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Time To Get Your 2014/15 Lake Tahoe Area Ski Passes!   Leave a comment


With the wonderfully warm and lovely fall days we’ve been having while we get in those final hikes and bike rides, snow and skiing is one of the farthest things from our minds at the moment. (Well, at least mine anyway…)

However, the local ski areas mind’s are on the upcoming season, and to spice up the pot, so to speak, most of our local ski areas are offering some soon to be gone great deals before the snow flies.

Here’s a rundown of what’s being offered:


Photo from Northstar's Facebook page

Photo from Northstar’s Facebook page


It’s the last day to buy their guaranteed lowest price on their ‘Epic Pass’ which includes access to these great mountains:
Unlimited access to: Vail  . Beaver Creek . Breckenridge . Keystone . Park City . Canyons . Heavenly . Northstar . Kirkwood . Afton Alps . Mt. Brighton . Arapahoe Basin

The Local Pass includes: Heavenly . Northstar . Kirkwood

Go here to purchase: Northstar California



Photo from Squaw Valley's Facebook page

Photo from Squaw Valley’s Facebook page


Super passes are almost gone for Squaw Valley, which includes skiing at Alpine Meadows. Some passes also include limited access to Sugar Bowl and Sierra at Tahoe.
To purchase, go here: Squaw Valley Tahoe Super Pass



Photo from Sugar Bowl's Facebook page

Photo from Sugar Bowl’s Facebook page


If you like your outdoor snow sports more varied, Sugar Bowl offers a combination pass. From downhill, backcountry, park, XC, dog-friendly trails, snowbiking, and even snowkiting, the Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge Combo Pass gives you the most options of any pass in Tahoe:

Go here to purchase: Sugar Bowl



Photo from Homewood's Facebook page

Photo from Homewood’s Facebook page


Homewood’s lowest price deadline has already passed, but they still have season passes for sale. Homewood can boast as a ski area that it has one of the most spectacular views of Lake Tahoe while you’re doing it. Long beloved by locals, Homewood is historically one of the more reasonably priced mountains in the area.

To purchase, go here: Homewood Mountain Resort



Photo from Mount Rose Facebook page

Photo from Mount Rose Facebook page


At the top of the summit on Mt. Rose Highway, Mt. Rose Ski Resort can claim to be the closest skiing to Reno, and its base at the highest elevation. Which means that when some resorts are getting rain, they’re getting snow. They are also a reasonably priced resort…as skiing goes…

To purchase, go here: Mt. Rose



Photo from Diamond Peak's Facebook page

Photo from Diamond Peak’s Facebook page


Diamond Peak also has some spectacular views of Lake Tahoe while skiing. Located in Incline Village, it is a close drive from most of the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and Reno. Their discount passes are still in effect until Oct. 31. Another reasonably priced ski hill.

Buy Tickets Here: Diamond Peak



Photo from Boreal's Facebook page

Photo from Boreal’s Facebook page


Discount season passes for Boreal will also end on Oct. 31.  The Unlimited Pass also includes access to other ski areas, such as Mt Bachelor, Copper Mountain, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and Killington. Situated on the top of Donner Summit, you can bet on more snow here than some other venues.

Boreal is also a part of ‘Protect Your Playground’, an organization that exists to empower and inspire solutions for environmental issues that threaten all kinds of outdoor playgrounds. Go to their Facebook page to learn more.

To purchase a season pass, go here: Boreal Mountain Resort



Photo from Tahoe Donner website

Photo from Tahoe Donner website


This is a small community ski area in Truckee located at Tahoe Donner. You’ll need to check in on their facebook page for announcements on ticket sales and prices or visit their website for more info.

Go to their website for more information on all of the amenities at Tahoe Donner .



And if groomed cross country trails are more your style, don’t forget about Royal Gorge on Donner Summit and Tahoe XC in Tahoe City.



It’s Spring! … sort of…   Leave a comment


Living here in the High Sierras, we’ve come to understand that ‘Spring’ as a season is a relative term.  More often than not, we go from winter to summer within a week, with a few ‘teases’ of bright but brisk days that passes for spring in between March and July. A few crocus and daffodil blooms punching up through the soil and warmer temperatures soon has us salivating for long sunny days and gardens of riotous colors in bloom.

Alas, we know those lovely days probably won’t last for long until we hit the 4th of July. And those riotous colors in bloom? They’re more than likely still several more months away…

True to form, our recent snow storm proved that point all too well. We here in California need the water, so we’ll take it! But still, I look at my summer garden trying to peek up amidst the snow, and all I can think of is ‘Not yet! Not yet! You know you’re going to get frozen somewhere between now and summer!’


Donner Lake, Spring snowstorm 2014


But before we throw off those last vestiges of this winter, it’s time to start thinking about next winter.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, and no, I don’t need my head examined…and before I hear a collective groan rise up throughout the land, realize, I’m just trying to save you some coin.

April and May is when most of the local ski areas have their deepest discounts on next years ski passes, so now is the time to buy them if you were planning on skiing next years powder days. (And let’s all hope we have more snow next year than we did this last one!)

Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood are now all owned by Vail, which means you can get a local pass for all three resorts. Have a bit more money and time to travel? You can get their Epic Pass that also includes access to all of their Colorado ski areas as well.

Squaw Valley and Alpine have been linked together for a few years now, but a pass for that area can now include 4 passes to Sugarbowl next winter as well. Other ski areas may be offering some sweet deals as well.

On the left hand side of this page are the quick links to most of the local ski area websites for your ski pass purchasing pleasure.

You can thank me later.


Powder Day at Squaw Valley's last open weekend for the season

Powder Day at Squaw Valley’s last open weekend for the season


While some of us rather enjoyed the light shoveling duty and lack of the white stuff this season, deep down, we all know these warm winters and lack of snowfall hurts our local economy, impacts water storage for both California and Nevada and makes for some very dry conditions that begets forest fires.  So let’s all suck it up and pray for snow  –  NEXT winter!

In the meantime, it’s time to enjoy another lovely, high country, spring day. Here comes the sun!


Blue sky spring day at Donner Lake

Blue sky spring day at Donner Lake



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