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Squaw Valley World Cup: Fireworks, big-name music among weekend events

by Cassandra Walker
cwalker@sierrasun.com

The 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup makes its way to Squaw Valley this weekend, bringing top American and international women athletes to compete right here in North Lake Tahoe.

The event marks the first time in 19 years that World Cup ski racing returns to California — and the first time since 1969 that Squaw Valley hosted ladies' slalom and giant slalom events at the World Cup.

Apart from world-class ski racing — including North Tahoe's own Lila Lapanja skiing as part of the American team members on site — Squaw Valley will host a packed events schedule to keep spectators entertained all weekend long.

"From a community perspective, this is such a cool opportunity to show off what we can do," said Liesl Kenney, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Public Relations Director. "There are so many people who've worked so hard to plan this event, and at this point everyone's ready to celebrate. This region is what got us selected as the host, and it's our community's passion for ski racing that's gotten us here."

You can catch the skiing action on Friday (giant slalom) and Saturday (slalom) starting at 10 a.m. on Squaw Valley's famed Red Dog run both days.

"This is such a unique moment," Kenney said. "It's cool for people to not only come together for free events but celebrate the honor that everyone is participating in — we have these Olympians racing right in front of us on our home turf."

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Plan your weekend activities and transportation ahead of time with this preview of non-skiing activities hosted Thursday through Sunday.

Community Kickoff Parade

Thursday | 4:15 p.m. | The Village at Squaw Valley

Start the World Cup weekend with Thursday's Kickoff Parade. The star-studded cast will include around 1,000 youth representatives from more than 15 different ski teams in California and Nevada joining around 40 alumni of U.S. Ski Team pros and Olympians. The parade stretches from the east end of The Village at Squaw Valley to the KT Deck. America's Got Talent finalist David Garibaldi will perform on the KT Deck's main stage.

California Way and Vendor Village

Friday through Saturday | The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley will be transformed into "California Way" all weekend long, with California-grown food, drink and products. Stop by various booths to learn more about World Cup ski racing's supporting companies.

Public Bib Draw

Friday | 6 p.m. | Main Stage – KT Deck

A World Cup event around the world, the Bib Draw holds even deeper meaning of the level of appreciation from this mountain community to Squaw's Ski Patrol, Kenney said.

"It's not only a testament to the work our ski team does, but a nice way to also recognize everything that the Patrol team does," she said. See the top 15 athletes receive their bib number, accompanied by a Squaw Valley Ski Patroller and Squaw Valley Ski Patrol dog.

Fireworks Celebration

Friday | 9 p.m. | KT Deck

After the headline Rusted Root free performance, stick around to watch a fireworks spectacular after dark in Squaw Valley. The light show will be visible from The Village at Squaw Valley.

Toyota Ski Pro-Am Race

Sunday | 10 a.m. | Red Dog Run

A benefit event for the Waterkeeper Alliance and Protect Our Winters will begin on Saturday with the benefit gala at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Then, Sunday's Pro-Am event will be held on the lower portion of the Red Dog course featuring head-to-head races with celebrities: Dennis Quaid, Bret Saberhagen, Ed Begley, Jr., Ben Stiller, Bobby Kennedy, Jr. and Cheryl Hines. Former and current U.S. Ski Team stars will round out the field, including: Tiger Shaw, Tamara McKinney, Jonny Moseley and Julia Mancuso, along with Austrian legends Franz Klammer, Franz Weber, Klaus Heidegger and Killian Albrecht.

Live music all weekend

The 2017 World Cup features live music performances free-of-charge through Saturday.

"It's very unusual to have this level of free programming at the event," Kenney said. "And then of course there's the music; I'm super pumped about Rusted Root." Among other musical performances, David Garibaldi and Dustbowl Revival will perform Thursday; Rusted Root performs Friday; and Dennis Quaid and The Sharks perform Saturday.

Dennis Quaid and his band will help kick off the Toyota Ski Pro-Am during the Korbel "Forever Blue: Together Tonight for Tomorrow" event, presented by Levi's. Funds will donated to Waterkeeper Alliance and Protect Our Winters campaigns.

Know before you go

According to Squaw Valley, 48-passenger Amador Stage Lines buses will run regularly between Tahoe City and Truckee to Squaw Valley to help cut down on traffic congestion for the events this weekend. However, free transport is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early.

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More online

Visit http://www.squawalpine.com/worldcup for a complete list of 2017 World Cup weekend events.