Tahoe Axe Throwing now open in Stateline
December 21, 2018
The first time Trevor Thompson gripped an axe, threw it and sunk it's razor-sharp edge into a wooden target he thought, "This needs to be everywhere."
Fast forward about a year and Tahoe Axe Throwing will open Friday, Dec. 21, at the former Wells Fargo in Stateline.
Anybody 18 years and older can channel their inner Mel Gibson (The Patriot) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Last of the Mohicans) and start slinging tomahawks daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
But don't show up outwardly drunk ready to make your professional axe-throwing debut because alcohol is not yet allowed.
"It's so out there, perfect for a ski town," Thompson said.
Following his first experience, Thompson started setting up a version of the burgeoning sport in his backyard on weekends.
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Friends would come over and play and recommend he open a business.
"It only takes the 50th or 100th person telling you that 'you should start one here in Tahoe … ,' " Thompson said.
Thompson, a South Lake Tahoe resident, has hand-built the throwing lanes and targets, which are made from recycled wood.
The lanes are located outside under the eve of the building, which will become Marker Power Sports of Tahoe in early 2019.
Guests will be firing axes with a view of Heavenly Mountain Resort in the background.
Thompson and Marker Power Sports owner Bill Marker think it will be a good partnership, although Marker was curious what insurance costs would be with an axe throwing business attached, especially right next to an active Wells Fargo ATM, but it wasn't so bad.
Thompson is hoping he can ride the sport's growing popularity with around 100 axe throwing springing up across the country in the past two years.
The next closest location to Lake Tahoe is in the Bay Area and the next closest is in Las Vegas.
The National Axe Federation was established in 2016 and ESPN recently broadcast the National Axe Throwing Championships.
Thompson has visions of a day where he can set up a bunch of throwing lanes and hundreds of people can hang out on any given day.
He plans to eventually serve alcohol and food.
"We're in Tahoe, this location is great," Thompson said. "We can put up 15 lanes."
All participants must wear closed-toed shoes.
The cost is $25 per hour and $40 for two hours. For military and veterans the cost is $15/hour.
Thompson plan to offer locals a discounted rate because he'd like to form a league that he hopes would eventually lead to the world championships.
For information, visit http://www.tahoeaxethrowing.com.
"Throwing your first axe into a wooden target is an exciting rush," Thompson said. "With a little coaching, it's easy enough for anyone to do."