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Tahoe resorts offer many spring events

Jeff Munson and Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Following a snowy March, resorts may be winding down from their winter season, but they are also gearing up with spring activities and promotions. Here’s what is planned at South Shore resorts.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sierra-at-Tahoe will hold its sixth annual Telegrass Festival.

The event features two days of telemark clinics, bluegrass bands, relay races and equipment demos. Telemark clinics will be offered to registered guests for beginner, intermediate, expert, women’s, steeps, bumps, and more. Each clinic is led by a professional instructor. Register for the telemark clinics each day at the Telemark Center from 8:30-10 a.m.

There will be live performances all afternoon from the String Slingers, Sweet Water String Band, and The Big Skinny High Mountain String Band.

“Telegrass is a great weekend for teleskiers, Alpine skiers and snowboarders, alike,” said resort spokeswoman Kirstin Cattell. “Everybody can enjoy bluegrass music under the California sunshine and drink a few beers with friends.”

Other upcoming events at Sierra include:

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– The Salsa Showdown in West Bowl

Contestants bring two cups of their homemade salsa to the Baja Grill in West Bowl by noon on April 11 to be tasted and judged.

If someone is crowned Salsa King (or Queen), he or she could be skiing for free in 2009-10.

A taco-eating contest will also take place, along with pinata fun, food and drink specials and live mariachi band. Festivities last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Easter Sunday Fun Day

The Easter activities last from 11 a.m. to noon, and include an Easter egg hunt, sack hop race, egg toss and Chubby Bunny contest.

– Dog Days of Spring and the Inaugural Tahoe Basin Professional Ski Patrol Olympics

The event starts at 10 a.m. April 12 and includes probe javelin, dog search with CALSTAR, team cascade beacon search and toboggan pond skimming.

All profits from the fundraiser will be split among the families of Chris Trethaway, Bob Tara and Andrew Entin, who recently died.

Activities set for the weekend include the Gunbarrel 25 ski competition. The sixth annual event, hosted by Glen Plake, will be on April 4.

Designed with a shotgun start, all Gunbarrel 25 participants completing 25 laps in the allotted time will receive a coveted GB25 finish pin. Top finishers in each category receive a Gunbarrel 25 belt buckle and have their names engraved on the perpetual trophy. All entrants receive a commemorative T-shirt and post-race pasta feed.

The GB25 starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $40 for passholders and $80 for non-passholders. This includes all-day lift ticket.

Registration is also available in the California Bar between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

More than 250 skiers have signed up for the Emily Clothier Memorial Far West Championships that will be held Sunday and Monday at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Teams from throughout California and Nevada will participate in the race, the first sanctioned to be held in honor of Emily Clothier.

A competitive ski racer, Emily was training with the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation team when she struck a tree on March 20, 2008. The South Tahoe High School freshman, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, died of head injuries. She was 14.

Memorials races in honor of Emily have sprouted throughout the South Shore since her death.

Racers should register at World Cup by 8 a.m., with races beginning at 8:30 a.m. on both days. Preregistration is online at the Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Web site at http://www.heavenlyssf.com.

Emily’s father, Steve Clothier, said support has been overwhelming for the race among the Far West Ski Association and Heavenly. It is the first time in 20 years that Heavenly has offered a sanctioned event for the Far West Association, which is comprised of junior skiers and early-adult skiers.

“There will be world class skiers through J3, as well as junior Olympic qualifiers, plus UNR is sending a team,” Clothier said. “This is a legacy event that, hopefully, will happen the same time every year.”

For more information go to http://www.emilyclothier.org

This weekend, the Marmot 6 Summit Peak Pursuit will take place.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on April 4 and the event begins at 8:30 a.m.

Participants must have a helmet, beacon, shovel and probe. A barbecue and awards ceremony will follow at the Sun Deck of Red Cliffs.

The last spring event is Kirkwood Jammin XVI during Easter weekend.

The event, from April 10-12, includes pond skimming and the Burton banked slalom. Registration for the slalom is from 8 to 9 a.m. April 10, and registration for pond skimming is 9 a.m. each day.

The event is sponsored by Burton, O’Neill and Red Bull.