On a frigid Tuesday evening, Brent Yatkeman is scrambling to save an avalanche victim buried in the snow somewhere on a ski hill near Park City, Utah. 

An industry trade group says uphill skiing is one of the fastest growing snow sports in the country, especially in the Mountain West.

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David Wise is a decorated Olympic skier who recently returned to Reno after clinching the gold last month during the men's halfpipe event in Pyeongchang. Wise stopped by the KUNR studios to catch up with our reporter Joey Lovato.

Photo by Jimmie Smith courtesy of Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

Ski season is officially underway in Reno-Tahoe. Today, historian Alicia Barber looks back at the early days of the area’s ski industry in this episode of “Time and Place.”

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Reno-Tahoe has given rise to a lot of snow-sport Olympians. One of the up-and-coming athletes is a local Truckee student Cody LaPlant. He is a freshman in high school and a member of the US Ski Team. Reno Youth Radio’s Jacob Lee interviewed him about the pressures of school and performing at world-class events.

At 15 years old, Cody is the youngest athlete on the US Ski Team. He realized that he wanted to compete when he was just 9.

“I didn’t really think of it as competition. I was just like, 'This is what I want to do. This is really fun.'”

World Cup Inspires Young Girls To Compete

Mar 15, 2017
Ky Plaskon

Squaw Valley hosted the Ski Alpine World Cup over the weekend. Organizers say that one of the main goals of holding the race is to inspire the next generation. Our contributor Ky Plaskon spoke has the story.

Perched high above a sea of spectators on a slick slope of snow, is a thin nylon tent. Inside, the racer stomps her feet like a bull and bangs her polls together. Only a plastic start gate stands between her and the 600-foot drop. Her coach yells and she catapults herself toward the crowd.

Squaw Valley Hosts Ski Alpine World Cup

Mar 10, 2017

The Ski Alpine World Cup opened in Squaw Valley Thursday night and is running through the weekend. Contributor and Reno Youth Radio Teacher Ky Plaskon was there.

Mt. Rose Opens For The Season

Nov 18, 2016
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose Ski Resort opened Friday and several others will follow suit shortly. Our reporter Sarah Parks has more.

The resort came close to opening on Halloween when it had 18 inches of snow on top of the mountain. But there were only 3 inches at the base, which was not enough to sustain skier traffic.

The recent cold temperatures have helped the resort maintain the 10 inches of snow needed at the base.

Local Company Says Women's Skis Don't Have To Suck

Nov 18, 2015
Courtesy Coalition Snow

Women’s skis are generally softer, smaller versions of men’s skis. But according to Jen Gurecki, CEO of Tahoe-based startup Coalition Snow, it doesn’t have to be that way. As part of our look this week at female entrepreneurship growing in the region, I met with Gurecki to find out more.  

Coalition Snow's tagline sums up everything you need to know about the company:

"We make women's skis and snowboards that don't suck"

Back-Country Boom Leads To Increased Avalanche Risk

Nov 5, 2015
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With the season’s first snow, the local Sierra Avalanche Center is gearing up its education efforts. 

Back-country skiing is booming in the Reno-Tahoe area.

“I don’t want to blame it on this, but like Go Pros, and social media? They have incredibly boosted a lot of, how should I say it -- you know … gusto, courage, armchair courage.”