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Boreal Opens Top/Bottom First Time In 10 Yrs!

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Hello Skiers and Riders!

We’re back! As always, we’ll give you the real Skinny on what’s happening around Tahoe and Nor Cal skiing and riding. Sure, we’re all about finding value. Okay, the SOTC crew is, for lack of a better term, CHEAP!

But that doesn’t mean we won’t spend money, and plenty of it, to ski and ride world-class slopes, especially if they are topped in 30″ of fresh powder. So…sit back my slobbering hoard of the most elite skiers and riders, and get the Skinny.

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*Busting-The-Top-Off, News!
Boreal is opening today, Top to Bottom!
“For the first time in over a decade, Boreal will open with 2 lifts and 2 runs offering terrain ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, 10 park features and open 9am-9pm!!! $15 Friday for college students & Veterans, music, apres, and more. It all starts TODAY!
November 6th.

*MT. Rose-Ski Tahoe
Thanks to recent snowfall and continuously cold temperatures that have allowed Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe to take advantage of its enhanced snowmaking system, the resort announced today that it will open the new Wizard lift on Friday accessing three additional beginner trails in the Enchanted Forest Family Zone. The Wizard lift replaces the former Ponderosa Chair. This chair was realigned this summer to provide access to the new Enchanted Forest family zone.
Get all the Rose Skinny below, dear readers…

*File Under…Don’t Say I Didn’t Give You A Heads Up!
Lift ticket prices this time of year CHANGE! That’s right dear, sliders. As more terrain is opened, the prices will go up, unless you took the CREW advice and hooked up a pass. Check ahead to get the latest updates, and save me the tedious chore of having to read your, “You Said The Price Was This,” Email.

Right. We’ll take about El Nino in a minute. What I did, was finish my Novel ICE!. You can get it on Amazon. Paperback and Kindle. The Kindle App is free and works on EVERY device, not just on the Kindle. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can borrow it FREEBIE! Amazon ran a promotion on ICE, and it climbed to #1 in Metaphysical, #3 in Romance and #3 in War & Military.
It’s a thriller, sliders. For more info, scan down the newsletter. I’ve got a video trailer, the description and another link. If you download it, and leave a review on Amazon, send me a note! Check the current reviews, sliders.

As soon as it launched, it started SNOWING! That means if everyone downloads a Kindle of ICE, the winter is gonna go OFF-THE-HOOK. So hit that Amazon link hard and hit it often!
Buy it Here!

*The Skinny
Back to the Skinny… El Nino. It’s here for sure, as all you crab lovers know. The ocean is plenty warm, filled with tuna, along with the Red Tide. Is the storm we just had and El Nino generated storm?

Possibly, but most El Nino storms don’t crank up until December. What we know is that we have a wet pattern setting up, and the storms are heading our direction instead of getting diverted north.

My honest opinion, is that we are headed for at least a “normal” season, and likely in December, we’re gonna get hammered. It usually happens right at Christmas, so watch out what you wish for, you might get it, and more.

*How Does The SOTC CREW Gear Up For A Big Winter?
Well, exactly like we do for every winter. That means we have ALL our ski/ride clothing available, not just 50 degree Drought-Cali ski conditions. If you haven’t experienced an El Nino winter, you may be in for a shock. It snows…hard. Buy hardy clothing, mittens for kids, face masks, extra base layers, etc. Its likely you’ll need it.

The Ferrari Cali will not be whipping up to Squaw in 65 degree weather with the top down…I suspect. Get your SUV serviced. That means everything, including fresh tires, you will need them. If you have a ski lease, and plan on spending a lot of time this winter, get chains too. Yeah, I know God is your copilot in that Escalade, but you MAY need chains on 4-wheel drive to get out of your driveway and down to the highway.

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San Jose: Convention Center
Nov. 7-8 2015
Sacramento: Cal Expo
Nov. 14-15 2015

*Warren Miller In The House!
Thanks Jess Van Pernis on the Warren Miller skinny!
The annual Warren Miller Film Tour for Chasing Shadows
will stop in cities in Northern California in November 2015.
Tahoe skiers/riders and lo-cals own Miller this year. Check the Tahoe athletes and resorts!

Aspen Spora
Segment: Northstar
Home Mountain: Northstar

Billy Mann
Segment: Northstar
Home Mountain: Boreal, Northstar

Bob Howard
Segment: Retro Freestyle Skiing, Squaw Valley
Home Mountain: Anywhere with snow

Daron Rahlves
Segment: Kings & Corn, Alaska & Telluride
Home Mountain: Sugar Bowl

David Wise
Segment: Northstar
Home Mountain: Tahoe

Eero Ettala
Segment: Northstar
Home Mountain: Northstar and Serena

Elena Hight
Segment: Northstar
Home Mountain: Northstar

Jaclyn Paaso
Segment: Svalbard, Norway
Home Mountain: Squaw Valley

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Jonny Moseley
Segment: Retro Freestyle Skiing, Squaw Valley
Home Mountain: Squaw Valley, Tiburon

Kevin Quinn
Segment: Cordova, Alaska
Home Mountain: Squaw Valley

Marco Sullivan
Segment: Kings & Corn, Alaska
Home Mountain: Squaw Valley

Toby Miller
Segment: Northstar
Home Mountain: Northstar

Travis Ganong
Segment: Cordova, Alaska
Home Mountain: Squaw Valley

Heavenly hauls-in 12-18 inches; Northstar nets 12-14 inches; Kirkwood kills it with more than 18 inches!

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

Cold temperatures ignite west coast’s most powerful snowmaking systems to help build incredible base for the 2015-16 season

Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain Resort – received an early gift from Mother Nature with each mountain reporting nearly two feet of snow in an early season Sierra storm. With snow on the ground and El Niño in full force, it’s the perfect time to purchase the Tahoe Local Pass before the last deadline hits on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

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“The Tahoe Local Pass is the best season pass at Lake Tahoe,” said Pete Sonntag, Tahoe region vice president and chief operating officer. “Our pass holders get to ski and ride on the incredible conditions at Lake Tahoe’s three finest resorts, and they also benefit from five free days in Utah and Colorado. This is an unprecedented value in the industry where guests can capitalize on the best skiing and riding in the West.”

Heavenly and Northstar are slated to open for the 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 20, and Kirkwood is scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Utilizing the Tahoe Epic Passes, guests experience benefits from the West Coast’s most sophisticated, state-of-the-art snowmaking systems at Heavenly and Northstar that ensure Tahoe’s most consistent and reliable snow surfaces. Kirkwood brings an undisputed reputation for major snowfall and huge accumulation that translates to world-class powder and an authentic big-mountain skiing and riding experience.

*Sugar Bowl
Today Sugar Bowl just announced a 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.

This year Sugar Bowl will be moving the terrain park to Mt. Lincoln, running from the top to bottom of the Christmas Tree Lift. Moving the park to a higher elevation will allow SB to make more snow for features.

SB spend a lot effort this summer on improving the Royal Gorge Cross Country side of operations. Along with trail extensions and improvements, they’ll will have a brand new Village Cross Country Station in the Sugar Bowl Village, where skaters, striders and snowshoers can purchase tickets, rentals, merchandise, and get a tune up! http://www.sugarbowl.com

*Tahoe Donner
Snowmaking NEW to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for the 2015/2016 season. The system is the first of its kind in the USA!
New cross country building to debut on Nov. 27 – grand opening party with free entertainment!

Great deals* if people buy their season pass by Nov. 30:

1. Free passes/discounted passes for friends.
2. Free access to Tahoe Donner Snowplay for sledding and tubing all season.
3. 10% off food and drinks all season; combo passes get deals through June, including discounts at The Lodge and Pizza on the Hill!
4. 10% off full-priced retail items
5. Early bird access to wax room, locker room and cross country trails on non-storm days.

These perks can be explored in detail here: http://www.tahoedonner.com/news/2015/09/30/get-passholder-perks/

*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe

The resort will also offer night skiing and riding on Friday and Saturday evenings until 7 p.m. on Show-Off, accessed by the Flying Jenny Conveyor lift. Beginning Friday, November 6, there will also be four terrain park features set up in this zone.

“The winter season is off to a great start at Mt. Rose,” said Mike Pierce, marketing director at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. “Cold temperatures are forecast to continue through the weekend heading into the chance for more snowfall Sunday into Monday. Our team is working hard to continue to open more terrain and offer a high quality skiing and riding experience for those coming up to Mt. Rose.”

The resort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours planned on Friday and Saturday nights until 7 p.m. Beginning Friday, November 6, lift tickets will be available for purchase for just $20 for adults, and $10 for kids ages 6 to 15. The Lodgepole Café, Timbers Bar, Repair Shop, First Timer Ski and Snowboard lessons and Equipment Rentals will also be open.

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*Squaw Valley
Over a foot of snow fell at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows during this storm, and the resort fired up its snowmaking thanks to cold temperatures.

*First Tracks @ Squaw
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Snowmaking production was high with the help of natural snow accumulation, and piles are building up on the slopes. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows plans to continue snowmaking until opening day (Nov. 25 at Squaw Valley, Dec. 11 Alpine Meadows) as temperatures allow.

*Ski and Ride Squaw/Alpine For Just $69 a Day!
Ski for $69/day with no blackout dates

Limited quantity of discounted Tahoe Super 4 packs
Four unrestricted days of skiing & riding at Squaw | Alpine, including holidays
Ski for $69/day

*Diamond Peak
Editor Note* Best Pick For Family Value!
DP got 4-8” of snow and cranked up snowmaking.

Projected Opening:
December 10, weather permitting

*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.

-Three & Free Guarantee: Diamond Peak will offer a new lesson program for beginners called the Three & Free Guarantee. Beginners pay only $119 for a Diamond Club Membership, which includes: three beginner packages complete with rental equipment, group lessons and beginner lift tickets. Once Diamond Club Members complete the three lessons they earn a free all-mountain lift ticket and 1-day equipment rental. The Three & Free program is offered Tuesday-Thursday, non-holiday, for ages 4 and up. Ages 7+ can register at the Diamond Peak ticket windows for a ski or snowboard Diamond Club membership; ages 4-7 can register at the Child Ski Center (ski only).

-Kids 6 and under and adults over 80 years old ski free at Diamond Peak

SNOWsat Grooming Technology: Last season Diamond Peak debuted PistenBully’s new SNOWsat technology for the United States. The initial season was a success, allowing groomers to provide excellent conditions in a dry year. These GPS-enhanced snow groomers generate a cartographic image of the slopes used to accurately measure snow depths and ensure the best coverage for skiers and riders. Diamond Peak also just added 10 more HKD demo snow guns to their fleet for 2015-16.

Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew!
Mother Nature delivered the goods to Sierra-at-Tahoe, with snow accumulation at the base area adding up to as much as 9 inches. Check Sierra-at-Tahoe webcams for a live look at the mountain: http://bit.ly/SierraWebcams

*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
Opening Day is Nov 28th, nearly a foot a snow to get the senses soaring and positioning snowmaking guns on the hill.

*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!

Get The Skinny On ICE 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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Kevin Tinto
Sliding on the Cheap

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