34th North Tahoe SnowFest! kicks off next week with opening party | SierraSun.com

34th North Tahoe SnowFest! kicks off next week with opening party

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Who needs tons of winter snow? Not the 34th annual North Lake Tahoe SnowFest!

Thousands of skiers and boarders are expected to flock to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe next week to take part in this wacky "Snow Much Fun" event, scheduled for Feb. 26 through March 8.

SnowFest! kicks off Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. with a fundraising event at Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay. A $30 donation at the door gets attendees beer, wine, Wet Woodys, heavy appetizers and live entertainment by Groove Foundry.

Friday, Feb. 27, gets started at Squaw Valley with the crowning the SnowFest! Queen at 6 p.m. A 7 p.m., a torchlight parade and a fireworks display presented by Coors Light is the official kick-off to 10 days of winter fun.

Saturday's activities include a Pancake Breakfast at the Tahoe City Fire Station, followed by the annual Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade, which can be viewed from parties at venues throughout the town.

Among other events that day, the infamous annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim invites visitors for a swim in the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe starting at 2:30 p.m. (swimmer check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.).

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Sunday starts with the Arctic Paddle at Waterman's Landing in Carnelian Bay, a race that celebrates winter paddling in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Other popular events that day include the SnowFest! Dawg Pull and Gone Bonkers Kids Ski Race.

During the following week, locals and visitors will enjoy activities including Zano's Godfather Challenge, Pete 'N Peter's Bar Game Olympics, Truckee River Winery's Wine & Ice Competition, Bingo Night at Rosie's and the Bridgetender's delicious BBQ Fest, among many other events.

Saturday, March 7, brings the Diamond Peak Uphill Downhill Dash at 7 a.m. followed by a Pancake Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., the Dress Up Your Dog contest in Kings Beach, and the annual Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade at 11:30 a.m.

That Saturday and Sunday also are loaded with events from Incline to Kings Beach to Tahoe City and Truckee. Visit TahoeSnowFest.com for information on the 34th annual event, including an updated events calendar.