Tahoe’s spring skiing ripe as resorts prep to close for season | SierraSun.com

Tahoe’s spring skiing ripe as resorts prep to close for season

Dylan Silver
Courtesy Homewood Mountain Resort

Upcoming spring skiing events

Alpine Meadows

Check out skialpine.com for more information

Spring Music Series

Unwind and soak up some sun with Alpine’s spring concerts. April 6-28 (weekends only)

Red Bull Schlittentag

Sledders take over the slopes and propel themselves into the air via homemade sleds. April 6

Snow Golf 30th Anniversary

Swing for par on the course that meanders from the top of Summit Express Chair to the bottom of Alpine Bowl Chair. April 13

Boreal Mountain Resort

Visit rideboreal.com for more information

Heckler Rattlesnake Rampage

An offbeat snowboarding competition featuring a switch stance boarder X race combined with a switch method contest. April 3

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

Visit diamondpeak.com for more information

Dummy Downhill

Build a dummy on skis or a snowboard and watch it launch off a jump on the mountain’s Showoff run. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7

Heavenly Mountain Resort

For more information on events, visit skiheavenly.com

Spring Loaded

Heavenly’s spring festival includes two weeks of sun and fun, rail jams, concerts and springtime mischief. March 27 through April 14

High Roller Hold ‘Em

A big-air competition with the strategy of Texas Hold ‘Em poker, held through the evening on a massive jump on Heavenly’s World Cup run and hosted by Shaun White. April 6

Gunbarrel 25

Join Glen Plake and friends for this knee-wobbling ski marathon down the mountain’s most famous mogul run. April 7

Homewood Mountain Resort

Visit skihomewood.com for more information

Closing Day Party

Celebrate a great season in Homewood’s North Lodge

April 7

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Visit kirkwood.com for more information

Legendary Banked Slalom

Winding through Snowsnake Gully, the famous race is a spring favorite for skiers and riders of all ages. April 13-14

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Visit skirose.com for more information

Heart to Hand School Fundraiser

Proceeds from lift ticket deals and packages go to support Waldorf Education and development of the Grades Program. April 6-7

Northstar California

Visit northstarattahoe.com for more information

Spring it on!

A weekend of fun including live music, face painting and the famous pond skim on Sunday. April 6-7

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

Visit sierraattahoe.com for more information

Flaunt It Finals

The national women’s snowboarding series comes to a head, hosted by Sierra’s own, Jamie Anderson. April 6

Telegrass Festival

The annual event features all things telemark, including clinics, races and demos, accompanied by bluegrass music. April 7

Squaw Valley

Visit squaw.com for more information

Retro Ski Day

Throw on that one-piece and celebrate skiing’s long, unfashionable history. April 6

Sugar Bowl Resort

Visit sugarbowl.com For more information

Live music

Live music at Apres. April 6

TAHOE/TRUCKEE — You know it’s spring when a pale, hairy man in an American flag Speedo, an afro wig and bright green ski boots stumbles by on his way to Squaw Valley’s KT-22.

Glorious spring. When the slopes turn to slush under sunny skies. When shorts and snowboard boots are decently appropriate. When the smell of hamburgers grilling on the lodge deck wafts into the lift line.

Oh yes, it’s pond-skimming season once again.

“The sun’s out. It’s warm. People are excited to be out,” Heavenly Mountain Resort spokeswoman Sally Gunter said. “And there’s still plenty of good skiing and riding to be had.”

Resorts around the lake are packing their last few weeks with finely groomed corduroy, fresh terrain park setups and a bevy of wild events meant to put an exclamation point on the end of the season.

At Squaw Valley, professional and amateur skiers and riders kicked off the spring season with the Pain McShlonkey Classic, where mullet wigs, snow blades and, well, American flag Speedos were par for the course. Coming up, Squaw has scheduled its Retro Ski Day, numerous competitions and its end-of-the-month music bash, Mountain of Strings.

Across the lake, Heavenly Mountain Resort launched into spring with the flips and twists of the U.S. Freestyle Championships. The mountain will present the High Roller Hold ‘Em, an intricate evening snowboard competition, featuring some of the world’s top riders, hosted by Shaun White on April 6, as well as daily spring events and its annual Ski Patrol fundraiser on April 14.

“We’re looking forward to a busy spring,” mountain spokesman Russ Pecoraro said.

Other distinctly spring events include Diamond Peak’s Dummy Downhill, in which contestants send homemade dummies mounted on skis or a snowboard off a jump; Alpine Meadows’ Red Bull Schlittentag, in which participants ride creatively devised sleds off a jump; and pond skims at Northstar California and Squaw Valley

“Spring skiing encapsulates all the best things about skiing in California,” Squaw Valley spokeswoman Amelia Richmond said. “You’ve got really fun snow conditions, but you also have warm temperatures, sunny skies and all kinds of fun activities.”

Though the season is on its tail end, events and activities aren’t the only thing going off up at the resorts. Conditions are still ripe for making turns and terrain parks are groomed to a T.

“Essentially, we’ve got excellent spring conditions,” said Mike Pierce, a spokesman for Mt. Rose Ski Resort. “We’ve got great coverage top to bottom. It’s perfect up here.”

Sierra-at-Tahoe held its first Tanner Hall Invitational on a monster truck of a jump with top skiers from around the world. With another big event coming up, the Billabong Flaunt It Finals hosted by Jamie Anderson, the resort has been fine tuning their terrain park for the end of the season.

“We’re excited to host these world-class events,” Sierra-at-Tahoe spokesman Steve Hemphill said. “It’s allowed us to give our guests a great terrain park product.”

Closing Days

Alpine Meadows — April 14, move to Fri, Sat, Sun until conditions permit

Heavenly Mountain Resort — April 14

Homewood Mountain Resort — April 7

Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort — April 15

Kirkwood Mountain Resort — April 21

Squaw Valley — April 28

Northstar California — April 14

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe — April 21

Diamond Peak Ski Resort —To be announced

Boreal Mountain Resort — April 14

Sugar Bowl Resort — To be announced

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