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12/16/2014

Big Bear Welcomes New Lakefront Restaurant

The Pines Lakefront recently opened on Big Bear Lake, featuring the only waterfront dining in town. The eatery offers fine dining with an extensive seasonal menu featuring steak, seafood and pasta dishes, as well as wild game such as elk, wild boar, venison and rabbit. The restaurant boasts the only multipurpose smoker in Southern California, and will change the wood flavor according to the seasons. The Pines Lakefront also offers the largest wine list in Big Bear Lake, including 110 wines. For more information, visit www.thepineslakefront.com.

Media Contact:
Dan McKernan
Big Bear Visitors Bureau
www.bigbear.com
dmckernan@bigbear.com
909-866-6190 ext.235


Public Contact:
Reception
Pines Lakefront Restaurant
www.thepineslakefront.com
909-866-5400
 

12/12/2014

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort Offers the World’s Only Burton Star Wars™ Experience for Kids

With more than 400 inches of average annual snowfall, wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra Resort is a bastion of the authentic California ski experience. Home to the world’s only Burton Star Wars™ Experience, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has expanded with the Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base to offer a snowboarding program specifically designed for kids ages 7-12. The new Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base gives kids, ages 7-12, the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars™ characters and Burton Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Young snowboarders will get the chance to “defeat the dark side” and become Jedi Knights by conquering their fears of sliding on snow. Kids will learn to snowboard in a one-of-a-kind environment unlike any other in the universe. For more information, visit www.sierraattahoe.com.

Media Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thardy@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138


Public Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thardy@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138
 

12/12/2014

New Ski Facilities, Activities and Amenities Debut in Truckee

Six Tesla charging bays are now available at the Gateway Shopping Center in Truckee. Those who prefer to travel by skis will enjoy the expanded offerings at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, which now operates the Royal Gorge Cross Country facilities, North America’s largest cross-country ski resort. The hamlet of Glenshire recently opened the Truckee River Legacy Trail, a beautiful east-west trail for jogging, walking and connecting with locals. Northstar California recently launched Family Après Snow Play, an arena of interactive snow sculptures and features, kid-centric coaching and music. The resort’s Zephyr Lodge also opened Mountain Table, featuring California-sourced cuisine and panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of the Sierra Nevada’s Pacific Crest. Northstar also debuted a Progression Snow Park, a terrain park offering a smoother, more refined transition between beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels. For more information, visit www.truckee.com.

Media Contact:
Anna Koenig
Switchback PR + Marketing
www.switchbackpr.com
anna@switchbackpr.com
530-550-2252


Public Contact:
Lynn Saunders
Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce
www.truckee.com
lynn@truckee.com
530-587-8808
 

12/12/2014

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s New Solstice Plaza Now Open

After a $5 million investment, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Solstice Plaza is now open. Solstice Plaza features an exciting new après scene, enhanced guest services, a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant, Solstice Eatery. Along with Solstice Eatery, Sierra is also introducing the new indoor/outdoor Corkscrew Bar with full liquor license and the Golden Bear Terrace featuring California-centric barbeque flavors based on California lifestyle and attitude, highlighting craft beers from California. Guests can enjoy these delectable new options while relaxing around fire pits on a large outdoor deck overlooking the action on the mountain and enjoying live music and events throughout the course of the season. For more information, visit www.sierraattahoe.com.

Media Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thea@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138


Public Contact:
Thea Hardy
Sierra at Tahoe
www.sierraattahoe.com
thea@sierraattahoe.com
530-543-3138
 

12/11/2014

2015 Marks 100 Years of the Napa Valley Wine Train's Rail Cars

In 2015, the Napa Valley Wine Train will celebrate the 100th anniversary of their original, 1915-iconic rail cars. Lovingly restored to their original glory with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs, these rail cars are part of American history. Visitors are invited to celebrate this milestone and take advantage of this unique opportunity to see what it was like during the era of luxury train travel rather than just viewing them in a museum. For more information, visit http://winetrain.com.

Media Contact:
Kira Devitt
Napa Valley Wine Train
winetrain.com
kira@winetrain.com
707-251-5210


Public Contact:
Reservations
Napa Valley Wine Train
winetrain.com
reservations@winetrain.com
800-427-4124
 

12/11/2014

Moxie Café Opens in Santa Maria

The distinctive Moxie Café recently opened in the California Central Coast’s Santa Maria Valley, which is home to the world-famous regional culinary tradition of Santa Maria Style Barbecue. Moxie Café draws on this tradition by making liberal use of Santa Maria’s homegrown tri-tip beef cut, offering a Santa Maria tri-tip chili as well as a certified Angus tri-tip dinner entrée. The eatery, a clever creation by local microbiology supplies company Hardy Diagnostics, takes health to the next level by minimizing fats and sugars in its dishes while using fresh ingredients and hormone- and antibiotic-free beef—all stemming from the belief that nutritious food can also taste good. The décor boasts a visual palette of hardwood floors and warm tones deftly mixed with crisp industrial touches. The design also gives an artistic nod to the Santa Maria Valley’s rich aeronautic and aviation history, including a full-sized mock parachutist hanging from the ceiling. Outfitted with WiFi, charging stations, television screens, a fireplace, patio and private conference rooms, The Moxie— which won the Green Business Award from Santa Barbara County— encourages customers to hang out and work, or to socialize with a group. Meeting spaces are fully equipped with whiteboards, conference telephones, screens and projectors. For more information, visit www.themoxiecafe.com.

Media Contact:
Malei Weir
Mooncatcher
www.mooncatcher.com
mw@mooncatcher.com
805-239-0020


Public Contact:
Ron Lovell
The Moxie Cafe
www.themoxiecafe.com
contact@moxiecafe.com
805-361-2900
 

12/11/2014

Sugar Bowl Resort Offers Snowkiting and Snowbiking at Royal Gorge

Sugar Bowl Resort is home to California’s first and only snowkiting school at Royal Gorge Cross Country, North America’s largest XC resort, where visitors can learn to harness the power of the wind and rip along the scenic Van Norden Meadow on skis or snowboard. Tyler Brown, world champion snowkiter, will be at the reins, offering rentals, lessons, tips on technique and more. New this season, guests will also have the option of renting special fat-tired snowbikes that can be ridden on 10 kilometers of specific snowy singletrack trails in the scenic Van Norden Meadow. For more information, visit www.sugarbowl.com.

Media Contact:
Connie Anderson
The Abbi Agency for Sugar Bowl Resort
www.sugarbowl.com
connie@theabbiagency.com
775-323-2977


Public Contact:
John Monson
Sugar Bowl Resort
www.sugarbowl.com
jmonson@sugarbowl.com
530-426-6720
 

12/11/2014

Sugar Bowl Resort Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Major Improvements

To commemorate its 75th year of operations, Sugar Bowl recently underwent $20 million in major improvements, including the new Crow’s Peak chairlift on the western edge of the resort, and a new $4.5 million Sporthaus Fitness and Aquatic Center featuring two lap lanes, outdoor hot tubs, fitness facilities, a yoga studio, spa treatment rooms, and athletic training space. The resort also installed $500,000 in snowmaking equipment to improve snow quality and capacity, and launched California’s first and only snowkiting school at Royal Gorge Cross Country, North America’s largest XC resort. The cross-country ski area also will rent special fat-tired snowbikes that can be ridden on snowy single-track trails at the resort. For more information, visit www.sugarbowl.com.

Media Contact:
Connie Anderson
The Abbi Agency
www.theabbiagency.com
connie@theabbiagency.com
775-323-2977


Public Contact:
John Monson
Sugar Bowl Resort
www.sugarbowl.com
jmonson@sugarbowl.com
530-426-9000
 

12/9/2014

Planes of Fame Research Library Opens

After a year of work, the Planes of Fame Research Library has opened in Chino. The vast collection of books boasts 10,000 volumes of historical content, actively preserving the history of aviation for visitors to enjoy. Featured authors and books include: Dan King’s “The Last Zero Fighter” and “A Tomb Called Iwo Jima”; Wilbur Richardson’s “Aluminum Castles”; Mike Cimenera’s “The Aircraft Designers: A Grumman Historical Perspective”; Thomas Cleaver’s “Fabled Fifteen, the Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15”; and Mark Carlson’s “Flying on Film: A Century of Aviation in the Movies, 1912- 2012. The museum now offers a monthly Living History event, with the Dec. 6 program highlighting the Japanese Aircraft of WWII and featuring the Vultee Val (Movie Conversion BT-15) and the Yokosuka Suiseu D4Y3 (Judy) Model 43. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans will discuss the history and answer questions, and a flight demonstration will be offered for guests to enjoy. For more information, visit www.planesoffame.org.

Media Contact:
Harry Geier
Planes of Fame Air Museum
www.planesoffame.org
harry.geier@planesoffame.org
909-597-7576


Public Contact:
Planes of Fame Air Museum
www.planesoffame.org
harry.geier@planesoffame.org
909-597-3722
 

12/9/2014

New Google Glass App for Skiers and Snowboarders

Squaw Valley is launching the ski industry’s first app for Google Glass. Designed by Lumiplan, a tech company based in the French Alps and known for their solutions for electronic display systems, the Squaw Valley app will allow Google Glass wearers to view which trails and lifts are open and closed, without ever having to check a signage board or take their phone out of their pocket. Squaw Valley is the first ski resort to develop an app for Google Glass. The Squaw Valley Google Glass app will be available for the 2014–15 season through the Google Glass app store. Additional capabilities are planned for the app in the future. For more information, visit http://squawalpine.com.

Media Contact:
Tegan Firth Kopilenko
Cinch PR
www.cinchpr.com
tegank@cinchpr.com
415-392-2211


Public Contact:
Melissa Brouse Matheney
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
squawalpine.com
mmatheney@squaw.com
530-452-7105

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