Booked my Whistler Blackcomb Ski Trip with my Crypto Asset Portfolio Earnings

This is my story of how 2017-18 will be the ski season when I get to check off one item off of my bucket list:

Ski and Stay at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia

Over the years, I’ve watched countless ski videos of Whistler and only dreamt with these two words of promise on my mind, “one day” which prompted me to dutifully add it to my bucket list. My hopes of skiing Whistler remained elusive until this summer when the Ethereum asset (a new digital technology blockchain platform that enables businesses to build scalable and secure applications) I invested in reached an all time high; I cashed out some of my investment in my Crypto Asset Portfolio on the start of downtrend of the of the price slope which netted me a tidy amount. This return on investment gave me the funds to book this year’s ski trip to Whistler at a discounted preseason ski and stay package which was an added bonus.

Here’s what I booked:

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

✔ Fairmont Chateau Whistler for seven days ski and stay package in November 2017
Village: Upper Village
Six nights of lodging and seven days ski lift tickets with the following benefits: access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains including the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, Terrain Parks and Superpipe, along with complimentary Mountain Orientation Tours.

“Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler’s landmark ski-in, ski-out Chateau delivers the perfect holiday destination. An all-season getaway famous for its impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, and luxurious resort accommodations. Whether you’re skiing to the patio of the slopeside Mallard Lounge, relaxing in the soothing waters of the mountainside whirlpools, sharing stories of the day’s adventure around the outdoor fire pits, exploring with our very own Whistler Experience Guide, you’ll create your most unforgettable vacation at Fairmont Chateau Whistler.”

The plan:

Fly SFO to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Rent a car and drive the scenic route to Whistler (manageable 2 hours drive time depending on road conditions)
✔ Checkin to the hotel then change into swim trunks, head to the outdoors slopeside hot whirlpool to enjoy a soak and sip a hot chocolate cocoa drink while taking in the breath taking panoramic views of the ‘sugar’ powder covered mountain range to start my six nights and seven days of skiing

If plan to you go, some useful links to check out:

+ Early Ski and Stay Booking Specials and Discounts
+ Ski Maps and Lift Status
+ Apres Ski/Ride Nightlife
+ Compare airfare pricing on Google Flight for SFO to YVR
+ AWD, 4WD car rental availability at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
+ Maps, Driving Directions from Downtown Seattle or Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Road Conditions

About Whistler Blackcomb

“It’s official. Ski Magazine’s resort rankings are in, and Whistler Blackcomb has been named North America’s #1 Resort for the 2016-17 winter season. This marks the third year in a row, and fourth time in five years as part of Ski Magazine’s 29th annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll.

While we’re proud of the accolades, we’d like to take a moment to focus on the immeasurable. That bigger picture. That feeling you have when you’re here, and when you leave.

Make this the year to come and experience Whistler Blackcomb for yourself.”

Why Whistler Blackcomb? Gain perspective at: www.whistlerblackcomb.com/whywhistler

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Summer ski days at Mammoth Mountain closes on Aug 6

After an unbelievable 270 days of skiing and riding, the closing date for the 2016-17 season is this Sunday Aug 6th at Mammoth Mountain ski resort; here’s your chance to ski and ride in shorts and t-shirts. Join the fun from 7:30 am to noon daily and get your last taste of summer shredding. Lifts expected to operate are Face Lift Express, Chair 23 and the Panorama Gondola with access to Saddle Bowl, Center Bowl, Gremlins, Cornice and Climax.

Afterwards, jump on your mountain bike to traverse the 29 open trails including Bullet, Shock Treatment, Velocity and Midtown.

Apres biking? Enjoy a refreshing icy cold beer and good eats on the patio with panoramic views of the mountain.

Got season pass for 2017-18? Join a ski lease to maximize your Tahoe ski and ride days and make a few new friends in the process.

Yearning to shred? View Mammoth Mountain hours of operation and opened ski trails.

“Last winter dumped so much snow on California’s peaks that at least one resort raised the possibility of staying open all summer, allowing skiers to ride the lifts until next winter’s snowfall.

But the hot weather during the last few weeks is finally putting an end to California’s extra-long ski season.

Mammoth Mountain, the state’s most popular ski resort, announced it will close Aug. 6, making this the resort’s second-longest season. The resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains still has 6 inches of snow at the main lodge and 35 inches at the summit, with three of 28 lifts in operation.

Squaw Valley, the California resort northwest of Lake Tahoe that raised the possibility of saying open year-round, ended its season July 15, marking the resort’s longest season.

The 2016-17 winter created one of the largest snowpacks in California history, so big that the Central Sierra Nevada snow accumulation was larger than the previous four years combined, according to NASA data.

When the ski season stretched into the summer months, skiers and snowboarders hit the California slopes in shorts and tank tops.

Squaw Valley had so much snow this winter — about 60 feet in accumulated snowfall — that the resort’s chief executive, Andy Wirth, predicted the resort could operate for 550 days, through next season.

That would have been unprecedented. Over the last 50 years, Squaw Valley has operated beyond July 4 only four times.

Instead, this season amounted to a record 200 days of operation.

Mammoth Mountain has stayed open beyond July 4 three times. Its longest season was in 1994-95 when it opened in early October and closed Aug. 14.” – Los Angeles Times

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Got fun, laughter? Tahoe pond skim celebrates Spring skiing

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Mark your calendar and head to Tahoe resorts for some fun and laughter with the annual pond skim. What is a pond skim? Contestants ski or snowboard into a frigid pond with the goal of skimming across to the other side. The pond skim event marks the end of the winter season and get folks excited for Spring’s blue-bird sunny ski/ride days.

Two of our favorites Tahoe resorts pond skim events:

    ✔ Saturday May 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM Squaw Valley USA pond skim aka 27TH ANNUAL CUSHING CROSSING:

    The 27th Annual Cushing Crossing is the best event of the spring season. The original pond skimming event that started a spring resort ritual. Every year we gather a celebrity judging panel and amazing emcee’s for this spectacle. Filled with big spills and laughable thrills this is one spring event that you don’t want to miss. Event kicks off at 1pm, awards at 3pm at the KT Base Bar.

    Event Details & Registration

    Registration: 9am at KT Base Bar (limited to 50 participants, $20/person, cash only).
    Participants must be 18+. Helmets and personal flotation device is mandatory.
    Awards: 3pm at KT Base Bar – Squaw

    ✔ Saturday April 15 Heavenly Ski Resort pond skimming

    Pond Skim
    12:00 – 1:00PM Registration
    1:00 – 3:00PM Pond Skimming

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    Spring Loaded culminates with everyone’s favorite event – costumed skiers and riders attempting to skim across a pond judged on success, style and crowd reactions. Don’t be surprised if you see folks skiing and riding wearing swimsuits. – Heavenly.

Driving to Tahoe often and interested in ride sharing? Join Snow Pals to car pool/ride share to and from Tahoe; share expenses and meet new friends.

Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

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Favorite tropical retreat getaway

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What’s your favorite tropical beach town retreat getaway? Such as a writer’s retreat, relaxation / meditation, yoga retreat, cooking / culinary, cozy small beach town retreat getaway? With the snow season in it’s waning phase; as of March 2, we’re looking at about 45 more days until resorts start to close their doors in mid to late April. What’s our pick for a relaxing tropical getaway?

Here’s one of our favorite small beach town tropical retreat which checks off our list of requirements:

✔ Palm trees
✔ Scenic beaches and warm ocean water
✔ Tropical warm sunny weather in an exotic locale
✔ Quiet, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging; a good value comparatively
✔ Cheap/inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoors recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Night markets
✔ Farmer’s market
✔ Local music scene entertainment
✔ Inexpensive massages and spa treatments

For a $1000 monthly retreat budget; this vacation rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all our requirements plus it’s comparatively inexpensive with prices starting at $18 USD per night so a months stay(31 nights) would cost $558 USD which leaves $442 for food, entertainment and massages, etc. In regards to the cost of food; a meal of grilled chicken/fish with sticky rice, made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea cost only $3.50 USD.

If you want a non-touristy beach town, Prachuap is the place.

​​This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a beach side town in Thailand accessible by inexpensive daily express bus ​​from Bangkok airport(BKK) to the scenic beach town, Prachuap. ​​

Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers and writers and as a retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok.​ ​They have studios, one and two bedrooms apartment available for rent. ​

​This air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi, a mini-fridge, towels, bed linen, terrace,​ ​free parking,​ ​washing machine​ ​and​ ​flat-screen TVs. Enjoy their ​​relaxing patio aka sala​ ​equipped with an​ ​opened kitchen and dining area.​ It is a very relaxing location surrounded by towering palm trees. There’s also a swimming pool​, gym ​and ​restaurant ​​​​within 5 mins walk of the guesthouse apartment and the scenic Ao Manao beach is within a 20 m​​inutes bike ride. If you’d like a change from the local Thai food, there are good Western food options such as pizza, pasta(Italian), German and French food available​ ​in town.

The owners are very helpful in getting you acquainted with Prachuap and​ ​can help​ ​you pick daily activities to enjoy your vacation or relax at scenic palm trees swaying beach near by and ​go for a swim, get a tan and ​kick your feet up and relax up under a palm tree reading your favorite book.

Highly recommended for those seeking an alternative vacation spot to noisy​ ​city life in​ ​Bangkok.​ Added perks include inexpensive Thai massages in town that starts at only 150 Baht(equal to less than $5 USD) and enjoy night markets for cheap tasty eats and a good place to buy souvenirs for friends and family.

This is a newly built(August 2016) vacation rental and the property is well maintained with daily maid service. Great vacation rental for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families with or without kids.

Check out the rental calendar availability on their Airbnb page at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14749791 or on booking.com.

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For a travel guide to the city of Prachuap, read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prachuap_Khiri_Khan_Province.

For transportation options from Bangkok to Prachuap, Thailand, read http://www.prachuapkhirikhan.org/practical-prachuap/transportation-prachuap-khiri-khan/prachuap-bangkok/.

Check out airfare from San Francisco(SFO) to Bangkok(BKK), Thailand.

For a scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap, check out this Facebook video.

Here are the top 10 attractions and things to do if you’re planning a vacay getaway in Thailand and aiming to check off the tourist’s top ten to do list.

“Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the scenically stunning world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.” – planetware.com

Btw, if you’ve seen the movie,’The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, while vacationing in Thailand, you might want to visit the famous FILM SET of Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lay, an enclave of paradise on the coastline of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Southern Coastal Thailand. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing(swim, scuba, snorkel to your heart’s content), the sand silky soft under your feet, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders.

“You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone’s so friendly. It’s such simple stuff, but… If I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this. For everyone.” – Alex Garland, ‘The Beach’.

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    2017 Tahoe Resorts Live Cams and Snow Report

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    Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Opening Dates, Live Cams and Snow Report for the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season 

    Plan a Tahoe getaway(check out Tahoe vacation rentals) or those with a season pass, join a ski lease to max your ski/ride days. Get the latest Tahoe news and deals; subscribe to Snowpals’ newsletter and/or sign up for invites to participate in our social events.

    On the Beyond Tahoe Snow Destination To Do List: where can you ski/ride at midnight, soak in a hot mineral water pool, then follow that up with soju shots and BBQ eats? Dragon Valley, South Korea.

    2016-17 Lake Tahoe ski resorts projected opening dates and live resort webcams ..

    Heavenly projected opening Nov 23 Trail Map | Live Resort Cams

    Sierra at Tahoe Nov 23  Trail Map | Cam

    Kirkwood Nov 23 Trail Map | Cam

    Squaw Valley USA Nov 23 Trail Map | Cam

    Alpine Meadows Nov 23 Trail Map | Cam

    Northstar-at-Tahoe Nov 23  Trail Map | Cam

    Sugar Bowl Dec 10 Trail Map | Cam

    Boreal opening Nov 18; Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm; night skiing from 3:30 pm to 9 pm. Trail Map | Cam

    Homewood Dec 9  Trail Map | Cam

    Diamond Peak DEC Trail Map | Cam

    Mt. Rose opening Nov 18 Trail Map | Cam

    Tahoe Donner  Dec 9 Trail Map

    Donner Ski Ranch early DEC Trail Map

    Bear Valley  Nov 25 Trail Map | Cam

    China Peak  early DEC Trail Map

    Dodge Ridge  Dec 9 Trail Map | Cam

    Soda Springs  DEC Trail Map

    Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

    Mt. Shasta Ski Resort  Dec 15 Trail Map | Cam | Extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

    Got fun and laughter? Enjoy some Spring fun and laughter at SQUAW VALLEY | PAIN MCSHLONKEY

    Mark your calendar for March 18, Squaw Valley celebrates the legendary (and hilarious) late Shane McConkey with the 7th annual Pain McShlonkey. Dress up in your most outrageous retro skiwear and get ready to enjoy a full day of laughs, camaraderie and memories. Festivities include the Extreme Small Mountain Invitational and a downhill race, where pros and amateurs battle it out on snowblades for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy plus G.N.A.R. points, a.k.a. ultimate bragging rights. Apres ski/ride, continue partying to 2am at the Shane McConkey Legacy Gala.

    Want to sleep and let a professional driver take you to Tahoe resorts? Book a discount SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trip: one day and overnight bus trips. Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding; sleep on the way to Tahoe and watch movies on the return.

    For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:

    Check to see when the next snow storm is in the forecast. Browse traffic and road webcams. Check Caltrans live feed.

    Tip: before you drive to Tahoe, Check Current California Highway Road Conditions & Traffic; Enter Highway Number(s)

    Check weather forecast:

    Cross Country Tahoe Ski Areas Opening Dates

    Granlibakken Resort  DEC Trail Map | Cam

    Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort  DEC Trail Map

    Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

    Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

    Southern California/Sierra

    Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Nov 10, 2016 Trail Map | Cam

    *All opening dates posted above are based on snowfall and could change. Check with the resort before you go for the most updated information.

    Driving to Tahoe often and interested in ride sharing? Join Snow Pals to car pool/ride share to and from Tahoe; share expenses and meet new friends.

    Map of Lake Tahoe Area Ski Resorts

    map source: unofficialnetworks.com

    For a detailed listing of Tahoe ski resorts, check out our handy guide to all the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts! It’s the fastest way to scan lift ticket prices and compare the resorts to find the perfect one for you.

    Looking to join a Tahoe ski lease? Browse our listing, or list yours.

    Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

    Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

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    Tahoe resorts extend ski season; ski until the fourth of July – see fireworks

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    Tahoe ski resorts extended their closing dates as a result of record snow totals(54 feet of snow recorded for the season at Mt Rose as of March 2017). Enjoy Spring skiing and riding in shorts if you like.

    2017 Lake Tahoe ski resorts extended ski season / closing dates ..

    Heavenly will be opened until April 23 plus the weekend of April 28-30 Trail Map | Live Resort Cams

    Sierra at Tahoe will be opened until April 24. Sierra will honor guests with Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, April 24; skiers and riders of all ages can purchase a lift ticket for only $35 on April 24, 2017.  Trail Map | Cam

    Kirkwood April 16 Trail Map | Cam

    Squaw Valley USA opened until July 4; ski/ride then see the fireworks Trail Map | Cam

    Alpine Meadows July 4 Trail Map | Cam

    Northstar-at-Tahoe April 23  Trail Map | Cam

    Sugar Bowl April 23 Trail Map | Cam

    Mt. Rose May 29 Trail Map | Cam

    Bear Valley  will opened until April 23, 2017 Trail Map | Cam

    Want to sleep and let a professional driver take you to Tahoe resorts? Book a discount SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trip: one day and overnight bus trips. Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding; sleep on the way to Tahoe and watch movies on the return.

    Plan a Tahoe getaway(check out Tahoe vacation rentals) or those with a season pass, join a ski lease to max your ski/ride days. Get the latest Tahoe news and deals; subscribe to Snowpals’ newsletter and/or sign up for invites to participate in our social events.

    For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:

    Looking to cross country ski or back-country ski or ride? You can enjoy the snow at Mount Shasta until late summer. It’s the perfect place for cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, glissading, or for the ambitious few, to trek up one of the high ridges and then ski or snowboard down into one of Shasta’s vast bowls. Base elevation 8,000 feet, peak elevation 14,179 feet. Read more at SFgate.com

    Southern California/Sierra

    Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort  Opened until July 4, 2017 Trail Map | Cam

    Driving to Tahoe often and interested in ride sharing? Join Snow Pals to car pool/ride share to and from Tahoe; share expenses and meet new friends.

    Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

    Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

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    One day and multi-day discount Tahoe ski bus trips

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    Bay Area Ski Bus to Tahoe Promo Discount Code ‘ 17snowpals ‘ is valid only for NEW Registrants.

     

    Get the following discounts:

    • $6 off per person on one day trips
    • $10 off per person on two day Bay Area Ski Bus Trips
    • $30 off per person on travel ski destinations trip packages

    Bay Area Ski Bus trips goes to Kirkwood, Heavenly, Sierra at Tahoe, Northstar, Sugar Bowl, Squaw Valley USA, Homewood and Alpine Meadows. 1 day and 2 day hotel, house weekend trips and overnight ski bus trip packages. The Bay Area Ski Bus offers the most ski bus trips to Tahoe resorts; operating four days weekly with 11 SF Bay Area pick-up locations.

    Bay Area Ski Bus offers:

    • Adults Only Ski Bus Trips
    • Family Ski Bus Trips
    • Teens Exclusive Ski Bus Trips
    • Singles Ski Bus Trips(“Singles” Ski Trips give solo skiers & snowboarders a chance to meet other singles in a fun and engaging setting: meet that special person who shares your love for snow sports)

    These trips include:

    • round- trip transportation
    • a full day’s lift ticket
    • breakfast
    • free energy drink for the slopes
    • after- ski hot cocoa(wine/beer tastings on selected dates), snacks, and on-bus featured movie entertainment
    • optional: add ski/snowboard rental and/or lesson package

    Treat family, friends and/or yourself to a fun day at your favorite Tahoe ski resort. Gift certificates available for the holidays or that special occasion.

      If you already have a ski season pass or lift ticket, you can choose to purchase a ‘ ala carte ‘ round-trip bus ride only service/transportation for $93 with the ‘ 17snowpals ‘ promo code(regular price is $99).

    SAVE $30 ON SKI TRIP VACATIONS 

    Use discount code  ‘ 17snowpals ‘ at payment checkout* to get $30 off.

    Treat yourself, family and friends to a Ski & Snowboarding Destination Vacation

     Get $30 off ski / ride and stay vacation to ..

           Jan 2 – 8, 2017         Powder Hunt Ski Trip
           Jan 14 – 21, 2017      Banff and Kicking Horse, British Columbia Ski Trip
           Feb 9 – 20, 2017       Japan
                    

    Reserve your spot(s) with a deposit. Space is limited; register early as trips will fill up. A DEPOSIT secures your spot!

    Browse the Tahoe ski bus schedule, register and use our discount code ‘ 17snowpals ‘ to get your discount. Please note discounts only valid for NEW registrants.

    Here’s what a typical ski bus day trip with the Bay Area Ski Bus is like:

    Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

    Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

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    Tahoe Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package Deals

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    Tahoe learn to ski and snowboard package deals and discounts for beginners to advanced

    Lake Tahoe ski resorts offer learn to ski and snowboard deals and discounts for skiers and snowboarders through out the ski season with a few Tahoe resorts offering deals good on weekends and holidays.

    Gather family and friends together to take advantage of these deals and introduce them to learn an enjoyable snow sports that will last a lifetime; plan a getaway; browse and book a Tahoe vacation rental.

    We know; skiing and snowboarding can be an expensive sport especially for beginners without any gear but that doesn’t have to be true if you take advantage of Tahoe ski resorts introductory and promo deals. Discount learn to ski and snowboard package deals include ski / snowboard lessons, beginner’s lift ticket, and equipment rentals.

    The Learn to Ski and Snowboard promos offer great value deals for children and adults who are first-time skiers to get started skiing and riding down powdery Tahoe scenic slopes without breaking the bank.

    The 2016-17 Ski Season started out with fresh snow on Nov 20, 2016 and more snow is in the forecast.

    For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:

    Top four Tahoe learn to ski and snowboard deals:

    (1) Boreal’s TAKE 3, RIDE FREE
    Recognized as one of the country’s best beginner programs , this pre-paid package automatically enrolls you into the Take 3, Ride FREE program and includes (3) Single Day Half Day Lesson Packages and a FREE 2016-17 Season Pass on your fourth visit! What we like about Boreal Mountain resort is the fact that it is easy to get to with quick access off of Highway 80 on Donner Summit plus an added bonus of night skiing.

    (2) Homewood’s $59 adult ski and snowboard first-timer packages
    Homewood Mountain Resort offers the best learn to ski/snowboard deal in the Lake Tahoe region – for just $59. Sunday through Friday, non-holiday, first-timers will receive a half-day lesson along with all-day equipment rental (helmet not included in package but available at an additional cost) and beginner lift ticket – It’s everything you need to make your first turns on snow!

    Simply purchase your Learn to Ski or Learn to Ride package online, at least 2 days in advance of your desired lesson date to receive the special $59 price all season long.

    Those interested in making a real commitment to learning to ski or snowboard can score the ultimate deal – Homewood’s Learn to Ski/Ride 3-pack comes out to just $59/day and includes three full days of lift tickets, rentals and lessons, as well as the Learn to Ski/Ride guarantee – you’ll be skiing/snowboarding down one of our signature upper mountain beginner runs by your third day, or your fourth day is free. What we also like at Homewood is their incredible lake views; skiing and riding down Homewood slopes gives you a breathe-taking view of the lake. Very beautifully scenic for a first timer. Romantic setting no less. 😉

    (3) Learn how to ski or snowboard for just $99 at Alpine Meadows Monday-Friday for ages 13+

    First time lesson package includes everything you need

    + Beginner lift ticket
    + Equipment rental (skis, boots, poles -or- snowboard, boots)
    + 2.25 hr beginner lesson

    The advantage of learning to ski or snowboard on non-holiday weekdays is you’ll get more personal attention and the fact of having the whole mountain to yourself – less people on the slopes.

    (4) Donner Ski Ranch offers perhaps the best deal all-around; even on weekends and holidays, the price is the same: adults, youths, and seniors can sign up for the learn to ski or snowboard deal package for $99 while child(ages 7-12) package is $79. Why pay the high price of big moutain resorts when you only need a bunny hill to learn on?

    Designed for first-time skiers and beginners, our Learn to Turn package includes a restricted lift ticket, granting access to beginner terrain on the front of the mountain via the skiing moving carpet and chairlifts #4 and #6, ski or snowboard equipment rental package, and a 1.5 hour group lesson.

    LESSON TIMES

    9 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm

    Lift tickets and rentals valid for full-day skiing and riding.
    Anyone who purchases a Learn to Turn package may use the moving carpet to practice on one’s own prior to his/her lesson.
    Visit the ticket window to secure your space. Lessons will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

    Looking to buy gear, skis, snowboard or snow sports clothing? REI is having their REI’s Winter Clearance Sale.

    Save up to 50% on Cold Weather Clothing and Footwear. Plus Save 50% off or more at REI Garage! Shop early for the best selection. Free U.S. Standard Shipping on all Skis and Snowboards. Earn a $100 REI Gift Card when you apply for an REI Mastercard. Browse clearance sale items.

    Other deals? Check out our list of Tahoe ski resorts offering learn to ski and snowboard deals and promotions for beginners to advance; page down for intermediate to advanced/expert level deals and discounts on ski and ride lessons:

    North Lake Tahoe Resorts

    • Boreal Mountain Resort: Good for the entire ski season – Boreal Mountain Resort continues to offer one of the best deal for learn to ski / snowboard beginner programs which includes lesson, lift ticket and rentals for those who would like to get the most bang for their buck: this $199 pre-paid package(which breaks down to less than $67 per learn to ski day) automatically enrolls you into the Take 3, Ride FREE program which includes (3) Single-Day, Half-Day Lesson Packages and a FREE 2015-16 Unlimited Season Pass(a $299 value) on your fourth visit. No blackout dates! Buy online now to get this deal. Ages 4+, must enroll in program online to receive benefit. Additional benefits of skiing and riding at Boreal is that it is easy to get to, right next to Highway 80 with night skiing.

     

    • Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley: Learn to ski and snowboard for just $59 at Alpine Meadows Monday-Friday for ages 13 and up from January 4 to 29, 2016. The first time lesson package includes everything you need to make the most of your learning experience.The package includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental (skis, boots, poles -or- snowboard, boots), a two-and-a-half-hour long lesson, and priority lift access. The morning session is from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The afternoon lesson is from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.

    • Diamond Peak: Diamond Peak Ski Resort is offering special Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages January 11- 15. The Ski and Snowboard School (ages 7 and up) will have Learn to Ski and Burton Learn to Ride packages for just $39. The package includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment and 1 hour 45 min lesson beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Diamond Peak Child Ski Center will also offer a 2 hour $39 Learn to Ski package for ages 4-7 at 10 a.m. No advance reservations needed. Arrive at least an hour before the lesson start time. For more information, call (775) 832-1177.

     

    • Homewood Mountain Resort: Homewood offers ski and snowboard packages tailored for those who have never skied or snowboarded before. Homewood has stunning views of Lake Tahoe and offers adult Learn to Ski/Ride packages inclusive of a lift ticket, rentals and half-day lesson for $52. Purchase online at least two days before hitting the slopes to receive this rate. This package is a $40 savings, available Sunday through Friday, non-holidays.

     

    • Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area: Learn cross country skiing deal; take in some of the most picturesque views Lake Tahoe has to offer while investing in a lesson and get started on the right track at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area . Learn the basics of safely gliding, turning, and stopping in a supportive group atmosphere. Lesson packages include a group lesson, ski rental, and trail pass. Adult full day packages start at just $50.

     

    • Tahoe Donner Downhill and Cross Country During January 4-8 and 11-15 Tahoe Donner Downhill ski area will offer Learn to Ski or Snowboard packages for just $39. These packages are only for first timers, which include an all-day lift ticket, rental equipment, and a 1.75-hour group lesson for ages 7 and up.At 10 a.m. on January 8, the team at Downhill will participate with other resorts across the country in an effort to break a group world record for teaching the largest learn to ski and snowboard lessons ever. 50 skiers and 50 snowboarders will be available to participate with advance registration required (first come, first served). $10 to register.Tahoe Donner Cross Country will be offering two-for-one private lessons and private lesson packages any midweek day from January 4-15.
    • Sugar Bowl Resort
      Eager skiers and riders of all ages are invited to Learn to Ski and Snowboard at Sugar Bowl. The Guests Learn to Ski and Ride program is designed to entice new participants to the sport. For $99 ($109 on holiday weekends), guests will receive a 2-hour lesson, all day rentals, a lift ticket valid on beginner lifts.

     

    South Lake Tahoe Resorts

    • Sierra at Tahoe: Affordable Ski and Snowboard Lessons in South Lake Tahoe
      2.5-hour First-timer Lesson Package for $49. Deal good all season long, seven days a week, online pre-paid required. At just $49, this is one of the best deals for learn to ski or snowboard package in South Lake Tahoe! This package includes: Lift ticket (limited access to the conveyor lift(s) on Easy Street and Easy Rider Express), Rental equipment (includes skis and ski boots or snowboard and snowboard boots), and a 2.5-hour first-timer lesson. Lessons meet at 9:45 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. (depart 15 minutes later), and check-in is required an hour prior to lesson start time.

     

    • Kirkwood: Deal good all season long, seven days a week, online $60 beginner to advanced level lesson only pre-paid required. Adult Half Day 1st Time Ski / Snowboard Lesson. Certified and friendly instructors will guide you through your first day of snowboarding. Your session will cover how to use your equipment, getting on and off the lift without falling, executing different turn shapes, controlling speed and stopping where and when you want.

    Discounted ski bus trips: If you’re looking for a discounted ski bus from the SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski resorts, check out the discounted one day and overnight ski bus trips with pick-ups around the Bay Area. Sleep on the bus, have a fun day of skiing and snowboarding and watch movies on the return bus ride.

    Get half off SnowBomb’s Platinum Pass for $99 (reg. $200) when you use ‘snowpals’ promo discount code at checkout. Check out the Platinum Pass aka Tahoe Card which includes four free lift tickets at four Tahoe resorts, free ski and snowboard rentals and tune-ups, and a two-night Reno hotel stay. The pass also allows you to buy discounted Lake Tahoe area ski resorts lift tickets. For $99, you get over $500 in value. The pass is valid through April 2016.

    For our latest scoop on Tahoe discounts and deals on lift tickets and vacation packages, get our newsletter.

    Intermediate and Advanced Level Ski and Snowboard Lesson Discounts and Deals

    • Homewood Mountain: Free Intermediate/Advanced Lessons
      Free lessons are offered Sunday through Friday afternoons, on non-holiday dates throughout the season. Limited to the first 10 people. Skiers must be able to ski parallel; snowboarders must be able to dynamically link turns on Homewood’s blue terrain in order to be eligible to participate. A lift ticket or season pass is required. Buy discounted lift tickets online.

    Arriving for your lesson: Free Intermediate/Advanced lessons depart at 1:30 p.m. from the top of Old Homewood Express and are first come, first served. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to lesson start time. Limited to the first 10 people. First come, first serve.Free lessons are not available during Peak Days* or Holidays**.

    * Peak dates include all Saturdays plus Dec. 20 – Dec. 25, 2015; Jan. 1, 2016; Jan. 18, 2016; Feb. 16 – 19 & 21, 2016.
    ** Holiday dates include Dec. 26 – Dec. 31, 2015; Jan. 16 & 17, 2016; Feb. 6, 2016; Feb. 13 – 15, 2016; Feb. 20, 2016

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    Comparison of best multi-resort ski season passes for 2016-17

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    For the 2016-17 winter season, what’s the best multi-mountain/resort ski season pass?

    We’ve crunched the numbers and compared the best multi-mountain/resort passes; the following is a summary guide. Remember that the more days you ski or ride, the more value you get from your pass. Also, keep in mind the best time to purchase a pass is in the spring, typically around early April. Many resorts offer a discount bonus and a spring ski / ride FREE the remainder of the current ski season when you buy your pass early.

    Epic Pass

    One of the most popular ski passes, the Epic Pass gives you unlimited access to twelve resorts, including Australia’s Perisher.
    Adult Pass: $849 (Pays for itself in 6 days)
    Resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin
    International Resorts: Verbier (Switzerland), Perisher (Australia)

    The Mountain Collective

    The Mountain Collective pass offers two days at each of its 14 resorts for a total 28 days of skiing/riding. Home resorts are SunValley, Stowe Mountain Resort, Taos, and Thredbo.
    Adult Price: $419 (Pays for itself in 5 days based on on individual resort pricing)
    Resorts: Alta/Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Ski Banff/Lake Louise/Sunshine, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sun Valley, Taos, Thredbo, Whistler Blackcomb
    International Resorts: Valle Nevado (Chile), Hakuba Valley (Japan), Chamonix (France)

    M.A.X. Pass

    The M.A.X Pass gives you access for five days at each of its 39 participating resorts. There are no blackout dates and many options on both the east and west coast.
    Adult Price: $699 (Pays for itself in 7 days)
    Resorts: Big Sky, Boreal Mountain Resort, Brighton, Copper Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Lee Canyon, Mt. Bachelor, Steamboat, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Winter Park, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Killington, Loon Mountain, Pico Mountain, Snowshoe, Stratton, Sugarloaf, Sunday River
    International Resorts: Cypress Mountain (Canada), Blue Mountain (Canada), Tremblant (Canada)

    Tahoe Super Pass Gold

    This pass includes unlimited access to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, four days at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl, unlimited 50% discounts on lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts, and a worry-free guarantee that will credit users up to four days towards a 2016/17 pass if they don’t ski at least five times this year.
    Adult Price: $899 (Pays for itself in 9 days)
    Resorts: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-At-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl
    International Resorts: Two days at Zermatt (Switzerland)

    Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus

    Get access to multiple resorts in Colorado as well as resorts in places like New Zealand, you’ll be able to enjoy the snow year-round. Additionally, the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus offers many benefits from free “friends and family” tickets to discounts on rental equipment and tuning.
    Adult Price: $629 (Pays for itself in 7 days)
    Resorts: Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora Alpine Pass, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Alyeska Resort
    International Resorts: Tomamu (Japan), Alts Bandai (Japan), Nekoma (Japan), Cardrona (New Zealand), Mt. Ruapehu (New Zealand)

    Cali4nia Pass

    Access Southern California’s mountains every day with this pass. It offers unlimited skiing, five “bring-a-friend” tickets, and up to 20% off lodging at Mammoth Lodging Collection properties.
    Adult Price: $849 (Pays for itself in 11 days)
    Resorts: Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Bear Mountain, Snow Summit

    *Listed pricing is current as of November 1, 2016. Click on the name of the pass for the most up to date pricing details.

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    Epic Pass gives more bang for the buck

    So you still haven’t bought your ski season pass yet and can’t quite decide on what’s the best pass to buy for a multi-resort pass packed with value to price ratio? ..

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    Here are some important factors and questions to determine which pass will give you the best value for the price aka “best bang for the buck”:

    • how many days do you plan to ski/ride this season?
    • how many resorts/mountains would you like to have access to?
    • is it required that you have no blackout days meaning holidays must be
    • included(note that holidays tend to be crowded slope-side, services sub-par/long wait times, and high traffic getting to and from the resort)?
    • would you like to have access to resorts across multiple States in the US plus international ski resorts access?
    • how many days would you need to use the pass for it to pay for itself?

    Once you’ve had a chance to answer the questions above, you’ll be in a better position to decide which ski/ride season pass is the best value for you. Naturally, if you grew up skiing or riding at a particular resort, you’ll likely have a loyal tendency to favorite that resort but let’s say we set that aside and let’s just talk shop in terms of determining the best value season pass.

    Ok, so we’ve crunched the numbers for you and ran a comparison of all the available 2016-17 multiple mountain ski season passes, our findings point to the Epic Pass as a great value for a multi-mountain pass and here’s why:

    “Ski as much as you want, whenever you want.” – Vail Resorts..

    Unlimited access to:

    • Vail
    • Beaver Creek
    • Breckenridge
    • Keystone
    • Park City
    • Heavenly
    • Northstar
    • Kirkwood
    • Wilmot
    • Afton Alps
    • Mt. Brighton
    • Perisher (2017 access)
    • Arapahoe Basin

    International Access:

    What drew us in to the Epic Pass is the bonus inclusion of 5 lift tickets to Whistler Blackcomb which is rated #1 for the 2016-17 winter season by Ski Magazine, named “Top Overall Ski Resort”. Not sure about you, but Whistler Blackcomb is on our MUST DO LIST for it’s vast terrain and super fun apres ski and nightlife.   😉  – Read more about Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain and nightlife .

    In addition, the Epic Pass includes access to 30 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland! Access now includes four of Europe’s most iconic destinations. France’s largest ski areas, Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere offer a unique playground to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, accessing five glaciers, 391 ski lifts and over 800 miles of marked runs for all ability levels within a 30-mile radius. The three areas combine high-altitude skiing guaranteeing quality snow from November to May with stunning view of Mont Blanc and a 360-degree panorama of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

    South of the Alps, nestled amongst some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the world such as Brenta Dolomites and Adamello (11,666 feet), is some of the best skiing in Italy. Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta is home to 150 lifts and 236 miles of ski slopes that that make up acclaimed resorts such as Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo in Val Rendena; Folgarida-Marilleva, Peio and Tonale in Val di Sole; Ponte di Legno, Andalo-Fai della Paganella, Monte Bondone and Folgaria-Lavarone. The winter offering is enriched by the high-quality cuisine and the exclusive “Italian style.”

    Verbier, part of the 4 Vallees ski area, is the largest resort in the Swiss Alps, is acknowledged as one of the premier “off piste” resorts in the world, and is home to a number of professional freeride competitions. Above and beyond this reputation, Verbier is well-known internationally for its electrifying, cosmopolitan nightlife, and the resort is proud of its legendary après-ski and its lively clubs. While skiers and snowboarders from all over the world rave about this off-piste paradise and fun evenings, families also appreciate the resort’s social atmosphere and family-friendly offerings.

    For decades, the mountain range between Tyrol and Vorarlberg, which is home to Arlberg, has been a highly sought-after metropolis for international ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Arlberg is widely considered the cradle of modern skiing and in December 2016, thanks to the opening of four new chair lifts, it will be Austria’s largest linked ski area. Also the birthplace of champions, athletes from Ski Club Arlberg have garnered an incredible 83 medals at various Olympic Games and World Championships.

    “For value, for ease of use, for access to world-class destinations, for constant improvements in the guest experience, and now for being the only pass to offer significant access to Europe, the Epic Pass is in a class by itself,” Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

    Epic Pass access to the European ski areas is described below:

    Resort Country Access Notes
    Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere France Six (6) days of free skiing with two (2) days of skiing at each resort area
    • Includes:

    Les 3 Vallees (Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides les Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Bellevelle, Val Thorens and Orelle), Paradiski (Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne), and Tignes-Val D’Isere

    • 2016/2017 Epic pass holders are required to present their valid Epic Pass hard card and a valid photo ID to the lift cashier in each resort to redeem their lift access
    Skirama Dolomiti Adamello Brenta Italy Three (3) days of free skiing
    • Includes:

    Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Folgarida-Marilleva, Peio, Ponte di Legno – Tonale, Andalo – Fai della Paganella, Monte Bondone and Folgarida – Lavarone

    • Epic Pass holders must email at least one week prior to arrival and specify the Dolomiti ski area where they will pick up their pass and show a valid Epic Pass
    • Details can be found below
    4 Vallees Switzerland Five (5) consecutive days of free skiing
    • Includes:

    Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon

    • To redeem lift access, 2016/2017 Epic Pass holders are required to present their valid Epic Pass hard card, as well as a valid photo ID, to the resort’s Ticket Office
    • Offer valid when booking in-resort lodging (details and participating hotels can be found below)
    Arlberg Austria Three (3) consecutive days of free skiing
    • Includes:

    Lech, Zurs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton

    • Offer valid when booking in-resort lodging (details and participating hotels can be found below)
    • Epic Pass holders must book their lodging directly with the property and the property will deliver the passes to the guest upon confirmation of their Epic Pass

     

    ski-magazine-best-resort-award    Plus, 5 total holiday-restricted days at:
    Whistler Blackcomb – Rated #1 for the 2016-17 winter season by Ski Magazine, named “Top Overall Ski Resort” – If Whistler Blackcomb is on your to do list, you’ll be glad when you’ve experienced it; however be forewarned, once you go, you won’t be able to wait to get back there again. Rated best ski/ride resort for ..

    • Overall Resort
    • Terrain Variety
    • Off-Hill Activities/Nightlife

    Restrictions:
    Whistler Blackcomb restricted 11/25/16–11/26/16, 12/26/16–12/31/16, 1/14/17, 2/18/17–2/19/17.

    Additional Tickets:
    6 Ski-With-A-Friend tickets

    Visit Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass for more info.

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