Squaw Valley, CA April 7, 2004 – Part terrain park action and part wacky fun, Spring Jam 7 is sure to entertain. Squaw Valley USA’s seventh annual spring festival is set to include superpipe and slopestyle competitions, a swirlie rail jam, a :60 second ski or snowboard race, a ball blitz and ball bonanza and the second ever Undie 500. Hosted by Squaw Valley Ski Corp and the always entertaining and imaginative ‘Uncle E’, Spring Jam 7 promises to be as wild and wacky as ever.
The action kicks off on Thursday April 8 at 11am in Squaw Valley’s Mainline Superpipe. Skiers and snowboarders take to the 575′ long and freshly rebuilt pipe trying to navigate the 17′ walls and 18-degree pitch with flair while throwing their best tricks.
Following the pipe action, on Thursday evening, the festivities move to Sierra Vista in Tahoe City for a special fundraising celebration. Friends of former Squaw local and recently discovered European rock star Matt Reardon will be raising funds to help Matt pay for his seventh knee surgery (one he has to pay cash for). The fun includes music, contests, games, a raffle and the Sharpie Ball Graffiti party! At the party guests can purchase a ball and 10 raffle tickets for $25 and then spend the evening decorating their ball with a variety of Sharpie pens. The balls will then be kept and released on Saturday afternoon during the Budweiser Ball Bonanza and the Budweiser Balls Out Blitz.
The on-mountain Slopestyle competition takes place on Friday April 9 at 11am in the Mainline Terrain Park. In this battle between air and snow, skiers and snowboarders take two runs each on a course of rails, jumps, boxes and features with the goal to throw their best tricks and stomp all the landings.
The wackiness comes to a crescendo on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm with the second ever running of the Undie 500. In this exhibition of athletic prowess, teams of two don boxers and their undergarments as they relay race around Cushing Pond in their ski or snowboard boots. Registration is $10 and starts at 2pm. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to race.
The Swirlie/Corkscrew Rail Jam heats up the Mainline Terrain Park on Saturday morning April 10 at 11am. Very few people have successfully ridden the unique Swirlie/Corkscrew rail all the way around and this event challenges skiers and snowboarders to try it — this time for money. Competitors will be judged on style, flair and of course, distance around the rail.
After the swirling, the racing moves to the lower mountain Exhibition race course for the 60 Second or Bust Race. In this game of strategy, racers try to get their times on two runs down the course to combine to 1:00:00 flat. The one who can get closest to ONE minute flat in two runs without going over wins!
Saturday afternoon at 3pm Spring Jam comes to a close with the Budweiser Ball Bonanza and the Budweiser Balls Out Blitz. For the Bonanza, 30 balls (decorated at the Thursday night party) will be mass-released simultaneously on the lower Exhibition run. After the release, 30 people start from the bottom and race up towards the balls coming down. The goal is to capture a ball coming down the mountain, then turn around, and run to across the finish line. The first one across the line with a ball in hand wins $300 cash! Immediately following, the balls will be gathered up and taken up to the top of the Red Dog face for the Balls Out Blitz where 50 balls will be mass-released simultaneously. The owner of the first ball across the line wins $300 cash.
Registration for the Superpipe, Slopestyle and Swirlie events takes place each morning by Dave’s Deli from 8-10am with registration for the 60 Seconds or Bust race taking place at the bottom of the Exhibition race course starting at noon. All competitions are open to skiers and snowboarders, men and women. Helmets are mandatory for the Superpipe, Slopestyle and Rail events and all participants mmust sign a liability release (a legal guardian must accompany competitors under 18 years of age). The cost to enter the Superpipe and Slopestyle events is $25 each or $40 for both, participation in the Swirlie Jam is $10 and to race in the 60 Second or Bust event is $10 for 2 runs or $20 for five runs. The cost for the Undie 500 is $10 and includes a pair boxer shorts. Entry fees do not include a lift ticket.
The public is encouraged to come out to witness firsthand the fierce competition and springtime fun at Squaw Valley USA. Guests will need to purchase a lift ticket to access the action on the upper mountain. For more information and a complete schedule of events for Spring Jam 7, call Squaw Valley USA at 530-583-6985 or visit www.squaw.com. Generous sponsors for Squaw Valley USA’s Spring Jam 7 include Budweiser, The North Face, Sessions and EXP Productions.
Fun Family Events Planned for Easter Weekend
This Easter Weekend, April 10-11, 2004, Squaw Valley USA hosts a variety of fun family events including an the Billy Dutton Uphill, on-mountain religious services, egg hunts galore, and visits with the Easter Bunny.
Saturday April 10, get up and get out early for the 15th annual Billy Dutton Uphill. In this test of endurance, snowshoers, runners and skate skiers race 3.2 miles uphill from Squaw Valley’s base village to the finish at High Camp. The event is open to all and the $18 registration fee (which includes a t-shirt) helps raise money for local Nordic race scholarship programs.
Worshipers are invited by the Squaw Valley Chapel, High Camp Food & Beverage and Squaw Valley USA to High Camp on Sunday morning April 11, for the fifth annual Easter Sunday “Sunrise Service. The non-denominational service is open to the public and takes place in High Camp’s Terrace Room overlooking Lake Tahoe. The early Cable Car ride is free for all participants (walkers only) and the ceremony will include music, dance, and a traditional Easter service by Rev. Guthrie Schwartz of the Squaw Valley Chapel. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time as the early Cable Car to High Camp departs at 7am. The cable car rides are free to walkers only, no skis and snowboards permitted.
Following the sunrise service, the search begins as soon as the lifts open on Easter Sunday for the resort’s all-mountain egg hunt. Squaw Valley’s Easter Bunnies will strategically place several eggs at various locations around the resort. All guests need to do is find them. Once found, they simply bring the eggs to High Camp’s Poolside Cafe, after noon where they can be exchanged for ½ price lunch and discount lift ticket coupons.
For the kids, the Easter Bunny will be on hand at the Squaw Kids Children’s Center throughout the day to entertain Squaw Valley’s younger skiers and snowboarders, participate with lessons and help eager youngsters with a special egg hunt of their own.
The Hunt for the Golden Egg in the Village begins at 1pm and kids of all ages are encouraged to come out and search for hidden goodies, inside and out. It shouldn’t be hard to find one of the 1000 eggs full of prizes and goodies that will be hidden throughout the Village. One lucky hunter will find the ‘Golden Egg’ (a $100 value).
Guests that miss the early morning sunrise service are also welcome at an on-mountain Easter religious service at the top of the Links chairlift at 2pm.For more information about the Easter fun at Squaw Valley USA visit www.squaw.com or call 530-583-6985.