Santa swaps his sleigh for skis at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe on Dec. 9 | SierraSun.com

Santa swaps his sleigh for skis at Mount Rose Ski Tahoe on Dec. 9

Looking for something to do this weekend that will put you in the holiday spirit? Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe invites skiers and riders to wear their holiday-themed best and join Kris Kringle, himself, for a day on the mountain on Saturday, Dec. 9.

"Santa Ski Day has been a signature event at Mt. Rose for years, and is something our guests look forward to every season," said Mike Pierce, marketing director at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.

Acceptable costumes will result in lift tickets discounted to $69 for those participating in the snowy soiree, and official costume checkers will be looking for more than the standard red and white fluffy hat.

Instead, they'd like to see skiing and snowboarding elves, candy canes, shiny presents, Santas and Mrs. Clauses gliding down the mountain.

An added bonus, participating skiers and snowboarders will already be dressed for the annual Santa Pub Crawl in downtown Reno that evening.

"It's a fun kick-off to the Great Reno Santa Pub Crawl that night, and we think that pairing it with snow covered slopes is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season," Pierce said.

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Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is a family-friendly resort currently spinning five lifts accessing 44 trails in all areas of the mountain, covering beginner through advanced terrain.

Reno local, Shelbi Wynn Iseman, is looking forward to spending time this winter season at Mt. Rose, her home mountain.

"I've been living in the Reno area most of my life and love how close Mt. Rose is to me and the many memories I have from hiking, snowboarding and spending time with my family. Knowing that there is a Santa event coming up, I can share my excitement with my nephew and create new memories on the mountain," Iseman said.

She mentioned that Mt. Rose's close proximity to downtown Reno makes it the perfect mini vacation getaway for those looking to breathe in the fresh mountain air.

"I have spent a lot of time hiking up the mountain growing up and I do my best to break away from work every year to spend some time in the snow. I am not an awesome snowboarder but it's like a mini-vacation for me, even if it's just for the day, and it's totally worth every wipeout just to spend some time in the snow and on the mountain," Iseman said.

Saturday’s schedule of events will be as follows:

– 10:45a.m. – Mass Santa Ski Down: All participants meet at the base of the Northwest Magnum 6 lift to head up the mountain as a group.

– 10a.m. – 12p.m. – Poker Run: Five locations on the mountain will feature dealers offering opportunities for guests to draw a card. The best 10 hands will win various swag.

– 10:30a.m. – Egg Nog Station: Enjoy some holiday nog.

– 1p.m. – Raffle: Timbers Bar in the Main Lodge will host a ski and snowboard raffle where guests can purchase drinks and have the chance to win prizes.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.