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Snowfest! And Other Events in March   Leave a comment

By Michelle Portesi




Snowfest, North Lake Tahoe’s premier annual winter carnival is in full swing from March 3-12. Featuring fireworks. Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim, Queen Carnival, Parades, Extreme Competitions, Entertainment, Local Restaurant Events and more. 530-583-7167.

For a full list of events throughout the week, visit:

For a full list of what’s happening so far in March in the area, visit our Events Page:


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The Great Ski Race!   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman


March 5, 2017 will be the 40th Anniversary of The Great Ski Race. The race, which travels from Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area on Dollar Hill near Tahoe City to the Cottonwood Restaurant above downtown Truckee, has in the past attracted up to 1000 racers. It’s a major fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team and after a few years of less than stellar snow conditions, it looks like the TNSAR Team will have a deep snow base to work with to make the race spectacular.
For many local cross country skiers, The Great Ski Race is the iconic event each winter. The 30 kilometer point to point course takes the skier on a long climb to the top of Starratt Pass, where they find Soup Station One for drinks and snacks. Then the fun begins as a fast downhill rolls over a series of whoop de doos and “S” turns. While it is mostly downhill after the pass, there are a few hills that can be a gut buster after you get used to cruising the downhill. Just before the end, racers can see Truckee as they slide along the narrow Chute, before reaching the wide steep hill above Cottonwood. Once part of a small downhill ski area, the face is pretty dang steep for folks on skinny skis, but if you crash at the bottom, the crowd with beers in their hands will cheer you on. Once you get up and dust off the snow, you can grab some grub and a beer yourself and cheer on the next folks trying to tuck the hill.

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team are a great group of guys and gals who head out into blizzards in the middle of the night to save folks who get lost in the snow. Over the last 40 years they have saved dozens of lives in the backcountry. Money from The Great Ski Race provides the all volunteer organization with the tools they need to successfully do their mission safely. One of the founders Doug Read is profiled in this article that I recently wrote:
For information and to register for The Great Ski Race go to: The Great Ski Race



Snowfest! February 28-March 9th   Leave a comment


Here we go again. It’s time for Snowfest! North Tahoe and Truckee’s Winter Carnival. Ten days of races, parades, strange and bizarre events, and lots of chances to eat, drink and be merry.

This year the theme is “Bring back the 80s.” So head up to the attic and find that bright 80s ski gear and get ready to party. Everyone has their favorite Snowfest event they can’t wait to get back to year after year, and then of course it is fun to try something new and different as well.

The Old Favorites-

Begin your week by heading to Squaw Valley for the Torchlight Parade, Laser Light Show, Fireworks and Snowfest Queen Coronation on February 28th. Then don’t miss our home town funky parades in Tahoe City on March 1st and Kings Beach on March 8th. While sometimes it seems like there are more kids in the parade then watching it, that’s what makes it fun. After the Tahoe City Parade head on over to Garwoods to watch a large contingent of fools jump in Lake Tahoe and swim way too far out as part of the Polar Bear Swim.



Then of course, if you get hungry you could hit the Sunnyside Luau on March 2nd  for some delicious Hawaiian style fare,  or get something that sticks to your ribs at The Bridgetender Rib Fest on March 7th.

Something New and Different

How about trying Granlibakken’s Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race on March 2nd? There’s a course full of bumps and obstacles to make it interesting and fun for the little ones.

Or how about the Tahoe Mountain Man contest?  Here is your chance to show off your skills at snow shoveling, climbing over berms and putting on chains.

After all that Mountain Man stuff it’s time for some pizza. Head off to Zano’s in Truckee for the Godfather Pizza Eating Challenge. Can you eat a four pound pizza all by yourself? Now is your chance to find out.

These are just a few of the fun things to become a part of over the next ten days. Go to to check out the full calender of events.

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Also this week: Catch the last of the Alpenglow Mountain Festival.



Thursday Feb. 27: Cross country ski tour with Grassechi from 9-10am at Tahoe City Winter sports Park. Nordic skills clinic from 1o:30am until noon. Alpenglow Sports Winter Wildlands Alliance Back-country Film Festival from 7-10pm.

Friday Feb 28: Cross country ski tour from 9-10am at Tahoe Cross Country and a Nordic skills clinic from 10:30am-noon. A beginners guide to cross country skiing from 7-9pm at Alpenglow Sports.

Saturday, March 1: Nordic demo day from 9am-3pm at Tahoe Cross Country

For more info, visit


banzai tour

ALSO:  Don’t miss the last 3 events of the Rahlves Banzai Tour:

March 1-2 at Squaw Valley,

March 8-9 at Alpine Meadows and

March 15-16 at Sugarbowl. For more info, visit





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