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Tahoe’s winter ski, snowboard competition season heating up

Staff report

Chris Bartkowski nose presses the down rail of the CK Cabin in this file photo from the early days of Northstar's Stash terrain park. Dubbed the Bash at The Stash, the wooded park will host one of seven stops of the Burton Qualifiers traveling snowboard tour on Saturday.

From Nordic racing to snowboard jibbing, the North Shore's winter competition season is set to heat up with numerous events at area resorts this weekend.

Junior showcase

The Tahoe Junior Freeride Series will kick off with the first of its four events at Sugar Bowl Resort from Friday through Sunday.

What began in 2007 as a friendly big-mountain competition between the Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley youth freeskiing teams has grown into a regional series with more than 180 skiers and snowboarders between the ages of 11 and 18.

These junior athletes will showcase their big-mountain skills on The Nose and Avalanche, both of which are located off of Mount Disney and offer prime spectating. Each athlete is guaranteed two runs in the competition.

After the Sugar Bowl stop, the series heads to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows from Feb. 5-7, Kirkwood from Feb. 19-21 and Mount Rose from March 11-13.

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Go to tahoejuniorfreerideseries.com for a complete schedule and results.

Youth Nordic opener

High school and middle school Nordic racers open the CNISSF season at the Auburn Ski Club Classic on Friday. The race is the first of six on the season, which concludes with the CNISSF State Championships on Feb. 28.

Held at the spectator-friendly Auburn Ski Club Training Center on Donner Summit, the high school 5K race is set to begin at 10:30 a.m., with the middle school 3K race to follow at noon.

Competing high schools include Truckee, North Tahoe, the Sugar Bowl Academy, Incline, South Tahoe, Colfax, Nevada Union and Mammoth. Middle schools include Alder Creek, North Tahoe, South Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Academy, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth.

Find more information and results at farwestnordic.org.

Shred The Stash

Northstar California will host one of seven stops on the new Burton Qualifiers traveling snowboard tour on Saturday.

The event, dubbed the Bash at The Stash, will take advantage of Northstar's wooded terrain park, with its signature CK Cabin, wooden rails and log jumps.

The Burton Qualifiers series is free and open to the first 100 riders to register. The contest, which features an Open and 15 & Under division, is a jam-style format with riders in each division given an hour to impress the judges, who score on style and trick execution.

The top three riders in each division will take home a cash prize while earning a spot to compete at the final event at Pennsylvania's Seven Springs resort on March 26. The top finisher in the Open category will also earn a spot to compete in the 2016 Burton Rail Days in Asia, which offers a chance at a $27,000 cash purse.

Registration is open Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Open practice follows from 11 a.m.-noon, with the 15 & Under division taking place from 12:30-1:30 and the Open Division from 2-3. Learn more at burtonqualifiers.com.

From Friday through Sunday, Northstar also will host one of eight stops of the Burton Mountain Festival, a free on-snow demo tour and women's ride days presented by BurtonGirls.com. Burton team rider and Olympian Kelly Clark will be on hand at the Burton Girls demo tent, along with Burton Girls Ambassadors Jenna Dramise and Bekah Ashley. More information is available at BurtonMountainFest.com.

Nordic classic

The Village Nordic Cup — formerly known as the Sugar Rush — will challenge cross-country skiers with 10K and 5K freestyle race options on Sunday.

Racing begins at 10 a.m. in the Village at Sugar Bowl. The course winds through the eastern edge of Royal Gorge Cross Country's Van Norden Meadow before climbing back below Crow's Peak to the village.

Race entry is $40, and racers do not need a trail pass or season pass to compete. Pre-registration is available at Royal Gorge's Summit Station on Pahatsi Road in Serene Lakes, while day-of registration is available starting at 8 a.m. at Village Station at Sugar Bowl.

Prizes will be awarded for division and age-group winners. Find more information and results at farwestnordic.org.