more folks. Thanks in advance for helping us help trails!