Mardi Squaw!

This past Saturday, the First Annual Mardi Squaw Event, presented by Heckler Magazine & Sunset Promotions, invaded Squaw Valley’s Olympic Lodge!


Legendary DJ J Boogie & DJ Matt Haze


Mardi Gras has generally been an overlooked event here in Lake Tahoe, so we thought it would be a good idea to round up some beads, and some of the best DJ’s in the San Francisco and Lake Tahoe areas, and throw a massive party. During the Day, we took over the KT Base Bar in a big way. Bataleon Snowboards, Nixon, Technine, bigtruck Brand, and Heckler Magazine setup booth’s and had face and mask painting for the kids, custom hats were being sewn, product giveaways, and DJ’s MOM, DJ J Boogie, Matt Haze, and more, played sets, while girls walked around dancing with hula-hoops, and circus performers handed out beads while walking the crowd on stilts. The sun was shining, and it made for a great warm-up for the evenings main event.


Galen Gifford from bigtruck brand, stitching up hats for the crowd. Smiles for miles! check them out at


Dudes on stilts, tossing out beads.


Former Heckler Magazine Editor Brad Oates, and former Heckler Photographer, Current Owner of Tahoe Snowboard Magazine, IJ Valenzuela

The doors to the event opened at 7pm, but in true Tahoe fashion, people started rolling in in droves about an hour later. Zeb Early set the night off in the Bar One Live Stage, while IJV and Andrew Posada rocked the Silent Disco area in the main room. For those of you who weren’t there, ‘Silent Disco’ are bluetooth enabled headphones that allow you to switch between two different DJ’s spinning completely different sets, while allowing you to be the only one hearing which station you are on. A very strange concept on its face but once you dive in, there’s no going back.

Trippy Hula Hooper in the Silent Disco area

Tahoe Royalty, and a part of the Gremlinz Crew, Jeffrey Sponzo & Niko Cioffi with their ladies, rocking the photo booth

What’s a party without ninjas?

Around 10pm the party was really pumping, with the 3 main rooms going off! Meanwhile, upstairs in the Plaza Bar, Nixon sponsored a VIP Lounge. Chalked full of local shreds and a few people who upgraded their tix in blind faith, you walked into the sprawling, recently remodeled bar, and were greeted with grab bags, courtesy of Sara Mehlaff & Brian Neri of Nixon NorCal. Free drinks flowed, while another DJ setup kept the crowd rocking.

Paul & Max from the bHappy Crew

Johnny Lazz & some friends

The Nixon VIP Area WENT OFF!

Christine Savage, Nial Romanek, & Taylor Lucia

Danny Toumarkine feeling up Vanessa Guajardo while Jenna Dramise, Katie Souza & Steve Wallace of High Fives Foundation look on in horror of Danny’s moustache.

Big Mountain assassin Ralph Backstrom & Maggie Farrar

Around 11pm, our main act, Planet Booty, hit the stage, and it was time to make the booties in Lake Tahoe sweat it out. Dylan, the lead singer of PB, hit the stage in a sequined jacket and shirt, but he didn’t need his clothes to help set off their set. They rocked the house. For those of you not familiar with their music, hit their website,, to learn more. We will definitely be bringing them back sometime this spring for our end of the shred season party!

Planet Booty makes you bump!

Thank you to all of you who came out and helped blow the roof off of Squaw Valley’s Olympic House.

Thank you to all of the DJ’s who came: DJ J Boogie, IJV, Zeb Early, Andrew Posada, Shane Suffriti, Mancub, MOM DJ’s, Micah J, Afrolicious, James Boggan, Deejay Theroy, Matt Haze, and Professor Bang.

Thank you to Planet Booty for making them booties sweat!

And a HUGE thanks to our sponsors: Nixon, Bataleon Snowboards, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Coors Light, Switchback Bindings, Dragon Alliance, Ride Snowboards, Burton Snowboards, Oakley, Technine, Nomis, Coal, Capita, Celtek, Vans, Bern Helmets, Contour Cameras, Comune Clothing, and Squaw Valley!

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