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Great Ski Race on Sunday

The 26th Annual Great Ski Race, considered the largest cross country ski race in the West, will return to North Lake Tahoe on Sunday.

Last year, more than 800 participants skated, diagonal stride skied and snowshoed across a 30-kilometer trail from Tahoe City to Truckee.

This challenging course varies in elevation from approximately 5,800 to 7,800 feet.

Although the Great Ski Race has attracted athletes from across the country and around the world, the majority of participants are from the Lake Tahoe region, Reno and Northern California.

According co-organizer Doug Read, “the Great Ski Race is more than a race. It’s a local celebration of winter and a kickoff to springtime in our beautiful Sierra setting.”

The Great Ski Race is open to all ages and abilities. The race begins at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City and climbs through the Tahoe National Forest with glimpses of Lake Tahoe. Racers then descend into Truckee with the finish line at the Cottonwood Restaurant. Race times vary from one to seven hours.

Great Race registration fees are $30 by mail or in person at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, and $32 to register online at

Registration takes place up until March 3 but late fees may apply. Participants are given a race package, which includes a T-shirt, refreshments, lunch and raffle tickets with many prizes donated from local businesses. A live band will perform at the Cottonwood Restaurant. For an extra $3 fee, seats can be reserved on buses leaving from Truckee back to the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area.

All proceeds from the Great Race will benefit the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team. Since 1976, the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue have rescued lost Alpine skiers, cross-country skiers, hikers and climbers, located downed aircraft and educated the public about mountain safety. Monies generated from the race will be used to purchase equipment, educate the local schools with hands-on outdoor survival programs and fund the production of an outdoor survival video geared for children.

For more information on the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team and to register for the Great Ski Race, contact the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area at (530)-583-5475 or visit the website at

Sick and Twisted rescheduled

Snowbomb’s Sick and Twisted Big Air & Slopestyle Festival at Kirkwood Mountain Resort received some sick and twisted wind last Saturday, forcing event organizers to reschedule the competition this weekend, said Mike Delaete, Kirkwood’s events and promotions manager.

More than 70 competitors were scheduled to compete in the event Saturday, Feb. 23, including snowboarders Vic Lawrance and Mike Orlick and skier Mike Laroche.

The event will be reschedule for Saturday, March 2.

Registration will take place from 8-10 a.m. on the day of the event in Zak’s Bar in the Red Cliffs Day Lodge.

Amateur’s can register for free. The open class is $25. First place prize is $500. The total purse is worth $2,000.

Boardercross set for DP

Diamond Peak Ski Resort will host boardercross race, an event specifically designed for snowboarders of all ages and abilities, on Sunday, March 3.

This race will consist of four-person heats and will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to top-place finishers.

Male and female boardercross divisions will be split up into 12 to 17 and 18-

and-up age categories. Registration is $15 and participants can sign up from 8 -9 a.m. at the Loft Bar located above the base lodge.

All racers are required to wear helmet and sign a release form. Participants under 18 years must have their parents sign the release.

For more information on the Diamond Peak1s Boardercross, call Diamond Peak at (775) 832-1177 or visit their website at

Downing wins Fresh Tracks 5K

Erick Downing, 31, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Lauren Riesgard, 13, of Incline Village, placed first overall for the men and women in the recent running of Lake Tahoe’s Fresh Tracks 5K snowshoe race at Camp Richardson Resort. Downing’s time of 23 minutes, 27 seconds and Riesgard’s time of 32:37 in the Tahoe Mountain Milers event earned both first-place finishers a pair of Atlas Racing Snowshoes.

In the new “adventure run,” a poker run — designed to encourage those who might want to experience snowshoeing but don’t want to race — saw Judy Zantnovich winning two adult lift tickets from Sierra-at-Tahoe with two pair (nines and fours), Jan Howell winning a Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club polar fleece vest with a pair of aces and Susan Eckland walked away with a Fresh Tracks polar fleece hat with the third-highest hand, a pair of sixes.

For a complete list of finishers, See Page B4.

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