Alpine Meadows to host events into spring | SierraSun.com

Alpine Meadows to host events into spring

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; There is plenty of fun to be had in the coming weeks at Alpine Meadows. The calendar is chalk-full of great events moving into spring. Check out the highlighted events taking place at Alpine Meadows through April. Alpine Spring Music SeriesThe Alpine Spring Music Series features live music every weekend throughout the spring ski and snowboard season. Well-known bands play at the Alpine Meadows sundeck, in the Last Chair Bar andamp; Grill, the Ice Bar, or on the legendary Alpine Bandwagon (the one and only customized snow grooming machine which features a stage, outdoor concert sound system). All Spring Music Series concerts are free and family friendly.March 17: The Nibblers, performing in conjunction with the St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day aprs ski party from 2-5 p.m. on the Sun DeckMarch 24: Tim Snider and Sound Society, 1-4 p.m. on the Sun DeckMarch 31: Afrolicious, 1-4 p.m. on the Sun DeckApril 7: DJ David Aaron, performing in conjunction with the Red Bull Schlittentag on the Sun DeckApril 8: Mojo Green, 1-4 p.m. on the Sun DeckApril 14: DJ Silver Boom Box Thief, performing in conjunction with TRAINS Freestyle Ski andamp; Snowboard Contest, 1-4 p.m. on the Sun Deck.April 15: The Nibblers, performing in conjunction with the Mad Cow DownhillApril 21, 22, 28 and 29 andamp;#8211; music TBDTahoe Jr. Slopestyle SeriesThe inaugural series kicks off at Alpine March 17. All kids up to age 15 are invited to compete in this jam-style event that includes small, medium and multiple features in the Dance Floor Terrain Park. Both ski and snowboard divisions will be offered for each age group. Sign up the day of in the Alpine Meadows Day Lodge.St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day Party, March 17Celebrate St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day at Alpine. Come dressed in your best St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day costume for a chance to win a CamelBak full of swag. All costumes will be judged at the St. Patrickandamp;#8217;s Day Aprs Ski Party taking place on the Sun Deck, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials (age 21 and over) and live music by the Nibblers. For Women. By Women. Womenandamp;#8217;s Camp, March 19For the seasoned expert looking for a few tips or the skier/rider who has mastered the intermediate slopes and is reaching for a first black-diamond descent, Alpineandamp;#8217;s professional and fun female coaches are ready to help cultivate better skiers or riders. The womenandamp;#8217;s programs are the perfect opportunity to meet other women who are passionate about the snow. Camps include on-mountain coaching, video analysis and aprs ski activities.Annual Disabled Sports Ability Challenge, March 30This is a unique fundraiser for Disabled Sports USA Far West that offers a fun and challenging day for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Utilizing GPS technology, the Ability Challenge takes skiers around the mountain seeking checkpoints and revealing some of the most exciting runs that Alpine Meadows has to offer. In addition to the checkpoint course, the event features bonus challenges designed by pro-snowboarders Andy Finch and Iris Lazzareschi, a timed hike to an expert run, a costume contest and more. Teams of four to eight members are responsible for a team registration fee of $200 and then each member raises a minimum of $200. All proceeds benefit the programs of Disabled Sports USA Far West, based at Alpine Meadows, providing adaptive recreation to people with disabilities since 1967.Ice Bar Spring Bash, March 31Dig out the tank tops and sunscreen for the Ice Bar Spring Bash at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Warm weather will be welcomed with games, drinks specials, music and many more spring shenanigans. The party will kick off at noon with DJ Zeb Early pumping out beats on the bandwagon andamp;#8212; a snowcat rigged with a giant sound system and hydraulic powered stage. Horseshoes, dance-offs, and hula-hoop competitions will serve up some fun in the sun. Alpine Meadows T-shirts and other swag will be handed out in the party zone. All this fun might leave guests thirsty, so the Ice Bar will feature a special drink for $5 (age 21 and older). A mix of Captain Morgan spiced rum, tropical juices and a float of Myersandamp;#8217;s dark rum, andamp;#8220;Jamaican me Snow Crazyandamp;#8221; will send guests straight into summer-mode. The Ice Bar is located near the base of Sherwood Express Chair.Red Bull Schlittentag, April 7Red Bull Schlittentag is coming back to Alpine Meadows, and itandamp;#8217;s open to any and all teams. Schlittentag is the German word for andamp;#8220;sledding day.andamp;#8221; Put simply, it translates as andamp;#8220;daredevils willing to propel themselves down a snow-covered hill and over a jump on a sled they built themselves.andamp;#8221; This will be the most winter fun anyone has had sitting down. Three-person teams will stretch their imaginations to build the wildest, fastest sled this side of the Alps. One person will be the pilot and the two others will help give their sled the push it needs to win the race and the fame and fortune that follows. Get a head start on building a custom winter craft now, and meet at the top of the hill on April 7. For more information, visit SkiAlpine.com.All-Mountain Easter Egg Hunt andamp; Kidsandamp;#8217; Easter Egg Hunt, April 8Make room in that Easter basket to fit a season pass to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Guests will have the chance to comb the mountain for a golden egg containing a Bronze Season Pass in the free Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden across all of Alpineandamp;#8217;s 2400 acres, but only one will be gold. Arrive early, as this all-day hunt will commence when the lifts start moving at 9 a.m., and last until 4 p.m.Ski school will host another annual favorite: the Kidsandamp;#8217; Easter Egg Hunt. This free contest will be held in the Childrenandamp;#8217;s Ski School area and there will be plenty of Easter candy for all.Annual Beacon andamp; Eggs Beacon Search Contest, April 8Combine an Easter egg hunt with an avalanche beacon search practice session, and the result is the Beacon andamp; Eggs Beacon Search Contest at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Avalanche beacons will be buried in a one-acre area in at Alpine Meadows and competitors will proceed to the buried treasure using their beacons in andamp;#8220;searchandamp;#8221; mode. Competitors work individually or in teams (up to four people), sharing the prizes for recovering the beacon. Competitors redeem a found beacon for incredible prizes from Porterandamp;#8217;s Tahoe, The BackCountry, Alpenglow and Mountain Hardware, Cosmoandamp;#8217;s Custom Footwerks and the Truckee Sports Exchange. Free registration is at the Beacon andamp; Eggs tent near the top of Subway Chair Lift (next to the base lodge) 9-11 a.m. The Le Mans-style start is at noon near the top of the Subway beginner lift, adjacent to the base lodge. Competitors must provide their own beacons, probes, and shovels.Retro Ski Day, April 14Break out the rear-entry boots, the spiffy sweater and all the neon that can be found in the back of the closet in celebration of our old-school roots for our annual Retro Ski Day. This is the day to bring out the 201andamp;#8217;s and flaunt your best threads as a throwback to the days of yesteryear.TRAINS Freestyle Ski andamp; Snowboard Contest, April 14The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort are proud to host this invitational slopestyle contest on Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. TRAINS is a truly rider-driven event, featuring top local and pro athletes mixing it up in the Dance Floor Terrain Park arena. The unique team-oriented format rewards creativity and style in a progressive environment. With music from DJ One Truest and catering from Full Belly Deli, TRAINS 2012 is a locomotive of energy, positivity and fun for all. Visit the website for more details.Alpine Meadows Mad Cow Downhill, April 15Alpine Meadows has saved the best event of the season for spring: an annual cult favorite, the Mad Cow Downhill beckons all speed lovinandamp;#8217; skiers and snowboarders to wax up their downhill gear for this annual top-to-bottom race. A mass start for one ski division and one snowboard division will be heard by all when the Alpine Meadows ski patrol detonates an avalanche charge to signify the start. Racers can choose whichever descent route they deem fastest from the top of the Summit Six chair all the way to the base lodge. The skier and snowboarder who reach the finish first snag a 2011/2012 Midweek Plus Sunday season pass which will hang from the finish line arch. Start time is 2 p.m. Entry for the Annual Mad Cow Downhill is free and will take place on the base lodge sun deck. Helmets are required to race. Not into breaking the sound barrier? The Mad Cow Downhill is a spectatorandamp;#8217;s favorite from the base lodge. Binoculars are recommended for optimal viewing.Alpine Meadows Season Passholder Party, April 15Alpine Meadowsandamp;#8217; pass holder appreciation party celebrates the season by hosting an aprs ski party to remember with live music the Nibblers and fun prize giveaways all in honor of the guests who call the mountains their home each season. The passholder appreciation party is 2-5 p.m. on the Alpine Meadows Sun Deck.Annual Snow Golf Tournament, April 21As the only top-to-bottom snow golf course, this highly anticipated spring event is a unique way to spend a day on the slopes. The nine-hole course starts at the top of Summit Express chair and meanders its way down the mountain with the last holes bringing competitors back to the base lodge. Winners receive prizes including gift certificates, ski and snowboard gear, and more. Golf tournament registration is free at the top of Summit Express. Alpine provides players with scorecards, pencils, clubs, and tennis balls. All competitors must be wearing skis or a snowboard to compete and navigate from hole to hole, but are allowed to remove one foot to drive, chip, and putt.NOTE: All events subject to change and conditions permitting.Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on the Tahoe Super Pass or any lift ticket. Visit squaw.com or skialpine.com.