Get Ready For Winter!

Are you ready for the winter season? At Mountain Recreation we have everything you need to stay warm and dry this winter.  Snowsport outerwear, waterproof breathable raincoats, merino wool base layers, warm socks , beanies, and snow boots just to name a few.


Get your skis and snowboards tuned and ready to hit the slopes. Season rentals for kids is still just $99 while sizes last.


We will be hosting the latest Warren Miller Film, “No Turning Back”, on Saturday, November 29 at 7pm. Tickets available in advance at Mountain Recreation. The cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit the NUHS Alpine Ski Team. See you there!



Categories: Adventure, Skiing, Snowboards, Snowshoeing, Winter

Are you ready for ski season? by Outside Inn's Erin Thiem

With the first snowfall in the Sierra Mountains it is time to start thinking about gearing up for winter.

Top ten things to think about before heading up to the hill.
1. Do you have all your gear? Stop by Mountain Recreation to outfit your entire family with the latest skis, boards, helmets, outerwear and accessories.

2. If you’re not looking to buy, think about renting gear, Mountain Rec’s youth season rentals are only $99, but hurry, limited supplies.

3. Perhaps it’s time to get those legs in shape, so whether you’re doing a few wall sits, the South Yuba Club Ski Conditioning Class or Mike’s Online Workout

South Yuba Club Ski Conditioning

It’s never too late to add a few squats to your weekly agenda!

4. Buying a pass? Look for pre-season discounts.

5. Check out the latest PowderWhore’s film “Elevation”, screening at

Mountain Rec on Tuesday, November 12th

6. Get your skis and board tuned.

7. Find your ski socks.

8. Pray to the Snow Gods.

9. Get your winter travel bag organized (water, flash light, snacks, blanket)

10. Make sure you find your helmet.

Ski Conditioning

Blog and Photos by Erin Thiem of Outside Inn Nevada City who writes her own blog Innside Nevada City an inspiring and informative read about  everything happening in Nevada City and Grass Valley.



Categories: Adventure, Skiing, Snowboards, What's New, Winter

Snowshoe Adventures

Shake the winter blues and get outside! Snowshoeing is the fastest growing sport in the country for a variety of reasons.

Snowshoeing requires no particular skill. If you can hike, you can snowshoe.
Generally snowshoeing doesn’t require an admission fee.
You can take the dog and even the entire family from young to old.
Pack a lunch and a thermos of hot chocolate and you are set.
Good sturdy hiking boots and a gaiter are recommended footwear.
Outerwear to keep you warm and dry is also a good idea.

On a recent holiday I ventured away from the crowds at the local ski areas and explored the trails along highway 20. The snow was fresh and deep from the last storm coating the trees and creating a winter wonderland. All this was less than 30 minutes travel from Nevada City. At Omega Overlook I headed north out of the parking lot on a trail that paralleled the highway. I followed the trail and took the first left which looped around and headed back to the starting point. The view from the trail was spectacular. The trail can provide both silence and solitude as it winds deeper into the forest.
Snow Dragon near Omega Rest Stop
Further down the highway Steep Hollow, a nearby cross-country ski trail system marked by the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County, is located on Highway 20 just past the Alpha-Omega rest stop 18 miles east of Nevada City. For a wide open space try the area near Bowman Road. The Castle Peak area provides access to the backcountry via the Pacific Crest Trail. A Sno-Park pass is required to park for these trails.
Mountain Recreation has a full line of Atlas and MSR snowshoes, poles, and gaiters available. Rentals are $15 day and includes poles as well.
Guided tours are available from one of our professional guides. Call us at 530-477-8006.
On the snowshoe trail



Categories: Snowshoeing, Winter

Welcome Aboard

Welcome to the Mountain Recreation Blog. This is just what the world needs-more voices expounding tales of adventure and daring do.

An independent outdoor store is indeed a vanishing breed. Those that work at one help nurture and form the identity. Most of us have launched a thousand adventures throughout the world by helping our customers set off with the proper equipment. Gear that can make or break an enjoyable experience.  Our customers come to rely on our expertise.

What qualifies us?

We all have been hunkered down somewhere waiting out the weather just moments from hypothermia. We swore the next time we would bring better equipment.  Now these lessons translate to helping others avoid the experiences we luckily escaped. Not that we all wont find ourselves in another one down the line. Ah the familiar rush of fear and adrenaline. That is who we are. Hopelessly addicted to life on the edge. We pack and repack our gear for the next adventure sometimes within minutes of returning.

So hang on to your armchair as we take you places we have been and places that we only dream of.

Occasionally we will be excited to tell you about a cool new piece of gear or a trail, river, or a line that we just skied. Stay tuned!



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