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Tahoe winter sports news and reviews

January is learn to ski and snowboard month

With the holiday crowds gone, January is the perfect time to take a trip to Tahoe for some winter fun. Several Tahoe resorts are offering special deals for teens and adults who want to try a new winter sport.  These all-inclusive packages include lessons, rentals and lift ticket. If you are ready to take the plunge, make sure to pack the appropriate gear – ski/snowboard pants and jacket, thermals, warm socks, waterproof gloves, hat and sunglasses or goggles. All Season… Read More »

Alpine Meadows opens

Alpine Meadows celebrates the start of the 2012/13 season with party sunny skies and 4 lifts in operation. Summit Six, Roundhouse, Meadow and Alpine Bowl are open with packed powder and groomed runs. What’s new this year: Mile-long Terrain Park Thanks to a recent partnership with Snow Park Technologies, Alpine will open Tahoe’s longest terrain park. The park improvements include a beginner progression park off Subway where lessons will be available. Burton Adult Learn to Ride Center Burton’s LTR program… Read More »

Share your family snow adventures

Does your family bond together on the bunny slope? Did your kids learn to ski/ride before they could read?  Are you adept at finding family-friendly resorts and deals on rentals , lift tickets and accommodations? We’d like to talk to you about your snow-filled adventures,  to let our readers know how they can start their little ones on a lifetime of ski and snowboard fun. Please send an e-mail to diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com, and include your name, a daytime phone number and… Read More »

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 »

Ski/ride free on your birthday

Homewood Mountain Resort has a special birthday gift for you – a free day of skiing or snowboarding on your birthday! Simply present your driver’s license or ID with date-of-birth proof at any Homewood lift ticket window. Free birthday lift tickets are subject to the following holiday blackout dates: Dec. 26-31, 2011; Jan. 14-15, 2012; Feb. 18-19, 2012.

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 »

Learn to ski/ride for $35-$69 this weekend

January is learn to ski/ride month in Tahoe. With 4-6 feet of new snow, this weekend is the perfect time to take advantage of these deals: Alpine Meadows: SUNDAY 1/29 ONLY: $39 January 27-31: $69 Includes your lift ticket, lesson, and equipment rental. Ages 13 and up. All-day and afternoon packages available. For reservations, call (800) 403-0206. Homewood: $44 Included in the Learn to Ski/Ride package is a 2.5 hour lesson, beginner lift ticket and rental gear. Valid for first-time… Read More »

Top 10 Gifts for Skiers and Snowboarders

  For snowsport enthusiasts, equipment is a very personal item. To pick out the right gear, you must know their height, weight, the type of skier/snowboarder they are and what terrain they prefer, among other things. It is best left to the individual to pick out their own equipment, so I don’t recommend it as a present unless your loved one has provided you with specifics. However, there are plenty of items that are gift-worthy. Here is my top 10… Read More »

Ski/snowboard festivals and sales

The first snow has fallen, and it’s time once again for the annual ski festivals, swaps and sales. I love attending these events to see what the upcoming season has to offer, and I’m not one to pass up a good bargain hunt. Last year I found a sweet pair of K2 Burnin Luv’s at 75% off. Get ready for the slopes at one of these events: Santa Rosa Ski & Sport annual ski swap and sale Saturday, Nov. 5th, 8am… Read More »

Spring pass sale at major resorts

Alpine Meadows April 1 – May 15 $99! By far the best spring deal. Alpine just extended their season to May 15, giving you 45 days of skiing for $99; $119 with Alpine Club membership. You must be an Alpine Club member to purchase the ticket. You can join for just $20. Season pass holders from other resorts may join the Alpine Club for free. Click here for details Kirkwood Valid 7 days a week with no holiday restrictions. Early… Read More »