Pettit GilweeSpecial to the Sun

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February 17, 2012
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Announcing 2012 SnowFest! March 2-11

TAHOE, Calif. — North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest!, a 10-day carnival and one of the region’s most popular annual family celebrations. SnowFest! is scheduled for March 2-11, 2012 and will be held at a variety of venues throughout North Lake Tahoe.In its 31st year, SnowFest!, presented by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/ Resort Association, is expected to draw thousands of attendees, with the majority of events free to spectators. New events have been added to this year’s lineup, including the Snow Fiesta in Kings Beach with mariachi bands, authentic Mexican food served a la carte and piatas; the Snow “What” Building Contest, where contestants build their most creative snow display; the Truckee River Winery Ice Carving Extravaganza with dynamic ice sculptures and games; as well as the adults-only Paws andamp; Claws Pub Crawl starting in Incline Village, Nev. and ending at the historic Crystal Bay casino corridor.The annual favorites are back, along with expanded special events, including the Opening Night Ceremonies, laser show, torchlight parade and fireworks at Squaw Valley (March 2, 2012), which has partnered with World Champion medalist and former alpine ski racer Daron Rahlves. Rahlves and his Olympic buddies will officially kick off SnowFest! with the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at the Opening Night Ceremonies. The tour, scheduled for March 3-4, 2012, is a race that combines mountain freeride action with ski and boarder-cross strategy in a mad-dash race with stops at regional ski resorts with the winner taking home a significant cash prize.Also scheduled for 2012 is the Mamasake Extreme Food Challenge for those with a strong stomach; 22nd Annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Tahoe’s frigid waters; SnowFest! parades in Tahoe City and Kings Beach; Sunnyside Luau on the West Shore; the Great Ski Race, a 30-kilometer cross country race from Tahoe City to Truckee; Tahoe City’s Wacky Winter Human Bowling with snow saucers and inflatable pins and “Dog Pull”; the Dummy Downhill at Diamond Peak in Incline Village, Nev.; the highly creative and 24th Annual Snow Sculpture Contest at Tahoe City’s River Ranch Lodge; Special Olympics Polar Plunge at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and the 4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Arctic Standup Paddleboard Race in Kings Beach.For more information about SnowFest! and a complete list of events, visit the organization’s redesigned website at There you can also click to follow the event via Facebook and Twitter.For general information about North Lake Tahoe’s season-long events, along with recreation (ski and non-ski activities), video and images, visit the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus’ website at And, for the best SnowFest! lodging packages, click on the Cool Deals tab in the upper left corner of the website.Visitor information centers are located at 380 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village, Nev. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus, Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, work together to promote North Lake Tahoe as a premier, year-round destination.— Submitted to

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 17, 2012 04:26PM Published Feb 17, 2012 04:15PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.