Easter Celebrations in North Lake Tahoe

April 7th, 2014

North Lake Tahoe is offering Easter fun from the slopes to the shores this April. Holiday festivities are spread across multiple weekends and locations. Whether enjoying time on the mountain, on the beach or even poolside, North Lake Tahoe has you covered.

Below, the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau breaks down Easter festivities in the region:


Egg Hunts

The Underwater Egg Hunt at Incline Village Recreation Center kicks off Easter celebrations on April 12, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The pool at the Recreation Center will be filled with weighted and floating eggs. The Big Bunny will make an early appearance for pictures and encouragement. For more information, call (775) 832-1310. Price: Recreation Center members $2; non-members $4.

Get a head start on the festivities during Easter Weekend at Tahoe City’s Spring Eggstravaganza & Egg hunt. Events include an egg hunt for the kids, a golden egg hunt for parents, face painting, games and more.  Activities start at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19th at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Price: Free.

The community Egg Hunt at Incline Beach also begins on Saturday, April 19 with the Spring Eggstravaganza Community Egg Hunt. Grab your basket and join in the fun, starting at 11 a.m. The hunt is open to children up to 11 years old. Come early to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and check out the new North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine.

On Easter Sunday, join the Hyatt Regency for two waves of egg hunts. The first begins at 11:30 a.m., the second starts at 1:30 p.m. by the Lone Eagle Grille Fire Pit.

Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay will continue with their annual Easter Egg celebration. The hunt for a golden egg and other great prizes begins at 11 a.m. with four age categories: 0-3 years, 4-7 years and 8-12 years. Adults will not be left out, as Gar Woods will offer a unique bottle hunt for those 21 and older.


Northstar California will celebrate with daylong festivities for all ages. Starting with an egg hunt across the Village at10:30 a.m., followed by a PEEPS® Diorama Contest. Take a ride around the ice-skating rink and a picture with Easter Bunny. Don’t miss the chance to catch the Easter Bunny skiing on the mountain during the day.

Squaw Valley’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open Easter Sunday. Remember to bring your Easter basket and hunt for the candy filled colored eggs hidden across the mountain from Gold Coast to High Camp, along Shirley Lake and all the way down Mountain Run.

Join the kids for an Easter egg hunt on the morning of April 20th in America’s only snowbound Village, located at Sugar Bowl Resort. Then head out on the mountain to find the Golden Egg, which contains a free 2014/15 Midweek season pass.
Easter Brunch

Join Garwoods for an Easter Brunch featuring delicious menu items that includes made-to-order breakfast, seafood, salads, a carving station, entrees and desserts! The deck will be open (weather permitting) and there will also be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! Price: $44.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 10.

Enjoy a special plated brunch menu while dining by the river this Easter at the River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant. The River Ranch is located between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley. Call 530-583-4264 for reservations; available 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The lakeside Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt Regency will offer an Easter Buffet fit for anyone with a big appetite. There will be a plethora of breakfast options including an omelet station and pancake station. Lunch plates continue with a carving station, Caesar salad station and entrees such as roasted lamb, blackened salmon, King Alaskan King Crab legs, and more.

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Winter arrives (again) in North Lake Tahoe

April 1st, 2014

The storm system that promised several feet of snow in the North Lake Tahoe region this week delivered. While the calendar says it is spring, North Lake Tahoe is covered with an abundance of fresh powder.


In the past 24 hours, seven major downhill resorts in North Lake Tahoe are reporting over a foot of snow and the six-day storm totals are nearing or exceeding five feet at most resorts.


Snow Totals (24 hour/72 hour)
Alpine Meadows: 12”/28”
Boreal Mountain Resort: 20”/53”
Diamond Peak: 4”/12”
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: 5”/13”
Northstar California: 7”/20”
Squaw Valley: 16”/38”
Sugar Bowl Resort: 22”/25”


Resorts are ecstatic about the new snow as it is improving the already fantastic spring skiing conditions. Spring-breakers take note – it’s a perfect time to ski and ride in North Lake Tahoe.


“We’re still looking forward to a nice long stretch of spring skiing ahead of us here at Sugar Bowl,” said John Monson, marketing director at the historic Sugar Bowl Resort atop Donner Summit. “Temps have been low enough overnight that we’re enjoying a melt-freeze corn cycle and the skiing has been great.”


Image: Sugar Bowl Resort


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North Lake Tahoe Celebrates 33 Years of SNOWFEST!

February 25th, 2014

Thousands of skiers and boarders flock to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe this week to take part in the 33rd annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 27, day-glo glasses, spandex ski pants and Polar Bear plungers take to the streets (and hillsides) of the Sierra Nevada to take part in parades, races, parties, concerts and other performances, not to mention great food specials and lodging deals, through Sunday, March 9.


SnowFest! kicks off with a fundraising event at famed lakeside restaurant, Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay,Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. A $25 donation at the door gets attendees beer, wine, Wet Woody’s, heavy appetizers and live entertainment. Friday gets started with music from the Space Cowboys & Unimog from 1 – 5 p.m. at Squaw Valley before the crowning the SnowFest! Queen at 6 p.m. A 7:30 p.m. fireworks display presented by Coors Light is the kick-off to the opening night after party which takes place at the Plaza Bar. At 9 p.m., celebrated 80’s cover band Tainted Love takes the stage at the Crystal Bay Club.


Saturday’s activities start with a pancake breakfast followed by the annual Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade, which can be viewed from parties at venues throughout the town. Kids are invited to Paint the Bear at the North Tahoe Arts Center from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and the Stohlgren Bros. Ice Cream Eating Contest challenges dessert lovers at the Tahoe City Fire Station at 1 p.m.  The infamous Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim invites visitors out for a swim in the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe starting at 2:30 p.m. (swimmer check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.) and Diego’s Umbrella entertains audiences at the Crystal Bay Club at 9 p.m. In addition, the second annual Mardi Squaw Party takes place at the Olympic House at 10 p.m.


Sunday invites kids take part in Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race. The Tahoe Mountain Man Contest challenges participants to eight different obstacles, all while wearing ski boots, including putting on chains, scaring away bears and shoveling snow, at Homewood Mountain Resort starting at 3 p.m. Sunnyside’s annual Luau warms up the remainder of the day with Hawaiian-inspired food and cocktails.


Week days invite locals and visitors alike to enjoy activities including the Margarita Races and 80’s Onsie DJ Party, a meet and greet with the Squaw Valley rescue dogs, Pete ‘N Peter’s Bar Game Olympics, a girls night out Bunco Bash, Bingo night, and the sixth annual Bridgetender Rib Fest.


Saturday, March 8 brings the Diamond Peak Uphill Downhill Dash at 7 a.m. followed by a Pancake Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the Rahlves Banzai Tour – Alpine Meadows “Face Banzai” full-mountain race beginning at 9 a.m. Dress up the family dog for a chance at prizes including free entry into the Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade at 11:30 a.m.Parties take place throughout the day and the Snow What? Snow Building Contest takes place at the Kings Beach Library at 1 p.m. Try to defy the tempting tortilla during the Hacienda Tortilla Toss at 2 p.m. or head over to the LUNAFEST Film, Food and Wine event at 6 p.m. at Squaw Valley, benefitting Girls on the Run-Sierra and the Breast Cancer Fund. Lakeside Pizza’s Pink Party also benefits a great cause, Relay for Life, starting at 9 p.m.


SnowFest! wraps things up Sunday, March 9 with a second go-round for the “Face Banzai” at Alpine Meadows and the Arctic Paddle Race at 9 a.m.  at Waterman’s Landing. River Ranch hosts a snow sculpture contest at noon and the Tahoe Donner Ididarun begins at 1 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society. SnowFest! concludes at 8 p.m. with a fashion show from Fine ‘n Funky at Hacienda del Lago in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City.


With so many options, the 33rd annual SnowFest! is sure to entertain all members of the family. From sports enthusiasts to artistic types, there is truly something for everyone.


For lodging and housing packages visit www.TahoeSnowFest.com or www.GoTahoeNorth.com/cool-deals.


For the most updated schedule of events visit www.TahoeSnowFest.com.

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Snow, Games, Contests and Skis

February 13th, 2014

If there’s one thing North Lake Tahoe knows how to do, it’s throw festivals. The north shore hosts a multitude of winter festivals from Jan. to March, celebrating all that Mother Nature has to offer. These events range in style from dances and costume contests to ski races and the legendary Polar Bear Swim. Below is a round up of highly anticipated festival dates and activities:

Roughly 100 events fill North Lake Tahoe with good times as SnowFest! comes to town Feb. 28-March 9. The festival tributes infamous spring skiing by bringing visitors and locals alike together in celebration. Laser shows, parades, eating contests, bar games and ski races are just the tip of the iceberg at this ten-day festival. A crowd favorite is the Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim where only the brave jump in Tahoe’s 40-degree water. This year’s SnowFest! theme is “Bringing Back the 80’s”, so prepare for a good time in day-glow attire and wayfarer sunglasses.

Alpenglow Mountain Festival Presented By Nature’s Bakery
Get out into nature at the Alpenglow Mountain Festival presented by Nature’s Bakery Feb. 14-March 2. Events include guided ski tours night and day, snowshoe tours, winter films, avalanche safety classes, women’s wine and waxing clinics and more. The event kicks off on Valentine’s Day with a Sweetheart Sunset Snowshoe and closes with a Tahoe favorite, The 38th Anniversary Great Ski Race.



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Beginners Hit The Slopes in January

January 10th, 2014

North Lake Tahoe invites beginners and winter sports enthusiasts alike to hit the slopes for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. The National SnowSports Industry Association puts on the event to ignite and rekindle passions for skiing and snowboarding.


Resorts offer cool deals found on the GoTahoeNorth website all month long to make it even easier to get on the mountain.


Homewood Mountain Resort takes learn to ski and ride month to a whole new level by encouraging beginners all season long. Get a lift ticket, rentals and lesson for $49 online the day before hitting the slopes. This package is a $40 savings, available Sunday-Friday. Homewood also offers free intermediate and advanced lessons at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.


Sugar Bowl offers a Learn to Ski and Ride Development program for $89-$99. This is a full day event that operates on both sides of the mountain, even on holidays. With a 3:1 student to instructor ratio, beginners are sure to conquer their goals.


Boreal Mountain Resort is offering a Take 3, Ride FREE program that’s hard to pass up. Take three lessons between Jan. 6 and Feb. 14 and receive a free season pass. The $129 online only package provides rental equipment for each 90-minute lesson with a professional instructor.


During the week of Jan. 13-17, Diamond Peak encourages snow play with First Time Beginner and Beginner Group Lesson Packages. Purchase a $39 package that includes a lesson, rental equipment and an all day beginner lift ticket. These one-hour 45-minute lessons are great for everyone age four and up who have had two or fewer snowsport experiences.


Beginners at the Tahoe-Donner Downhill Ski Area are sure to excel at the uncrowded resort. First timers receive an all day lift ticket, rentals and two-hour group lesson for $39 Jan. 6-10 and 13-16. The Cross Country Ski Center will also feature Learn to Ski packages for those looking to try cross-countryskiing instead of downhill.


Learn to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from January 14-30. For $49 beginners receive a beginner lift ticket, rentals and lessons for adults and kids age 3+.


Granlibakken ski hill has the perfect balance between learning slopes and downhill thrills. There is a ski school for first-timers and people looking to fine-tune skills. With rentals and both full and half-day tickets, snowsport enthusiasts of all levels will enjoy themselves.


Aspiring skiers and boarders looking for deals all season long should head to Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. The mountain offers an $89 First Timer Package that includes a two-hour lesson, beginner lift ticket and rental equipment. This is a great opportunity for beginners, ages 11+, to get a feel for the mountain throughout the winter.


For those looking to stay on more level ground, Tahoe XC provides free introductory and intermediate skate skiing lessons and introductory cross-country lessons. Pick up a free child trail pass or buy an adult trail pass, $24, and rentals, $20, to receive free lessons spread throughout the week.

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Olympic Heritage Week Celebrated in North Lake Tahoe

January 10th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Olympic Heritage Celebration kicks off at Sugar Pine Point Saturday, January 11 starting a weeklong celebration of the Olympic heritage in North Lake Tahoe. Events include meet-and-greets with Olympians, walking tours, races and biathlon training. Among the many events is a tradition started by Walt Disney before the 1960 Olympics. The tribal dance tradition that helped bring snow to the Sierras before the 1960 Winter Olympic Games will be recreated at the Opening Ceremonies.


Worried about the lack of snow in 1960, Walt Disney, who orchestrated the ceremonies, brought in tribal dancers to coach the snow to fall.  The Olympic Heritage Celebration committee followed Disney’s lead in 2012 when the same weather pattern emerged as the long-planned festivities were about to begin.


“We have invited the Eagle Wing Dancers back to our opening ceremonies at Sugar Pine Point State Park on January 11th to perform, among other ceremonial dances, a snow dance in front of the iconic Tower of Nations at the park entrance”, said Heidi Doyle Executive Director of the Sierra State Parks Foundation, one of the program sponsors. “We encourage the community to join us as we honor our Olympic Heritage and dance for snow”, she continued.


In addition to the tribal dancers, former Winter Olympic athletes and dignitaries will be on hand to light the caldron and take a guided tour of the Olympic Trails at the state park where the Olympic Nordic events took place 64 years ago.


“We will make sure everyone has a great time experiencing our local Olympic Heritage, ” said Rob Weston, a park volunteer whose business, West Shore Sports, is a partner for the events.  “This entire week of events will be an opportunity to meet with former winter Olympians and to try out something new.  We have a full state of events and invite the public to join us,” said Weston.


Olympic Heritage Week consists of a series of programs designed to highlight the North Tahoe Olympic cultural history as well as recreational events to promote the spirit of fair play and fitness.  In addition, a fundraiser is planned at Granlibakken Resort January 17 to benefit the grooming of snow trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park.  Squaw Valley Day will conclude the week with races, music and closing ceremonies.  The full schedule of events can be found on: www.gotahoenorth.com/events/olympic-heritage-celebration or by calling the Sierra State Parks Foundation office at 530-583-9911.

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International Snow Sculpture Event, Carve Tahoe, Returns to Northstar California

January 10th, 2014

Carve Tahoe returns to Northstar California January 28 to February 2, 2014. San Francisco-based advertising, design and production company Hub Strategy brings this international snow sculpture contest to North Lake Tahoe for the second year.


Eight three-member teams from Canada, Finland/Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, California/The Netherlands, Tahoe/Truckee and Wisconsin will participate in the five-day competition, creating elaborate sculptures from 20-ton blocks of snow using only hand tools, snow and water.


Snow sculpture events are extremely popular worldwide, with well-known events around the world.  The snow carvers brave extreme conditions and work tirelessly creating pure, ephemeral sculptures that will last only a short time. Attendees can marvel at the creativity and ingenuity of the artists’ creations for free throughout the event. Sponsors include Finlandia Vodka, Sapporo Beer, Vail Resorts and North Lake Tahoe.


The event will once again be judged by Lawrence Noble, Chairman of the Academy of Art University Sculpture Department, known for sculptures and works of art including the legendary Yoda Fountain at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio, San Francisco.


“It will be a joy to return to Northstar and enjoy the carvers’ talent once again,” said Noble.


Sculptures are best to view when they near completion, Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 2. On Friday, January 31 each structure will be lit.


“Don’t miss the lighting of the sculptures Friday night,” said Keown.  “We illuminate the sculptures with multi-colored lights and guests can watch as the carvers sculpt all night getting ready for judging on Saturday.”

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North Lake Tahoe Selected as Site of USA Cycling’s Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championship

January 2nd, 2014

 North Lake Tahoe has been selected to host USA Cycling’s Amateur and Para-Cycling Road National Championships in 2015 and 2016. The prestigious five-day event is made up of multiple races, including an individual time trial, tandem time trial, a criterium, and road races.

The national championships draw more than 1,000 participants, and thousands of spectators, family members and friends. USA Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in the U.S. and represents more than 2,500 clubs and teams and 70,800 members. The organization hosts a series of road, track, cyclo-cross, mountain bike and BMX national championships across the nation.

North Lake Tahoe’s selection as the home of the cycling event comes only months after the area hosted its first IRONMAN competition in September, and represents the region’s growing popularity as a location for national and international endurance events.

“We are extremely excited to bring the 2015-16 USA Cycling Amateur & Para-cycling Road National Championships to North Lake Tahoe. It is such a beautiful part of the country with spectacular courses,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling’s vice president of national events. “We are looking forward to sharing it with the riders. We’re confident that the event will produce worthy winners after they compete on the challenging courses in North Lake Tahoe.”

USA Cycling expects strong participation at the event as it returns to Northern California, a stronghold of amateur and professional road cycling.

“Hosting this prestigious race at North Lake Tahoe will be a true win-win for everyone involved”, said Andy Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “Renowned for its spectacular mountain vistas and crystal clear lake, Lake Tahoe’s pristine setting is the perfect environment for athletes to both push themselves and to relax and rejuvenate post race. We look forward to a great race in 2015 and 2016.”

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North Lake Tahoe Receives 2013 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings Magazine

November 18th, 2013

Recipients of the 10th annual Platinum Choice Award given by Smart Meetings Magazine were recently announced, North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus was recognized for setting exemplary standards in a range of categories including ambience, amenities, and excellence in service. Out of thousands that qualify, only 180 are selected for this prestigious honor.


The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus is a marketing cooperative between the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau. Smart Meetings Magazine is a Bay Area based publication and online resource for meeting professionals.


“We are pleased to be honored as one of the best in the hospitality industry by readers and editors of this prominent publication,” said Director of Sales, Jason Neary, of the North Lake Tahoe Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We truly value the opportunity to work with our regional partners in introducing, and sometimes re-introducing, North Lake Tahoe to our target markets situated across the country.”


The meetings program at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus is responsible for bringing group business to North Lake Tahoe, offering high-caliber professional services to encourage large/small businesses and organizations to choose North Tahoe’s alpine setting. A 20+ year resident of the region, Neary has worked for the North Lake Tahoe Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 17 years, leading the meetings program team to provide a range of services from fielding information requests about the area along with proposals, to conducting site inspections and coordinating bids.


North Lake Tahoe’s affordable meeting facilities are as varied and unique as the surrounding High Sierra terrain. From intimate, small boardroom spaces to timber-lined meeting rooms to upscale ballrooms that fit hundreds, the North Lake Tahoe area offers more than 30 meeting sites in California and Nevada, 200,00 square feet of meeting space and over 7,000 rooms. For details about North Lake Tahoe’s meetings program or to become a partner, visit gotahoenorth.com/meetings.


North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.

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North Tahoe, the Continent’s Cross Country Skiing Capital, Offers Cross Country Skiing Options for All Styles of Skier

November 11th, 2013

Already home to North America’s largest cross country resort and 11 cross country skiing locations scattered across the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the region known as the capital of North American Cross country skiing continues to upgrade its offerings to its dedicated and new skiers equally.


Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, now under the management of Sugar Bowl Resort for the second year, has upgraded its grooming, remodeled its Summit Station lodge and improved way finding signage. Now it is introducing fat tire snowbiking and bringing back California’s only resort-based snowkiting school for its second year.


But the foundation of Royal Gorge’s success — the 200 kilometers of groomed trails and 6,000 acres of stunning High Sierra terrain — still makes it the largest, and clearly one of the most impressive places in the world to strap on skinny skis.


While Royal Gorge headlines North Tahoe’s cross country ski offerings, 10 more cross country skiing locations dot the north shore of Lake Tahoe, offering quiet, secluded trails with expansive views of Lake Tahoe, heart-pounding climbs to mountain-tops or perfectly groomed trails through silent meadows.

And that is what separates North Tahoe from other winter destinations — the diversity of skiing options that it offers. Just like downhill skiers could choose to ski the legendary, Olympic steeps of Squaw Valley, cruise lakeview groomers at Homewood or spend a day at any of the 11 downhill ski resorts in North Tahoe, cross country skiers can find the trails that suit them.  Or they can spend a week exploring the entire range of ski trails in a location with the highest concentration of cross country skiing terrain on the continent.


Three more resorts that have marked North Tahoe as one of the most diverse and extensive cross country skiing destinations in the world are Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Tahoe XC and the Auburn Ski Club at Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center in Truckee offers 52 groomed trails and 100 kilometers of varied terrain that includes climbs to stunning views at Hawk’s Peak, to the secluded Euer Valley. Tahoe XC’s 23 groomed trails out of Tahoe City offer expansive views of Lake Tahoe and a renowned teaching program. The Auburn Ski Club is a renowned training ground for competitive skiers and an affordable skiing location for recreational skiers on 20 kilometers of trails.


Cross-country trails at Northstar, the Resort at Squaw Creek and Granlibakken allow lodging guests to ski right from their hotel room or condo. And state park trails like Sugar Pine Point offer free cross-country skiing (although a $10 parking fee is charged) on trails that were used for the 1960 Olympics.


The Incline Village Championship Golf Course and the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park at the Tahoe City Golf Course are two more free cross country skiing options. The Incline Village location offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, and the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is ideal for the whole family including kids and dogs. Tahoe City visitors can both cross country ski and snowshoe at the winter sports park, and enjoy a small sledding hill on property for powdery days.


Along with its world-class Cross Country ski terrain, North Tahoe puts on the largest cross country ski race west of the Mississippi. The Great Ski Race is an annual fundraiser for Tahoe Cross Country Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer non-profit. Over 800 participants, including some of the world’s best Cross Country skiers and costume-wearing locals, ski the 18 miles from Tahoe City to Truckee, finishing in a harrowing downhill, followed by a legendary party. The 38th annual Great Ski Race is scheduled for Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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