Early season includes ski and snowboard team signups, free days, clinics and open houses | SierraSun.com

Early season includes ski and snowboard team signups, free days, clinics and open houses

The Truckee Ski Team is an advanced racing program for 9- to 17-year-old skiers that combines training at Soda Springs with Tahoe Ski League races throughout the area.

The Truckee Ski Team meets Saturdays and Sundays, starting Dec. 13 at Soda Springs. Skiers will have a chance to practice in the gates as well as work on their free skiing.

There are also six Tahoe League races scheduled for the season. The first race is at Mt. Rose on Jan. 11. Other race sites are Boreal, Alpine Meadows, Soda Springs, Diamond Peak and Northstar.

Cost for the program is $230. Fees include a season pass to Soda Springs and two away training dates. There is an additional $22 fee for all Tahoe League races and skiers must purchase their own tickets ($3 for locals) at two Alpine Meadows practices.

Registration is at the Truckee Community Center on Church Street through Jan. 2. For information, call 582-7720.


The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District seeks middle and high school students to form a competitive snowboarding team.

Motivated individuals should call the district offices at 582-7720 for information and to register on the interest list.

Open house and beer tasting

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area’s annual open house and beer tasting party scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Alder Creek Cafe, at the ski area located at 15275 Alder Creek Road.

For $10, guests 21 years and older receive a commemorative pint glass and a chance to sample local and statewide microbrews as well as hors d’oeuvres from head chef Tom Ameika. Soft drinks will also be available. Guests will respond to the sampling of microbrews throughout the evening and the most popular selections will be sold at the ski area’s Alder Creek Cafe throughout the ski season.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is open for skiing 8:30-5 p.m. daily. For information on this event or upcoming events, call (530) 587-9484 or visit the area’s website at http://www.aminews.com/donner/.

Lakeview open house

Skiing shots from action photographer John Clausen will be featured at Lakeview Cross-Country Ski Area’s Open House.

Everyone is invited to attend the open house, slide show and potluck dinner Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Besides bringing a dish, dessert or appetizer to the informal affair, people are invited to bring their favorite color slide pictures to be included in the “potluck” portion of the slide show.

“We’re asking everyone to bring three to five slides of their own, skiing-oriented if possible (but any topic is OK), to the open house. The potpourri of pictures makes for a fun and interesting evening,” said Mike Wolterbeek of Lakeview Cross-Country.

The following week Lakeview Cross-Country is hosting a ski waxing clinic with Michael Dowden, a top local cross-country ski racer. Dowden has competed successfully for many years and has competed on the Far West Masters Team.

Dowden will share his ski waxing secrets on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lakeview Cross-Country Ski Area. The free clinic is suited for all skiers and is open to everyone.

Lakeview Cross-Country is located on Dollar Hill about two miles from “downtown” Tahoe City off Highway 28. From Highway 28 turn onto Fabian, then right on Village and left on Country Club Drive. For information, call Lakeview at 916-583-9353.

Inline skaters’ clinic

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area will feature inline skaters Eddie Matzger and Dan Burger of Team Twin Cam in a Saturday, Dec. 13, clinic designed to highlight the benefits of cross country skiing for inline skaters.

Matzger, a national inline champion and New York 100K winner, and Burger, also a nationally ranked skater and experienced Nordic ski instructor, will host the one-day clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Alpina, the cost of the inline clinic package is $25, which includes an all-day trail pass, Alpina demonstration equipment and professional coaching for Nordic skaters. Final registration will be Dec. 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the cross country ski area. Following registration, skiers will complete an off-snow component of the clinic. At 10 a.m., Matzger and Burger will divide the clinic into informal groups designed to illustrate how the crossover benefits of Nordic skiing can utilized to achieve a skater’s highest potential through the use of drills, demonstrations and personalized instruction.

This season Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area will offer numerous clinics, family oriented events and races. For a complete listing, contact Tahoe Donner at (530) 587-9484. Tahoe Donner Cross Country opened Thanksgiving Day.

Free ski day

Tahoe Donner ski areas will offer a free day of skiing and snowboarding Sunday, Dec. 14, conditions permitting.

Visitors will be given a complimentary lift ticket or trail pass, allowing people to sample the 120 acres of free skiing, including the improved rollercoaster terrain park at the downhill ski area or the 4,800 acres of free skiing or skating at the cross country ski area.

For information, call (530) 587-9444 or visit Tahoe Donner’s website at http://www.aminews com/donner/.

New skiing program

Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Team has established a skiing program for children ages 4 1/2 and 5 years old that runs from Dec. 20 through April 5.

Under the direction of Deedee Cole-Driller, former U.S. Ski Team member and University of Vermont NCAA champion and current head coach for Junior Development Team at Alpine Meadows, this season-long program will provide the opportunity for children to explore the wonders of skiing in a safe, structured and fun environment.

“The new junior team dubbed the ‘Adventure Mice,’ was established to provide younger children with a chance to excel in their skiing ability,” said Cole-Driller. “The goal of Adventure Mice is to establish a positive rapport with other team members by allowing them to ski with the same coach and team members throughout the season while gaining an appreciation for skiing and of course having a blast.”

The program is for intermediate and advanced skiers and team members must have skied at least one season with the Alpine Meadows Children’s Snow School or the equivalent, and must have ridden the chairlifts at least 20 times before being allowed on the team. Each coach will work with

teams of six “Adventure Mice” on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The program is $550, which includes coaching and lift access for the scheduled 41 days (weather permitting).

For information or to reserve a spot, contact the Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe Ski Team at (916) 581-8304.

Telemark ski clinics

Skiers can learn the exciting telemark turn, or polish their technique with Northstar-at-Tahoe’s special all-day telemark ski clinics Sunday, Dec. 14.

The clinics are designed to teach skiers to ski downhill on cross-country skis, including the telemark and other cross-country downhill techniques. Participants can take advantage of Northstar’s gondola and state-of-the-art lift network, well-groomed runs and professional ski instruction in the Lake Tahoe area’s longest established telemark ski program.

Clinics last five hours each and are divided into three levels. The “Learn to Telemark” clinic will get skiers started with the basic skills needed to learn the telemark turn, learning proper stance, pressure and edging. The cost is $45 and includes use of the gondola and Bear Paw lifts.

For intermediate to advanced telemark skiers the “Telemark Ski Improvement” clinic will help skiers feel comfortable on intermediate slopes, develop speed control, smooth linked turns, build confidence in fall line skiing, skiing the bumps and skiing difficult conditions. The $69 fee includes an all-day lift ticket.

Clinics begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. at Northstar’s Cross-Country and Telemark Ski Center. This is the final telemark clinic day this season at Northstar.

For information on telemark ski clinics, call Northstar’s Cross-Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center at 530/562-2475.

Free ski snowboard lessons

Free ski and snowboard lessons are offered daily at Northstar

Northstar offers free 1 3/4-hour group lessons to skiers and snowboarders. The Vertical Improvement Program clinics are for skiers and boarders, ages 13 and older, who have intermediate (ski level 6) to advanced skills. Clinics are offered daily on a first-come, first-served basis. The Vertical Improvement Program free group lessons are offered every hour on the hour from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Free clinics depart from the summit of Northstar’s Mt. Pluto, where there is a video demonstrating the different skill levels. Participants can self-assess their skill levels. Skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and older with intermediate to advanced skills and a lift ticket are welcome to take a free Vertical Improvement clinic. Free group lessons are offered on a first-come, first-served basis with a student-to-teacher ratio of 7-to-1. Reservations are not accepted.

For information on Northstar’s free ski and snowboard clinics, call (530) 562-2471.

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