Afterglow Podcast Returns for Season Three
Brendan Madigan, owner of 40-year-old specialty retailer Alpenglow Sports, returns with the third season of the Afterglow, a Mountain Storytelling Podcast. Season three of Afterglow features intimate conversations with iconic mountain personalities including snowboard deity Jeremy Jones, consummate local hero Lel Tone, historical climbing photographer Jim Herrington, author Dierdre Wolownick, ultra-runner Rory Bosio,1970s Yosemite rock climbing enigma John Long, and freeskiing icon Glen Plake.
Afterglow travels deep into the mind, heart, and soul of world-renowned adventure athletes. The next weekly episode comes out Dec. 16 and features ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich. In-person talks more your thing? Check out Alpenglow’s Winter Speaker Series, featuring Kit DesLauriers, Adrian Ballinger, and Hadley Hammer, detailed in Moonshine’s Tahoe Winter Times TAP Calendar.
Winery Tasting Room to Close
At the landlord’s request due to lack of tenants on the premises, the Truckee River Winery will close its Brockway Road Tasting Room in mid-January. The property that currently houses the Tasting Room, which has been open for 10 of the winery’s 30 years, has been officially listed on the market. The winery itself will continue to make and sell wine.
Record Numbers for Small Business Saturday
Shoppers from coast to coast made an impact at small businesses on the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, held Nov. 30. New data released found U.S. shoppers who patronized independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reported spending a record high total of an estimated $19.6 billion, according to the 2019 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. Small Business Saturday was created 10 years ago by American Express in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers.
Bike-a-Thon Scores Funds for Charity
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino hosted a 24-hour bike-a-thon on Nov. 19 called Ride and Raise. Eighteen riders participated, riding stationary Peloton bikes. All funds raised for the event were donated to Incline Elementary School for their Health and Wellness Science Booster Committee.
Local Adventure Travel Company Acquisition
Wild Frontiers, the award-winning adventure travel company with U.S. offices in Truckee, has announced the acquisition of Myths and Mountains, based in Incline Village. Founded by Dr. Antonia (Toni) Neubauer, Myths and Mountains has specialized in crafting bespoke travel experiences in Asia and Southeast Asia for 33 years.
New Ikon Pass Mobile App
TAHOE AREA SKI RESORTS
The new Ikon Pass mobile app is available now in app stores, expanding the on-mountain experience for skiers and riders at 41 global Ikon Pass destinations. The app is designed to help Ikon Pass and Ikon Base Pass holders get the most out of their pass and enhance a day on the mountain. The app is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, and will function at
all 41 Ikon Pass destinations around the globe.
Tahoe Property Chosen as Next Nobu Getaway
World-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa has teamed up with actor Robert De Niro and former film producer-turned-hotel guru Meir Tepper to form Nobu Hospitality Group, which along with assistance from Oracle founder billionaire Larry Ellison will redo Lake Tahoe’s Cal Neva Lodge and Casino. The legendary lodge, once owned by Frank Sinatra, has been closed since 2013. Ellison acquired Cal Neva for $35.8 million in 2018 via bankruptcy proceedings.
This is the latest project between Ellison and the Nobu group, which also runs the Epiphany hotel in Palo Alto and the Nobu Ryokan hotel in Malibu.
Robotic Tech Expands Surgical Options
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
Barton Health’s surgery department offers state-ofthe-art technology with the recent acquisition of a $2.1 million da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The da Vinci Xi System features the latest in robotic-assisted surgery that is minimally invasive and can reduce a patient’s time in the hospital. Barton offers robotic surgery procedures in the areas of colorectal, gynecology, and general surgery. With da Vinci, the surgeon is completely in control of the robotic-assisted procedure, which translates hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.
Free Shuttle Service Expands
Squaw Alpine Transit Company announced it will expand complimentary mountaineer shuttle services provided within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows during the 2019/20 winter season. New this season, Mountaineer will offer extended evening hours in Squaw Valley daily until 10 p.m., and holiday service in Alpine Meadows. In addition, two more vehicles were added to the fleet in order to meet demand and further reduce weekend wait times. Launched in December 2018, the Mountaineer app-based shuttle service provided over 81,000 rides to passengers in its first winter season and removed at least 20,000 vehicle trips
from access roads in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
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New Program Manager for Nevada Conservation
The Nevada De partment of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that Zachary Ormsby has been hired as the new program manager for the Nevada Conservation Districts Program. As NCDP’s new program manager, Ormsby will work with Nevada’s 28 conservation districts to help advance natural resource conservation and management throughout the state’s diverse rural and urban landscapes. Ormsby is a native Nevadan with over 15 years of experience in project management and natural resource conservation. He has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in geography with an emphasis in natural resource planning from the University of Nevada, Reno.