• Ancient Ski History through the 1700’s

    Ski History from Ancient times through the 1700’s

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  • Longboards to the Olympics

    Take a tour of “A Century of Tahoe Winter Sports” by Author Mark McLaughlin

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  • Story of the 1960 Winter Olympics

    Learn why the 1960 Olympics were a “Snowball’s Chance” told through the book of David C. Antonucci

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  • The Bill Briner Photo Collection

    See the remarkable Olympic Photo Collection of Bill Briner

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  • Best of Tahoe

    Learn about the Tahoe regions Ski Heroes from the 1800’s to Today!

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Mark McLaughlin

Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally published author and photographer with six books and more than 600 articles in print. Mark was educated as an historian and cultural geographer at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his work appears regularly in California and Nevada media; he has received the Nevada State Press award five times. Mark frequently writes historical articles for such magazines as

Sierra Heritage, Wild West, Nevada, Skiing Heritage and Weatherwise. His work has also been published in the Reno News & Review, Issues in Science & Technology, and the Grolier Educational Science Annual encyclopedia.

A professional and popular lecturer who has lived at North Lake Tahoe since 1978, McLaughlin teaches Sierra Nevada history using dramatic stories, slide shows and field trips. He is also a frequent guest on National Public Radio and has appeared on CNN, the History Channel and the Weather Channel.

Mark McLaughlin’s entertaining and educational history books are available at local and regional stores or at

www.thestormking.com. The website also contains free stories, articles, and photographs, as well as plenty of fascinating weather and snowfall facts for the Lake Tahoe and Donner Pass region of the Sierra Nevada. Don’t forget to sign up for Tahoe Nuggets!

Award-winning Books by Mark McLaughlin

Longboards to Olympics: A Century of Tahoe Winter Sports

The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm

Sierra Stories: True Tales of Tahoe — Volumes 1 & 2

Western Train Adventures: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Skiing at Lake Tahoe