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First Tahoe Star Tours event of winter season to awaken Saturday night

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Star Tours will kick off the 2015-16 winter season this weekend with a magical evening under the stars that pairs stargazing with a snowshoe tour at North Lake Tahoe.

Providing an opportunity to enjoy an educational evening in the snow learning about the night sky, each tour is led by local astronomer, Tony Berendsen.

"The combination of snowshoeing and stargazing makes for an incredible evening in the mountains and under the stars," said Tony Berendsen, operator of Tahoe Star Tours. "To make the experience even more memorable, this year the stargazing portion of the evening will take place on the Fireside Terrace at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, making it easy for guests to pop inside either to warm up, or to enjoy a glass of wine."

Berendsen is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno. 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.

Berendsen leads every tour, with each one featuring a lively science-based talk about the cosmos and poetry reading.

Guests of all ages will enjoy an easy to moderate snowshoe walk with an unobstructed view of the cosmos, followed by the opportunity to view constellations through high-powered, professional telescopes manufactured by Celestron, the world's leading telescope manufacturer.

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The telescopes use leading edge computerized technology enabling sharp, accurate pointing and tracking, with optics for clear, clean images.

The series of six stargazing snowshoe tours will kick off Saturday, Dec. 19. Additional events are scheduled for Dec. 26 and Dec. 29, 2015, and Jan. 16, Feb. 13, and March 12, 2016, weather and conditions permitting.

This article was submitted on behalf of Northstar California. Visit NorthstarCalifornia.com to learn more.

The details

Tahoe Star Tours are approximately 2-2.5 hours in length, and meet at 5 p.m. at Northstar California Resort’s Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.

A guided snowshoe walk, laser tour of the night sky and telescopic viewing when guests reach The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is included.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets are available for $61 for guests ages 13+, and $43 for kids ages 10-12. Snowshoe rentals are available for $20 per person.