New Field Hockey Program in Truckee
The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District debuts a new Field Hockey program this summer with open play at Riverview Sports Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Players of all abilities are welcome with basic instruction and loaner equipment available. No pre-registration is required. Cost is $3 per player. Info, contact Paula at 530-208-6122 or TDRPD at 530-582-7720, tdrpd.com.
Sam Brixey Micro-6 Soccer Tournament
Got ball control? Well then grab a six-pack of friends and put your soccer skills to the test in the Sam Brixey Memorial Micro-6 Soccer Tournament on Saturday, Aug 8 at the Truckee Riverview Fields. The tourney is open to boys, girls, young and old with five divisions – U12, U14, U16, U18 and Over 18. The two youngest divisions will play five a side while U16 and older will play four a side. No goalkeepers and goals consisting of 3-foot high by 4-foot wide boards will reward teams with deft passing and field spacing finesse. Registration is $20 per player before July 27 with all proceeds going to the Truckee High School soccer program. Register at seesam3.com; or 530-587-8085.
Now Playing: Squaw Valley Pickleball
Thurs. to Sun.
Haven’t heard about pickleball yet? It’s a hybrid sport based on tennis, badminton, and ping-pong that’s played with a low net, a wiffle ball, and a ping-pong-like paddle. The popularity of the low-impact sport is on the rise nationwide as it’s easy on older joints yet fun for all ages. Free pickleball classes are now being offered Thurs. to Sun. from 9 to 11 a.m. just off Hwy 89 on the south side of Squaw Valley Road. Equipment is supplied. Athletic shoes required. Info: John/Jean, 530-583-4196.
Northstar Bike Park Update
The Northstar Bike Park has pedaled into the heart of summer operations with lifts now spinning Thurs to Sun. Daily lift tickets are $39 and the park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of ‘Extended Play’ Fridays – $20 lift tickets from 3 to 7 p.m.
Northstar’s race season is in full swing with weekly XC races every Thursday at 6 p.m. sharp, the new Super-D (XC/DH Hybrid) series opener on Saturday July 25 and the second DH race on Sunday, July 26. For race info: northstarattahoe.com.
Giant for Women is hosting a ‘Ride and Retreat’ weekend for female mountain bikers featuring bike skills sessions, friendship and relaxation. Taught by pro-cycling stars such as Tara Llanes, the retreat is open to beginner and intermediate riders. The clinic runs August 14 to 16. To register go to active.com.
Junior Sailing Camps and Race Team
Get your young skipper out on the water at the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District’s junior sailing camps and race clinics. The sailing camp is open to kids ages 8 to 17 and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shoreline Park on Donner Lake. Remaining sessions are July 20 to 23 (intermediate), Aug. 3 to 6 (novice), Aug. 10 to 13 (intermediate) and Aug. 17 to 20 (advanced). Cost is $190 for residents and $200 for non-residents. Advanced junior sailors should take note of the Monday Night Laser Series at the Lake Forest Boat Ramp on Lake Tahoe. The TDRPD is recruiting young sailors for the competitive series by offering junior race clinics on July 24 and Aug 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shoreline Park on Donner Lake. Register for either camp or clinic at the Community Center in Truckee or call 530-582-7720, ask for Angelo.
Squaw Valley Mountain Run
The starting gun for the 29th Annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run will fire off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. The race starts at the base of Squaw Valley USA (6,200-feet) and climbs for 3.6 miles to High Camp (8,200-feet). Participants can choose to run or hike the 2,000 foot elevation gain with awards given for the top three places in each age division. The less energetic can participate by taking the cable car to High Camp and enjoying a 3-mile Flower walk on easy rolling terrain. A portion of all proceeds from the event go to cancer prevention programs in the Tahoe area. Info: squawmountainrun.com.
North Tahoe Disc Golf Community Update
Four disc golf tournaments remain on the local calendar including the Tahoe Pro/Am at Bijou on Aug. 22 and 23, the Zephyr Cove Pro/Am on Sept. 12 and 13, the Sports Exchange Hula Bowl in Truckee on Sept. 26 and 27 and the Tahoe Mountain Sports Pro/Am in Tahoe Vista on October 3 and 4.
Practice your money-game throwing in a blind draw doubles tourney held every Thursday at 5 p.m. in Truckee.
Sad but true, plans for the much anticipated Tahoe Donner Disc Golf Course have been officially scrapped. Concerns about parking and fire danger from the three home owners associations adjacent to the proposed course convinced the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors to rescind their prior approval of the project.
Truckee Running Club
Searching for a running partner? Look no further than the Truckee Running Club, a group of like-minded trail and pavement pounders who hook up for weekly runs and a bi-monthly underground race series. Group runs take off Tues., Thurs., and Sun. with races on the first and third Thurs of the month. The races are open to runners, joggers, and walkers of all levels and abilities with one trail and one paved race per month. A nominal race fee will be collected with money used for post-race socializing. Info: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/TruckeeRunningClub
Board Sports Instruction
So you can snowboard…but can you skateboard, wakeboard, paddle board, kiteboard, or windsurf? Pick up a new summer passion and start boarding the earth all year with lessons from these top-notch local instructors:
Skateboarding: TahoeBoardingSchool.com – 530-448-9312
Wakeboarding: HighSierraWaterSkiing.com – 530-583-7417 and FullThrottleTahoe.com – 530-546-8774
Paddleboarding: Tahoe Paddle and Oar – 530-581-3029
Kiteboarding: LakeTahoeKiteboarding.com – 530–544-1748
Windsurfing: Windsurf North Tahoe – 530-546-5857