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Winter Is On The Way!
Snow Inbound, Season Pass Still A Bargain!Hello Skiers and Riders!

Waaahooo! Snow is on the way. The winter storm advisory was just kicked up to a winter storm warning. How much snow, you ask? The forecast is calling for up to a foot of snow.

It is looking more and more like the three year cycle has flipped back over to normal rain and snow levels. What does that mean for the SOTC CREW? Not much, since we’re always ready to ski and ride on any conditions. Beyond creamy smooth groom, wicked deep POW and a general feeling of well being all week long, it also means a lot more terrain will open.

*The Skinny
We’ve got an enormous overload of info on the newsletter, sliders. Scan through to find what is most important to you… Wait! That’s the entire newsletter, from top to bottom!

There are lots of pass pricing that is expiring today! Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak at the top of the list. If you’re planning to ski or ride 4 days or more, get a pass now. Homewood, is adding cat tours. That is huge. It’s an amazing mountain, much of it not accessible from lifts. On POW days, the lower elevation means you could have a fantastic POW day, without the 40 MPH wind in your face.

Facebook! That’s right sliders. Get on over and like that page right now. We update Facebook every day with tons of info, deals, video, tips and more we can slam into the newsletter!

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*SF Ski and Snowboard Festival Starts Tonight!
$1 Million dollars in goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… ALL AT UP TO 70% OFF!!! Come out Friday night for first crack at all the amazing gear
FREE LIFT TICKETS: Get FREE LIFT TICKETS for attending!!! Just buy a Powder Pass or VIP ticket and you will get FREE LIFT TICKETS.
-Powder Pass comes with a lift ticket to EACH of the following listed here: http://www.snowbomb.com/ski-board-festivals/free-lift-tickets/
-VIP admission comes with an additional FREE Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows lift ticket. (Buy one get one free)
NOTE: You can upgrade from a General Admission ticket to a Powder Pass or VIP ticket at the ticket window on the day of the event.
HOURS: Friday October 31st – 3 pm to 8 p.m. / Saturday November 1st -10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Sunday November 2nd- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar will offer up to 25% savings on advanced purchase lift tickets this season via the new EpicDay Lift Tickets platform, now available across all Vail Resorts. Tickets can be purchased through an easy-to-use online and mobile site, www.snow.com/epicday, and picked up at an EpicDay Express Ticket Pick-Up lane at the resort.

Once the ticket is picked up guests can load it with more days online, avoiding a return trip to the ticket window. EpicDay Lift Tickets rewards advanced planning (even if the purchase is made while booting up in the parking lot!) with more savings and less time spent in the ticket line.

Cold overnight temperatures and recent snowfall have created ideal weather for opening-day preparations at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Snowmaking is already underway at Heavenly and Northstar is on target to make snow this weekend; both resorts are set to open Friday, Nov. 21.

Thanks to its high elevation, Kirkwood’s natural snowfall has begun to accumulate and the mountain is scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 22.

“It’s great to see the arrival of cold temperatures and snow during October,” said Pete Sonntag, vice president and chief operating officer of Heavenly. “Opening day at all three resorts is less than one month away, and we are definitely in full-swing with snowmaking and preparations for a great winter. The excitement and anticipation of skiing and riding is alive at the resorts.”

Equipped with two of the world’s most sophisticated snowmaking systems, Heavenly and Northstar ensure the most reliable snow surface conditions along the west coast. In optimum weather conditions, Heavenly’s extensive snowmaking system is capable of producing three-and-a-half feet of snow across one acre in an hour and can cover 73 percent of the resort’s 97 trails in machine-made snow; and Northstar is able to open all of its lifts solely with machine-made snow.

*Heavenly Time Lapse Video
Okay, not snow here, but still…wow.
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YouTube Video

*Sports Basement!
Are you or your kids planning on hitting the slopes more than a few times this season? Our expanded ski and board lease packages are a great way to avoid repeated rentals and the expense (and commitment!) of ownership.

The package is $125 for youth (under age 18) and $150 for adults and includes skis, boots and poles or a board, boots and bindings.

Package details:
All customers get unlimited trade-ins. Come in at any time to exchange your current leased product for a larger or smaller size. You can also exchange your current leased program for a different sport, skiing to snowboarding or nordic, for example.
Bring your leased gear in at any time for a machine buff wax.

We’re going to have some amazing deals on spring Ski/Ride and Stay this week on Facebook. Check in with us for some amazing deals! http://www.facebook.com/slidingonthecheap

*Sugar Bowl
All Eyes on the Forecast: SNOW this Weekend!
The biggest storm yet this season will bring up to a foot of new snow by Sunday morning. With the snow that’s already fallen, plus snowmaking efforts starting this weekend, we’re hoping for great top-to-bottom skiing and riding in just a few weeks. Remember, early season rates are at an all-time low, so be sure to get your pass by this Friday, October 31 for the lowest price!
Buy it now!
More snow. More elbow room. More Adventure.

More Adventure: Explore Sugar Bowl’s endless backcountry terrain with our professional guides or improve your backcountry skills at one of our educational courses.

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: Awesome Mountain, Great Value, No Posers
*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe Blowing Snow!
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Reno Ski and Stay packages from $89 – visit skirose.com for details.

Coming Soon – new dynamic ticketing at skirose.com – Plan ahead and save. Ticket deals based on calendar purchase.

New – Expanded learning terrain of the Flying Jenny conveyor lift. This popular beginner area has grown to cover both sides of the lift.

*Tahoe Donner

Check Out The New Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Website!
*Squaw ValleyElevations
Squaw Valley! $439 Gets You This and Alpine Meadows Too!
Base Elevation: 6,200’
Peak Elevation: 9,050’
Vertical rise: 2,850’ / 869 m
Six Mountain Peaks:
Snow King – 7,550’
Broken Arrow – 8,020’
KT-22 – 8,200’
Emigrant – 8,700’
Squaw Peak – el. 8,900’
Granite Chief – el. 9,050’

*Alpine Meadows
All This And Squaw Valley Too!
Lift System
High Speed 6-Pack: 1
High Speed Quads: 2
Fixed Grip Triple Chairs: 3
Fixed Grip Double Chairs: 5
Surface Lifts: 2
Total Lifts: 13

*Diamond Peak
Buy your pass online by 10/31 for the best deal!
That’s today, sliders…

*Season Pass Holder Perks
2014-15 Diamond Peak Ski Resort season pass holders now receive a total of 16 complimentary bonus days* – 4 non-holiday days at each of these resorts: Homewood Mountain Resort, Boreal Mountain Resort, June Mountain Ski Area, and Red Lodge Mountain Montana. *Holiday blackout periods, details and restrictions are posted on the Season Pass & Perks page.

*Woodward Tahoe Passes & Camps
Receive 50% off Woodward Tahoe Core Membership Bunker Passes plus $100 off 2015 Woodward Tahoe Summer Camp Programs.

*On Mountain Discounts & Perks
On mountain perks include: 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages in the Base Lodge, 10% tuning at the Rental & Repair Shop, $5 off Last Tracks tickets, and Pass Holder Appreciation events.

*Diamond Peak Gets Ready For An Awesome Ski/Ride Season! YouTube Video
YouTube Video

Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew!
*Sierra-at-Tahoe*Solstice Plaza in Full Operation
Sierra-at-Tahoe invested $5 million in a new 30,000 square foot deck and 9,000 square foot base area facility that offers a new après scene and enhanced guest services as well as a new retail shop, demo center and restaurant

*Experience-Based Learning Programs
Committed to helping the snow sports industry grow and retain first-time skiers and riders, Sierra-at-Tahoe offers lessons in a hassle-free environment, where guests will feel comfortable trying the sport and most importantly, enjoying it.

*Burton Star Wars™ Experience – Building off of the success of Yoda’s Riglet Park, the Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base now offers a snowboarding program for kids ages 7-12. The new Burton Star Wars™ Echo Base gives kids 7-12 the opportunity to learn how to snowboard using terrain-based teaching, iconic Star Wars™ characters and Burton Learn to Ride technology and techniques. Young snowboarders will get the chance to “defeat the dark side”

*Tahoe Donner
Buy Your XC or Combo Season Pass By Oct. 31, Get a Free VIP Tour of the New XC Building

Want to tour the new Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area building before anyone else? We know you do! Questions have been flying in daily about the new structure, what makes it so great, the upgrades and services it will offer, and more. The building is set to debut in early 2015, but loyal cross country fans like yourself can get a sneak peek this November. How? It’s simple.

Buy your cross country or combo season pass by Oct. 31, and you’ll get to join Cross Country Manager, Sally Jones, for a VIP Tour of the new facility on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. Reservations are required as space is limited. Participants must wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and we’ll provide a hard hat. Visit ShopTD or call member services at 530-587-9400, ext. 0 to buy your pass; then email xcski@tahoedonner.com to reserve your place. Remember this VIP Tour is only for those who purchase a cross country or combo season pass by Oct. 31; and prices will go up on Dec. 1, so act now!

Season Passes unlock the best access to Boreal Mountain Resort at an incredible discount. The age group is determined by passholder’s age as of November 1, 2014. All season passes must be picked up in-person as it requires a picture to be taken for security purposes.

The best of both worlds with UNLIMITED access to Boreal Mountain Resort and Woodward Tahoe! The All-Access Pass includes a Bunker Pass, Unlimited Boreal Season Pass, Passholder Perks and more. We’ve taken the lowest price offered on the two passes and combined it to hook you up with one ridiculous offer.

2014-15 RATES

New for 2014-15: Homewood Snowcat Adventures
Homewood Snowcat Adventures will debut this winter on 750+ acres of backcountry terrain on the flanks of Ellis Peak, pending U.S. Forest Service permits to operate on public lands above the resort’s traditional ski area boundary. The new snowcat operation will transport skiers and snowboarders from the top of the Ellis or Old Homewood Express chairs to the 8,740-foot summit of Ellis Peak, where groups of up to 10 skiers and riders will enjoy guided access to a wide variety of terrain options – from perfectly-spaced tree runs to steeps, powder bowls and intermediate-level glades – all leading guests back to the in-bounds terrain at the resort.

Season pass holder discounts: Homewood season pass holders will receive a $100 discount off the cost of all-day snowcat touring packages this winter, making a trip into the untracked snow above the resort that much easier this winter. Click here for full details.

*Bear Valley – Bought! Gonna Rock This Winter!
Skyline International Development Inc. (saves Bear Valley skiers/riders from the snow equivalent of the Zombie Apocalypse and buysthe resort!) pleased to announce that ski industry expert, Benno Nager, has been appointed general manager of Bear Valley Mountain and Bear Valley Village, which Skyline conditionally purchased in August 2014. In this role Nager will be responsible for all aspects of managing the mountain, lodge and village properties.

California Ski Company & Greg Whitehouse Could Save Your Season!
Hello Skiers,Now is the time you should be pulling out that old gear, and “remember” just how painful those ski boots were last season, if that were the case. Don’t wait until the second hour of your multi-thousand dollar ski holiday to remember those boots hurt.

Enter: Greg Whitehouse. He’s the John Madden of skis and boots, my personal fitter and certified genius, when it comes to skis and boots. He’s located in Berkeley at California Ski Company, a ski specific store.

*Greg Making Cement Blocks Into Amazing Ski Boots!
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*I Use Fischer Vacuum Boots, So Should You!
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Give Greg a shoutout now, skiers. Get those boots working perfectly, and make a good ski season, GREAT!


Kevin Tinto
Sliding on the Cheap

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