[Squaw Valley USA] April 8, 2010 – April 16 through April 18, 2010, Squaw Valley USA is hosting the first ever nation-wide Professional Ski Patrol Olympics. Competitions ranging from simulated bomb throws to a GS race down some of Squaw Valley’s most difficult terrain will take place by the Headwall chairlift on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18. Spectators and patrollers alike can watch the head-to-head battles from the Cornice II snow lounge featuring delicious barbequed food and PBR for sale.
Patrollers from all over the country and Canada will be competing for glory and a $1,500 cash purse and prizes compliments of Helly Hansen. Prizes such as avalanche probes, backpacks and sleds will also be up for grabs for those tough enough to win them. Competitions will include a randonée race, beacon competition, GS race, sled race, bamboo throw and simulated bomb throw. The competitions will be visible from the Cornice II snow lounge and BBQ area where spectators can partake in the excitement and suspense.
The competitions are slated for Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:45am to 12:30pm on Headwall. On-mountain BBQs will follow both days of competition and evenings will feature festivities at Squaw Valley’s Cornice Cantina. DJs will be mixing fresh beats at the Cantina for registration on Friday night and for the preliminary awards ceremony on Saturday night. Tahoe’s own Truckee Tribe will be playing live music for the Patrol Olympics’ final awards ceremony on Sunday night from 7pm to 9pm.
Registration for the event will take place Friday, April 16 from 6pm to 9pm at the Papoose Discovery Center located across from Cornice Cantina. Registration to compete costs $89 per patroller and includes a two-day lift ticket to Squaw Valley USA, the two on-snow BBQ lunches
Photo Courtesy of Jason Abraham/Squaw Valley USA
and admission to all the Cornice Cantina après events. Spectator tickets to partake in the Cornice II BBQ are available for purchase at registration or day-of at the BBQ for $20 per lunch or $35 for both lunches. Each BBQ ticket includes coupons for two free PBR beers.
6pm-9pm – Registration at the Papoose Discovery Center
7pm-10pm – Live acoustic music and Registration Party at Cornice Cantina
9:45am – Randonée Race in the Cornice II Bowl
10am – Beacon Competition on Headwall
12pm – GS Race down the Slot
12:30 – 2pm – On-Snow BBQ in the Cornice II Bowl
7pm – Awards Ceremony at Cornice Cantina
8pm-12am – DJ 2 Hot Scott at Cornice Cantina
10am – Sled Race on Headwall Face
10am – Bamboo Throw in Lost Lake at bottom of Headwall
10am – Simulated Bomb Throw on Headwall
12:30pm-2pm – On-Snow BBQ in the Cornice II Bowl
6pm – Awards Ceremony at Cornice Cantina
7pm – 10pm – Live music by Truckee Tribe at Cornice Cantina
For more information about the Professional Ski Patrol Olympics please contact Squaw Valley Ski Patrol at 530.452.7124 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Incredible spring lodging packages for both patrollers and spectators are available by calling 1.800.545.4350.