Tahoe Ski Season is in Full-Swing

Greetings from South Lake Tahoe

WOW! What a holiday season it has been. We’ve all made it through safely, opened the new year with some freshies, and we’re already at the big MLK weekend! There’s going to be a lot going on up here this weekend, and you don’t want to miss out, so here is what’s going at the Resorts found on the South Shore:

Heavenly:  Safety week is kicking off with a bang at Heavenly this week. There will be a ski/ride safety convention going on at the top of the gondola, run by Barton Memorial Hospital. Heavenly Sports is offering an added discount on all safety apparel, so if you need a helmet, now is the time to get one! Heavenly is also doing a safety scavenger hunt all week from the 15th till the 21st.  Scavenger  Hunt cards can be found at all on-mountain lodges, and any Heavenly employee wearing a bright orange cap will help you with your scavenger hunt as long as you can answer safety questions about the skier’s code. They will be giving out prizes, so study the code! And finally, there will be the Riperoo Parade starting on Friday at the Heavenly Village.

Kirkwood: The UC Band will be riding all weekend at the wood, so keep an eye, and an ear, open for them. Kirkwood is offering their avalanche class this weekend, the AIARE Level 1 course, which will teach one how to survive in avalanche situations, a must for any and all backcountry riders! The Kingtones will be playing at Bub’s all day, providing the perfect bar break atmosphere for a mid day stop. And to finish the day, Kirkwood is also offering their full moon snowshoe hike from 6p-10p. Snowshoes can be rented at Kirkwood, and reservations are required.

Sierra: Sierra has the Cal Big Band visiting, so there will be some encouraging tunes to psych you up for the slopes! Safety week is also beginning at Sierra this week, and the people of NSAA (the National Ski Area Assoc.) will be on site to help with all ski and ride safety tips. Blizzard Mountain, Sierra’s snow park has sack races, obstacle courses, and snowman building competitions set up for all those non-riders and little groms. Races will be offered on the slopes, The Bay Area Ski Buss Race will start with practice from 10a-11a, races from 11a-1p, and awards will be given out at 2p. The races are open to all and free,  so sign up and see what you got! And for those water breaks, the Cash Only Band will be rockin’ the Pub all day, grab a drink and enjoy!

That should be a good start to keeping you all entertained this weekend, just don’t forget to check out the playlists at the casinos. There are some big names in town, Snoop Dogg is playing at Mont Bleu, and for the more laid back crowd, Rebelution will be playing at Mont Bleu Sunday night. Have fun, be safe, and think Ski Butlers!

- Ben Marshall, Ski Butlers South Lake Tahoe


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