Nov. 30, 2014
DECEMBER 2014 ISSUE IS NOW AVAILABLE
The December 2014 issue of
Sierra Ski News is now available for download. For the 2014-15 season,
Sierra Ski News is being produced as an online-only publication in full
color and in PDF format. We hope to return to a print format for the
2015-16 season. Click
to download the December issue.
BOREAL SET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, NOV.
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
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
www.rideboreal.com/dailyreport for latest updates.
YOUNG THE GIANT HEADLINES AT
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.
SQUAW VALLEY / ALPINE MEADOWS JOB
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
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 HR@squaw.com. 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
Squaw Valley is slated to open Wednesday, November 26. Alpine
Meadows' opening day is scheduled for Friday, December 12.
ANNUAL CSUS SKI/BOARD SWAP SET FOR
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
2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDED TO PARK
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
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
Elizabeth Stephen (East Montpelier, VT; Burke Mountain Academy, 1/12/87)*
Sadie Bjornsen (Mazama, WA; Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center,
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.
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