FORE our schools – and you!

It was a fabulous winter – and you can still ski the backcountry and Squaw and Alpine on in to June.  But for most of our area, spring has sprung.  Lawn mowers, instead of snow plows, are the sounds that will soon be filling the air.  And NOW is the time to get your Golfing for Schools card.  Most courses will be open between mid-May and mid-June.  The cards are fully transferable and make great gifts – clients, Mother’s Day Father’s Day, graduation, etc. Just $325 affords you one round of 18 holes of play at seven area courses – Coyote Moon, Gray’s Crossing, Old Greenwood, Tahoe Donner, Resort at Squaw Creek, Northstar and Tahoe City.

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation that enhances public education and strengthens the student learning experience within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Each year, the Foundation partners with local businesses and the community to raise money and provide over $250,000 in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit students and teachers in a school district that encompasses 12 schools in a geographic area of 720 square miles. The 2016-17 school year marks the Foundation’s 30th year of supporting local educational efforts.

For more information or to purchase, follow the link above.

Summertime Adventures on the Summit

thSummer’s coming!  While planning your vacation or trip up to your cabin this summer, there’s a great option to consider for the younger members of the group.  When hanging with the grown ups ceases to be fun or you are just in the mood for a bit of adult time, check out the camps for kids at Sugarbowl.  They are offering Summer Adventure camps in partnership with the Gateway Mountain Center. Gateway is a leader in outdoor experiential adventure activities.  Their mission is to open young people’s hearts and minds to the natural world; we engage, impel and empower them to become knowledgeable, passionate, conscientious stewards – of themselves, their communities, the environment and our world.

Executive Director, Peter Mayfield, has an amazing resume.  He has designed and delivered creative and successful outdoor educational programs for thousands of California youth.  Peter has served as Chief Guide for the Yosemite Mountaineering School, and as Chief Examiner for the Professional Ski Instructors Association (Far West). As the founder and General Partner of CityRock Gym, the first large urban climbing gym, Peter was a catalyst for the growth of indoor climbing in North America. As a consultant Peter has designed and developed adventure programs for Disney, Discovery Communications, and Posades Resorts.  As a creative mountaineer Peter has succeeded on first ascents on Yosemite’s El Captain and Half Dome, climbed new routes in Peru, Patagonia, and the Alaska Range, and pioneered difficult snowboard descents.  And he has amassed an equally impressive staff.

Camps are arranged for specific timeframes and for specific ages, so that the activities will be age appropriate.  Campers can start as young as four years of age with a nature camp combining easy hikes, water play fun and nature art, storytelling and yoga.

Older campers can enjoy spectacular hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking , stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking.

And for the oldest age group there is also  an Adventure, Leadership, and Stewardship camp.  In addition to the fabulous outdoor adventures the campers will learn to become a thoughtful citizen of the world . The leadership portion will focus on communication, teaching skills, goal setting, becoming role models, and problem solving. Stewardship themed activities include, a conservation project, studying and employing Leave no Trace practices, teaching younger kids, and learning about sustainability and personal stewardship.

You can find all the information on the camp offerings here. Have a great summer!

Celebrating in Summit Style

Get ready to celebrate in style – summit style!  This Friday the 4th the Donner Summit Area Association will host its annual July 4th extravaganza – a tradition not to be missed!  Come on out from 11am to 3pm  to the picnic area behind Summit Restaurant in Soda Springs for the best our community has to offer!

The picnic includes displays by local artisans and businesses, a bounce house, silent and live auction, cold beer, wine, and soft drinks, and a delicious barbecue lunch prepared by local chefs.  Live music will be provided by ‘The Blues Monsters’ . This year, DSAA will be raffling off three great prizes:  a Kona “Fire” Mountain Bike(courtesy of The Backcountry and DSAA), framed original Michael Overhauser(courtesy of the artist), and $500 cash (courtesy of DSAA members).

Funds raised at this event support DSAA’s work to inform about issues affecting the bi-county area and to bring a voice to the concerns of the community.

Tickets are just $15 for adults and $5 for kids under 12.

Get more information about DSAA here.

Golf Courses and Summer Activities


PUBLIC GOLF COURSES                                             

Coyote Moon

Gray\’s Crossing

Incline Village

Northstar at Tahoe

Old Brockway

Old Greenwood


Resort at Squaw Creek

Tahoe Donner

Tahoe City



Donner Memorial State Park

Tahoe National Forest

Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

Truckee Park & Rec