Sweden’s reduction in snowfall has spurred them on to begin creating a 750,000 square foot indoor ski park! I know similar structures, however quite a bit smaller, exist in the UK and also Nordic ski versions are out there as well in order to keep athletes on snow year round. Considering last winter here in Tahoe hopefully we won’t have to resort to this however it would pass the time over the summer!
Click the title below to check out the full story from Digital Trends.com.
“Plans for erecting the world’s premiere indoor ski park is underway with the Skipark 360° just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.”
image from CF Moller Architects
“The idea of Wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.” Edward Abbey
Here in Tahoe we really don’t have bike lanes like bigger cities do. However for those of us who cycle, whether as a commuter or for recreation, we do have to deal with cars (and cars need to deal with cyclists).
In a demonstration to warn luxury car drivers not to park in the bicycle lane in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius, the mayor of the city recently crushed a Mercedes-Benz parked in the bike lane with an army tank. Full story here and here’s a Youtube video as well. Obviously this is set up however quite entertaining:
One of the benefits of living in the western United States is the year round access to so many of the National Parks (and forests for that matter). The Center for Park Research, an offshoot of the National Parks Conservation Association, has released their findings from 10 years of research on the conditions of the cultural and natural resources of the parks. Their findings “paint a grim picture” for the future of these resources we enjoy spending so much time in. Here’s a great article from Adventure-Journal.com by Michael Frank:
and another on the same subject from The Salt Lake Tribune, by Brett Prettyman
Want to know more about the NPCA’s report? Check out their website HERE. Or click on the image below to get the entire 68 page report in PDF format.
"The State of America's National Parks"
Ever wonder why all the trails you use are in such nice condition? Well here in Lake Tahoe the big daddy trail of them all is kept in tip top shape by users just like you.
photo from TRTA
Throughout the summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association runs volunteer trail maintenance days in order to build and maintain the Tahoe Rim Trail. So if you’d like to help out and do your part check out the TRTA’s website for volunteer opportunities. In addition to trail work info the TRTA puts on all sorts of great events year round.
What a great way to get out and enjoy the wild lands and give back as well! There are 165 miles traveling the ridges around Lake Tahoe to be kept in order, why not volunteer on an unfamiliar section?
Don’t feel like digging in the dirt all day but still want to help out? Check out what the US Forest Service has available as well. They have many other options besides trail work.
Came across this article this past weekend. It comes from that “other” mountain range a ways east of us here in California and was in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, written by Mike Vidakovich. A little bit about running, and awareness and respect for our outside surroundings.
Since we are talkin’ trail running here’s another one for you to check out. Salomon Running is documenting their international team as they tackle ultra distance races on all 5 continents. Check out Trail Running TV over at Salomon’s website, here’s the first episode TNF 100 Australia . Following athlete’s like Kilian Jornet, Devon Crosby-Helms, and Ryan Sandes is pretty cool. Seems like a great crew of people to travel and run with!
If you haven’t seen this on the Sierra Avalanche Center’s Facebook page click on the photo to link to their website. Photos and info on the wet avalanche that slide across the road at Emerald Bay. Be safe out there!
from Sierra Avalanche Center
And the debate continues, snowmobile management on our public lands. I can see it being a tough decision for the USFS and I understand comparing a quad/4WD to a snowmobile although similar machines with similar impacts (physical and social), there are also very different impacts as well that they cause.
Most notably in the summer with OHV’s off trail use; creating illegal trails, vegetation damage, and erosion. Then with winter snowmobile use there are no trails. Unless I’m mistaken a major part of managing OHV’s in the summer is keeping people on designated routes. However summer OHV’s are far more limited in their access to illegally using designated Wilderness, where as snowmobiles don’t need trails and seem to be fairly common in the Desolation and Mt. Rose Wildernesses here in Lake Tahoe.
As mentioned a tough one for the Forest Service, especially since it seems that the first thing to get cut from the government’s budgets is recreation. With or without a management plan that appeals to all users will they be able to enforce regulations? Doesn’t seem like they have the means to enforce Wilderness boundaries now.
An update on the topic from http://www.newwest.net, click on anything below for the full article:
Petition backed by 90 organizations and filed last year ends with today’s decision.
By New West Editor, 3-29-11
The U.S. Forest Service today denied a request from recreation groups asking that snowmobiles on national forest lands be managed under the same guidelines applied to all other classes of off-road vehicles.