Hello Skiers and Riders!!
Things are moving fast, fast….fast! After a couple of years drooling out the side of our mouths, we actually have to keep up with what’s happening around Northern California and Tahoe in particular. Lotta weather news, as two systems work through. This should wrap up on Monday. We put our best estimates on new snow below in the weather section. The key is to remember these are coming with a lot of wind. That changes everything, and will have lifts on wind hold, perhaps resorts closing if the winds and snow get overwhelming. An excellent problem to have.
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The best deal on the planet right now is the Ski Lake Tahoe Six Pack. This will save you a ton against buying at the window, and the tickets are valid holidays. *Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack!
Squaw is having their $59 Learn to Ski/Ride This Weekend. Dress warm if you’re taking advantage of this great rate!
Ski Sunday for $5.00! Right. Tahoe Donner is having customer appreciation Day. My gosh, for a warm up day for the family, you cannot beat that, and TD has plenty of snow this year.
There is so MUCH more, sliders! Scan down and check out everything we handpicked for you today.
And…check out the ICE review from one of the top 500 reviewers for Amazon, then jump on there and take a roller coaster ride, SOTC style.
(We’re not weather forecasters…we’ve just been playing one on GoPro for a long time.)
1-2 feet at Lake Level, 2-4 above 8,000 feet by Saturday morning. The Bay Area temps are in the 60’s. It’s typical to see rain early, then falling temperatures, with the best quality snow at the end of the show.
The X factor.
When storms push over the Sierra, they are forced into colder air, and they ring-out like a sponge. High winds, means the storms are moving at a faster pace, less snow.
Saturday Storm: The atmosphere has been primed, snow levels will start lower, end lower with about the same, or a bit more than they Friday Storm.
The CREW estimates at this point, 2-3 feet (total) at Lake Level, 5 plus above 8,000 feet. The snows at Heavenly, Kirkwood, Top Squaw Alpine Sugar Bowl, Rose, will be fantastic…but you won’t get to the summits for a day or two, if the wind forecast holds.
Our Picks For the Weekend: Northstar, Diamond Peak, Homewood will be your best bet through Monday. Then it will go off-the-chain Tuesday-Friday for Powder skiers at high altitude. This is not a true light POW event, still, gonna be fantastic.
*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe!
Slide Bowl Now OPEN! Blazing Zephyr 6 is open for the season. Top to bottom skiing and riding on both sides of the mountain. Winters Creek Lodge is open for the season.
*Squaw/Alpine Tahoe Super Pass
Ski Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows all season from just $429 with options to add days at Sugar Bowl and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Hurry, prices increase up to $100 after December 15.
*Squaw/Alpine Zone Navigation Tool!
*$59 Learn to Ski & Ride Special!
Learn to ski or snowboard for just $59 at
Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows December 12-13, 2015!
*Tahoe Donner Ski/Ride for $5.00!
Tahoe Donner downhill opens Friday, the 11th!
On Sunday, it’s Customer Appreciation Day at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area and everyone skis for $5!
*Give support to Kirkwood Local World Cup Skier, Nick Cohee!
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! See the details at the bottom of the newsletter!
**Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack!
Give the gift of skiing and riding this season!
The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack is the perfect gift for the skier or snowboarder in your life. Fact: It’s the most affordable way to buy lift tickets to the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts – and the most flexible.
The Six-Pack is pretty much what it sounds like. 6 lift tickets to 7 of Tahoe’s best ski resorts. Each ticket is valid at two (or in some cases, three) resorts, which lets you choose where you want to go. The tickets are flexible – outside of blackout dates, you can use them anytime up until April 30, 2016. They’re also transferable, so if you want to use a few and then decide to share the love and pay it forward to a friend, you can do that too.
And at under $65/day, it truly is the best lift ticket deal around. So get one to give and to keep. We hear prices are going to increase very soon!
A thrilling adventure…
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I am a huge fan of historical adventures that may add in some unconventional elements to make an intriguing story. Some of my favorite authors in this genre are Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Clive Cussler. I was thrilled to find author Kevin Tinto’s debut novel, “ICE”, that also pulls these elements together masterfully and it was a fantastic read. The story of Leah, an archaeologist, and her estranged husband, Jack, who set off on an adventure to Antarctica after a discovery in New Mexico. There is mystery here, danger, and a wonderful fast-paced adventure that kept me highly engaged. I loved the two main characters and their intense relationship and am excited to see that this will be a continuing series. Very well done.”
Kindle $2.99, Paperback $13.99.
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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 is happy to announce that starting this Friday, they’ll be open 7 days a week, with significantly more terrain opening up and many more lifts spinning shortly, including the Judah side of the mountain on Saturday and Sunday.
Pick up a Sugar Bowl Advantage Pass for a $25 one-time purchase, saving you $15 on your lift ticket every day of the season, plus direct-to-lift convenience!
Extend your XC adventure at Royal Gorge Cross Country and book a ski-and-stay package at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl! The package includes 2 trail passes, rentals, free garage parking, Sporthaus access, and reduced rates on lessons. Package is available midweek non-holiday, with double occupancy and a 2 night minimum. Make the most out of your trip and book today!
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Heavenly Mountain Resort offers adults two lessons for the price of one. The $185 package includes two consecutive days of half-day skiing or snowboarding lessons, limited-access lift tickets and rental equipment. This package is available with advanced purchase by calling (800) HEAVENLY, option 7 and is valid for the adult half-day group lesson for guests age 14 and over. To book lessons, or for more information, visit SkiHeavenly.com.
Best Price On Northstar Tickets Here!
Northstar, Cali is one of the best resort to ski/ride during any storm cycle. Down in the trees, the runs are rarely on lift hold. Also, skip the gondola and take the Village chair up, as long as you can ski at level 4 and above. It’s a way shorter line!
Northstar California is home to the Burton Snowboard Academy located within the Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center, in addition to a world-class Ski and Snowboard School. For Learn to Ski and Ride Month the resort offers Half-Day Morning Beginner Ski and Snowboard group lessons starting at $155 and including all-day equipment rentals and limited-access lift tickets. Visit NorthstarCalifornia.com for more details and to reserve.
On Thursday night, Northstar has Noel Nights series – guests can enjoy rides around The Village on a one-horse open sleigh with two gorgeous draft horses: Chance and Duke. We have Santa Clause, ice skating, gingerbread makings, crafts and face painting. It’s a spectacular way to kick off the holidays.
Kirkwood Lift Status!
Kirkwood Mountain Resort’s world-class learning terrain offers mellow, groomed runs as well as steeper adventures for any lesson type. Kirkwood’s Timber Creek facility is home to snowplay areas including the Gold Rush Adventure zone, the ‘Trench of Terror’ and the mighty ‘Ditch of Doom’ – perfect stomping grounds for adventurous first-timers whether they’re kids or kids-at-heart. Programming at Kirkwood includes the Mini Rippers program for three to four year olds at $150 for a full-day and $122 for a half-day lesson. The Mt. Explorer program for kids age five to 12 is $136 for a full-day lesson and $105 for a half-day. Both programs include lift tickets and rental equipment. For additional information and to make reservations, please visit Kirkwood.com.
*Coop Scoop From Kirkwood
“Buenos Dias my friends,
Cup’O’Joe in hand with winds beginning to pick-up across the ridge tops… We are going on a temp-wind hold on all chairs as I type… Caples Crest – Chair 2 is closed for the day… Our Lift Maintenance & Ski Patrol teams will assess hourly as we move through the day but… I would not expect we will open either The Reut or Cornice Express….
Get’m waxed or get’m tuned its going to be an awesome weekend here my friends… Take this day as a day of rest so you are ready to slay it on Friday & Saturday smile emoticon”
*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!
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Lift Ticket Deals From Ski Lake Tahoe!
*Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
“It’s a beautiful morning at Mt. Rose. So far 3-5 inches of new snow at our base 8260′ with no signs of stopping anytime soon!”
Give the Gift of SNOW! Make the skier or snowboarder in your life jump for joy this winter and give them a Mt. Rose Elevation Card this holiday season!
Share the new snow with your friends! Season pass holders can now get $20 buddy pass tickets available till 12/20/15! These buddy tickets will not count towards the 2 that came with the pass.
Nearly $2 million invested at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area!
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area investments include a new Silent Polecast snowmaking system—the first of this technology in the USA.
Additional improvements include new rental equipment, such as Burton snowboards, Volkl demo skis, Scarpa Telemark boots and Scott Poles; new learning and ski school equipment with aids, such as banners, flags, cones, arches, obstacles, tunnels, benches and ski racks; and new grooming equipment.
VIDEO: Snowmaking Machines
*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!
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.
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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!
NEW! Transferable Flex Pass (formerly known as the Mini Pass)
The more you ski, the more you save with a Flex Pass, especially during the holidays! Flex Passes are the best deal around for people planning to ski or ride multiple days, but not quite enough to justify a season pass. Available in 2 to 7-day increments, this direct-to-lift Flex Pass is fully transferable, can be used any day and is valid all season long. Adults ski for as little as $42/day with a 7-day Flex Pass. Purchase at any Diamond Peak Ticket Window, online or call 775-832-1253 during the ski season.
Sierra at Tahoe Offer Great Values For Our Crew!
Corporate Tickets Are The Bomb!
Direct-To-Lift – No more waiting at the ticket windows.
No Blackout Dates – Corporate lift tickets are valid everyday, including holiday periods, throughout the winter season at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
50 lift tickets – Minimum order of 50 lift tickets in any combination (adult, young adult, child) to start earning your free lift tickets.
Complimentary Lift Tickets – Receive one complimentary adult lift ticket with every 25 lift tickets purchased (minimum of 50 lift tickets for your initial order).
No Risk – Corporate administrators can return your company’s unused lift tickets by April 30, 2016 to receive a full cash refund or credit toward next years purchase.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.
Homewood will be open for the 2015-2016 season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily beginning December 11. Adult and Children’s Ski School, Homewood Mountain Sports, and the Rental & Repair Shop will be open daily. Additionally, the 89 Bar & Grill and the Fireplace Tavern will be open for food and drinks. Additional services will open in time for the holidays.
Lift tickets are just $63/day with the purchase of a 3-pack, which can be used any day all season long. Days do not need to be consecutive. 3-Packs are non-transferable and non-refundable. Season passes are also on sale, including the popular Family Pass which includes 2 adult and 2 teen/child season passes for $1,099. Season pass prices will increase on December 18.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!
Will be open this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, December 12-13. If China gets a foot or more, it is possible we will open more lifts and terrain, and also remain open daily starting December 14. “We are very close to opening Chairs 1, 4 & 7, which would give us most of the mountain.”
Prior to receiving new snow we have open Chair 2 to the top, Chair 6 to mid mountain and our longest moving carpet in the beginner area.
The Inn @ China Peak, plus the restaurant & bar will open tomorrow night, Friday, December 11. Reservations can be made by calling (559) 233-1200 or on line.
We have Ski & Snowboard Rentals, Ski & Ride School, China Peak Sports, Day Lodge Cafe and Jack’s Place all open and in full swing on operating days. Buckhorn is also open on weekends and Mainstream will open December 19.”
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!
Make it a safe and fun weekend, Sliders!
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