By Tim Hauserman 

Here comes February, the heart of the Tahoe winter! There are always lots of great events planned. Here are a few that are certainly worth a look. Check out the calendar of North Tahoe events at thetahoeweekly.com for lots of other things to do:

Squaw Valley Fireworks. Catch the over the snow fireworks at Squaw Valley Feb 8, 15 and 22nd at 7 pm. But wait, there are more fireworks to see during Snowfest. More on that below. 

Alpenglow Mountain Festival February 15-23

This nine day celebration of human-powered mountain sports includes get togethers, clinics, equipment demonstrations and films. There are a total of 75 individual events and the vast majority are free! The focus is on backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, natural history, yoga, live music and social gatherings. Get the scoop at alpenglowsports.com. Many events require prior registration and fill up, so go online asap.  

Speaking of Alpenglow Sports, they also host the very popular,  Winter Speaker Series at Squaw Valley. It wraps up on Thursday, February 20th, at 6:00 PM with a presentation from professional skier Hadley Hammer. Hammer’s show, ‘Redemption Through Adventure’, details her unlikely beginning in the pro-skier world when she entered her first big mountain competition at age 25, and was catapulted to the top of the Freeride World Tour. The Alpenglow speaker series attracts huge audiences and are a social highlight of the winter. These events are also fundraisers that have raised over $300,000 towards local non-profit organizations in the last few years. This time it’s The Tahoe Fund which will be the beneficiary. 

Snowfest! February 28-March 8th. This iconic celebration of winter includes cocktail parties. parades, pancake breakfast, polar bear swims and even a few fun events that don’t start with “P” like luaus, ribfests and Fireworks in Tahoe City above the Winter Sports Park. Hauserman Rental Group has been a popular participant in the Snowfest Parade for years, creating some memorable costumes (see the photo above).  You may want to be leap on over to Tahoe City to check it out on February 29th. For a full list of Snowfest events go to tahoesnowfest.org