Sierra-at-Tahoe is getting ready for spring, and is celebrating snow, sunshine, and fun with their Equinox Spring Festival. The event will also kick off the grand opening of the brand new Solstice Plaza at the resort.
What's going on during the Festival? A fantastic concert series, events all over the mountain, parties, and of course, get snow for skier and boarders to enjoy.
The big party of the year at Sierra is the welcome home to their Olympic medalists, Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, and Hanah Teter. The Festival starts on March 15. It will wrap up on the final week of the season at Sierra.
The new Solstice Plaza, according to Steve Hemphill, is a $5 million project that "... transforms the skier services and amenities area into a mecca for gathering, après, and services. Guests will experience a 30,000 square-foot deck where they can relax in the sun and watch the action on the slopes. Along with a new deck area, guests can enjoy the new 9,000 square-foot indoor facility that includes, a retail store, demo center, and fresh healthy food options at the Solstice Eatery."
Along with the new plaza, Olympians, and great skiing, the Festival will encompass a few more things.
The Grandview Music Series, sponsored by Tahoe South, will feature The Soft White Sixties with Vokab Kompany on Saturday March 22, 2014, Hot Buttered Rum with The Creak on Saturday, April 5, 2014, which is also part of the Telegrass Festival, and Midi Matilda with Tracorum on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
There's more: The 8th Annual Buckle Up for Big Air takes place on April 12. This event is "...in remembrance of Sierra Resort team rider, Greg Taylor Smith, is held annually to honor Greg's memory with a fun day on the slopes. This local's favorite event not only spreads good vibes throughout the day, but also raises awareness about seat belt safety and the ever-present need to buckle up. Riders will celebrate Smith’s spirit by participating in a slopestyle event that promotes fun, progression, and safety. All proceeds go toward the Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation," according to Sierra's Hemphill.
The 7th Annual Salsa Showdown on Sunday, April 13, will be an intense celebration of salsa. It is, said Hemphill, "Quirky, fun, and unique. Guests are invited to make their own salsa and impress the judges for a chance to win a 2014-15 season pass and the title of Salsa Showdown king. The contest is rounded out with a taco eating contest, live mariachi band, and lots of south-of-the-border-fun designed to celebrate the outdoor atmosphere and laid back vibe of spring at Sierra Resort."
The Festival has something for everyone, whether you are skiing and boarding or just enjoying a day in the mountains.