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Sugar Bowl Resort offers spring skiing events

By Chris Moran

Spring Skiing is thriving at Sugar Bowl Resort; there are several events left in the season for skiers of all ages and expertise. Backcountry skiing adventures, a Learn to Ski and Ride class, St. Patrick’s Day events, Easter fun, a wine tasting and a USSA event are scheduled.

Backcountry 1-Day Adventure

From one-day backcountry tours through Anderson Ridge, Four Peaks Tour, Lost Trail Backcountry to a two-day trek from Sugar Bowl to Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl has many options for all levels of skiers to take advantage of the newest pristine powder in the backcountry.

Take part in the next one-day backcountry adventure hosted by the professionals from Alpine Skills International this spring season. The next one-day backcountry adventure is scheduled for March 16-18.

The backcountry adventure combines lift access to thousands of acres of untracked snow around Sugar Bowl. Enjoy the outdoors, but also practice procedures for leaving the ski resort with a tool pack, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, choosing terrain to reduce the hazards and tour smoothly and effectively with climbing skins. Skiers will be guided as a team by a professional ski guide. Sugar Bowl provides AT, telemark skis or splitboard with skins.

To take part in longer backcountry adventures, visit www.sugarbowl.com

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Learn to Ski and Ride at Sugar Bowl this Spring

Beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders can learn to ski and ride this March at Sugar Bowl Resort with an affordable package that includes rentals, instruction and a lift ticket for $89. The Learn to Ski and Ride packages continue the weekend of March 16-17. The deal includes modern equipment rentals (typically priced at $50) and a full lesson with a professional instructor in groups of three or fewer skiers or snowboarders. Lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain Sports Learning Center. Use your all-day lift ticket to practice your new skills before and after your lesson. Ages six and older are eligible for the package.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge Cross Country 

Bay Area group the Steve Pile Band will perform March 16 and 17 at Sugar Bowl. The band will grace the stage at Judah Lodge, where it has drawn big crowds in the past. The great musicians of the Steve Pile Band produce a hybrid of American rock, blues, African music that is all their own.

The Pot O’ Gold Hunt will be held March 17 at Sugar Bowl. The hunt is an all-day adventure hunt across Sugar Bowl’s four majestic peaks. Sign up for Sugar Bowl texts to receive clues about where the prizes are hidden. Participants can win a range of prizes, with a few lucky participants winning season passes for next year.  Details: 530-426-9000.

The Sugar Rush 16-K cross-country race takes place in Van Norden Meadow in Royal Gorge. The adventure race kicks off at 10 a.m. After the Sugar Rush, take time to relax with one of the many other fun St. Patrick’s Day events or just hang out in the Belt Room Bar sipping one of Sugar Bowl’s signature Bloody Marys. Registration is $35, available at www.royalgorge.com.

Celebrate Easter, March 31, at Sugar Bowl 

Spend your Easter on the scenic mountains of Sugar Bowl. Families and kids are invited to join the festivities and spend the morning hunting for Easter eggs. Each egg contains prizes and some lucky finders will go home with 2013-2014 Sugar Bowl season passes.

Wine Down

While the kids have fun on the mountain, Sugar Bowl will be hosting its signature Wine Down. Adults will fill the Lodge to sample delicious wines at this one of a kind wine tasting. Curl up by the fire place or sit on the patio, no matter which way you turn there is sure to be a beautiful site with lots of entertainment this Easter at Sugar Bowl.

Cheer on Olympic hopefuls in an uphill cross country race April 8

Cross country enthusiasts can enjoy even more cross country skiing in April. Sugar Bowl Resort will host the Women’s Freestyle Hill Climb and Men’s Freestyle Hill Climb on April 8. The United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) SuperTour finals are the foremost cross country skiing races in the world. The racers’ times from the four mini-tour races are used to determine the yellow bib (overall winner), the green bib (best sprinter), white bib (best jr, U19), and the polka-dot bib (best climber). The races begin April 4 and the SuperTour Final Awards Ceremony will be April 8, 2013 at Sugar Bowl Resort.

For more information visit http://farwestnordic.org/fwnsea/2013/03/2013-ussa-supertour-finals/

 

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