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Ski Resort Life

Lake Cushing Classic Skims Through Squaw Valley USA


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Squaw Valley, CA April 20, 2004 – What do you get when you combine a group of daredevils, a little creativity, some form of ski or snowboard equipment, wild costumes and a really cold and misleadingly large pond? Lake Tahoe’s original pond crossing, the Lake Cushing Classic! For the 14th spring in a row, this entertaining snow and water competition returns to the waters of Lake Cushing on Sunday April 25, 2004.

The annual event features over fifty contestants and hundreds of spectators turning out to watch local lunatics and adventurous guests attempt to cross Lake Cushing. The goal is to get enough speed down the snow ramp and make it to the opposite side of the lake without falling. This contest is notorious for it’s cannonball-sized crashes, hilarious costumes and ultra-creative pond skimming contraptions. Judging is based on style, grace, flair and of course, successfully crossing the lake.

Registration takes place on the Bar One sundeck at noon with the competition starting at 2pm. The cost to participate is $15. All entrants MUST have a life preserver and a helmet, and sign a release of liability. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The awards ceremony and deck party take place on the sundeck immediately following the event.

Season Far From Over at Squaw Valley USA

Squaw Valley’s reputation as North America’s Spring Skiing Capital holds true again this season. With a mid-April snow pack of over eight feet on the upper mountain, the ski and snowboarding season is far from over at Squaw Valley USA. The resort is still scheduled to remain open for skiing and snowboarding until Memorial Day, offering access to some of the best spring skiing and riding terrain as well as the Mainline Terrain Park and Superpipe.

Starting Monday, April 19, the daily lift ticket price drops to $49 and all ticket holders can enjoy use of the High Camp Swimming Lagoon & Spa free with their lift ticket. KT-22 will continue operations as long as conditions permit with fourteen lifts, including the Funitel and Cable Car, offering access to terrain for all abilities.

As other Lake Tahoe area resorts begin closing for the season, thousands of season pass holders have been left stranded. Beginning on Monday April 19, Squaw Valley USA is offering pass holders from other closed resorts a chance to sample Squaw Valley’s legendary terrain with a special offer of $10 off adult all day lift tickets through the rest of the season. To take advantage, guests can present their 2003-2004 season pass from another resort (that has closed for the season) in the Squaw Valley Special Tickets office. The offer is limited to one discount ticket per pass holder per day.

Squaw Valley USA is also offering the ‘Step Up to Squaw’ Program designed for skiers and snowboarders interested in becoming a pass holder for next season. Purchase a 2004-2005 season pass (full or midweek) before the end of the season, and ski or snowboard for the rest of this season for FREE, plus, receive free Cable Car rides all summer. To take advantage of this offer visit Squaw Valley’s Special Tickets office or purchase your pass online at