Will the first SnowFest! Queen please stand up?
TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212; How could I forget the year I represented SnowFest! as its inaugural queen, March 6-14, 1982? I was a senior at North Tahoe High School. The Snowfest! Queen Coronation and kick-off party took place on March 5 with a torchlight parade at Squaw Valley down the slopes of the Exhibition and Searchlight Chairlifts. When the skiers reached the bottom, they formed a half moon around me and the candidates. I was crowned by the SnowFest! Chairman, Tony Sgro.After being crowned, they announced the Queen for the 1982 SnowFest! was chosen from the finalists of the Royal Court. It was funny how Beverly Bedard (with the Greater North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce) stated in the magazine Tahoe Today, and I quote, andamp;#8220;Spectators are treated to an evening of pomp, pageantry and entertainment as the first Queen of SNOWFEST is crowned. The queen will reign with her snowmaidens and snow gremlins throughout the week.andamp;#8221; And I did reign with my snowmaidens and snow gremlins throughout the week andamp;#8230; ha ha!I attended many events, which included but were not limited to: Speed racing at Squaw Valley (this was my favorite on the first day), Pro Inverted Aerial Event at Squaw Valley, Biathlon Event at the Squaw Valley Nordic Center (I have great respect for the Biathlons), Art Linkletter Family Race at Alpine Meadows (a lot of fun, meeting Art was a real highlight), Newport Dual mogul Event at Squaw, Snowmobile Torch Light Parade (I was on foot, no float), Cobblestone Street Dance with music by Tom Dellany, Cobblestone Movie Theater had Kids Movies for $0.50 per person. The place was packed and popcorn was flying, Children’s Day at Northstar (helping the kids), Dinner Dance at Alpine Meadows, Stephen Stills Rock ‘n’ Roll Olympics with Western Pro Circuit Pro-Am Race at Squaw Valley (a lot of fun and great turn out), Groomers Race at Squaw Valley (this was fun and so much laughter with old locals), South of the Boarder Night with Cedro Willie and Head Wind in Kings Beach, and the Bob Everson Memorial Race held at Tahoe Ski Bowl (this was a great day for everyone).The first SnowFest! Parade took place out at Squaw Valley.I believe it was Kay Williams (from the North Lake Visitors Bureau) and her husband who made this wonderful float on top of their car. I had a huge Queen’s chair with the royal red carpet at my feet andamp;#8230; perfect! You could tell a lot of time and heart went into the float. Prizes were awarded to the most original, best theme, funniest, prettiest and best animal entry floats. The judges included rock star Stephen Stills and local notables.On Saturday March 7, The Great Race Started. I attended the Art Linkletter Family Race at Alpine Meadows. In the evening there was a Truckee Torch Light Parade I attended and rode on the Queens float again! I remember a huge snowstorm that night, because everyone in the parade was soaked and they had a hard time trying to get the torches lit. It was still a great turnout; many people attended and lined up and down main street.I was was born at Tahoe Forest Hospital in 1963 and was raised with five sisters on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe with our parents Evelyn and Tom Nored, who came in 1957.I attended Tahoe Lake Elementary, then Rideout when that was built and then North Tahoe Intermediate, and graduated in 1982 from North Tahoe High.I didn’t leave for college right away. I went to Park City, Utah to be on Deer Valley’s Ski School for one year, but ended up on Deer Valley’s Ski Patrol for almost 10 years. After that I was with Delta Air Lines based out of Jackson, Wyo. and Salt Lake City, Utah while going to school at the University of Utah.I returned to Lake Tahoe in 2002 after the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics with my four beautiful kids! I am currently a mom, a andamp;#8220;lovelyandamp;#8221; wife to my husband, Dalton, and work with the Myastenia Gravis Foundation in New York to help find a cure for this silent disease.I would like to take this time to give great recognition to the entire 1982 SnowFest! Committee for a job well done:Thanks to Bob Everson for having the vision to set forth a mission with a few brave North Lake Tahoe individuals, who cooked up the notion of having a winter festival a year prior to 1982 and being my family’s neighbor! I give an enduring thank you to Tony Sgro, the SnowFest! chairman who was the Squaw Valley’s ski school director at the time, but took the time to to dedicate his talents to put North Tahoe’s SnowFest! on the map as one of the great events on the West Coast. I thank Beverly andamp;#8220;Bevandamp;#8221; Bedard (North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce) and Kay Williams (North Tahoe Visitors and Convention Bureau) who got the dream rolling toward reality! J.C Krise for being the most lovable Mr. Old Man Winter and having that contagious smile. Larry Bruner, Jackie McCormick, Eileen Ward, Ike Simmons, Debbie Felch, Jenna Short, Roger Kahn, Kaye Chandler, Scott Graff, Kathy Kelley, Janice Sangster, Ruth Schnabel, Judy Friedman andamp;#8230; job well done, it would have never been successful the first year without all of you!The Tahoe Basin is a better place and a thriving community, because of your outreach to the tourist industry. Tahoe City is my 48-year hometown, and I still enjoy seeing the crowds come into the Tahoe Basin and enjoying what the area offers.SnowFest!, I thank you for setting the bar high for us all.
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