For our latest Steals & Deals we’re highlighting some of our favorite gear for outdoor sports as well as cute, casual and eco-friendly apparel for women. For backcountry snow travelers, we’ve lowered prices on the best avalanche transceivers online. Our majorly discounted water bottles for sports are ergonomic, durable and safe to drink from. Women’s outdoor clothing from the industry’s leading brands is comfortable, manages moisture well and moves with you during activities. We have gear and clothing on sale for everyone from kids new to the mountains to the most experienced mountain men and women. If after reading this you still find yourself thirsty for more bargains, head over to our online gear outlet or browse around tahoemountainsports.com - you’re sure to find something to suit your frugal fancy!
This Mammut transceiver is very user-friendly and comes equipped with a third antennae, the new standard in beacon technologies. The Mammut Element Barryvox uses a single button for all functions and is able to locate and mark multiple burial victims. Mammut backcountry gear is developed and manufactured in Switzerland, where quality-control is of highest priority. Get one of the best avalanche beacons at an affordable price while supplies last!
Filter your drinking water on-the-move with this innovative water bottle design from Vapur Anti-Bottles. Highly versatile, they’re perfect for just about everything. The Vapur MicroFilter safely removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa, so you’re safe from Salmonella, Cholera, E. Coli, Giardia and other nastiness. The Vapur Elementsoft water bottle and MicroFilter combined weigh only 2.7 ounces (filter – 1.1 oz) and will filter a minimum of 500-liters at only .5 liters-per-minute!
Another water bottle with a built-in filter, the CamelBak Groove bottle is 100% BPA-free and has a fold-down bite valve that ensures it remains spill-proof. You can filter up to 180-gallons with the 10.5-ounce insulated Groove filter bottle, and double-walled insulation keeps your water cold longer than other bottles. Carry it close-at-hand with the convenient loop on the cap, or let it bang around at camp or in the back of the truck – it’s really, really durable!
Long pointelle sleeves and a large collar add even more style to this already fashionable and eco-friendly Lole dress! The Lole Grenoble 2 is made from a blend of cotton, recycled polyester and elastane, so it’s soft on the skin, and at 34-inches long its classy-casual look is appropriate just about everywhere. If you’ve worn anything from Lole women, you’ll agree most of their clothing is exceptionally versatile, and this dress is no exception!
Between December 4 and 16 win a NEMO sleeping bag and a backpacking pillow by simply entering your email address here!
We’ve teamed up with NEMO Equipment to bring you another great gear giveawayjust in time for the holidays! Do you enjoy sleeping comfortably both indoors and out? Or maybe you know someone who does, and they would appreciate the most comfortable sleeping bag EVER even more than you would. ….. Wait a minute! What am I saying? Who doesn’t like sleeping comfortably? Okay, sorry, let me start over. If you’re not the kind of person who appreciates a good night’s sleep, you probably have no reason to be here. Everybody else, this giveaway is for you!
You could win a warm and cozy outdoor package including a NEMO Rhythm 25-Degree spoon-shaped sleeping bag anda NEMO Fillo inflatable backpacking pillow. That’s a $265 value! If you’ve never slept with NEMO, you’ve been missing out. Their innovative ‘spoon’ design has wowed testers and won numerous awards industry-wide. NEMO spoon-shaped sleeping bags match your body’s contour better and allow for more comfortable side-sleeping than traditionally shaped bags. They provide more room at the knees and elbows to allow movement during the night, and they’re amazingly lightweight for how warm they keep you. NEMO pillows are also very soft and comfortable on the skin and are a backpacker’s delight, adding lightweight luxury on (and off!) the trail.
Between December 4 and 16, visit our contest page on Facebook. Enter your email address in the box and we’ll select one random entry on December 17. Contest winner will be contacted via email. It’s that easy!
Check out this cool video highlighting NEMO’s spoon-shaped line of sleeping bags:
We have the best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales around, so don’t miss out! And if there was ever a time to shop local and support your favorite Ma & Pa, Brick n’ Click company it’s on Small Business Saturday. Get jaw-dropping deals on the best sports equipment and outdoor clothing for winter while prices are their lowest. Now is the time to shop for the holidays!
If you’re in the greater Tahoe area and you can make it to our store in Kings Beach, you can take advantage of 20-70% off almost everything in the store throughout the long weekend! If you can’t come see us in-person, no worries; you can still save big on outdoor sports gear and apparel.
Save on holiday shopping for big ticket items like warm winter jackets and pants, boots and avalanche safety gear, and creative and affordable stocking-stuffers like warm down booties and socks. We have a gift for everyone on your list! Plus, all the outdoor clothing and accessories you’ll need to stay warm and comfortable through winter.
Through Cyber Monday (December 2) we’re taking 25% off all Marmot Clothing and Icebreaker merino wool, plus 20% off Prana clothing and Deuter backpacks and accessories! Good luck finding deals on brands like these at any other time or place! *Our sale on Icebreaker and Marmot already began. Prana and Deuter prices get slashed starting Thanksgiving Day.
Bonus: Any purchase of The North Face gear or clothing comes with a complimentary The North Face fleece-lined beanie!
Since we’re anticipating snow and the winter hype is strong, I thought I’d share some cool shots from last season. Get stoked…unlike most other places on Earth, Tahoe sees sunshine up until just about the time it snows. Sure, our radical weather systems roll through a later than our neighbors in the PNW, but we also avoid those melancholy transitional periods. Here’s to living in Lake Tahoe!
Cool contrast in the Northstar terrain park. Unknown flyer.
Dave (TMS Owner) skis off the top of Mt. Shasta. Click the image to read about it.
Brennan Lagasse is a writer, educator, photographer, athlete and ski guide living on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, CA. Brennan has skied first descents all over the world, from the Arctic to Antarctic, including ski descents on all seven of the world’s continents. He co-guides a one of a kind helicopter assisted ski touring program in Alaska’s famed Chugach Mountains each winter, but is just as content to be backcountry skiing and adventuring in his home range of the Sierra Nevada, whenever possible. You can check out some of Brennan’s work at: facebook.com/stateofthebackcountry
Black Diamond Equipment atop yet another summit. Svalbard, Norway.
Black Diamond Equipment (BD) makes just about every piece of ski gear you need to get into the backcountry, and get home safely. As the Tahoe area BD Ski Ambassador, three of my favorite pieces of BD gear that I use and trust are the Carbon Megawatt Skis, Anarchist Avalung Pack, and the Whippet pole. All three are perfect tools for use in the Sierra Nevada, but are just as apt for use abroad.
It’s as if these skis were specifically made for skiing the West Shore peaks of Lake Tahoe. The Carbon Megawatt is the closest powder ski I’ve found that works with you on the up, but doesn’t compromise performance on the down. It’s what most current ski manufacturers are going for when they’re designing skis for the backcountry market, but unfortunately all too often the skis either kill it on the up, and lack integrity on the down, or they’re horrible on the up, and slay it on the down.
As playful, responsive and fun as these skis are to ski, they really shine in the skin track as well. BD has worked on shaving necessary pounds off their original model for a few years and have finally found a balance where at just over 8 lbs it’s hard to find another surfy powder ski that’s as light as these, but also keeps the performance so high on the descent. For this years model, the Carbon Megawatts are 2.5 pound lighter than the stock model, which is a huge improvement over the already stellar model produced from last year!
First Descent in Svalbard, Norway. Carbon Megawatt Skis & Whippet self-arrest pole.
I’ve also been able to ski the Carbon Megawatt’s (188 cm) in variable terrain and have been quite impressed. They are a powder ski through and through, but they do hold an edge and can get through some firm junk when need be. That’s a huge bonus for such a large ski. In fact, I came to trust last years model so much that as I got fully used to the skis I found myself skiing them in lines that I normally wouldn’t (tight, complex, steep couloirs) because they can hold an edge and are simply so much fun to ski.
Overall, I’ve yet to find another fat ski (147/120/127) with such a solid turning radius (28 meters) that can wiggle when need be, open up whenever possible, break and climb skin tracks so fluidly, yet also get you through variability. They’re a trusted tool, and if you find yourself looking down a few thousand feet of untouched bliss this winter, your fun factor will be through the roof with a pair of these Black Diamond skis strapped to your feet.
Anarchist Avalung Pack
BD has a whole line of Avalung packs that come in all different shapes and sizes to accommodate diverse needs for diverse skiers. I choose to go with the Anarchist because it’s their biggest model (45L in the M/L size, 43L in the S/M size). I often need to carry a lot of gear on ski mountaineering adventures, and am always lugging around extra gear when ski guiding. This pack is also big enough to use on a multiday tour, which is nice to have a pack that can cinch down when you don’t have a ton of gear on a tour, but can also accommodate more gear when need be.
One of the standout features of the Anarchist Avalung pack is the ergoACTIV suspension, which is just a fancy way of saying the pack is ridiculously comfortable. That’s a huge difference with other similarly sized packs that feel bulky when you wear them-no matter what’s inside. This does not happen with this Avalung backpack. The packs seems to move with you and the padding on the back does a great job meshing to ones back. It’s incredibly comfortable for how much storage you get, and I haven’t even nailed the major feature yet. Read the rest of this entry »
Since Oakley makes so many different types of snow goggles for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, winter paintball battles, extreme snowball fights and other awesome winter activities, a guide to properly fitting your face and choosing the perfect lens tints seems appropriate. Oakley snow goggles come in two different size groups: Small/Medium or Medium/Large. Oakley goggle lenses are
Small/Medium Fit: A-Frame, Ambush, O2 XS, Twisted, Elevate and Stockholm.
Medium/Large Fit: Airbrake, Canopy, Splice, O2 XL and Crowbar.
*Unfortunately, you can’t really just measure the diameter of your face to find the proper fit. As always, do your best to try on gear (or at least a similarly sized model) before purchasing.
Oakley goggles are designed to integrate well with helmets. The ‘Outrigger’ found on many Oakley models brings the strap out and around the helmet without stressing the goggle strap. Silicone beading on Oakley goggle straps keeps them in place by gripping to helmet shells. Oakley goggles are flat on top of the frame so they fit flush with helmets, and vents wrap entirely around their frames (rather than solely on top) so ventilation is never compromised. In fact, the Oakley Airbrake Goggles fit flush with 98% of helmets on the market.
*If you wear optical correction lenses under your goggles, go with models that have greater volume like the Oakley O2 XLOTG Goggles (O.T.G. = Over The Glass).
Oakley uses High Definition Optics and is known world-wide for both Lens Superiority and All Day Comfort. Oakley lenses are tapered; other lenses are curved, which distorts light thus forcing your brain to adapt, eventually giving you a headache after you’ve been out for a while on brighter days. Oakley’s tapered lenses are thicker in front of the eyes and thinner at the edges. Yay! No more headaches when you’re rocking the best optics in the world!
Oakley uses Plutonite, the clearest and strongest polycarbonate in the world. In fact, they own the patent on it. Plutonite protects against U.V. rays and is within the lens, not as a finishing coat. When lenses with a layer of UV protection get scratched, harmful rays break through the scratches. Not with Plutonite!
Speaking of strong, Oakley tests their lenses to meet the Anzi 88.7 standard for eyewear safety, hence their popularity with construction workers, military and other professionals in the line of duty. A 1/4″ steel ball is fired at Oakley lenses from point-blank-range at 101 mph, and a heavy metal spike is dropped from five feet above the lenses. If the lenses don’t absorb the impacts, they don’t leave the factory.
Polarized light occurs on/near water, ice and asphalt. Other goggle companies use a sandwich construction, whereas Oakley infuses polycarbonate around the lens to maintain the clearest lens in the world. Noticing a “worldly” trend here?
Many lenses use Iridium. What’s an Iridium coating, you might ask? It’s bonded on a molecular level so it won’t scratch off and absorbs almost as much glare as a polarized lens. Iridium greatly improves contrast and provides a bit darker shade in bright light.
A few examples: Oakley’s ‘Storm’ lens tint is a ‘High Intensity Yellow’ and the Iridium in this tint is radically different from the yellow lens color, maximizing depth perception on the stormiest days. The ‘Persimmon’ lens tint is slightly darker than the ‘Storm’ lens, but also with incredible depth perception. ‘Blue Iridium’ is ideal for a Tahoe lens tint; it is versatile for mostly sunny yet occasional grey skies.
Oakley Airbrake Goggles The most technical of all Oakley snow goggles, the Oakley Airbrake has a switchlock that creates the fastest, simplest lens swap in the industry. To change the lens, simply pop them out using the tab behind the ‘Outrigger’, replace the lens with another, and apply pressure to pop it back in. The Airbrake also comes with an extra lens for storm days!
California’s High Sierra offers some of the most incredible ski descents in the lower 48. With a pair of AT skis, skins and a little motivation, you too can experience the thrill of dropping in and linking turns for thousands of vertical feet. John Morrison is one of the most accomplished ski mountaineers in the Sierra. To discuss Tahoe’s local backcountry terrain with such an accomplished ski mountaineer doesn’t come along often. Come to Tahoe Mountain Sports on December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a very special event and join other backcountry enthusiasts for a glimpse into skiing off CA’s highest mountains…A fun night for all!
John Morrison shreds. Waves, singletrack, KT 22, High Sierra couloirs, grand Alaska peaks and pretty much anything in front of him. You usually don’t hear the details, but many mountain adventurers know what’s going on and get inspired by just the thought: “I wonder what J.M. and friends are doing this weekend?” In recent years, John skied from the highest ski-able point on all of California’s 14,000-foot mountains and many of the state’s 13’ers, often nailing more than one ski descent in a day. Learn more about John on his website: http://www.sierraskijournal.com/
To create the best, most intimate setting, Tahoe Mountain Sports is limiting the attendance to 40. This event is free and open to the public; however spaces must be reserved in advance.. Food and beverages will be available for all attendees.
“I love big days, adventuring in the mountains with friends. Bonds created between partners forced into the moment with each other through intense outdoor experiences last forever.” –John
If you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss this free, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach. Throughout the ‘13/14 winter, three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free. A popular and credible guest speaker will be on-site to inform and entertain each night of the Series; look forward to learning directly from professional skiers, mountain guides and avalanche safety instructors, and local non-profits that work to keep you safe in the backcountry. Food and drink will be available to all attendees at each event. Here are the event descriptions for the TMS Avalanche Education Series:
Part 1 – Nov. 20 - Beacons & Beers: Avalanche Companion Gear & Rescue Techniques - A Big Success! Part 2 – Dec. 20 – Avalanche Airbag Party Sponsored by ABS featuring Pro Skier Elyse Saugstad Part 3 - Feb. 5 – Read, Interpret, Decide – Analyzing Avalanche Reports with the Sierra Avalanche Center
Part 2 – Dec. 20 – Avalanche Airbag Party Sponsored by ABS featuring Pro Skier Elyse Saugstad
As the second of our three-part 2014 TMS Avalanche Education Series, join your fellow Tahoe backcountry enthusiasts for a free, community-oriented, fun night at Tahoe Mountain Sports!
We’re excited to have Elyse Saugstad with us this evening! Elyse is a professional skier and airbag backpack advocate who was saved by her pack in a large avalanche near Stevens Pass, WA, in 2012. Joining Elyse, ABS backpacks Rep John Clausen will be on-site to lead a technical discussion about avalanche airbag backpacks, how they work, survival rates and statistics, personal accounts and learning experiences from the field.
Participants will get to activate their airbag packs during the event, which will add even more fun to the evening. Since all Avalanche Airbag Backpacks should be serviced annually, this is an opportunity for you to receive a free servicing and full canister for your ABS, The North Face, Mammut or Ortovox airbag pack. If you are interested in purchasing, this will be your best chance to save some dough on a brand new Avalanche Airbag Backpack.
In case you can’t make the full event or just want to stop by and meet Elyse or blow off your canister, here’s the event schedule:
4:00-6:00 – Holiday Shopping & Athlete Reception with Elyse Saugstad at Tahoe Mountain Sports 6:00-6:30 – Formal Airbag Presentation with Elyse Saugstad at North Tahoe Event Center (NTEC) 6:30-7:15 – Technical Airbag Discussion with ABS (at NTEC) 7:15-7:30 – Pack Detonations and Free Cartridge Exchanges (at NTEC)
Part 3 – Feb. 6 – Read, Interpret, Decide – Analyzing Avalanche Reports with the Sierra Avalanche Center
As the third of our three-part 2014 TMS Avalanche Education Series, representatives from the Sierra Avalanche Center, a Lake Tahoe Region non-profit dedicated to providing a free daily avalanche advisory for the central Sierra Nevada, will lead an extremely useful presentation about how to properly read and interpret the avalanche report.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss technical and situational issues that arise in the field to create a good platform for safe decision making in the backcountry.
There will be a HUGE raffle at this event and everybody is sure to walk away with something. All raffle proceeds and a portion of sales from this evening will benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center.
Food and Drink will be available to attendees. This event is FREE and open to the public. Come get some free tips to help keep safe in the backcountry!
This event will take place between two different locations: Tahoe Mountain Sports (8331 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143) and across the street at the North Tahoe Event Center (8318 N. Lake Blvd)
In case you can’t make the full event or just want to stop by for part of it, here’s the event schedule:
5:00 – 6:00 – Reception with S.A.C. and Backcountry Gear Specials at Tahoe Mountain Sports 6:00-7:15 – Formal Presentation with Sierra Avalanche Center at North Tahoe Event Center (NTEC) 7:15 – MEGA Raffle to benefit Sierra Avalanche Center (at NTEC)
Many backcountry enthusiasts came to Tahoe Mountain Sports on November 20 to learn the basics of beacon use and brush up on their avalanche expertise and transceiver techniques. Experienced mountain guide and Level 3 AIARE instructor Tom Carter, and Ortovox Rep Jared Rodriguez, were present to lead a discussion about the basics of companion rescue gear and techniques. Tom also led a hands-on lesson on how to properly and efficiently use your avalanche transceiver. Participants brought their own avalanche gear to practice with, and others demo’d some of the newest Ortovox models.
Bargain shoppers who want the best deal, this is for you. Ever heard the term “beggars can’t be choosers”? Well, in this case they can. With winter just around the corner, we’re stoked to drastically lower our prices on last year’s gear. These killer discounts will send you into the mountains in style, without breaking the bank. Who wouldn’t want a sweet deal on new sidecountry skis, boots, gloves and technical layers to keep warm and dry during winter sports? We all love skiing, climbing and playing outdoors without being uncomfortably distracted by the cold! This article features backcountry touring skis and boots, a men’s climbing jacket and women’s lightweight midlayer, ski helmets and leather ski gloves – but we have so many more deals going on! Still, this is just a teaser of all the bargain deals and closeout items we have in our Outlet and littered throughout the rest of tahoemountainsports.com.
These sidecountry touring skis are incredibly high-performance big-mountain chargers with backcountry capabilities. The K2 Sideseths are awesome powder skis that take tight, technical lines with control and power. The kick-tail is slightly rocked yet still holds a strong edge, and tip and tail holes securely hold pre-cut K2 Sideseth Skins. If they hold up to Seth Morrison’s standards, you should feel comfortable charging the biggest line of your life with these puppies.
A big-line ripping Black Diamond ski boot with a 102-mm last that easily crosses over to an Alpine Touring boot. Highly versatile, it’s perfect for skinning uphill, then boot-packing to the summit, then dropping a steep face and sending a cliff. The Factor Ski Boot liner’s BOA system gives a snug, ideal fit and the sole blocks are tech-toe compatible and can be used with Dynafit touring bindings.
These top-of-the-line men’s leather ski gloves set the standard for dexterity, durability and comfort. A removable wool liner dries fast and reinserts with ease. Hestra Handcuffs attach to the Hestra Army Leather Gloves your wrists so you can drop your gloves on-the-fly without leaving them behind. Hestra Gloves came out of Sweden in 1936, and were originally made for lumberjacks. The next year, a ski hill opened near the small village of Hestra, and the rest is history. We all know how meticulous the Swedish are when they design their products, so its no wonder the Swedish national ski team has worn Hestra Gloves since 1975.
Thursday, December 12, 2012, 5 to 8 p.m. Ladies’ Evening Fundraiser for the Tahoe Food Hub Special Discounts This Night Only, Fantastic Raffle Prizes!
Join your fellow ladies of the lake for a fun night at your local gear hub and get psyched for winter along with the rest of us! Store-wide savings and special deals offer the perfect chance to do some holiday shopping, or to simply spoil yourself! A portion of proceeds from Ladies Night will benefit the Tahoe Food Hub, a local non-profit that works hard to bring our communities nutritious foods grown on local, sustainable farms and connect our local restaurants with food producers for a healthier and happier future.
“The Tahoe Food Hub is a non-profit organization that is building a regional food distribution system for North Lake Tahoe by taking advantage of its close proximity to year-round food production. To be successful, it will take a community. You are that community.” -tahoefoodhub.org
Take advantage of special discounts on gear and clothing this night only! There are great prizes to be won, including UGG boots, backpacks from Boreas Gear, outfits from Horny Toad and Prana, and lots more. We’re also giving out free socks with purchase! With winter just around the corner, we have everything you need to stay warm outside. If you’re into hiking, yoga, Crossfit, rock climbing, skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing, we’ve got the gear to get you out there!
Uncorked (Squaw, Tahoe City and Truckee) showcases a large selection of limited production wines from around the world, and is dedicated to bringing great wine and food to the North Lake Tahoe area. You’ll love the flavors they donate for this event!
If you can’t make the event but would still like to donate to a wonderful local community cause, please check out the Tahoe Food Hub Crowd Funding Site. Here’s some more incentive to help out:
“The mission of the Tahoe Food Hub is to galvanize our community to build a regional and equitable food system. Our vision is to be a “hub” for all sustainable food initiatives that promote social, economic and environmental responsibility in our food system.”