Snow Festival at the North Shore: Let the countdown to the mountain Mardi Gras party begin |

Snow Festival at the North Shore: Let the countdown to the mountain Mardi Gras party begin

Kara Fox
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Thirty-five days and counting.

Community members, business owners and party-goers attended a countdown party Tuesday at Gar Woods for the 25th Annual Snow Festival, to take place throughout the North Shore and Truckee March 3-12.

“Our job is to highlight and showcase North Lake Tahoe,” said Snow Festival Executive Director Eric Brandt. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun. It’s going to be the Christmas holiday we didn’t have – a big 10-day party.”

Popular events like the Torchlight Parade, Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim, Pierce Street Monster Dawg Pull, River Ranch Snow Sculpture Contest, and the Tahoe City and Kings Beach parades will be joined by new events this year that include snowblower races, Lake Tahoe School’s science exploratorium and the West Shore Association’s Olympic Nordic Trails Cross County Interpretive Tour.

The Tahoe City Parade, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, will have “An Olympic Moment” theme. Past and present Tahoe summer and winter Olympians are invited to participate in the parade, said Karen Willcuts of the Tahoe City Downtown Association.

John Gerding, a Snow Festival board member, said the Kings Beach Parade, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, will be a lot of fun this year.

“We’re really concentrating on the parade with the North Tahoe Business Association,” Gerding said. “We’re trying to improve what we have.”

Bree Montana of the Agate Bay Animal Hospital said the Wilderness Games will be back for a second year at Dog Gone Crazy in Tahoe Vista and the annual Dress Up Your Dog event will also take place, with both events raising money for Ember’s Kitty Cat Rescue.

Brandt noted that more music events will be showcased this year, including Zydeco music at both the Crystal Bay Club and The Biltmore on the same night.

“The Mountain Mardi Gras theme is back in a big way,” Brandt said. “It will be a Stateline street party with a Bourbon Street vibe.”

Also new this year is the Snow Festival VIP card, which includes discounts to local businesses. For $20, card holders receive up to $300 in savings, Brandt said. Local businesses are still needed to participate in the new program.

For more Snow Festival information or a calendar of events, visit

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