Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are in celebration mode, big time. The longest ski season at the resorts’ in 10 years has put two hallmark spring events, Snow Golf at Alpine Meadows and the Cushing Crossing pond skimming competition at Squaw Valley, off till a bit later in the season. The 33rd Annual Snow Golf Tournament at Alpine Meadows will take place on Saturday, April 16, with a grand prize of roundtrip airfare for two on Alaska Airlines. The 26th Annual Cushing Crossing pond skimming contest at Squaw Valley will take place on Saturday, April 23 at Squaw Valley, with prizes including roundtrip airfare for two on Alaska Airlines, a 2016-17 Bronze Tahoe Super Pass and cash prizes.
Liesl Kenny, Public Relations Manager at the resorts, was happy to release the news on April 8. She said the updated calendar follows the resort’s announcement that it will host the longest ski season in the Tahoe region, with skiing and riding through Memorial Day on May 30, conditions and weather permitting. “With over 38 feet of cumulative snowfall this season and a 12-foot base, the resort is offering free skiing and riding for 2016-17 Tahoe Super Passholders through the end of May. Operations will continue seven days a week through the spring at Squaw Valley and/or Alpine Meadows through Monday, May 30, conditions permitting”, according to Kenny.
Head to Ice Bar on the backside of Alpine Meadows 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to kick back with a drink, beach games and reggae tunes from DJ Treez. This is just one of the extras that a longer season provides. Skiers, riders, and anyone else who enjoys the snow will have a great time at all of the events that are coming up.
Check out the Spring Music Series on Saturdays and Sundays through April 24 at Alpine Meadows. These are hosted at the deck of the Alpine Meadows Lodge from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These free outdoor concerts are the perfect ending to a day on the slopes. Performers include Lumanation, Nibblers, Coburn Station, The Sextones and Joy & Madness.
The 33rd Annual Snow Golf Tournament, a must for regulars, will be held Saturday, April 16 at Alpine Meadows. It is the only top-to-bottom snow golf course in the area, and is as funny as it sounds. The 33rd Annual Snow Golf Tournament is a unique way for the family to spend a day on the slopes. Teeing off at 9 a.m., the nine-hole course starts at the top of Summit Express Chair, with the last hole leaving golfers at the base of Alpine Bowl Chair. The grand prize is roundtrip airfare for two on Alaska Airlines. Golfers and spectators can join the After Party to take part in a Costume Contest and enter to win fun prizes at the Main Lodge Sun Deck.
The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 16 at The Village at Squaw Valley. One of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the region, this free community event takes place at the Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and gives kids and adults the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy. Highlights include the Trashion Show, live music and dancing and “The Discovery Zone” hosted by the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.
The iconic and legendary Cushing Crossing, the 26th Annual iteration, will take place on Saturday, April 23, at Squaw Valley. Sponsored by Alaska Airlines, GoPro and KTKE 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio, this fun filled pond skimming event returns to the resort for its 26th consecutive year, challenging participants to cross the chilly waters of Cushing Pond on skis, a snowboard, or any ski or snowboard-based vessel, resulting in colossal crashes, ultra-creative contraptions and hilarious costumes. The entire spectacle, and that’s exactly what it is, is judged by a celebrity panel.
This year’s Cushing Crossing starts at 1:00 p.m. at a very chilly Cushing Pond, located adjacent to the KT Base Bar. The legendary competition will be limited to the first 50 registrants, and participants can register on the day of the event at KT Base Bar. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and is $20 per competitor, with prizes including roundtrip airfare for two on Alaska Airlines, a 2016-17 Bronze Tahoe Super Pass and cash prizes.
Alpine Meadows will host a Passholders Party celebration at the Main Lodge Sun Deck on Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Squaw Valley will host another celebration at KT Base Bar on Saturday, April 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both parties include $5 food specials, drink specials, and free live music.
Celebrate skiing and riding in May at a unique Cinco de Mayo party at 8,200 feet. Cinco de Mayo specials include ice cold margaritas, Mexican themed food specials and live music at the High Camp Hot Tub. Get out on the mountain in the morning then head over to the fiesta with entertainment and games including a poolside DJ, snow volleyball, baggo and ladder toss. Costumes are highly encouraged, according to Kenny.
Discover local artisans, culinarians and entertainers this Memorial Day Weekend at the 4th annual Made in Tahoe Festival at Squaw Valley. This creative event is dedicated to celebrating all things local. If you are a foodie who wants to show off your goods, the food vendor applications are due April 15. Exhibitor and sponsored space applications are due May 1. Sign up early as this is a very popular event at Squaw Valley.
Spring skiing and riding with an extended season is enough to bring smiles all around. Throw in a few very cool events, and the smiles get bigger. Enjoy the snow, spring, and all the great events at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.