Old Newsletter 11/15/15

More POW, More Terrain, More Early Season Value!

Best Early Season Start In Ten Years

Hello Skiers and Riders!!

Wow! What a fantastic start to the 2015/2016 ski/ride season. We’ve got another storm on the way dear readers. It’s gonna snow, and it’s gonna snow low…like Colfax. So get some POW gear ready and don’t forget those chains if you need them.

*The Skinny
Resorts continue to open and open more terrain, with the best fall start in perhaps ten years. We’ve got Sugar Bowl opening tomorrow, and Sierra-at-Tahoe as well. Rose, Squaw, Alpine, Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood continue to open more terrain, and YOU can STILL get cheap pass, if you saw our special blast yesterday.

*What Would I Do? You Ask…
Well first, thanks for asking. Even if you don’t want my opinion, you’re gonna get it anyway. First, I’m going to decide where I want to spend the majority of my time this winter. That decision is based upon skill level, family, time off, etc. If you’re a beginner, value might be more important than vertical feet. In that case, a smaller resort will nicely work, and you’ll save a bundle as well.

Want to ski Squaw/Alpine/Heavenly/Northstar/Kirkwood? Get a pass. When you pass by the ticket window, the grin will likely cause you to get frostbite on your teeth.

Want a more alpine-old school feel? Now that’s what Im talking about! Sugar Bowl, Rose, Sierra are your go-to resorts. A pass is a good idea, HOWEVER, they all offer excellent ticket values and discounts.

That’ right. Now that you’ve formulated a strategy, pull out your gear. Start with boots. Put them on. Keep them on for an hour. If they feel anything other than a pair of slippers, get them fitted right now. I will guarantee, that once you hit the slopes, any little tinge in those boots will grow into a nuclear-sized pain that will make waterboarding seem like an afternoon at the spa.

California Ski Company is the BEST boot fitter around in our (not-so-humble opinion.

For skis and boards, a tune up and binding check should be mandatory pre-season to do. If you ADD UP what you’re spending for a day skiing…think about flushing that down the toilet after an hour, because of a minor boot or gear fix.

*Christmas Holiday is not coming…IT’S HERE!
If you planning to spend the holiday in Tahoe, stop dead in your tracks and get a Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn. Looking for a bargain? Boomtown, Reno, Carson City. In Tahoe, there are NO lodging values during the holiday, but some are cheaper than others, depending upon your needs and credit card limit.

My novel, ICE, continues to sell excellent, as locals in the ski industry try and see who I used as a character within the story. Hey! It’s fiction…except where it’s not… :) Check some of the Amazon Verified reviews at Amazon, or

*Lift Ticket Winners!
Why yes, you slobbering hoard of cheap-at-heart skiers/riders, we got free ticket winners this week! And yes, I got the 10,000 emails this week asking…”Where are the free tickets, you cheap SOB??” Sigh…and we work so hard here…as you know. Well, at least until the Palisades open…

See Your Address Below?? You won a ticket to Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe!
Send me an email at: Kevin@slidingonthecheap.com within 7 days to claim your Rose Ticket!

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*Busting-The-Top-Off, News!

*Sugar Bowl Says “Push Play!” Time to Open!
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“It’s time to grab your skis & boards, call your friends and “Put The Band Back Together” for opening day at Sugar Bowl Resort on Saturday 11/21, complete with 1,500 vertical feet of top-to-bottom, high-quality skiing & riding on the Nob Hill, Christmas Tree and Mt. Lincoln chairlifts.

Recent storms have dropped three feet of natural snow thus far, and cold temps have allowed snowmaking crews to take full advantage and blow ample snow for wall-to-wall conditions on all open runs. Access to skiing & riding will be via the Gondola, or park in the Judah Lot for a short walk into the Village. Sugar Bowl will be open this Saturday & Sunday, closed Monday-Wednesday next week, then re-opening for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend Thursday through Sunday.

Stay tuned to sugarbowl.com for all operational updates! We’re thrilled to welcome passholders and day guests back to Sugar Bowl this weekend, for the 2015/2016 season ahead!

*Mt. Rose-Ski TAHOE!
Northwest Magnum 6 lift open to the summit!
Top to Bottom Skiing and riding are now available including the Kit Carson Bowl.

Discounted Early Season Lift tickets $50 ages 16+ /$20 ages 15 & under Kids rates just went to $25 (15 & under)Daily Specials are in effect

Two ‘fer Tuesday
$29 Ladies Day Thursdays


Passes are at Full Retail rate right now –

*Squaw Terrain Update!
Red Dog chair opened at Squaw Valley today, with access to intermediate terrain on Champs Elysees trail.

The Squaw Valley Aerial Tram opens tomorrow with access to High Camp, for sightseeing only, no ski & ride access.

#TahoePassQuest is in full swing. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is giving away Tahoe Super Pass Gold passes in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno and Tahoe. Participants can find clues on where the passes are hidden by following Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows on social media:

Twitter: @squawalpine
Facebook: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Instagram: squawalpine

*Sports Basement
We rent all the snow gear you’ll need at affordable prices!
Pick-up and drop-off days are not included as rental days. Rentals must be back by 1pm on the return day. Weekend rentals can be picked up as early as Tuesday and dropped off on Monday for the 2-5 day rate!

Reserve online now! Online reservations can be made a minimum of 2 days in advance, to ensure that we are able to fulfill your reservation during the busiest time of the year. If your size is not available to reserve online, we may still have it available for walk-in rentals. Reservations must be canceled two days before the pickup date for a full refund – please contact your local store.

We also welcome same-day walk-in customers. Please call ahead for availability.

Pick up your gear today and keep it until May! Our season lease packages include freshly tuned gear, as well as free exchanges and buff waxes all season long, for less than the cost of five weekend rentals. http://www.sportsbasement.com

*Support Kirkwood Local World Cup Skier, and Win Swag!
Nick Cohee had his first World Cup start a few weeks ago in Austria. He grew up on the slopes of Kirkwood, and now makes his home outside of Aspen, racing for Team Geronimo. Nick’s raising money to pay for his racing campaign this season in Europe, and he’s put together an impressive package for those who make a donation of $199, including free lift tickets at 14 Western & Canadian Resorts, a free Snowbomb Platinum Pass, which gets you even more free tickets plus free Reno lodging, a signed poster and an custom designed T-shirt!

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*Join The SOTC Crew!
How are we supposed to ski and ride everyday throughout the season and produce the best email ski/ride blast, and do it every week?

That’s where you come in, sliders. Join the SOTC Crew, ski/ride free, see your favorite sport from the insider’s view. If you like to write, but only your mother seems interested, no worries.

We can put (your) writing in front of as many as 50,000 skiers/riders, each and every week. We need writers, web geeks who know Word Press, folks to work on social media and more.

We cover Northern California, Northwest, Utah, Colorado, Southwest and New England. No need to live in a specific market to help cover it. Send a note to kevin@slidingonthecheap.com for more information!

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Last Day to purchase Tahoe Local Passes and Tahoe Value Passes is Sunday, Nov. 22th!

*Heavenly Holiday
In beautiful South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort is commemorating its 60th anniversary with the Winter Ignite Celebrating 60 Years at Heavenly bash, spanning two weeks, Dec. 4-12 and featuring pop-up DJ Cat parties, Unbuckle après parties and much anticipated, complimentary, high-octane concert in the Heavenly Village on Saturday, Dec. 12 with renowned alternative dance duo Matt and Kim headlining.

The fifth annual Heavenly Holidays festival offers guests 12 days of lights, decorations, magicians, jugglers, a Ripperoo Parade and much more from Dec. 19-31 including ice sculpting exhibitions by Fear No Ice in Heavenly Village’s winter wonderland, illuminated by the Gondola as it descends over the crowd, signaling the start of the New Year. Kicking-off the New Year’s Eve celebration is a live outdoor concert headlined by the LA Allstars, FireGroove fire dancers and a dazzling fireworks show to ring in 2016.

*Northstar California
Enjoy Celebrated Traditions at Northstar California Resort
Northstar invites guests to experience quintessential relaxed California luxury and style as they savor fresh, raise a glass during tōst, the daily, on-mountain pop-up champagne and sparkling cider lounge on East Ridge run at 2 p.m., indulge during signature S’more Time in The Village at 3:30 p.m. each day, and savor the finest ingredients that California has to offer during Mountain Table, the elegant, five-course dinner series meticulously paired with various wines and craft brews throughout the season. Kids and kids-at-heart can usher in the spirit of the holidays during Noel Nights, featuring horse-drawn sleigh rides, pictures with Santa, holiday carolers and much more, hosted the first three Thursdays in December.

Noel Nights will culminate with the second annual Northern Lights Festival on Saturday, Dec. 12, during which kids and families partake in a day and evening of light-filled revelry and activities, and ending with a fireworks spectacular.

Holiday Cheer Begins with Big-Mountain Terrain at Kirkwood
Kirkwood Mountain Resort gives skiers and riders the opportunity to discover all that Mother Nature’s bounty has to offer through Expedition: Kirkwood an extensive program including Back country awareness programs and clinics and AIARE Level 1 certification courses, cat tours, private guides, women’s and children’s-specific programming, and much more. Renowned for natural snow accumulation, Kirkwood is true to the soul of skiing and snowboarding by offering avid adventurers the perfect 2300 acre big mountain terrain park to take their skills to the next level through the E:K Discovery Series. Top coaches paired with Kirkwood’s unique terrain make for a one-of-a-kind experience, allowing guests to hone-in on their technique during one or all of the series’ sessions: Discover the Steeps, Explore Cornices & Bowls, and Navigating the Chutes.

Book an exciting big mountain adventure or escape this holiday season by retreating to picturesque Kirkwood there is truly something for everyone. Visit www.kirkwood.com for additional information.

*Sugar Bowl
Take advantage of SB’s NEW ADVANTAGE PASS which is all the convenience of a season pass, without the full commitment. For just a one-time $25 purchase, Advantage Pass holders enjoy $15 off their lift tickets every day of the season, plus direct-to-lift convenience and resort-wide charging privileges with the pass. These passes can be purchased online through the online pass store. http://www.sugarbowl.com

*Sierra-at-Tahoe Takin’ Care of YOU!
As a way of thanking last year’s loyalists, Sierra-at-Tahoe has created “Sierra Bonus Laps,” a program that honors all purchased 2014-15 Season Passes, unfinished 3-PAK lift tickets and unfinished 3-PAK and 10-PAK lesson programs, to be valid through December 20, 2015. 2014-15 Season Passholders will need to visit the Sierra Season Pass Office for activation. Sierra Value Season Pass restrictions still apply. Unfinished 3-PAK lift tickets may be redeemed directly at the lift. Unfinished 3-PAK and 10-PAK lessons packages can be redeemed at the appropriate rental location.

*Tahoe Donner
After several years of planning, the Alder Creek Adventure Center will open its doors to the public for the first time on Nov. 26 with a grand opening party on Nov 27. The entire community is invited to see the new building and explore all of its purpose-built features. This free event includes live music, appetizers, family entertainment and activities, and a no-host bar from 5 – 7 p.m.

Skiers will be treated to luxury this winter season with much more space, new rental racking systems, expanded wax rooms and ski tuning services, upgraded locker rooms and more.”

The Alder Creek Adventure Center and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area are located at15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA 96161. Call 530-587-9484 or visit www.tahoedonner.com/cross-country

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*Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley will kick the weekend off early by opening Red Dog chairlift and Champs Elysees trail on Friday, November 20. The Squaw Valley Aerial Tram, accessing High Camp, will open on Saturday, November 21 from 11:00am – 4:00pm for sightseeing only.

With the likelihood of more snow in the forecast, Squaw Valley performed testing today on new Gazex avalanche mitigation technology as well as the newly replaced Siberia Express chair, both part of over $9 million in capital improvements for the 2015-16 season at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. With the forecast calling for cold temperatures, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be taking every opportunity to utilize its snowmaking system, which has seen $8 million in investments over the last five years.

*Squaw Opening Day!
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Beginning Saturday, November 21, Squaw Valley Ski & Snowboard School will offer group ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults, in addition to private lessons available by reservation. Private lessons are also available by reservation only at Alpine Meadows. Visit the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski & Snowboard Lessons page for more information.

Skiers and riders looking to take full advantage of the newly opened terrain can purchase the Tahoe Super Pass starting at $429 for adults, and gain access to 6,000 acres, 42 lifts and over 270 trails at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Tahoe Super Pass Silver and Gold passholders will receive the Worry Free Guarantee: those who don’t ski or ride at least five days on this season’s pass will be credited up to four days towards their 2016-17 pass.

Stay Slopeside at The Village at Squaw Valley®
Book your Holiday at The Village at Squaw Valley and 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.

Skiers and riders looking to take full advantage of the fresh snow and early opening dates can purchase the Tahoe Super Pass starting at $429 for adults, and gain access to 6,000 acres, 42 lifts and over 270 trails at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Tahoe Super Pass Silver and Gold passholders will receive the Worry Free Guarantee: those who don’t ski or ride at least five days on this season’s pass will be credited up to four days towards their 2016-17 pass.

*Diamond Peak
Opening December 3rd! Opening top-to-bottom with all ski schools and programs running in full operation.

Pass Info:
Diamond Peak Ski Resort season passholders now receive a total of 24 complimentary non-holiday bonus days, four each at: Boreal Mountain Resort, June Mountain Ski Area, Homewood Mountain Resort, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Red Lodge Mountain and Whitefish Mountain Montana. As part of this partnership, Diamond Peak season passholders also receive $150 off 2016 Woodward Tahoe Summer Camps, 50% off Woodward Tahoe CORE Memberships, and a complimentary 1-hour Woodward Tahoe Bunker Session. Some restrictions apply. Visit DiamondPeak.com for details and full list of perks.

Peak Pledge: Diamond Peak now offers a 100% money back guarantee for refunds requested by January 15th on unused Season Passes. No insurance or doctor’s note needed. Just come to Guest Services by January 15th if you have not used your 2015-16 pass and would like a refund.

Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew!
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – November 18, 2015 – Sierra-at-Tahoe will open for the 2015-16 Winter season on November 20, 2015 with early season conditions and limited terrain. Sierra will run three lifts and two surface lifts. Season Passes and additional products from 2014-15 will be valid for use through December 20, 2015.

“The last time we opened this early was 11 years ago,” says General Manager, John Rice. “A November opening is giving us a great outlook for the rest of the season. In a similar year, we logged as much as 499 inches of snowfall. It should still be noted that early season conditions exist and we will open more terrain once conditions permit.”

Sierra-at-Tahoe will spin Nob Hill, Easy Rider Express, Rock Garden, Slider and Magic Carpet, providing access to beginner and intermediate trails and the Broadway terrain park. Guests are asked to be aware of their surroundings and watch for unmarked obstacles; there will be no refunds due to conditions. Fast Passes will work on Nob Hill and Easy Rider Express. Snow play will be available next to Slider surface lift on Broadway and near the base area (no tubes or sleds will be provided). Preferred parking will be offered in C lot.

As a way of thanking last year’s loyalists, Sierra-at-Tahoe has created “Sierra Bonus Laps,” a program that honors all purchased 2014-15 Season Passes, unfinished 3-PAK lift tickets and unfinished 3-PAK and 10-PAK lesson programs, to be valid through December 20, 2015. 2014-15 Season Passholders will need to visit the Sierra Season Pass Office for activation. Sierra Value Season Pass restrictions still apply. Unfinished 3-PAK lift tickets may be redeemed directly at the lift. Unfinished 3-PAK and 10-PAK lessons packages can be redeemed at the appropriate rental location. For children’s programs, please visit our website or call 530-543-3150 for reservations.

*Grab A 3-PAK This Fall!
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. Non-transferable.
Adults – $63/day | Young Adult – $59/day | Child – $29/day
Senior – $48/day | Super Senior – $29/day | Child (under 4) – FREE

*Bear Valley
*Discount Locations
Bear Valley Mountain has partnered with select Northern California retail stores to offer you unrestricted, direct-to-lift, discounted Lift Tickets.

These tickets are up to $12 off of the window rate, valid any day the mountain is open, and do not need redemption …go straight to the Lifts! Please keep in mind that our Reseller Partners carry these discounted tickets as a convenience to you, our guest. Support our Partners by giving them your business when you buy tickets at these stores.

Tickets are valid any day during the 2014/15 Season. Please CALL IN ADVANCE to confirm tickets are in stock. Note – Tickets sold at REI locations are available to REI Members.

Opening day
Our opening day is scheduled for Friday,
December 11, weather and conditions permitting.

The 3-Pack is back!
Only $63 per day for 3 unrestricted anytime lift tickets.

Great Value Season Passes on sale now!
Homewood 2015/16 season passes are now on sale offering Tahoe’s best value, unrestricted access, and no blackout dates!

*China Peak!
Forecasters are very bullish on a looming storm set to hit California next week around Wednesday or Thursday, which could bring the most snowfall so far. Stay tuned.

We’ve had a few storms, but the snow has been very light and too thin for a good base…and snowmaking temps have limited us so far to the base area beginner slopes. We’re shooting for an opening on Friday, November 27, but it may only be the beginner area plus tubing…it’s all depending on what this next storm brings. So stay in the loop at skichinapeak.com.

Don’t miss the best pre season ski party in Fresno…our 5th Annual Pray for Snow Party at the Sequoia Brewing Company on Champlain & Perrin. This Saturday, November 21, starting at 7pm, party with your winter friends and win prizes including thousands of dollars in China Peak lift tickets, lodging, gift cards, learn to ski or ride packages and more…and the Grand prize is a China Peak Season Pass! Live music kicks off at 9pm! Also, get your pass photo taken or buy a pass. See you there!

Read My Novel, ICE! The Skinny Is Here!
Archaeologist Leah Andrews stumbles upon something inexplicable in southwestern New Mexico: inside a dark cavern lies an undiscovered, Native American cliff dwelling abandoned for 800 years.

While twisting through one of the narrow underground passageways, Leah’s flashlight illuminates the remains of a violent massacre.

Ancient human remains—all slaughtered in a long-ago massacre—cover the cavern floor, along with a number of brilliantly colored, granite crystals. The rare crystals are native to only one place on earth: a frozen mountain range in central Antarctica.

Could Native Americans have traveled to the frozen continent of Antarctica 800 years prior to the first known human exploration? If so how? And why? There’s only one person who can get Leah to those mountains in Antarctica: her estranged husband and climbing guide Jack Hobson.

At their destination they make a stunning discovery that will change history and science forever. But Leah’s team is far from the only interested party.

As her secret makes its way to the highest levels of government, a race to seize the Russian-claimed Antarctic territory brings the world to the brink of nuclear conflict.

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Sliding on the Cheap

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