Oktoberfest returns to Squaw Valley USA Oct. 2

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 1, 2010 10:51 am

For those unfortunate enough to be able to attend Oktoberfest in Munich this weekend, Squaw Valley USA is hosting its own version of Oktoberfest with a Bratwurst Toss, authentic German beer and plenty of entertainment at the Lake Tahoe ski and snowboard resort. The 9th Annual Squaw Valley Oktoberfest will transform The Village at Squaw Valley USA into a miniature Bavaria on Oct. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Modeled after the original 16-day festival held in Munich, Squaw Valley’s event is a fun day for the whole family. Guests gather for traditional German entertainment including performances by Joe Smiell and his 20-piece Bavarian band on the main stage. The Almenrauch Schuhplattler and Alpentanzer Schuhplattler Austrian Dance Troops also will entertain Oktoberfest visitors.

Beer lovers can toast each other in the Biergarten, where they’ll find a selection of authentic German brews including Gordon Biersch, Spaten Premium lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Trumer Pilsner, and Franziskaner Hefeweizen. The first glass of beer is $10, which includes a half-liter festival glass and one beer. Additional beer tickets will be available for $5. Guests also can savor traditional German bratwurst with sauerkraut and a variety of other items served at the eight Village restaurants, including a root beer float station.

Event attendees can participate in games and compete for prizes. The Oktoberfest Games can get quite intense as festival goers compete in Stein Holding, plus Keg and Barrel-Rolling Races. Meanwhile, the Bratwurst Toss will put a whole new spin on the game of catch as the traditional German sausages fly back and forth through the air.

Guests are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event by wearing traditional Lederhosen and Austrian clothing.

Prices for the Village at Squaw’s Oktoberfest lodging package, which includes two beer steins, six beer tickets and overnight accommodations in a one-bedroom condo suite, start at $79.60 per person. Call (866) 818-6963 or visit www.TheVillageatSquaw.com and use code SMMR.

Entry to The Village at Squaw Valley’s Oktoberfest celebration and entertainment are free, but proceeds from beer sales benefit the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Foundation.