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Staff reports

Alpine Meadows offers new Pass

Tahoe City – New at Alpine Meadows for winter 2001 is the Platinum Club – a season pass that gives the passholder not only unlimited skiing and snowboarding, but a plethora of added value benefits.

Besides the unlimited access of a full season pass, Platinum Club members enjoy additional benefits including unlimited complimentary high-performance demo ski rentals; free complete equipment tune-ups; complimentary group lessons; preferred parking; dining discounts; and quite possibly the best of all – no waiting in lift lines.

Platinum Club membership prices are as follows: Individual or first parent, $2500; child 12 and under, $1500; and spouse or second adult, $2000. In order to purchase a child Platinum Pass, an adult Platinum Pass must be purchased.

For a complete list of Alpine Meadows Platinum Club benefits, call 581-8321 or visit http://www.skialpine.com.

After-school Nordic program starts in January

Tahoe City – Sign-ups are being taken for Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area’s Strider Glider Program which begins 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.

Local donations from individuals and organizations have allowed the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association to purchase the new children’s ski equipment and offer the program at a minimal charge. The education association is dedicated to promoting cross country skiing through educational activities for children and adults.

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

Snowshoe for free at festival

Norden – Anyone who wants to try out snowshoes and enjoy a fun day in the snow should check out Winter Trails 2001.

The national festival on Jan. 13 is being held to introduce people to snowshoeing. The Northern California site is Eagle Mountain Resort, just off Interstate 80 at the Yuba Gap exit. The festival is being sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Mother Lode chapter.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., individual, couples and families will be able to try a range of activities, all free. Experienced snowshoers will take you on guided snowshoe hikes. The kids can enjoy some fun games and try out children’s snowshoe models.

For more information, visit http://www.wintertrails.org, contact Bern Kreissman at 753-7788 or at bkreissman@ucdavis.edu, or Dave Roberts at (916) 441-6066 or roblands@home.com

Ring in new year with Trekkers

Tahoe City – 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 ekmed@attglobal.net.

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 child with all-day lift ticket will be accepted free.

Subaru Ski Fest comes to town

Tahoe City – Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area will celebrate Subaru Ski Fest Jan. 7. Prizes will be offered at this winter festival including ski equipment, clothing, backpacks and lessons with the Subaru Dream Ski Team.

The grand prize is a ski vacation to any Cross Country Ski Areas Association’s member area in the country, including airfare, lodging and skiing.

A great way for new skiers to get introduced to the sport, it’s a fun event for everyone. Activities include a free introductory learn-to-ski lesson or guided tour, barbecue and games.

For more information, or to get class times and to reserve a lesson, call 583-5475.

Get ducky at

Diamond Peak

Incline Village – 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.

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.

Local donations from individuals and organizations have allowed the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association to purchase the new children’s ski equipment and offer the program at a minimal charge. The education association is dedicated to promoting cross country skiing through educational activities for children and adults.

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

Adventures beyond at Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley USA – When the XTeam Advanced Ski Clinics come to Squaw Valley USA, Jan. 26-28, skiers will learn to identify their own personal freak-out point and then learn the skills necessary to reach beyond their fears and make that next turn with confidence.

The clinics are led by extreme skiing greats Dan and John Egan, Eric and Rob DesLauriers and Dean Decas. But these coaches won’t ask you to huck carcass off a cliff – if you’re not ready.

The XTeam welcomes advanced-intermediate and expert skiers of all ages. Each skier defines her or his own learning goals. Ability-level grouping and a low coach-to-skier ratio (1-to-8, maximum) allow for highly personalized instruction.

Clinic topics may include steeps, powder, crud, bumps, couloirs, trees or air. Coaches shift from group to group so each skier gets training from every coach.

For more information about XTeam Advanced Ski Clinics at Squaw Valley USA, call (800) Xteam-70 or visit http://www.skiclinics.com.


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