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Friday, February 22, 2013

Grrrrr Gar...Lots Of Altitude And Low Temperatures

SnowFest is the annual Mardi Gras celebration up in the high Sierra Nevada mountains, nestled in the fun-loving resort destination of Lake Tahoe.

Part of the SnowFest is the Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim that always draws a colorful, eclectic crowd to its high-altitude, low-temperature swim. At an altitude of 6,229 feet (1,898 meters) in Lake Tahoe, the water temperature at 39°C (4°C) throughout the 250-yard swim feels requires toughness, both physical and mental.

With a cut-off time of 20 minutes, a crowd gathers to see who is the fastest, the slowest and the most colorful in front of the Gar Woods Restaurant in Carmelian Bay. The 24th year of cold-water celebration is held on March 2nd this year, always with snow on the shoreline.

"The SnowFest in Lake Tahoe is almost upon us and Gar Woods Grill & Pier will be hosting the 24th Annual Coolest and Largest Shrinkage Event - the Polar Bear Swim following the Tahoe City Parade," explains Alicia Smith, Marketing Coordinator of the Gar Woods Grill & Pier.

"Each year hundreds of spectators line the pier and deck to watch hardy souls brave the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe. Participants swim approximately 250 yards in bone-chilling water before returning to Gar Woods' Bar to minimize their pain. There will be hot tubs to warm their bodies after the swim."

For more information, visit Gar Woods.

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