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Warren Miller's "Chasing Shadows"

Updated: Wednesday
, Aug. 26, 2015


    Past issues of Sierra Ski News can be found in PDF format by going  HERE. Check back October 2015 for the first issue of the coming 2015-16 ski & snowboard season.


    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Following its general session meeting on July 31st in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Beijing, China as the host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. As host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the city of Beijing is very supportive of the Olympic culture and movement. In its first-ever Winter Games, Beijing will utilize new and existing venues to showcase Olympic and Paralympic sports to millions of fans in China and across the world.
    Beijing’s vision for the Games seeks to incorporate winter sports into people’s lives, with the ultimate goal of improving overall fitness and health. Beijing 2022 has offered a regional concept intended to develop a winter sports market for more than 300 million people in northern China. The Games vision also aims to accelerate the development of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Sport, Culture and Tourism Belt, offering a new impetus for China’s economic growth and sustainable development in Beijing and Hebei Province, where the snow sports competitions would take place.



    BOULDER, Colo. - The world’s leading winter sports film producer, Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) has announced its 66th film will be titled Chasing Shadows.
    Warren Miller Entertainment’s 66th annual winter sports film Chasing Shadows is a celebration of why we commit ourselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every spring. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,” and this year, we’re chasing storms, snow, lines on the world’s highest peaks and the freedom that they grant us.
    Follow the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding on a breathtaking cinematic journey as they push toward the edge, where the mountain’s shadow cast below leads the way. Watch JT Holmes, Seth Wescott, Caroline Gleich, Steven Nyman, Marcus Caston and more as they pursue turns on the mountains of our dreams: Chamonix, Alaska’s Chugach, the Chilean Andes, Utah’s Wasatch and the mightiest range of them all: the Himalaya.
    Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about exotic locations and snow-covered summits that motivate us to keep searching and chasing after more. As skiers and snowboarders we chase a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn — we’ve been chasing it our whole lives and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more.
    The annual Warren Miller Film Tour will kick off in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 16, 2015 and will hit cities across the world this Fall. Explore for more information.


    SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. - Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC today announced it has reached an agreement with the owner of private land located between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows to create a base-to-base gondola connection between the two iconic mountains. The gondola would make it easy for skiers and riders to explore both mountains with a single lift ticket or season pass, without needing to travel between the two by car.
    “For decades, skiers and riders have talked about connecting these two world-class resorts,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC. “Over the last four years, we’ve made significant improvements to enhance the skier experience at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The base-to-base gondola will offer our guests the ability to easily explore and experience the unique attributes of these two mountains via a brand new aerial connection, while simultaneously reducing vehicle traffic between them.”
    The planned gondola connection between the two mountains is due to a partnership between Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Troy Caldwell, the owner of the private land dubbed “White Wolf,” located between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The estimated completion date of the project will be subject to Placer County and US Forest Service approvals once applications are submitted.
    “Connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows through White Wolf is literally bringing my long-time dream to fruition,” said Troy Caldwell. “I’ve waited years for this to happen, and am pleased to have reached an agreement with Squaw Valley Ski Holdings to allow skiers and riders to easily move between these two incredible mountains.”
    Plans to connect the two mountains have commenced, and include the possibility of the lift to be constructed as a high-speed, detachable gondola that would operate between the base of Squaw Valley and the base of Alpine Meadows, traveling over the KT-22 Peak. There are no plans currently being contemplated to allow skiing or other non-skiing activities along the lift route or on the White Wolf terrain.
    “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Troy, and to have the opportunity to connect these two iconic mountains via gondola,” said Wirth. “This connection represents a huge opportunity to give skiers and snowboarders a way to easily travel between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and seamlessly experience the distinct terrain and unique culture of both mountains.”
    Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Troy Caldwell will work with mountain planners at SE Group to design and construct the gondola connection to ensure good stewardship of the high alpine environment whose natural beauty is integral to the overall Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows experience. The planned base-to-base gondola will be carefully designed to minimize the overall footprint and potential visual impacts to the adjacent Granite Chief Wilderness, as well as maintain the scenic beauty of the area.
    To accomplish this, design elements include minimizing the number of lift towers and eliminating the need to construct access roads. The result of these efforts would significantly reduce necessary timber removal and vegetation clearing for construction, and would minimize impacts on watershed, soils and natural resources throughout the planned lift corridor. Recognizing the visual sensitivity of the surrounding area – particularly the adjacent Granite Chief Wilderness, measures will be implemented to minimize the potential for adverse visual impacts from the perspective of design, materials and equipment selection, and operational practices. In addition, it is anticipated that the operation of the gondola will substantially reduce both resort shuttle service and guest vehicular traffic between the two resorts, leading to a reduction in overall vehicular emissions.
    “The plan itself will be executed with incredible care and concern for our environment, and with the intention of taking cars off the road, effectively reducing vehicle travel between the two mountains,” said Michael Gross, director of environmental initiatives for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “Our guests will no longer have to drive from one mountain to the other to choose where they would like to ski. They will have the ability to simply ride a gondola to experience these two iconic, diverse mountains.”


    DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. - (MAR. 18, 2015) - Sugar Bowl Resort’s final day of the 2014/15 ski season will be this Sunday, March 22.
    Deteriorating snow conditions at the base of the mountain and no snow in the immediate forecast prompted the decision. Sugar Bowl Resort will operate through Sunday with the Mt. Lincoln Express, Christmas Tree Express and Nob Hill chairlifts, offering top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 40 trails. On Sunday closing day, skiers and riders can enjoy Sugar Bowl Pale Ale drink specials at the Belt Room, live music on the Lodge deck with Chi McClean, and 50 percent off most items at Sugar Bowl Ski & Sports.
    Sugar Bowl Resort would like to thank all season pass holders, day skiers and staff for making the 2014/15 season the best it could possibly be, despite the challenging weather.


    OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - (Jan. 30, 2015) - Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ 6th annual Kid-O-Rama celebration returns Feb. 14-21. This family-friendly resort tradition features street parties, live music, cookie happy-hour, free face painting, kid-approved game and craft room, and fan-favorite Big Truck Day.
    Big Truck Day, offered at both mountains for the first time, invites youngsters to get behind the wheel of some heavy-duty machinery, including fire trucks, snowplows, grooming machines, snowmobiles and more. Big Truck Day is Feb. 16 and Feb. 19 from 3-5 p.m. in The Village at Squaw Valley. At Alpine Meadows, Big Truck Day will be Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Also new to Kid-O-Rama, Light Up the Night will take over the SnoVentures Activity Zone with snowtubing and mini-snowmobiling under the stars. Snowtubing lanes will be lit with colored lights, and free glow sticks for kids and families will add to the festivities. Light Up the Night is Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m.
    This year’s Kid-O-Rama includes a packed schedule of events with daily activities for families to enjoy. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows currently boasts great skiing and riding thanks to recent investments in snowmaking totaling more than $5 million. The resort currently has 31 lifts and 90 trails open across both mountains.
Full Schedule of Events
Big Truck Day – Saturday, Feb. 14 at Alpine Meadows *New
The smallest of fans are invited to explore heavy-duty machinery, including grooming machines and snowmobiles. Big Truck Day at Alpine Meadows is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating – Saturday Feb. 14 at Squaw Valley
Kids and families can head down to the Wildflour Baking Company, located in The Village at Squaw Valley, and personalize their very own heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies.

Kids Deck Party – Saturday, Feb. 14 at Alpine Meadows
Families can enjoy kid-friendly jams from DJ Treez, and snack on delicious treats during Cookie Happy Hour. The Kid’s Deck Party is from 2-4 p.m. on the sundeck at Alpine Meadows.

Party in the Plaza – Saturday, Feb. 14 at Squaw Valley
Enjoy live music free face painting in The Village at Squaw Valley from 1-4 p.m. Kids can also make Valentine’s Day cards at the Everything Hunky Dory Tent located in The Village.

Light Up the Night – Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 at Squaw Valley New*
Go snowtubing with the whole family or let the kids ride the mini-snowmobiles under the stars. Snowtubing lanes will be festive with colored lights and kids can enjoy free glow sticks. Light Up the Night is offered at the SnoVentures Activity Zone from 4-7 p.m. both nights.

CLIF® Kid Climbing Wall – Feb. 14-21 at Squaw Valley
Located at SnoVentures, kids can test their skills on the CLIF® Kid Climbing Wall. The climbing wall is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of Kid-O-Rama.

Kids’ Crafts and Game Room – Feb. 14-21 at Squaw Valley
Kids can get creative in the Kids’ Crafts and Game Room located in the Palisades Conference Center in The Village at Squaw Valley. The Craft and Game Room is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes ping pong, air hockey, foosball, board games, art projects, and ski movies with free popcorn. Entry is free for all families staying in The Village at Squaw Valley and $10 per child for all other guests.

Fireside Hula Hoop Challenge – Feb. 14-21 at Squaw Valley
Guests can test their skills on the Hula Hoop for a free sweet treat! Hula Hoop for one minute straight and get a free soft serve. The special offer is available daily Feb. 14-21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hunky Dory Crafting Tent – Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 20-21 at Squaw Valley
Kids can get creative crafting their very own Valentine’s Card or Souvenir Button with Everything Hunky Dory. The Hunky Dory Crafting tent is free to the public and located in The Village Events Plaza.

Big Truck Day – Feb. 16 and Feb. 19
Check out fire trucks, bulldozers, grooming machines, snowmobiles and more in The Village at Squaw Valley! Kids are welcome to hop in the front seat and explore. Equipment experts will be on sight to answer any questions the kids have. Big Truck Day takes place in the Tram Promenade from 3-5 p.m.

Kids' Photo Booth
Rocker@Squaw, located in The Village at Squaw Valley, is hosting a kid-friendly photo booth complete with fun props to strike a pose with. The Kids Photo Booth will be open from 2-5 p.m.

For more information, visit, or call 800-403-0206.


    OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - (Dec. 8, 2014) - Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is now home to two state-of-the-art, panoramic cameras with the launch of their new Roundshot cameras located at each mountain. A high-definition Roundshot camera has been installed on the upper mountain of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, providing crystal clear, 360 degree views of each mountain. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is the first ski resort in California to install these cutting-edge cameras, which produce 66 mega-pixel, postcard-quality images of stunning landscapes.
    “Both of our mountains are home to some of the most stunning views in North America,” said Cara Whitley, chief marketing officer for Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. “We finally have cameras that will accurately reflect just how spectacular this place really is.”
    The Roundshot cameras offer panoramic views of the resort 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Skiers and riders can view some of the most famous peaks at both resorts including KT-22 Peak, Granite Chief Peak and Ward Peak, as well as stunning views of Lake Tahoe. The new cameras update with a high-quality 360 degree view every 10 minutes, providing time sensitive imagery of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ mountain conditions. Among other features, users can pan left or right, as well as zoom in, providing the sense that they're controlling the camera from their very own computer.
Features Include:
- Ability to view location of legendary mountain peaks at Squaw as well as some of the resort's most famous chairlifts.
- Ability to pan left or right as well as zoom in for more detail.
- Accessible archive of previous images.
- E-card feature that allows fans to share images on Twitter and Facebook, as well as through email.
- Downloadable time lapse feature.
- Gallery of “Best Shots”.
- "Hot Spots" provide additional information on geographic features and resort facilities.



    DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. - (Nov. 4, 2014) - Boreal Mountain Resort will be the first ski resort in California to open for the 2014-15 season! To kick off their 50th Anniversary Season, Boreal will open to the public on Friday, November 7, with skiing and snowboarding beginning at 9:00am. Boreal will offer one run with six terrain park features accessed by the Castle Peak Quad chairlift.
    Boreal Mountain Resort is known for its early-season operations and conditions. During the Halloween weekend, dedicated resort operations staff fired up the snow guns on Friday, and received help from Mother Nature with over 10 inches of natural snow.
    Conditions permitting, Boreal Mountain Resort will continue to expand terrain coverage. Check for latest updates.


    SO. LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2014) - Heavenly Mountain Resort has announced that Young the Giant will headline the Winter Ignite concert in Heavenly Village on Saturday, December 13. Since its debut in 2010, the Irvine, CA indie rock band has delivered gold hits like “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” and is currently touring the nation with a new album, “Mind Over Matter.” The Heavenly stop will round out a big year for the band, including stops at major festivals like SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, as well as live sets on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Seth Meyers.
    “To have a band of Young the Giant’s caliber headlining Winter Ignite, and playing a free concert at that, will truly elevate the level of excitement and anticipation that surrounds the early winter season here,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly.
    Young the Giant will rock the Heavenly Village as the culmination of Heavenly’s Winter Ignite event series, which spans two weekends, December 5-6 and 12-13. Winter Ignite will jumpstart the 2014-2015 ski and ride season with on-mountain activities such as pop-up DJ Cat and Unbuckle après kick-off parties as well as off-mountain events like the Pretty Faces movie premier and comedy from Daniel Tosh at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa on Friday, December 12.
    Heavenly is slated to open for the season on Friday, November 21. With the West Coast’s largest snowmaking system and an annual snowfall average of more than 350 inches, Heavenly consistently provides quality snow surface conditions for guests.



    OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2014) - Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows' annual resort Hiring Fair returns Saturday, November 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Olympic House located in The Village at Squaw Valley. Squaw | Alpine is currently looking to hire nearly 1,600 employees for the winter season across numerous departments including Ski/Snowboard School, Ski Team, Lift Operations, Grooming, Snowmaking, Food & Beverage, Retail/Rentals, Resort Activities, Sales & Services, and Transportation.
    At the job fair, applicants will be interviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Opportunities include full-time as well as part time positions. Interested applicants are required to apply online prior to attending the fair at
    Squaw | Alpine's winter hiring is currently underway; those interested in working at the resort this winter are encouraged to apply online immediately.
    In order to assist employees with housing, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has launched a new housing assistance program, Housing Helpers. The program offers a free, bronze Tahoe Super Pass to homeowners in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee who rent their home or a room to a Squaw | Alpine employee. Homeowners interested in participating in Housing Helpers can contact Human Resources at Housing Helpers is offered to a limited quantity of homeowners upon approval.
    For questions regarding the application or interview process, applicants can contact Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows’ Human Resources Department at (530) 452-7112.
    Benefits of working at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows includes a season pass valid at both mountains, discounts on food and retail items, complimentary lift tickets for friends and family, and complimentary group ski and snowboard lessons. Additionally, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows employees receive skiing and riding privileges at Sierra-at-Tahoe and 50 percent off lift tickets at Alta | Snowbird, Aspen | Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Lake Louise/Sunshine Village/Norquay, and Whistler Blackcomb.
    Squaw Valley is slated to open Wednesday, November 26. Alpine Meadows' opening day is scheduled for Friday, December 12.



    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2014) - The California State University, Sacramento Ski & Snowboard Club will hold its 49th Annual Ski & Snowboard Swap on Sunday, Oct. 19.
    The club fundraiser will feature new and used equipment and is the largest college fundraiser in Northern California. The swap will take place in the Sacramento State Union Ballroom.
    Early Bird admission is $20 from 9-10 a.m. General admission is $10 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students and seniors are $5 and children 10 & under are free.
    Equipment drop off and registration for the public will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Pick up of unsold equipment will take place after the swap on Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m.
    Swap sponsors include Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood, Ground Zero Boardshop, The Reason Snowboard, Noah’s New York Bagels, Northstar California and Heavenly. For more information, visit



    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.


    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.



    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.

    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
Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, CO; SMS T2, 5/14/87)*
Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, VT; SMS T2, 11/30/83)*
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)*


    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.

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