Outdoor Events

Courtesy Camp Richardson

No spillage allowed
Camp Richardson Resort’s annual snowshoe cocktail races start on Jan. 20, a favorite with visitors and locals. Racers, cocktail trays in hand, navigate through obstacles and up and down the beach. The winner is the fastest and cleanest — no spillage allowed — at the finish. Competitors can win prizes that range from snowshoes and dining certificates to equipment and marina rentals. Registration is free and there are multiple race categories. The series dates include Feb. 17 and March 17. Snowshoes are provided. | camprichardson.com

Avalanche training in and out
Area venues
Sierra Avalanche Center offers a 24-hour course that provides an introduction to avalanche risk management for motorized users. Learning will occur through a mix of classroom and field practice, with an emphasis on field practice whenever possible. This course follows the guidelines for Recreational Level I Avalanche Training as established by the American Avalanche Association. Classes will be offered from Jan. 19 to 21 in Truckee; Jan. 26 to 28, Feb. 9 to 11 and Feb. 23 to 25 in South Lake Tahoe; and March 2 to 4 in Incline Village, Nev. | sierraavalanchecenter.org

Wax dem skis, boards
Soda Springs
Boreal Mountain Resort announces its winter events. The USASA North Tahoe is on Jan. 14, an open registration competition series for snowboarders and freeskiers of all ages. The Burton Qualifier is on Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. The Airblaster Board Games are Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. The Boreal Banked Slalom is from March 10 to 11. The Tim Sims Retro Worlds is from March 24 to 25. It’s Tits is on April 7 at 1 p.m. | Boreal Mountain on Facebook

Entry-level avalanche courses
Olympic Valley
Alpenglow Expeditions offers a comprehensive entry-level avalanche course designed for those with basic ski and snowboard touring experience. The price includes all necessary classroom supplies and the AIARE field book. At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain, recognize avalanche terrain, describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain and learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Instructional sessions, which include both class and field instruction are $475 for ages 13 and older. Course dates are: Jan. 19 to 21, Jan. 26 to 28, Feb. 2 to 4, Feb. 9 to 11, Feb. 17 to 19 and March 16 to 18. | alpenglowexpeditions.com

Train with the best
Soda Springs
Royal Gorge Cross Country offers ski clinics for various ski levels with expert skiers. A Classic Clinic with Olympian Marcus Nash and a Skate Clinic with Nordic coach Will Sweeter are on Jan. 13.

A Women’s Ski Clinic is offered on Saturdays from Feb. 3 to 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Summit Station. Sessions will alternate between classic and skating, depending on the interest of the participants. The course with instructor Debbie Shaw will cover all the basics of each technique. The last session includes a fun race event. The cost is $120.

Dave Eastwood will lead an intermediate/advanced Skate Clinic on Feb. 10. Olympian Katerina Nash will lead an intermediate Skate Clinic on Feb. 24. An Intermediate Skate Clinic will be led by Franz Bernstein and Caitlin on March 3. | royalgorge.com

Explore the back country
Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers many upcoming clinics and workshops for guests who want to enhance his or her skiing experience. E:K (Expedition: Kirkwood) Masters Program is a mid-week social program from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for passholders age 50 and older. It is offered on Jan. 24, Feb. 14 and Feb. 28, March 7 and March 21, and April 4, 2018.

E:K AIARE Level 1 is a three-day introduction course to avalanche phenomena. Ongoing sessions will be offered throughout the winter until April 1.

E:K Steeps focuses on the unique Kirkwood terrain and offers the exploration and skill development it takes to successfully ski/ride these areas with confidence. It will be offered on Jan. 13, Feb. 17 and March 17.

E:K Ladies Only Clinic is open to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. It is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 and April 7.

E:K Freeride Workshop is designed to take intermediate and expert skiers/riders to the next level. It is offered on Feb. 24 and March 10.

E:K Backcountry Workshop is an introduction to avalanche awareness and will create a solid foundation on which to build skills for the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certificate Course. It is offered on Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and March 24. | kirkwood.com

Support the groom
Incline Village, Nev.
This winter, Nevada Nordic is preparing to groom a cross-country ski trail at Mountain Golf Course. The course will be narrow, 8- to 10-feet wide, and designed to ensure no adverse impact on the fairways. The organization is looking for financial support to purchase a small SnowCAT to groom trails after heavy Sierra storms. One has been found with a trailer and the cost is $27,300. With an additional $2,500, the track-setter for classic tracks can be purchased, too. Nevada Nordic’s board has agreed to match the first $10,000 of donations. The nonprofit organization also intends to use this equipment at the Mount Rose area once it has secured the appropriate permits. Donations by check can be mailed to Nevada Nordic, P.O. Box 5406, Incline Village, NV 89450. Credit card donations can be made online. | nevadanordic.org

Shreddit Showdown accepting films
Granite Chief’s fifth annual Shreddit Showdown Ski Movie Contest is accepting 3-minute ski movies from Feb. 15 to 25. Film categories include Adult, Teen Grom and Filmmaker. Award categories include Grand, Second, Third, People’s Choice and Silver Bullet. Prizes range from skis and boots to an avalanche airbag. The Shreddie Awards will be on March 8 at Tahoe City Art Haus & Cinema. | granitechief.com

Competition must-sees
Homewood Mountain Resort hosts the Homewood Bound Touring Race on Jan. 28 from 7 to 10 a.m. in partnership with U.S. Ski Mountaineering Association. Competitors will face a challenging course, traversing the mountain with multiple climb/descent sections, boot scrambles and more. The course covers the majority of the resort. Divisions include men’s and women’s open in splitboarding and men’s and women’s Under 17, Open and Over 45 in skiing. Final registration is the day before; skiers are recommended to pre-register online.

On Feb. 11 is the third USCSA event of the season. Competitors will have a choice of lines through the Slopestyle Course, throwing down his or her best tricks to impress judges and earn points. | skihomewood.com

The feminine touch
Olympic Valley
Women of Winter Camp is from Jan. 28 to 30 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for ages 18 and older. Three days of full skiing with like-minded women in a supportive environment is being offered to improve confidence and skill. Female instructors will offer tips and guidance. | squawalpine.com

Point-to-point race
Tahoe City
The 11th annual Tahoe Rim Tour & Race is at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area on Jan. 29. This is a point-to-point 26km race from the ski area to Northstar California. Proceeds go to Far West Nordic Ski Education Association’s junior ski programs. A classic wave starts at 9 a.m. and a skate wave at 9:30 a.m. Lunch, party and awards will be at Northstar Cross Country Center. | farwestnordic.org

Scandinavian good time
Incline Village, Nev.
The 9th annual UllrFest on Feb. 2 and 3, at Diamond Peak Ski Resort is a benefit weekend to raise funds for the Diamond Peak Ski Team. It kicks off Friday night with a torchlight parade, bonfire, party and live music. There are also a gala and auction at The Chateau. Dress in Ullr attire; the event is named for the Scandinavian god of winter and snow. | diamondpeak.com

This one is flexible
Tahoe Donner Cross Country offers many chances to race. The Tahoe Donner XC Challenge is a tour or a race — the skier chooses. On Feb. 11 at 9 a.m., race (or tour) to as many checkpoints as desired, but the more checkpoint visits the more chances to win prizes. Lunch and raffle drawing is included in the day. Everyone is welcome.

The Sierra Skogsloppet Citizen’s Fundraiser on March 11 is organized by local school cross-country teams. All ages and levels are welcome.

Tour D’Euer on March 25 is a spring celebration and 30-year tradition. Start touring Euer Valley at 9 a.m. Then return for a barbecue and music on the patio from 11 a.m. | tahoedonner.com

Retro Ski Film series
Incline Village, Nev.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort will again host a free Retro Ski Film + Speaker Series at The Chateau on Thursdays from Feb. 15 through March 29. The series will again include brief presentations by local historians, filmmakers and/or former Diamond Peak employees, followed by screenings of classic ski and snowboard films, including five Warren Miller films from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Events will begin at 5 p.m. with a brief presentation. The ski films will start around 5:30 p.m. . The Retro Ski Film + Speaker Series is a free, family-friendly event. The Chateau will offer a no-host bar and popcorn at each event. | diamondpeak.com

Rare gems featured
Olympic Valley
Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the festival archives, with the tour heading to Tahoe on Feb. 17, at Olympic Village Lodge. The showing will kick off the annual Alpenglow Sports Mountain Festival Winter. Mountainfilm screens feature documentaries on environmental issues, epic adventures, eye-opening politics and humanitarian causes, along with short gems and rare films. These films will set the stage for a week of mountain culture, inspiration and education. Admission is $15. | mountainfilm.org

Winter favorites returns
Area venues
Alpenglow Sports Mountain Festival Winter returns from Feb. 17 to 25. This bi-annual, nine-day celebration offers human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, films and more. It explores some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer and is the only mountain lifestyle event in North America that is almost entirely free and community-centric. | alpenglowsports.com

Festive time at Boreal
Soda Springs
Subaru WinterFest at Boreal Ski Resort is on Feb. 24 and 25. Demo the latest equipment from Nordica and LibTech, grab great giveaways and hot chocolate, support Adaptive Sports Chapter, participate in the Subaru scavenger hunt or take a group photo in the giant Subaru Adirondack chair. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will educate the winter sports community about to enjoy the snow ethically and responsibly. | rideboreal.com

Race in waves
Tahoe City
Alpenglow Freestyle Race starts at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area on Feb. 25. The race waves, starting at 10 a.m., are 20km, 10 km and 5 km. Sponsored by Alpenglow Sports, the races are a fundraiser for Tahoe XC Junior Development Ski Team. The $25 suggested donation includes a light lunch. Park at the North Tahoe High School and ski over to the start. | farwestnordic.org

Quail Freeride, Banked Slalom
Homewood Mountain Resort hosts the Quail Freeride Competition on March 3, the first of its kind freeride/freeski event on the West Shore. Groms are invited to compete, as well, with a special award for the best overall Junior for Men and Women. Held on the classic Quail Face, expect sweeping turns, fast lines and plenty of side hits to make each line unique.

USASA Freestyle Banked Slalom with a twist is on March 10. Athletes will race to the finish through a unique course with time bonuses for freestyle tricks. This event will bring together the North and South Lake divisions of the USASA after the main competition series for a laid back, spring party. | skihomewood.com

An annual favorite
Tahoe City
The 40th annual Great Ski Race from Tahoe City to Truckee is slated for March 4. The Great Ski Race is the main fund-raising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Team members, along with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race, which continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs. | thegreatskirace.com

Downhill fun races
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area hosts I-Did-A-Run Pull Fundraiser on March 11. Dogs of all shapes and sizes compete in an entertaining dog pull. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

On March 25, Tahoe Donner Family Challenge is a matched, time competition raced by family teams. It is a Giant Slalom race, but the time that counts is the difference between first and second runs. The team component is a combined best difference from a child in a family with the best difference from an adult in the family. This event starts at noon and is free.

Closing Day Downhill Dummy Contest is scheduled for April 15. Teams build dummies to send slide down the hill off a massive jump. Prizes are awarded for best design, air and best crash. There will be food and beverage specials, music and a bounce house. | tahoedonner.com

Outrageous duds, Dude
Olympic Valley
Pain McShlonkey on March 17 is at Squaw Valley. Dress up in outrageous ski duds and come out for a day full of belly laughs, camaraderie and philanthropy in celebration of legendary skier Shane McConkey. Festivities include the Extreme Small Mountain Invitational and a downhill race, where pros and amateurs battle it out on snowblades for the Golden Saucer trophy. | shanemcconkey.org

Race on
Olympic Valley
Race against friends, family and other skiers at Squaw Valley’s NASTAR race course located at the top of Shirley Lake Express on Ramp Run. Participants will compete within their age and gender to win platinum, gold, silver and bronze medals. Racers who are top ranked in his or her group can qualify to compete in the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships from March 21 to 25. The races are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | (530) 452-7188 or squawalpine.com

Rubbing elbows
Soda Springs
Tom Sims Retro World Championships are from March 23 to 25 at Boreal. Enjoy three days of crazy fun and rubbing elbows with legends and heroes of snowboarding’s history from The Great Race and The Beach Party Hand-Shaped Old-School Pipe Session. | rideboreal.com

Royal Gold Rush
Soda Springs
Royal Gorge’s Cross-Country Gold Rush Festival is on March 17 and 18. The 5 km, 10 km Classic Race is at Summit Station. There’s a Kids’ 3km race and kids’ obstacle race. The Gold Rush Festival also includes 15km, 30 km and 45 km freestyle races. Register before March 13 to receive discount on entry fees. | royalgorge.com

Championship returns to Sierra
Olympic Valley
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced that Squaw Valley will host the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships from March 21 to 25— the first time the event returns to the Sierra since 1981. Following the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, NASTAR National Championships will build on the enthusiasm generated by the games and provide a new locale for fans to get involved with alpine sports. NASTAR participants qualify for the championships by earning a Top 10 national ranking or a Top 5 state ranking within his or her age, gender and ability group by Feb. 19. | nastar.com/national-championships

Welcome, Class of 2017
Olympic Valley
A group of eight skiing athletes and sport builders have been announced as inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. On April 12 to 15, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will celebrate ski and snowboard history as it welcomes the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame to honor its class of 2017. Visit TheTahoeWeekly.com to learn about this year’s class of inductees.

The event will honor athletes and sport builders with lifelong national and international achievements in the sport. This year’s Class of 2017 Inductees was announced at the Hall of Fame in the Upper Peninsula town of Ishpeming Mich. on Sept. 15. For more details and to purchase tickets for the April induction, visit snowsporthistory.com.

Race against them all
Incline Village, Nev.
Diamond Cup Challenge is a family-friendly community fun race that benefits the Diamond Peak Ski Team on April 7. Compete against your child, spouse, best friend, whomever in a dual giant slalom format on Show-Off. Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged, regardless of experience. Award medals are given to the top three competitors of each category. | (775) 832-1176 or dpskiteam@dpsef.org

Reserve a spot now
Reno, Nev.
Far West 86th annual Snowsports Convention is from June 7 to 10at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Online registration is open now. Register by May 7 to secure a spot. | fwsa.org

Amgen Tour returns to Tahoe
The Amgen Tour of California returns to Tahoe for 2018 as part of an 11-city stop for the 13th annual cycling event taking place from May 13 to 19. Tahoe will host both men’s and women’s legs of the Amgen Tour.

Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s best cyclists will contest more than 600 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Long Beach to Sacramento. The 2018 edition will mark the third time in race history that the peloton will travel the Golden State from south to north. | amgen.com

Half marathon along the lake
Stateline, Nev.
Epic Tahoe presents Rock Tahoe Half Marathon on June 16. Registration is open now for the 13.1-mile course from Spooner Summit southward along the east shore of Lake Tahoe. Shuttles will pick runners up at Hard Rock Casino. A Pre-Race and Post-Race Expo will host food trucks, recovery lounge, yoga and massages. There’s a Finish Line Party with awards and Post Race Pool Party. | Register epictahoe.com

Lakeside running
Tahoe venues
Run Tahoe announces that the Lake Tahoe Marathon from Oct. 12 to 14. Registration is open now with early bird discounts available. The event offers a double, triple and quadruple 72-mile run, the Cal-Neva Marathon, the Carnelian Bay Half Marathon, Lakeside Marathon, Nevada Half Marathon and the 72-Mile Midnight Express. | laketahoemarathon.com