February 27, 2006
Olympic Valley, CA - Squaw Valley USA kicks off North Lake Tahoe's popular Snow Festival for the 25th year on Friday March 3, 2006 in grand style with the first celebration of the week, the Opening Ceremonies. This annual tradition and family favorite features a torchlight parade, fireworks, a laser light show, and opening night parties at Plaza Bar, Bar One, and Zenbu in Olympic House.
The celebration begins at dusk on Squaw Valley USA's lower mountain as members of the Squaw Valley Ski School descend the slopes of KT-22/Exhibition in a picturesque torchlight parade complemented by a laser light presentation and followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Beginning at 5:00 pm you can stop by the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub in the Village to fill your belly like an Irishman at the Kiwanis Irish Stew feed. The Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe will be putting on a feast of Irish stew and side dishes for just $10 per person (proceeds benefit local charities).
After the fireworks and torchlight parade, the festivities move indoors to a mix of parties throughout the Olympic House bars where revelers can dance and celebrate the night away to your choice of blues, house music, or hip-hop. Party goers can sashay from one live music/DJ act to the next with no cover at the door. Bring on the house music with the Space Cowboys at Bar One, get down to some hip hop with DJ Step Daddy and Chubby Reign at Zenbu, and watch the blues wash away with the upbeat talent of the Boogie Monsters at Plaza Bar.
Following the Squaw Valley kick-off, Snow Festival runs through March 12, 2006, and offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun and entertaining events celebrating North Lake Tahoe's unique community. Popular activities include the Stohlgren Brothers' ice cream eating contest, the Olympic themed Tahoe City Snow Festival Parade, musical shows, the Heuga Vertical Express Ski & Snowboard Poker Run, the Garwoods Polar Bear Swim, and plenty of night time antics at all of the local bars and restaurants, including a Luau at Jake's.
More information about the Snow Festival is available by calling 530-583-7167 or online at www.tahoesnowfestival.com. For more information about the Opening Ceremonies at Squaw call 530-583-6985 or visit www.squaw.com.