Friday, March 1st launches North Lake Tahoe's 32nd year of SnowFest. A torchlight parade at 6:30 p.m., along with fireworks lighting up the sky at 7:00 p.m., at Squaw Valley, will get things rolling in a spectacular fashion.
Amelia Richmond, PR Director at Squaw, said earlier today that the resort is looking forward to this year's festivities. Along with the SnowFest, Squaw is hosting the the third leg of Darin Rahlve's KT 22 Banzai. March 2nd and 3rd will see all the action on the open slopes of KT 22 for this amazing contest.
Billed as racing in its most pure form, the race pits four racers at a time against each other as they head down the course in ski and border-cross style competition. It's pure speed and skill as the course winds down to the finish line. The action is fast and unforgiving.
Richmond says that "... what the Banzai Tour is really about is the competition, athleticism, and most importantly, the enjoyment and camaraderie of the ski and snowboard community."
Winners of this leg will have the opportunity to go on to the "Super Final" of the tour. Competitors will be going up against Rahlves himself at Sugar Bowl Resort.
Rahlves is quite a presence in the ski crowd. A former World Champion, X-Games Gold Medalist, World Cup winner 12 times over, and a four-time Olympic skier, winning is what he does. It should be quite a race by the time the Super Final starts during the second weekend of SnowFest. The Sugar Bowl Silver Belt Banzai and Super Final may be one of the best races to see this year in Tahoe.
The tour is presented by Bank of the West and supported by numerous sponsors in the ski and board industry. Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl go all out to make this a completely memorable event for athletes and spectators alike.