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Winter Trail Conditions

Flume Trail in Winter

Winter on the Flume Trail

As of February 9, 2015 – It’s been a solid winter and the trails are snowed in top to bottom right now. The Bijou Bike Park is closed and will remain closed until it dries out this spring. Some lower trails may melt off soon, but please remember to the respect the trails – if your tires are sinking and leaving ruts, it’s not time to ride yet. Thanks and enjoy winter! 

*Our predictions: This has been a fairly “normal” winter with snow fall. If we get a few more storms and no major cold snaps we’ll probably be riding lower lake level trails (Powerline, Tahoe City XC, etc) by mid to late April. Corral by late April or early May, and maybe upper reaches of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Toads by mid-June.  Let’s see what happens.

Trail work in the Tahoe Basin will start the first week of May and earlier in the Reno area. Stay tuned!

More info on area trail conditions here.

 

Fall Party – November 20

Celebrate an amazing year at TAMBA’s Fall Party and membership drive. We’ll have some new TAMBA goods for sale, a raffle, and updates on trail projects. 2015 has been the best and busiest year – we got the Bijou Bike Park built, finished Corral Trail, built the new Snapdragon Trail, built a re-route on Stanford Rock, held regular trail days on Tyrolean and had some amazing events like the Meyers Mtn Bike Fest, Corral Night Ride and Rose to Toads. Join in the fun and celebrate more good things to come!Fall-Flyer-151120

2015 Accomplishments, So Far!

MeyersMTBFest (2) Whoa! it’s been a busy summer so far, TAMBA’s biggest year so far in terms of building and events. We finished the Lower Corral Trail enhancements, completed the Snapdragon Trail, building the Bijou Bike Park, started a reroute on Stanford Rock, improved Tyrolean Downhill, and provided maintenance on many existing trails.  Plus we’ve hosted some cool events and races, with more to come this fall. Bijou Bike Park – This project has been 4 years in the making starting with lobbying the City, preparing design drawings, and securing permits. Partnering with the City of South Lake Tahoe, construction started in July and the 4 acre bike park is slated to open on September 19 with a BMX track, two pump tracks, a loop trail and three jump lines in the slopestyle area. Please stay off the bike park until the grand opening, it is still an active construction site and not open by the City. Volunteer opportunities will be listed on Bijoubikepark.org and Bijou Bike Park Facebopk page. Corral Trail – In June we partnered with the US Forest Service to build another ½ mile of berms and jumps. This section of trail finishes off what we worked on last year but is in a steeper area that gave us great opportunities for new features like elbow dragging berms, step up jumps, table top jumps and a rebuild of the 25′ long rock lip jump. Snapdragon Trail – This new 1.3 mile trail is located in Lake Tahoe NV State Park on the east side of the Flume Trail connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail to the Red House Flume providing yet another single track connection in the backcountry adding to our goal of creating the “singletrack superloop.” Stanford Rock – Work on the popular Stanford Rock loop out of Tahoe City is underway with a motivated group of locals working to reroute the steep loose sandy section. Tyrolean Downhill – On going maintenance on this Incline gem continues with regular trail days and improvements. Events – This year TAMBA has secured a Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service to host three events including the Corral Night Ride on October 17, Rose to Toads Ride on September 6, and the Meyers Mountain Bike Festival on Aug 8 & 9. The permit is part of our ongoing partnership with the Forest Service and a way to raise additional funds for trail improvements while increasing awareness of Tahoe’s world class multiuse trail system. In addition proceeds from three races helped TAMBA: The Battle Born Enduro in Peavine, and the two Sierra Cup races at Kirkwood and the Flume Trail this summer. The Future – We continue to work with our land managers to plan future trail projects and additions to benefit the entire trail community including new trails in Lake Tahoe NV State Park, the Heavenly Bike Park (planned for 2016 construction), Panorama Trail and the Kingsbury Stinger which has been delayed due to environmental permitting this summer.

Bijou Bike Park!

We need help! If you have any experience building pump tracks (or have an interest in learning) we need volunteers today through Saturday at the Bijou Bike Park to help with shaping. Our pro-builder Alex Fowler from PumpTraxUSA.com will be there everyday from about 9am until dark leading the build and we’ll have TAMBA crew leaders there in the evenings. Bring a shovel if you can and join us!
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Corral Trail, that’s a wrap… For now!

Another 1/2 mile of new features has been built on Lower Corral Trail.  This 2 week build came about very fast. On a Sunday afternoon we were flagging the new alignment and the very next day the USFS had a 5 person crew digging. This is a testament to the respect we have gained with the US Forest Service and the dedication of our volunteers to help out.  The section of trail finishes off what we worked on last year (in partnership with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and USFS) but is in a steeper area that gave us great opportunities for new features like elbow dragging berms, step up jumps, table top jumps and a rebuild of the 25′ long rock lip jump. TAMBA paid for the equipment rentals (about $4,000) and supported with multiple volunteer build days, in total about 60 volunteers helped out on this two week build. Our biggest thanks go out to Jacob and his crew at the US Forest Service.  True team effort!

Flagging the new alignment on June 14

Flagging the new alignment on June 14

Finishing the build on June 27

Finishing the build on June 27

Building the take off on the new 25' long jump

Building the take off on the new 25′ long jump

TAMBA Crew Leader testing the new big jump

TAMBA Crew Leader testing the new big jump

Text book berms

Text book berms

Packing berms

Packing berms

Water, it's the most important ingrediant

Water, it’s the most important ingredient

Jacob from the Forest Service

Jacob from the Forest Service

Awesome volunteers!

Awesome volunteers!

For more photos please visit our flickr album HERE.

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