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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.

Christmas Valley Downhill

Christmas Valley Downhill

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I will preface this trail description by explaining that while Christmas Valley is a “downhill” singletrack - and a technical one at that - the first stint of it involves a seriously graded climb, and the downhill payoff is littered with so many rocks that one’s descending momentum is significantly dampened. Expect to power pedal throughout the entirety of this gradual downhill, weighting and un-weighting your front tire, as you precariously steer from side to side through uneven rock section after relentless, rutted rock section. It’s as if you were engaged in an enthralling game of bumper-bikes with a rock-splattered Jackson Pollock painting.

Chinese Downhill

Chinese Downhill

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From Stateline, ascend Kingsbury Grade (Route 207) until you intersect with North Benjamin Drive. Turn left onto North Benjamin Drive and continue on pavement, as North Benjamin turns into Andria Drive and finally, Genoa Peak Road. At the road’s end, look for Castle Rock Trailhead on your left, marked by a green entrance gate, and shortly after on the same side, the Tahoe Rim Trailhead. Park here, and take either trailhead (although the Tahoe Rim Trail is shorter, only 0.6 miles compared to 1.4 miles of Castle Rock) to link up with Chinese Downhill.

Shoreline of Tahoe

Shoreline of Tahoe

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Shoreline at Tahoe boasts a skater and mountain biker-friendly attitude in the summers. Yet, in the winter, this style-savvy shop is all about skiers and snowboarders! Shoreline admits that owning equipment is not for everyone. That's why, Shoreline keeps a rental and demo line with some of the best brands in the ski and snowboard industry, such as Burton, Rome, Ride, K2, Gnu, Salomon, Volkl, and even, the world-renowned Lib Tech Magne Traction skis.

Burton @ Heavenly

Burton @ Heavenly

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Burton @ Heavenly Located in the Log Cabin @ CA Main Lodge 3860 Saddle Rd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 530-541-8122 Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM (Winter Only)

The Boardinghouse

The Boardinghouse

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As the name implies, The Boardinghouse, part of the Heavenly Sports family, is strictly a snowboarding retail and demo rental shop. From buttery boards to stiff, The Boardinghouse carries top-of-the-line Freestyle, Freeride, and Alpine brands, such as Burton, Ride, Lib Tech, Forum, Vans, Salomon, and Arbor.

The North Face

The North Face

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Owned and operated by Heavenly Sports, The North Face boasts an impressive selection of ski rental brands, such as Volkl, Rossignol and K2. What’s more, they carry Burton brand snowboards and Dalbello ski boots.

Patagonia @ Heavenly

Patagonia @ Heavenly

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Patagonia @ Heavenly is not afraid to try something new. With that being said, this winter, Patagonia @ Heavenly sports a new line of ski gear, offering only high-performance Salomon skis, snowboards, and boots for rental and purchase.

Heavenly Sports

Heavenly Sports

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Overview Heavenly Sports functions as the largest on and off-mountain retail and rental shop for Heavenly Mountain Resort. With 15 retail shops and 12 rental store locations, vacationers will find a Heavenly Sports owned-venue within walking distance or bus ride of their hotel, condo, or cabin. A high concentration of shops in the Heavenly Village […]

The Naked Fish

The Naked Fish

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“If it’s not naked … don’t eat it!” This is the motto of The Naked Fish, whose restaurant combines creativity with first rate seafood delicacies. Happy hour is the best time to try The Naked Fish’s sushi rolls, unrivaled in freshness around Tahoe, at bargain prices. This posh dining spot, refined with modern furnishings, is much loved by locals and tourists. Conveniently located on the Heavenly bus line, within walking distance to the casinos and Heavenly gondola, The Naked Fish functions as an après ski joint (demonstrated by their Heavenly Roll and Sierra Powder Roll) as well as a pre-gambling hangout.

Corral Loop

Corral Loop

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This highly-trafficked loop is reminiscent of a small-operation ski resort - there is something for all levels of downhill riders. One could easily spend the whole day shuttling this route, warming up on greens, careening down blues, and bombing blacks. Situated at a lower elevation than most South Lake Tahoe singletracks, Corral loop is one of the first mountain biking trails to open after snowmelt, creating a long riding season for this Meyers gem.


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