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Gold Rush this weekend

Far West Nordic’s second-largest fund-raiser for its Junior Cross Country Skiing programs is the nationally-acclaimed California Gold Rush, slated this year for Sunday, March 19, at Royal Gorge Cross Country. Royal Gorge donates all proceeds to the Far West for this event. Whether you’re a high-level competitor, citizen racer, junior skier, or spectator, this fun-filled weekend has something for everyone.Saturday, March 18th (the day before the Gold Rush) is filled with fun events throughout the day, highlighted by the spectator-friendly Lexus Nordic Sprint Tour Races at 12:30 pm. This event features the best XC skiers in the country in a series of short, intense sprint races, all visible from the deck at Royal Gorge’s Summit Station.Also on Saturday, you can watch the area’s younger racers vie for top spot in either the low-key Gold Nuggets Kids’ Race at 10:30 am, or the see the older kids perform in the “jumps & bumps”-laden Fischer Supercross event. Other Saturday events include a Kid’s Ski Clinic from the Fischer/Salomon/Subaru Factory team of top national racers at 10 am, along with a Fischer/Salomon Ski & Boot demo throughout the day. Finally, Michael Jeneid will be available to sign copies of his new book California Cross Country Skiing.Sunday’s events are the highlight of the weekend, with a variety of races to suit any level of skier. Top billing goes to the 50 km Gold Rush, with national-caliber racers from across the country, but great competition is also found in the shorter variety of races, including the 30 km. Silver Rush, 15 km Bronze Rush, or the 4 km Junior Rush for racers 15 and under.So come race or cheer at this competition, where all the proceeds go to the local Junior Development Programs. For information or an entry form, call (530) 587-0304, or call Royal Gorge at (530) 426-3871, write the Far West office at P.O. Box 10046, Truckee, CA 96162 or send e-mail to info@farwestnordic.org.Applications being evaluated for basketball campApplications are now being evaluated by the Ten Star All Star Basketball Camp. Boys and girls ages 7-19 can apply. Players are selected by invitation only. Past participants include: Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Antawn Jamison, Christian Laettner, Tom Gugliotta and Trajan Langdon.Camp locations include: Riverside, Calif., Babson Park, Fla., Atlanta, Ga., Champaign, Ill., Fort Wayne, Ind., Atchison, Kan., Georgetown, Ky., Northfield, Minn., Raleigh, N.C., Boiling Springs, N.C., Rochester, N.Y., North Canton, Ohio, Commerce, Texas and Farmville, Va.College basketball scholarships are possible for the most advanced players. For an evaluation form, call (704) 372-8610.TDRPD continues drop-in programsThe Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District is offering Women’s Drop-in Basketball every Wednesday evening at Glenshire Elementary School. The gym will be open from 7 – 8:30 p.m. through March. All players 16 years of age and older are invited to attend. The cost is $2 per player per night.Northstar in search of ‘ambassadors’Skiers and snowboarders at Northstar-at-Tahoe this season will notice a little something new on the mountain – Customer Service Ambassadors. The Northstar Ambassador’s team is made up of volunteers who have at least 20 days a season to spend on the mountain assisting guests. In exchange for their time, volunteers are given a Northstar season pass, one adult lift ticket for each day worked and food discounts while working. Volunteers are required to work a minimum of 20 days.Ambassador responsibilities include such duties as greeting guests as they arrive at Northstar, monitoring skier/rider traffic on the mountain, answering questions and being an information source for visitors. Ambassadors are expected to work from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on their assigned day. The shift, however, is split between specific duty assignments and free skiing and riding.For information, call (530) 562-3510 or (530) 562-3555.House an employee, earn free lift ticketsNorthstar-at-Tahoe invites the community to participate in the new “Rental Rewards” program. In exchange for housing an employee, Northstar is offering 10 free lift tickets for every employee housed at a residence (some restrictions apply.) Homeowners are also at the liberty of establishing a rental fee to be paid by the employee. “Rental Rewards” was developed as a means of assisting Northstar’s employees in finding housing for the winter months.Interested parties should contact Northstar’s Employment Services department at (530) 562-3510 in order to be placed on the rental referral list. Homeowners will be able to interview and select the employee to whom they wish to rent a room. In order to receive the “Rental Rewards” lift tickets, homeowners must be on Northstar’s rental referral list prior to signing an agreement with an employee.For information, call 1-800-GO-NORTH.Buddy Werner ski program moves to NorthstarThe Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District is sponsoring a Buddy Werner Ski and Snowboard Program at Northstar for the upcoming season. The program is open to boys and girls ages 7-14 years old. It is designed to teach and improve youngsters in the basics of ski racing and snowboarding with an emphasis on fun and instruction rather than competition.The program costs $200 for local Truckee students and includes a Sunday through Friday pass (non-holiday periods), seven races and 10 practices. There are also travel days to Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Sugar Bowl and Soda Springs. Space is limited to the first 100 skiers and snowboarders to register.For information, call 582-7720.Women’s Climbing Night at Sports’ ExchangeThe Sports Exchange will be hosting Women’s Climbing Night every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $4 per person.For more information, call 582-4510.


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