After-school Nordic program starts in January

Sign-ups are being taken now for Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area’s Strider Glider Program which begins Tuesday, Jan. 16. The 10-week program introduces children to cross country skiing and includes the use of rental equipment, instruction and the area’s trails. The program is $20 and runs once a week after school from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Preregistration is suggested since students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The classes are as follows: Mondays , Nordic starters for grades 2 and 3 and Nordic improvement for grades 4 and 5; Tuesdays, preschool ski day and middle school club; Wednesdays, Nordic starters for grades 4 and 5, Nordic improvement grades 2 and 3; Fridays, Nordic starters for grades K through 1 and middle school club.

For more information or to sign up your child, call 583-5475.

Ski for free with your kids at Tahoe Donner

Jan. 7 is Parent’s Day at Tahoe Donner Ski Area. Parents will be able to ski for free when accompanied by a child 7 to 12 years of age with a child’s all-day lift ticket. One parent per childwith all-day lift ticket will be accepted free.

Ring in the new year with the Trekkers

The Tahoe Trail Trekkers, a local hiking/snowtrek organization, in affiliation with the American Volkssport Association, announces the establishment of a cross country ski event, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. Participants can cross country ski on a 10-km course or snowshoe on a 5-km course on the groomed trails of the Tahoe Cross Country Center in Tahoe City. Full rental services are available. The event is open to all and will be subject to the Center’s hours of operation.

For more information on AVA, Tahoe Trail Trekkers or the event, call 546-2447 or Elaine McDaniel at (775) 833-2377 or E-mail

Mt. Rose to host ski clinic

Diann Roffe-Steinfotter will be giving a free day of ski instruction to women today at Mt. Rose to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. Roffe-Steinrotter is a two-time Olympic medalist, including a gold medal in the Super G in the 1994 Olympics for the United States and all proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. Women who attend will receive a free day of instruction, lift ticket, demo skis and a continental breakfast.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country offering clinics

Start your season on the right foot, or should that be with the right weight transfer? Tim Hill will lead this clinic on Dec. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Tahoe Donner. The clinic should last three hours and costs $30 with a trail pass and $20 for season pass holders. This clinic for intermediate and advanced skiers will focus on V1, V2 and V2-alternate technique fundamentals that are essential for speed and efficiency. There will be limited enrollment. For more information, call 587-984.

Meet Santa on the slopes of Tahoe Donner

On Christmas day from noon to 2 p.m. Santa will be handing out goodies at Tahoe Donner while experiencing some great skiing and snowboarding. Join Santa for a half-day of fun. Lifts open at noon and run until 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12.

Tahoe Donner offers demo day

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center will host an equipment demo day on Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and will offer skiers the chance to try out the latest in Nordic ski equipment. Although there is no cost for the use of the equipment, a valid trail pass is required. Equipment available for demo includes Alpina, Atomic, Rossignol, Salomon, Fischer, Madshus, Karhu, Yoko and Swix. For more information, call Tahoe Donner Cross Country 587-9484.

Get ducky at Diamond Peak New Year’s Day

A duck ski race will take place at Diamond Peak Ski Resort New Year’s Day at 3:30 p.m. on the Lower Showoff Run. For a $5 entry fee, participants can ski a duck for prizes such as snowboards, merchandise, lift tickets and cash. The tax-deductible proceeds will help build the Incline Skatepark. The event is sponsored by Skatepark Foundation and Diamond Peak. For more information, call (775) 832-7006.

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