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Warren Miller's "Chasing Shadows"

Updated: Saturday
, Oct. 31, 2015


    The November 2015 issue of  Sierra Ski News is now available in PDF format. Click HERE to download/view it. For past issues of Sierra Ski News, go to our issue archive by clicking HERE.



    SO. LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2015) - Heavenly Mountain Resort announced today that Matt and Kim will headline the Winter Ignite concert in Heavenly Village on Saturday, December 12. The alternative dance duo from Brooklyn, NY has been entertaining crowds with their high-energy performances since forming in 2004. Since their self-titled debut album in 2006, Matt and Kim have produced gold hit “Daylight” and top 30 hits “Let’s Go” and “Get It.”
    “Winter Ignite is taking on a whole new meaning this year, as we kick-off the 60th anniversary of the resort with one of the top-performing duos, Matt and Kim,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “The level of energy Matt and Kim bring to their shows perfectly aligns with the experience our guests have at Heavenly and in South Lake Tahoe.”
    Matt and Kim will rock the Heavenly Village as the culmination of Heavenly’s Winter Ignite, Celebrating 60 Years at Heavenly event series, which spans two weekends, December 4-5 and 11-12 and includes on-mountain activities such as pop-up DJ Cat and Unbuckle après kick-off parties, as well as off-mountain events like the PEEK Nightclub after-party at Harrah’s immediately following the concert, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, and the Warren Miller Annual Film Premiere.
    Heavenly, which first opened on December 15, 1955, will celebrate 60 years of skiing and snowboarding in Tahoe throughout the 2015-2016 ski and ride season and is slated to open for its 60th season on Friday, November 20. 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.



    SO. LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2015) - Heavenly Mountain Resort debuted a new permanent climbing wall to the public today, just in time for Labor Day Weekend and adding to the resort’s ever-expanding offerings of summer activities, like ropes courses, zip lines and tubing.
    “The rock wall is an integral part of where Heavenly is headed next summer, as we launch Epic Discovery,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “The Tahoe region has some incredible rock climbing areas, and it is great that we are able to pay homage to that. The rock wall will allow guests to try out climbing in a safe, controlled environment and hopefully be inspired to explore the sport more.”
    Inspired by the legendary rock climbing available in the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range, the permanent rock climbing wall, located south of Tamarack Lodge, is 35-feet-tall with 15 defined climbing routes varying in difficulty. The wall utilizes an automatic belay system on each route. A unique feature of the wall is the quick-jump, 35-foot rapid descent that emulates free-falling.
    Heavenly is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through Monday, September 7, and from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. Following the Labor Day Holiday, Heavenly will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through September 27.
    For those looking to gear up in preparation for the ski and ride season, the 29th Annual Heavenly Sports Blizzard Tent Sale at the California Main Lodge offers savings up to 70 percent to skiers and riders on overstock ski and snowboard gear, apparel and accessories with incredible deals for the whole family from top brands like Salomon, Atomic, Burton, Oakley, Lange, Volkl, Patagonia, The North Face and more. Those who purchase an Epic, Tahoe Value or Tahoe Local season pass at the tent sale will receive a $25 voucher to be used with any purchase of $250 or more. The voucher is only valid the day the pass is purchased and may not be combined with any other offer.
    The hours for the Blizzard tent sale are Saturday, September 5, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 6, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Monday, September 7, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The California Main Lodge Season Pass Office will also be open during these times.
    Runners looking for an end of summer challenge can participate in the fourth annual Heavenly Mountain Run on Sunday, September 6, at 10:00 a.m., with check-in from 8:00-9:45 a.m. Part of the Tahoe Trail Running Series, the 5.8-mile Heavenly Mountain Run begins at the California Base Lodge and ascends from 6,565 feet to 9,150 feet to finish at Tamarack Lodge at the top of the Gondola. For more race information, visit



    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.”

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