SnowFest! brings in the fun from March 4-14 |

SnowFest! brings in the fun from March 4-14

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Kick Off to SnowFest! 2010 PartyFrom 5-8 p.m., Gar Woods Grill andamp; Pier. Come show your support of SnowFest! 2010, and join us at Gar Woods to get your 2010 event pocket calendars, so you can plan your next 10 days of fun! Come get your new beads, buttons and this year’s pin! And as always, great raffle, incredible food … and don’t forget your Wet Woody! The Vulcans and Miners will be here from Minnesota, so get ready for a crazy fun Kick Off to SnowFest! 2010! Cost: $20 donation, 5000 N. Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay.

34th annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski ChallengeAll day, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. The 34th Annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge looks to be better than ever this year! The largest gathering of skiing Rotarians … as they move the race back to Kangaroo. This event benefits the many programs of the Rotary Club of Tahoe City and its Foundation. Join us for a day of friendly competition and Rotarian fellowship. For more info,, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.Mamasake Extreme Food ChallengeFrom 4-6 p.m., Mamasake patio. Contestants try foods from around the world! In this challenge, the items get progressively more interesting andamp;#8230; to say the least. If you’ve got a strong stomach, then you need to join in and enter this contest. Proceeds to benefit our bartender andamp;#8220;Froandamp;#8221; who has hosted this event as well as our infamous wasabi eating contest each year. Come cheer on all the crazy eating! Visit Free, Village at Squaw Valley, (530) 584-0110.North Shore Nights at Gar WoodsFrom 4:30-9:30 p.m., Gar Woods Grill andamp; Pier. Join us for a night of incredible happy hour specials followed by raffle drawings and more specials 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is a huge raffle that goes along with the great food and drink specials. More info, please call Gar Woods at (530) 546-3366 or visit, 5000 N. Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay. SnowFest! Queen CoronationAt 6 p.m., Squaw Valley USA, base area. Come see the crowning of this year’s Queen in person! Girls go against each other in the following categories: Ticket sales, resume, interview, personal traits, essay and GPA. Proceeds to benefit numerous nonprofit organizations which sponsor each candidate. On the large KT-22 deck.Opening Night CeremoniesAt 6:30 p.m., Squaw Valley USA. Catch the free Nightrider Bus to Squaw Valley USA tonight, and come to see the amazing 29th Annual Opening Ceremonies as Squaw Valley’s sky is lit up over the mountain with an amazing laser show, torchlight parade and incredible fireworks display. Live DJ Music with the andamp;#8220;Space Cowboys andamp; the Unimogandamp;#8221; on the outside KT-22 Sundeck. Watch all the festivities while Johnny Haines emcees it off the hook! Presented by the Squaw Valley Business Association and Squaw Valley USA. On the mountain. On Mountain Fireworks Display presented by Coors LightAt 7 p.m., Squaw Valley USA, on the mountain.Olympic Plaza’s Full House Opening Night PartyAt 7:30 p.m., Olympic House, the Plaza Bar. The party gets started immediately after the Opening Ceremonies on the snow! Come on inside the Olympic Plaza afterward for live music, as well as live DJ music with the andamp;#8220;Space Cowboys,andamp;#8221; and the Truckee Tribe to rock it live into the late night hours!Inaugural 80s Retro Dance PartyAt 9 p.m., Cornice Cantina, new! Pull out your old ski wear and come dressed in the neon style of the 80s for this fast-paced dance party. You know you miss wearing your favorite clothes of the 80s andamp;#8230; and this is your chance to strut it again! Come ready for a fun night, and don’t forget, there are prizes for best andamp;#8220;outfits.andamp;#8221; Center building of Squaw parking lot, near Far East lift, 21 and over.

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team Annual Great Ski RaceAt 9 a.m., Tahoe Cross Country Center. Cross Country ski racers from all over the world will embark on the 33rd Annual Great Ski Race. The 30 km race begins at the Tahoe Cross Country Center in Tahoe City, and goes up and over the ridges to end at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee for an incredible after party. The Great Ski Race is one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. It is enjoyed by the very competitive, as well as those just touring with friends and family of all ages. It is the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a nonprofit organization. All ages. Cost $45 advance 18 and over, $25 under 18. Tahoe City, Highlands. Visit Meadows Flaik Vertical ChallengeFrom 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Explore all the terrain Alpine Meadows has to offer while competing in the Flaik Vertical Challenge. The course consists of a series of check points throughout the resort participants must traverse with different courses for different ability levels. The all-mountain event uses andamp;#8220;flaikandamp;#8221; to track exactly where skiers and riders are, have been, their vertical feet, speed, runs completed and checkpoints traversed throughout the event. Prizes will be awarded for each ability level. Free! Off Hwy. 89, top of Alpine Meadows Road, visit City Downtown Association’s Wacky Winter Human BowlingRegister at 10 a.m., bowl at 11 a.m., Tahoe City Golf Course. Get ready! Fly down the andamp;#8220;bowling laneandamp;#8221; on a snow saucer and take out as many blow up andamp;#8220;Bozoandamp;#8221; bowling pins as you can during the Wacky Winter Bowling. Helmets required for all sledders and participants 18 and under. Helmets available at event. Saucers provided. Ages 5 and up. Each team gets two chances to knock ’em down. Wear your andamp;#8220;wackiestandamp;#8221; costume andamp;#8212; prizes for the best. Proceeds to benefit the Tahoe City Downtown Association. Behind Bank of America, call (530) 583-3348 or visit City Golf Course’s Third Annual Dog PullRegister 11 a.m., start at noon, Tahoe City Golf Course. This great classic event is back at the Tahoe City Golf Course! A great place for all ages to watch, as well as participate with their pooches. Come see the variety of sizes and shapes of dogs that andamp;#8220;pullandamp;#8221; in this 75-foot long snow track! Assorted prizes and gift bags. For more information Portion of the proceeds to benefit The Pet Network of Incline Village. Pre-registration recommended. Cost, $20 entry, behind Bank of America.Sunnyside LuauFrom 4-10 p.m., Sunnyside Resort. This authentic Hawaiian luau features an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet with great Hawaiian dishes, as well as some great andamp;#8220;specialtyandamp;#8221; island drinks. Don’t miss out on the Hula Hoop and Hula Pie eating contest! Reservations recommended. More information call (530) 583-7200 or visit Sunnyside Resort, 1850 W. Lake Blvd., two miles south of Tahoe City.

Jake’s Mardi Gras PartyAt 4:30 p.m., Jake’s on the Lake. This party is a New Orleans-style theme party featuring Crescent City cuisine, hurricane punches, bawdy costumes, live music and beads, beads, beads! For more information, call (530) 583-0188 or visit In the Boatwork’s Mall, Tahoe City. Call (530) 583-0188.Are you smarter than a bottle cap Tournament of ChampionsFrom 5 p.m., the Slot. New! Solve the andamp;#8220;Mickey’sandamp;#8221; puzzle caps in a timed head to head tournament format. Drink $2 widemouths all day. Fabulous cash and prizes! The slot will make you more interesting andamp;#8230; the Mickey’s will make you better looking andamp;#8230; almost guaranteed. Cost, free, The Village at Squaw Valley. Call (530) 584-6170.

Cantina Sundeck Ski RaceFrom 4 p.m., Cornice Cantina. New! Come put on the andamp;#8220;One piece ski suitandamp;#8221; and strap on the andamp;#8220;sample skisandamp;#8221; so you can join in the whirlwind of the Sundeck Ski Race. Contestants will go around the Sundeck course to see who can finish first in this crazy non-ski hill race. Portion of the proceeds to benefit the High Fives nonprofit! Cost, $10 entry fee per contestant, 18 and over. Center building of Squaw Valley USA parking lot, near Far East lift.Taco Feed and Pro Patroller’s RaceRegister at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. on snow competition. Homewood Mountain Resort. Support your favorite patrol team at the Annual Pro Patroller’s race, paired with Homewood’s popular Taco Feed, you won’t want to miss this event! On the Mountain, tacos in the Main Lodge, call (530) 525-2992.Pete ‘n Peter’s Bar Game OlympicsAt 7 p.m., Pete ‘n Peter’s. Wanna be where all the action is tonight? Come enjoy a fun evening of pool, shuffle-board, foosball and dice. The games continue on andamp;#8230; and the competitors go head to head until the very end! Great prizes for the top three teams! More info call (530) 583-2400. Cost, $10 entry, 21 and over, Tahoe City, across from the fire station.T-Club’s Beat the ClockFrom 9-11 p.m. Tourist Club. When the bell rings at 9 p.m., it signifies the start of $1 drinks! Each half hour, drinks progressively increase in price by 50 until 11 p.m. Co sponsored by PBR and Jagermeister. Tourist Club, 10110 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee.

River Ranch’s Wild Winter WednesdaysFrom 4-6:30 p.m., River Ranch Lodge. Enjoy aprs ski drink specials, along with half-price nachos and wings at this really fun fundraiser event! Big raffle, with a snowboard giveaway tonight. Proceeds to benefit the Disabled Sports USA-Far West. River Ranch lodge, Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road, call (530) 583-4264.Sunnyside’s Famous Fish Taco NightFrom 4-9 p.m., Sunnyside Resort. Come join in this local’s favorite. Half-price famous tacos and beer specials! More information at (530) 583-7200. Sunnyside Resort, 1850 W. Lake Blvd., two miles south of Tahoe City.The Fat Cat Cafe’s Cat’s Meow Martini PartyAt 8 p.m., Fat Cat Caf. Get your martini on with great drink specials and amazing appetizers! Cocktail attire requested. This will be one of those great nights to actually dress up in Tahoe, so get your outfits now. Space limited andamp;#8230; make sure to purchase your tickets ahead at the Fat Cat! Call (530) 583-3355.Broomball TournamentAt 8 p.m., Resort at Squaw Creek. Grab your broom and strap on your pads, because broomball is back again! Come slip and slide across the ice rink at the Resort at Squaw Creek while competing against your friends in a broomball match. Guaranteed fun for adults and children alike. Let us supply you with all the equipment and hot cocoa you will need to enjoy a memorable game of broomball during this year’s SnowFest! Cost $5 per person, 12 and over,’s Bingo nightAt 9 p.m., Rosie’s Caf. Come join in the fun at a long lost event from years past! Bingo folks. Yep, get your glasses on and get ready for the lucky numbers to be drawn! Lot’s of fun to be had by all tonight. Downtown Tahoe City.

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Crazy Games Night at the Blue AgaveFrom 5:30-8 p.m., Blue Agave Restaurant. This night will have a progressive series of fun games including: basketball, bowling, putting, hula hooping, bean bag toss, pool table trick shots and much, much more! Great prizes for First, Second and Third. Free to all! (530) 583-8113, 21 and over, Downtown Tahoe City.Pete ‘n Peter’s Fastest Server ContestAt 8 p.m., Pete ‘n Peter’s. Come see your favorite andamp;#8220;serversandamp;#8221; of all kinds battle against each through the obstacle course, and onto the posing platform to win the title of andamp;#8220;best serverandamp;#8221; on the North Shore of the Lake! Cash prizes for First, Second and Third! Sign up at Pete ‘n Peter’s ahead of time! Cost $10 entry, call (530) 583-2400, 21 and over.Truckee’s Fastest Bartender CompetitionAt 8 p.m., Tourist Club. Entrants compete against one another for the title of andamp;#8220;Truckee’s Fastest Bartender.andamp;#8221; Contestants battle against the clock to make the most accurate drinks in the fastest time! Sponsored in part by Harlem Kruiden Liquor and PBR. Free, 10110 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee.

Inaugural Kings Beach Snowman Building ContestFrom 8:30-10:30 a.m., North Tahoe Event Center. New. Help put Kings Beach Snowman census on the map! Join Kings Beach Library’s Inaugural Snowman Building Contest. Different age groups and fun categories andamp;#8230; so everyone can win some prizes and celebrate the andamp;#8220;Happiest Time in Tahoe.andamp;#8221; Start a team or go solo. Open to all ages. Rules and categories posted at the Library in Kings Beach, 301 Secline St. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Kings Beach Library. Sponsored in part by North Shore Ace Hardware. Free, call 530) 546-2021, Near Ice Castle, Kings Beach.Third Annual Kings Beach Ice Castle Lighting and Coloring ContestAt 4 p.m., Kings Beach, Come see the final andamp;#8220;Snow Sculptureandamp;#8221; that has been under construction all week at the Beach, by local resident Jeremiah Johnson and his crew of snow sculptors. The transformation of the snow into the andamp;#8220;final sculptureandamp;#8221; will be fun to see, so make sure to stop by and watch! Kids! Look for the Coloring Contest in the Sierra Sun pull out section, and bring it down for judging at 4 p.m. Prizes and lots of fun. Color contest 4 p.m., lighting, 6 p.m., at the beach, Downtown.BridgeTender’s Third Annual Rib FestFrom 4-7 p.m., BridgeTender Bar andamp; Grill. Come on in to enjoy the great Ribs at the BT, for this Third Annual Rib Fest! An outdoor extravaganza of BBQ’d ribs takes place on the outside patio and bar of the BT. It’s like being in a snow cave, with lots of great ribs and drink to be had by all! A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Chris Park Scholarship Fund. Tahoe City, across from Fanny Bridge, call (530) 583-3342.North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s Prohibition Pub CrawlFrom 4-9 p.m., Starts at BridgeTender Bar andamp; Grill. Join the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society for its inaugural Prohibition Pub Crawl! Pick up your speakeasy passwords at the BT, and visit participating gin mills and speakeasies for old-time drink specials. Learn about the Basin’s lawless past while enjoying Tahoe City’s current watering holes. Cost, $5, Hwy. 89, across the bridge at the Wye.North Tahoe Business Association’s Third Annual Joe King Poker TournamentFrom 7-11 p.m. Tahoe Biltmore. Kings Beach came to be in 1925 when Joe King allegedly acquired the land after an all-night poker game. Joe took his poker winnings to develop Kings Beach from five small cabins to a flourishing funky beach town. Relive the 1920s and try your luck at becoming the Honorary Mayor of Kings Beach at the Third Annual Joe King Poker Tournament (Texas Hold-em tournament). Visit Proceeds to benefit the North Tahoe Business Association. Tahoe Biltmore, Crystal Bay, Nev. SnowFest! KaraokeFrom 9 p.m., Tourist Club. Truckee’s longest running bar promo andamp;#8230; along with andamp;#8220;We ain’t Saints,andamp;#8221; DJ and promoter Chapin will be rollin’ through the music for your listening pleasure. Come enjoy singing your favorite songs or just listening to the others try andamp;#8230; either way andamp;#8230; a great night of fun for all. Tourist Club, 10110 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee.

Pancakes for Youth Trust Fund 2010! and Community EXPOFrom 8:30-11 a.m., North Tahoe Events Center. North Tahoe PUD Recreation and Parks Commission Pancake Breakfast and Community EXPO! Join your neighbors while eating delicious pancakes, strawberries, sausages and all the fixins,’ coffee and OJ at this SnowFest! tradition. This year, the proceeds will go towards the Youth Trust Fund, 8318 N. Lake Blvd. visit Bowl’s Silver Belt BanzaiAll day, Sugar Bowl Ski Area. Ski-cross action meets downhill speed in the Silver Belt Banzai, pitting X Racers at a time down the Silver Belt gully in its signature event, with the first three down advancing to the next round. Join the likes of Daron Rahlves and Errol Kerr and test your mettle! Info at Ages 16 and over, $50 with pass $75 without pass.Dress up Your Dog ContestAt 10 a.m., North Tahoe Event Center. A local’s favorite is back, sponsored by the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association. The Dress up Your Dog Contest will have several categories this year, along with a grand prize doing to the andamp;#8220;Best Dressed Transit Dog!andamp;#8221; Come bring your pooch and support this fun event! Visit Proceeds to benefit TNT-TMA, SnowFest! and NTBA, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Arctic Stand up Paddle RaceAt 11 a.m. Blue Onion, Kings Beach. Come on out and get your chill on for this new Annual SnowFest event! A 1-mile Stand-Up Paddle Sprint Race, on Lake Tahoe andamp;#8230; and yes, in March. Make sure to stick around afterward for the festivities including music by Truckee Tribe. Ages-18 and over, visit Sign ups start at Brassie Ave., Kings Beach, next to Safeway.Kings Beach Winter Fun SnowFest! ParadeFrom 11:30 a.m., Kings Beach Main Street. Come out for the SnowFest! Closing Weekend Parade, presented by the North Tahoe Business Association. This parade has grown tons in the past few years and is definitely not to be missed. Lots of color, beads, and fun to be had by all! To participate, call the NTBA office at (530) 546-9000 or visit Caliente’s After Parade Party and SnowFest! Queen RaffleAt 12:30 p.m.Caliente! see what all the andamp;#8220;heat’sandamp;#8221; about Southwest South of the Border at the after parade party at the new Caliente! Enjoy the famous andamp;#8220;chupacabras,andamp;#8221; and all the post parade festivities, with promos, and lots of fun by all. The drawing for the SnowFest Queen Raffle will take place here as well, so make sure you’re there to claim the Grand Prize of the four night, five days at the Kona Hideaway B andamp; B and $500 cash! Tickets available on-site, immediately following parade, 8791 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, visit, (530) 546-1000.Tahoe City Golf Course 8-Mile X-Country Relay RaceFrom 2 p.m., Tahoe City Golf Course. Come join in this fun Relay Race around the groomed loop of the X-Country track! Team up with four people on this 8-mile relay race! Each participant takes turns on the 1-mile loop around the Tahoe City Golf Course. There is also a mini-relay race for 16 and under. Free rounds of golf for the winning team and best costumes. Portion of the proceeds will go to Tahoe Lake School X-Country ski program, and also to their library. Cost $10 per person, behind Bank of America, Tahoe City. More information, (530) 308-5098Lakeside’s Giant Tricycle RacesRegister noon-1:30 p.m. From 2 p.m. Lakeside Pizza. Come watch, or better yet enter this hilarious Giant Red Bull Tricycle race, that entails an obstacle course with food and drinks mixed in for extra excitement! Great prizes for the top three finishers! $5 entry fee, ages 16 and over. Tahoe City, Behind Safeway, 850 N. Lake Blvd.Food for Thought Tamale DinnerFrom 6-10 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach. Join us for homemade Tamales and traditional Mexican fare as we celebrate the voices of local youth at ARC’s second annual Food for Thought Tamale Dinner. This alcohol and drug-free event will showcase their photography, film, and writing as they explore issues in their personal lives and communities. All proceeds raised through the sale of dinners will benefit ARC’s youth scholarship fund. Visit Cal-Neva presents the Snow BallFrom 8-11 p.m., Cal-Neva. Take off your snowshoes and put on your dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening in the winter wonderland setting at the historic Cal Neva, Spa and Casino. Enjoy live music from the 60s, 70s and 80s along with libations and light snacks. Raffle prizes, and magical snowy memories andamp;#8230; a portion of tickets and raffle sales will be donated to the Disabled Sports USA-Far West, $28 per person, 2 Stateline Road. Crystal BayTahoe Open Mic ContestFrom 9:30 p.m. Resort at Squaw Creek. Open mic contest for singer, songwriters and musicians alike! All musicians welcome to play, perform and entertain! Solos or groups welcome! Incredible chance to win performances in different Tahoe/Truckee locations! Come show us all what you’ve got inside! Visit Ages 12 and over. Sandy’s Pub, call (530) 584-5889.

Fourth Annual Lake Tahoe Dodge Ball ChampionshipsFrom 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach. Brave souls 18 and older who wish to dodge, duck and dive their way to being crowned the Dodge Ball Champions at Lake Tahoe andamp;#8230; check it out. The first 100 participants will be awarded a commemorative T-shirt, while prizes will be awarded to the championship team and the team with the most team spirit! Proceeds to benefit the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Cost, $100 per team, 8125 Steelhead Ave., (530) 546-4324.The Tahoe City Golf Course Alaskan OpenFrom 11 a.m.,Tahoe City Golf Course. Tee off in the middle of winter in the Four Man (or woman) scramble! Strap on your snowshoes and whip out your driver. Who said you can’t play golf in Sierra winter time. Get together a team of four and compete in this Winter Challenge. Come in costume as there will be rounds of golf for the winning team as well as best costumes! More information or to sign up contact Portion of the proceeds to the Chris Park Scholarship fund. Cost, $20 per person. All agesTahoe City, behind Bank of America.22nd Annual Snow Sculpture Contest at the River Ranch LodgeFrom noon-5 p.m., River Ranch Lodge. Twelve invited teams build themed snow sculptures to be judged! Prizes awarded to the best teams. There is definitely some creativity going on at this one. Everyone looks forward to this final day event. Live music, BBQ and drink specials. Contact River Ranch Lodge, Hwy. 89 and Alpine Meadows Road, (530) 583-4264.Sixth Annual Tahoe Donner Association IdidarunFrom 1 p.m., Tahoe Donner, Truckee. This Donner Party-themed dog pull race will pit dogs against dogs while pulling covered wagon sleds over a course. This is in a beautiful, safe environment and you can either view it from the comfort of the pub or from under the heaters on the deck. Proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. Visit Cost $20 entry, The Lodge Restaurant, 12850 Northwoods Blvd., (530) 587-9424.Tahoe Cross Country Gourmet Ski TourFrom 1-3 p.m., Tahoe Cross County Ski Area. Ninth Annual Gourmet Ski Tour takes place today at the Tahoe XC Center! This event entails cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along the trails while sampling food from the finest North Shore restaurants. This fabulous event finishes off at the Day Lodge with live music until 5 p.m., along with refreshments! Proceeds to benefit the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association. Cost, $30 adults, $25 passholders, under 12 free. Contact, 925 Country Club Drive. Fine-N-Funky Fashion ShowFrom 8 p.m., Gar Woods Grill andamp; Pier. An old favorite is back this year. Come check out the dynamic fashion event that brings Lake Tahoe together for a night of unexpected fun. Are you looking for the latest in fashions, or just want to be where the party is? This fashion event will show you what it takes to be in the limelight, as well as in fashion! To engage your fashion sense visit All ages, 5000 N. Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay.