The troops are returning to camp. From a slight crest, early morning sun clocking their backs, they come into focus and make a long glide on white-colored skis, single file, towards the next gentle rise in a high alpine glade called Summit Meadows. But these skiers aren’t average winter enthusiasts. They’re soldiers of the United States Marine Corps undergoing a winter mountain leadership course.
A British defense technology company, QuinetiQ, recently asked the board of the Truckee Tahoe Airport District (TTAD) for permission to flight test new rotor blades for the Royal Navy Sea King helicopters. The tests would have included approximately 70 hours of flying over a three-month period, seven days a week. The company was looking for high-altitude airports with predictably calm morning winds and the Truckee Tahoe airport was at the top of the list.
Well-known Truckee mountain bike trails on public lands were taken down by the Forest Service this past summer. The bootleg trails were some of the few freeriding options in the area, but according to the Forest Service they are often not well built or well located. A look at why these trails are being built by riders, why they are being taken down by the Forest Service, and what can be done about the situation.