Old Newsletter Blast! 2/4/16

Taste Of Spring Inbound This Weekend…

Hello Skiers and Riders!

About 45 degrees in Truckee as we finish up the newsletter. We’ve had some awesome skiing and riding in Tahoe the past two weeks. We spread it out at Squaw, Alpine Meadows, Rose, Northstar, Cali and Sugar Bowl. We’ve got CREW video below!

The big news is a change in the weather for 6-10 days. It’s looking spring-like with temps into the 50’s. This would a good time to break down and get that tune-up on skis and boards. We haven’t had a big need for sharp edges, but that will change as the groom firms up.

This week, we found perfect groom, and a lot of packed powder in the side country and through trees. What we did not find? A lot of people. Mid-week continues to rock not just for deals, but for empty slopes and close-to-the-shred-parking.

*Holiday Inbound
The biggest ski/ride holiday of the season is coming.
President’s Weekend is the weekend, beginning Friday, the 12th.
Expect it too be busy and HOLIDAY pricing will be in effect. Our
recommendation is jump into the car and catch this AMAZING weekend and midweek until Thursday.

*Ski Week
The week following President’s is Ski Week. Some holiday pricing is in effect, and it will be busy. Best price on tickets. Wow, we love the 4 and 6 pack from Squaw Alpine. That is a deal,with tons of flexibility. Plenty more, though, sliders. Scan to your favorite resort to check discount ticket pricing.

We have tons of info at: SOTC Facebook and SOTC Website)

*Sports Basement
SPORT BASEMENTS is hosting a 20% off sale on NORTHFACE, ARCTERYX and MAROT at all stores!
Blowout Sale!

Rentals, Wax, Repair, More!
Hand Hot Wax $15
Edge & Hand Hot Wax $30

Base repair, belt grind, edge tuning, stone grind,
ceramic finish to harden edges and a hand hot wax: $60
Major Damage/Epoxy $60/hr

*Junior Trade-In Program:
Buy new: Trade in your old ski or board
equipment for 50% of what you paid in
store credit within one year, or 30% within two years*.

*Tribute to Moms and Dads Teaching YOU how to ski/ride
YouTube Video
YouTube Video

*Small Resorts Bringing the Value and The POW This Season
Diamond Peak Almost 200″ to date
With 196 inches of snow so far this winter, Diamond Peak has already surpassed the season-long totals from the last 4 winters, and we are on pace to match or exceed the incredible 2010-11 ski season snowfall totals.

*FLash Deals!

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe!
Perfect conditions on tap for this weekend!
Huge Savings on Lift Tickets and Rental Packages!
Enjoy some beautiful turns before the big game.

2 Day Lift Ticket
Adult….$134 (Regular Price $188)
Child….$84 (Regular Price $108)

*Valid 2/6/16 – 2/7/16 Only
2 Day Lift + Rental

Adult….$179 (Regular Price $278)
Child….$109 (Regular Price $161)

*Valid 2/6/16 – 2/7/16 Only

Mt. Rose Special – Room Only offer
20% off current prevailing rates
Group code is MTROSE6
Silver Legacy Reservations

*Mt. Rose! It’s a Learn to Ski or Ride Party
4 First Timer Packages for $199 (ages 11+)
Always wanted to learn to ski or snowboard? Grab your friends and get ready to try out something new because from January 22nd – February 12th four same day First Timer Packages are just $199 (Almost a $300 savings).

*Sugar Bowl
The CREW was at Sugar Bowl on Wednesday. Great snow, with perfecto coverage. The Summit Chair was running, giving skiers and riders some awesome side country and tree skiing. The Silver Belt is as good as it gets for advanced skiers and riders. We’ve got video, still in edit. Check Facebook!
(3) Day Advance Buy Tickets online and save!
Save up to $16 per person, per ticket,
when you purchase online.
Tickets must be purchased 3 days in advance.
Save $16 On Sugar Bowl Tickets!

*Sugar Bowl
Save $15 Every Trip at Sugar Bowl!
Enjoy direct-to-lift access, resort-wide charging privileges and $15 off that day’s price of a window lift ticket, all season long, with the Advantage Pass. Plus $5 off your daily trail pass at Royal Gorge! Just $25 one-time purchase, and season-long discounted access to the most snow in Tahoe, the least crowded slopes, unrivaled backcountry access and North America’s largest XC resort!
Save $15 Direct To Lift Tickets Here! !

*Northstar, Cali!
Northstar California Resort
While skiers and snowboarders are enjoying Northstar’s “secret season” and more than 300 inches of total snowfall this season, they can also take advantage of 15 percent off lodging during off-peak periods. And what better time to visit than during the Mountain Table Dinner Series?

These elegant events showcase the latest culinary trends and are prepared by Northstar’s mountain dining team with the freshest, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Each month guests are invited to enjoy a romantic, twilight gondola ride delivering them to the iconic Zephyr Lodge.

Once inside, guests are welcomed by aromas of a five-course dinner, featuring a different brewery, winery or distillery at each monthly event. Northstar’s culinary team meticulously crafts each dish to highlight distinct flavor notes in each accompanying beverage, offering the ultimate pairing experience set to breathtaking views of the Pacific Sierra Crest through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Don’t miss the opportunity to savor delectable flavors in one of the most gorgeous places in Lake Tahoe at one of the final three dinners of the 2015-16 season, hosted Friday, Feb. 5, 19, and March 11. www.northstarcalifornia.com

*CREW Video, Northstar, Cali
YouTube Video
YouTube Video

Heavenly has seen more than 18 feet of snow this season. After going all-in on the mountain, keep the energy level high at Tamarack Lodge at the top of the Gondola. Unbuckle those boots and grab a drink and a bite to refuel while dancing with the Heavenly Angles and live DJs. As the party winds down up top, guests will enjoy the unique experience of riding the Gondola at night with the moonlit lake and sparkly lights of town below.

Wrap the night up with a solid night’s sleep so you can do it all again tomorrow and save with post-holiday lodging offers and rates starting as low as $205 a night for a two-bedroom condo through Lake Tahoe Lodging Company. www.tahoelodging.com

Best Price Buying Online!
Vacation Packages

If your dates are flexible! 800-HEAVENLY (800-432-8365).
Heavenly Snow Mountain Report
Tickets, More

With more than 23 feet this season alone and snow nearly every day in January, now is the best time to enjoy Kirkwood’s quieter season – the holiday crowds have scattered and Kirkwood can be enjoyed in all its glory with lodging rates up to 20 percent off.

While skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the mountain to themselves, they can also partake in or watch Rahlves’ Banzai Tour, back at Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the sixth season and showcasing the most pure form of ski and snowboard racing. This year the tour will be dropping in from “CLIF Drop” off the Wall into Kirkwood’s wide open terrain where competitors will launch into Snow Snake Gully off the road aka “Down Deschutes” flying past spectators on top of Chair 11. The natural terrain at Kirkwood is the perfect fit for Banzai fun and top-to-bottom battles. www.kirkwood.com

*Scoop from St. Coop From Kirkwood!
Buenos Dias my friends,
Current temperatures @the base 21 with 21@the summit, Light E-Winds 4/5mph NWS forecast for the day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Light and variable wind.

NWS Extended: Model differences near the end of the EFP especially late Thu/Fri lower confidence in timing and any precip chances for our CWA.

Have to believe the strength of the ridge will prevail with an initial system trying to break it down on Thu. Models may also be trending Fri`s system farther N with our CWA on the Srn fringe of any precip chances…which now appear N of I-80. In the least…temperatures will be trending cooler. JHM

Great weekend ahead with sunny skies and great spring like temps…
Living the dream each and everyday my friends smile emoticon


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Lift Ticket Deals From Ski Lake Tahoe!
*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
Rose Snow Report
Rose Ticket Specials
Rose Ticket Specials
Rose Kids Ski/Ride School
Right! Ski and stay Reno or Carson City for amazing Ski and Stay values.

2 All-day lift tickets for the price of one (adult & child tickets) Valid Tuesdays only. (void holiday periods)
LADIES DAY THURSDAYS Available through the dynamic calendar or at resort. Valid Thursdays Only. (void holiday periods) $29

Available to Active Military Personnel.Available at any ticket window. (valid holidays) $54

Present your boarding pass the day you arrive in Lake Tahoe (the day your flight arrives) and receive a discounted lift ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Office.

Reno Shuttle To MT. Rose!l
There is a $20 shuttle that runs from major casinos on Saturdays and holidays. Leave the car in the Casino Parking Garage, and let the shuttle give you a ride up, and back.


*Tahoe Donner
What a bargain! We love Tahoe Donner. Located in Truckee, it is a first-class resort and operation for Beginner/Intermediates, and especially families with kids.
Snow Report
Ticket Pricing
Specials & Discouts
TD Lessons
Seniors Ski/Ride Free!

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is in the running for best cross country ski resort in North America. Nominated by USA Today, who solicited feedback from United States Nordic Olympians who are all current or former members of the United States Nordic Ski Team, Tahoe Donner is proud to be among 20 resorts under consideration for this prestigious title.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area offers over 100 kilometers of terrain, specially prepared for the best experience for traditional cross country striding, skate skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. New this year is a state-of-the-art facility, known as the Alder Creek Adventure Center, offering streamlined rental services, larger wax rooms and locker rooms, expanded indoor and outdoor seating, a large Nordic retail store, a pub with televisions and a fireplace.

Additional improvements include new rental equipment, including a new fleet of Fischer SCS skate skis, classic skis and Salomon pilot combo boots; and new grooming equipment that includes a Ginsu grooming implement, allowing for higher quality, low snow grooming.

Within the building is a new restaurant, known as the Alder Creek Café. Items from the restaurant include fresh grab and go meals, house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods with beer and wine selections available as well, not to mention après tasting plates and a happy hour.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area is open daily to the public and offers private and group lessons, rentals and signature events throughout the season. Even dog companions are allowed on select trails. To help Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area win this award, please vote at
Please Vote Here!

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*Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
Conditions Report
Holiday Lift Ticket Pricing
Holiday pricing at Squaw and Alpine. Need a deal? They are right below this line, sliders. The 4 Pack and Powder 6 will cut ticket prices nearly in half during the holiday.
Tahoe Super 4 Pack ($83/Day
Tahoe Powder Pack ($72/Day
Terrain Parks
Buy Discount Squaw/Alpine Tixs Online
Night Ski/Ride Squaw!

*WoooHooo! CREW Video @ Squaw Valley!
YouTube Video
YouTube Video

Kid-O-Rama Returns to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows – February 13-21
The 7th annual Kid-O-Rama celebration returns to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows this February 13-21. This family-friendly resort tradition features popular events like Big Truck Day, where kids can ride along in fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines, Light Up the Night with night tubing and mini-snowmobiling under the stars, and Crazy Helmet Day for kids to decorate helmets for the slopes, plus kid-friendly DJs, parties and more. Check out the full lineup online.

Midweek Lodging Specials in The Village at Squaw Valley®
Take advantage of great midweek deals on lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley. Stay right in the heart of the action, with direct access to the slopes, world-class shopping, dining, activities and events in the Village. Ski, stay and forget about driving.

February 5th – February 12th
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
→ TNF Mountain Guides. Personal mountain tour from a professional guide. Priority
lift line access & a complimentary ThermoBallTM Jacket from The North Face!
Spend all day exploring with up to four people for just $699. Call 530-452-4349!
→ Take 2 get 1 FREE. Adults and teens (13+) that take group lessons at Squaw Valley
or Alpine Meadows, get a 3rd lesson FREE.
→ $79 Learn To Ski & Ride Special at Alpine Meadows! The 1st time beginner lesson
includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental (skis, boots, poles or snowboard & boots) and a 2.25 hour lesson. Ages 13+, Mon-Fri from Feb 1 through end of 2016 Season! Blackout dates: Saturdays & Sundays & Feb 15-19, 2016.

Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew!
Lift Ticket Rates!
Sierra-Tahoe Mountain Conditions!
Sierra-E Store! Tickets, Lessons, Rentals, More!

*3-PAK Lift Tickets
3-PAK Lift Tickets are valid any day with no holiday or weekend blackout dates all season long. The Sierra-at-Tahoe 3-PAK offers savings compared to buying single day lift tickets. The 3-PAK Lift Ticket is one lift ticket valid any three days during the season.
Adults – $66/day | Young Adult – $61/day | Child – $33/day
Senior – $52/day | Super Senior – $33/day | Child (under 4) – FREE

*Lift Ticket + Rental Equipment
Reserve your Adult Lift Ticket with ski/snowboard equipment rentals and save! This sweet offer starts January 5, is only valid Monday-Friday and when reserved online. Not valid for Demo Equipment. Excluding peak days.

*Lift Ticket + Lunch Voucher
Reserve your Adult Lift Ticket together with a voucher valid for food & drink at any of Sierra Resort’s restaurants and save on both! This tasty deal starts January 5, is only valid Monday-Friday and when reserved online. Excluding peak days. Additional restrictions may apply.

Buy Homewood Tickets Online Here

Lift tickets are just $63/day with the purchase of a 3-pack, which can be used any day all season long. Days do not need to be consecutive. 3-Packs are non-transferable and non-refundable. Season passes are also on sale, including the popular Family Pass which includes 2 adult and 2 teen/child season passes for $1,099.

Women’s ski and snowboard camps are offered in February and March and include two full days of skiing and riding with top female instructors, a welcome breakfast on the first day, lunch on both days, a goodie bag, après ski at West Shore Café, plus a video analysis to help participants create a personalized strategy for improvement. Camps are just $499, which includes a 2-day lift ticket.

For those looking for a more flexible learning environment, the Friends and Family Private Lesson is perfect for groups of up to five skiers or riders who want to spend a day learning together. The Friends and Family Lesson offers an opportunity for the whole group to improve their skills, have fun, and make memories while taking advantage of priority ski school lift line access. Early Bird lessons start at just $89.

Lift tickets as low as $44 when you purchase online in advance from www.skihomewood.com. Great value! Great view! Great snow!

Planning to come back this season? Buy a 3-Pack and ski for just $63/day. 3-Pack tickets can be used any day all season long and do not need to be used consecutively. Use two now and save one for your next trip! Non-transferable and non-refundable.

Homewood Mountain Resort is now offering snowcat accessed backcountry skiing and snowboarding to advanced skiers and snowboarders from the top of Ellis Peak, just above the resort’s designated ski area boundary on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.

Over 750 acres of tree runs, steeps, glades, backcountry bowls and fresh snow await just out-of-bounds at Homewood Resort. This season, groups of up to 10 skiers and riders can enjoy guided access in the backcountry with Homewood Snowcat Adventures. Participants will enjoy laps of up to 1,828 vertical feet from the top of Ellis Peak to the bottom of Old Homewood Express chairlift. After each run, a short chairlift ride takes participants and their guides back to meet the snowcat for another ride to the top of Ellis Peak, where breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness await, along with untracked terrain.

“The terrain accessible by snowcat just outside the resort boundary is some of the most desirable backcountry skiing and riding on the West Shore,” said Kevin Mitchell, general manager of Homewood Mountain Resort. “Thanks to the El Nino winter conditions we’re experiencing in Tahoe this season, advanced skiers and snowboarders will have guided access to this incredible terrain through Homewood’s Snowcat Adventures throughout the remainder of the season as conditions permit.”

Homewood Snowcat Adventures are led by experienced backcountry guides with a focus on safety, fun and adventure. The maximum group size is capped at 10 people to ensure plenty of powder runs for everyone, with all participants required to be advanced skiers or snowboarders. Private group tours for intermediate skiers and snowboarders can be arranged in advance with a full buyout.

All day packages with Homewood Snowcat Adventures, which includes both lift access at Homewood Resort as well as the snowcat tour, are available for $399 per person, per day. Also included are the required backcountry backpack, shovel, avalanche beacon, and probe, as well as professional instruction related to mountain safety practices.

*China Peak

The Inn at China Peak offers slopeside lodging just steps from the lifts. After a day on the slopes, join us for dinner at the Inn featuring a wide variety of menu selections including homemade soups, specialty steak cuts, succulent fish and pasta dishes and delicious gourmet burgers. Relax apres ski in JW’s Original Bar and enjoy drink specials and tasty appetizers.

New this season – Book early for the best savings!
The Inn at China Peak is offering Sunday through Thursday, non-holiday promotional rates when you book early. The earlier you book, the more you will save. Rates starting as low as $66 per night. These rates will include our Stay and Ski Free ticket promotion.
You’re Looking For A Fire-Side Thriller?
*Diamond Peak
We love Diamond Peak! Simply one of the best-value family resorts on the planet. Made even better when we’re having a snow-bonus season.

Diamond Peak
DP Lift Ticket Rates!
DP Lift Ticket Specials
Diamond Peak Events!

Ski Week Savings: Feb. 13 – 21
Spend your holiday weekend or week on the slopes in Tahoe! Diamond Peak offers more ways to save than any other Tahoe ski resort.
Ski from $42/day with the Flex Pass: The perfect mini-pass for the holidays, choose from 2- to 7-day fully transferrable Flex Pass tickets. Details…

Kids 6 and Under Ski Free: We love to see the next generation having fun on our slopes, so we make it easy for kids to get into the sport. Details…

$45 Bring Your Other Pass Deal: Show us a season pass from any other resort and get a day ticket for just $45 during the holidays ($35 regularly). Details…

$69 Adult Holiday Lift Tickets: No strings, catches or need to jump through hoops. Just show up at the ticket window and save. Prices…February 12 & March 6: Community Snowshoe Hikes – Join us for an evening Community Snowshoe Hike to Diamond Peak’s Snowflake Lodge on February 12 and March 6. The 1.5 mile (3 miles round trip) hike includes guides, exclusive after-hour access to Diamond Peak and Snowflake Lodge, s‘mores and hot cocoa. Food and beverages are also available for purchase at Snowflake Lodge. Register at the Incline Village Recreation Center or call (775) 832-1310. http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/community-snowshoe

February 13-21: Child Ski Center Theme Days – The Diamond Peak Child Ski Center is getting silly with themed days for the holiday week. Themes include Star Wars, Hawaiian, pirates and more. Visit the event page for the schedule of themes. http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/child-ski-center-theme-days

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