Licensed to chill

Welcome to RN&R's 2016 Winter Guide

Thanks for picking up a copy of the RN&R's annual Winter Guide. I was just reflecting on what it was like to write this little introduction last year—in my first days with the RN&R. Cliché, I know, but it really does feel like just yesterday I was simultaneously stoked to be starting my new job and bummed at the prospect of being perpetually cold for the next several months. But I know that many of you are winter enthusiasts, and, while I certainly don't want to join you in the frigid outdoors, I get a real kick out of sharing the stories of people who live for winter. Here's what's on deck.

Erin Meyering provides an introduction to a sport that's catching on with winter sports enthusiasts from Swiss Alps to right here in the Sierra Nevada—mountain biking in the snow.

I sat down with Gabe Young, a longtime ski instructor and the man behind Alpin Mountain Company—a new brand of alpine gear based out of Truckee that hit the market this fall.

I also had the opportunity to go dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh with the Borges family, who've been taking people on sleigh rides at Lake Tahoe for 49 years.

If you check out our 15 Minutes segment in the back of the paper, you can read my interview with Kevin Hickey, the owner and director of Tahoe Adventure Company. One of his company's winter offerings is nighttime snowshoeing—including full moon, star gazing and sunset tours.

And in our Arts & Culture section, I've laid out a guide for my own favorite wintertime activity—antiquing.

I hope you enjoy the stories we've put together. And I'd love to hear your own stories about the winter-related activities you get up to—equestrian skijoring, shovel racing, acroskiing or whatever else.

Warmest regards (seriously, bundle up),

Jeri Chadwell-Singley

RN&R Special Projects Editor