TRUCKEE, Calif. - For the second time in 36 years, the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team has canceled the 2012 Great Ski Race due to low snow conditions.
The race, which serves as the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team (TNSAR), was scheduled for Sunday, March 4.
"We are an industrious bunch of winter enthusiasts, but even the most optimistic person can't combat a petulant winter," TNSAR stated in a release on its website. "It's not just that there isn't enough snow ... it's that there isn't any snow on long portions of the race course. After considering alternate plans - and when there is this little snow there are very few alternate plans - TNSAR decided to avoid putting on a race this year that would not match the expectations and level of quality that everyone has come to expect."
The Great Ski Race remains one of the largest Nordic races west of the Mississippi River, covering 30 kilometers between Tahoe City and the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee, and featuring as many as 1,000 participants. In 2005, all records were broken when 1,109 people registered to compete.
Proceeds earned from the race are used primarily to purchase equipment for TNSAR and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs sponsored and conducted by the team.
Donations are still welcome. Visit www.thegreatskirace.com and sign up before Feb. 15 to receive the discounted price.