Gather friends and family together to participate or watch this once a season fun Rahlves’ Banzai Race Tour; meet some new friends by ridesharing to the event..
The Rahlves’ Banzai Tour is racing in it’s purest form. Big mountain freeride meets ski / boarder-cross action! Taking place at three Lake Tahoe, CA resorts it’s head to head action four at a time, top to bottom, down a wide open course over natural terrain and snow conditions. This is the ultimate test of ski and riding skills. Open entry for 18 years old and up. Come take part in the fun and find out what you are made of.
Solo timed qualifying run on Saturday ranks the Top 32 men ski / board and Top 16 women ski / board into brackets for Sunday’s finals. The finals match up four competitors at a time with the top two in round advancing until the remaining four battle it out for the Rahlves’ Banzai win.
RBT has more momentum than ever in it’s fifth season. Top skiers and snowboarders from North America will line up against Lake Tahoe area athletes laying it on the line to defend home turf and a cash purse at each event. Points are earned at all events and added up to crown male and female ski and snowboard Overall Banzai Champions for an additional pay out.
Feb 27 – 28, 2016 Kirkwood Wall Banzai
For the first time since 2013, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be starting off The Wall. This video gives you a little taste of what’s to come!! Be there.
March 5 – 6, 2016 Sugar Bowl Silver Belt Banzai
This throw back to 2013 Rahlves’ Banzai Tour at Sugar Bowl Resort will be what we are going down in 2016. It’s the prime line of the Silver Belt Gully. This video gives you a little taste of what’s to come!! Be there.
Rahlves’ Banzai Tour(RBT) competitors:
Skiing in Tahoe has been amazing this El Nino year so get ready to Banzai.
We are less than a month out from the first event and conditions are good to go for the original and best routes down Kirkwood’s Wall and Sugar Bowl’s Silver Belt Gully very similar to 2013 race.
At both events we kick it off the Friday prior in South Lake Tahoe and Truckee with music, raffle prizes, food, drink and a chance to hang out with the RBT family.
Rahlves’ Banzai Bar Crawl
Friday Feb 26th South Lake Tahoe, CA
5-7pm Base Camp Pizza
7-10pm CA Burger Co.
Friday March 4th Truckee, CA
4-5pm Tahoe Sports Hub – Drawing 5pm win Sugar Bowl lift tickets, tune / wax jobs
5-8pm Mellow Fellow – Drawing 8pm win Giro helmet & goggles
8pm-close Pastime Club (live music or DJ) – Drawing 10pm win Atomic Ski
Event Registration for Kirkwood is in Red Cliffs Lodge above General Store and the Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl.
Saturday practice, qualis, round of 32 men and Après party happening at Kirkwood’s Wall Bar and Sugar Bowl’s Sierra Vista Bar.
Daron Rahlves, Banzai Master, World Champion, USA Olympic ski racer, Winter X-Games Skier-X Champ and pro big mountain skier is the event organizer responsible for its growth and success with the help of host resorts, event partnerships and competitors. Daron is involved in the operation of the RBT, assisting competitors and mingling with the fans. At each event he takes a qualifying timed run, but doesn’t compete head to head until the “Super Final” at his home resort, Sugar Bowl. The designated day in March is that day when he puts his title of “Banzai Master” on the line taking on the Men Ski Winners from each stop in a battle for winner takes all of $5,000!!!
Snowpals’ Top Pick for Bay Area Ski Shop goes to California Ski Company
California Ski Company is a premier San Francisco Bay Area’s ski equipment shop specializing in:
alpine skiing(aka downhill skiing)
backcountry – the only SF Bay Area ski shop specializing in backountry
expert custom boot fitting
professional ski tuning
high-performance ski rentals
What is most important to you when you’re looking to buy or get your gear serviced? California Ski Company provides stellar customer service and has an experienced, knowledgeable and capable staff with insightful answers to your product and gear questions. Most importantly, they care about your snow riding experience and have the track record to prove it — thousands of loyal customers.
“For more than 16 years, California Ski Company has been the Bay Area leader in specialty alpine ski sales, offering knowledge, expertise and experience that few volume retailers can. Our staff is what makes our store unique. We are a group of ski enthusiasts drawn together by the desire to work in a SKI ONLY environment where skiers come to learn about the latest and best products from people who spend every available moment using those products.”
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Are you in shape for skiing/snowboarding?
When October arrives, there’s less than seven weeks left until the start of the 2013-14 ski season. Are you in shape? Skiing and snowboarding is one of the most demanding sports, both mentally and physically. Whether on a ski holiday or skiing 30 days per year, sign up for our preseason ski conditioning boot camp to increase your enjoyment, skiing performance and help prevent common skiing and snowboarding injuries.
Common ski injuries involve the knee, particularly, a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury(see diagram below: source wiki)
Other common ski injuries involve ligament sprains, soft tissue bruising and joint injuries. For snowboarders, common injuries typically involve fractures(broken bones), joint injuries such as dislocations (when the joint surfaces are completely torn apart) and subluxations (when the joint surfaces are moved out of position, but not completely). Most injuries are the result of poor or no conditioning.
Skiing and snowboarding are dynamic activities that recruit multiple muscle groups. These activities are carried out on even and uneven surfaces and place high levels of stress on muscles and joints which increases the likelihood of injuries. Incorporating functional exercises to strengthen muscle groups of the quadriceps, gluteals and hamstrings help to prevent injuries and get you in shape for the ski/ride season.
Each class will focus on snowsport-specific exercises integrating strengthening, balance/proprioceptive, agility, plyometrics, flexibility/yoga and core training.
learn & develop:
proper knee alignment through training
plyometrics for power
interval training for stamina
stretching/yoga for increased range of motion and relaxation
Each class is unique. You will get a great workout that will get you in shape for the ski/ride season. We maximize training effectiveness by combining circuits, interval courses, drills, calisthenics and functional ski/snowboard-specific exercises(incorporating typical athletic stances, and engaging all of your muscles in movement patterns typical of how you would move when skiing/snowboarding).
The exercise format is fun and easy to follow and can be modified to any level: beginner to advanced. You’ll get in great shape and meet other like-minded ski and ride enthusiasts.
pre and post assessments included:
Included in this class is a fitness performance assessment that will take place on the first day(to set a baseline) and last day of each class(to measure your improvements). Fitness Assessments include a body composition test (body fat testing) and taking your body circumference measurements.
Francisco Gomez holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology; currently earning a Masters in Exercise Physiology; National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association(NESTA) Certified Trainer and award winning college coach. Francisco enjoys skiing and snowboarding at Squaw Valley.
Juan Gomez holds a B.S. in Business Marketing; currently earning a Masters in Exercise Physiology; top running athlete and cross-country running coach. Juan’s favorite Tahoe resort for snowboarding is Heavenly.
“No Time Like Now”
To quote a phrase, it’s never too late to get started. According to Linda Crockett, education director for the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, “the six weeks before the season are the most important in strength training and anaerobic conditioning. Even if you haven’t been conscientious about training in the off-season, you should focus on a regime during these fleeting days before the snow flies. After all, you can’t get up to the slopes and expect your body to do something that it can’t even do on dry land,” she says.
Pre-season training is for everyone. Get fit and prevent injuries.
Our fitness assessments are included. Our workouts are different each day, our classes are never overcrowded, and our sessions are closed to the public once we’ve begun.
1. Submit the registration form below. Pay $20 to reserve your spot; the remainder of the balance is due on the first day of class. You will receive an e-mail confirmation within 24 hours that you have been registered.
2. If you’d like to try out the bootcamp, we offer a $25 drop-in class option. Keep in mind that the more frequently you go, you’ll get better results, and you’ll save more when you select one of our bootcamp packages described above.
*Please note that classes are non-transferable. Classes do not roll over and credit will not be refunded for unused classes.
For questions or to order a gift certificate: drop us a line via or call (925) 487-6115.
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*what to bring to class
Bring a water bottle, a towel, sunscreen(for our Saturday morning classes), gloves if you don’t like putting your hands in the grass, comfortable layers of clothes and athletic shoes. Most helpful is to bring your unworried mind, high energy and positive attitude!
This coming weekend Friday Jan 11 and Saturday Jan 12 is the second installment of The Last Chair Music Festival which is being hosted at the Olympic Village Lodge by Squaw Valley. A lift ticket purchased online through http://www.squaw.com/last-chair-music-fest includes one day of skiing or riding on Friday or Saturday, as well as access to one concert in the evening. Season pass holders are offered a discounted ticket to The Last Chair Music Festival for $30, which may be purchased online or at the event. Regular event tickets are $35 and available online or at the door. Tickets are also available daily at the Guest Services and Sales Center, in addition to the Squaw Valley Conference Center until 4pm, or until sold out.
Friday night’s event includes Foster the People, a fresh new band from Los Angeles performing a dj set. Supporting act Eliot Lipp, whom you may know for having performed with Sound Tribe Sector Nine, has received recognition from both Prefuse 73 and Jay-Z. Eliot Lipp signed to Pretty Lights Music just last year.
Saturday features Bonobo, one of the many fantastic artists belonging to the infamous Ninja Tune label, who surely will deliver a great set. Emancipator hails from Portland, OR with dreamy, danceable beats and “The Master of Emotion” aka Random Rab is based out of San Francisco. Arrive early to catch all three of these delicious acts on Saturday January 12.
Check out the Last Chair Music Festival 2013 Lineup:
POWder Parties, Ski Bus Deals, Ski & Ride Vacation Getaway
Help us celebrate our 14th Season as a ski and ride community: engage in some fun at our annual season kick-off POWDER parties happening around the SF Bay Area – view photos from previous events!
East Bay, Berkeley POWDER party – Wednesday DEC 5, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM; 20% of event funds collected will be donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts managed by New Your Cares; $5 event fee,view details & RSVP
Treat yourself, family and/or friends to a ski/ride destination vacation to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Sun Valley Idaho / Grand Targhee in WY and Brekenridge / Vail in Colorado; get $30-$40 off these trips.
Pay at the door event fee: $5 – please complete the eventbrite registration to RSVP and to help us plan for this event. Due to space limitations, only 32 spots available for this event.
Included with every entry is a free Liftopia gift card. Also, light snacks will be provided.
For ladies, enjoy a “French Kiss”: a mixture of French Champagne, puree of white peach, and fresh raspberry, served in a champagne flute for $8.
For gentlemen: a glass of tasty Haraszthy Zinfandel for $9 (regularly $11). Tasting notes: “The nose of this vintage is full of berry aromas and in the mouth you will taste blackberry, spice, and a hint of vanilla.”
Please make a note to bring cash. For these special events, it’s cash only.
Sagittarian’s Secret Desire: To make a difference in the world
Description: Ruled by the benefic planet Jupiter, Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. Like their astrological symbol – the Archer – Sagittarians are renowned for aiming their sights towards whatever it is they find alluring – a love partner, dream job, vacation – and making it their own. They believe that anything is possible – and because of this belief system, Sagittarians are adept at seeking out their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
But sometimes trying to tie down these free-spirited individuals is frustrating for those around them. Sagittarians are happiest on the move – exploring new cultures and ideas and many are attracted to occupations related to travel, the media, outdoor work and philosophical pursuits. In love, their catch-cry is “don’t fence me in”. But once they find a partner who understands their need to retain their own sense of self and identity, Sagittarians can be the most big-hearted, generous and fun-loving companions of all.
Freedom loving, optimistic and honest, Sagittarians are ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and higher learning. The wisdom of Jupiter imbibes Sagittarians with an inherent need to develop their own unique philosophy of life. The Centaur is their astrological symbol, and it gives many insights into the Sagittarian personality. The higher-evolved Sagittarian learns to integrate the two ends of the Centaur (half-human, half-beast) in order for their arrow (another Sagittarian symbol) of higher aspirations to be more on the mark. Although they are intellectually and spiritually advanced, Sagittarians are notorious for their lack of tact. In relationships they demand independence, but when in love, it can’t be denied that they are one of the most big-hearted signs of the zodiac.
If you were born on the first or last day of a Sun sign, in astrological terms you were born on a cusp. If that’s the case, you will probably benefit from reading your own Sun sign and the Sun sign that ends or begins right before or after your date of birth. For example, if your birth date is 22 December, your Sun sign is Capricorn, but you probably have some Sagittarian traits as well. ” – by Athena S.
Get our e-Newsletter, and get entered into our North Lake Tahoe ski lodge package giveaway. We’ll pick one lucky person at 11:55 PM (PST) on November 26, 2012 to win a vacation package getaway that includes three meals a day for two(a $240 value) to Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge
Nearby Ski Resorts: Sugar Bowl(only 5 minutes drive), Boreal(only 10 minutes drive) and Northstar at Tahoe(40 minutes drive)
* “A professional kitchen staff prepares hearty breakfasts and dinners that are served family-style in the dining room. Guests prepare their own brown bag lunches from plentiful and varied ingredients to enjoy while on their daily adventure. Vegetarian options are available for every meal.” – Sierra Club
* To enter via facebook, click on the ‘like’ button on our facebook page
Find out if you’ve won by reading our upcoming newsletter or check our facebook page to see if you’ve won. We’ll select a winner on November 26, 2012 and post the name/partial email in the newsletter as well as our facebook page. If you see your partial name/email (ie. skiteddy@*****.com) or your facebook url, claim your prize by within 7 days.
What type of info would be in your e-Newsletter?
Once a week we curate the best deals to be had in Tahoe and we list our top ten picks, some of which could possibly include:
Tahoe news & weather forecast(will there be new POWder on the horizon?)
inside travel and money saving tips for those with kids and without
top picks for lift ticket deals
specials on Tahoe area dining, entertainment, lodging
retail ski & snowboard shop sales & specials
engaging ski resort events
our picks for ‘absolute must go’ ski and snowboard travel destinations
ski & stay vacation package deals & promotions
contests & giveaways
upcoming events & outings
New to Snowpals? Sign up for Tahoe rideshare, mixers, get advice, interact with members by joining the group.
This event is open to all ages. The ski & snowboard show will have lots of games for adults and kids where you can win lift tickets, season passes from resorts and prizes for playing; your event ticket might pay for itself if you win a lift ticket or a season pass. One price structure: admission tickets are for all ages(adults, children, seniors).
ID check for those who’d like to enjoy the libations – VIP tickets for wine and beer tastings are for 21 and older.
If you’d like a special ski show expo only discounted pricing on a Season Pass(regular, college pass, seniors, etc) to your favorite Tahoe resort, attend to get in on discounted season pass offerings.
General Admission Tickets (regular price of $20). Includes 2 FREE LIFT TICKETS: China Peak & Dodge Ridge – *some restrictions apply, see below.
VIP Admission Tickets (Discounted $10.00 with ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code; the discount represents a 25% off regular price of $40)
VIP tickets include all benefits of Gen Admission Ticket PLUS free commemorative wine or beer glass and unlimited beer or wine tasting for 4 hours & a free two night stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (See below for restrictions*)
Saturday @ 11AM – 8PM
Sunday @11AM – 6PM Ticket is good for (1) day only – either Saturday OR Sunday.
WINE/BEER TASTING: Festival features wines and beer tasting from over 100 top wineries and breweries. Four hours of UNLIMITED tasting and commemorative glass with VIP ticket. Check event website for participating wineries and breweries.
SKI/SNOWBOARD SALE EXPO SHOW: Hosted by Lombardi Sports we’ll have over $1 Million dollars in goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… ALL AT UP TO 80% OFF!!!
**PARKING IS LIMITED: Public transit, walking & biking is encourage as parking is limited at the venue. Additional parking is available at Marina Green on a first come basis.