A frequently asked question we get from beginner to intermediate snowboarders is..
What are the essential and most effective protective/safety gear available for snowboarding?
When you’re learning to snowboard/ride, you will likely fall in the process of learning the skills required to become competent enough to ride and progress to steeper mountain slopes and terrain.
In addition, for those who would like ride and play in snowboard parks, protective gear will help protect you while doing park features.
For snowboarding, some common snowboarding injuries include knee, chest, elbow, wrist, hips and tail bone.
To protect yourself from snowboarding injuries, the following are ‘must-have’ protective gear since the cost of injury (surgery, medical costs, rehab, pain/suffering, etc) outweigh the cost of buying protective gear; here’s a list of gear you should consider using while learning to snowboard:
A helmet is essential to protect your head against injury and concussions. Helmets keep you safe especially when you are learning a new skill or fall/crash when you pick up speed going down the mountain. Always wear a helmet to prevent serious head injuries. Browse sale and clearance deals at REI.
Above photo: Smith Snowboarding Helmet on Sale at REI
(2) Wrist Guards
For beginners, during a fall, they tend to brace themselves/soften the fall with their hands. Wrist injuries are often problematic since even minor wrist injuries can take at minimum of eight weeks to heal since we use our wrists and hands daily so it’s difficult to heal. A good pair of wrist guards is essential when you’re learning to snowboard. Browse sale and clearance deals at REI.
Above photo: Burton Wrist Guards on Sale at REI
Knee pads, elbow pads, hip pads, and butt pads are all designed to help prevent you from injuring yourself especially when you have a hard impact with pact snow and icy surfaces. When learning new tricks in the parks, wearing pads not only protects you but also give you a boost in confidence. Browse sale and clearance deals at REI.
Above photo: Burton Impact Shorts helps protect your hips and butt
Back injuries are not as common for snowboarders, however certain high risk movements in the parks can cause serious injury. However, wearing a back protector will likely restrict your upper-body movement. Browse sale and clearance deals at REI.
(4) Knee Pads
Knee pads can protect you from knee injuries. Try knee pads out to see how they fit, feel and explore the range of movements allowed by the knee pads. Make sure you get the right fit so that the knee pads won’t slide down your leg when you’re snowboarding. Knee pads restrict how much you can flex your knees on jumps, or bend down to get a low turn without feeling a pinch. Browse sale and clearance deals at REI.
Above photo: Burton Snowboarding Knee Pads
When you are learning to ride and/or do park features, it’s wise to use the snowboarding protective gear to help prevent injuries. The protective snowboarding gear not only prevent injuries but also prevents both tangible (costly surgery, meds, etc) and intangible (personal rehab time, pain/suffering) setback. As you progressed and become more skilled, you can opt out of wearing most of the recommended protective gear, however, it’s best to always wear a helmet to protect your head from injuries.
This year’s most popular tech gadget is a GoPro Hero 7 Black. GoPro Hero 7 is definitively unmatched for action videography; key features..
✔ HyperSmooth stabilization achieves gimbal-like video—without the gimbal; it predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage
✔ Rugged design is waterproof down to 33 ft. (10m) without a housing, letting you capture and share experiences you can’t record with your phone
✔ Voice control lets you stay in the moment and control the camera hands-free with voice commands like “GoPro, take a photo” and “GoPro, start recording” – Read the specs and features.
GoPro Hero7 Black Camera YouTube Reviews
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Snowshoeing is fun, easy and an inexpensive way to get out on the snow around Lake Tahoe to enjoy the great outdoors and partake in nature photography.
How to snowshoe?
Simply attach a pair of snowshoes to your waterproof hiking boots, and you are ready to go. It’s easy; if you can walk, you can snowshoe.
Where to rent or buy snowshoes?
For first timers, rent a pair of snowshoes at REI to try out snowshoeing. If you plan to go often, buy snowshoes at REI’s clearance deals (a quality pair of snowshoes will last you many years) or other sporting goods. Snowshoes are lightweight, easy to put on, and come with claws on the bottom for added hiking traction up and down hills.
Snowshoeing over packed snow is similar to hiking with large feet, but hiking through deep, fresh powder can be a good workout.
What to wear?
Dress in layers with the outer most layer being a waterproof jacket so you can peel off a layer when you warmed up; wear sweat wicking inner shirt, lightweight waterproof gloves, a hat/beanie, and also remember to pack sunglasses, sunblock lotion, water and a snack or lunch. Also bring ski poles to use which will help with stability/balance when trekking up and down hills.
Where to snowshoe in Tahoe? Flume Trail
My favorite spot for snowshoeing where you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe is the Flume Trail. The Flume Trail is a 12.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Incline Village, Nevada. A great spot for picnicking is about 1 mile walk in where you can experienced beautiful panoramic views of the lake. Pack and enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. If you are taking your date or significant other, this is as romantic and scenic as you can get for a Tahoe outing. In the off season, mountain biking the Flume trail is a popular activity.
The Flume trailhead starts right behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe at 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd, Incline Village, NV 89451. Follow the blacktop road behind the cafe to the trailhead’s gate. If you eat or buy a drink at the cafe, you can ask to park at the cafe parking free of charge. Otherwise, park across the street for free.
Look for hotels and lodging deals in the vicinity of Incline Village, NV, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, or Crystal Bay. For first time booking, get $25 off Tahoe area hotels.
Good value breakfast deal can be had at the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge, Restaurant, Casino: Bilty’s breakfast goes for $6.25 (served 7 AM to 11 AM) is the best deal which includes three eggs any style with bacon, sausage or ham. Eggs cooked just the way you like, accompanied by hash brown potatoes and your choice of toast. Or stop by on Sundays for their $9.95 all you can eat brunch! After snowshoeing, enjoy Happy Hour 7 days a week 3pm-7pm with $1 Draft Beer $2 Well, $2 Jager shots, and $4 Patron Shots.
Mark you calendar for Ski & Snowboard Film Premier Screenings Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area
Gather some friends and family to watch ski and snowboard film premiers to get stoked for the coming snow season and score a free lift ticket at selected screenings.
*Most film/movie screenings will give out a free mid-week non-holiday lift ticket or a 2 for 1 lift ticket aka BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon/voucher. With adult lift tickets pricing of $100 and up, a free lift ticket is an added bonus for watching a ski and ride film which you can use or give it to a friend or family member.
At most film screenings, get a chance to win swag/prizes and ski/ride destination trips at intermission and after the film raffle.
A run-down of the best ski & snowboard films coming to the SF Bay Area
–>> Warren Miller’s 69th snow sports film comes to the Bay Area
When: From October 12, 2018 to November 2018, various dates and SF Bay Area film screening locations.
“Loving the pure joy of winter is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller—who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This year, “Face of Winter,” the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes alike together to pay tribute to the man who started it all.
Watch as the world’s best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations to honor a face that launched a thousand quips and got us all started on this long, crazy ride. Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations from Switzerland to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand and more.
Come along to far off regions, meet the locals, carve faces of remote mountain ranges, and celebrate the thrills of a life lived in high places.
Join in the tribute and continue the legacy. We are all the “Face of Winter.”
Get the following lift tickets, swag and offers with every film ticket purchased:
(1) Free 2-FOR-1 WEEKDAY LIFT TICKET TO SQUAW VALLEY / ALPINE MEADOWS
(2) 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE AT SPORTS BASEMENT
(3) JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT: BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE LIFT TICKET
(4) BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE (BOGO) LIFT TICKET TO ANGEL FIRE RESORT in New Mexico
Face of Winter Film Show Dates and Locations:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
PALACE OF FINE ARTS THEATRE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Nov 7 | Nov 8
SAN RAFAEL, CA
THE FOX THEATRE
REDWOOD CITY, CA
THE LESHER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WALNUT CREEK, CA
* Join us before the film screening to enjoy drinks, good eats and to connect with skiers and snowboarders for Tahoe trips and Tahoe ridesharing. Expand your circle of ski and snowboard buddies at our preseason meetup.
How to get my free lift tickets for Warren Miller’s Film Screenings?
You’re get a voucher at the film screening; go to www.wmecoupons.com to redeem the above free lift tickets/swag.
YouTube “Face of Winter” 2018 film screening:
–>> Teton Gravity Research’s (TGR) Film – Far Out 2018 Tour Dates
What: San Francisco premiere of Far Out, presented by REI
When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Early Show – 6:00 doors, 6:30 show. Late – 8:30 doors, 9:15 show. Buy tickets. Where: Palace of Fine Arts How Much: Early Show – $18 advance, $20 day of show, $10 ages 16 and under. Late Show – $20.
* In Berkeley, CA on October 12, 2018 at The UC Theatre; showtimes: 6:45pm and 9:15pm. Buy Tickets.
* For those of you looking for a more intimate viewing experience, this year TGR is excited to announce the return of the TGR WhiSKI series. The WhiSKI Series pairs a high-end whiskey tasting (featuring High West whiskey) with a VIP screening of Far Out, and athlete/production Q&A. All WhiSKI Series attendees will also get swag bags including Yeti Ramblers, TGR films and more.
OCTOBER 11, 2018
DELANCEY STREET SCREENING ROOM (WHISKI SERIES)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Buy Tickets.
“Far Out embodies the imagination as much as it does a physical space. It is the quest to seek out undiscovered realms and inspire new waves of creativity, enlightenment, and progression. It is the quest to be blown away.
Join the TGR crew on one of its boldest missions ever. The film follows the perspective of an athlete as he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet, the Albanian Alps. While the final destination appears to be the ultimate goal, it is the collective of athletes, experiences, and the array of locations around the world that inevitably drive the season’s adventure. Witness mind-bending pillow lines as the crew camps out deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Experience urban madness in Kamchatka and the insanity of the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Join the crew in the Slovenian Alps for over-the-head cold smoke and watch an 11-year-old rip Jackson Hole. Discover the alien landscape of Girdwood, Alaska in January and see Sean Jordan ride into Crested Butte on a black stallion to shred the Southern Rockies. Find out if the wildest and most untamed mountains in Europe let us in, and if the ultimate destination became a reality.
Whether you choose to come to the family-friendly early show or party with us at the late show, it’s sure to be a great night. There will be athlete appearances, plus a ton of prizes from our partners at Yeti, The North Face, Atomic, Volkl, TGR and more, plus everyone in attendance will get a buy-one-day-get-the-next-day-free lift ticket to Mt Bachelor (holiday restrictions apply)”
YouTube Far Out film trailer:
–>> Matchstick Productions “All In” 2018 Ski Film
When: October 8, 2018 at 6pm
Where: San Francisco, CA
KEEP TAHOE BLUE, 3RD ANNUAL SKI MOVIE FUNDRAISER!
Are you ready for Keep Tahoe Blue and Matchstick Productions 3rd annual movie premiere? Get stoked for the 2018-19 snow season and join us for the hottest new ski film “ALL IN”!
This year’s screening party and fundraiser will be held at the JCCSF on October 8th from 6 to 10:00PM. Ticket prices include film screening, top notch food from local caterers, beer sponsored by Sierra Nevada, high-end local wines, chance to meet athletes from the film and opportunities to win amazing auction items and giveaways. Above all, all proceeds will benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe!
General Admission Ticket: $50. Includes movie ticket, amazing local food, beer and wine (21+). BUY TICKETS.
A limited amount of tickets will be sold at door, first come first serve for $70 (NOTE: this event WILL sell out!)
This years silent auction prizes include:
· Custom skies from Blizzard and Volkl
· Gear from The North Face
· GoPro, Sunski’s, Spy Opitcs, Betabrand
· Tickets to events around the Bay
· and much, much more… all to benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe!
“ALL IN”, Matchstick Productions’ 2018 epic ski film delivers a first of its kind experience. This concept is spearheaded by a talented group of hard-charging women who wanted to disrupt the male-dominated ski film formula. This isn’t you typical “Women can shred too” film, this is a kick-ass ski film that just happens to feature as many women as men. Skiing isn’t exclusionary, true fun in the mountains can be shared equally by everyone.
Shot in exotic locations over the course of 2018, ALL IN will excite skiers across the globe. Follow the crew from the lift-accessed terrain of Snowbird to the dreamworlds of Japan and Alaska amplified by a soundtrack that will be on everyone’s ski playlist next year. Starring: Angel Collinson, Michelle Parker, Tatum Monod, Elyse Saugstad, Mark Abma, Wiley Miller, Johnny Collinson, and Cody Townsend.
~ where culture, travel exploration and skiing meet
“Twenty-two year old Swede, Lovisa Rosengren, chooses Gulmarg, Kashmir as her dream trip spot with Cody Townsend and Kalen Thorien. What was supposed to be a cultural trip, turns into so much more when a 3 meter snow storm rolls through the resort.” – Salomon TV
Where you’d like to be for 2017 New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations?
Here’s an idea: partake in a fun-filled day of skiing and riding then follow that up as the sun sets with Live Music, Parties and count-down to 2018 enjoying Heavenly Resort’s spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks.
Mark your calendar and invite family and friends to join:
New Year’s Eve Celebration happens at Heavenly Village on Sunday, December 31, 2017, from 6:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m.
1001 Heavenly Village Way
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 | Directions
“Heavenly Holidays reach their zenith on New Year’s Eve when fire, lights, and music fill the air. 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Live concert, Ice Carving Performance, fire dancers, a photo booth, face painting and at 9:00 p.m., in time for the midnight Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square, Heavenly’s Gondola Ball Drop will cross above the crowd, and a fabulous fireworks show will light up the night. The party continues into the night at one of the many casino nightclubs.
Live Concert 7:00 pm
Ice Sculpting Show
LED Dance Show
Gondola Ball Drop and Fireworks Show 9:00 pm
Kick off 2018 in one of the many casino clubs in South Lake Tahoe, and go all in celebrating the New Year!” – tahoesouth.com
Driving to Tahoe often and interested in ride sharing? Meet new ski and ride friends. Preserve the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Join Snow Pals to car pool/ride share to and from Tahoe; share expenses and meet folks to ski and ride with.
Want to sleep and let a professional driver take you to your favorite Tahoe resort?Book a discount SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trip: one day and overnight bus trips. Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding; sleep on the way to Tahoe and watch movies on the return while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks.
For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:
January 2016 brings back to back storms with over 4 feet of new snow in 7 days and more snow in the forecast; it’s the best snow in five years so get to your favorite Tahoe resort and enjoy skiing/riding or learn a fun new snow sport since it’s the most snowfall record in years; gather some family and friends together for a getaway(browse our list of Tahoe vacation rentals). Here are some great lift ticket discounts and deals..
What’s the cheapest Tahoe resort lift ticket deal?
For college students, if you are free to go skiing/riding on Fridays, Boreal offers the cheapest/best lift ticket deal at only $15. Ski and ride from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, enjoying the area’s closest ski resort right off Highway 80. Available for only College students and active duty military at Boreal. Must have valid I.D.
Not a college student? You can still get $25 lift tickets on Feb 5 and March 18, dubbed as FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS
Only $25 for anyone with $5 of that going back to either High Fives Foundation and Truckee Humane Society. Make sure to head to the Boreal Bar for an awesome after party with music, good times, and food specials.
Discounted ski bus trips: If you’re looking for a discounted ski bus from the SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski resorts, check out the discounted one day and overnight ski bus trips with pick-ups around the Bay Area. Sleep on the bus, have a fun day of skiing and snowboarding and watch movies on the return bus ride. You can add a learn to ski or snowboard package or book a round trip bus ride only if you already have a lift ticket or season pass.
Tip: SF Bay Area Hyundai is running a promo where you get two free lift tickets to Bear Valley ($140 value) with any test drive.
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Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) Discount Lift Tickets in the Tahoe Area:
“Purchase a ticket and enjoy a day of skiing or riding all season long, non holidays. All proceeds benefit backcountry avalanche forecasting in the Lake Tahoe Region.
Sierra Avalanche Center has partnered with Tahoe’s top resorts to offer SAC Ski and Ride Days. Each of the participating resorts have donated lift tickets or trail passes to the Non Profit to support educational programs and the avalanche advisory. When you purchase a lift ticket through SAC your money goes directly toward Know Before You Go avalanche safety education across the Lake Tahoe region.
SAC SKi & Ride Days are a great way to support our mission and enjoy a day of skiing or riding at your favorite Tahoe resort. Look for the yellow ticket button on the home page to learn about participating resorts and details. Once we sell through our supply the link will be inactive for purchase.” – updated on 1/14/16
The participating resorts are offering skiers and snowboarders special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. One hundred percent of the lift ticket proceeds go to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for our local students. Please see listings below for ticket details. Updated: 1/14/16
$30 lift tickets valid Sunday – Friday, all season, non-holiday (Dec. 18 – Jan. 3; Jan. 15 – 18; Feb. 12 – 20). Tickets on sale herePlease allow up to 24 hours for ticket to be mailed. Tickets also available at Tahoe Dave’s.
$15 trail passes valid Sunday – Friday, all season, non-holiday. SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support.
Purchase downhill ski tickets in advance at Tahoe Dave’s (Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City). Purchase cross-country passes in advance at Paco’s in Truckee and Alpenglow in Tahoe City. A limited supply of tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis and will not be available at the resorts. Tickets are not refundable. All Skiing for Schools proceeds are donated to Excellence in Education through your lift ticket purchase and the generous support of participating ski resorts. The Foundation would also like to acknowledge both Northstar and Squaw /Alpine for their generous $15,000 cash contributions in addition to the discounted lift tickets provided.
For more information, please call 530-550-7984
Special lift ticket deals and promos for Tahoe visitors:
SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS
Fly & Ski Free at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Guests arriving by airplane can ski or ride the afternoon for free (and evenings during night operations). Present your same-day commercial airline boarding pass with a matching photo ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows and receive a complimentary afternoon lift ticket valid from 12:30 – 4pm.
Fly in and ski or ride free that same day at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! Must present same day boarding pass and a valid I.D. to receive complimentary lift ticket. Lift tickets are valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday* are non-transferable, not for resale and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. *Holiday Dates include December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016; January 16-18, 2016; February 13-20, 2016.
Fly & We’ll Buy at Heavenly
Fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ski that afternoon, for FREE! After all, Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong well after last call. You come here to go all in, and worry about sleep later. Present your boarding pass and photo ID at the Guest Service office to receive your free afternoon lift ticket, valid same-day from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
From the Plane to Powder!
Flying into Reno to enjoy the legendary snow and terrain at Kirkwood? Don’t throw away your boarding pass, bring it to the guest service office located in the Village Plaza the same day as your flight and we’ll set you up with a FREE half-day lift ticket! Please bring a photo ID with your boarding pass to redeem your half-day ticket which is good from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
Flying? First Runs Are On Us at Northstar California
Flying to Northstar through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport? Show us your boarding pass from the same day and enjoy a half-day lift ticket on us. There’s no better way to shake out your travel legs than with an afternoon on the slopes. To redeem, simply show your boarding pass and photo ID at the Guest Service office to receive your free afternoon lift ticket, valid same-day from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
MT. ROSE-SKI TAHOE
Ski the Day you Fly for only $37!
Present your boarding pass the day you arrive in Lake Tahoe (the day your flight arrives) and receive a $37 lift ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Office. Offer is valid non-holiday*. *void holiday periods: December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016; January 16-18, February 13-14, 2016.