A $39 lift ticket at Squaw Valley ski resort is definitely a major discount. As an added bonus, before hitting the slopes, skiers and snowboarders can watch the Amgen Tour of California cyclists on Monday, May 16.
The Tahoe region wasn’t so fortunate today when snow and high winds combined to cancel Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California.
Taking into consideration assessments by riders and the professional cycling community, Amgen Tour race officials canceled today’s opening stage, deeming the race unsafe.
The is predicting more snow with two inches of snow above 7,500 feet and ridge gusts up to 75 mph this afternoon.
The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered snow showers tonight and Monday, mainly after 11 a.m. Temperatures will be in the high 30s with winds between 5-15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour will be taking off from Squaw at 10:15 on Monday. Squaw, a Lake Tahoe ski resort, is donating a major portion of the day’s proceeds to Biking for a Better World, a local non-profit that improves the quality of life in communities around the world by providing them with bicycles and empowerment.
“We are thrilled to host the start of Stage 2,” said Andy Wirth, Squaw Valley’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We hope everyone will come watch the start and enjoy the incredible spring skiing conditions that Squaw is known for and help us support a great cause.”
The Amgen Tour of California is the largest cycling event in America and covers 800 miles in eight days. This is the first year the race will start in Lake Tahoe, a nationally known cycling area. As host to the start of Stage 2, The Village at Squaw Valley will feature live music, parties and events to accompany the prestigious race.
With Squaw Valley’s extended ski season on weekends (Friday through Sunday) through May 30 for skiing and snowboarding, spectators can spend the day on the slopes following the start of the race.
The Amgen Tour will visit 15 host cities for official stage starts and finishes, while other cities along the route also will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of elite professional cycling. Stages for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California include:
• Stage 2: Monday, May 16 – North Lake Tahoe-Squaw Valley USA to Sacramento
• Stage 3: Tuesday, May 17 – Auburn to Modesto
• Stage 4: Wednesday, May 18 – Livermore to San Jose
Read more icedjamb.com ski stories:
- Snow, high winds cancel Stage 1 of Amgen Tour in Lake Tahoe
- Final day at Alpine Meadows, Boreal ski resorts featured fresh snow
- Kirkwood ski resort founder Bud Klein dies
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