Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kiss Her Tiara

With more than 700 inches falling at Squaw Valley USA this winter, and most of it coming in the last few weeks, chances are you want to be on the mountain skiing this weekend. Unless you're not a skiing or snowboarder, it's pretty hard to pass up. But if the sun's out, you're not up for taking your boards to the slopes (and maybe never will be), or you need a break from hitting it hard on those downhills, High Camp is hosting a must-do event on Saturday, April 9. I know I'd be there if I could magically transport myself to Lake Tahoe for 24 hours--that might require a private jet though, and that I don't have.

Think Spring Break beach party except you're surrounded by snow and you're in the company of Olympian Julia Mancuso. The Swimming Lagoon & Spa at High Camp is hosting the Kiss My Tiara pool party from 1 to 4 p.m. with the guest of honor being Mancuso. She did, afterall, name her lingerie line "Kiss My Tiara." At the event, DJ Tracy Too Dread will be playing music, Mancuso will be signing posters from 2 to 3 p.m., and you can grab a special drink for $5. But if you do go dipping in the lagoon, make sure you keep your ski gear nearby--or don't leave home without it. You can close down the mountain by skiing with Julia at 3:30 p.m. A group will collect at that time to ski down Mountain Run to the Squaw base where there's another party and live music from Donovan Franenreiter on the KT-Sundeck.

Would you want to miss meeting an Olympian? Probably not. But if you can't join in Saturday's fun, there's still another chance to catch this skier who's back from a winter of racing abroad, fresh off the World Cup season and some wins at the U.S. Alpine Championships. On Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m., you can meet Mancuso at the top of the Funitel and take a few laps with her around the mountain. I had the chance to do this with Jonny Moseley in January and it was priceless.

For more details about the weekend ahead at Squaw, click here. And also note that the resort recently announced that it would be extending its season to May 30. With news like that I think I might have to plan back out. Skiing in May? Crazy for this Midwesterner who's used to the resorts closing in March at best.

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