Presidents’ Weekend acitivities in Truckee-North Tahoe |

Presidents’ Weekend acitivities in Truckee-North Tahoe

Presidents Day Weekend won’t allow a moment’s slack time this year. The three-day weekend traditionally gives local businesses and ski areas a shot in the arm, an antidote that is sorely needed after this year’s soggy Christmas sales.More importantly, however, the holiday allows the Truckee and North Tahoe communities a chance to present some of their most fun and unusual events. Here is a sampling:Friday: Boreal is offering $15 ski tickets for adults and $5 for children for its Snowboard and Ski for the Schools Day. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Porters Ski & Sport. There will be two-for-one snowboarding lessons, free on-snow demos from snowboard suppliers, halfpipe camps and contests, live music and prizes.Ski Homewood is holding Merchants’ Day. Tickets are $12 and are available at Norfolk Woods Inn, Obexer’s Country Market, Sunnyside Market, Firesign Cafe, Sierra West Bank, Lucky’s, North Tahoe Resort Association office, Porters Ski and Sport, and the Ski Barn. Proceeds benefit the West Shore Association and the North Tahoe Resort Association. Ski Homewood will host free intermediate ski and snowboard mini-clinics at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Warming Hut. Tickets are limited. There will be barbecues at the Warming Hut and North Side Lodge. The Warming Hut will also feature live music by Panda between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.Northstar-at-Tahoe is holding a Valentine’s Day Couples Race. The race format will be a dual giant slalom for couples on the “Main Street” run off the Arrow Express lift from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any two people can enter the race and compete for prizes, which include Revo Sunglasses, dinner for two at Northstar’s Basque Restaurant, and pizza for two at Pedro’s in Northstar’s Village.Squaw Valley USA is reserving a special night for Sweethearts at its Olympic Ice Pavilion. After 4 p.m. a reduced $11 ticket buys adults an admission to Squaw’s ice rink located at 8,200 feet, skate rentals and a cable car ride. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $8.Mt. Rose Ski Area is offering a Valentine’s Day Couples Ski Deal in which couples ski for $20.For a little nacht entertainment, the Theatre Sierra Nevada presents “Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery.” This evening of impromptu theater invites audience participation. Audience members, dressed in 1930s costumes, will mingle on board the Queen Mary and collect evidence and clues. Seating is limited for this one-night only performance. Ticket prices are $14 for couples, $25 each for singles. Tickets are available at the Tahoe City Chamber of Commerce, Artruckee, Art Attack in Incline Village, the college from Lisa Smith, or the door. Curtain rises at 7 p.m.Saturday: Sugar Pine Point State Park is offering a beginning cross-country ski clinic. Instruction begins at 10 a.m. and runs for three hours. Call 525-7232 for further information.Saturday and Sunday: The Truckee Lions Club Sierra Sweepstakes Sled Dog Races begin Saturday and continue to Sunday at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. The event, sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association, draws dog teams and mushers from nine Western states. It includes sprint races, a weight-pulling contest and the Sourdough Race, in which mushers jump from their sleeping bags, dress, hitch up the team and go. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 and under.Northstar-at-Tahoe is celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Ox. Chinese food specials and festivities will be offered at the resort, and skiers will receive rice candy and fortune cookies with special messages and prizes inside.Sunday: The California State Parks is leading a Donner Party history tour at the Donner State Park on Donner Lake. Participants should bring snowshoes or skis, snacks and water. The excursion includes a walk to the site of one of the Donner party cabins and tour up the Alder Creek drainage about three miles north of Truckee on Highway 89. Meet at 10 a.m.

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