Sports Briefs: Ski clinics, soccer club notices and contests
Royal Gorge skate skiing clinic
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort invites strong beginner and intermediate skiers who would like to develop skate skiing skills to participate in a free 90-minute skate skiing clinic on Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 at noon. Trail passes will be sold to participants for $15, a $10 discount. For those who don’t have equipment, rentals will be provided at 50 percent discount. Call 426-3871 to reserve a space.
Sierra Mountain Soccer Club
Sierra Mountain Soccer Club is looking for a few players to fill the roster for its U12 Boys competitive team. Interested players may call 587-3361 or visit http://www.sierramountainsoccer.com.
Truckee open gym
The 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. There will also be drop-in at Alder Creek Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. through January 22. For more information call the TDRPD at 582-7720.
Rideout open gym
Drop-in open gym basketball will be held at Rideout Community Center each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through January.
Sugar Bowl park contest
Sugar Bowl announced a new series called Working Man Wednesday in which skiers and riders take to the park for a high-flying adaptation of the classic basketball game P.I.G. Participants line up at the top of the park with one designated leader to throw the first trick, with all subsequent skiers and riders needing to throw ” and land ” that same trick to avoid receiving a letter. If a competitor receives all three letters, he or she is out of the contest. Formats will vary from week to week, with Working Man Wednesdays taking place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month throughout the season. Registration is $15 per contest, and prizes abound for the winners. Contests will run from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 4, with after-party and awards to follow. Helmets are mandatory. To register call 426-9000, extension 7720 or show up to the Mt. Judah day lodge between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of the events.
The Great Ski Race
Registration for the 33rd annual Great Ski Race is open and can be found at the race Web site, http://www.thegreatskirace.com. The Great Ski Race, scheduled for Sunday, March 1, is the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a non-profit all volunteer organization. The race covers 30 kilometers, beginning at the Tahoe Cross Country Center in Tahoe City and ending at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Cost is $45, or $65 if registering on race day. The entry fee buys a pre-race package, a T-shirt, refreshments and a hot lunch, a chance to win one of numerous prizes, and live music and dancing at the finish. For more information, contact Pam at 546-7393 or visit http://www.thegreatskirace.com.
North Tahoe Jr. Big-Mountain Invite
Ten boys and five girls between the ages of 11 and 14 from the Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows freestyle teams will compete in the three-part North Tahoe Junior Big-Mountain Invitational. The first competition was held at Sugar Bowl on Jan. 10. The second one will be held at Alpine Meadows on Feb. 1 and the third at Squaw on March 8. Competitors will be judged in five categories: line, technique, control, fluidity and overall impression.
Ski Silverton with NASTC
The North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) will be running a guided trip to Silverton, Colo., from March 4-9. This is a big mountain and powder skiing course for advanced skiers. Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, Silverton has some of the steepest and most extreme terrain in the lower 48 states. NASTC will coach course participants on the tactics and skills necessary for skiing the steeps and powder. There is a lot of hiking and skiing involved. For more information contact NASTC at 582-4772 or go to http://www.skinastc.com.
Homewood youth lift tickets
For the 10th straight winter Homewood is offering students from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District lift tickets for $7 Sunday through Friday, valid from 1-4 p.m. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, as part of its Local Student Lift Ticket Program. Homewood is also offering youth and teen season passes for $149 (ages 5-12) and $199 (ages 13-18), as well as free lift tickets for local high school honor roll students. To qualify, a students must either achieve a 3.75 grade point average or a 3.5 with perfect attendance.
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