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Snow Fest

The 41st annual Snow Fest kicks off on March 2nd with 10 full days of events all over the North Shore. With multiple events every day I included some of my favorites below. For a full list of all the activities click learn more. 


SNOWFEST Fireworks w/ The Nomads live music!

March 3rd | 5-8pm | Tahoe City Golf Course

We will be kicking off the celebration with a bang on Friday, March 3rd at the Tahoe City Golf Course with a fireworks show and live music featuring The NOMADS N. Lake Tahoe’s premier rock band. Music will kick it off at 5:30 Fireworks at approximately 7 pm.

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Tahoe City SNOWFEST Parade

March 4th | 11:30am-12:30pm | Downtown Tahoe City

The Tahoe City Parade is back!! Sign up to take part or come on out to watch as the best and brightest of N. Lake Tahoe compete to see who is the Best In Show ($1000.00 prize), Best Youth Entry, Most Tahoe, and Rookie of the Year! The theme again is Lake Tahoe Mountain Mardi-gras. Staging this year is at Tahoe Lake School Parking Lot and will be open to float prep and staging on Friday, March 3rd at 5 pm. Parade Route is from the Tahoe Lake School to The light at Hwy 28 and Hwy 89. There will be vendors at the Penny Bear Park w/ Snowfest Merch, others, and info on non-profits supported by our events.

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Garwood’s 34th Annual Polar Bear Swim

March 4th | 12pm-4pm | Garwoods

Join us for this year’s Polarbear Swim on Saturday, March 4th at Garwoods Grill & Pier on Lake Tahoe. And if you’re brave enough… You can now sign up to swim in our 34th Annual Polar Bear swim at Garwoods Lake Tahoe by visiting! Come have fun with us during Lake Tahoe’s largest shrinkage event!

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Tahoe City Dog Pull Hosted by Alpine Power Equip, benefiting Palisades Avalanche Dogs

March 5th | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Pete and Peters

A live event providing drinks and facilities to host a dog pull event. A snow run will be made which will be fenced and staked with tools provided by the Tahoe City PUD. The weight of the dog will determine how much weight they pull. A prize bag will be awarded for each dog’s weight class in their winning division. $20/dog entry. All proceeds benefit Palisades Avalanche Dogs and a big thanks to Alpine Power Equipment for hosting!

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Milk Jug Curling – Hosted by and benefiting Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation and Tahoe City PUD

March 6th | 7:00pm – Fri 10th 11:00pm | Tahoe City Winter Sports Park

Curling on the Tahoe City ice rink – teams of 4 compete to see who can slide their milk jugs across the ice to a target to gain points. Play begins with each team sliding one jug, the team with the jug farthest from the target then slides until they better the other team’s closest jug. Play continues in that format until all 8 jugs (4 per team) have been played. multiple rounds are played until one team reaches 15 points win by 2 or until time runs out.

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Snowfest Prom Night!!! Sponsored by Brix Graphics and Hartline Construction -benefiting The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

March 9th | 6:30-10:00pm | Tahoe City Winter Sports Park

PROM for all – for any of you that missed your senior prom or would like a re-due. Come on out to the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park to relive your “Glory Days” Go out to a fancy dinner at one of our local eateries and come join us to dance, and skate the night away. Please send us your prom pics to put up on social media just for fun to Prom Attire preferred Punch, Dancing, and Ice skating. $25 per person – Benefiting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

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5th Annual Alaskan Open Snow Golf Tournament

March 11th | 9am-3pm | Tahoe City Golf Course

100% of Proceeds benefit Gateway Mountain Center. Tee times are available on March 11, 2022 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. $200 per team (no single entries). Teams of 5 players. The tournament is a nine-hole scramble best ball format with teams of 5 players. Snow golf is played with a tennis ball and each player is allowed three clubs (bring your own clubs & tennis balls). Skis or snowshoes are welcome but not required. Outrageous Caddyshack/Hot Dog the Movie inspired golf attire is encouraged. Food and drinks are available at Cafe Zenon. Additional eats by Big Blue BBQ. COME HUNGRY!!!

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River Ranch Snow Sculpture Contest SNOWFEST Closing Ceremonies!

March 12th | 12pm-4pm | River Ranch

Annual SNOWFEST closing event!! Hosting teams from non-profit organizations who will mold shape carve color and decorate their mounds of snow into a masterpiece!! Teams compete for cash prize donations to their NPO. Come for Food, fun, live music, and a celebration of another fantastic event. King and Queen Raffle and much, much more.

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Ididarun Sled Dog Race to Benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

March 12th | 1pm | Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort

Inspired by the world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that takes place every year in March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, the Downhill Ski Resort will hold its own “Ididarun” race to benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe as part of North Lake Tahoe’s annual Snowfest community festival. TheDownsized in scale and distance, but supersized in fun, this exciting sled dog race against the clock will include four weight categories for sporting pups to pull a sled weighing 50% of their body weight across a snow-covered course. Each division will have a winner, with an overall racing champion. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for additional chances to win fun prizes.

This event has a 40-dog registration limit. Sign up online (available soon) or register on the day of the event starting at 12PM.

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Historic Longboard Race Revival Series

March 19th | 11:45am | Plumas Ski Club

COMPETE: Skis must be 9-16′ or longer, made of wood, and only authentic “Dope” wax allowed (modern ski wax is banned). Wear 1860’s style attire and leather boots. Registration takes place from 10:00-11:15 and drawing of the numbers starts at 11:45. Racing requires a ski club membership and a fee of $20.

RENT: There are a limited quantity of Ski Club Skis available to rent on a first-come-first-serve basis. Rental fees are $20

SPECTATE: Family-friendly event. Food and alcohol for sale. Shuttles are available. Suggested donation at the entrance to the ski hill.


From Plumas Ski Club

Truckee Rotary’s Annual Chris Mathews Crab & Pasta Feed

March 25th | 4-9pm | The Truckee Community Recreation Center 

Join Rotary and the community for the Annual Crab and Pasta Feed! Enjoy the best fresh crab, pasta, salad, bread, and a cookie along with community fellowship while helping Rotary help our community.  This year the silent and live auction benefits Truckee High School’s Project Graduation. Overall event proceeds go to grants given out all year to projects and nonprofit groups that benefit our Truckee community. 

Tickets $65 per person, children 12 and under $35 (for sit-down dinner option only). Limited number of tickets available – don’t miss out! Get your tickets early!

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Sierra Skogsloppet XC Fun Ski Race

March 26th | 9am | Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

This fun race is organized by Truckee High and Alder Creek Middle School cross country ski teams as a fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds go to help support the teams. Entering a fun race is a great way to challenge yourself and to be in to win some great swag!

Various race lengths are available all ages and abilities. This is a freestyle race, and a classic track will be set for those wishing to classic ski the race. Participants will receive a pancake brunch after the event and be entered into a raffle drawing for some great swag.

Prizes will be donated by friends, families and businesses that support the school teams.

From Tahoe Donner Cross Country

North Lake Tahoe

The Great Ski Race

March 5th | 1pm | Tahoe XC Center

The 2023 Great Ski Race will follow the same race course as 2022! 26 KMs (16.2 miles) around Mt Watson: up to Soup Station 1, right (east) on the 73 roads (Fiberboard Fwy) to 4 Corners, down the 74 roads back to Carnelian Bay and onto the Blue Trail at TXC.

The Great Ski Race® is the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, a non-profit all-volunteer organization. Team members, along with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race®, which continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment for the Team, and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs sponsored and conducted by the Team.

From Tahoe XC

Road to Wondergrass Caltucky and Broken Compass Bluegrass

March 4th & 18th | 8-11pm | Alibi Incline Public House

Take the Road to WonderGrass! Join us for four special nights of music, giveaways and WinterWonderGrass swag. It’s fun for the whole family!

From Travel North Tahoe Nevada

Alpenglow Winter Speaker Series: Dave Nettle, A Return to the Alps – A “Post Covid” Ski Mountaineering Journey

March 2nd | 7-9 pm | Olympic Valley Event Center

In 2022, after two years of pandemic uncertainty, severe economic hardship, and international travel restrictions, the high mountain huts and ski resorts throughout Europe began to open again. Ski mountaineers were enthusiastically welcomed back to enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery, challenging ski terrain, excellent cuisine, and the traditional warm and friendly hospitality of the mountain regions. For Winter Speaker Series founder Dave Nettle, it was definitely time for a return to the Alps. Join Dave Nettle for his inspiring and humorous A “Post Covid” Ski Mountaineering Journey, a trip through five countries with an entertaining and motivated cast of friends during the spring of 2022. The presentation highlights their week-long hut-to-hut ski tour on the French Vanoise Haute Route. This hut trip, which lies mostly within the Vanoise National Park, traverses some of the most remote and dramatic high alpine glacial terrain in the Alps, despite the fact it borders one of the largest, interconnected ski resort complexes in Europe. Europe, like Tahoe, had a winter season with a minimal Spring snowpack and long gaps in between mostly warm, rainy storms. As Dave’s ski mountaineering journey and narrative unfolds it’s clear that having solid friends, being flexible, adjusting plans quickly, having a positive attitude, and just being plain old lucky is a life strategy he embraces that keeps his travels, friendships, and adventures fun and successful.

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Winter Pairings Dinner Series ft. Sonoma Cutrer

March 4th | 6:15 pm | High Camp at Palisades

Your evening will begin with a welcome toast featuring, Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Valley Brut Rose as you board the tram and head to High Camp. Family style communal seating will greet you as well as an appetizer on the table as we begin our dining experience. Your meal will be paired with a selection of Sonoma Cutrer vintages carefully chosen by our team and chef. An epicurean experience to remember. Please note that seating is family style- but served as a 4-course plated dinner.

The backup location will be Plaza Bar, giving our guests an unforgettable experience with amazing KT-22 & Tram Face views as well as tastes and smells of incredible cuisine being prepared by our highly talented culinarians. 21+ no exceptions

From Palisades Tahoe

Winter Pairings Dinner Series ft Good Wolf Brewery & Lead Dog Brewing

March  17th | 6:15pm | High Camp 

No longer does one have to be a “wine person” in order to hold a glass with their pinky up and say, “Mmm, the fruity notes really complement this Arugula salad.” You can do that with craft beer

Join us for a head-to-head battle of Lead Dog & Good Wolf as they give it their best shot to win your vote in a “who paired it better” dinner! Ride the tram to High Camp and enjoy a plated 4-course paired dinner with family seating. This will be a night full of fun and excitement. 21+, no exceptions.

From Palisades Tahoe

Pain McShlonkey Classic

March 25th | 9am-4pm | Palisades Tahoe

Wax up your snowblades, dress up in your most outrageous ski duds and come out to Palisades Tahoe for a day full of belly laughs, camaraderie and philanthropy in celebration of legendary skier Shane McConkey. The Annual Pain McShlonkey Classic coincides with International Snowblade Day to create an epic day where Shane fans around the world to get involved in this irreverently hilarious day.

Join us at Palisades Tahoe on March 25 or join in the online photo contest and stream the virtual event.

If you aren’t in Tahoe, you can still join the fun. Dress up, pop on your snowblades and snap a picture of yourself. Shred wherever you are: the mountain, a parking lot, your living room… wherever the spirit of the blades moves you. Then post your pic to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SnowbladeDay and you will be entered into our photo contest!

Our virtual event will be live streamed from Palisades Tahoe and our esteemed panel of judges will award prizes to your photo submissions! Join us for the Hot Dog Downhill, Awards, Huge Raffle and more! Registration to race in the Pain McShlonkey Classic opens February 1, 2023.

From Palisades Tahoe


Mothership Classic

March 26th | All Day | Palisades

The Mothership Classic is a pledge driven event held each Spring on the worlds greatest chairlift, KT-22. Participants begin by gathering pledges like a NASCAR racer chasing sponsorships. On the day of the event, each participant will challenge themselves to hot lap KT-22 as many times as possible from first chair to last on skinny skis, retro snowboards, mono skis, snow blades, etc. Nostalgic ski attire is encouraged.

Awards are given out for a variety of categories including:

Most Laps

Most Money Raised

Best Costume

Raddest Goggles

And more!

All funds raised go directly to the healing efforts of athletes that have suffered life-changing injuries via The High Fives Foundation.

From Palisades Tahoe

WinterWonderGrass – Tahoe

March 31st | Palisades Tahoe

Join us in majestic Lake Tahoe for the 7th year of WinterWonderGrass California! The festival will take place March 31-April 2nd, 2023, at Palisades Tahoe. General, VIP, and Lodging on sale now Mark your calendars (and prep your lift tickets) for the free Thursday Kickoff Show, at the base of Palisades Ski Resort in the Plaza, followed by a weekend of music, brews, and mountains with bluegrass and americana favorites. Inside the venue, you will find an open-air outdoor mainstage, three side stages (which are heated and covered), plus daily beer, whiskey, and spiked seltzer complimentary tastings for those 21 and over, from 3-5 pm.

The lineup will satisfy all audiences with 25 bands across 4 stages, including WinterWonderGrass veterans, Trampled by Turtles and Greensky Bluegrass, with newcomers Marcus King, The Main Squeeze, and The Lone Bellow. The weekend rounds out with Molly Tuttle, Mapache, Neal Francis, Tray Wellington Band, Big Richard, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Lindsay Lou, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Cris Jacobs Band, the Brothers Comatose, Daniel Donato, and others.

Stay tuned for information about RV Parking, daily schedule, and Late Night Shows

From Palisades Tahoe

Tahoe Mountain Club (Members Only)

Party In The Pines

March 18 | 11:00am-2:30pm | Schaffer’s Camp Back Deck

Don’t Stop Believin’ that we are going to have a blast (from the past) at the Tahoe Mountain Club Party In The Pines!  Embrace the heyday of skiing by dressing like a Maniac and donning your retired one-piece ski suit, neon headband, skinny skis, and comically-long ski poles. Best dressed will win the grand prize! Point your tips downhill and schuss your way to Schaffer’s Camp, our totally radical oasis in the trees.  When you arrive, loosen the buckles on your rear-entry boots because this is a dance party! We’ll have themed cocktails, food, music, and lots of blasts from the past.

Event is free to attend and entertainment is complimentary. Outdoor food and drink available for purchase.

RSVP for outdoor party appreciated but not required. Looking to dine inside or order off the Schaffer’s Camp menu?  Please book a Schaffer’s Camp Reservation on Tock

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This Blog has been authored by Christopher Botto