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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 »

Free lift tickets for active duty military

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows FREE lift tickets are available to active duty military personnel by presenting an  active duty military ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. Lift tickets valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday for the 2012-13 season with the exception of the following blackout dates: December 26-31, 2012, January 19-20 2013 and February 16-17, 2013. For more information click here Homewood Active duty military receive FREE non-holiday lift tickets with a valid Common… 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 »

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.

Last call

Another season comes to a close this weekend, with all but one resort shutting down as spring sports quickly take over. Expect a light dusting of snow today and sunshine for the weekend. Enjoy closing weekend events Saturday and Sunday at Squaw, Heavenly and Sugar Bowl. If your not quite ready to hang up your ski and boards, Alpine Meadows will remain open May 4-6 and May 11-13 from 8am – 1pm for spring skiing. Enjoy live music and sunshine… 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 »

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 »

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 »