Performance Base Camp to Begin Construction This Spring


Performance Training Center’s new facility, Performance Base Camp, is planned to begin construction. Base Camp will have 8,100-square-feet of rock climbing and bouldering, topping out with 50-foot walls, and 21,000-square-feet of hand-selected gym equipment. The new facility will be located across Pioneer Trail to the right of EventMasters. The gym will include cycling with stadium seating, a quiet yoga room with extensive Pilates offerings, athlete recovery room with sauna, and a cold plunge. Opening is expected for early 2019. Info:

Za’s to Move Into Old Moe’s Building


Za’s, the American Italian restaurant that currently sits behind Pete n’ Peters in Tahoe City, will be moving into Moe’s Original Bar B Que’s old lakefront location with an anticipated date of June, according to owner Jonny Roscher (see The Future of Tahoe City Looks Bright). Roscher says the new location will expand on Za’s pizza scene and increase Za’s build-your-own pizza offerings. Roscher says that he hopes to utilize the ground floor and patio for dining in the summer and the top floor for winter dining. While it is too early to determine if they will host music on the top floor, he has considered the idea, and wants to use the space for rehearsal dinners, private parties, and even corporate events. Pepper’s, the restaurant that now alternates operating hours with Za’s, will begin operating until 8 or 9 p.m. after Za’s moves out.

Sugar Bowl to Invest $8 million in Snowmaking


This summer the first $3 million of an $8 million snowmaking system upgrade and expansion will be invested to produce more snow to cover trails, race venues, and terrain parks faster when temperatures drop. The initiative will be completed in three phases, which at conclusion will result in a 50 percent increase in water pumping capacity, the addition of over 150 low-energy-use snow guns, elimination of diesel-powered air compressors, and snowmaking coverage on Mt. Disney. Phase one this summer includes adding 120 snow guns to the resort.

Stomp Sessions Power Summer Skateboard Camps


Stomp Sessions is back again this summer offering skateboard camps at the Truckee Skatepark with local experts and pros powered by the Stomp Sessions mobile and web platform. Starting June 18 and continuing through Aug. 24, summer camps will be weekly (Monday to Friday) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Camp sessions start at $299 and the price will increase after June 1. Stomp was launched last year and connects skateboarders with pro skaters and local experts in northern and southern California for lessons, classes, and ride-with-a-pro experiences. Stomp also provides quick tips and digital training features on its mobile app. Info:

Partnership Helps Fund North Shore Bike Path


On April 24 The Tahoe Fund and Northern California Toyota Dealers announced a partnership to help fund three new miles of bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park. The Toyota Dealers join other donors from the private community who have now donated more than $1 million for the new path. Those private funds were used to secure a $12.5 million federal grant for the project, which has a completion date of this fall. 

AdventureSmith Opens Truckee Office


AdventureSmith Explorations, a locally founded company specializing in small ship adventure cruises, moved its location from Tahoe City into a Truckee office and will be holding an open house at the new location on June 1. Founder Todd Smith said the move doubles the office’s square footage and was necessary for a growing operation. The new office is located at 40169 Truckee Airport Road, and will be the company’s base of operations moving forward. Info:

Spoiled Petz Moves Locations


Spoiled Petz Grooming Salon has moved to a bigger location with easy access. They are now located at 11448 Deerfield Dr Suite C-1 in Truckee, on the same street as McDonald’s and the car wash. Although the shop is no longer doing retail, the new space offers a larger area for grooming, and with summer approaching the shop now has central air, to stay cool in warmer weather. Info: (530) 582-5044

bigtruck Becomes Certified B-Corp Business


bigtruck announced that they became the first company in the region to earn a B Corp Certification from nonprofit B Lab on April 3. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment). bigtruck earned an Impact Report score of 86 when its metrics regarding environmental, employee, customer, and other impacts were considered, compared to a median score of 55.

Diamond Peak Receives STOKE certification for sustainability


Diamond Peak Ski Resort is now recognized for their sustainability initiatives as the first ski resort in Lake Tahoe to become STOKE Certified. STOKE Certified — the Sustainable Tourism Operator’s Kit for Evaluation — is the world’s first sustainability certification body with standards built specifically for surf and ski tourism operators. The organization was founded with a mission to assist resorts in developing systematic approaches to sustainability, environmental responsibility, customer loyalty, and staff retention. 

New Book and Publisher at Bona Fide Books


Bona Fide Books in South Lake Tahoe has a new publisher, and a new book coming out this spring. Maeko Bradshaw recently took over the independent press from Kim Wyatt, who founded the company in 2009, specializing in nonfiction and poetry. Bradshaw’s first release as Bona Fide’s publisher, Permanent Vacation II: 18 Writers on Life and Work in Our National Parks, will release June 8. The second volume of this popular collection features writers from national parks all over the country, including locales like Cape Cod National Seashore and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Info: