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    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 HERE to download the December issue.


    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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