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Heavenly seeks World Cup volunteers

Column by Sam Bauman

If you’d like to be an insider at the first Freestyle World Cup event ever in the Lake Tahoe area, drop in to the California Bar at Heavenly’s California Lodge about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. The event is scheduled for Jan. 22-24, 1999 and telecast Jan. 30 on NBC.

During this meeting volunteer staffing positions will be described prior to sign-ups for the event.

“We’ll need a wide variety of volunteers, such as expert skiers to maintain the competition courses, registration helpers, hospitality specialists, banquet facility decorators and so forth,” said Malcolm Tibbetts, vice president and director of mountain operations at Heavenly.



Volunteers are critical to the success of major events such as a World Cup meeting. Those volunteering will have a chance to be part of a major ski event and will receive a nifty ski jacket with the event logo, which, as Tibbetts points out, “is sure to become a collector item.”

Heavenly is expecting contestants from 34 countries, including last year’s Olympic Good Medalists Eric Bergoust, Nicki Stone and (who else?) Jonny Moseley.



It’s been a long time since the World Cup circus has come to Tahoe, so the area needs to present and well-organized event.

For details, call Tibbetts at (530) 542-5193 or World Cup volunteer coordinator Jimmy Lawrence at (530) 542-5184.

Incidentally, refreshments will be served at the meeting.

SNOWBOARDS IN ACTION

Kickoff for the Tahoe Snowboard Series 1998-99 is at Mount Rose this Saturday (Dec. 19) with Slopestyle and big air events. Entry fee is $45 for ages 14 and up, $25 for 13 and under and includes an all-day lift ticket. Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m. at the main lodge, practice from 10 to 11:30 and noon to 3 competition. Awards at 4 at Mountainview Dining area.

Three categories of racers involved: men 18 and over; junior men 14-17, women 14 and over and junior men and women 13 and under. Questions, (775) 323-8883.

And at Sierra-at-Tahoe the USASA snowboard competition is slopestyle with sign-ups 8-10 a.m. and event start at 11 a.m. Helmets required. A GS event will be held Sunday.

Also at SAT, the UC Berkeley marching band will perform Saturday at 9 a.m., noon (while skiing, gotta see that!) and 4 p.m.

SKI IN SUNNY SAN FRANCISCO

OK, so it’s a stunt, but if you want to make waves you’ve got to do something out of the ordinary, and that’s what Sugar Bowl is doing this weekend in San Francisco. The Bowl is teaming up with Tommy Hilfinger and Sprint to truck 20 tons of snow and ice to Union Square to build a 70-foot-long and 20-foot-wide ski run.

Sugar Bowl will offer free lessons and gear and Sprint will offer free calls home.

SKI WITH THE FASTEST

If you wind up with leftover money after the holidays, you might want to sign up for the “ultimate” in legendary skiing and snowboard instruction with Olympian six-time world speed skiing champion Franz Weber at the Resort at Squaw Creek Jan.17-21.

Teaching the riders will be Adam Hostetter, U.S. Olympic snowboard team member.

This is a five-day clinic at the posh resort bordering on Squaw Valley and is for the intermediate or advanced snowsporter.

Remember I said something about money? Well, this clinic fee is $998, not exactly bumpkis for most of us. But for those who have always wanted to enjoy a stay at a truly luxurorous resort, this may be your chance.

The package includes five days and four nights at the Resort which boasts its own chairlift feeding into Squaw’s extensive network. You’ll receive three Squaw lift tickets, personalized instruction, of course; gourmet breakfast for four days, welcome reception and dinner reception at the Resort, a personal evaluation video of three days of instruction and a special “promotional” gift.

“We want to provide skies and snowboarders with the most full-service, luxury clinic on the West Coast,” Weber said. “The clinic is designed to take intermediate skiers and boarders to the next level and elevate the more advanced participants to the latest standard in techniques.”

The package is dubbed Get Ready for the Season and is limited to 35 participants,so if you’ve got bucks burning a hole in your backpack, call (800) 327-3353.

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