There are so many things to do in the Olympic Valley and Tahoe-Truckee area this coming week I don't know where to begin so I guess I'll just begin. I'm already breathing hard just thinking about it and you will be too if you try to do everything. This will help you pick and choose. Adventure Sports Week starts in North Lake Tahoe, from June 15th-24th. This is dubbed as an outdoors lifestyle event and features 10 days of competitive adventure sports, clinics, films, live music and outdoor activities for all ages and all interests. North Lake Tahoe is one of the world's premier outdoor playgrounds and these festivities will either introduce you to or help you experience and appreciate the clean air, clear water, hiking trails and single track that make this such a great place to trail run, mountain bike, swim, stand up paddle board or participate in a triathlon. You can see a full schedule of events on the website. There are also other non-athletic activities such as Adventure Sports Week Movie Night, Thurs,June 21st (Movies start at Dusk or approx. 8:30) and Summer Concert Series at Commons Beach Sunday June 24th.
Also this week is one of the toughest Ultra Marathon events in the world, the Western States 100, which starts from the west end of Squaw Valley at 5:00am on Saturday, June 23rd and ends 100 miles and many hours later in Auburn, California. Runners must reach the finish line no later than 11:00 am the following day in order to be eligible for an award. If you aren’t familiar with the race, the trail rises from the Squaw Valley at 6,200 ft to, elevation 8,750 ft, a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. Wow! From Emigrant Pass, it follows the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850's. Runners continue west, climbing another 15,540 ft and then descending 22,970 ft before reaching Auburn. Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.
Leading up to the Western States 100, the Squaw Valley Institute will be presenting Western States Ultra Runners and Movie Premiere of Unbreakable on Thursday, June 21, 2012 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at the Olympic Village Lodge. Two of the sports' most accomplished runners, Tim Twietmeyer and Andy Jones-Wilkins, accompany JB Benna, a Western States ultra runner and director of the movie Unbreakable in a discussion about the sport and mindset it takes to run this grueling 100 mile race. This presentation will also serve as the Tahoe movie premiere of the full documentary film, Unbreakable.
By now you're either getting psyched up for getting outdoors for some serious exercise or exhausted just reading about it. Don't worry, there's more to come for everyone. For the average person who likes to run but isn't quite ready for 100 miles, maybe 7.9 miles sounds better. The Run to Squaw Valley would be perfect for you. This takes place on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 08:00. The course starts at Commons Beach with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and then heads on to the Truckee River Trail finishing at in the heart of the Village At Squaw Valley. The route is fast with little elevation gain and travels alongside the Truckee River with spectacular views along this stunning scenic corridor. It's also perfect for all abilities so you don't need to be an ultra marathoner or train for weeks to do it. Fresh air, sunshine, incredible views and endorphins to make you feel good-aah!! Register at bigblueadventure.com.
Also happening Thurs June 21 is the Grand Opening of the Lakeside Trail at Jake's on the Lake. It's between 2pm - 5pm and hosted by Tahoe City PUD and Project Participants. There will be bike festivities for all ages beginning at 10am.
OK, you non atheletic or just kicked back readers have been patient so here are some activities for you. This is a big event for Olympic Village Inn's neighbor Squaw Valley. It's the Olympic Day Celebration on Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 1:30 .There will be fun activities for kids and it's purpose is to celebrate the true essence of the Olympic Games, including fitness, well-being, sportsmanship, perseverance, respect and fair play. You can read about more details on the website.
Now for the party people. See, I told you there was something for everyone! Take the Live Music Cruise on the Tahoe Gal with Mumbo Gumbo on Jun 17, 2012 (Sun).
Tahoe Gal is proud to welcome Mumbo Gumbo back to our deck. Mumbo Gumbo blends many genres, from rock to soul, afropop to lush balladry, zydeco to country, into a celebratory, danceable noise. Over nearly 20 years, on the septet’s eight albums and during countless gigs around their native Northern California, Mumbo Gumbo has created something that is less a specific style than a particular feeling: The sound of sheer joy. Call for reservations 1-800-218-2464 Or, as one of the band's songs puts it, "That big life feeling."
Whew! That's a lot to do! There's no reason for anyone to be bored or say there's nothing to do when they're in the Truckee-Tahoe area. There are some great things to do this week so keep up to date with all that's happening at Olympic Village Inn and Olympic Valley on our Facebook page. Have great week!