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Squaw Valley Institute and Warren Miller presented ‘A Toast Tahoe Skiing’

Story by Vicki Kahn, Photos by Keoki Flagg

©Keoki FlaggWarren Miller chatted with Eric Brandt of Tahoe TV after the fashion show.

Lights, camera, music and lots of action! The Resort at Squaw Creek was the spot to be last Saturday night as the Squaw Valley Institute hosted its first ever “A Toast to Tahoe Skiing” event. More than 400 people came to hear the legendary skiing film maker Warren Miller speak, taste the cuisine of the resort’s Ristorante Montagne’s new European menu (loved the gravlox and melted scraped raclette cheese just like the Swiss do), and view a fashion show with all the bells and whistles ” right out of New York’s fashion week, thanks to Swank Audio Visual. As super-jumbo video screens flanking each side of the runway stage flashed video of each model, they gyrated down the runway attired in this ski season’s hottest new slope wear. A live and silent auction helped raise funds to enable the institute’s continued presentation of stimulating programs.

Warren Miller kept the audience entertained with anecdotes about skiing and Squaw Valley in his trademark witty style. Kudos to Eric Brandt of Tahoe TV who did an outstanding job emceeing dressed in vintage skiwear from the ’80s. The Resort at Squaw Creek’s capable staff deserves applause, operating in accordance to general manager Richard McLennan’s expertise, including Stacey Little, Kathy Noel, Claudia Martinello, Wayne Smith, Marc Spoznik and Jenny Moore. SVI’s Janet Zipkin worked tirelessly for several months ” which paid off with an evening that will hopefully become the institute’s annual signature event.

Sponsors included Sports Tahoe, Porter’s, Squaw Creek Sports and Elite Feet, Homewood, Alpine Meadows Ski Area, Squaw Valley USA and Tahoe Forest Health Systems. Tahoe TV as well as RSN covered the event.

Those exhibiting model behavior included Daron Rahlves, Miles Honens, Sean Field, Tamara and Francesca McKinney, Billy Mann, Jeremy Benson, Jamie Burge, Scot Schmidt, Shannon Bahrke, Eric DesLauriers, Robb Gaffney, Eroll Kerr, Michelle Parker, Spencer, Savannah Cowley, Martha and Jim Simon, Starr Walton Hurley, Nancy Cushing, Roger Kahn, Debbie Dutton, Claudia Martinello, Cody Townsend, Elyse Saugstad, Kristin Krone, Kent Kreitler, Eric Veraguth, and Brook Mills.

Locals spotted in the audience included Kathleen Eagan, Gillian and Russell Poulsen, Tom VanBerkem, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Delores and Walter Nelson, Sally and Dave Gardner, Linda and Hoopie Hoopingarrner, Hal Robinson, Fritzi and Bill Briner, Kerry and Sugar Bowl’s Rob Kautz, Ann and Roger Beck, Julie Mauer and Dave Schotzko, Gail and Larry Tomlinson, Betty and Rick Brown, Colleen and Art Chapman, Keoki Flagg, Lisa and Mike Krueger, Ernst Hager, Christine Horvath, Sue Bennet, and Patti and Jeff Baird of the Cedar House Sport Hotel.