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Snow or no, it’s a ‘Blizzard’ party

There’s always reason to throw a party in Tahoe but usually not to pray for snow on the last day of November.

If Mother Nature cooperates on the scale of Friday’s “Blizzard” party in the South Shore Room inside Harrah’s, it’s going to be a great winter.

The showing of “Lost and Found, a 16mm and HD Ski and Snowboard Film” will be a highlight of the evening, which will be hosted by Living Legends’ rapper Luckyiam, who will give away thousands of dollars in prizes and will play a set to conclude the 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. event. The party, however, will continue through the night and into the morning. People who attend “Blizzard” can stay as the room is transformed into the nightclub Vex. The go-go girls up above will be dancing for both events.



“When I was promoting a pray for snow party a month ago people were kind of laughing at me saying there would be plenty of snow by Nov. 30,” said Billy Drewitz of Late-Nite Productions. “Who would have thought?”

Drewitz presented the same party a year ago at the New Oasis in Sparks, but the musical act, Swollen Members, was the featured aspect. This time it’s the movie.



Teton Gravity Research’s film follows skiers and snowboarders during the winter of 2007 as they search for great snow during a period of climate change.

“Lost and Found,” was filmed almost entirely in North America and is a testament to the terrain and conditions that only exist in the Western Hemisphere, Gravity Research reported.

“This film will take you into the vast, unexplored Tordrillo Mountains of Alaska, proving that some of the best big mountain riding in the world is still completely undiscovered,” a representative wrote. “Athletes take advantage of the bountiful winter in British Columbia, hit disturbing park features in Aspen and score over-the-head powder pillows at Skeena Heliskiing. The winter of 2007 was feast or famine; ‘Lost and Found,’ documents the feast.”

The movie also was filmed in Jackson Hole, Utah, Montana, Aspen,Colo., Austria, Switzerland and Pemberton, Kicking Horse and Skeena Heliskiing B.C.

Speaking of heli-skiing, three of the national prizes people will be eligible for are a heli-ski trip for two to Alaska, a Jackson Hole Winter vacation for two or an X-Games Aspen Vacation for two.

The first 250 who enter will get a Tahoe Card presented by Snowbomb.com. The card allows discounts at 15 Tahoe Resorts. They also will receive a subscription to either Transworld Snowboarding or Skiing Magazine.

Lucky indeed, also to be given away by Luckyiam are a Sierra @ Tahoe Double Whammy Pass, a snowboard courtesy of Snow & Surf, $500 in prizes from The North Face and much more.

Luckyiam is the appropriate host for the event, Drewitz said.

“He’s a funny, good natured guy who loves to support Tahoe,” he said. “He’s one of those guys who says, ‘Billy, I want to go snowboarding in two weeks. Could you put a show together so you can make that happen?’ “

Like people on the gondola, Luckyiam’s career has ascended greatly this year.

He has been appearing with Atmosphere on the “Everybody Loves A Clown” tour and in August released the album “Most Likely To Succeed.” His video, “The Best I Can Be” from the new CD won a “Freshman” video award on mtvU. Also this month he re-released the album “Most Likely to Succeed,” and folks on Friday can expect a good dose of the Living Legends’ classics.

Advance tickets are $10 at Mad About Music and online at Ticketweb.com. Tickets at the door will be available for $15.

Drewitz also said this winter a major artist will be featured once a month for a surprise midnight show at Vex. The first surprise guest will appear Dec. 7.

“There are some awesome artists we are going after,” he said.


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