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Sierra Stories

  • Lake Tahoe: Breeding Ground of Champions | Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on February 25, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·   The 1932 National Ski Association Championship Tournament.   Editor’s Note: Part I may be read at TheTahoeWeekly.com Most of us take it for granted that the Tahoe-Truckee region will be well represented by local athletes at virtually every top-tier, international ski or snowboard competition. North Tahoe has sent more top competitors to the U.S. National […]
  • Lake Tahoe: Breeding ground of champions, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on February 11, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  Most of us take it for granted that the Tahoe-Truckee region will be well represented by local star athletes at virtually every top tier international ski or snowboard competition. Tahoe has a long history at producing ski champions, and it continues to grow every decade. You can thank the Lake Tahoe Ski Club, formed in 1929, […]
  • Billy Kidd loses to longboarder Johnny Redstreake

    By Mark McLaughlin on January 28, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  Larry McCaffrey · In the spring of 1964, an unusual ski race was held at the snow-covered meadows off the Mount Rose Highway. Some contestants were riding old-fashioned, long wooden skis and holding a single braking pole, while others sported modern alpine equipment. The competition was to determine if the venerable longboard skis of yesteryear were […]
  • African-Americans caught Gold Fever, too

    By Mark McLaughlin on January 14, 2015
    By Mark McLaughlin   In one of the largest voluntary migrations in human history, the California Gold Rush attracted adventurous men and women from around the world. Crazed by the lure of instant wealth, they jammed aboard cramped sailing ships or endured fatiguing overland treks in order to dig placer gold in the Sierra foothills. These daring gold seekers came […]
  • Sugar Bowl turns 75 | Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on December 30, 2014
    By Mark McLaughlin     Editor’s Note: Part I may be found at TheTahoeWeekly.com. Seventy-five years ago in December, the Sugar Bowl ski resort opened for business. Northern California’s first true alpine ski area, Sugar Bowl was much larger than any other nearby operations and its chairlift, the first in the Sierra, enabled a skier to sit down for an […]
  • Sugar Bowl celebrates 75 years: Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on December 17, 2014
      Sugar Bowl Ski Resort recently celebrated  its 75th anniversary of opening on Dec. 15, 1939. Known as the Grand Dame of California resorts, it represents a long and colorful ski history. During the 1930s, long before the winter resort build up at Lake Tahoe, the Donner Summit region boasted the most extensive concentration of rope tows, ski clubs and […]
  • Coming of age: Forecasting weather

    By Mark McLaughlin on December 3, 2014
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  The winter season is nearly upon us and everyone is studying the tea leaves to determine what our weather has in store for us. Similar to last year, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has forecast warmer than normal temperatures in the West, with below average in the southeast. The precipitation forecast, based on a weak El Niño […]
  • Moses Schallenberger: Alone at Donner Lake, Part II

    By Mark McLaughlin on November 19, 2014
    By Mark McLaughlin ·  The Donner Party story receives the headlines, but two years before that tragic event a teenage boy named Moses Schallenberger survived the winter of 1845 alone at Donner Lake, 170 years ago. Moses was born in 1826 in Ohio to European immigrants. His parents died of cholera when Moses was a young boy, so his older […]
  • Moses Schallenberger: A winter alone at Donner Lake, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on October 29, 2014
     By Mark McLaughlin ·  Visitors to Donner Lake hear all about the historic Donner Party tragedy that occurred there in the winter of 1846-47. Unfortunately, few learn the story of Moses Schallenberger, a remarkable teenage boy who survived the winter of 1845 alone at Donner Lake, 170 years ago. Born in Ohio in 1826, Moses was the youngest of seven […]
  • Myron Lake: Winner takes all, Part I

    By Mark McLaughlin on October 15, 2014
    By Mark McLaughlin · In October, Nevada will celebrate 150 years of statehood. It was on Halloween in 1864 that Congress approved admittance of the Silver State into the Union. America’s Civil War was still raging and Nevada’s entry as a free soil state helped bolster President Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party in their efforts to abolish slavery in […]