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Ski Packages at Reno Hotels

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Skiing and snowboarding draws lots of travelers to Reno Tahoe, and many hotels in the area are celebrating snow sports by offering special packages for skiers and boarders from out of town.

Each hotel package, regardless of where you book them, includes two things: a discounted room rate and a discounted lift ticket to the ski resort of your choosing. Some hotels even offer transportation up to the mountain. Additional package perks vary between hotels, so be sure to check with your desired hotel for all of the accommodations offered. For example, the Atlantis package includes food and Slot credits and Silver Legacy offers discounts on salon and spa services, and the Hyatt Regency in Lake Tahoe is offering a free night for snow lovers who book with them for their winter trip. Read up on each hotel’s ski package options to find what best suits all of your ski trip needs! Many hotels also give guests the option to book a custom package, allowing you to tailor your package to be exactly what you want so you don’t have to pay for features that you won’t use! These packages are intended to make your stay in Reno and your time on the mountain in Tahoe an unforgettable experience, so be sure to take advantage of these great deals and make your winter getaway even more enjoyable!

Local hotels with special ski packages include:

Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa

Eldorado Hotel Casino

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

Harrah’s Reno

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Circus Circus Reno

JA’s Nugget Casino Resort

How To Prepare Yourself For Ski Season 2014

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Two local resorts are giving the public early access to the mountains this weekend, and people are starting to get very excited about hitting the slopes. However, the relatively warm weather is making it hard for us to get into the winter spirit! With so much sunshine and temperatures up in the 70’s on some days, we can’t really believe that ski season will be in full-swing in one month’s time. Is anybody else having this problem? Sitting around waiting for snow just won’t make the next few weeks race by, so we’ve found a few remedies to keep you entertained and cure you of your lack-of-snow-blues!

Warren Miller Entertainment is bringing their U.S. tour to the Silver Legacy on November 15 with a showing of their latest film, No Turning Back. Warren Miller and his crew have traveled around the world in search of passionate skiers and boarders in pursuit of the ultimate snow day. From Niseko, Japan to the hills in Montana, Warren Miller has used his films to take audiences to some of the most unique and exciting ski destinations in the world, and his films have touched audiences from all over. Producer Josh Haskins says, “Every location we shoot at, from the smallest local hills to the top of Alaska’s Chugach, speaks to skiers and snowboarders because, at the end of the day, all we need  are some steep slopes and some snow to cover them.” Warren Miller’s films are a winter tradition, and their premiers signify the start of colder weather and a great ski season. Set in inspiring locations and showcasing athletes such as Rob Kingwill, Seth Wescott, and Ingrid Backstrom, Warren Miller Entertainment always succeeds in getting viewers pumped to hit the mountain. The expo doors are set to open at 6 p.m., and the film will be played in Reno’s Ballroom at the Silver Legacy at 8 p.m. Moviegoers will be able to win ski vacations, prizes, snow gear, and a chance to meet the athletes that are featured in the film. Silver Legacy is also having special room rates for the night for the film to make things easier on those who may be traveling a longer distance to view the film. For lodging information and the discount code, as well as ticket prices go to the Silver Legacy website. [No Turning Back will also be shown at Harrash Tahoe November 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., as well as at Squaw Valley on November 28.]

The week after the Warren Miller film party, Reno Beer Crawl will be holding their second annual Pray For Snow Party on November 22 from 2 – 6 p.m. The crawl will take place in Reno’s Riverwalk District and will be in collaboration with Coalition Snow, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, Whiskey Envy, Bobo’s Ski & Snow, Mt. Rose Ski Resort, and other local businesses. The purpose of this crawl is to gather local snow-lovers to get everybody pumped for winter. Drink discounted seasonal and craft beers and special liquor tastings while meeting fellow skiers and boarders! The crawl will take place in over 15 bars and restaurants within walking distance around Downtown Reno. Crawlers are encouraged to wear costumes and winter attire because there will be a 1980’s winter wear costume contest with hundreds of dollars in prizes! $5 will get you a Reno Beer Crawl glass, a wristband that will give you access to the crawl, and a map to guide you to participating bars and restaurants. An extra dollar will get you 6-ounce samples (that’s nearly half a beer!) at each participating location. Tickets are already available on Reno Beer Crawl’s website and at participating businesses such as Noble Pie, The Jungle, and 5 Star Saloon. Visit Reno Beer Crawl online for a complete list of participating locations and more information.

Homewood Mountain Resort will be hosting a viewing of Level One Production’s new ski fill “Less” on November 23. The film was shot at various locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, France, and Japan. Featured athletes include Magnus Graner, LSM, Tanner Rainville, and more. The screening will take place at Homewood’s South Lodge outside around the fire pit. The film will start at 6 p.m., so it will be chilly, but there will be heat lamps and warm cocktails available to keep you cozy. Before the film, Sierra Avalanche Center will give a presentation about the importance of backcountry safety to inform attendees on what they can do to keep our mountains safe. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and there will be a raffle of sponsor prizes to benefit the Sierra Avalanche Center, including a snowcat trip on the new Homewood Snowcat Adventures. Head over to Homewood’s website to buy your tickets and read more information on the Less premier!

2014 Opening Dates For Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

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That’s right, folks, ski season is almost here! Many resorts are getting very close to opening day, and some are even getting a head start this weekend thanks to the early November snow. Boots are dusting themselves off and your ski racks are begging to be put on your car. If you haven’t started preparing yourself for the 2014/2015 season now is the time to do so! It’s not too late to purchase season passes, so check out each ski resort’s website (linked below) for details!

Mt. Rose will be open early on November 7-9 to celebrate the recent snowfall and will officially begin the 2014/15 season on November 21

Boreal will also be allowing access to a limited selection of trails on November 7

Northstar California and Heavenly Lake Tahoe will open November 21

Kirkwood is planning on opening November 22

Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl Resort both open November 26

Diamond Peak’s opening day is December 11

Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort are set to open December 12

Tahoe Donner will be opening in December, but an exact date has not been released.

Sierra at Tahoe and Donner Ski Ranch are still waiting for a little bit more snow before they announce their opening dates, so sit tight!

Keep checking back to our blog for updates as the remaining resorts release their dates! Take advantage of Mt. Rose and Boreal’s early openings and get your snow fix this weekend! Happy skiing, everybody!

New Nonstop flight between London and Reno-Tahoe!

Beginning during the winter season of 2015, with hopes of enticing international skiers, a new nonstop service will between London Gatwick and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport will be available through Thomas Cook Airlines.

This new service will give skiers from Europe and all over the globe easier access to all of our Reno-Tahoe ski resorts. This service will run December 19, 2015 through April 9, 2016 in order to get more bodies on our mountains. The big news was shared with the public on November 4, 2014.

You can watch the press release here

Ski Season Is Getting Closer!

A night of cold weather here in Reno means snow in our mountains! With ski season quickly approaching, even the tiniest bit of snow is enough to get us excited for the upcoming winter. Many of our local ski resorts are working hard to make sure everything is just right before they open their doors to the public within the next few weeks, and that includes making snow to add to whatever nature plans on giving us. Join each resort on opening day to get the season off to a good start. Season passes are still available, and some resorts are still offering discounted prices, so be sure to grab yours as soon as you can because the resorts are getting excited for winter and you should be too! Before we know it the mountains will be calling on us to grab our boots and our skis and boards and head up to the slopes for another wonderful ski season.

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Some confirmed opening dates (with that pesky weather permitting, of course):

Squaw Valley opens  November 26

Alpine Meadows opens December 12

Heavenly opens November 21

Mt Rose opens November 21

Diamond Peak opens December 11

Northstar opens November 21

Celebrating Sugar Bowl Resort’s 75th Anniversary

Sugar Bowl Resort hits their 75th year of operation this winter, celebrating their official opening on December 15, 1939. In honor of this landmark year Sugar Bowl Resort is hosting events all season long to celebrate their history and success.

In 1937 an Austrian ski fanatic, Hans Schroll, fell in love with a mountain and began dreaming of an Austrian style resort. Schroll said, “When I saw the bowl at the foot of Mount Lincoln, I decided that was the place,” and immediately started recruiting investors. Schroll had taught many of California’s wealthiest and most influential families how to ski and one of his most famous clients, Walt Disney, was eager to invest. Disney’s $2500 investment was rewarded with his name stamped on the peak where California’s first chairlift would soon be built. In 1938 the Sugar Bowl Corporation was formed and plans to develop the 700 acre property were underway.

Sugar Bowl Resort built the first chairlift in California in the summer before their 1939 opening, and they’ve been successful ever since. The chairlift ride to the top of Mt. Disney originally took nearly seven minutes and cost skiers $2 to ride. Once the chairlift was built, the resort became a destination for Hollywood stars and passionate skiers because Sugar Bowl offered the ideal environment for great skiing and socializing in the new Bavarian lodge.  The resort closed for three years due to a lack of staffing and railroad closures brought on by WWII, but after a hiatus the resort built the first gondola on the West Coast in 1953. This milestone was only the beginning, and Sugar Bowl Resort has continued to upgrade their facilities while maintaining the historical integrity of the original resort.

More recent developments in the growth of Sugar Bowl Resort include their deal to take over management of Royal Gorge, North America’s largest cross-country ski resort. In addition to that new responsibility, Sugar Bowl Resort unveiled a plan for $20 million in improvements. This project created a new ski-in, ski-out Sugar Bowl Academy campus and a new fitness, spa, and training facility called the Sporthaus. These improvements are great examples of how Sugar Bowl Resort has and continues to grow and stay in the competition of high-quality ski resorts.

In honor of Sugar Bowl Resort’s anniversary, the resort is starting the party in December and continuing the celebration through mid-April. Events include the Backcountry Ball on December 12, which is a benefit for the Sierra Avalanche Center, a Special Musical Act (TBD) performing December 16-28, and April 10-12 will be Shred the Love, a benefit for Boarding for Breast Cancer.

This celebration is sure to be a fun time, and many of the events are benefits for a good cause, which is a win-win in our book! For more information on Sugar Bowl Resort and an a calendar of events visit http://www.sugarbowl.com/events.

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2014-2015 Season Passes

The 2014-2015 ski and snowboard season is almost here! In a few short months it will be time to hit the slopes so be sure to get your season pass early! Resorts often have early bird specials, which will be noted when available. Many resorts have multiple season pass packages. These differences will be shown as highest possible price vs. lowest possible price.

North Lake Tahoe

Alpine Meadows & Squaw Valley (Opening Day TBD)
http://squawalpine.com/tickets-passes/season-passes/tahoe-super-pass

  • Adult: $809- $379
  • Young Adult: $639- $369
  • Child: $329- $249
  • Senior: $639- $369
  • Super Senior: $329- $249
  • College: $409

Boreal (Opening Day TBD)
http://www.rideboreal.com/winter/rates/season-passes/

  • Sale Prices (if purchased before October 31) vs. Regular Prices
    • Adult: $499-$279 vs. $598- $299
    • Teen: $499-$279 vs. $499- $299
    • Child: $379-129 vs. $448- $149
    • Senior: $129 vs. $149
    • Super Senior: $59
    • Young Child: $29

Diamond Peak (Opening Day: December 11)
http://www.diamondpeak.com/tickets-specials/season-passes-pass-perks

  • Sale Prices (if purchased before October 31) vs. Regular Prices
    • Adult: $349-$249 vs. $449- $309
    • Youth/College: $199-159 vs. $239- $199
    • Child: $139- $159 vs. $169- $156
    • Senior: $139- $125 vs. 169- $156
    • Super Senior: $59-$49 $69- $59
    • 6 & Under: FREE

Donner Ski Ranch (Opening Day TBD)
http://www.donnerskiranch.com/Passes.html

  • Adult: $299
  • Young Adult: $249
  • Senior: $150
  • Child: $199
  • Add-a-Friend: $249 (with purchase of a regular adult season pass)
  • 6 & Under: $30 (with purchase of a regular adult season pass)

Mt. Rose (Opening Day: November 7-9 and November 21)
http://www.mtrose.com/tickets-specials/season-passes

  • Adult: $449
  • Senior: $379
  • Young Adult: $379
  • Child: $249
  • 5 & Under: $49

Northstar California (Opening Day: November 21)
http://www.northstarcalifornia.com/plan-your-trip/season-pass/season-pass.aspx

  • Adult: $749- $429
  • Teen: $439- $339
  • Child: $389- $209
  • Senior: $339

Sugar Bowl (Opening Day TBD)
http://www.sugarbowl.com/seasonpass

  • Rates valid if purchased by October 31
    • Adult: $589- $329
    • Young Adult: $339- 279
    • Senior: $339- 279
    • Child/ Super Senior: $229

Tahoe Donner (Opening Day TBD)
http://www.tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski/rates/

  • Rates valid if purchased by November 30
    • Adult: $399- $299
    • Junior: $304- $194
    • Child: $199- $154
    • 6 & Under: FREE
    • Senior: $304- $154
    • Super Senior: FREE

South Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Lake Tahoe (Opening Day: November 21)
http://www.skiheavenly.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes/season-passes-explorer.aspx?gclid=CPLSx_fukMECFU1afgodKAwAPw

  • Adult: $749- $399
  • Teen: $439- $339
  • Child: $389- $209
  • Senior: $339
  • College: $429

Homewood Mountain Resort (Opening Day TBD)
http://www.skihomewood.com/ski-tickets/season-passes

  • Rates valid through October 5
    • Adult: $419- $369
    • Teen: $339- $289
    • Child: $169- $139
    • Senior: $279- $229
    • Super Senior: $239- $199
    • 4 & Under: FREE

Kirkwood (Opening Day TBD)
http://summer.kirkwood.com/site/Season_Passes

  • Adult: 749- $399
  • Teen: $439- $369
  • Child: $389- $209
  • Senior: $369- $339
  • College: $499- $369

Sierra at Tahoe (Opening Day TBD)
https://www.sierraattahoe.com/tickets-passes/season-pass-rates

  • Rates valid if purchased before October 6
    • Adult: $389
    • Young Adult: $279
    • Child: $129
    • Super Senior: $129
    • 4 & Under: FREE
    • College: $279

Please see resort websites for all pass options, prices, restrictions, age cut-offs, college pass qualifications, and pass holder access. All listed Opening Days are subject to change. Happy skiing!

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First snow of the 2014-2015 season

The first week of fall has finally arrived, and while Reno is experience true autumn weather, the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe are seeing more winter-like conditions. That’s right: snow! The first bit of snow has fallen, and even though it’s not enough snow to give you a reason to pull out your skis, let’s consider its early arrival to be be a good sign for the upcoming winter! Winter is coming!

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New Summer Activities at Heavenly

Three ropes courses, 3,300 ft. zip line, day camp for kids and more!

Heavenly employee in Black Bear Challenge CourseHeavenly Mountain Resort has upped the ante on summer fun, introducing new adventures at the top of the Heavenly Gondola for Summer 2014. Summertime guests will have the opportunity to swing through the trees and fly through the air on new experiences including the Boulder Cove and Black Bear Challenge Courses, the Discovery Forest Canopy Course and the 3,300 foot-long Blue Streak zip line. On Friday, June 13, Heavenly Mountain Resort will open these expanded offerings to the public seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 1. From September 5 until September 28, summer activities will be available Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Our new activities appeal to the spectrum of summer visitors: Families with young children will love the Black Bear Ropes Course, with routes for all ability levels,” says Pete Sonntag, vice president and COO of Heavenly. “The Blue Streak zip line is great for the adrenaline junkie looking to take in Heavenly’s breath-taking views while flying along at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. While there is a wide variety of fun to be had at the top of the Heavenly Gondola this summer, all of our guests will enjoy the unique experience of getting away and above it all in one of the most beautiful alpine environments in the world.”

The three new ropes challenge courses and Blue Streak zip line will add to the current summer activities at the top of the Gondola including hiking, sightseeing, Spider Climber, climbing wall, and dining at Tamarack Lodge. Tahoe’s only summer tubing hill is also expected to open in late June, and the Boulder Cove Challenge Course will open on June 27. Gondola sightseeing tickets are $39 for adults, $21 for children (5-12), $33 for teens (13-18) and seniors (65+). Kids four years and younger are free. Access to Tamarack Express chairlift at the top of the Gondola is free with Gondola ticket purchase. Prices for activities at the top of the Gondola are $50 for the Blue Streak zip line, $60 for the Discovery Forest Canopy Course, $50 for the Black Bear Challenge Course and the Boulder Cove Challenge Course, and $10 for each ten minutes on the climbing wall. Once open, summer tubing will cost $10 for three rides. All activity tickets are available for purchase at the bottom of the Gondola. The Spider Climber, Black Bear Hollow play area, and hiking trails are free.

Construction will resume on a four-line zip line center adjacent to Big Easy chairlift, with an estimated debut in late summer. The second phase of Heavenly’s expanded summer activities has been submitted and is currently under review by the USDA Forest Service and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Discovery Day Camp for Kids

New for Summer 2014, Discovery Day Camp welcomes children ages 5-12 for a day of exploration and adventure. From June 20 to September 1, Discovery Day Camp will operate seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children begin their day with a scenic 2.4 mile gondola ride to the top of Heavenly Mountain Resort, including a stop at the observation deck with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.  Once they reach the top, the day is filled with varying activities ranging from tubing, rock wall climbing, challenge courses, chair ride to the summit, hiking, relay games, conservation education and nature crafts. The cost for one day is $95 and two consecutive days is $170, including lunch at Tamarack Lodge, with menu options available at check-in. Discovery Day Camp drop off and pick up is centrally located in the Heavenly Village, between Patagonia and Heavenly Sports, adjacent to the Gondola base station. Reservations are required to guarantee a spot. Walk-ins are based on availability. For information and reservations, call 1-800-HEAVENLY or contact Michelle Peterlin: mpeterlin@vailresorts.com.

Gondola and Lunch Special

The Gondola and Lunch Special includes a scenic Gondola ticket and $15 Food and Beverage voucher. The Gondola and Lunch Special is $49 for adults, $43 for teens (13-18), $28 for children (5-12, with $10 Food and Beverage Voucher) and $43 for seniors (65+). Kids four and under ride the gondola for free.

Summer Season Pass

For the best value on two or more Gondola rides, the Summer Season Pass offers unlimited and unrestricted access to the Gondola and Tamarack Express chair for Summer 2014. The Summer Season Pass is $70 for adults, $50 for children and teens (5-18), and $50 for seniors (65+).

Closing Dates for Tahoe Ski Resorts

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All good things must come to an end, but not before Tahoe ski resorts throw some epic on-mountain parties. The weather is getting warmer, and nature must run its course. Soon the snow will melt and turn into water to feed Reno Tahoe’s wonderful lakes and rivers. Maybe the powder you shredded this winter will be the same water that you float down the Truckee in this summer! Here is a list of the closing dates for most of the Tahoe ski resorts:

Alpine Meadows – Will operate 7 days/ week through April 20 and then will be open weekends into May

Boreal- April 20

Diamond Peak- April 13

Heavenly – April 20

Kirkwood – April 27

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe – April 20

Northstar California – April 20

Sierra-at-Tahoe – April 20

Squaw Valley – April 27

Sugar Bowl – TBD

Do not worry! There are plenty exciting things to do this spring and summer to keep you occupied until the next ski season! Check out 11 things you can do while you wait for the first dump of 2014!