NorCal Ski Fest is looking to add more deals as the snow falls so keep checking back!
Quantities are very limited based on NorCal Ski Festival contract agreements with the respective resorts; buy as a gift or for yourself as we expect to sell out especially with back to back snow storms inbound for Lake Tahoe starting on Christmas day and into the following week – the National Weather Service forecast for the next seven days:
You’re in Tahoe, the stoke is high, the conditions are perfect…
…and you’re stuck waiting in a lift line to ski groomers and bumps because you couldn’t find a local with the beta/inside scoop you need to get into the backcountry.
No longer! Backcountry Ski Maps wants to make this scenario a thing of the past.
Backcountry Ski Maps was specifically designed as a topographic map and guidebook rolled into one to make it easier to find all the information you need to get out touring in the Tahoe area.
All maps include detailed ascent and descent routes, photos, and a text guide to the best lines, which means that just one source of beta can easily get you to secret stashes you had only heard ‘whispers of’. We highlight the most classic lines, help you find the easiest approaches, and reveal the biggest potential dangers and challenges so you can spend less time searching for information and more time skiing!
Let’s take an inside look at the Tahoe Southwest Map which features more than 70 descents, ranging from mellow glades to ultra-steep couloirs.
Included are ski routes on:
and many, many more!
Backcountry Ski Maps partnered with SnowPals to offer a 10% off all backcountry ski maps by using discount promo code: snowpals21
To get 10% off your backcountry map purchase, enter the discount coupon code ‘ snowpals21 ‘ at check-out; purchase maps at
+ Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Coming Soon)
+ Vail Pass, Colorado (Coming Soon)
More About Backcountry Ski Maps
“Make the Most of the Backcountry
Maybe you’re new to an area or even new to touring in general. Maybe you’re a weekend warrior with only a limited amount of time to play in the mountains. Or maybe you’re a jaded local who thinks they’ve skied every worthy line in the area.
At Backcountry Ski Maps we feel you. If you’re anything like us, all you want is to spend more time outdoors, taking in beautiful views and riding the steepest, deepest lines.
We were frustrated to have to spend hours on the internet researching potential lines on sites of varying reliability. We were even more frustrated when summer came along and we saw all the in-depth hiking, climbing, and backpacking topographical maps on the market.
Something needed to change.
And so Backcountry Ski Maps, LLC was born.
Now we’re striving to make the easiest to use, all-in-one backcountry ski touring maps on the market. A place where you can find all the route information you need on one piece of paper: just take a look at the map, find a zone that fits your needs (and the current avalanche conditions), read a little about the zone on the back of the map, and get out into the white room.
Now you’ve got a one-stop-shop to find everything from low-angle pow-day trees to rarely skied and ultra-steep couloirs.
Our hope is that by helping people find the right lines, our maps can inspire more people to get out into the backcountry hooting and hollering and collecting face-shots.
➦ Got a small business you’d like to partner with SnowPals for new sales referrals? Contact for partnership inquires. We’ll dispatch our digital media kit upon receiving your inquiry so you can see our visitor stats and demographics.
Interested in backcountry skiing and snowboarding (using a splitboard)?
Benefits of backcountry skiing/boarding:
* Enjoy solitude serenity
* Earn your untracked powder runs = burn tons of calories/great workout 🙂
* Enjoy the beauty of our natural environment – views of glades, valleys, glorious lake views, pine trees, snow covered winter wonderland sear into memories that will stay with you a lifetime or more (reincarnation)
* Nature photography
* Many more intangibles you can’t get at ski resorts, so join in..
Connect with a wingman/woman for backcountry safety, share rides to the mountain, perhaps share lodging expenses too, and it’s just more fun when you have some POWder friends to 🏂⛷❄️🏔 with 😉
* * Learn how to stay safe in the backcountry, register for an Intro to AIARE AVALANCHE RESCUE TRAINING; Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) got hands on backcountry safety courses/classes, details at
SnowPals is a Good Value Rental & Ski Lease Listing / Advertising Alternative to VRBO and Airbnb for the Lake Tahoe Area Niche Rental/Ski Lease Market
About SnowPals: we have been connecting busy SF Bay Area snow-sports enthusiasts together to share skiing, snowboarding experiences and to share ski leases / to book Lake Tahoe area vacation rentals for the last 21 years since 1999.
Advertise on SnowPals by listing your Tahoe rental, seasonal ski lease or family / group members ski lease share to get results. We’re results driven – increase rental bookings & fill your ski lease lodge for the winter.
Feedback from property owners who have listed with us:
“We have used SnowPals for 4 yrs in a row to help find others to share our ski lease. We have had great success with quality applicants. We have tried other sites and none can compare. The nominal fee is a great value.” – Chris of Family Ski Lease Agate Bay.
“I think SnowPals is fantastic; I’ve actually been on both sides of SnowPals. We actually found this ski lease last year on SnowPals and the organizer from last year wanted to hit up North Lake this year, so we took over the lease. We included the $40 listing fee within our rent so actually the person who is leasing from us will pay that. We obviously didn’t tell them that, but I think $40 is a reasonable amount for someone to pay to alleviate the stress of finding the right fit. We filled the spot for the ski-lease quickly! Thanks for your help. We had so many people interested. My husband was telling me that he thinks SnowPals has great potential, and I agree with him. We had at least 25 people contact us, which means there’s a market for matching up owners of homes with tenants. Not sure if SnowPals has the capability to essentially be a management company to find tenants, but I do know our organizer last year actually found our place by reaching out to Airbnb/VRBO listings in Tahoe to see if we could take the house off their hands for the winter time. Just a thought. I am sure it would invaluable to an owner. Hopefully one day we’ll be coming to you to help lease our home in Tahoe 🙂 ” – Sally B. of Tahoe Heavenly Boulder Lodge Ski Out Condo | Page down to read more feedback from property owners, ski lease groups and families who have listed on SnowPals.
Are you looking for a good value and effective alternative to listing your Lake Tahoe area vacation rental or ski lease on Airbnb, VRBO, FlipKey or HomeAway? We offer a simple and low $40 ad listing fee; notably we do not charge renters and we’ve been connecting property owners with renters since 1999.
Are you not getting noticed because your listing is on sites next to thousands of other properties? What does it matter if your target audience can not find you?
SnowPals’ listing is affordable, user friendly, and niche targeted to Lake Tahoe vacation rentals and ski leases. We’ve been helping vacation rental owners increase their booking referrals since 1999 by connecting SF Bay Area professionals who enjoy snow sports with Tahoe area property owners to book vacation rentals and ski lease organizers looking for seasonal ski lease members.
For 21 years, SnowPals have been connecting San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors to Tahoe together for outdoor activities and snow sports. SnowPals’ 8,230 members list (as of October 2019) grows yearly and we have a 16,000+ audience reach for social media, newsletter list and new visitors to our website; the chart below is a screenshot of SnowPals’ visitor statistics from Google Analytics:
Get results: increase your vacation rental bookings by advertising on SnowPals to reach your Lake Tahoe rentals target audience.
Comparison of Airbnb & VRBO Advertising / Listing Fees
AirBnB listing fees: Takes 3% of the overall rental price (plus added fees) as their charge. This includes credit card processing fees also. (note: guests are apparently charged 6-12% of the booking as a fee to them, so keep this in mind when pricing your home compared to your competition).
VRBO listing fees: They have the option of no listing fee and 10% fee per booking. This includes the credit card processing fees also. You can also choose to pay a yearly fee starting at $349 for the year. It says there’s a 0% fee, but it’s a bit misleading since you still have to pay for credit card processing. So in reality it’s a 10% fee with no yearly fee or a 3% with $349/yr. (or more depending on plan). SnowPals is a good value alternative to listing on Airbnb and VRBO for the Lake Tahoe area; list your vacation rental or ski lease to get booking referrals. To get an idea of what people are listing; browse vacation rentals and ski leases.
Are you considering turning your home or vacation rental property into a seasonal winter ski lease?
Reviews And Feedback From People Who Have Listed With Us
== The following quotes are feedback/reviews from ski lease and vacation rental advertisers who have listed with SnowPals ==
“I was able to quickly rent my condo by posting on snowpals.org – very effective, highly recommended!” – George September 5, 2020
“Another year, another house filled! Will we ever have continuity of ski lease members? Probably not. Thank you SnowPals for making the worst part of ski season as easy as possible.” – Malcolm; listed: Alpine Meadows ski lease. Ski lease filled on November 10, 2019.
“I highly recommend using SnowPals to post your available ski lease. I listed my ski lease to look for 2 more ski lease members for my ski lease and it worked perfectly within 1 week of posting. Thanks Snow-Pals!” – Caroline, listed: Tahoe City Ski Lease. Two membership spots filled on 10/9/2019.
“We had our place posted on Airbnb as a Winter Ski Lease and on other online listings for about 4 months and maybe had 3-4 inquiries. Within 1 day of posting our chalet for winter ski lease rental on SnowPals, we had immediate inquiries and we had it leased within a couple of weeks. Tim is great to work with and made the process super easy. I will definitely continue to use SnowPals listing!” – Margie, property owner of Tahoe City Chalet. 10/2/2019; you can also read this review on SnowPals Facebook Page.
“SnowPals has been a huge help in finding the last few member of our ski lease this year. Not only does the service act as a recruiting tool, it is a great resource for members to see lease specifics and photos of the house even after they have signed up. Creating a listing was easy, and personally I thought the advertising support was extremely responsive to emails. Thanks for offering a great service.” – Jonas of Truckee New Luxury House 11/16/2018
“I’ve been a member of Snow Pals since it started. For the last two years I have been using the cabin share ad listing on SnowPals to fill vacancies in my seasonal rental. For the money involved this is a great deal as it targets a very direct market. It’s incredible that so many Bay Area snow sports enthusiasts get together in this manner. Highly recommended.” – John W. of Donner Lake Cabin Share 10/5/2018
“We have used SnowPals for 4 yrs in a row to help find others to share our ski lease. We have had great success with quality applicants. We have tried other sites and none can compare. The nominal fee is a great value.” – Chris of Family Ski Lease Agate Bay 10/1/2018
“Thanks to your wonderful website, our cabin is now full for the 2018-19 ski season. This is our 6th season advertising our ski lease on SnowPals. I had about 35 people contact me for the listing this year. I don’t know how you they do it, but with SnowPals we get only professional folks and most of them people familiar with snow country. I had tried craigslist and pretty much just got people who wanted to pay $100 and have someplace to lay their head, and could they make the $100 payment in two payments. When I switched to Snowpals.org I found almost exclusively professional working people who had no trouble paying the full lease membership fee and who appreciates a nice, uncrowded place, which is how we do our cabin. THANKS!!” – JoAnn M. of Alpine Meadows Luxury Ski Lease 09/10/2018
“Snowpals ski lease listing is the best for the Tahoe area lease and rental market advertising! It’s well worth the $40 listing fee which is comparatively very cheap. I very much appreciate all you guys do in attracting folks who share a passion for snow sports.” – Christine S. of Tahoe Donner Truckee Ski Lease 9/6/2018
“Thank you Snowpals. I have listed my vacation rental property for the last 4 years with great results. The results from Snowpals advertising brings me good responsible renters every year. I only list with Snowpals now.” – Randy S. of North Tahoe Home Rental 9/6/2018
“I’ve listed my ski lease ads on Snowpals over the past several years. The ads have helped me greatly in filling the memberships in my ski annual ski leases. They have also given me the opportunity to meet and get to know and create some great friendships over the years!” – Jack D. of Lake View Tahoe Donner Ski Lease 9/4/2018
“Our Snowpals ski lease ad listing worked great. We posted the ad on a Wednesday, and had filled the last 4 spots in our house within 6 days. We had plenty of responses which allowed us to be selective and ensure a good fit for the house. We would definitely use it again. Thanks!” – Kelle & Marc of Great Donner Lake Ski Lease 12/5/2017
“Snowpals offer a great ski lease listing service! I was uncertain at first about whether we’ll actually find someone we wanted to share a ski lease with, however lots of people ended up approaching me of all ages and backgrounds. Most of those seemed like they would be a good fit, and it only took me a single meeting with one of the first responders to decide it would be awesome to share a lease with. I give SnowPals a rating of 10/10; would re-list next year if we need people to join our ski lease!” Jaco R. of Heavenly Kirkwood Ski Lease 11/18/2017
“Listing my ski lease on Snowpals helped us fill the remaining 5 spots with cool people (and great skiers, even one woman who has trained with the US ski team!). It’s better than posting on Craigslist, because all of the people who reach out are actual ski/snowboard enthusiasts. Would definitely recommend, and $40 is totally worth it–just put it into your ski lease budget–a drop in the bucket for great ski members additions!” – Alan A. of Ski Palace Tahoe City Ski Lease 11/16/2017
“I can’t say enough about how great my experience with Snowpals was! Snowpals made it easy and logistically possible to find cool ski / snowboarders for our house!! You know the people you find and who find your listing are like minded, and love to be in the snow! The vetting process is so much faster, and it’s a great community to get involved with.” – Michelle M. of Squaw Valley Ski Lease 11/08/2017
“This is our second season using Snowpals to find the last couple members of our ski lease. It’s easy to post and we end up getting tons of responses! We’ve had so much success that every person we’ve found so far on Snowpals has joined the cabin for the next season! Definitely worth $40 ad fee!” – Miriam M. of Alpine Meadows Ski Lease 11/02/2017
“For the second year in a row I found great tenants in less than a week on Snowpals aka SkiPals. So much more efficient than using Craigslist, which attracts all the international people on visas, and Airbnb, which attracts weekend rentals. Will continue to be my go to Snowpals to list my ski lease.” – Kathleen M. of Kings Beach Ski Lease 10/26/2017
“I’ve now used Snowpals two years in a row to fill my ski lease and it’s been an amazingly smooth process! There are so many fun people who share my enthusiasm for ski season – and are all courteous, helpful, clean, and overall a blast to hang out with. I can’t imagine going back to trying to hunt down unsure friends! Snowpals is now my go-to for filling my ski lease every year.” – Agatha of Heavenly Four Bedroom Ski In Out Ski Lease 10/5/2017
“We’ve used SnowPals for the last couple of seasons and compared to other listings it’s brought in the best leads by far. Keeping our listing up-to-date is always easy, and this year we didn’t bother to list anywhere else… it’s not worth the time or trouble vs relying on SnowPals.” – Robert H. of Beautiful NEW Truckee Luxury House 10/2/2017
“I think Snowpals is fantastic; I’ve actually been on both sides of Snowpals. We actually found this ski lease last year on Snowpals and the organizer from last year wanted to hit up North Lake this year, so we took over the lease. We included the $35 fee within our rent so actually the person who is leasing from us will pay that. We obviously didn’t tell them that, but I think $40 is a reasonable amount for someone to pay to alleviate the stress of finding the right fit. We filled the spot for the ski-lease quickly! Thanks for your help. We had so many people interested. My husband was telling me that he thinks Snowpals has great potential, and I agree with him. We had at least 25 people contact us, which means there’s a market for matching up owners of homes with tenants. Not sure if Snowpals has the capability to essentially be a management company to find tenants, but I do know our organizer last year actually found our place by reaching out to Airbnb/VRBO listings in Tahoe to see if we could take the house off their hands for the winter time. Just a thought. I am sure it would invaluable to an owner. Hopefully one day we’ll be coming to you to help lease our home in Tahoe 🙂 ” – Sally B. of Tahoe Heavenly Boulder Lodge Ski Out Condo 9/26/2017
“I am please to let you know that we filled our ski lease in Tahoe Donner. I am sold on Snowpals! Last time we were in the market for a replacement, we advertised on CraigsList and this was a much more pleasant experience! Thanks for your help.” – Laurie B. of Beautiful Tahoe Donner Ski Lease 9/22/2017
“Tim and the Snow Pals’ team have made filling our ski lease drop dead simple. One post and we fill our lease right up.” – Micaiah F. of Meyers Ski Lease 9/18/2017
“We have successfully used Snowpals to fill a few vacancies in our house over the years (pre-season and mid-season). We received multiple responses in a short amount of time, and nobody flaked (unlike experience with other sources). Snowpals is definitely worth the minimal advertising investment.” – Jen W. of Carnelian Bay Ski Lease 11/30/2016
“Snowpals is a great site to get quality referrals for our vacation rental. I received more than 23 different enquirers and had my vacation rental condo booked for as a ski lease within a month of posting. I am pleased with the professional renter we were connected with and look forward to using SnowPals again next year.” – Kathleen M. of Northstar Condo Vacation Rental 11/25/2016
“Thanks to Snowpals we went from 5 members and an expensive, empty house to a dynamic group of 11 consisting of regular and weekdays only members in about a month’s time. A $40 listing fee saved the original members over $1200 each, and we all made new friends!” – Kate S. of South Lake Tahoe Ski Lease with Hot Tub 11/24/2016
“Snowpals is a great resource which helped us to find additional members for our ski lease. We now have a fun winter to look forward to with a great group of skiers from San Francisco. Snowpals’ website was easy to use, and ad placement just took a few minutes and we got tons of responses. I would definitely use Snowpals again.” – Alexis R. of Tahoe Donner Ski Lease 11/21/2016
“I was astounded by how much high quality interest I got through Snowpals – I could have easily filled my lease twice over. Tim at Snowpals was very responsive; great experience overall, would use it again and would be happy to recommend to others.” – Anne R. of Tahoe City Ski Lease Memberships 10/27/2016
“Snowpals saved our winter this year! We wanted to organize a ski lease but had friends who were unsure if they could commit. We listed our lease on snowpals in mid September and were able to fill it by the end of September. And the people we met are amazing! I would highly recommend using snowpals for anyone trying to organize a ski lease.” – Agatha B. of Heavenly Ski-in/out Ski Lease 9/28/2016
“Snowpals is just what you need if you are trying to fill your ski lease with quality members. I posted an ad on Snowpals, and within 9 days I had received a dozen inquiries. We were able to close out our roster quickly and conveniently. I will use the site again for certain.” – Alex P. of Alpine Meadows Year Round Family Ski Lease 9/17/2016
“Thanks for running Snowpals’ website. Met some of my best friends on here when I found my first ski lease. This year we advertised on Snowpals and filled our ski lease memberships quickly.” – Justin H. of Alpine Meadows Ski Lease 9/20/2016
“Snowpals helped us find amazing families and fill our lease more quickly this year than we ever have in the past! I highly recommend snowpals for anyone who is looking to fill a few spots in their ski house!” – John H. of Tahoe Donner Family Ski Lease 9/12/2016
“Thanks for listing my ski lease quickly – in the last 10 days I got a lot of people who where interested, so now I finalized and we’re full 🙂 ! Thanks again for your help and for SnowPals, it’s great to get this done so quickly!” – Jan V., Tahoe Donner Luxury Cabin
“We found 4 great folks via Snowpals to fill up our ski lease. Totally worth the $35 ad listing fee. It usually took us longer to fill our lease with another listing service we had to pay a higher listing fee than Snowpals’. Thanks!” Mike M., Carnelian Bay Ski Cabin
“Last year we advertised on both Snowpals and Craigslist. The Craigslist responders were to a person looking for the cheapest bed possible, with one scammer who wanted to come look at the house when we weren’t there, and tried to get all sorts of information from me. The Snowpals responders (last year and this year), were professional, business owners, professors, and high tech people. We will certainly be back next year!”- JoAnn M, ski lease organizer, Alpine Meadows Ski Lease
“I’m very happy with the quality of people referrals your site attracts. Keep up the good work!” – Sandy W., owner of Truckee Rental House
“It was awesome posting on Snowpals! Within 36 hours, I received a bunch of responses in my inbox, and our listing closed fairly quickly. All the emails were super nice and friendly, and many responses were from people already familiar with the Tahoe area and experienced in previous ski leases, which was a huge plus!” – Cindy L., Tahoe City Ski Lease
“SnowPals is a far better resource than Craigslist or the local papers. For several years running I’ve managed to find excellent full season renters in a very short time and with minimal hassle. Thanks Snowpals!” — Chris K., Markleeville homeowner
“We got about twice as many queries from SnowPals as from Craigslist. The queries seemed from ‘more normal’ people, and it was nice to not have to hit renew every few days.” – Trent G., Donner Lake Ski Lease
“Advertising my ski lease on Snowpals was quick, easy and highly effective! In no time, I had responses from really nice, high-caliber potential ski cabin members. I filled my spots in no time with people I really like, who are a great fit for the cabin.” – Heather D. of Alpine Meadows Ski Lease
* Read additional reviews from people who have advertised / listed their Tahoe vacation rental and ski lease on SnowPals’ Facebook page:
Looking for the best value offerings for learn to ski and snowboard package deals for Lake Tahoe resorts?
Skiing and snowboarding is an expensive sport; you not only have to buy or rent skis, snowboard, winter clothing and gear but you also have to purchase a lift ticket to be able access mountain slopes. So the best way to save money for first time learn to ski, board is to take advantage of learn to ski, ride package deals.
What does a typical ski/snowboard package deal includes?
First time learn to ski and snowboard package includes:
+ an all-day beginner lift ticket
+ all-day equipment rental (skis, poles, boots or snowboard and boots) and
+ a 1.75 hour group lesson
Most resorts will have an option to upgrade to a full lift ticket (allowing access to all chairlifts) in the afternoon after completion of lesson package can do so for an additional cost.
The best value deal for Tahoe resorts’ learn to ski, ride packages are ..
1) “Only 280 steps from lift-to-lake gives us an unbeatable lakeside skiing experience.” – parking is free and is slope-side so no need to lug your gear long distances to the ski lift.
2) Homewood got scenic panoramic lake views which makes it seem like you are skiing/riding right into the lake. Great resort for lakeside photography.
3) Great tree runs and especially great on windy days when other Tahoe resorts have to place their ski lifts on wind hold, Homewood’s lifts continue to spin since the resort’s tall trees protect the ski lifts from wind gusts.
Area Map, Get Driving Directions
✔ === Sugar Bowl Mountain Resort === Learn to Ski or Snowboard for $99
Get coaching from the best instructors. Sugar Bowl’s team can take you from “never ever” to making turns on the slopes in no time.
Includes a half day group lesson, rental equipment and beginner lift ticket. Lift ticket valid on White Pine and Nob Hill beginner lifts. Ages 13+.
Morning Half Day | Starts at 9:45am
Afternoon Half Day | Starts at 1:00pm
* Lessons will sell-out most weekends and holidays. If getting rentals, plan to arrive at the rental shop at least 1 hour prior to your lesson time (1 1/2 hours on weekends/holidays). Plan to arrive to the meeting area at least 15 minutes prior to your lesson.
Area Map, Get Driving Directions
✔ === Donner Ski Ranch === – quick and easy access off Interstate 80 North towards Reno on Donner Summit.
Lifts Open 9 am – 4 pm
Snow Tubing 10 am – 4 pm.
9 AM, 10:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM.
Adult and Youth Learn to Turn Package, Ages 13-69 for $99
Child Learn to Turn Package, Ages 6-12 for $79
This resort has a wide introductory hill, with 16 out of its 52 runs marked for beginners (green circles). Donner Ski Ranch has a front and backside accessible through six chairlifts and a magic carpet.
Donner Ski Ranch is one of oldest ski resorts in Tahoe perfect for everyone including families with kids. Donner Ski Ranch spans 500 acres of varied terrain so there’s something for everyone.
They also have a tubing hill with magic carpet access.
No need to book in advance, pricing is the same everyday even on holidays. If you’re concerned about the ski lessons filling up on the weekends, make sure to reserve spots in advance at donnerskiranch.com/skischool
A great option to ski then stay in Reno with its abundant nightlife, live music, casinos, spa, variety of restaurants and sushi buffets to choose from.
On a holiday weekend when most Tahoe area hotels are booked out or priced out of your range, staying in Reno offers good value lodging accommodations.
Area Map, Get Driving Directions
✔ === TAKE 3, RIDE FREE at Boreal ===
SKI + SNOWBOARD LESSON PROGRAM
Looking for the quickest and most convenient Tahoe resort to get to? Boreal is right off I80 North in Soda Springs and has nine chairlifts, and offers night skiing until 9 pm.
Complete 3 Qualifying Lessons, Get a FREE Boreal Unlimited Season Pass
‘Go from learning to turn and stop to full shred in no time with Boreal’s Take 3, Ride FREE program. Recognized as one of the best beginner ski and ride programs in the country, this prepaid package includes (3) single-day, half-day lesson packages and a FREE Boreal Season Pass* on your fourth visit.
Register for the half day Take 3, Ride Free lesson at any rental services cashier station. After registration and rental pick-up, lessons meet outside at the Snowports School meeting area.
Please allow adequate time for registration paperwork, rental equipment fitting, and check-in. Arrive at least two hours prior to your lesson-start time on holiday* dates and one hour prior to your lesson start-time during non-holiday dates.
✔ === Sierra-at-Tahoe == 2019/20 Adult Learn to Ski + Snowboard Online Advance Booking Special Rate From $79 and up depending on how far in advance you book it online.
2.5-hour First-timer Lesson Package
‘Save up to 50% off! This is the most affordable learn to ski or snowboard package in Lake Tahoe. There goes your final excuse to not get out on the slopes with the rest of your family!
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)
A 2.5 hour first-timer group lesson
These packages are valid for adults age 13+, everyday.
This package is available in limited quantities and must be purchased online 48 hours in advance of your lesson package reservation. Valid for first timer skiers/riders only. Not valid in terrain parks. Learn to ski and snowboard package deals start at $79, to get the best rate, book ahead at SierraatTahoe.com
2019/20 Peak Dates
November 29-30, 2019 | December 26 – January 1, 2020 | January 18-20, 2020 | February 15-22, 2020
Things to Know
+ Please note that lessons are subject to selling out. While reservations are not required, we strongly recommended you make them at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.
+ Please check in 1 hour before the start of your lesson. After pre-lesson registration and equipment fitting, attendees meet ON SNOW 15 minutes before lesson start time (9:45 am or 12:45 pm) with instructor to discuss itinerary/lesson details.
+ Dress appropriately for the weather. Layers are best.
+ Be sure you have eye protection (goggles for snowy days and sunglasses for sunny days).
+ Hats, gloves, sunscreen and other items you might forget are available at the Sierra Mt. Sports Shop .
+ Ski pants and helmet rentals are available at the mountain.
See what it is like when you enrolled in a learn to ski, ride lesson; watch the YouTube video
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there enough snow in Tahoe?
March 1, 2020 brings fresh snow to Tahoe with Sierra at Tahoe reporting 1 foot of new snow and Mt Rose reporting 17 inches of fresh powder.
In addition, with current season total ranging from 109 inches to 196 inches (equals 16.3 feet) of snow, and January 2020 snow total of 19 inches to 45 inches (3.5 ft) of snow, Lake Tahoe resorts got abundant snow to enjoy freshly groomed corduroy ski slopes and bluebird ski days. View Tahoe resorts live cams and current snow report.
Tahoe Resorts Snow Report by OpenSnow .com
How much money do I save when I choose a package deal vs ala carte pricing for learn to ski/ride?
Let’s break it down:
+ Adult lift ticket window pricing at Squaw Alpine $169
+ Adult ski or snowboard rentals at Squaw Alpine Sport Package (skis, boots, poles or snowboard and boots) is $62 for one day rate
+ Learn to ski, snowboard private three hour lesson is $609
Compared with learn to ski, ride package deals, how much savings are you looking at?
Why is it ideal to learn to ski, snowboard on bluebird days?
Notably, it is much faster to drive to/from Tahoe when tire chains are NOT required (as of Feb 21, 2020). With tire chains installed, maximum speed is 30 mph which means it will likely take you 40-50% longer to get to the resort when chains are required. Even with AWD/4WD vehicles, posted speed limit is 35 mph when chain controls are in effect.
Clear blue skies means you will have great visibility to see and navigate your way down the mountain when you learn to ski/ride (unlike during a snow storm with wind gusts and snow flying sideways where you’d likely have low to zero visibility).
In addition, you’ll likely find great deals on lodging and hotel stays when it is not snowing.
What to pack/checklist for a ski, ride day on the slopes?
– Gloves: water-proof types
– Glove and sock liners: these are thin liners that you can wear on cold days to stay warm and to help keep your feet/hands dry
– Socks: moisture wicking ski socks
– Snow-pants: water-proof/gore-tex types
– Jackets: water-proof/gore-tex types
– Water/Gatorade so you won’t get dehydrated
– Energy bar or trail mix for a quick snack
– Helps to bring a two-way radio to communicate with your family/friends since cell phones will likely not have reception/service
– Helps to bring a set of dry clothes, socks to change into after skiing/snowboarding
How many days does it take to learn to ski and snowboard?
Learning to ski/snowboard takes time and it really depends on various factors such as if you have some experience in similar sports like in-line skating, surfing, skate boarding, etc where you learned how to balance and handle fluid, agile movements. In general, it helps to learn to ski, ride for consecutive days (at least 3 days in a row) so you can repeat the lesson and practice to learn the skills needed to improve to the next ski, ride level.
Photo courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort
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SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus trips: one day, overnight ski trips: get $10 off on one day trips, $15 off on overnight ski bus trips. Sleep on the bus, have a fun day of skiing and snowboarding and watch movies on the return bus ride. Overnight ski bus trips consist of two days of skiing + hotel stay close to the resort with hot tub amenities and nightlife so you can make the most of your ski/ride trip weekend getaway.
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At Sports Basement we have some exciting specials for the winter ski season specifically geared to get families snow-ready.
Join us for SNOWFEST..
Start the snow season off with a bang at Sports Basement SnowFest this November!
We’ll be hosting SnowFest 2019 at all 10 of our Sports Basement stores this year where you’ll have access to sweet deals on winter gear & resort passes. Plus, attend to win raffle prizes such as an unrestricted IKON pass, Snowboards from K2, Burton Bindings, GoPro Camera +
Outerwear jackets and pants from Roxy, Pret Helmets, Blizzard Skis, and swag from many of your favorite brands!** Raffles will be held every 30 Minutes!
Spend $100 or more you’ll get a 2-for-1 voucher to Squaw | Alpine* in addition to an extra raffle ticket to win tons of prizes.
RSVP below and keep checking back as we update more details including raffle prizes, guest lists, our beneficiaries, and more!
Sports Basement Presents SnowFest (click on the location below to RSVP):
It’s time to get your winter stoke on! Save the date and get ready to kick off the season with our 70th anniversary film, Warren Miller’s Timeless, presented by Volkswagen. Featuring ski legends like Glen Plake, alongside newcomers Caite Zeliff, Jaelin Kauf, and Baker Boyd. Road-trip with rippers from Arlberg to the Matterhorn, be immersed in the hometown hill of Eldora and discover a different side of Jackson Hole, plus much more.
At Sports Basement we have some exciting specials for the winter season specifically geared to get you ready for the snow! Whether your renting or buying, we’ve got you covered.
Sports Basement truly is Bay Area born n’ raised. Our first ever store opened up in Mission Bay in San Francisco back in 1998, and though we grew out of that space pretty quickly, we’ve made sure to maintain our local roots. Twenty years later, we’re proud to say we’ve kept it local, though our reach has spread wide—you can find us as far south as Campbell and as far north as Santa Rosa!
Become a Basementeer and get 10% off every item, every time you shop! 10% of the profits made from your purchases go to the charity or school you choose. No points. No waiting. Just saving and giving.
Plus, your Basementeer discount stacks so you get your 10% off in addition to the SnowPals discount! SnowPals members need to show the coupon at checkout to get the discount at any of Sports Basement’s 10 Bay Area locations.
Membership can be purchased online or in-store for a one-time $25 fee.
Please so everyone can take advantage of deals and special promotions.
Sports Basement SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Store Locations & Hours
== BERKELEY ==
2727 Milvia St
Berkeley, CA, 94703
Sat & Sun: 9am-8pm
== CAMPBELL ==
1875 S Bascom Ave, Suite 240
The Pruneyard Shopping Center
Campbell, CA, 95008
Sat & Sun: 8am-8pm
== NOVATO ==
100 Vintage Way
Novato, CA, 94945
Sat & Sun: 9am-8pm
== REDWOOD CITY ==
202 Walnut Street
Redwood City, CA, 94063
Sat & Sun: 8am-8pm
== SAN FRANCISCO ON BRYANT STREET ==
San Francisco Bryant Street
1590 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Sat & Sun: 8am-8pm
== SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDIO ==
San Francisco Presidio
610 Old Mason St.
San Francisco, CA, 94129
Sat & Sun: 8am-8pm
== SAN RAMON ==
1041 Market Place
San Ramon, CA, 94583
Sat & Sun: 9am-7pm
== SANTA ROSA ==
1970 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA, 95407
Sat & Sun: 9am-7pm
== SUNNYVALE ==
1177 Kern Ave
Sunnyvale, CA, 94085
Sat & Sun: 9am-8pm
== WALNUT CREEK ==
1881 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA, 94598
Sat & Sun: 9am-7pm
2017 – 2018 Ski Season 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.
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.
For last minute lift ticket deals, browse discounts at:
Best 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 2017-18 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 $69 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 $69. Sunday through Friday, non-holiday, first-timers will receive a half-day lesson package which includes an 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 $69 price all season long.
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. 😉
The advantage of learning to ski or snowboard on non-holiday weekdays is you’ll get more personal attention and with less folks at the resort, you basically have 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 mountain 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.
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.
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.
Tahoe Ride Trips (formerly known as Bay Area Ski Bus) is offering a fun season kick-off ski bus trip to Mammoth Mountain’s Opening Weekend from Saturday November 10, 218 to Monday November 12, 2018.
SPECIAL EVENT – Mammoth Opening Day 2 Night, Three Days Ski Bus Trip! (November 10 – 12, 2018).
This is a one time trip, with special pricing, as well as special events hosted by Mammoth Mountain. Trip includes deluxe bus transport, lodging with ski-in ski-out access, breakfast on bus travel days, and 2-day lift tickets..plus enjoy all of Mammoth’s opening weekend festivities.
Bus trip pick-up locations & times:
(1) Sunnyvale, CA pick-up at 2:00 AM
(2) San Francisco, CA 2:50 AM
(3) Walnut Creek, CA 3:30 AM
Use ‘ snowpals18 ‘ discount code at TahoeSkiTrips to get $10 off discount
Mammoth Mountain Opening Weekend Festivities
Saturday, November 10 | Shred Day + Snowboard Movie
1PM Live music on the Sundeck
5–7PM Pre-movie Happy Hour
7PM Movie Screening: KamiKazu
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
free energy drink for the slopes
after- ski hot cocoa(wine/beer tastings on selected dates), snacks, and on-bus featured movie entertainment
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 aSki & Snowboarding Destination Vacation:
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.
January 2016 brings back to back storms with over 4 feet of new snow in 7 days and more snow in the forecast; it’s the best snow in five years so get to your favorite Tahoe resort and enjoy skiing/riding or learn a fun new snow sport since it’s the most snowfall record in years; gather some family and friends together for a getaway(browse our list of Tahoe vacation rentals). Here are some great lift ticket discounts and deals..
What’s the cheapest Tahoe resort lift ticket deal?
For college students, if you are free to go skiing/riding on Fridays, Boreal offers the cheapest/best lift ticket deal at only $15. Ski and ride from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, enjoying the area’s closest ski resort right off Highway 80. Available for only College students and active duty military at Boreal. Must have valid I.D.
Not a college student? You can still get $25 lift tickets on Feb 5 and March 18, dubbed as FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS
Only $25 for anyone with $5 of that going back to either High Fives Foundation and Truckee Humane Society. Make sure to head to the Boreal Bar for an awesome after party with music, good times, and food specials.
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. You can add a learn to ski or snowboard package or book a round trip bus ride only if you already have a lift ticket or season pass.
Tip: SF Bay Area Hyundai is running a promo where you get two free lift tickets to Bear Valley ($140 value) with any test drive.
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Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) Discount Lift Tickets in the Tahoe Area:
“Purchase a ticket and enjoy a day of skiing or riding all season long, non holidays. All proceeds benefit backcountry avalanche forecasting in the Lake Tahoe Region.
Sierra Avalanche Center has partnered with Tahoe’s top resorts to offer SAC Ski and Ride Days. Each of the participating resorts have donated lift tickets or trail passes to the Non Profit to support educational programs and the avalanche advisory. When you purchase a lift ticket through SAC your money goes directly toward Know Before You Go avalanche safety education across the Lake Tahoe region.
SAC SKi & Ride Days are a great way to support our mission and enjoy a day of skiing or riding at your favorite Tahoe resort. Look for the yellow ticket button on the home page to learn about participating resorts and details. Once we sell through our supply the link will be inactive for purchase.” – updated on 1/14/16
The participating resorts are offering skiers and snowboarders special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. One hundred percent of the lift ticket proceeds go to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for our local students. Please see listings below for ticket details. Updated: 1/14/16
$30 lift tickets valid Sunday – Friday, all season, non-holiday (Dec. 18 – Jan. 3; Jan. 15 – 18; Feb. 12 – 20). Tickets on sale herePlease allow up to 24 hours for ticket to be mailed. Tickets also available at Tahoe Dave’s.
$15 trail passes valid Sunday – Friday, all season, non-holiday. SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support.
Purchase downhill ski tickets in advance at Tahoe Dave’s (Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City). Purchase cross-country passes in advance at Paco’s in Truckee and Alpenglow in Tahoe City. A limited supply of tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis and will not be available at the resorts. Tickets are not refundable. All Skiing for Schools proceeds are donated to Excellence in Education through your lift ticket purchase and the generous support of participating ski resorts. The Foundation would also like to acknowledge both Northstar and Squaw /Alpine for their generous $15,000 cash contributions in addition to the discounted lift tickets provided.
For more information, please call 530-550-7984
Special lift ticket deals and promos for Tahoe visitors:
SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS
Fly & Ski Free at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Guests arriving by airplane can ski or ride the afternoon for free (and evenings during night operations). Present your same-day commercial airline boarding pass with a matching photo ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows and receive a complimentary afternoon lift ticket valid from 12:30 – 4pm.
Fly in and ski or ride free that same day at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! Must present same day boarding pass and a valid I.D. to receive complimentary lift ticket. Lift tickets are valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday* are non-transferable, not for resale and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. *Holiday Dates include December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016; January 16-18, 2016; February 13-20, 2016.
Fly & We’ll Buy at Heavenly
Fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ski that afternoon, for FREE! After all, Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong well after last call. You come here to go all in, and worry about sleep later. Present your boarding pass and photo ID at the Guest Service office to receive your free afternoon lift ticket, valid same-day from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
From the Plane to Powder!
Flying into Reno to enjoy the legendary snow and terrain at Kirkwood? Don’t throw away your boarding pass, bring it to the guest service office located in the Village Plaza the same day as your flight and we’ll set you up with a FREE half-day lift ticket! Please bring a photo ID with your boarding pass to redeem your half-day ticket which is good from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
Flying? First Runs Are On Us at Northstar California
Flying to Northstar through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport? Show us your boarding pass from the same day and enjoy a half-day lift ticket on us. There’s no better way to shake out your travel legs than with an afternoon on the slopes. To redeem, simply show your boarding pass and photo ID at the Guest Service office to receive your free afternoon lift ticket, valid same-day from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
MT. ROSE-SKI TAHOE
Ski the Day you Fly for only $37!
Present your boarding pass the day you arrive in Lake Tahoe (the day your flight arrives) and receive a $37 lift ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Office. Offer is valid non-holiday*. *void holiday periods: December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016; January 16-18, February 13-14, 2016.