Sun editorial: Cheers and Jeers |

Sun editorial: Cheers and Jeers

The Editorial Board

CHEERS: To Ruth Schnabel and all the event organizers of SnowFest!, one of the regionand#8217;s biggest events, which started Thursday night and continues until March 14. We hope to see everyone at one of the events (find the full guide inside todayand#8217;s edition), and we know weand#8217;ll see a lot of you at the parades in Tahoe City and Kings Beach. In its 29th year, this event has survived a multitude of challenges because of people like Ruth, who spend hours and hours of their times for little to no financial reward.

CHEERS: To the Granlibakken for receiving an award this week by California State Parks for its interest, promotion and organization of our recent Olympic Heritage Celebration. The event surpassed most of our communityand#8217;s expectations, and put and#8220;Tahoeand#8221; in headlines and broadcasts all over the country.

JEERS: To those who are so quick to frown on the alpine coaster proposal at Northstar-at-Tahoe. While we understand the need for environmentally friendly recreation to attract visitors, alpine slides are quite common in mountain communities and do help grow summer business, which will in turn help our communities as well. For us to evolve as a year-round resort area, we must get used to our ski resorts and#8212; which do a lot of the heavy lifting for marketing the region and#8212; recruiting and searching for new ways to bring visitors to town.