Tahoe Ski Photographer | Published at Sierra at Tahoe

I had some really fabulous and gorgeous ski and snowboard models two weeks ago for a Ski Lake Tahoe photo shoot out at Sierra at Tahoe, which is a wonderful local resort in Tahoe South with a small-town vibe and a flirty fun personality.    They have great tree runs, fun pillow lines, and pride themselves on their parks.  It’s also a great place for families and kids love taking ski lessons at their Burton Star Wars Experience Center.

While there are a number of amazing shots I took that are reserved for my client, I always end up with a handful of shots that are different and won’t be used to keep in the photo bank for later uses and to share with the host mountain.

My happy smiling shreddy ladies not only made an appearance on their social media pages, but also in their e-newsletter.

I’m also stoked to see my photo on the front of their upcoming Women’s Snowboard Camp Poster.

Taught by X-Games Gold Medalist Joanie Anderson, sister to Olympic Gold Medalist Jamie Anderson, this camp would be a fantastic way to further your abilities as a snowboarder.

Date: 03/22/2014 – 8:00am – 03/23/2014 – 4:00pm
Location: Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Women’s Snowboard Camp Presented By Burton and Anon.

Come join our team of fun female pros for the weekend! Whether you want to keep up with (or catch up to!) your family and friends or learn new techniques, we’re here to help increase your confidence on all terrain. We want you to snowboard and explore the mountain with more control, power and finesse.

About

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s all-female learning environment is designed to improve on-hill skill and confidence for women ages 18 and over of any skiing or snowboarding ability. Camps are taught by ability level; we’ve found this to be the most conducive to learning. Or, you and your friends can form your own group if you are comfortable skiing and snowboarding together.

Our Women’s Performance Snowboard Camp is taught by National Champion and X Games Snowboarder X Gold, Silver & Bronze Medalist, Joanie Anderson. Joanie’s expert instruction and snowboarding know-how will help you step up your snowboarding skills and style.

On Saturday, camp starts with a welcome breakfast. At the end of the day, enjoy Après drinks and snacks on the top of the mountain, overlooking Lake Tahoe.

For more information, head over tSierra at Tahoe.

Mammoth Ski Weekend

Can you believe I’ve been in California for seven years years now and I’ve never been to Mammoth Lakes to ski?  The horror!

When PSIA asked me to donate photobooths to their annual spring convention at Mammoth, I was more than happy to do it!  A few days spring skiing in sunny Mammoth Lakes and photobooth fun: I’d be crazy to say no!

Bri and I met up with Meghan Kelly, her husband, and a few of our other Tahoe friends for a mini Mammoth Ski trip.  While I may have not reached my goal of sixty days on mountain this ski season, but I at least ended it with one of my more memorable ski weekends to date.  Mammoth Lakes is a gorgeous place to visit and even more unbelievable from the top of the gondola!

Looking for the PSIA Photobooth Photos?

PSIA Spring Convention, Reno Tahoe Photobooth, Prom Photobooth, Ski Mammoth

The PSIA Flashback Prom Photobooth was a riot, once everyone got liquored up!

If you were in my photobooth at the event, your galleries will always remain here on my page in the 2013 tab of the Photobooth Gallery under Portfolio.

If you want to travel to Mammoth Lakes, here are my recommendations. 

STAY:  The Cinnamon Bear Inn is located just of Main Street in Mammoth Lakes and is so adorable it hurts.  Literally.  There are four poster beds with patchwork quilts and doilies.  It’s run by Pam and her husband, who personally cook and serve you a hot breakfast every morning and offer afternoon apres ski drinks and appetizers in the “lobby” which feels more like your own living room.  If you’re used to the Westin, this is not the place for you: it has it’s quirks (like slow draining tubs), but in my world, that’s all the more reason to love it.

EAT:

  • Old New York Deli and Bakery has bagels to die for.  Bagels like I haven’t ever found out west: crisp shells and doughy centers in all the best flavors, including salt, sourdough and egg!  Substitute cream cheese on your fried egg sunrise bagel sando in the morning and you’ll get the best of both worlds: New York style bagel and schmear meets breakfast sandwich.
  • Toomey’s is famous in California for it’s gourmet meals, served without an ounce of pretentiousness, in odd, quirky and unbecoming locations.   If you think it would be wonderful to eat a loaded seafood jumbalaya amidst baseball jerseys and collector metal lunchboxes from days gone by, don’t skip a meal here.
  • Stellar Brew has killer coffee and loaded sandwhiches, perfect for grabbing on your way to or from the mountain.

DRINK:

  • Get a growler filled and enjoy a tasting sampler of either some or all of the brews that Mammoth Brewery has going in their tasting room.   At $4-$6 (regular/seasonal) for tasting rounds, it’s hard to argue against spending an hour in here.
  • It’s happy hour every day from 4:00-5:30 pm at Whiskey Creek in both Mammoth and Bishop – save a fortune on Mammoth Brewery drafts and get half off bar menu items.

Mammoth Brewery, Mammoth Lakes, Visit Mammoth, Lauren Lindley, Reno Tahoe Photography, Travel Photography, Mammoth Travel Photography

PLAY:

  • Mammoth Mountain routinely opens earlier and remains open later than other California resorts.  It’s well known for it’s summer skiing.  You might want to get there soon – it’s brewing in the rumor mill that Vail Resorts is about to purchase Mammoth and they will probably ruin every ounce of personality this wonderful place has.  In the summer you can purchase day tickets to mountain bike from top to bottom.
  • Take a day off from the slopes and visit June Lakes, an absolutely stunning series of lakes and rivers set under towering peaks and next to a quaint mountain town.
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Pat Kelly fishes in a stream near June Lake, CA.

  • Bishop, CA is one of the western US’s best epicenters for rock-climbing.  Make it a tri sport weekend: fish, bike and climb!

 

Backyard BBQ

Two of my friends from Texas came to visit last weekend and I couldn’t have been more excited to see them. We had an amazing weekend together. I was able to take off work the whole time and we skied at both Heavenly and Kirkwood, had leisurely mornings that involved my favorite meal of the day at both the Getaway Cafe and Firesign Cafe, kicked it at the Divided Sky one evening with all of my friends, and ended up at the Backyard BBQ behind our house one afternoon.  Despite the fact that it was a holiday weekend, I knew how to skirt the crowds of tourists and we ended up with very little lift lines, great groomers to play on and I even put on skis one day!  Proof is in the photo!

Afternoon neighborhood BBQ.

High Roller Terrain Park

I have a lot of really amazing friends that also happen to be really amazing athletes.

They do things like throw themselves off jumps with 100 foot gaps and launch themselves out of giant halfpipes.

I took photos of them at Heavenly Mountain the other doing just this sort of thing and I’m really happy with the photos we got.  It was such a fun time and I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

Big thanks to JJ Shiller, Doug “Dougie Fresh” Carr, Tele Doug, Extreme, and Trout for going big.

SheJumps Get the Girls Out Day

Meghan Kelly is the Northern CA director for SheJumps, which I’ve spoken a bit about on here.  On the 2nd Sunday of every month, SheJumps hosts Get the Girls Out Day all around the country, a campaign aimed to bringing communities of outdoor loving females together on one day to celebrate sports and having fun.

SheJumps, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Get the Girls Out

We had about 20 girls come out to play that afternoon and I brought my camera out to document the action.  We had a blast!  It’s so contagious to see a roving pack of girls shredding up the mountain – people can’t help but woop and holler for us!

  Meghan Kelly, SheJumps, Get the Girls Out, Kirkwood Mountain Resort

You can see all the photos from our afternoon of shredding here.  If you (are a girl) and would like to join in on the fun, the next dates for Get the Girls Out Day are February 10, March 10 and April 14, 2013.  We meet at 1:00 PM at the bottom of Chair 6 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

SheJumps, Get the Girls Out, Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Texasfest

Last summer, my friend Liana called me up and asked if I wanted to join them on a ski trip to Steamboat this winter.  She was turning 30 and there happened to be a Texas Music Fest in Colorado the week of her birthday.  I don’t get to see Liana very often anymore since she lives in Austin and, as she said, I’m always up for anything, so I of course said, “hell yes.”

The trip was for Musicfest or, as I was to find out later, the locals in Steamboat call it “Texasfest.”  Run by an Texas production company, it’s essentially a ski vacation for Texans, to Steamboat, with Texas music.  For me, it was a bargain: five nights of lodging and four days of lift tickets at Steamboat for $600.  The music was just a bonus.

It was hysterical.

But, as Pocket pointed out the other day, so is my life.

True story.

Imagine thousands of overgrown frat boys trying to ski.

Gapers.  Everywhere.

The ones who did try to ski, essentially had NO idea there was an upper mountain.   It felt as if I spent every day with most of the mountain completely and totally to myself.

On most nights, we would head out to check out some of the music.  Most of the acts were Texas Country, a sub-genre (and the only good genre in my opinion) of country.  It is, essentially, the music of  Waylon Jennings: traditional country roots combined with the out-law spirit.   We saw some AWESOME musicians throughout the week.  I totally loved The Dirty River Boys, who played quite a few times over the course of the week.

The best night was the evening we rode the gondola up and saw a small acoustic show that included Cody Morrow, Kyle Park, and Cody Johnson, the latter of which totally blew all of us away.

Cody Morrow, Texasfest, Musicfest, Steamboat Springs

Overall, I had such a great time.  If you weren’t from Texas, you would have never heard of this trip.  It really is such a good bargain and it was such a wonderful way to spend time with Liana and her husband Terry.  I also got to ride at a new mountain, hear some really amazing Texas Country.   Overall: trip success.  I would definitely consider going back, especially for the price and to be honest, it would be really nice to be in Steamboat when there was some sweet pow in those trees of theirs.

These are some of my favorite photos from the week, but you can check them all out here.

Special Christmas Delivery

Santa brought us a shit-ton of white stuff and I don’t mean the kind that the kids at Snowglobe are going to be snorting up their nose this weekend.

There is already so much snow in my yard that the pile is taller than me.  Pretty soon, you aren’t going to be able to see our front door.  I’m not even remotely exaggerating.

We received over five feet of snow in the span of four days and then another two feet or so on Wednesday.  It’s borderline out of control and I love it.  We spent most of the last week enjoying routine powder days like it was no big deal and then spent Christmas Day shredding at Kirkwood with all of our friends.  I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful holiday.  That night we celebrated with a pot luck dinner over at Rose’s house with puppies underfoot and a gift exchange that ended with quite a bit of excitement.

We already have more snow this winter season than we received all year long last season.  WINTER IS BACK.  I am so in love with it all over again that I can hardly ascertain how I managed to make it through last year without this glorious freezing cold white stuff.  It’s SO FLUFFY!

In between all the shredding, Christmas parties, and the retailing of spandex I’ve been doing, we’ve been hanging out almost every night for a week with some amazing Airbnb house guests that I’ve now told are required to be my friends forever.  I haven’t taken many photos over the last week, but here are a few of my favorites.

Calling All Ladies!

South Tahoe

She Jumps! is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing female participation in outdoor activities by building upon a supportive community that inspires its members to reach their highest potential.  I recently donated my photobooth to them for a joint fundraiser with Sierra Avalanche Center.

I may be in Dallas regretfully running a marathon on this day, but I highly recommend that you join in on this awesome event.  If you can’t make it, don’t fret – a She Jumps Get the Girls Out Day will happen on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Kirkwood.