Old Newsletter! 12/2/15

Hello Skiers and Riders!!

Between 5″ and 12″ of snow dropped at the Tahoe resorts overnight, with the Northshore/Donner Summit again getting the best of it. For a quickie trip up and back, hard to Sugar Bowl right now. Diamond Peak opened on great looking conditions, check the video below. More terrain opening a well. Saturday will be the best day of the weekend, with fresh POW. Some rain showers possible for Sunday.

*Cheap Tickets!
Check Ski Tahoe below. This is the best ticket value package you’ll find all winter. Take advantage while they are available! See The Skinny below.

*Hot Hot!
Sugar Bowl –
10″-12″ Storm Total.
Open Today!
The winter storm dropped 10″-12″ of snow last night, allowing SB to open Lincoln and Nob Hill. Come up and ski some powder! All ops on the Village side, across the gondola. See you up here!

*Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack!
If you’ve heard about ALL THE SNOW that the Lake Tahoe ski resorts have received in November, you’re probably starting to plan your ski and snowboard vacation. Lucky for you, the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack is back for 2015/16. Tahoe’s best lift ticket deal includes six days of skiing or snowboarding at seven world class Lake Tahoe resorts for only $389 – under $65 a day. This great deal won’t be around for long, so don’t delay! Get your Six-Pack today.

Six-Pack lift tickets give you access to Tahoe’s world-class ski resorts, or more than 125 chairlifts and 17,500 acres of unparalleled terrain. Other bonuses include views of Lake Tahoe, an annual average snowfall of 400 inches and nearly 300 days of sunshine.

In addition to that variety, Six-Pack tickets are flexible. This means you can choose one of two (or in some cases, three) resorts with each ticket. You can also share the vouchers with friends, as they are transferable. And unlike some interchangeable tickets, the Six-Pack does not have to be used within a certain time frame (outside of the 15/16 winter season) so if you use one ticket in December, you can still use the other vouchers in your Six-Pack as late as late April.

The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack includes:
– one ticket valid at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Mt. Rose–Ski Tahoe
– one ticket valid at Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort
– one ticket valid at Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort or Kirkwood
– one ticket valid at Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows or Mt. Rose–Ski Tahoe
– one ticket valid at Squaw Valley or Northstar California
– one ticket valid at Alpine Meadows or Northstar California
*Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack!
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*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

*Sugar Bowl
Royal Gorge Opens for Season with 19 Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails!

Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross-country ski resort, has opened for the season with 19 trails and 17 kilometers of groomed terrain.

The Donner Summit resort’s open trails include terrain for skate skiing, traditional cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Groomed trails open for skiing include tracks near the Summit Station Lodge, in Van Norden Meadow and in the Kidd Lake Track system west of Summit Station Lodge.

Royal Gorge completed extensive trail work this summer, adding new trails as well as widening and improving existing trails. New trails that will open this year include Easty’s Escape, Thor’s Loop, Thor’s Hammer and Thor’s Belt. The resort also added snowshoe trails from Summit Station lodge that climb to sweeping views of the resort.

All-day trail passes are priced at $33 and half-day trail passes are $28. Royal Gorge is also offering a package that includes rental equipment, a lesson and trail pass for $65. Cross-country skiers can also purchase a $25 Advantage Pass which gives passholders $5 trail pass discounts all season long (as well as season-long $15 ticket discounts and direct-to-lift access at Sugar Bowl Resort).
The Lodge at Sugar Bowl will be open from Friday 12/4 through Sunday 12/6, with room rates starting at just $159!

Old-World charm with a hint of European flair, the Lodge offers a unique and memorable mountain getaway. Slopeside accommodations in a classic high-alpine Lodge are just steps from the lifts. Park your car in our garage, have your luggage loaded onto a personal gondola and be whisked away to America’s only snowbound village. Amenities include a classic dining room, the inviting Belt Room Bar, the new Sporthaus spa athletic fitness & training facility during the winter season, and more.

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Heavenly Mountain Resort Opens California Side of Mountain!

“Heavenly’s season is off to a tremendous start with heaps of natural snow and incredibly productive snowmaking. It’s a great feeling to have both sides of the mountain open, and signals to the world that Heavenly is All In on giving our guests a high-energy, fun-filled holiday experience.

Even More to Love: Additional Lifts and Terrain
Earlier this week, Heavenly opened Olympic Chair, providing full access from top-to-bottom on the iconic Olympic Downhill Run, along with terrain expansions in Nevada with the Nevada Trail, Stagecoach Run and areas of The Pines and Cloud Nine.

On the California Side, Heavenly will open Sky Express, Powderbowl Express, Patsy’s Lift, Gunbarrel Express, the Aerial Tram, Enchanted Forest Carpet and DMZ Carpet. Newly added trails will include Skyline Trail, Ridge Run, Ridge Bowl, High Five, Double Down, Mombo Meadows to Swing Trail and Waterfall Run, as well as Maggie’s, Patsy’s and the Ski and Snowboard School areas at the California Lodge base area.

*Northstar California
Best Price On Northstar Tickets Here!
*State-Of-The-Art Kids Programs
As the first resort to introduce Smart Terrain™ and terrain-based learning into instruction, Northstar will launch the next chapter of
skiing’s most innovative instructional methodology
in 2015-2016.

Additional strategically-created snow enhancements – such as berms, gentle rollers and angled features – will offer improved focus on technique which guides skiers and riders to
the next ability level.

“The concept behind Northstar’s terrain-based learning features is to provide a seamless, natural transition between beginner, intermediate, and advanced ability levels,” said Andrew Buckley,
Northstar senior director of skier services.
“Skiers and riders will be able to learn on subtly-sculpted snow features that help to steer them into the correct technique.
The added snow features help to control speed and body position, which allows a guest to focus on a specific task.
Once guests recognize the feeling of good technique,
progression happens naturally and much more quickly.”

Enhanced terrain-based learning features can be experienced through the Northstar Kids’ and Adult Ski & Snowboard Schools, the Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center, and the Burton Learn-to-Ride Academy.

*Progression Snow Park for Families and Kids
Northstar’s renowned terrain parks are constructed with masterful precision suitable for the world’s best athletes, including Northstar’s 2014 Olympic gold medalist, David Wise; and this winter’s new series of progression snow features will bring additional inspiration to budding terrain park skiers and riders. Catering to children and families, the new progression park features will offer a smoother, more refined transition between beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels during Burton Learn-to-Ride instruction; and for families in search of the best features to enjoy together for a day on the slopes, the new progression features offer an ideal option.

Kirkwood Lift Status!
*Coop Scoop!
Buenos Dias my friends,
Cup’O’Joe kicking off this fine Friday with 4”@the base 5”@the summit as of 0430…Temperatures cold, 24@the base and 18@the summit, winds light @6mph out of the SW…
Forecast for the day: 30% percent chance of snow showers before 10am, partly sunny, with a high near 31. Winds look west southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Possible new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible…
Road conditions – SR88 both Carson Pass & Spur as reported by Cal Trans have **Chain Controls** in effect from Ham’s Station to Woodfords – Latest up to date intel 1 (800) 427-ROAD
Today we are setting up to open five (5) Chairs
• 1- Snowkirk
• 2 -Caples Crest
• 5 – Solitude
• 6 – Cornice Express
• 11- The Reut
Next system in the pipe forecast for Sunday morning the focal point North of I80 but we’ll keep an eye on here… Then the extended has yet another system leaning towards Thursday…
‪#‎StokeLevel‬ @8 this morning… Will see you all @the base of Chair 6 bright and early smile emoticon
‪#‎Stay‬’n Thirsty….

*Don’t pay full price at the ticket window!
Buy online and get the Lowest Prices –
Also enjoy the added convenience of
receiving your lift tickets prior to your arrival –
then go straight to the slopes!
Best Price On Kirkwood Tickets!

*Ski Free Stay Free is Back!
We can’t wait for the 2015/16 season to kick off on Nov 14!
To celebrate, we’re re-launching our most popular
lodging and lift ticket package.

Lift Ticket Deals From Ski Lake Tahoe!
*Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area Open Daily.
DEAL: Season passholders “Bring a Friend” Days. We will be offering discounted passes and rentals for guests of season passholders any day between Dec. 5 and Dec. 20, 2015. Unlimited guests allowed. Passholder must be present. Cost: $15 tickets; $10 rentals.
NEW: Brand new state-of-the-art building with streamlined services, a large Nordic store and organic cuisine!
Tahoe Donner Downhill Opens Dec. 11!
DEAL: Come out on Dec. 13 and everyone skis and
snowboards for just $5!

NEW: Now offering snowmaking! (pic attached)
Tahoe Donner Snowplay open every weekend for sledding and tubing, conditions permitting.
NEW: Now offering hot food and beverages
at the on-site Snowplay Café!

Season Pass Deals if purchased by Dec. 15:
one free ski pass for friends (only one pass if purchased Dec. 1 – 15).
one discount pass for friends (only one discount pass if purchased Dec. 1 – 15).
Free access to Tahoe Donner Snowplay for sledding and tubing all season.
10% off food and drinks all season; combo passes get deals through June!
10% off full-priced retail items.
Early bird access to cross country trails (on non-storm days), wax room and locker room

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*Squaw Valley
Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids offer full day lessons for young skiers (age 3-13) and snowboarders (age 5-13), as well as morning half-day lessons for kids (ages 3-4). When your child takes 5 group lessons they’ll get 1 group lesson free! Details:

Free lesson good at Squaw or Alpine any day during the 2015-16 winter season with advanced reservations. Must call 800-403-0206 to redeem free lesson. Lesson accruals are not transferable between kids.

*Get $20 off lessons by booking online
2 or more days in advance

*$59 Learn to Ski & Ride Special
Learn to ski or snowboard for just $59 at
Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows December 12-13, 2015
Open to ages 3+
Rental equipment (skis, boots, poles -or- snowboard, boots) and lift ticket included

*Passholder 20% off Half Day Private Lesson
Passholders receive 20% off half day private lessons. Call 800-403-0206 to make a reservation in order to receive discount. Not valid: December 26, 2015- January 3, 2016; February 13-21, 2016.

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.

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

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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!
Our BEST deal is the Sierra 3-PAK! – Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort 3-PAK Lift Tickets are valid anyday, including holidays and get you skiing/riding for $63/day!
Arrive early and leave before 3:00 p.m. or after 6:00 p.m. on busy weekends & holidays

Arrive early to get closer parking spots, the best selection of rental gear and fresh tracks! The Sierra rental shops open at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. If you don’t leave before 3:00 p.m., we recommend heading over to The Sierra Pub to enjoy Happy Hour specials and wait out the traffic.

Take advantage of Sierra Resort’s free shuttle service or carpool
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s complimentary shuttles stop at many hotels and casino properties on the South Shore or you can carpool up to the resort. Hook up with fellow carpoolers with Zimride. Either way you save gas, carbon emissions and a whole lot of money.

Reserve Kids Lessons and Day Care in advance to save time and be more prepared!

Children’s lessons and Day Care spots do fill up quickly so be sure to make a reservation. Call 530.659.7453 x150 to reserve a spot, or book a Children’s Lesson online.

*Bear Valley
Beginning December 19th, we’ll be open 7 days a week.

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.

Homewood Mountain Resort is excited to announce their new partnership with Cape Productions, drone video service, for the 2015-16 season. Cape Productions provides an exciting new video method for personal action sports, allowing guests to be filmed while a piloted drone camera follows them. After capturing breathtaking shots with Tahoe’s most beautiful view, guests will receive an edited and online published version of their footage with the ability to share it through social media outlets.

Cape Productions takes away the hassle of purchasing and managing equipment and will provide the guest a professional level video edit, making it easy to share experiences with friends and family. Everyone, regardless of age or skill will be able to capture breathtaking footage, film their family ski trip, get shots of their group of friends and more.

*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!
hursday, December 3, 7:30 AM … It looks like we may see snow later today or tonight into Friday, with a clearing for the weekend. With the excellent snowmaking run we’ve had this past week we will be opening the top of the mountain Saturday and Sunday with Chair 2, in addition to Chair 6 plus the 400′ moving carpet in the base area for beginners.

We have made lots of snow on Kaiser, so it will have the best coverage on Chair 2. However, we will allow most of the terrain off that lift to open, but keep in mind low snow conditions exist, so ski and ride with care.

If we get a fair amount of snow it is possible we will open more lifts and trails this weekend, but we won’t know that for sure until either later on Friday or even Saturday morning. We will have ski & snowboard rentals, ski & ride school, sports shop, day lodge cafe and Jack’s Place all ready to go. Ticket prices will be posted in the Tickets & Season Pass section of this website.

We will open daily no later than December 19, including the Inn, sooner if we are to open much more terrain before then.

Give Support To Our Tahoe Local World Cup Skier, Nick Cohee!
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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Make it a safe and fun weekend, Sliders!

Kevin Tinto
Sliding on the Cheap

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