Squaw Valley USA The 19th annual Tahoe International Spring SnowFestwinter carnival kicks-off with the Opening Ceremonies at Squaw Valley USA,February 25, 2000.

Hailed as the largest event of its kind in the world, this years festivalruns February 25-March 5, 2000, offering fun and entertainment for all ages.Popular activities include the opening night torchlight parade and fireworksat Squaw Valley USA, the Tahoe City parade, ice-carving, concerts, the SnowDog Challenge, the sport utility vehicle snow driving contest, a polar bearswim, snowshoe races, the Great Race cross-country adventure, and plenty ofnight time fun at all of the local bars and restaurants.

Event Highlights at Squaw ValleyFebruary 25 – Opening CeremoniesSquaw Valley will be resplendent with lights as the Squaw Valley Ski Schooldescends KT-22/Exhibition during the annual torchlight parade, followed by aspectacular fireworks show. Guests cant help being swept up in the festiveatmosphere. Live music on the snow stage, combined with food and a beergarden add to the nighttime carnival action and get SnowFest off to animpressive start.

March 2-5 – Ford Downhill Series World ChampionshipsTelevised on FOX Sports (Air Date: March 11, 2000 at 4pm EST)Two man teams of Olympic and World Cup downhill racers compete for nationalpride and a chance to share in the $500,000 Ford Downhill Series prizepurse. The line-up of racers includes elite athletes like Kyle Rasmussen andReggie Crist of the U.S., Pietro Vitalini and Alberto Senigagliesi of Italy,Robert Boyd and Felix Belczyk of Canada, Luc Alphand and Jean-Luc Cretier ofFrance, and Franz Heinzer and Daniel Mahrer of Switzerland. Squaw Valley isthe final stop for the Series and the last chance for these athletes to takehome the championship title and two new Ford SUVs. Racing at high speedsthrough treacherous turns and over huge jumps, the event is sure to beexciting and fiercely competitive.

A complete schedule of SnowFest events is available through Festivals atTahoe 702-832-7625 or visit the SnowFest web site at www.snowfest.org.

Squaw Valley is located five miles north of Lake Tahoe along the TruckeeRiver on Highway 89. This season the year-round resort celebrates 50 yearsof dedication to skiing and snowboarding excellence. Offering 4,000 acres oflift served terrain, a snowboard park, ice-skating, bungee jumping,snowtubing, rock climbing, an Olympic Winter Games Museum, shopping, diningand more, Squaw Valley has something for the entire family. For moreinformation please call 530/583-6985, or visit www.squaw.com.