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Elevation was Everything – Storm Totals 2/6-2/9

Winter is back in Lake Tahoe! After a month of sunshine and spring-like weather in January, Mother Nature as kicked-off February with more than four feet of fresh snow over the weekend at the higher elevations. Here are the storm totals as of Monday, February 9 – said to be one of the best days of the season. Sunshine is in the forecast for the rest of the week and weekend.  Get up to the mountains!

10968405_10153023922839647_4557299166856797852_nMt. Rose 24 hour: 19″ storm total: 45″

Diamond Peak 24 hour: 5″ storm total: 24″

Squaw 24 hour: 5″ storm total: 23″

Boreal Mountain 24 hour: 5″ storm total: 15″

Sugar Bowl Resort 24 hour: 7″ storm total: 24″

Alpine 24 hour: 4″ storm total: 16″

Heavenly Lake Tahoe 24 hour: 5″ storm total: 16″

Northstar 24 hour: 6″ storm total: 19″

January is Learn To Ski & Snowboard Month!

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Start 2015 off by either learning to ski or snowboard or by improving your skills on the slopes! Whether you have no snow sport experience whatsoever or have been on the mountain for years, many local resorts have deals on lessons to help you get moving!

Alpine Meadows has a special first time lesson package for beginners who are ages 13+. This package includes a beginner lift ticket, a 2.5 hour lesson, and equipment rentals. This package is available until the 30th of January.

Mt. Rose’s first timer package for beginners 11+ includes a all-day lift ticket good for their beginners lifts, equipment rental, Learn-at-your-own-pace lessons (available weekends and holidays) or two-hour group lessons (available weekdays). For those of you who have some experience under your belts but are looking to take it to the next level Mt. Rose also offers Next Step Lessons as a refresher course. In these lessons you will review the basics like stopping and turning, as well as develop confidence on the hill. The Next Step lesson is two hours long and includes a beginner lift ticket and rental equipment.

Sugar Bowl Resort is also embracing Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month by offering lessons throughout January. For children 12 and under, Sugar Bowl Resort has lessons for beginners that are taught in groups. The package includes a rental package and lift ticket. They also have an equivalent package for adults who are looking for some professional instruction.

Homewood Resort has first-timer lessons for adults that include a half-day lesson, equipment rental, and a beginner lift ticket. They also have a first-timer 3-day package that includes three full days of lift tickets, rentals, and lessons for three days.

Northstar California has plenty of lesson options for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and ages. They offer 6 or 3 hour private lessons that include first-class private lift lane privileges and one-on-one instruction (you have the option to share your lesson with up to six friends and family members). They also have the Ultimate 4 Lesson package for skiers and snowboarders, as well as 2.5 hour group lessons for all levels of experience.

Heavenly Mountain Resort has similar ski and snowboard lessons, as well. Some lesson options include: first timer, second timer, group, and private lessons. They also have a special on two adult lessons, giving you a lesson for two for the price of one that includes two half-days of lessons, lift access, and rental equipment.

Sierra-at-Tahoe has a Learn to Ski and Ride online special for the month of January that includes a lift ticket for limited access to conveyor lifts, equipment rental, and a 2.5 hour first-timer lesson.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is offering beginner lessons for first-timers starting as young as the age of 3. These lessons are available in morning or afternoon sessions, or you can receive a full-day or half-day private lesson, as well.

Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is the perfect excuse for everyone to get up on the mountain and improve their downhill skills. Be sure to check out each resort’s website for lesson prices, additional lesson options, and much more!

Mt. Rose Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mt. Rose ski resort, one of the area’s most popular and most accessible ski resort, is celebrating their 50th year of operation this month on December 31. The beloved ski resort has been through major improvements since its opening as Reno Ski Bowl on the “Slide Side” in 1953, and it has been a consistent favorite for locals and avid skiers. In honor of the resort’s busy past, here you’ll find a mini history lesson on Mt. Rose (for a complete account, head here) and an introduction to their anniversary celebration taking place this week.

Reno Ski Bowl opened in 1953-54, followed by Mt. Rose Ski Area in 1964-65. In the 1980’s Slide Mountain became one of the first resorts in the Sierra to allow snowboarding, followed by Mt. Rose in 1990-91. In 1987-88 Mt. Rose and Slide merge to form one larger resort. The Ponderosa Quad lift was installed in 1993-94 to give beginners access to the mountain. In 1994-95 the main lodge was completely rennovated with the addition of the mountain view dining and deck, and the Northwest Magnum 6 was installed in 2000. In 2004 the Chuter quad lift was installed, and the official opening day of the Chutes was December 9, 2004. In April of 2009 the Slide Lodge was completely demolished, and the new Winters Creek Lodge opened the following winter. After all of these changes, Mt. Rose is still a local favorite and continues to please skiers and boarders every winter.

To honor Mt. Rose and its busy history, head to the Main Lodge on New Year’s Eve for a fantastic 50th Anniversary Celebration. The party kicks off with music in the lodge at 3:00 pm. At 4:50 the Falcons Torchlight Parade will make its way down Ponderosa trail, followed by a fireworks show at 5:45. Join the Mt. Rose staff and fans for an unforgettable celebration and a unique evening of fun!

Extend Your Ski Trip with a Ski Diversion Offer in Virginia City

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Ditch your skis for a day and relax with Virginia City’s Comstock Lift Ticket and spend a day exploring the mining town’s history. This ticket, which can be purchased for $10 at the Visitors Center in Virginia City, includes a trolley ride and the Ponderosa mine tour, as well as 20% off at participating hotels, motels, restaurants, and merchants in the area. This detour is a great “ski diversion” that will give your ski legs a rest and allow you to extend your stay in the area. Virginia City is only 25 miles from Reno and 45 miles from Lake Tahoe, making it the perfect addition to your trip to the slopes. Come learn about a significant part of Nevada’s history, this mining “boomtown” that once had $20 billion worth of gold and silver in its mines. Enjoy museums, mining tours, ghost tours, boutique shopping, and more.

For a complete list of participating properties, visit the Virginia City website or call (775) 847-7500.

Reno & Lake Tahoe Ski Shuttles Will Take You Where You Need To Go!


Looking for a lift up to the lifts? Well, hitting the slopes just got easier with the assistance of multiple shuttles running between Reno, Tahoe, and our local ski resorts. For visitors who are without a car, and even locals who are just looking for a little more convenience, these shuttles are a great way to get you and all your snow gear up to the mountain.

Mt. Rose has shuttles running from various locations such as Atlantis and Grand Sierra Resort in Reno from December 20 – January 3. Information is available on their website or by calling (866) 743- ROSE.

Squaw Valley and Northstar have Tahoe Ski Patty Tours shuttles running round trip from designated hotels in Reno such as the Nugget and the Silver Legacy. Tickets can be purchased with lift tickets or as transportation-only online.

Squaw Valley USA is providing a free shuttle service for skiers from various North Lake Tahoe locations, as well. Call (530) 583-6985 or check them out online for a daily schedule.

Northstar also has a free shuttle service running between Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Truckee and the resort daily. Call (530) 562-2257 or head to their website for information.

Alpine Meadows has a “skiers only” shuttle to their resort from areas around the Tahoe Basin. For pick-up stations call (530) 583-4243 or visit Alpine’s website.

Diamond Peak has a shuttle running from various spots on Tahoe’s North Shore and Incline Village, like the Parkside Inn. Call (775) 832-1177 or visit Diamond Peak online for all the information.

Heavenly BlueGO shuttles will run seven different routes throughout the Stateline area of South Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada. Reach them by telephone (866-89-TAHOE) or online.

Get to Kirkwood from South Lake Tahoe on Mondays and Wednesdays on their shuttle service. Check out their website for a list of stations or call (775) 356-8500.

Sierra-at-Tahoe also has shuttles around the Lake Tahoe area, so call (530) 659-7453 or head to their website for all the information.

North Lake Tahoe Express is running from both Reno and North Lake Tahoe. They  can be reached at (866) 216-5222 or online.

South Tahoe Express will provide shuttle service between the Reno/Tahoe International Airport and South Lake Tahoe resort casinos such as Mont Bleu and Harrah’s with multiple daily departures. Call (775) 325-8944 or go to the shuttle website for scheduling and a complete list of locations.

Most shuttle services run daily, but they all have limited availability and some do require a reservation and riding fee. Please contact each resort individually for prices, schedules, and all information. It is possible that weather could have an effect on shuttle scheduling, so be sure to check with them on the day of your trip!

More Snow Falls on Ski Resorts

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The official start of winter is still a few days away, but Mother Nature has already been hard at work at giving locals what they’ve been asking for: lots of snow. Another storm has gifted our local mountains (and some areas at a lower elevation) with another blanket of snow and Tahoe is quickly turning into a winter wonderland. Here’s what some Tahoe ski resorts are recording now:

Diamond Peak now has six inches of snow on their trails, getting them closer to an official opening day (now predicted to be December 21)

Boreal Mountain received eight inches in the last two days, bringing their base snow level to 25 inches

The past 24 hours brought Sugar Bowl Resort 14 inches of new snow, giving them a base total of 16 inches

Squaw Alpine has now has 38 inches on their base after 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours

Heavenly Lake Tahoe gained a couple of inches as well. They are now recording 24 inches of snow

The most recent storm brought 8-10 inches to Mt. Rose, bringing their snow levels to 18 inches

Northstar received five inches over the weekend and now has 13 inches total

More snow is predicted to fall at higher elevations throughout the week, so we suggest making plans to hit the slopes this weekend! Skiers and boarders have been exclaiming excellent snow conditions at their favorite resorts, so don’t miss out on the action!

Pineapple Express Brings Snow To Mountains

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The latest storm, which weather experts are calling the ’strongest storm since 2009,’ brought high winds and buckets of rain to the West Coast and surprised our Tahoe ski resorts with a bit of snow! Confused about what kind of reference people are making when they use the term ‘Pineapple Express’? In short, the Pineapple Express is “a powerful storm fueled by a stream of tropical moisture” (more simply, “an atmospheric river”) that causes heavy rainfall and strong winds across the West Coast. For some, the reward of braving the storm was the unique opportunity to take their surf boards out onto the lake. For others, the most exciting result of the storm will be fresh snow up on the mountains and an excuse to take a sick day to do some skiing. We’ve got the latest snow reports from our local resorts available here to help you decide which mountain to head up to first:

In the last 24 hours Boreal Mountain received 20 inches of snowfall, bringing their base snow total to 25 inches.

Sugar Bowl Resort now has 22 inches at the summit and 16 inches at the base after the storm.

Squaw Valley Resort was given 16 inches of snowfall during the storm and they now have 26 inches at their summit and 18 inches at their base.

Alpine Meadows received 14 inches overnight.

Heavenly Mountain received 3 inches during the storm and now has a total of 24 inches.

Mt. Rose received 2-3 inches of snow and now has 15-27 inches on their mountain.

Northstar Resort now has 8 inches of snow on their mountain after the storm.

The ski season is off to a great start, but more snow wouldn’t hurt! Keep doing your snow dances and praying to the snow gods, and enjoy the great skiing and boarding conditions!

Thanksgiving Weekend Brought Lots of Snow!


The past week has been busy for Mother Nature. We’ve had plenty of rain down here in Reno and Sparks, which means that snow is covering our mountains and favorite ski resorts! Now December is here and ski season is in full swing, and ski resorts are working hard to start the 2014/15 season off right! Here is a snow report for some local ski resorts, all in one place (snow reports updated on Thursday, December 4):

Sugar Bowl Resort was hit relatively lightly and currently has 26 inches of snow at their summit and 11 inches at the base.

Diamond Peak has around 34 inches of snow, 18 of which fell in the past 48 hours.

Squaw Valley has 24 inches of snow at their base,  10 of which have fallen in the past 24 hours.

Boreal Mountain Resort currently has 25  inches of snow at their base.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort has a range of 15 – 27 inches of snow at their base.

Northstar Resort is has around 18 inches of snow.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe has about 24 inches of snow at their base after this week of storms.

Manager of Squaw Valley, Bryan Allegretto, wrote a blog on their website about future storm predictions. With another storm heading our direction this week, Squaw Valley is expecting to get another 2 – 3 feet of snow by Thursday or Friday. Mt. Rose, Northstar, and Heavenly are all preparing to get another thick blanket towards the weekend, as well. If you haven’t already pulled out your ski or boarding gear, now is the time to do so! It looks like the 2014/15 season is starting off strong, and Mother Nature is showing no signs of stopping. For pictures of the snow-filled Thanksgiving weekend, check out our photo blog.

Ski Packages at Reno Hotels


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


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!