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Tahoe winter sports news and reviews

72 hour lift ticket sale

Ski/ride for less than $30 a day at Boreal with this limited time deal. Receive 3 lift tickets good January 14 – 31 (excluding 1/19 & 1/20) for only $89 – that’s less than $30 each. The Deal: 3 Full-Day Adult or Teen tickets valid January 14 – 31, 2013, excluding Saturday 1/19 and Sunday 1/20. Sale dates: 12:00 am January 11th  – 11:59 pm, January 13, 2013. This deal is limited to the first 200 customers. Tickets are non-transferable… Read More »

Squaw, Sugar Bowl to open this weekend

Thanks to a series of early snowstorms and advanced snowmaking equipment, two resorts will open this weekend. Squaw Valley will celebrate with an early opening this Friday, November 16th. Scheduled lifts include Exhibition, Red Dog, Resort at Squaw Creek and FirstVenture. Look for part of the upper mountain to open by Thanksgiving. Sugar Bowl opens Saturday with a 18″-26″base, offering skiing and riding from the top of Lincoln to the bottom of Knob Hill. Boreal is now open daily from… Read More »

Opening dates for Tahoe resorts

With snow in the forecast today through Saturday, resort openings are right around the corner. Boreal has been open on and off for a couple of weeks, but is currently closed until further notice. The following dates have been announced: Boreal – Scheduled to reopen at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10th Opening November 16: Heavenly Northstar at Tahoe November 21: Squaw Valley Kirkwood Mt. Rose December 7th: Alpine Meadows Stay tuned for these opening dates: Sugar Bowl Diamond Peak… Read More »

Boreal to open Friday

Mother Nature brought the gift of an early snowstorm to the Sierra’s this week, putting the resorts in high gear for opening day. Boreal will open the Castle Peak Quad chair this weekend. Hours and lift prices: Friday, 10/26: 9 am – 9 pm, $15 for all ages Saturday, 10/27: 9 am – 9 pm, $35 adults & teens, $20 child Sunday, 10/28: 9 am – 9 pm, $35 adults & teens, $20 child All Boreal season passes accepted. Operations… Read More »

36 inches and counting

This week’s snow fall has resorts anticipating a prosperous holiday season. As of noon, Wednesday, Alpine Meadows reported 36″ of fresh snow, Sugar Bowl has 34″, Heavenly has 16-20″ and Squaw Valley has received 32″. Heavenly and Northstar plan to open on November 16th, followed by Squaw Valley on November 21. Alpine Meadows will open on December 7th. Boreal has traditionally claimed the earliest opening with a tentative date of October 26th, and snow making has begun. Stay tuned.

Lift ticket deals for college students

Being a college student has its perks. Several north shore resorts offer considerable discounts for college students. Squaw and Alpine offer discounted tickets on specific weeks when you pre-register. Boreal has a n ongoing special price for Friday skiing/riding. Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows: $59 College students with a valid student ID purchase Squaw Valley ski/ride lift tickets for just $59 during the following dates when you pre-register: • March 11-16 • March 18-23 • March 25-30 • April 1-6 • April… Read More »

Troops ski for free

The following resorts offer free skiing and riding for U.S. Military personnel with a valid ID: Squaw Valley: Complimentary lift tickets for active duty military members every Sunday through Friday, excluding holidays. To redeem, military can present proof of active duty status at Squaw’s Tickets, Passes and Snowsports Center at the base of the mountain. Holiday blackout dates for the Military Lift Ticket program include: 12/17/11 – 1/01/12; 1/14/12 – 1/16/12; 2/18/12 – 2/25/12; and all Saturdays in the 2011-12… Read More »

Boreal opens Accelerator

Boreal’s snowmaking crew has been busy preparing for the holiday weekend. The Accelerator lift opens Thursday top to bottom, the terrain park on South 40 is open and a second park is in the works. Lift tickets are $45 for adults, $40 for teens and $16 for children. College students and military personnel receive lift tickets for $15 on most Friday’s during the season including Veteran’s Day.

Want to work at a ski resort this winter?

Tahoe ski resorts are gearing up for another early season. Each year, the resorts hire thousands of winter sports enthusiasts for jobs ranging from retail sales to ski patrol. The perks – ski and snowboard free all season! Job fairs will be held at most of the resorts on Saturday, October 22, with the rest accepting applications online. Below is a list of the scheduled job fairs: Boreal Saturday, October 22, 10 am – 2 pm in the Boreal cafeteria… Read More »

Fresh snow for the weekend

April has blessed us with a beautiful new layer of fresh snow for the weekend. This may be the best April skiing in Tahoe history. Storm totals as of Friday morning: Boreal: 5-7″ Apline: 10-14″ Sugarbowl: 4-9″ Homewood: 6″ Squaw: 7-11″ Northstar: 7-14″ Sierra At Tahoe: 15″ Heavenly: 14″ Kirkwood: 16-18″ Mt. Rose: 8-10″ Weekend forecast courtesy of Sugarbowl: Saturday: Partly cloudy with a small chance of a snow shower. Lows in the teens to low 20s, highs in the… Read More »