About Ben Hogan

About the author: Ben Hogan is a Truckee-based backcountry skier with nearly 20 years of experience and is a former Alpine Meadows Ski Patroller. He is a freelance adventure writer, a physician assistant and author of www.manystepsmakemountains.com.


Know Before You Go – Backcountry Safety

Know Before You Go – Backcountry Safety

 

The US history of skiing is solidly rooted in Truckee, California. Truckee was the home to our nation’s first mechanized ski lift by way of a “steam powered toboggan tow lift” at the historic Hilltop location, where Cottonwood Restaurant sits today. This prompted the creation of the Truckee Winter Carnival and by the 1920’s winter tourism to the area saw over 1,000 visitors every weekend.

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Backcountry Ski Spots for Beginners

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Backcountry Ski Spots for Beginners

Backcountry Skiing Truckee

Just look around and you can see why Truckee has become a mecca for backcountry skiing and snowboarding.  From the gorgeous snow-capped peaks, the record-breaking snowfall, and the ready access to incredible terrain; Truckee has it all. Not only does Truckee have the steep and deep for the pros, it also features backcountry terrain that’s great for beginners or skiers and snowboarders wanting to learn and experience the backcountry.

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Winter Fun for All in the Mountains!

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Winter Fun for All in the Mountains!

Ice Skating Northstar California Resort Truckee, California

Photo Supplied by Northstar California Resort

 

Are you a non-alpine skier or rider eager to explore Truckee’s unreal backyard with a fun winter activity? Or, perhaps you’re looking to switch things up after a morning on the slopes. Check out our list of favorites below to create a fun winter experience with your friends and family!

 

 

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Truckee Fall Foliage Scenic Bike Rides

Truckee Fall Foliage Scenic Bike Rides

Once the waning days of autumn start casting long shadows on the peaks above Truckee, you can’t help but appreciate the vibrant fall colors visible in nearly every direction. Truckee and North Lake Tahoe are rich with opportunities to explore by bicycle or by foot.  What better way to take in the abundant fall colors that paint the area’s trees every autumn.  From the bright gold of aspen groves and cottonwoods to the beautifully contrasting greens and reds of various evergreens and low lying brush,

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Where to Bike, Run, and Hike this Spring

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Where to Bike, Run, and Hike this Spring

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Springtime in the Truckee-Tahoe region is filled with melting snow and unpredictable weather but knowing what thaws first can help you have the best experience and most fun. Whether you’re looking for a stretch of trail to bike, run, or hike in search of spring’s first wildflower blooms, Learn about some of these incredible options just minutes from downtown Truckee.

Commemorative Emigrant Trail

Just north of Truckee on Hwy 89 you can find the Commemorative Emigrant Trail offering wonderful spring access to miles of rolling single track great for hiking,

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Backcountry Skiing for Beginners

Backcountry Skiing for Beginners

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is an amazing way to experience the out of doors in a totally new winter environment. Travelling on busy summer trails now quiet and covered with a blanket of fresh backcountry2-telepowSierra snow can transform a mundane path into a winter wonderland of tall drifts and smooth angles. Having a good time in the mountainous winter backcountry inevitably includes having the knowledge to keep you and your group safe.

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5 Reasons to Take an Avalanche Class

5 Reasons to Take an Avalanche Class

 

avy6-tahoebackcountry-croppedAvalanche danger is the biggest threat to safety when entering the backcountry, but thankfully taking an avalanche class is the easiest way to learn about mitigating risk to pursue your backcountry missions. There are truly dozens of reasons why you should take an avy class, but we’ll boil it down to five important ones!

1. Know Before You Go
Knowledge is key in the world of backcountry skiing.

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