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Located in the center of South Lake Tahoe on the way to Heavenly, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sierra Ski and Cycle Works will get you ready for your resort or backcountry adventure. Shaped downhill skis, fat powder skis, cross-country skis, randonée skis, telemark gear (including boots, climbing skins, adjustable poles, avalanche transceivers and shovels), Voile split snowboards, snowshoes and warm clothing.

You choose how you want to play on the mountain.

Waxing and tuning services are always available and recommended for optimal fun!  Tunes can be done overnight or while you wait. Sierra Ski and Cycle Works also has clothing rentals for all sizes; and kid’s ski gear guarantees the whole family can get out and play.

Get first chair or sunrise on a peak. Rent the night before.

(530) 541-7505.

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Spoke Junkie Stories

Long Live the Real Skiers

December 19, 2009

Martin Hollay

So you have your new super fat twin tip skis or that new board with rocker. You can ride switch all day long, throw down corked threes in the big pipe, you’ve dropped the cross on Mount Tallac, won a race or two during gay week and skied Powderhouse in the full moon! Yep pretty hot, right? Well let me tell you about two of my favorite skiers first and then we can take a vote.

The first one was born Jon Tostensen, April 30 1827 in the Telemark region of Norway. By the age of ten his family had moved to the western U.S. eventually Jon settled in the Sacramento valley for a life of farming and took on the more Americanized last name Thompson. It didn’t take long for Jon to grow restless, a Norwegian mountain boy trying to live the farming life in the flat lands! So one day he answered a government ad looking for someone to run mail back and forth during the winter months between Placerville and the mining district of Genoa western Utah, now of course Nevada. There were of course no other takers, surely this would be suicide! Others had tried in the past using wagons and horses or mules but had failed miserably, one was even killed by Indians. That would have been those Washoe out there trying to protect their powder runs right?

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