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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



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)

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

Boreal (Opening Day TBD)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 21)

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

Northstar California (Opening Day: November 21)

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

Sugar Bowl (Opening Day TBD)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

Homewood Mountain Resort (Opening Day TBD)

  • 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)

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

Sierra at Tahoe (Opening Day TBD)

  • 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!


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:

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

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!

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals March 26-March 30

Last weekend might have been the best ski days of the year so far at Lake Tahoe resorts, and now Mother Nature is refilling those epic tracks for round in the coming weekend.

Here are the storm totals from last week, and another 1-2 feet is on the way!

Sugar Bowl: 60”@squawvalley

Boreal: 54″

Squaw Valley: 45″

Diamond Peak: 42″

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 40″

Alpine Meadows: 29″

Northstar: 25″

Kirkwood: 20″

Heavenly: 19″

Mt. Rose: 12”

Homewood’s Summer Happenings

Homewood Mountain Resort and the West Shore Cafe also have new happenings slated for summer 2014.

header_vinfoThe West Shore Cafe will offer three new personal watercrafts rentals from SWA Watersports, bolstering its fleet that includes a wooden boat, a fishing boat and a ski boat, all buoyed off of the West Shore Cafe pier.

The cafe also expanded its bar on the outdoor deck in order to provide a better experience for guests. The interior bar was stretched into an L shape, giving patrons a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe as they indulge in craft cocktails and apps.

Homewood has hosted the Lakefront Outdoor Yoga Series in past summers, but this summer, the resort will offer the yoga series on the pier of the West Shore Cafe every Wednesday and Saturday morning. The series runs from June to August. Learn more at

In addition, Homewood will host three Farm to Peak dinners on the mountain overlooking Lake Tahoe. Guests will ride a chairlift to the top of the mountain, where they will be treated to a five-course seasonal farm-to-table dinner complete with wine or beer pairings, with guest chefs incorporating the freshest locally sourced ingredients.

The Farm to Peak dinners will take place July 5, Aug. 9 and Aug. 30 and are limited to 120 guests.

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals Feb 27-March 2

February is wrapping up, but not before another layer of pow as we head into March! Here are the resort totals for Lake Tahoe resorts after the last storm:

Photo: andrew klotzKirkwood: 45″

Squaw Valley: 37″

Boreal: 35″

Sugar Bowl: 32”

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 28″

Alpine Meadows: 26″

Northstar: 21″

Heavenly: 20″

Homewood: 17″

Diamond Peak: 14″

Mt. Rose: 10”

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Storm Totals February 8-10

This past weekend, the Sierra was pounded with fresh powder! As the storm total numbers show, February is a great month for Tahoe skiers and snowboarders.

Kirkwood: 82″

Sierra-at-Tahoe: 74″

Squaw Valley: 68″

Alpine Meadows: 63″

Sugar Bowl: 61″

Boreal: 60″

Mt. Rose: 51”

Homewood: 49″

Diamond Peak: 48″

Northstar: 44″

Heavenly: 34″

So…why haven’t you left for the mountain yet?