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Squaw and Alpine host Learn to Ski and Snowboard Weekend

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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer beginner lift tickets, lessons and full rental packages for $30 to first-time skiers and riders Saturday and Sunday. Beginner skiers and riders can take their first turns on the snow at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows for just $30, including a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and lessons during the 13th annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Weekend. Slated for Saturday and Sunday, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Weekend is specifically tailored to beginners (ages 3 and older) who want to learn a new snow sport.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Weekend at Squaw and Alpine offers unique learning stations for adult and teen participants, meaning skiers and riders can start at one station to learn a specific skill and progress onto the next station once they have mastered it. Since everyone learns at a different pace, beginners can spend as much or as little time at each station as they choose throughout the day. Lessons will be offered continuously from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the teen and adult lessons offered at both resorts, Squaw Valley is offering $30 kids beginner lesson packages, including lift ticket and equipment rentals at Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids. Kids 13 and younger can take either a morning or an afternoon lesson. Morning lessons registration is from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. with pick up at 12:15 p.m., and afternoon lesson registration is prior to 1 p.m. with pickup at 3:30 p.m. Reservations for kids lessons are required and can be made by calling Squaw Kids at (530) 452-7225 or Alpine Kids at (530) 581-8220. The weekend comes just on the heels of Alpine Meadows' opening day, which is slated for Friday.

Grass Valley Sears sponsors community food drive

Sears Hometown Stores plan to hand out more than savings this holiday season. Select Sears Hometown Stores across the U.S. are collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local charities in their communities. Customers who live near Grass Valley are encouraged to stop into the Sears Hometown Store located at 129 Idaho Maryland Road and drop off items now through Dec. 29. Each person who donates a food item will receive $5 off his purchase of $50, which is valid one time per customer. The food collected will be donated to the Nevada County Food Bank.

"The holidays can be a difficult time of year for so many. Together with our customers, we are working to collect items for the food drive to give back to those in our communities who are less fortunate," said Ron Gaynor, owner of the Grass Valley Sears Hometown Store. "We are grateful for the support we have received from the Nevada County residents and hope that this food drive makes a difference in their lives."

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For information, customers can call or drop in the Grass Valley store.

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