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HSSF to host youth event series at Heavenly

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is proud to announce the Groovers Challenge Series and the Kinder Kup Race Series at Heavenly Mountain Resort this season. These events are in cooperation with the Heavenly Race Department, Heavenly Terrain Park staff and made possible by the Vail Resorts Epic Promise giving program. Proceeds from all events will benefit the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tahoe kids get on the snow!

Bring the entire family out to the first event on Sunday, January 18th. Also the official opening of the Groove Terrain Park, celebrate MLK weekend with the infamous DJ Cat and a youth snowsports showdown. Spectators can enjoy the competition from the sidelines of the park. Competitors age 12 and under (as of December 31, 2014) can register in advance at Eventbrite.com or in-person the day of the event from 7 to 9 am at the Foundation building at the base of World Cup.

The Groovers Challenge Series will be held in Groove Terrain Park Sundays, January 18, February 8 and March 8. Groove Park will host a variety of features including progressive jumps, boxes, rails and innovative features laid out by new terrain park manager Brian Callahan. Competitors are judged on variety, creativity and execution. Compete in the three part series to earn your invitation to the Groovers Challenge Finals Jam, immediately following the third event. Register online for all three events and save $15.

“This event series is designed to get young skiers and snowboarders excited about terrain parks,” said coach Dan Rich, Heavenly Foundation’s snowboard and freeski team director. “Each athlete is encouraged to be creative and this event’s set-up provides the features they need to be as innovative as possible.”

The Foundation will also host the Kinder Kup Race Series on World Cup run Sundays, January 25, March 1 and March 15. Open to all skiers age six and under and snowboarders age eight and under (as of December 31, 2014). The Kinder Kup series is designed to introduce young athletes to competition in a friendly environment. No previous race experience necessary and all abilities are welcome; parents can run the course with their child, harnesses are welcome. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.com and includes a World Cup only competitor lift ticket if needed. Parents can purchase a World Cup only lift ticket to accompany their athlete for $20 at registration.

“The Kinder Kup is such a fun race event,” said Jim Plake, HSSF board president. “Everyone’s a winner with a goodie bag and a medal, we usually have over 60 kids participate.”

Registration will be held the morning of the event at the Heavenly Foundation building from 8am to 9am. Practice begins at 9 am, each competitor is allowed two practice runs; the race starts at 10 am. Every competitor is awarded a participation medal and a swag bag filled with goodies. There are two divisions: ski and snowboard. Overall champions will be awarded trophies at the final event.

The Foundation will serve coffee, provided by Alpen Sierra, and bake sale items throughout the morning for all events. The Kinder Kup BBQs begin at 11:30am and combos include a cheeseburger or hot dog, chips and a drink for a $10 donation to the Foundation.

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation
The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a non-race Blue Angels program through the middle school; works with the SOS (Snowsports Outreach Society); works with the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup race series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood. For more information on the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation visit http://www.hssfteam.org, email aimi.hssfteam@gmail.com or call the administrative offices at 530.541.7354.

South Tahoe Santa Run on Sunday, December 21st

In cooperation with the Himmel Haus, Blue Angel Café, and Rainbow Mountain, the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation will host the third annual South Tahoe Santa Run to benefit the HSSF Scholarship Fund on Sunday, December 21st, regardless of weather.

“Running in Santa costumes for charity is a fun, win-win situation to me!” said Zakariah Latzka, Himmel Haus owner. “We are excited to be involved in helping the community that has so graciously embraced us and our business.”

Catch Santa on the slopes at Heavenly that day and then join him for the Santa Run that evening. Pre-registration is available at http://www.heavenlyfoundationteam.org or in-person at the Himmel Haus, 3819 Saddle Rd. Cost is $20 plus an unwrapped new toy to be donated and includes one Himmel Haus post-party door-prize raffle tickets. Participation is limited, advanced registration is recommended. Registration will take place the day of the race from 2-4pm in the Blue Angel Café and is $30 plus an unwrapped new toy. All participants must be in Santa dress (or some form of holiday garb). Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers and best costume. Costume judging will take place at the Blue Angel Café at 4:00pm with awards presented at the Himmel Haus post-party.

All Santas will need to be at the Blue Angel Café and checked-in at registration by 4:00pm to participate. The race bells will jingle at 4:30pm, Santas will run 1.3 miles up Ski Run Blvd. and turn left onto Saddle Rd. leading them to the finish at the Himmel Haus. A decorated holiday Himmel Haus bus playing music and filled with toys will follow the Santas, just in case we need to pick a few up.

The festivities will kick-off at the Blue Angel Café with $3 glasses of warm glühwein and will continue at the Himmel Haus that evening beginning at 5pm with $5 pints of Ninkasi Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale or Venn Dortmund-Style Lager, holiday tree, door-prize raffle, coloring contest for kids, and fun activities for all, children are welcome. The evening’s highlight will be the $15 Holiday Dinner being offered by the Himmel Haus. Including holiday traditional gourmet food like roast, sausage, potatoes, vegetables. Live music and holiday sing-a-longs will top the evening’s event list. Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated. A “Giving Tree” for the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation will be displayed at the Himmel Haus throughout the holidays, please donate to our local athletes by purchasing an ornament.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Himmel Haus post-party. Items will include Heavenly Gondola and day lift tickets, snowboard boots, accessories, skies, and tons of other great stuff!

Swap at Harrah’s Convention Center

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation will host the 26th Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap at the Harrah’s Convention Center on November 22nd and 23rd, 2014. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides skiing and snowboarding programs and events for regional youth and local middle school and high school students.

The Swap opens with Moonlight Madness on Saturday, November 22nd from 5 to 11 p.m. in the Harrah’s Convention Center. Get first pick of the deals, admission for adults is $5, children 12 and under are free. The savings continue on Sunday, November 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is free.

“This is Tahoe’s largest swap and we’re really providing great deals to our locals,” said event organizer Aimi Xistra-Rich. “We expect to see around 8,500 items for sale at this year’s Swap including new and slightly used.”

Sell your own equipment, get some cash and support your local Foundation. Public merchandise registration will take place on-site at the Harrah’s Convention Center the morning of the event on Saturday, November 22nd from 8am to 3pm. Each item registered is $1 cash donation; please no equipment over five years old. All donated items must be picked up by 3pm on Sunday at Harrah’s or they will be donated. For additional information please call the Foundation at 530.541.7354.

2014-15 HSSF Scholarship Applications DUE!

This is the last call for 2014-2015 Scholarship applications! Applications must be postmarked by TODAY, Monday, September 15, 2014. Please send COMPLETE applications as incomplete applications are not considered. The Scholarship Committee is made of an independent, anonymous board led by HSSF board of director Garth Alling. Scholarships are based on need, academic achievements and a written essay. The Scholarship Committee will meet in October and scholarships will be awarded immediately following.

2014-15 Scholarship Applications Due September 15, 2014

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation has opened registration for the 2014-2015 competitive and development ski and snowboard programs. With a variety of options from the One-Day Program to the Full-Time Competitive Program, the Foundation has something for all ages and levels of skiers and riders.

Scholarships are available to those who qualify; applications must be complete and postmarked by September 15, 2014. Please visit www.heavenlyfoundationteam.org for applications and qualification information. The Heavenly Foundation’s Scholarship Committee is an independent group of community leaders who evaluate each application and award financial assistance based on family income, scholastic standing and the athletes’ submitted essay. The funding for the program comes solely from community contributions and our various fundraising events such as our annual Santa Run and the Grapes & Gates Wine Tasting. The committee was able to award over $9,000 in scholarships to 24 athletes for the 2013-14 season. Over the past three years the Foundation has awarded over $65K in scholarships.

Grapes & Gates to Benefit HSSF Scholarship Fund

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation will host the 13th Annual Grapes and Gates wine tasting event on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Edgewood Clubhouse’s North Room beginning at 6:00pm. Enjoy a beautiful Lake Tahoe sunset while tasting exquisite regional wines and gourmet foods from the area’s top restaurants.

“What a wonderful opportunity to fulfill the Foundation’s mission statement of enabling every child to experience the excitement of snow sports, while at the same time enjoying the best food and wine tasting at South Lake,” said Foundation board member and Lakeside Inn president Lon Rusk.

This year’s event will feature gourmet tastings from local restaurants Café Fiore, Cork and More, Latin Soul, Riva Grill, Jimmy’s at The Landing and MacDuffs. Tastings will be offered by more than 12 wineries: Caymus Winery, Rombauer Winery, Vine Cliff, Failla Wines, Red Poets & Skyhawk Lane, Grgich Hills Estate and Southern Wine and Spirits.

The evening’s highlight will be the award presented by Mr. Bill Killebrew; we invite you to join us as we celebrate “Bill Killebrew” Award recipient Nancy McCoy for her continued dedication to providing youth in our region the opportunity to participate in snowsports. The ceremony will begin at 7:15pm.

This year’s silent auction will feature a 2014-15 Stagecoach Lodge parking pass and California Lodge parking pass, 2014-15 Heavenly private lesson package for six with Heavenly top-pro instructor, an Epic Pass, a Silver Oak varietal pack, rare artwork, rounds of golf, magnum wine bottles and many other items.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at www.heavenlyfoundationteam.org or by calling Foundation director Aimi Xistra-Rich at 530.314.9285. Tickets are $75, $65 for Foundation alumni. Proceeds benefit the Heavenly Foundation’s Scholarship Program.

The winner of the Foundation’s annual Grapes & Gates raffle will be drawn during the event and you don’t have to be present to win. Tickets are $10 each and will be available for purchase at the event; they can also be purchased in advance by calling 530.314.9285. One lucky ticket will win one of two available prizes either $1,000 cash or a $2,000 HSSF 2014-15 tuition scholarship.

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a Ski P.E. Blue Angels program through the middle school; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood. For more information on the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation visit www.heavenlyfoundationteam.org, email aimix@heavenlyfoundationteam.org or call the administrative offices at 530.541.7354.

“Fresh Tracks” 5K Snowshoe Walk and Race

To benefit the Eric Nageotte-Lowe Memorial Fund. 

If you have never experienced snowshoeing, this is your chance!  If you can walk, you can snowshoe!  You don’t have to race, just have FUN!  Sign up by Feb. 15 to save $10 (save $10 over race day registration) and be sure to reserve a pair of snowshoes if you need them or bring your own. 

The Tahoe Mountain Milers Running Club has been hosting a snowshoe event over the past fifteen years.  When Eric died, the club decided to designate the Eric Nageotte-Lowe Scholarship Fund  the beneficiary for this event and to rename the event, “The Eric Nageotte  Memorial 5K Snowshoe Race.” Check out the website:  www.tahoemtnmilers.org  

We are so blessed to have an event that will keep the scholarship fund going in Eric’s memory.   This year we helped pay for new uniforms for the whole team and coaches.  Sho Kashima, friend and teammate of Eric, is currently on the U.S. Ski “A”Team and has benefited from the fund.  Jay Panther and Taryn Baker received funds this year to accomplish their dreams.

This year we added “Girls on the Run –Sierras” as a beneficiary.  This is a local program in our schools that is growing for girls in 3rd-5th grades. 

We have swag left over from previous years, …first come, first served.

The earlier you sign up the more money you save!  Online registration is on www.race360.com  Early pre-registration is $20 through Feb. 15.  Feb. 16-21 is $25.  Race day is $30.  Attached is a snail mail registration form.

We will be barbecuing sausages and hot dogs along with other post-race refreshments, veggie-chili, fruit, cookies, and cocoa.  It’s a party in the snow! Come join the FUN! 

If you cannot attend the snowshoe event, maybe you know someone who has been wanting to try it……please pass this information on….or come out and volunteer.  Call us at 775-588-2864.  Email: tahoecarol@charter.net 

Pray for snow! 

Ron and Carol 

Your contribution is tax deductible.  TMMRC is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization.