Greetings from beautiful North Lake Tahoe where the sun is shining and the snow conditions are fantastic. We are having unseasonably warm temperatures recently which is making for some great spring like conditions. The daily average temperature has been hovering in the mid to upper 40’s and skiers and riders are enjoying all that the mountains have to offer. The groomers are fast and fun and the various terrain parks are always a great time. There are many events coming up in the near future at our resorts on the North Shore, and you want to make sure that you get the most out of your mountain experience!!
Squaw Valley: Every Saturday you can be a part of the Dawn Patrol and get early access to Shirley Lake and Granite Chief. Arrive at the Cable Car building at 7:15am for an early ride to the top of the mountain. Once on top you can decide whether to enjoy a great breakfast buffet at the Terrace Restaurant or get an early start on the slopes at 8 am. Every Saturday enjoy live music in the village for apres ski, on Jan 29th, Nick DeNoia Dou performs. On Feb 5th Ben Martin and on Feb 20th Eric Anderson will be performing live in the village. During the week of Feb 12th to the 27th have your 13 to 18 year olds learn some new tricks at the Squaw Sessions Teen Camp. The skiers and riders meet there instructors in the morning and split up based on experience levels. Then the teens get to decide whether they want to learn the tools of the trade for riding big mountains like Jeremy Jones or how to conquer the terrain park like Travis Kennedy. Also, the week of Feb 12th is Kid-O-Rama time with many different parties, concerts and festivities for the whole family.
Alpine Meadows: February 1st to the 3rd is the USSA NorAm Hole Shot tour. This will consist of two back to back skier cross and border cross races. There will be many prizes and gear giveaways throughout the three day Hole Shot Tour. This would be a great time to test your speed skills or enjoy watching others ski or ride through the courses as fast as they can. Stop by the Last Chair Bar and Grille on Feb 6th to enjoy apres ski while watching the Super Bowl!! The bar is going to have different gear raffles, delicious game time food and drink specials throughout the game. On Feb 24th-27th is the Big Mountain Telemark and Freeride Festival at Alpine Meadows, so be sure to watch all the extreme telemark skiing and enjoy the festivities afterwards.
Northstar at Tahoe: The week of January 24th to the 28th is college week, with discounted lift tickets for all college students. Be sure and bring a current student id and receive a $61 lift ticket for the day. On Thursday Feb 17th Northstar is offering a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour. There are 2 – 3 different routes ranging in difficulty and distance for all levels of experienced snowshoers to enjoy. Dogs on leashes are more than welcome to attend, so don’t forget your furry four-legged friends!! On Saturday Feb 26th Trans World Magazine and the High Cascade Snowboard Camp are stopping by Northstar at Tahoe for a series of competitions. There is a $10 entry fee which includes a year long subscription to Trans World Magazine and also a chance to win many prizes from tons of different gear companies. The first place finishers in both male and female divisions will be awarded a flight to compete in the 2011 finals at Bear Mountain.
There are tons of events happening at all the North Shore ski resorts in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to take part in what all the mountains have to offer. Don’t forget about all the great dining options on the lake and make sure to check and see what is happening at the Crystal Bay Club, Tahoe Biltmore and the Cal Neva resort. There is great live music happening nightly at these casinos. Make sure and enjoy everything that North Lake Tahoe has to offer, and remember to have fun and be safe!!
Braden Powell — Ski Butlers North Lake Tahoe