Chiara and Ron Gajar
Posts Tagged ‘Skiing’
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
We are excited to see Squaw Valley host the US Alpine Nationals this month. What a great event to bring to the valley, especially with a long history of Squaw Valley ski team members on different ranks of the US Ski Team.
Congratulations to these current Squaw Valley Ski Team athletes who all qualified to compete in the 2013 US Alpine Nationals: Thomas Robles, Hughston Norton, Cody Wilson, Garret Driller, Lena Andrews and Morganne Murphy. They will be competing against several of past Squaw Valley ski team members who are currently on the US Ski Team, including Julia Mancuso, Foreste Peterson, Marco Sullivan, Travis Ganong, Nick Daniels, Bryce Bennett and Keith Moffat. What a thrill for these young athletes to compete against some of the athletes they looked up to over the years. Good luck to all the athletes, especially those who are or were on the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
Check out the promo video and schedule so you are ready for the fun ahead.
Monday, November 5th, 2012
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] November 5, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Squaw Valley’s team is heading to the FIS Alpine World Cup in Aspen on November 24-25 to cheer on the Lake Tahoe resort’s Olympic Gold Medalist, Julia Mancuso, as she takes on the fastest female skiers in the world. A Squaw skier since age 2, Julia Mancuso is one of the fastest women in ski racing – having won seven World Cup victories and 31 podiums between 2006-2012, including World Cup podiums in all five disciplines.
In honor of the first major ski racing competition of the season, Squaw Valley and Julia Mancuso are launching two special eBay auctions to benefit the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, a Truckee, Calif. based, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that suffer a life altering injury while pursuing a dream in the winter action sports community.
Click here to for a media image of Julia Mancuso (right click to save).
Click here to view the video of Julia promoting the eBay auctions.
Launching today, November 5 at 12 p.m. PST, the first auction includes a VIP Package* for two at the FIS Alpine World Cup in Aspen. This trip of a lifetime includes lodging at the Lime Light Hotel in Aspen, Colo. (Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25), lift tickets for two to Aspen Snowmass for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, VIP tickets for two to all World Cup functions, two VIP passes to all GoPRO events, two VIP passes to the Squaw Valley Julia Mancusso House as well as an autographed Julia Mancuso POC helmet and goggles. *This package does not include airfare or ground transportation.
Launching at 12 p.m. PST on November 14 and running though November 24, the second eBay auction includes two Mountain Collective Passes, two Spyder Outerwear jacket and pant combinations, two POC helmets, two POC goggles, two KOSS headphones, two pairs of Head skis (winner’s choice), two pairs of Head bindings (winner’s choice), two GoPRO Cameras (complete sets), two Big Truck Brand / Julia hats and two Subscriptions to SNOW magazine.
To bid on these spectacular eBay auctions, point your browser to squaw.com/go-julia. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from both eBay auctions will benefit the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, and Squaw Valley and Julia Mancuso will be matching the entire winning bid for the second auction.
Squaw Valley invites Julia’s fans who will be in Aspen for the FIS Alpine World Cup to join them for après race fun at the Squaw Valley Julia Mancuso House, located walking distance from the World Cup race venue. For more information, find the Squaw team at finish line cheering for Julia.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. Squaw is renowned for its legendary skiing and riding that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts including a unique mountaintop beginner area and unrivaled expert steeps, chutes and bowls. In summer, the resort welcomes a full line-up of live music and festivals and Squaw’s Aerial Tram offers a scenic ride up to a host of mountaintop activities. For the ultimate slopeside lodging experience, guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcon
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass.
About High Fives Non-Profit Foundation
The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. Follow High Fives on Twitter.com/hi5sfoundation and like us on Facebook.com/HighFivesFoundation.
For more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, visit www.squaw.com or www.skialpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Squaw Valley just announced their new Mountain Collective Pass, a collaboration of ski resorts offering a combo option for skiing and riding this coming winter. For $349 an adult can ski 2 days each at Squaw/Alpine, Jackson Hole, Alta and Aspen/Snowmass. Plus you get unlimited 50% off any additional lift tickets for the season at all four resorts and 25% off lodging in all for destinations. This is an impressive alliance between several of the countries independent resorts that offer fabulous skiing and riding. So if you have the time to chase the powder this winter, this could be the pass for you. Check out more at www.TheMountainCollective.com.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
It is with pride that I write this blog about Ali Kariotis, a Squaw Valley Freestyle Ski Team member. In Valmalenco, Italy, the FIS Junior World Freestyle competition came to an end with Ali Kariotis on top of the podium, champion on the dual slalom event. This was the 5th USA medal of the competition making it the most successful American representation at the event ever. Ali has been a long time member of the Squaw Valley Ski Teams, starting with the wonderful Mighty Mite program. In fact I was one of her coaches during her time in Mighty Mites. She was delight to ski with then as she loved to ski and be on the snow. She acceled at a young age and now is proving herself in a worldwide arena. Congrats Ali. Click here to read more.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Let the fun begin. The sun is shining and folks are gathering for all the fun of the Pain McShlonkey Classic weekend. On the schedule you will find an invite only fundraising Gala event tonight: theme is Moulin Rouge. Saturday morning kicks off with a Chinese Downhill on snowlerblades putting professionals against amateurs. Later in the day is the Big Mountain Snowlerblade Comp. The day finishes off with a few apres ski events and then and 80′s After Party. The whole weekend is in honor of our lost skier, friend and community member Shane McConkey. To learn more about the memory of Shane, the foundation created in his honor and this weekend’s events, just visit www.ShaneMcConkey.org. You can also take a look at Squaw’s website and check out the You Tube video.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
It has been storming off and on for the last week. We have seen it all… huge light fluffly flakes, slushy wet flakes, sleet blowing sideways and rain. Luckily the storm ended with the light and fluffly snow we all love to ski. This weekend was packed. I heard multiple reports from friends from the bay area taking 6 to 7 hours to drive up with spin outs and stops over the summit. The parking lot and the lifts were packed Saturday morning, everyone ready for their piece of powder. It was definitely a day to ski with friends as the lines were long so you might as well catch up and the snow was sliding so gdod to be with a buddy. The ski patrol worked hard and got mostly everything open by the end of the day. Sunday was much less crowded on the slopes but the crowds were still big. It was a cold storm day so there were a lot of hot chocolate breaks happening. The skiing was still great but not as good as Saturday.
After a great weekend, many happy visitors hopped in their cars for the drive back down the hill. Around 4:30pm the line of cars from Truckee was just about to the Squaw stoplight. My sister and family tried to leave around 7pm and Highway 80 was closed. A lot of folks were stuck up here for the night. Speaking of being stuck, I was returning home around 8pm last night and could not make it to my house. There were pile ups of cars on both access roads stuck, smashed into each other and in the ditches. Crazy part was both pile ups included tow trucks who had been trying to help and joined in the mess. I parked at a neighbors house and walked.
Then comes Monday, ahhhhh! Headwall opened after a week of closure (i think). It was almost 2 feet in some places of light fluffy powder. The skies were bright blue, the parking lot full, the lines managable, everyone smiling, it was a good morning. What a little piece of paradise we have here in the Sierras.
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Today was the blue bird powder day we have been waiting for all season. After two days of storms and lower mountain skiing, the sun came out this morning gloriously shining on Squaw Valley and the untouched powder of the upper mountain. Everyone and their brother and sister and all their friends were on the mountain today. The cars were a steady stream into the valley making the drive time from Tahoe City and Truckee 45 minutes and 1 hour respectively. By 11am the cars were parked down the main road to Eric Rd. (unforntunately many of those cars had parking tickets in their windshields).
And now for the ski report, it was about quality not quantity. I only had a short window of time this morning and planned to get a few great runs. As I got to the locker room, about 8:50am, KT and Red Dog were already loading and the Funitel line was longer than I have ever seen it. First run I headed for the skier packed powder on Chute 75. Nice and smooth, the snow was fabulous and the run empty. Next to the Funitel as the line had returned to normal, which broght me up the mountain for Siberia and the Reverse Traverse. Headwall had a late opening for the lif but the skiing was ready. I skied Sun Bowl and then the Horse Trails. The Sun Bowl was wind impacted but great after the first 10 turns, and Horse Trails was great. In fact I enjoyed it so much I went for another round and could still find untracked turns.
The crowds kept pouring in and I headed home about 11am to start my work day. I actually had a busy afternoon which included showing property. It is going to be a busy weekend.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
The holidays have come and gone. Though it is a festive time of year, the lack of snow really put a damper on certain aspects of the holiday season. Only a fraction of the mountain is open for skiing and the conditions are remaining relatively the same. The snow making has been limited and no one really knows the real reason, though we keep hearing lack of water as part of the reason. The crowds were way less than normal causing slower business in the shops and restaurants. All this said, those who came for the holidays mixed up their days between skiing, hiking and even mountain biking.
So now what… we really need some snow. The forecast has one day of 30% chance of snow showers in the 10 day forecast. Last season we had a huge start to the winter which allowed the entire mountain to open by Thanksgiving and then no snow from roughly New Years until Valentine’s Day. Let’s hope January this year kicks into high gear and doesn’t repeat last season.
From a real estate standpoint, December is generally a slower time for clients looking at real estate as people are focusing on family and the holidays. Activity was fairly normal for December. We’ll see what happens in the new year. We did write an offer today as a result of clients here for the holidays. And there were a fair amount of showings over the holidays. January usually has a pick up of real estate activity after the holidays, we’ll keep you posted.
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
So Squaw has been making snow on the Dog Leg of Red Dog amongst other places. They called the conditions soft and fresh. We had to go check it out and actually it was fresh man made snow and surprising soft and chalky, with the exception of the few slick spots. After our few fast warm up groomers on the Squaw Creek run, we did the Dog Leg three times. The moguls speckled with willow branches were more fun than expected. Around 11am we had enough and decided to go check out the new and improved Wild Flour Bakery for a cookie and latte break. They have probabaly tripled their space and the cookies were as tasty as ever. With warmed bellies we gathered the kids from their ski teams and did a few family runs. Regardless of the lack of snow, the fresh mountain air, sunshine and exercise made for a great morning.