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Squaw Valley has own fireworks for Fourth of July

Sam Bauman

So Tallac is getting a little bare and Alpine Meadows has been just about skied out. So there’s still Squaw Valley for the Fourth of July.

Don’t get your hopes up for classic mid-winter skiing or boarding. But if novelty is a kick for you, get to Squaw’s cable car at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Bring $35 with you and you’ll get a lift ticket, a commemorative T-shirt, free use of the outdoor swimming lagoon and Olympic Ice Pavilion.

Hang around long enough and you’ll be able to see a fireworks display that should be as spectacular as any as it plays against the mountains. That’s at about 9 p.m. After the show guests can take the cable car down or walk along the lighted summer road. Flashlights and sturdy shoes are in order and a light windbreaker will help fend off the high altitude chill. And don’t think that just because it is all downhill it’s a lark; many people find long downhills more wearing than uphills.

As far as snowsporting goes, you’ll have to hike from the cable car station to the top of Shirley Lake Express quad chairlift. You’ll be wise to carry your ski boots as while the hike isn’t that long it is on a lot of rough surface.

If you don’t know what to do between skiing/snowboarding you can always try the bungee jump, one of the more pleasing summer experiences available. Only problem is before you can jump you have to climb about six stories of steps. But once you’re up you’ll go through with the jump; too much work to go back down those stairs in front of everybody.

If you just want to see fireworks in the mountains, you can ride the cable care after 5 p.m. for just $6 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under; children 3 and under can ride for free.


Kirkwood is offering a deal that is hard to pass up for local skiers and boarders. Through July 30 you can pickup a midweek pass for next season for only $199. That’s a bargain for anyone who can get off on weekdays! Also tossed in: Passholders can buy five all-day lift tickets for friends or family at half price.

Also at Kirkwood July 4: the annual Fourth of July Ski Expression Session. Race begins at 10 a.m. in the Thunder Saddle area on the Turkey Shoot. Fee is $15 and you get a T-shirt and barbecue after the race. Pass purchasers can race free.


The people at Sugar Bowl keep on adding stuff. This summer it will be a new high-speed quad chair on Mt. Disney. The original single chair lift there was built in 1939 and has been replaced several times. The new chair will load directly in front of the lodge. Also at the Bowl: a new beginner quad chair based right in front of the lodge, and five new trails will be added to Mt. Judah.

And super coach Fritz Vallant will be joining Sugar Bowl as ski team coach next season. He coached the Austrian national team to all kinds of records in his seven years with the team. He has since moved to Truckee with wife Kristin Krone Vallant, former U. S. Olympic team member.


Extreme sports hero Palmer will go for his second World Cup victory at Squaw Valley July 9-11 at the Diesel/UCI Squaw Valley World Cup Mountain Event. He scored his first-ever World Cup win last week at Snow Summit Ski Resort in Southern California.

This will be the 14th stop on the international cycling tour and will include cross country, downhill and dual racing. There’s also a non-race event, a broomball game at the ice rink July 8 and a concert by the Mermen afterwards.


It’s that time of year again for the men of steel (iron won’t do) to face the challenge of five mountain passes, 16,000 feet of vertical and 129 miles of road in one day.

It all takes place starting at Markleeville in Alpine County July 10.

Expect 2,500 riders to take part (entry has been sold out for weeks) with more than 500 volunteers needed to help.

Riders have a choice of one to five passes: Monitor, 42 miles, 3,400 feet of climb;Monitor/Monitor, 58 miles, 7,000 feet of climb; Monitor/Monitor/Ebbetts, 76 miles and 10,000 feet of climb; Monitor/Monitor/Ebbetts/Ebbetts, 88 miles, 12,000 feet of climb; or (pant) Monitor/Monitor/Ebbetts/Ebbetts/Carson, 129 miles, 16,000 feet of climb.

Four of the five passes will be closed to cars (highways 89 and 4) on Saturday so if you want to watch/take part in the race get up there early. I was thinking of entering for one pass but sanity prevailed. But there will be plenty of South Lake Tahoe riders on the road,and those who don’t make the Death Ride will be doing the multi-event Donner Lake grind the following weekend.

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