Olympic Heritage Celebration allows public to step back in time
The biathlon and cross country ski events of the 1960 Winter Olympics were held in what is now Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.
This historic venue will come alive with the Olympic spirit as the public is invited to join California State Parks for three special events celebrating the Olympic Heritage on Saturday.
• Strap on cross country skis and get ready to live the thrill of Olympic competition at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Saturday. As part of the annual Olympic Heritage Celebration, the West Shore Business Association with Turning Point Tahoe are sponsoring a Citizens Against the Clock event which puts skiers, of all ages and abilities, on a short cross country ski course followed by an electronic rifle shooting range.
Turning Point Tahoe will be providing adaptive skiing options, making this event accessible to everyone. Each skier will be electronically timed and the results posted.
The course will be run between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is free. There is a $8 per vehicle parking fee.
• On Sunday, California State Parks hosts two more special events.
At 10 a.m., Dave Antonucci, author of “A Snowballs Chance: The Story of the 1960 Winter Olympics,” will lead advanced immediate cross country skiers on an interpretive tour of the Olympic Ski Trails located at Sugar Pine Point State Park. After the ski, there will be a special showing of “Flame in the Snow” while sipping hot chocolate. The event is free. There is a $8 per vehicle parking fee
• Later that same day, at 6 p.m., park rangers will lead a full-moon snowshoe hike around the historic Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and along Tahoe’s magical west shore.
The tour begins at 7 p.m. and is a great way to enjoy the breathtaking winter scenery. For those new to the sport of snowshoeing, there will be a beginner’s clinic at 6:30 p.m. The cost, which includes parking and snowshoe rentals, is $15 per person. There is no charge for children 12 and under.
All proceeds benefit the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Reservations for this program is required and can be made by calling West Shore Sports at 530-525-9920.
For more information, call the State Park office at 530-525-7232.