Sports Briefs: Great Ski Race returns Sunday | SierraSun.com

Sports Briefs: Great Ski Race returns Sunday

Sun Staff report

Sun File PhotoMore than 750 racers lined up to complete the Great Ski Race last year.

The Great Ski Race returns SundayThe 34th annual Great Ski Race, a 30-kilometer Nordic race between Tahoe City and Truckee, is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 starting at 9 a.m. Race-day registration is available in person before 8:30 a.m. Sign up online (www.thegreatskirace.com) before March 4 for a discounted entry fee. The event is the main fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. Visit http://www.thegreatskirace.com for more information. Homewood to host Second Annual Mini SlopestyleHomewood Mountain Resort will host the Second Annual Mini Slopestyle competition on March 13. Kids 12 and younger will have a chance to show some style as they race down Lower Rainbow Ridge from the top of Madden Chair. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. upstairs in Homewoodandamp;#8217;s North Lodge. A parent or legal guardian must be present for signature of liability release form. The race will begin at 11 a.m. and all contestants must wear helmets. Cost is $25 per competitor, which includes a lift ticket. Awards will be given out at 1 p.m. on the mountain.Silver Belt Banzai returning to Sugar BowlTop freeride skiers and riders will descend on Sugar Bowl Resort on March 13-14 for the running of the Silver Belt Banzai, a unique race that blends skicross and boardercross action with the tradition of a downhill race. Starting atop the Silver Belt Gully, skiers and riders will race out of the gate in four- and six-person heats while trying to advance to the next round. Up to 100 skiers and riders ages 16 and older, both menandamp;#8217;s and womenandamp;#8217;s divisions, will compete in the race. Qualifying heats are Saturday, with winners earning a spot in Sundayandamp;#8217;s final races and a chance for cash prizes. Entry fees are $100 per racer, which includes a lift ticket valid for the first day of racing, and both days of racing should the competitor advance to Sundayandamp;#8217;s finals. If a lift ticket is not needed, entry fees are set at $50 per racer for the event.Snowbomb Big Air Competition coming to Alpine MeadowsAlpine Meadows Ski Resort will host Snowbombandamp;#8217;s Sick Nandamp;#8217; Twisted Freestyle Tour Big Air Competition on March 20. The competition, which wraps up the Sick Nandamp;#8217; Twisted tour, will be held on Dancefloor located in the Shreadows Terrain Park. Spectators are welcome. Cash prizes and gear will be awarded to winning male and female contestants in amateur and open classes. Competition tickets are $39 for young adults (ages 15-22) and $55 for adults (ages 23-61). Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the main lodge, practice begins at 10:30 a.m. and the competition begins at noon. Helmets are required.Volunteers needed for U.S. Freestyle Championships at SquawThe Squaw Valley Freestyle Team is seeking volunteers to lend a hand at the U.S. Freestyle Championships (USSA Nationals) from March 25-28. Volunteers are needed for many positions from organizing, course work, registration, tickets, merchandise, banquets, security and other small duties. A pass program will be available for all volunteers. If interested, contact Jennifer Landau at jhlandau@earthlink.net.Alpine Meadows offers $99 spring passAlpine Meadows Ski Resort will offer the $99 Spring Ticket, which will allow guests to ski and snowboard from Sunday, April 4 until the end of the season. The Spring Ticket can be purchased at Alpine Meadows or at SkiAlpine.com starting Sunday, March 21.Billy Dutton UphillThe Billy Dutton Uphill will celebrate its 22st anniversary on Sunday, April 11, with registration from 7-8 a.m. at the funnitel. The race benefits Cross Country Junior Olympics and is a celebration of the life of Billy Dutton, a search and rescue skier who lost his life to brain cancer more than 20 years ago. The course climbs 3.2 miles from the funnitel to High Camp, and can be done on cross-country skis, snowshoes or running shoes. A party will be held at High Camp with raffle prizes, music and food. Contact Betty Walsh at 582-4548 or LaVan Rassuchine at 587-2573 for more information.High Fives Scholarship FundKnow a Tahoe athlete who has been injured while pursuing his or her dream in a winter sport? High Fives Non Profit Foundation has opened the application process for the High Fives Scholarship Fund. The recipient of the scholarship will receive financial aid that will go to bettering the life of that individual, be it offsetting the cost of medical bills, physical therapy, adaptive equipment or alternative healing methods. Up to $7,500 will be awarded in 2010. Apply at http://www.highfivesfoundation.org, or contact Roy at roy@highfivesfoundation.com. Recreation swimThe Truckee Community Pool is now open Monday mornings for recreation swim time. Cost is $2 for children and $3 per adult. Private swim lessons are also available during this time. Call or e-mail Amanda at 582-2361 or amanda@tdrpd.com for more info. Adult swim clinicsThe Truckee Community Swimming Pool has swim lessons and triathlon swimming clinics all year. Learn-to-swim classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and the stroke clinic are on Thursday mornings from 8-9 a.m. Call Amanda at 582-2361. Truckee Tahoe Aquatic MastersJoin Truckee Tahoe Aquatic Masters for a coached swim workout four days a week. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45-8 a.m., Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7-8:30 a.m. Open to any and all swim levels. Call or e-mail Amanda for more information at 582-2361 or amanda@tdrpd.com.Glen Jobe teaching biathlon clinics at NorthstarFormer U.S. Olympic Team biathlete Glen Jobe will teach private, three-hour biathlon clinics at the Northstar Resort Cross-Country, Telemark andamp; Snowshoe Center this winter. Clinics will be offered Monday through Friday, non-holidays, and by appointment only (conditions permitting). Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance. Participants must be 13 or older, with a minimum of an intermediate level of skill. Cost is $199 for the first person and $50 for each additional person (up to four). Call 562-3270 to make a reservation.Call for adaptive skiing volunteers Disabled Sports Far West at Alpine Meadows Resort is looking for volunteers to help teach people with disabilities learn how to downhill ski and snowboard. The volunteer must be a strong intermediate skier or snowboarder and have a desire to share the andamp;#8220;mountain experienceandamp;#8221; with students. A two-day mandatory training is provided. Lift tickets are provided on volunteer day. View, download and print a volunteer application at http://www.disabledsports.net, or by calling (530) 581-4161.Tahoe Triple Crown Climbing Series The third and final stop of High Altitude Fitnessandamp;#8217; inaugural Tahoe Triple Crown Climbing Series is scheduled for April 3. Entry fee is $20 per event. The first event was held on Dec. 5. Competitorsandamp;#8217; points will be added up throughout the events, with winners crowned at the finals on April 3. There will gear prizes for the top three places in each category, as well as a $3,000 cash purse for the Open Category to be given out at the finals, and $5,000 in other gear and prizes. Go to http://www.highaltitudefitness.net for more details. High Altitude Fitness also will host the College Climbing Series on Feb. 13.