TAMBA gave away a pair Heavenly Lift Tickets to John Drum of South Lake Tahoe on 21 Jan and Eric Gerken of Reno on 11 Feb. Congratulations to them and happy skiing. Also, a big thank-you to everyone who joined or renewed their membership during this sweepstakes period. TAMBA added over 60 memberships in January and the first half of February…which is truly remarkable considering mountain biking is not prevalent subject this winter!
This year we helped build a new trail. It took many years to get the alignment right, partnerships lined up and permitting done through the leadership from the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The new Kingsbury Stinger Trail is another piece in the puzzle and will allow for more opportunities for future trails in the area. This video was made by First Tracks Productions to show how the new trail came about. Thanks to everyone that helped build (133 volunteers), along with trail crews from the USFS and American Conservation Experience, cooperation from Tahoe Rim Trail Association, grant funding from Nevada recreational trails program your Connection to Adventure and local bike shop Shoreline of Tahoe for leading multiple trail days. Enjoy!
Celebrate the end of another great riding season Friday, November 11th
at Heavenly California Lodge. We’ll be showing First Decent: The Average Season
, a backcountry ski movie filmed in Lake Tahoe, the Eastern Sierras and Colorado. Attendance is FREE and all ages are welcome!
Heavenly will be offering a pasta dinner for $12.95 and the California Bar will be open to purchase drinks. We’ll be holding a raffle and renewing memberships. If you would like to renew online prior to the event, visit our membership page.
Date: Friday, November 11th
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Heavenly California Lodge, 3860 Saddle Road, SLT
Since May we’ve held more than 40 volunteer trail days on various trails around Tahoe including Tahoe Mountain, Christmas Valley, Tyrolean, Stanford Rock, Snap Dragon, Incline Flume Trail, the Bijou Bike Park and the new Kingsbury Stinger Trail. The Fall season is here and we’ll continue to work (and ride) until the snow falls. Stay up to date on our events page and Facebook page.
Grand Opening of the new Kingsbury Stinger Trail
Major accomplishments in 2016 include:
- Grand Opening of the brand new Kingsbury Stinger Trail. This trail provides a crucial connection from the lake to the mountain tops connecting many neighborhoods in Stateline and South Lake Tahoe. For some longer rides it can be ridden uphill connecting over to the Bench, Genoa Trails, or making a loop to Van Sickel. Or can it be shuttled downhill.
- Reroute of the Incline Flume Trail. This reroute on what was previously private land will allow the Forest Service to adopt the trail as a system trail in 2017.
- Work on Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Using funds raised from the Meyers Mountain Bike Festival, TAMBA funded a week of work on Saxon Creek Trail, with an 8 person crew from the American Conservation Experience (ACE), under supervision of the Forest Service. The goal was to repair eroded sections and return widened trail segments back to singletrack. Work was focused on two main areas, the lower section of the upper rock garden and the trail segment above the old motorized turn around. TAMBA wants to create sustainable trails, but we also want to Keep Toad’s Wild!
- Removing fallen trees. Just in the month of October alone TAMBA volunteer sawyers have removed more than 20 downed tress from the trails, including Corral, Connector, Tahoe Mountain, and Christmas Valley.
Under our Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service TAMBA hosts three signature events again this season. Together these events are our largest source of fundraising dollars and rider education/stewardship.
Still to come this year is the famed Corral Night Ride on October 22. We mix Halloween revelry with a night bicycle ride on one of our signature trails. It’s an event not to be missed!
In August we held the 4th Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival in partnership with the Divided Sky. The two-day event included the popular Triple Crown Ride, bands, festival events, and the Corral Demo Day with 6 bike companies attending (Ibis, Turner, Knolly, Intense, Norco and Specialized).
Next up was the 6th Annual Rose to Toads Ride over Labor Day weekend. The 62 mile ride sounds tame enough in name but in reality is a true test of endurance and attracts riders from around the country. 153 registered riders joined us this year for the ride of a lifetime!
Toads got rockier from new work in October
Construction has started on the Kingsbury Stinger Trail being built by the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit with American Conservation Experience crews. We first walked this new alignment with the Forest Service five years ago and it’s exciting to see it finally being built. Join us on the following days to help build the new trail and for your opportunity to check out what’s been built so far. For all trail days, meet at 9am at the end of North Benjamin / Andria Drive for all trail days.
July 9, July 15
Aug 12, Aug 21, Aug 26
Sept – TBD
Oct – TBD
Below are a few photos from our volunteer day on June 11, thanks to the 47 volunteers that helped out!
TAMBA is hosting this trail summit to showcase the amazing trail renaissance in Tahoe and discuss the future. We want to bring together all trail users to gain input and consensus on the future of multi-use trails around beautiful Lake Tahoe. With over 75% of the land in Tahoe managed by the Forest Service, we are hosting this summit in partnership with US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Friday May 6, 2016
- 2pm – 5pm: Trail Tech Talks
- Trail planing and process
- Building a connected trail network
- Creating consensus among different trail users
- 5pm – 8pm: Opening sunset reception on the beach with food and drink specials
- 8pm – 9pm: Movie and raffle
Saturday May 7, 2016
- 7am – 8:30am: Breakfast in the Tavern, Coffee complimentary
- 8:30am – 2pm: Presentations/Workshops/Panel Discussions, topics include:
- Success stories, Tahoe and beyond
- Current threats to multi-use trails
- Too many trail users?
- Tourism, economics and trails
- Engaging tomorrow’s trail stewards
- Round table workshop – Prioritizing community trail projects.
- Afternoon showcase ride and Bijou Bike Park tour
- Evening movie, raffle, party in the Tavern and beach front patio with food and drink specials
Sunday May 8, 2016
- Breakfast in the Tavern
- Mother’s Day family ride