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Tahoe Star Tours offers celestial outings

A Tahoe Star Tour Celestron telescope is primed for veiwing the sky at the Northstar California Cross-Country Center.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Star Tours is expanding its star gazing snowshoe tours in North Lake Tahoe this winter, with event dates scheduled throughout the season at Northstar California Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe in conjunction with Tahoe Adventure Company at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.

“Our winter snowshoe star tours offer an enchanting evening in the Northern Sierra that combine an easy to moderate snowshoe walk with the opportunity to learn about the cosmos and view nebulae and galactic star clusters through high-powered, professional Celestron telescopes,” said Tony Berendsen, operator of Tahoe Star Tours.

Berendsen, star guide, poet, and president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, leads each tour, with every one featuring a lively science-based talk about the cosmos, poetry reading and telescopic viewing featuring use of multiple telescopes provided by Celestron. These telescopes use leading-edge computerized technology enabling sharp, accurate pointing and tracking, with optics for clear images.


Featuring the string quartet Accent under direction of Eileen Brownell with telescopic observing sponsored by Celestron, Tahoe Star Tours has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe to offer a holiday evening combining science and art on Dec. 21. Following the concert in the resort’s Butterfly Lounge, guests will enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and star gazing through Celestron’s professional grade telescopes on the terrace. The evening begins at 7 p.m. and will conclude at 9:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and can be made through Northstar California Resort online at http://www.NorthstarCalifornia.com. Tickets are $75 for adults, $50 for ages 18 and under.

All tours are offered weather and conditions permitting. For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit http://www.TahoeStarTours.com.


Northstar California Resort will host four stargazing snowshoe tours, with the first kicking off Dec. 26. Additional events will take place at the resort Dec. 30, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. These tours are approximately 2-2.5 hours and include a guided snowshoe walk, laser tour of the night sky and telescopic viewing. Guests are also treated to wine or hot cider. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the Cross-Country Center at 530-562-3270. Tickets are available for $52 for guests ages 13 plus, and $37 for kids ages 10-12. Snowshoe rentals are available, and dogs on leash are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.


New this season, Tahoe Star Tours has partnered with Tahoe Adventure Company to offer star gazing snowshoe tours one Saturday a month from December through April. Tours will take place at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, and will include snowshoe rental, poles, a guided snowshoe walk on easy to moderate terrain, permit fees, a laser tour of the night sky and telescopic viewing, plus hot drinks and snacks. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online at http://www.tahoeadventurecompany.com. Tickets are available for $75 per person, with event dates scheduled on Dec. 28, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 5.


Tony Berendsen is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno, Nev. He is president of the Northern Nevada Science Coalition, a past president of the Astronomical Society of Nevada, and has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 15 years, including five years at the Fleischmann Planetarium observatory in Reno, Nev. He writes astronomy articles for local publications, and specializes in astronomy outreach by conducting star gazing sessions of the Sierra sky. Every Tahoe Star Tours event is as different as the starry skies above, and each one opens with a poem, a compelling and passionate star talk, followed by telescopic viewing exclusively featuring Celestron telescopes, hot drinks and snacks bars by Nature Valley, the official snack of Tahoe Star Tours.

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