The [R419R, Squaw Valley] Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural, and educational values for the surrounding community, is host a fund-raiser that is sure to be a hoot.

Legendary filmmaker - and onetime Squaw Valley ski instructor - Warren Miller will emcee A Toast to Tahoe Skiing on the evening of Nov. 15 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.  

The event, which figures to be North Lake Tahoe's biggest and liveliest party to kick-off the 2008-09 ski and snowboard season, is a celebration of the region's deep-seated winter sports roots.

A Toast to Tahoe Skiing will feature a cocktail reception, a variety of food stations, an energetic ski/snowboard fashion and equipment show featuring local ski celebrities - Tamara McKinney, Eric DesLauriers, Shannon Bahrke and Robb Gafney are among the "models" - world-class music and lighting by Swank Audio Visual, and a live auction all commentated by Miller, whose dry wit and droll observations are known to all.

Miller also will wield the gavel as A Toast to Tahoe Skiing will auction off vacation packages to such get-away spas as Sunriver in Orego, Palm Springs, Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, Vail Cascade in Colorado, and Monterey Plaza Resort and Spa.

Tickets for the event - which begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner at 7 p.m. - cost $85 per person, with a limited number of front-row sponsored tables available. Call (530) 581-4138 for more information or reservations.