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Winter Is On The Way!
We’re Back! Get Ready Sliders…It’s Almost On!Hello Skiers and Riders!

What? It’s October already? That’s right, dear sliders and time once again for the SOTC Crew to begin our quest for deep powder, wicked smooth groom and mind-blowing views. Bringing you the best of Lake Tahoe and Nor Cal skiing and riding, and helping you (and ourselves) maximize our slope days, by doing it, for lack of a better term, cheap!

The weather in the bay area is spec-tac-ular, so don’t expect to be lacing up this boots quite yet, although, several resorts in Colorado are already blowing snow in preparation for an early November start. (And if you’re still lacing up ski boots, stick around. We’ll get you on the road to the best equipment for the coming season.)

*What’s New and Exciting?
Lots dear sliders. Bear Valley was just bought! For Bear skiers/riders, this could hardly be better news, as the resort was twisting in the wind all summer long.

*Squaw and Alpine
Continued Investments In Snowmaking, Grooming and Terrain Parks To ensure excellent snow surface conditions regardless of Mother Nature’s plans, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are continuing to invest in the resorts’ snowmaking system and grooming fleet for the 2013-14 winter season.

Between Squaw and Alpine, the resorts are investing over $2 million in state-of-the-art snowmaking guns, new piping and system upgrades. To ensure extraordinary snow surface conditions throughout the season, Squaw and Alpine are also investing $1.4 million in five new snow cats, including a winch cat, giving the resorts the best grooming technology available to create smooth, groomed slopes across the mountain.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are also investing $70,000 in new terrain park features.
The focus will be on expanding the resorts’ collection of jibs along with several signature features, allowing for more variety and more creativity in the terrain park layouts for next winter.
(courtesy of http://www.tahoetopia.com)

*Heavenly/Northstar/Kirkwood
Vail continues their commitment to making HNK world class destination resorts, and offering locals a chance to buy a season pass for a song and dance. Expect to see the same excellence with focus on customer service, family focus, grooming, and big mountain and side country adventure.

Bill Rock, Northstar GM and Vail Senior VP has arranged for guests to enjoy a complimentary champagne toast, EVERYDAY, at 2pm, Tavern 6330, right at the base of the Gondo. Bill answers question in the video below…scan down sliders….

Sugar Bowl is offering you a chance to ski or ride all season long, cheap, with their new value pass.

*Season Pass…Get It Now!
Get a pass if you’re planning to ski or ride four or more days this season, sliders. The walk up window is really just for tourists and the occassional day skier. The prices for season passes is simply unbeatable. We cannot empathize how important that advance pass purchase will be for you and your crew. We get them so should you!

*The Skinny
Get yourself ready for the season. How? (you ask?) Scan down to the bottom of the newsletter, and I will share how the SOTC gets ready for the season during October. Don’t wait until the week before you’re planning to ski or ride! Find out why, below!

*Squaw/Alpine Value Pass Is Selling Out
Amazing what some early snow does for pass sales. The Tahoe Super Pass is nearly sold out, sliders. Don’t miss out on two of the best resorts on the planet this winter. Get your $389 pass now!
http://tahoesuperpass.com

*Alpine Meadows
Purchase your Mountain Collective Pass today for $389 before prices go up: http://bit.ly/tmcstrike7

*Sports Basement!
A reminder that if you need rental gear, or anything ski or ride related, get it local at Sports Basement! And save 10% for your trouble, ask for it at checkout!
http://www.sportsbasement.com

*The Soul of Skiing With Jonny Mosley
YouTube Video
YouTube Video

*Facebook!
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

*Northstar, Cali
Vimeo Video
VIDEO: Q&A With Bill Rock the C.O.O. of Northstar California
http://www.skinorthstar.com

*Heavenly Winter Teaser
YouTube Video
YouTube Video

Tahoe Value Pass!
For guests who can accommodate a few restrictions. It is available for $429, pays for itself in fewer than four days and is ideal for people who plan to ski or ride seven days a week at Heavenly and six days a week at Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Value Pass has holiday restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood with Saturdays excluded at Northstar and Kirkwood. Pass holders can purchase lift tickets valid at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts on restricted days for $59 per day. The Tahoe Value Pass pays for itself in just under four days.

Tahoe Local Pass!
The best way to access Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood seven days a week. It includes Saturday access at all three resorts with limited holiday restrictions, all for $479. Pass holder tickets are available for purchase for $59 during blackout dates at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. The Tahoe Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.

Epic Local Pass!
For local Tahoe skiers who might plan a trip to Utah or Colorado. It offers unlimited, non-holiday access to Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Park City, and Canyons; pass holder tickets are available for purchase for $59 during blackout dates. Epic Local also offers unlimited, unrestricted access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton and also includes a total of ten days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. Available for $569, Epic Local pays for itself in just over four days.

Epic Pass!
Skiing at every resort all winter for $749. The 2014-15 Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures globally with up to five consecutive free days each (when booking in-resort lodging) at the renowned mountain resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle) and Verbier, Switzerland, and five consecutive free days at Niseko United, Japan. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $749 for adults and $389 for children (ages 5-12), but these prices are only guaranteed for a limited time. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.

*Sugar Bowl
Sugar Bowl’s season passes are the lowest price they’ve been in years! Be sure to purchase by November 1 for the best deal, the most snow in Tahoe, easy-in/easy-out access, no crowds, and so much more: http://www.sugarbowl.com/why-sugar-bowl

Sugar Bowl is teaming up with Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Grand Targhee, and Sun Valley this season, giving season passholders lift tickets to each resort, depending on pass type. Purchase today! http://www.sugarbowl.com/seasonpass

With a new, powerful snowmaking system in place at Sugar Bowl, you’ll enjoy to top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 1,500 feet of vert, starting on Thanksgiving Day, temperatures permitting, giving you an extended season and the most bang for your buck!

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe: Awesome Mountain, Great Value, No Posers
*Mt. Rose-Ski TahoeMt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, a CREW favorite is still hosting super cheap passes. We love Rose. Big mountain, great snow, local Reno Pass Crew. If you’re not into the mega resorts, it’s the place for you.
http://www.skirose.com/tickets-specials/season-passes

*Tahoe Donner
Explore fall at Tahoe Donner! Play a round of golf at our premier 18-hole championship golf course and save with our fall rates, or check out our Drive & Dine special: play 18 holes and get a $20 food credit at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub! Mark your calendar for the Fall Festival on October 11, an annual celebration at Northwoods Clubhouse with a pumpkin patch, food and activities for the whole family.

Diamond Peak, Great Value Choice, For Your Family!
*Diamond Peak
Have you bought your season pass yet? June Mountain and Boreal were recently added to our pass partnership, giving Diamond Peak season pass holders a total of 16 bonus tickets! Keep reading to learn more about season pass perks and buy your pass online by 10/31 for the best price.We got a little dusting this weekend but when will we get our first real snow? Predict the date of the first snowfall of 6 inches or more at our base and you could win Diamond Peak lift tickets! Enter your prediction on the contest page: http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/first-snow-contest

Looking for a fun place to work this winter? We’re hiring! Mark your calendar for our job fair on 10/25, or visit our website to view the full list of job fairs we’re attending. http://www.diamondpeak.com/events/details/winter-job-fair

*Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadow!
Have this be your office view. Check out our winter job opportunities:
http://www.squawalpine.com/other/employment

Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew!
*Sierra-at-Tahoe
Boom! Season Pass Deadline has been extended til October 6th. That’s 6 extra days to grab your season pass + huge benefits before the price jump next Monday!Mother Nature is setting the winter stage with the first snow of the season on September 27! Are you ready? Get your season pass before October 6 + save up to $20 each pass!
Sierra-at-Tahoe: Awesome!
We’re Rocking Deals Every Day On Facebook!
Hello Sliders!Okay, you made it through the entire newsletter, watched a couple of videos, got pumped up…but you’re thinking, still two months, at least before I’m planning to strap on that/those boards. I’m gonna coast here for a bit.

*Don’t Do it, Crew!
This is what will happen…

(1) Those boots you forgot hurt really bad, have not miraculously improved. In fact, they probably have gotten worse. NOTHING will ruin your ski holiday worse than poor fitting boots!

Solution:
Dig those suckers out now, take them down to CALIFORNIA SKI COMPANY in Berkeley, and have Greg Whitehouse fix them, or put you in a boot that actually fits. Cal Ski Co, and every other fitter gets slammed in November. Don’t wait, only to be told, “yeah, we’re buried here for weeks.” Do it now.

(2) Skis/Boards
Get them out now. Take a hard look at them? Do you see them above the fireplace at PlumpJacks, at Squaw Valley? Think of your investment in time, and money to take your crew skiing. Don’t waste it on a pair of skis, or a snowboard that works about like warped plywood.

But I can’t afford the $1,000 price tag on new skis?
Right. Who can? You’ll find many ski/board retailers are still blowing out last year’s gear. Don’t forget demos. I buy demos, for a third or less of retail. $300-$500 for demos.

Same goes for bindings. Have them checked. If the skis are good-2-go, get them tuned up. That means edges, etc. Sports Basement will have the best deal on tune ups.

*Clothing:
I hear this a lot… “I was so scared to try on my ski pants, in case they didn’t fit, I waited until the night before we were leaving…
Right again. You have a $300 pair of killer pants. You still have time to cut out those carbs, and trust me, having to toss an expensive pair of pants is major motivation.

*Buying New Gear For You and Your Family
Don’t buy fashion….buy warm. That especially goes for kids. Do not skimp….assume you’re going to be skiing the Arctic…because sometimes in the morning, it can be colder in Tahoe than it is in the arctic. That goes for kids, kids, kids. Forget the gloves. Get mittens. They are ten times warmer, and when their hands get wet, gloves are a nightmare to try and fit on. Don’t buy the most expensive. Kids lose gloves! Make them unique, or tag them.

*Get In Shape?
That differs for everyone. I think for the time challenged, yoga might be the best bet for skiers. You need that flexibility and core strength. Get out and walk, take a core class regularly. What you are avoiding here is the dumb little injury that sidelines you that entire ski/ride vacation.

*Get Your Passes Now!
That’s right….times, ten, times, a million…
Find the resort(s) that work for you, get your pass, then plan around that. You might need a ski lease, or how about a $39 motel nearby? Do the work now….it’s fun, and you’re ski season will be so much easier when the snow flies

Kevin Tinto
Editor-in-Chief
Sliding on the Cheap

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