INCLINE VILLAGE — Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation will host the fourth annual Ullr Fest Feb. 8-10 to raise funds for the Diamond Peak Ski Team. The action-packed, Viking-themed weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 8, with a torchlight parade, bonfire and live music, and continues through Sunday with races, food, entertainment and more. Diamond Peak reminds event attendees to come dressed in the best Ullr attire, as the event is named for the Scandinavian god of winter and snow, widely regarded as the patron saint of skiers.
Created to help raise funds for the Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation, Ullr Fest supports the nonprofit organization designed to help children develop alpine racing skills. The Diamond Peak Ski Team is part of the Tahoe League Race Series, a developmental alpine ski race league for child athletes ages 7-18. Ski teams that participate in the league are part of a 30-year Tahoe tradition of teaching young children the fundamental skills for safe and competitive alpine ski racing.
The 2013 Ullr Fest schedule includes the following:
Friday, Feb. 8
4 p.m.: Live music/silent auction
4:30 p.m.: Bratwurst barbecue by Village Meats
5 p.m.: Opening ceremony
5:30 p.m.: Torchlight parade and bonfire
7 p.m.: Ullr pub party
Saturday, Feb. 9
8 – 9 a.m.: Uphill/downhill race
9 a.m. – noon: Snowman contest
9 a.m. – noon: Kids obstacle course
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Poker run
1 – 3 p.m.: Freestyle jiblet
3 – 3:30 p.m.: Shovel race
Sunday, Feb. 10
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Family fun ski race
3 p.m.: Closing ceremony
For more information on Diamond Peak including lift tickets, lessons and special events, visit www.DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177.
Diamond Peak Ski Resort is in Incline Village on the scenic north shore of Lake Tahoe. Boasting amazing views of world-famous Lake Tahoe, Diamond Peak offers skiers and boarders 30 runs and a 1,840-foot vertical drop within a 15-minute drive from central Incline Village.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.