Mt. Rose for Sale

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe announced in January that the ski resort is for sale. Fritz Buser, majority stakeholder of the independently-owned resort since 1971, wants to sell.  “From a business perspective, the timing is right with the 2014/15 season proving highly successful despite enduring the leanest snow season in the history of the mountain,” according to a statement from Mt. Rose. “In addition, the 2015/16 winter is currently on track to be one of the strongest in the last 10 years and prove exactly what the resort is capable of achieving in a typical or above–average snow year.” Mt. Rose comprises approximately 1,200 skiable acres, with a mix of private property and land leased from the U.S. Forest Service.


Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Becomes First Domestic Ski Resort to Stop Selling Disposable Water Bottles  

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As part of its mission to serve as a responsible steward of the environment and its mountains, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows announced the implementation of Drink Mtn Tap, a program focused on reducing single-use water bottle usage. The resort will discontinue the sale of bottled water, offer visitors reusable water bottles for purchase at the same price point as disposable bottles, and install 20 new water refill stations across both resorts. No other domestic ski resort has undertaken an initiative of this kind, but the hope is that other ski resorts will follow suit. The refillable bottles have a slim, flexible design to fit easily in a jacket pocket for on-the-slopes hydration, and feature scenic photographs of each respective mountain. The Drink Mtn Tap initiative will save 28,000 bottles from going into landfills each year.


rePlanet Closes 191 Recycling Centers and Lays Off 278 Employees

On Jan. 31, 2016 rePlanet announced that it has closed 191 recycling centers and laid off 278 employees throughout California, including the recycling centers in Truckee and Kings Beach. Following the most recent reduction in state fees on Jan. 1, and after enduring 12 months of unprecedented declines in commodities pricing of aluminum and PET plastic, coupled with the mandated rise in operating costs as a result of minimum wage increases and required health and workers compensation insurance, the company has concluded that operation of these recycling centers is no longer sustainable. Info: replanet.com


Mill Juice Shop Teams Up With Local Nonprofits for Healthy Collaboration

The Mill Juice Shop, located at 10825 Pioneer Trail in Truckee, formed a partnership with two local nonprofits, The Tahoe Food Hub and the High Fives Foundation, for creation of a collaborative juice, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. The partnership was initiated by Bill Kelly, co-owner of Kelly Brothers Painting Inc., also located in Truckee. Kelly Brothers will purchase the produce from the Tahoe Food Hub. All food is sourced within a 150-mile radius of Lake Tahoe. For the first batch of cold-pressed blend, Megan Petrilla and Ben Wolcott, owners of The Mill, chose organic mandarin oranges, sunflower greens, apples, and grapefruits. To produce cold-pressed juice, pressure is applied to extract the juice while preserving its vitamins, enzymes, trace minerals and overall nutrients without generating heat from a blade like in a normal juicer. Heat can alter enzymes and change chemical components of the nutrients. The Mill Juice Shop asserts that all juice is organic and non-GMO.


Homewood Mountain Resort Offers Snowcat-Accessed Backcountry  

Homewood Mountain Resort is now offering snowcat-accessed backcountry skiing and snowboarding to advanced skiers and snowboarders from the top of Ellis Peak, just above the resort’s designated ski area boundary. More than 750 acres of tree runs, steeps, glades, backcountry bowls, and fresh snow await just out-of-bounds. Homewood Snowcat Adventures will bring groups of up to 10 skiers and riders to enjoy laps of up to 1,828 vertical feet from the top of Ellis Peak to the bottom of Old Homewood Express chairlift. All-day packages are available for $399 per person. They include resort lift access and the snowcat tour, as well as the required backcountry backpack, shovel, avalanche beacon, and probe, along with professional instruction related to mountain safety practices. Info: (530) 525-2992


Hybrid Artist Studio and Gallery Space Opens in Incline Village

Cobalt Artist Studio, the inspiration of business partners and artists Kim Snyder and Monika Piper Johnson, will open its doors for a Grand Opening event on Saturday, Feb. 13. All members of the public are welcome to visit the new artist studio and gallery space from 4 to 6 p.m., located at 230 Village Blvd., Unit 3 in Incline Village. Formerly the home of Bentley Interiors, Snyder and Johnson have transformed their new 1,100-square-foot space into a hybrid artist studio and gallery — creating their works of art in the back half of the space, while including a storefront gallery space for visitors, collectors and designers to visit. In addition to their art, the studio will feature the work of Kim Franke, a reputable local designer of custom mountain modern furniture who formerly owned Village Interiors in town. Art classes will be offered to those looking to enhance their repertoire of skills in oil painting, drawing and more. Guest artists will also be featured in the gallery on a regular basis.

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