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Tahoe winter sports news and reviews

6-12 inches of fresh snow today

Forecast courtesy of Sugar Bowl Cool temperatures this morning are a sign of the approaching cold area of low pressure. Precipitation is moving onshore and snow chances pick up later in the morning and last through early evening.  Accumulations by midnight are still in the 6-12 range, helped along by the high snow ratios due to the very cold air mass. Little or no rise in temperatures today, remaining in the teens.  West to southwest winds to 20 mph with… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Burton Mountain Festival coming to Northstar

The 2nd annual Burton Mountain Festival Tour makes a stop at Northstar this weekend. Resort guests will be treated to a free day of  live entertainment, Burton 2013 product demos, giveaways, and a mini park for young snowboarders 4-6 years old. The festival will take place January 4 – 6 at the mid-mountain village. For more information, visit Northstar.

Cold, heavy snow forecast for the holiday weekend

Weather forecast courtesy of Sugar Bowl Resort Cold, Snow Showers Today, Heavy Snow Thursday Night through Sunday. A strong low pressure trough offshore will begin to direct moisture into Northern California on Thursday.  Unlike the latest series of storms, much more moisture will be entrained into this series.  Temperatures will remain cool enough for all snow through the event.  Clouds thicken on Thursday as the moisture slowly approaches.  Snow chances begin sometime during the day, most likely in the afternoon… 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 »

Homewood to open Thanksgiving weekend

Christmas has come early to the Tahoe resorts. Snow is forecast throughout the weekend, giving the resorts a nice base for the Thanksgiving holiday. Homewood Mountain Resort will open Nov. 23-25 (Fri-Sun) for beginning skiing, snowboarding and sledding above the North Lodge. Additional terrain will open as conditions permit. Beginner lift tickets for the holiday weekend will run $35. All-mountain tickets will run $59 if conditions permit.

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 »

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 »

Will you pay $92 to ski Alpine?

Alpine Meadows has always been one of my favorite resorts in Tahoe. For me, it has just the right mix of terrain, amenities, fast lifts, close parking, easy access and customer service. It also had affordable lift ticket prices – until now. I wondered when I heard the news that Alpine would combine operations under common ownership with Squaw Valley how it would affect the lift prices. It’s now official – Alpine joins Squaw and Northstar as the priciest lift… Read More »