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Mary Cook  |  62 posts


Mary Cook was graciously given her big break into the freelance writing world with SouthLakeTahoe.com. Before her passion with writing transpired, she ski instructed at Heavenly for two winter seasons, worked two harvest stints in a Napa winery, acquired a B.S. in Biology from Cornell, and dabbled with medical school for a six month period. Originally from a small town in Upstate New York lacking much in the form of entertainment, Mary inevitably became enamored with recreation. Throughout high school, she participated in long-distance running events, ultimately finishing her first marathon in college. At Cornell, she met her first love, ice-hockey, which she continues to play today in South Lake Tahoe’s Ice Hockey League. Shortly after her move to California, she discovered her second love: cycling. She is pleased to report her completion of this year’s Death Ride, a 129-mile road ride over 5 mountain passes outside of Markleeville, CA. Mary hopes her writing career will one day funnel her towards a position with Bicycling Magazine or Outside Magazine. Mary is 25 years old and currently resides in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Freaker’s Ball “Tahoe’s Biggest Halloween Bash and Costume Party”

Freaker’s Ball “Tahoe’s Biggest Halloween Bash and Costume Party”

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On Saturday, October 30th, 2010, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa wants you and your ulterior, Allhallows Eve identity to get your freak on at their 32nd Annual Freaker’s Ball – “Lake Tahoe’s biggest and longest running Halloween Bash & Costume Party.” Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to those clad in costumes [...]

Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue

Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue

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Looking for an event to polish off your summer riding? Tour de Tahoe-Bike Big Blue, the autumn sequel to America’s Most Beautiful Ride, is the cycling equivalent to dessert at the end of a nine-course meal. Satisfy your craving for something sweet on Sunday, September 12th with this scenic 72-mile clockwise tour around Lake Tahoe’s [...]

Mission Mountain Wood Band to Play at Harrah’s South Shore Room

Mission Mountain Wood Band to Play at Harrah’s South Shore Room

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The Mission Mountain Wood Band will play a long-awaited return to Tahoe on Friday, Nov. 27 – the night after Thanksgiving. Booked into the Harrah’s-Tahoe South Shore Room, MMWB will once again charm the crowd with their inimitable blend of bluegrass, rock, country and whatever else the band may blend in that night.

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in South Lake Tahoe

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in South Lake Tahoe

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In South Lake Tahoe, the land of black diamond mountain biking, zigzag turns, steeps, kickers, log stunts, and technical rock staircases are the norm. True beginner trails are hard to come by. Yet, not every mountain biker is at an intermediate, advanced, or expert level. For this reason, I have sought out four tempered cruisers that will appease novice riders, or even veteran riders who want to take it easy and soak in some stunning scenery.

Fallen Leaf Lake Loop

Fallen Leaf Lake Loop

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Fast Facts Length: 4.9 mile loop Technical: Beginner Highlights: Break for lunch at Fallen Leaf Lake’s shoreline Time: 1 hour Season: Spring – Fall Tread: 70 % singletrack, 21% paved road, 9% paved bike path Getting There From South Lake Tahoe’s “Y” intersection, take Highway 89 towards Emerald Bay. Drive three miles north, through Camp Richardson Resort, and shortly after, turn [...]

South Lake Tahoe, Events for November 2009

South Lake Tahoe, Events for November 2009

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While Tahoe resorts are blowing sham snow at witching hours, residents of the South Shore are frantically stamping out their last leg of hiking and mountain biking before Mother Nature's snowfall. More and more, locals are retreating indoors after sunset to the comfort of warm recipes and hot beverages.

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works

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Sierra Ski and Cycle Works is a tiny, bohemian hole-in-the-wall, located on Highway 50 next to Safeway. As the name implies, Sierria Ski and Cycle Works focuses solely on ski products, both alpine and telemark. Notable brands from their ski rental line are Rossignol, Elan, Voile, and Alpina. In addition to multi-day rental discounts, Sierra Ski and Cycle Works rents backcountry equipment for your safety and hiking comfort, like avalanche transceivers, shovels, and adjustable poles.

Powerline Trail

Powerline Trail

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If driving or biking up Ski Run Blvd, take a right onto Saddle Road and pick up the trailhead where Saddle Road dead-ends. Coming at it from the reverse direction, follow Oneidas Road, off Pioneer Trail near Meyers, to Fountain Place Road (FS 1201) and park at the last dirt pull-out before the road begins to ascend (bottom of Corral Trail). The trailhead at this end takes the form of a double-track dirt road called Powerline Road.

Valley View

Valley View

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Valley View is a short n’sweet, unpopulated, somewhat cluttered downhill singetrack. Not a soul crossed my path while I visited this trail on a crisp, fall afternoon. Such low traffic might explain the trail’s scattered feel. Loose rocks, speckled twigs, pinecone debris, broken shards of bark, and intermittent, overgrown manzanita patches spice up an already challenging mountain biking path.

Tahoe Sports LTD

Tahoe Sports LTD

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Sports LTD is located in the Heavenly Village, right next to Raley’s, walking distance from the Heavenly Gondola. Like other rental shops, Sports LTD allows the application of two days of demo package payments towards the purchase of new equipment. However, when it comes to brand names, Sports LTD steers clear of the mainstream Atomic and Burton rental products, offering compelling, alternative labels like K2, Fischer, Scott, Elan, Salomon, Rossignol, Volkl, Ride, Lib Tech, Rome, Morrow, and Head.


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