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March 16, 2013
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Spring Fiesta coming to Sierra-at-Tahoe

It all starts with the college shred fest on Saturday, March 23. College students can take advantage of $40 lift tickets just by showing their college ID and enjoy a party in West Bowl at the Baja Grill. The party will include volleyball, horseshoes, contests, giveaways, dance-offs and more. Additionally, Sierra Resort will be celebrating spring break with $57 tickets during college weeks March 18-22, 25-29, and April 1-5.

Don’t miss the Salsa Showdown on Sunday, March 24. This sixth annual event will take place at the Baja Grill in West Bowl. The first 30 homemade salsa entries will compete for a Sierra Resort season pass for next season. There will also be a taco eating contest and a live mariachi band.

Youth softball sign ups underway

ASA, a youth spring softball league, will be holding six sign up days, three at Kahle Community Center and three at South Tahoe Ice Arena. The first sign up day is Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kahle. The cost is $95 per player. For families with two or more players the cost will be $85 per player. Players receive uniform, sweatshirt, medals for participation, trophies for champions, and a team and individual picture. New players need to provide a birth certificate. Returners do not. The season runs May through mid June.

Homewood to host rail jam Saturday

Homewood Mountain Resort will host the inaugural Homewood Rail Jam on Saturday, March 16. The event will feature a live disc jockey, a spectator-friendly venue and big prizes from some of the industry’s top brands, plus cash awards for top contestants. Open to men and women ages 12 years and older, the event will take place on a specially-built rail collection installed in Homewood’s Happy Terrain Park above the North Lodge – one of Homewood’s four terrain parks. The convenient location offers spectators the perfect venue to cheer on their favorite competitors. The open jam format allows skiers and riders to squeeze in as many runs as they can, and judges will award points for style and technique. Prizes will be awarded for the top three in each division, and Homewood will also recognize those with the “Best Crash” and “Audience Favorite.” Proceeds from the $10 registration fee will benefit the local mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the competition starts at 1 p.m. For full details, visit

Donner Ski Ranch to host Snowskate contest

The 5th Annual Minus 7 Melee Snowskate contest is hitting the slopes of Donner Ski Ranch on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Witness top riders in this burgeoning sport as they put it all on the line for cash, prizes and best of all: bragging rights. The action begins with skatercross races that pit four riders at a time through a tight course of turns and drops that will determine who can lay the speed down and hold the line. Next, a custom-built snowskate terrain park welcomes the riders to the slopestyle action, complete with hits, rails and boxes. The contest ends with a winner-takes-all downhill race. Kurt Zapata’s Minus 7 Snow Skates is a locally-owned company that has supported the North Tahoe snowskate community from the beginning. For more information contact or check out the Minus 7 Snowskates facebook page.

Sugar Rush coming to Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort will host the Sugar Rush Nordic ski race Sunday, March 17, a 16-kilometer competition on a fast course that begins and ends in the Van Norden Meadow. The Sugar Rush race is the first competition at Royal Gorge since Sugar Bowl Resort assumed management of the cross-country resort, and is a preview of the resort’s plans to bring back the long-standing “Gold Rush” Nordic race next year. Sugar Rush racers start the race on the flat terrain of Van Norden Meadow, climb through rolling terrain to the Village at Sugar Bowl, and descend to a flat finish back at Van Norden Meadow. Recent snow has allowed Royal Gorge groomers to widen the trails throughout the race course, which will leave ample room for racers to pass. The race begins at 10 a.m. Registration costs $35 and is available by phone at 530-426-3871, through or in person at the start at Van Norden Meadow. For more information, visit

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 28, 2013 01:01PM Published Mar 18, 2013 02:11PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.