OATBRAN

September Rides

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" Just because the kids are back in school and it’s September, it doesn’t mean that summer is over, and if you’re thinking of storing your camping gear or...
Gage Smith's Goldfield Gang

Six Days in Goldfield

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" To most folks, driving to Las Vegas on Highway 95, Goldfield is just a minor irritant.  First of all, you have to slow down to 25 and after...
Bicycling Nevada by Curtis Fong

Bicycling on the Hot Seat in August

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" Wow! Where is this summer going? Its already August and the tourist season is definitely upon us, limiting road biking events, due to summer traffic and warm temperatures....
Gage's Gang rides into Austin

4th of July in Austin

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon guy" Founded in the 1860s, Austin has always been the town that refused to die. Forever, it was the county seat of Lander County — until it wasn't. The...
Curtis Fong

Summer’s Here — Let’s Roll!

The Big Bicycling Event in July is the 39th Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride, set for Saturday, July 13, 2019. This is a premiere ride for endurance bicyclists and is long...

Down the Dirt Road to Green Creek

A nice day outing with some spectacular scenery awaits you in the Green Creek area just inside California, or, as we say around here Far Western Nevada).  Located a few miles south of the...
Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road

Curtis Fong Pedals Into June

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" June bicycling will be kicking into high gear this month with a variety of events and activities — June 1st - 14th: the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition will kick...
bikers at Lake Tahoe

Bicycling Nevada – May 2019

Put Up Your Skis and Bring Out the Bike by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow...
Amgen bikers at Lake Tahoe

Curtis Fong Puts the Skis Away and Pedals Off into the Sunshine

Just like that . . . Winter turns to Spring and Spring turns to Summer. . . . Plenty of snow left in the mountains and Heavenly will remain open Fri-Sun, and through Memorial Day,...
Splash

Skiing Nevada: Making Turns into April — and Beyond?

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" March came in like a Lion. Will it go out like a Lamb? Don’t hold your breath! It appears that unsettled weather will continue into the first week...
Finish Line, Bristlecone Birkebeiner, Ely Nevada

Ely’s Bristlecone Birkebeiner is Nevada’s First, Best(and Only) Crosscountry Ski Race

by Erick Studenicka First contested in 1983, the Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts club bills its annual Bristlecone Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Race in rural White Pine County as the longest running Nordic event contested in Nevada. But...

Curtis Fong Skis Nevada – March 2019

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy from Tahoe" With recent record snow fall in the Lake Tahoe region, Nevada ski resorts are enjoying unsurpassed conditions to be able to extend their ski & snowboard seasons into...
Goldfield Nevada

Dirt Roads in Black & White

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" I've always had an interest in photography and packed a camera with me just about everywhere since I was a kid. But in the days of film, not...
Elko SnoBowl

Skiing Elko’s SnoBowl

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" When skiers talk about skiing in Nevada, they bring up well know resorts such as Heavenly, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak. but, no one ever mentions...
Brick house on a Nevada dirt road

Four Brick Buildings Along A Dirt Road

by Gage T. Smith, "the Picon Guy" I guess it is an age related thing but I am finding that in my travels, what was supposed to be the focus of the trip gets relegated...
Curtis Fong at the Olympic Express overlooking Lake Tahoe

Skiing Nevada – January 2019

by Curtis Fong "the Guy from Tahoe" Well. . . . I know, a pretty deep subject. And, waiting for those Tahoe Deep Powder Days . . ....
Mount Rose Skiing

Skiing Nevada — Winter Starts Now!

by Curtis Fong "The Guy from Tahoe" Winter is now upon us and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is up and running for the season. Thanksgiving storms have graced the mountains with enough natural snow to...
Lori at the Martin Hotel, Winnemucca Nevada

All (Dirt) Roads Lead to Picon

by Gage Smith See my recipe for a Perfect Picon below I am known to some as The Picon Guy. Now how can a guy like me be saddled with such a moniker? It all started...
The Picon Guy leads the convoy to Dixie Valley Nevada

Dirt Roads Around Dixie Valley

by Gage T. Smith, the Picon Guy I enjoy the back country in our great state of Nevada and I get out into it more than most. I lead a small, loose-knit group of folks who...
Robinson Pass Nevada

OATBRAN Part II, Putting Away the Bikes and Breaking out the Skis

OATBRAN Ride continues on US Highway 50 across Nevada. My last write-up featured the start from Lake Tahoe to the Lunch Stop at Bean Flat between Austin and Eureka. This the continuation of the...
Gunmetal Mine near Mina Nevada

Nevada’s Dirt Roads — Mina

by Gage T. Smith See Map at bottom I think everybody has an addiction of some sort. For some it's drugs, others are addicted to gaming and the like. My addiction (one of many) is what...
Tahoe Flume Trail, photo by Brenda Ernst

Bicycling Nevada in August

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" August with its hot daytime temps and thunder showers is the Dog Days of Summer when it comes to bicycling events in Nevada. Still, August is still a...
The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition

Bicycling Nevada – July is Looking Hot!

by Curtis Fong, "the Guy from Tahoe" The Bicycling Season in Nevada has started and is going strong with many exceptional June events and more upcoming in July. America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride on Sunday June 3...

Jampacked June for Bicycling in Nevada

by Curtis Fong, "The Guy From Tahoe" Holly Molly! Did you see how fast that Peloton was moving through Carson Valley? Amazing Race! Women's Stage 2 The 13th Annual Tour of California, Men's Stage 6 and Women's Stage...
Cycling Lake Tahoe

Bicycling Nevada, the look ahead

by Curtis Fong, the guy from Tahoe In recent years, bicycling has become an integral part of attracting tourism to the state of Nevada. Bike the West was at the forefront of promoting bicycle tourism...

Skiing in Nevada – Miracle March? March Madness?

by Curtis Fong “The Guy From Tahoe” Miracle March? March Madness? These were terms that locals used this past month when the Storm Door finally opened and Mother Nature brought winter back to Lake Tahoe...
Tahoe Adventure Guide Curtis Fong

First Tracks with Curtis Fong

Tour Nevada's Snow with Ski Guide Curtis Fong Curtis Fong is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and the International Skiing Heritage Association. He...
Heli Skiing in the Ruby Mountains

Skiing in Nevada : A Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience

Ruby Mountain Heli-Experience is celebrating its 41st year of operation and the horizon continues to look brighter than ever. Joe Royer had a vision in the early 1970’s while traveling back and forth between...
Powder in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Tahoe Ski Guide – Where to Do It All in the Tahoe Basin

Where to Stay:Click Here for lodgings One can obviously stay in the Tahoe Basin, however in any decent winter season there the Tahoe Basin tends to get completely booked. So note that Reno also offers...
Forgotten ski lodge of the Ruby Mountains Nevada

The Lost Ski Lodge of the Rubies

"The Ruby Mountains in Northern Nevada weren't always packed with sleds, and the lot of cars full of folks looking to draw their line down Terminal Cancer." Even prior to Carl Fischer's 1976 proposal to...
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