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Hello Skiers and Riders!

Snow still falling at Tahoe resorts, after the storm delivered a mixed bag of snow totals from resort to resort. Sugar Bowl was the big winner with 22″ of new snow in 24 hours.

Here is a look at the snow totals as of this morning:

Snow Totals:
Sugar Bowl 22″
Boreal 18″
Northstar 8″
Squaw 16″
Alpine 14″
Rose 3″
Heavenly 3″
Kirkwood: 12-17″
China Peak 12″
Mammoth 12″-16″

*The Skinny
Alpine Meadows and Sierra-at-Tahoe open today! Get the details down below. Very limited operation at Alpine today, expect that to quickly expand as they get the mountain squared away after the storm. We’ve got some amazling deals this week.

Squaw/Alpine/Sugar Bowl has launched the Tahoe Powder Pack. Six tickets, NO RESTRICTIONS, valid at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl for just $399.

*Deals That Expire This Week!
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows extended their pass price of $439 until the 16th. After that, the price doesn’t go up…that pass disappears! Get it now, dear readers.

*Sierra-at Tahoe’s 3-Pak Expiries this week!
Ski or snowboard at Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort in South Lake Tahoe for just $59 a day when you purchase a 3-PAK before December 15, 2014. Scan down for detail.

*Tahoe Powder Pass
Wow! Great package combining three of the best resorts on the North Shore for an amazing unrestricted package.

Ski for less than $67/day with no blackout dates

Any 6 days, any 6 ways at Tahoe’s 3 best mountains for only $399
Valid at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows | Sugar Bowl
No blackout dates
On sale December 5-20 only
Ski for less than $67/day
Tahoe Powder Pack is for one individual, non-transferable

*Squaw/Alpine Learn To Ski $49 This Weekend!
Squaw/Alpine has Learn to ski on December 13th and 14th. Just $49!

*Squaw/Alpine Pass Extended Until December 16th

*Hot Values – Save @ Squaw Every Day!

*Sugar BowlGroup Rates
Bring your groups of 20 or more people to Sugar Bowl Resort, and save money on your lift tickets, lessons, and rentals!

Group (20+) Lift Ticket Rates
-AD (23-64) $71.00
-YA (13-22) $59.00
-Child (6-12) $41.00
-Senior (65-74) $59.00
-Super Senior (75+) $41.00

For more info about Group Trips to Sugar Bowl Resort please visit www.sugarbowl.com/groups.

*Sugar Bowl Corporate Tickets
Whether you are looking to sell tickets through your ski/snowboard shop, at the front desk of your hotel or use them as an employee incentive, our corporate tickets offer great value. For more info on the Sugar Bowl Corporate Ticket program, please visit www.sugarbowl.com/corporate .

Corporate Ticket Rates
Adults (23-59)
Young Adults (13-22)
Seniors (60-69)

*Sugar Bowl Backcountry Ball
Come out to Sugar Bowl Resort on December 12th for the annual Backcountry Ball. The fundraiser will benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center, a non-profit that funds daily avalanche awareness programs around the Tahoe Region. Sugar Bowl’s open boundary policy and expansive neighboring backcountry terrain has made it a favorite destination of skiers and riders interested in both lift-assisted backcountry skiing and long backcountry tours in world-class terrain.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org under the “upcoming events” tab. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at

Reporting 18.5″ of fresh snow this morning. Boreal says they will be opening new terrain for the weekend.
You can save cash by using Boreal’s online ticket booking system. We checked it out this morning. Let’s say you’re planning to rip the park in Sunday. If you buy it online, you save 12% off the ticket window price. Around $51.00. The further out you buy, you save more, up to 66%.

If you’re a college student, (of any age) roll up to Boreal today and slash up some of that fresh POW for just $15.00

*Northstar, Cali
Reported 8″ of fresh overnight.
Snow showers likely, mainly before 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Northstar, Cali Snowmaking
Northstar has some of the best snowmaking gear on the planet, and slopes that are snow-making friendly. The next 5 days look like near perfect snow-making, so expect great skiing and riding at Northstar as we work toward the holiday.

The best way to get a deal on a Northstar lift ticket is advance purchase online.

Bypass the Ticket Lines
Northstar are offers up to 25 percent 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 a designated EpicDay Express Ticket Pick-Up lane at each resort.

Once the ticket is picked up, guests can keep their ticket and 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 walking up to the resort, with more savings and less time spent in the ticket line.

Heavenly received 3″ of new snow overnight, and it’s still snowing on-mountain. Heavenly will be on a delayed opening this morning as ski patrol and mountain operations evalulate operations following this storm. Please check back regularly or call the Snow Phone at 1-800-HEAVENLY, option 1 for the most up-to-date information.

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*The Skinny!
So much in the newsletter dear, readers. Scan down. Some of the highlights!

It is impossible to improve upon Kirkwood’s Kevin “Coop” Cooper for Kirkwood’s morning update. So we’re given you Coop right from the Kirkwood Facebook this morning.

“Buenos Dias my friends,
Cup:O:JOe in hand @KirkwoodMtn:)
A huge shout-out to Mother Nature for delivering 13″ @the base & up to 17″ @the summit over the past 12hrs here @KirkwoodMtn… I put up to as we will need to have our Mtn. team assess once the sunrises here @0700. Temps @the base 26 with 20.7 @the summit winds moderate with some gusts across the ridge, light with gusts @the base… Roads are R1 (chains or snow tires required) as reported by Cal Trans @0430… Slick & snowy so slow’yr roll….”

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*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
The ski area already has 70 percent of its terrain open, including the Mt. Rose and Slide Bowl sides of the ski area, and is offering some of the best skiing and riding in Tahoe. The storm system forecast to move through the region this weekend should allow the resort to open even more terrain.Located just 25 minutes from downtown Reno and a short drive from Incline Village and the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Rose offers the most affordable stay and ski packages in the region with a variety of lodging partners. Rates start as low as $55 per person, per night. Some restrictions apply. For more info, visit www.skirose.com.

Santa Ski Crawl. Ski in your most festive holiday garb on Saturday, December 13 and purchase a lift ticket for only $69 (note: just a Santa hat does not qualify for the discount). On mountain activities include a mass photo at the top of the Kit Carson Bowl at 11 a.m., and contests at Timbers in the Mt. Rose Main Lodge beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Mt. Rose offers incredible value on lift tickets, and this year, guests are invited to take advantage of the resort’s new Dynamic Online Tickets. The earlier tickets are purchased, the better the value.

Don’t miss out on season-long daily specials including Two ‘Fer Tuesdays (two all-day lift tickets for the price of one valid Tuesdays only, non-holiday), Ladies Day Thursdays ($29 lift tickets for ladies online; $34 if purchased at the resort day of, valid Thursdays only, non-holiday), and Military Tickets ($42 with valid military ID; offered daily, non-holiday).

To stay on top of current conditions, be sure to bookmark Mt. Rose’s live streaming webcams, and give Mt. Rose a follow on Facebook or on Instagram @mtroseskitahoe.

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*Squaw Valley
Has extended the Tahoe Super Pass deadline to Dec. 16 – there’s still time to get season long access to Squaw Valley | Alpine for as low as $439 with options to add on days at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugarbowl.
http://www.tahoesuperpass.com*Diamond Peak
Opening day has not been determined but with the strong winter storm and cold temperatures this week, Diamond Peak fully anticipates being open well before the holidays. Please check DiamondPeak.com for an update on 12/15.

Watch the storm roll in on the HD webcam, mounted at the top of Crystal Ridge: http://www.diamondpeak.com/mountain/mountain-cam

The Diamond Peak Child Ski Center will have fun and silly themes everyday during the holidays, 12/20-1/4. Themes include Hawaiian Day, Crazy Helmet Day, Princess & Superhero Day, Frozen, and more! Visit the event page for the schedule of themes: http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/child-ski-center-theme-days

Have a season pass at another ski resort? Bring Your Other Pass (BYOP) to Diamond Peak! Show your 2014/2015 season pass from any other ski resort and ski for only $35 at Diamond Peak ($45 holidays). Switch it up for a couple days and you’ll realize just how much Diamond Peak has to offer with less crowds, close parking and affordable prices.

Group pricing is available for groups of 15 or more, non-holiday. Diamond Peak has the lowest prices and every trail ends at the Base Lodge, making it easy to meet up with your group at the end of the day. Diamond Peak’s Fireside room, located on the second level of the Base Lodge, is also available to rent and is perfect for small groups, birthday parties, and more. Email sales@diamondpeak.com or call (775) 832-1132 for pricing and details.

Give the Gift of Snow! The holidays are just around the corner so give the skier or snowboarder in your family the gift of snow! Diamond Peak Gift Cards, Flex Passes, and Season Passes make great gifts. Purchase these products online at the Diamond Peak Web Store. https://shop.diamondpeak.com/

*Tahoe Donner
See all holiday happenings here:

Buy your adult pass between Dec. 1-15 and you’ll get one complimentary ski ticket valid Sunday-Friday and one 50% off ski pass voucher.

Want even more perks? How does 10% off food and merchandise at Cross Country or Downhill sound? Buy your pass anytime and you’ll get this amazing deal all season long, too. Plus, if you buy a combo pass, you’ll get 10% off at Pizza on the Hill and The Lodge Restaurant and Pub through June 15, 2015. Additionally, all passholders will enjoy free access to Snowplay.

For a very limited time, Homewood will be selling discounted Triple Play 3-Packs in time for skiers’ holiday gift giving.

Valid any three days of the 2014-15 ski season, Homewood’s Triple Play 3-Pack provides skiers and snowboarders three full days of skiing or riding at Tahoe’s most beautiful resort. Guests receive their 3-pack ticket on their first visit, then go directly to the lift on their second and third trips to Homewood, avoiding the ticket lines. Normally $186 ($62/day), Homewood has made a limited quantity of Triple Play 3-Packs available for just $119 (that’s $40/day!). Details at www.SkiHomewood.com/3pack. 

Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew! 
Sierra-at-Tahoe is OPENING TODAY AT NOON for the 2014-15 skiing and snowboarding season! Check out current weather conditions and our web cams on the Mountain Conditions Report.
Lifts: Grandview Express, Broadway Express
Trails: Upper Sugar n’ Spice, Short Swing, Lower Main, Corkscrew, Lower Sleighride, Echo, Broadway
Terrain Park: 2-4 features on skier’s-right of Broadway (estimated for 1pm)
Lift Ticket Rates For Friday, December 12, 12-4pm:$45 | Adult (ages 23-64)
$45 | Young Adult (13-22)
$25 | Child (5-12)
FREE | Child (4 & under)
$45 | Senior (65-69)
$35 | Super Senior (70+)

Ski or snowboard at Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort in South Lake Tahoe for just $59 a day when you purchase a 3-PAK before December 15, 2014. The discounted Sierra lift tickets are valid any day with no holiday or weekend blackout dates all season long. It’s just the ticket for your ski holiday vacation plans.
3-PAK Lift Tickets are:
valid any day including holidays – no blackout dates.
perfect for vacation week.
a great holiday gift idea for your Sierra lover! 

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*Bear Valley
15″ of new snow overnight as of 7am!!!!!!!! Today we could see another possible 4-8″ and 1-2″ as the system moves out. Winds will be out of the South southwest from 7-23 mph.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 2013/14 Season. Please CALL IN ADVANCE to confirm tickets are in stock. Note – Tickets sold at REI locations are available to REI Members.

Kevin Tinto
Sliding on the Cheap 

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