Snowfest winter fun continues |

Snowfest winter fun continues

After a weekend packed with dog-pulling, torchlight parading, queen crowning and tug-of-waring, Snowfest is gearing up for the second leg of the 20th annual winter festival.

One of the key events to come is the Ford Men’s Downhill World Championships at Squaw Valley USA. The race – which sports an overall $500,000 purse – begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Spectators are invited to view the race free of charge from the Ford Olympic Race Arena near the base area. The event is scheduled to air at noon on CBS on March 25.

The Bob Everson Memorial Fun Race at Homewood, an event with the most sentimental of roots, is scheduled for Friday at Homewood Mountain Resort. Snowfest was originally the brainchild of Everson, who was killed in a boating accident before the winter celebration was realized. The race, set to begin at 10:30 in the morning is open to all ages and abilities.

On the final day of the festival there is a race which has become a Tahoe tradition. The Great Ski Race, a cross-country race stretching 18 miles from Tahoe City to Truckee, is now in its 25th year. The race, more suited to experienced skiers, begins at the Tahoe City Nordic Center and winds its way to the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee.

For festival goers not inclined to race there is a snow sculpting contest at the River Ranch, the Kings Beach Community Kid’s Parade and a Leftover Salmon concert at Alpine Meadows.

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