Sports Briefs: California Gold Rush coming Sunday
California Gold Rush XC race The 2009 California Gold Rush is returning to Royal Gorge on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. The Nordic event serves as a fundraiser for the Far West Junior Ski Programs and is one of the premier cross-country ski marathons in North America, attracting both elite and recreational skiers. Participants may ski the full marathon distance of 42 kilometers (the Gold Rush), a half-marathon of 21K (Silver Rush) or the 10K Bronze Rush. Royal Gorge donates 100 percent of proceeds to help develop youth and junior skiers in the region. For more information or to register go to royalgorge.com.Billy Dutton UphillThe Billy Dutton Uphill will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday, April 12, with registration from 7-8 a.m. at the funnitel. The race benefits Cross Country Junior Olympics and is a celebration of the life of Billy Dutton, a search and rescue skier who lost his life to brain cancer more than 20 years ago. The course climbs 3.2 miles from the funnitel to High Camp, and can be done on cross-country skis, snowshoes or running shoes. A party will be held at High Camp with raffle prizes, music and food. Contact Betty Walsh at 582-4548 or LaVan Rassuchine at 587-2573 for more information.Summer basketball leagueThe Tahoe City Public Utilities District Parks and Recreation department is offering a call your own mens summer basketball league at Rideout Gym from June 14 through Aug. 16. Team registration is available until June 8. There will be 10 games played on Sundays from 5-8 p.m. Team fees are $125 and sponsor fees $150. A managers meeting is scheduled for June 8 at Rideout at 6 p.m. For more information call 583-4440, extension 11, or e-mail email@example.com.Tahoe Avalanche Center fundraiserIn an effort to combat the adverse economy and maintain the regions only free daily avalanche advisory, the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) is hosting three final Ski andamp; Ride Day Fundraisers in collaboration with Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood. Skiers and riders are encouraged to purchase discount lift tickets online, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to support the SAC. They wil be held at Sugar Bowl on March 22, Alpine Meadows on March 29 and Kirkwood on April 5. Tickets cost $35, and are available at http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org. For more information call the avalanche hotline at 587-2158.Beacon andamp; Eggs Beacon Search ContestCombine an Easter egg hunt with an avalanche beacon search and the result is the 3rd Annual Beacon andamp; Eggs beacon search contest at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on April 12. Free registration will be at the Beacon andamp; Eggs tent near the top of Subway Chair Lift (next to the base lodge) from 9-11 a.m. The Le Mans-style start is at noon near the top of the Subway beginner lift. Raffle tickets will also be sold, and ticket holders will win other outdoor products. Competitors must provide their own beacons, probes and shovels. For more info call the Alpine Meadows patrol office at 583-4232 or visit http://www.SkiAlpine.com.Spring all-mountain youth ski and snowbaord campJust in time for spring break, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will offer a week of all-mountain training for skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers ages 7 through 16 starting April 13 at the Spring All-Mountain Camp. Kids and teens will receive expert coaching and instruction in all aspects of their sport. Participants meet on the snow near the base of Summit Six Chair (near the Alpine Meadows lodge). Coaching is from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $345 and includes lift tickets for the five camp days ($295 for pass holders). Campers received five days of coaching with April 15 as a rest day without coaching. Call 581-8200 to reserve a spot by April 6.Discounted Boreal season passesFor 10 days ending March 29, Boreal Mountain Resort will offer its March Blowout Season Pass Sale for up to 40 percent off the normal price. The 2009-2010 pass also is good through the rest of this season. An Adult Anytime Pass (ages 13-59) is $229, a Senior Anytime (60-69) pass $129, Child Anytime (5-12) $69 , Super Senior Anytime (70 plus) $35 and a Night Season Pass (13 plus) $129. Order online at http://www.RideBoreal.comUnrestricted Alpine TicketAlpine Meadows Ski Resort is offering the Unrestricted Ticket, good every day from March 28 until the end of the season. The Unrestricted Ticket is $159 and may be purchased at SkiAlpine.com. Visit SkiAlpine.com or call 583-4232 for more information.Discounted Homewood ticketsSeason pass holders have a perfectly good reason to pack their season pass from any mountain when visiting Homewood on Thursdays. Skiers may present their 2008-2009 season pass at any Homewood ticket window to receive an adult full-day lift ticket for $25. Limit of one adult ticket per passholder, per Thursday. Homewood will also offer $29 full-day adult lift tickets on select days throughout March and April. Visit SkiHomewood.com for more information.Truckee open gymThe Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District is offering adult drop-in basketball for $3 per player year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Veterans Building in downtown Truckee from 11 a.m.1 p.m.