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Warren Miller's "No Turning Back"

Headlines...
Updated:
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

WARREN MILLER-REI MEMBER PRE-SALE ENDS 9/21

    REI and Warren Miller Entertainment are collaborating to offer fans an exclusive retail outlet to purchase presale tickets for No Turning Back. From September 8-21, REI members can avoid ticketing fees and save $4/ticket by purchasing at select REI locations. For more information and locations, go HERE.
 

2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO PARK CITY

    BARCELONA, Spain (June 5, 2014) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with the Olympic community of Park City and State of Utah, has been awarded the International Ski Federation’s 2019 World Championships for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding. The decision of the governing FIS Council was announced Thursday during the FIS Congress in Barcelona. The innovative bid featured a partnership of three resorts – Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort – for an event that is expected to attract the very best skiers and snowboarders in the world for a minimum of 12 competitions over 10 days in February, 2019.
 

BIG AIR SBX PROPOSED FOR 2018

    BARCELONA, Spain (June 3, 2014) - On the heels of the successful debut of new Olympic events like slopestyle snowboarding, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is proposing the addition of two new Olympic snowboarding events. The USSA will make its formal proposal to the International Ski Federation (FIS), the sport’s governing body, when its entire membership meets June 1-6 in Barcelona for its FIS Congress for the inclusion of big air snowboarding and team snowboardcross. Big air has been contested at the FIS World Championships since 2003 while SBX has been an integral and popular Olympic event since 2006.

 

2015 CROSS COUNTRY TEAM NOMINATED

    PARK CITY, Utah (June 3, 2014) - World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) headlines a powerhouse team of women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. All five A Team women reached the World Cup podium during the 2014 season. On the men’s side, veteran sprinter Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and rising talent Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO), who won a Tour de Ski stage last season, anchor the American men for the 2015 World Championship season.

HIGHLIGHTS
    Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) highlights a powerhouse team of six women nominated to the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.
    Randall, along with Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN), are the defending team sprint World Champions.
    Veteran Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) anchors a men’s team of six athletes including Olympians Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) and Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO).
    The 2015 Cross Country World Cup season is slated to open Nov. 29-30, 2014 in Kuusamo, Finland.
    The 2015 Cross Country World Ski Championships will take place Feb. 18 – March 1, 2015 in Falun, Sweden.
2015 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Nominated Athletes
(Name, Hometown, Club, Date of Birth)
* Denotes Olympian
A TEAM
Men
Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, CO; SMS T2, 5/14/87)*
Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, VT; SMS T2, 11/30/83)*
Women
Jessica Diggins (Afton, MN; SMS T2, 8/26/91)*
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, 12/31/82)*
Elizabeth Stephen (East Montpelier, VT; Burke Mountain Academy, 1/12/87)*
Sadie Bjornsen (Mazama, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, 11/21/89)*
Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT; SMS T2, 3/22/90)*
 

USSA PARTNERS WITH SACRAMENTO KINGS

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 20, 2014) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the Sacramento Kings ownership group – Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC, have announced a unique partnership where the Kings will serve as a sales representative for the USSA’s popular Sprint U.S. Grand Prix freeskiing and snowboarding tour. The deal includes global sponsorship sales representation to market and sell property and intellectual rights within Grand Prix, one of the world’s longest running action sports series’. The series is run under the USSA’s U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding brands and this past season served as the Olympic qualifying series.

 

SNOW GOLF TOURNAMENT AT ALPINE APR. 12

   ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif.  (Apr. 3, 2014) - It is time to dust off the golf clubs! The 31st annual Snow Golf Tournament returns to Alpine Meadows April 12 for a day of nine-hole golf situated on some of Tahoe's most beloved, snow-covered slopes.
    Recently featured on the Golf Channel, this highly anticipated spring event is the only mountaintop snow golf course around and offers the best of both worlds: skiing/riding and golf.
    Participants start at the top of Alpine Meadows’ Summit Six chairlift and weave their way down a nine-hole golf course to the bottom of Alpine Bowl Chair. Players are provided scorecards, pencils, clubs and tennis balls – in lieu of golf ball. All competitors are encouraged to dress up in their best “golf” attire, and must be wearing skis or a snowboard to navigate from hole to hole.
    Participants can register for the event at the top of Summit chair, beginning at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Snow Golf is free with a lift ticket or season pass.
    Following the tournament, all scorecards will be entered into a raffle. Prizes include rounds of golf at The Resort at Squaw Creek and Granite Bay Golf Club in Sacramento, a GoPro, Oakley goggles, Oakley sunglasses, Alpine swag and more. The raffle kicks off at 3 p.m. on the Sundeck. For more information, visit www.skialpine.com/lake-tahoe-events/04-13-/snow-golf.
 

JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY RESIGNS AS IOC MEMBER

   Three-time Olympic gold medallist Jean-Claude Killy has announced that he is stepping down as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after two decades of service to the Olympic Movement.
    The 70-year-old Alpine ski legend joined the IOC in 1995. He was a member of a number of IOC commissions, most recently chairing the Coordination Commission for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 (2007-2014).
    IOC President Thomas Bach, who was informed of Killy’s decision some months ago, said Killy had had a profoundly positive impact on the Olympic Movement, both as an athlete and as an administrator.
    “On behalf of the entire Olympic Movement I would like to express our sincere thanks and great appreciation for Jean-Claude’s outstanding achievements throughout his Olympic career,” President Bach said. “Having already been a sporting legend as an athlete, he later dedicated himself to the IOC, its values and ideals – also with great success. In this respect, I could mention many of his accomplishments, but I know that he himself would consider his unique contribution to the fantastic success of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games as his greatest achievement. Jean-Claude was a great ambassador of the Olympic ideals and I thank him for his many years of excellent service to the Olympic Movement.”
    Killy is best known for winning three gold medals at the Grenoble 1968 Olympic Winter Games. He also won the World Skiing Championships three times between 1966 and 1968, was crowned Professional World Champion in 1973 and twice won the World Cup (1967 and 1968).
    He was a member of the following IOC Commissions: Coordination for the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998 (1992-1998), Sport and Environment (1996), Finance (1998-2014), “IOC 2000” (Executive Committee, 1999), and IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up (2002). Killy was also the Vice-Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 (1996-2002), and Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006 (2000-2006).
    President Bach will propose that Killy be made an honorary IOC member at the next IOC Session in Monaco in December.
 

FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO SQUAW APR. 11-12

   OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.  (Mar. 27, 2014) - The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Squaw Valley Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The festival will feature a collection of 16 films that focus on environmental concerns, as well as celebrate the beauty of nature. The event is all part of the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day, which is April 19.
    Festival doors open at 6 p.m. each night, with screenings beginning at 7 p.m. General admission is $12 for adults, and $5 for students and all Tahoe area ski resort employees. In addition to two nights of inspirational films, the festival also features live music, delicious cuisine, and beer and wine.
    Attendees can choose from several different packages of films, with all screening venues located in The Village at Squaw Valley. On Friday, Squaw's Palisades Room will feature three different films: "One Day in Yosemite," "Tahoe Time 1.5," and "Tell it on the Mountain." The screening will run from 7-10 p.m. Also on Friday, the Alpenglow Room in The Village will show full-length documentary "Growing Cities," which starts at 7:30 p.m.
    On Saturday, April 12, The Palisades Room will show six films: "The Joy of Air," "Slomo," "Rock Wall Climbing," "Ryan’s Stories," "Cascada," and "Stand." Squaw Valley’s Alpenglow Room will feature "Snows of the Nile," "COMPOST-a-lujah!," "a brief History of the 5 cent Bag Tax," "Backyard," and "The Great Vacation Squeeze." Squaw’s Wanderlust Yoga Studio will screen a third full-length documentary, "HAPPY."
    To see movie trailers, and for festival information, visit tahoetruckeearthday.com/film-festival/.
    The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a nationwide tour that gives environmental films national exposure at over 100 tour stops across the country. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to Squaw Valley as part of Tahoe Truckee Earth Day. For more information on the national tour, visit wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.

 

DUMMY DOWNHILL APR. 6 AT DIAMOND PEAK

   INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.  (Mar. 25, 2014) - April 6th is a day of dummies at Diamond Peak! The Dummy Downhill has been a favorite community event for past 13 years and every year it gets better. Join us for the 14th Annual Dummy Downhill where participants build a dummy on skis or snowboards that get launched off of a big jump and watch as unique characters fly down the hill or crash hard. This is the flugtag for dummies!
    Those who enter a dummy can receive up to two free lift tickets for their Team Captains to launch their dummy. The Dummy Downhill is open to the public and there are no registration fees. Dummies need to be at the base lodge by 11:00am to be judged on creativity with the jumping and awards ceremony to follow. Prizes and certificates will be awarded for creativity, best crash, furthest distance, etc.
    Participants can pre-register their dummy online or by emailing the names of your Team Captains and dummy name to info@diamondpeak.com. Onsite registration will be available on the day of the event from 9am-11am on the Base Lodge Deck. Dummy builders are encouraged to be as creative as they can. The following restrictions apply to all dummies: they cannot be live and must weigh 75 lbs. or less. Teams will be required to help clean up and remove dummies and debris afterward. At least one person from each team must be available to help transport, load and unload their dummy at the top of the launch.
    Incline Elementary School (IES) is also participating in the 2014 Dummy Downhill as part of a class project this year, using it as a way to introduce kids to engineering. All of the kids are contributing ideas and strengths with teamwork as a major theme. Eric Harssema, the 3rd grade teacher of the class that won the Dummy Downhill last year, says, “The Dummy Downhill is a fun and engaging way to introduce our students to engineering and the design process. Engineering is a major component of our new science standards and we hope participation in dummy downhill event will become tradition at IES. The day of the event will be great fun and we encourage all students and parents to attend.”
    Spectators can watch the Dummy Downhill from the Base Lodge and Loft Bar decks. Visit DiamondPeak.com/Events for more information and the pre-registration form. http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/dummy-downhill-2014

 

MCSHLONKEY CLASSIC RETURNS TO SQUAW

   OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif.  (Mar. 20, 2014) - Witness the greatest ski competition known to man or woman! The Pain McShlonkey Classic (PMS) returns to Squaw Valley March 29. Now in its fourth year, this action packed on- and off-mountain event serves as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey. On-mountain antics promise excitement and entertainment for all, as the world’s top winter athletes descend on Squaw Valley clad in ridiculous outfits and snowblades for what’s arguably the most anticipated spectacle of the winter.
    Hosted by the Shane McConkey Foundation (SMF), the event is a highly successful fundraiser for local non-profits, with this year’s event benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s environmental education programs.
    “Our goal is to inspire sustainable practices within our community and beyond,” said SMF Founder Sherry McConkey. “In collaboration with Protect Our Winters, we’ve launched a nationally recognized Eco-Challenge and we’re really excited about proposals we’re working on with the Tahoe schools in 2014,” she added. “And the work we do with Make-A-Wish is priceless. Shane was a huge supporter of that program and he would be so proud of the wishes we’ve granted.”
    The festivities begin Saturday, March 29 at 9 a.m. as athletes line up atop the legendary KT-22 chairlift for an all-out snowblade blitz. The pros will take on 30 amateurs in an anything-goes battle to the finish. In the spirit of the McConkey’s goofy style, this year’s contestants have been selected to compete by submitting their most awkward photo in an online contest.
    New this year, spectators can gather to witness the inaugural Snowblade Ballet Competition. Registered PMS contestants will compete as couples or as individuals and spin, flip and prance their way into the hearts of spectators and judges during a one-minute ballet routine performed on snowblades. The judging panel will include former Ski Ballet competitor and legendary Tahoe local Troy Caldwell.
    From 2-3 p.m., the PMS Costume Contest will take place at Squaw’s KT Base Bar. This contest is open to everyone with great prizes awarded for best dressed. Awards will follow directly.
    On Saturday night, the grand finale after party will feature a tribute to one of the most iconic rock bands of all time – Queen. Glam rock attire is encouraged. Guests must be 21 or older to attend with valid ID required. Tickets are available for purchase at www.shanemcconkey.org and Le Chamois. The party will be at the Squaw Valley Conference Center (Olympic Village Lodge). Tickets do sell out, and advance purchase is recommended.
    The Shane McConkey Foundation encourages skiers, riders and resorts around the world to celebrate the spirit of McConkey during this weekend.
    “The best way to keep Shane's legacy alive is to remember to laugh at yourself and live life to the fullest,” says Sherry McConkey. “Even if you can’t be here on March 29, you should still do something outrageous and fun to honor this amazing man.”
    For event details, registration information, after party tickets or to make a donation to the Shane McConkey Foundation, visit www.shanemcconkey.org.
    Times and venues are subject to change pending weather and conditions.

 

'UNDY' DAY AT DIAMOND PEAK MAR. 29

   INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.  (Mar. 19, 2014) - Diamond Peak has teamed up with the Incline Village Community Hospital and the Colon Cancer Alliance for Undy Ski Day in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month! Join us for special lift ticket deals, Zumba, live music on the deck, and an Undy ski mob down the mountain.
    Get a $35 lift ticket for visibly sporting your undies! Wear them over your ski pants, on your helmet, as a cape, etc. (please wear pants under your undies).
Schedule of Events for Undy Ski Day:
9:00-9:45am: Zumba with Misty Moga from the Recreation Center on the Base Lodge Deck
12:00-2:00pm: Live music by the Lony Parsons 6-Pac
12:00pm: Undy ski mob, meet at the top of Crystal Ridge for a group photo
2:00pm: Undy ski mob, meet at the top of Show-Off for a group photo
3:00pm: Colon Cancer Alliance raffle
    Visit the Incline Village Community Hospital and Colon Cancer Alliance booths on the Base Lodge deck for goodies, information about colon cancer prevention and live music on the deck. Visit /www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/undy-ski-day to donate to the Colon Cancer Alliance and receive raffle tickets to win great prizes on Undy Ski Day.

 

SSN IS NOW ON TWITTER & FACEBOOK

   SACRAMENTO, Calif.  (Mar. 17, 2014) - Sierra Ski News is now on Twitter and Facebook. Follow us @SierraSkiNews - www.Twitter.com/SierraSkiNews. Please note: As of Mar. 17, 2014 we have a NEW Facebook page. It can be found HERE. While our old page is still there, for some reason we can no longer access it to make changes.

 

SQUAW/ALPINE SEASON PASSES GOOD AT SUGAR BOWL IN 2014-15.

    OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (Mar. 7, 2014) - Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have partnered with Sugar Bowl to give their passholders skiing privileges at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge Cross Country for the 2014-15 season. The partnership represents a new era as independent resorts continue to partner to offer incredible value for their season passholders.
    The new partnership with Sugar Bowl gives Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows season passholders access to four resorts in the Lake Tahoe area: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and now Sugar Bowl. Combined, this means skiers and riders can experience 9,650 acres, 69 lifts and 419 runs across 13 legendary Sierra Nevada mountain peaks.
    Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Gold passholders will receive four free days at Sugar Bowl and/or Royal Gorge. Silver passholders will receive two free days. All tickets will be redeemable any day of the 2014-15 winter season except for Saturdays and during holiday periods. If tickets are used for Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross country ski resort, cross country ski rental equipment will be included free of charge.
    Sugar Bowl Resort offers 1,650 acres of exceptional skiing and riding across four mountain peaks, and averages the most annual snowfall in Tahoe at 500 inches per season. In addition to their superb beginner and intermediate terrain, Sugar Bowl offers coveted big mountain terrain and gate-accessed backcountry skiing.
    “We are constantly striving to provide more value to our loyal season passholders,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “Two years ago, we added value through our partnership with Sierra-at-Tahoe and the Mountain Collective – and we’re continuing that mission now by adding access to Sugar Bowl’s incredible terrain.”
    “The spirit of Sugar Bowl is very much aligned with the soul of our mountains, continued Wirth. “We think the partnership is a terrific fit, and we know our passholders will really enjoy Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge.”
    With the new addition of Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows passholders now have access to a total of twelve resorts in North America. The Tahoe Super Pass will continue to offer access to Sierra-at-Tahoe, as well as to Alta, Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth and Whistler Blackcomb through the resort’s Mountain Collective partnership.
 

MARCH EVENTS AT DIAMOND PEAK

    INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (Mar. 5, 2014) - Besides fresh new snow and great lift ticket deals, here are other reasons to check out Diamond Peak this month:
    Face/Off Fridays Rail Jams: Kick off the weekend every Friday by throwing down your best tricks on the features (located at the bottom of Lodgepole, near the Base Lodge Deck) for a chance to win prizes, or just join in on the fun. Happy Hour drink specials start at 2pm for Face-Off Fridays. Registration is ten dollars and a lift ticket is not required, but a competition waiver is. For more information, visit: http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/face-off-fridays.
    Last Tracks Wine & Beer Tasting Series at Snowflake Lodge: Every Saturday (and Friday 3/14) enjoy wine tasting and appetizers at the unique mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe before skiing/snowboarding down a freshly groomed run. Tickets and event schedule available through http://www.diamondpeak.com/tickets-specials/specials/last-tracks-wine-beer-tasting. Participants must be 21 years old to attend and ski/snowboard at an intermediate level.
    March 8 - Uphill Downhill Race (a SnowFest event): Earn your turns at the Diamond Peak Uphill/Downhill Dash sponsored by Tahoe Mountain Sports! Race to the top of the mountain using whatever human-powered method you prefer…skin, snowshoe or run to the top; ski, snowboard or snowshoe part way down; then head back up to the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge for breakfast and awards. For those less competitive, a recreational course will be available from the base area up to Snowflake Lodge. Prizes will be awarded for both categories. Pre-register online: http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/uphill-downhill-dash.
    March 9 - Village Ski Loft Annual Spring Demo Day: This is your chance to test 2014-2015 model skis from all the brands at the Village Ski Loft, including Atomic, Blizzard, K2, Volkl, Salomon and more! The Demo is free, but you will need a valid Diamond Peak lift ticket or season pass to get on the hill. Bring a season pass from another resort and present it at the ticket window for a $35 discounted lift ticket. For more information, visit http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/spring-demo-village-ski-loft.
 

SIERRA-AT-TAHOE HOSTS EQUINOX SPRING FEST

    SO. LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (Mar. 5, 2014) - This spring Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is celebrating the season, snow, sunshine, and good times with the Equinox Spring Festival. The Festival includes a concert series, events, parties, and more. The Equinox Spring Festival gives guests a great opportunity to enjoy the new plaza, listen to live music, reminisce about a great day on the mountain, and celebrate spring in the Sierra. The Equinox Spring Festival will kick off with a big party to welcome home our Olympians including 2014 gold medalists, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman, and two-time Olympic medalist Hannah Teter. The festival kicks off March 15, 2014 and will conclude on the final week of the season.
A Golden Celebration and Plaza Grand Opening Party – Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Sierra Resort will welcome home 2014 Olympians and team riders Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, and Hannah Teter. All three athletes are now Olympic gold medalists and Sierra Resort representatives. They will join their hometown for a celebration where government officials and dignitaries will honor them in front of their friends and family. Autograph signings, live music, and a party will follow.
    The celebration will take place on Sierra’s new plaza. The new $5 million project transforms the skier services and amenities area into a mecca for gathering, après, and services. Guests will experience a 30,000 square-foot deck where they can relax in the sun and watch the action on the slopes. Along with a new deck area, guests can enjoy the new 9,000 square-foot indoor facility that includes, a retail store, demo center, and fresh healthy food options at the Solstice Eatery.
Live at Grandview Music Series Sponsored by Tahoe South
The Soft White Sixties with Vokab Kompany ­– Saturday March 22, 2014.

    Kicking off the Live at Grandview Music Series, The Soft White Sixties and Vokab Kompany will rock the stage with alternative music that everyone can enjoy. Having played the main stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival, The Soft White Sixties are increasingly gaining recognition for their infectious live performances. Local favorite, Vokab Kompany combines multiple sounds that are perfect for a dance party and will open the concert series.
Hot Buttered Rum with The Creak – Saturday, April 5, 2014
    Guests can free their heels all day long at the 11th annual Telegrass Festival where they can learn to telemark or improve their current skills with telemark clinics and demonstrations. Once they have mastered their telemark turns, guests can free their minds with bluegrass music from Hot Buttered Rum and The Creak. Hot Buttered Rum has played at some of the largest festivals in the United States and will bring their infectious sound to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. The Creak plays an action packed mix of bluegrass music that will be sure to make guests smile.
Midi Matilda with Tracorum – Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Straight from San Francisco, Midi Matilda features Logan Grime and Skyler Kilborn who use soaring falsetto’s, driving rhythms, and a fresh mix of guitars, bass and synthesizers, giving them a unique sound that will have guests dancing along and smiling all afternoon. Tracorum is a band from San Francisco with an original sound that thrives when played live.
Events
8th Annual Buckle Up Big Air – Saturday, April 12, 2014
    The Buckle Up Big Air slopestyle event, in remembrance of Sierra Resort team rider, Greg Taylor Smith, is held annually to honor Greg's memory with a fun day on the slopes. This local's favorite event not only spreads good vibes throughout the day, but also raises awareness about seat belt safety and the ever-present need to buckle up. Riders will celebrate Smith’s spirit by participating in a slopestyle event that promotes fun, progression, and safety. All proceeds go toward the Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation.
7th Annual Salsa Showdown – Sunday, April 13, 2014
    The final event of the Equinox Spring Festival, the Salsa Showdown, exemplifies the Sierra spirit. Quirky, fun, and unique guests are invited to make their own salsa and impress the judges for a chance to win a 2014-15 season pass and the title of Salsa Showdown king. The contest is rounded out with a taco eating contest, live mariachi band, and lots of south-of-the-border-fun designed to celebrate the outdoor atmosphere and laid back vibe of spring at Sierra Resort.
 

HEAVENLY ADDED TO PARK & PIPE OPEN SERIES

    SO. LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (Mar. 4, 2014) - The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series Presented by Nissan (PPOS) is thrilled to announce an additional stop at Heavenly Mountain Resort. This fourth and final stop of the 2014 PPOS schedule will feature a slopestyle competition in Heavenly Mountain Resort's Ante Up Park on March 13-15, 2014. As the demand and excitement for freeskiing skyrockets, PPOS is excited to provide yet another opportunity for up-and-coming athletes to compete alongside professionals.
    "We are excited to offer athletes one more chance to compete this winter at Heavenly Mountain Resort," said Katie Ramage, The North Face Sports Marketing Director. "The resort's excellently maintained terrain parks will provide a wonderful competition venue with Lake Tahoe as a stunning backdrop."
    Heavenly Mountain Resort overlooks the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe making it one of the most unique snowsport destinations. Straddling California and Nevada, Heavenly offers not one, but two states to explore. On the mountain, guests have access to 29 operating lifts, 97 runs and 3,500 vertical feet, the most on the West Coast. Heavenly's Ante Up park offers a variety of features and a multi-jump line. The length and pitch of Ante Up provides a nice, smooth slopestyle flow featuring boxes, rails, jibs and view of Lake Tahoe.
    "We have seen the excitement surrounding slopestyle build tremendously this year," said John Wagnon, Heavenly's Director of Marketing. "Heavenly is pleased to be bringing the action to our own Ante Up Park this March."
    Registration for the fourth PPOS stop at Heavenly Mountain Resort opens Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 10AM MST on thenorthfaceppos.com. Registration is expected to fill quickly.

 

SQUAW HOSTS 2014 ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS

    OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (Mar. 3, 2014) - Squaw Valley welcomes a host of Olympic athletes to the mountain for the 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships March 19-23. This year’s Alpine Championships will be America’s chance to see Team USA’s top skiers compete on home soil as they return from the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
    In addition to hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships, Squaw Valley will also host a Welcome Home Celebration for all of the Olympic athletes from the Reno/Tahoe area upon their return from Sochi. The Welcome Home Celebration will take place on the evening of Friday, March 21, and will feature an athlete parade, fireworks, athlete autograph session, live music and more.
    “It takes a community to raise an Olympian – and it takes a community to welcome them home,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “We invite everyone to join us as our entire community welcomes home our region’s athletes from competing so very well in Russia.”
    During the 2014 U.S. Alpine Championships, Squaw Valley athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Julia Mancuso, will be competing on home turf following her bronze medal performance in Sochi. Also returning from Sochi to compete at home will be four-time Olympian Marco Sullivan, and Travis Ganong, who placed 5th in the Downhill during in his first Olympics.
    “It's great to get to race at my home mountain and it's awesome to have Squaw's support for ski racing,” said Julia Mancuso. “They did an exceptional job last season, so I definitely look forward to some more great races on home snow during Nationals.”
    In addition to Squaw Valley’s own athletes, the 2014 U.S. Alpine Championships are expected to include Olympic champions Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO), all of whom earned medals in February’s Olympic Winter Games.


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