Lake Tahoe Winter 2018-19 El Nino or La Nina?

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It’s August 7, 2018 as of this article’s posting so we still have about 14 weeks until start of the 2018-19 Lake Tahoe winter ski season. Checking in with meteorologists at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) reveals their early winter weather predictions for the coming 2018-2019 season to be a 70% chance that we will have an El Niño winter season which calls for a warmer than average winter across the United States.

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Specifically, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies will all see below average chances of precipitation from October through December. However, Colorado, parts of Utah, and the Southern Rockies are all expected to see above-average precipitation for the start of the season. New England is expected to see average precipitation throughout the start of the winter.

While predictions for low precipitation averages and warmer temperatures are not good news for powder chasers among us, it’s important to remember that this just an early forecast; bookmark this page to revisit as we’ll post updates as the season draws closer.

Keep in mind last season’s precipitation called for mostly average precipitation across much of the country, with higher than average precipitation in Colorado and much of the Rockies. This turned out to be incorrect, as Colorado suffered from one of the worst winters in 60 years, while Utah and much of the Pacific Northwest saw average to higher than average precipitation totals.

The Climate Prediction Center defines. . .

“El Niño conditions” as existing when:

A one-month positive sea surface temperature anomaly of 0.5C or greater is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with El Niño is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean (see The ENSO Cycle).

“La Niña conditions” as existing when:

A one-month negative sea surface temperature anomaly of -0.5C or less is observed in the Niño-3.4 region of the equatorial Pacific Ocean (5oN-5oS, 120oW-170oW) and an expectation that the 3-month Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) threshold will be met AND

An atmospheric response typically associated with La Niña is observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Source: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/90day/fxus05.html

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Tahoe Resorts Snow Report, Live Cams

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Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts Opening Dates, Live Cams and Snow Report for the 2017 – 2018 Winter Season 

Plan a Tahoe getaway: browse Tahoe area vacation rentals or those with a season pass, join a ski lease to maximize your ski and ride days. Rideshare with folks to ski and ride your favorite Tahoe resort and to connect for trips to Utah, Colorado, Whistler, Europe, South America and other snow destinations. Join our happy hour meetups. For SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski bus deals, sign up for one day and overnight trips.

Sunday March 4, 2018 Snow Totals for Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts is 4 to 6 feet of new snow.

On the Beyond Tahoe Snow Destination ‘Bucket List’: where can you ski and ride at midnight, soak in a hot mineral water pool, then follow that up with soju shots and BBQ eats? Dragon Valley, South Korea – site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

2017-18 Lake Tahoe ski resorts projected opening dates, snow report and live resort webcams ..

Heavenly is opened Trail Map | Live Cams

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Sierra at Tahoe Nov 25  Trail Map | Cam

Kirkwood is opened Trail Map | Cam

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Squaw Valley USA is opened Trail Map | Cam

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Alpine Meadows is opened Trail Map | Cam

Northstar-at-Tahoe is opened  Trail Map | Cam

Sugar Bowl Nov 24 Trail Map | Cam

Boreal is opened . Check their website for night skiing hours. Trail Map | Cam

Homewood Dec 8  Trail Map | Cam

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Diamond Peak Dec 14 Trail Map | Cam

Mt. Rose is opened Trail Map | Cam

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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 early Dec Trail Map | Cam

Soda Springs  DEC Trail Map

Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

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

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 3.24.35 PM – source: onthesnow.com

Want to sleep and let a professional driver take you to your favorite Tahoe resort? 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 while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks.

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 9 Trail Map | Cam

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*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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Enjoy scenic Lake Tahoe: hiking and snowshoeing

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Snowshoeing is fun, easy and an inexpensive way to get out on the snow around Lake Tahoe to enjoy the great outdoors and partake in nature photography.

How to snowshoe?

Simply attach a pair of snowshoes to your waterproof hiking boots, and you are ready to go. It’s easy; if you can walk, you can snowshoe.

Where to rent or buy snowshoes?

For first timers, rent a pair of snowshoes at REI to try out snowshoeing. If you plan to go often, buy snowshoes at REI’s clearance deals (a quality pair of snowshoes will last you many years) or other sporting goods. Snowshoes are lightweight, easy to put on, and come with claws on the bottom for added hiking traction up and down hills.

Snowshoeing over packed snow is similar to hiking with large feet, but hiking through deep, fresh powder can be a good workout.

What to wear?

Dress in layers with the outer most layer being a waterproof jacket so you can peel off a layer when you warmed up; wear sweat wicking inner shirt, lightweight waterproof gloves, a hat/beanie, and also remember to bring water and food. Bring along ski poles to use for trekking up and down hills.

Where to snowshoe in Tahoe? Flume Trail

My favorite spot for snowshoeing where you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe is the Flume Trail. The Flume Trail is a 12.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Incline Village, Nevada. A great spot for picnicking is about 1 mile walk in where you can experienced beautiful panoramic views of the lake. Pack and enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. If you are taking your date or significant other, this is as romantic and scenic as you can get for a Tahoe outing. In the off season, mountain biking the Flume trail is a popular activity.

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The Flume trailhead starts right behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe at 1115 Tunnel Creek Rd, Incline Village, NV 89451. Follow the blacktop road behind the cafe to the trailhead’s gate. If you eat or buy a drink at the cafe, you can ask to park at the cafe parking free of charge. Otherwise, park across the street for free.

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Check out REI for closeout deals on winter clothing and snowshoe clearance sale.

Look for hotels and lodging deals in the vicinity of Incline Village, NV, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, or Crystal Bay. For first time booking, get $25 off Tahoe area hotels.

Good value breakfast deal can be had at the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge, Restaurant, Casino: Bilty’s breakfast goes for $6.25 (served 7 AM to 11 AM) is the best deal which includes three eggs any style with bacon, sausage or ham. Eggs cooked just the way you like, accompanied by hash brown potatoes and your choice of toast. Or stop by on Sundays for their $9.95 all you can eat brunch! After snowshoeing, enjoy Happy Hour 7 days a week 3pm-7pm with $1 Draft Beer $2 Well, $2 Jager shots, and $4 Patron Shots.

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Watch a Ski & Snowboard Movie, Snag a FREE Tahoe Area Lift Ticket

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Summary of Ski & Snowboard Movies And Film Screenings Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area

Mt Rose and Boreal Mountain resorts are now opened. Other Tahoe resorts to follow next week.

What’s there to do between now and then? Mark your calendar and gather some friends to watch a ski and ride movie to get excited for the coming snow season.

The 2016-17 snow season was truly epic breaking record snowfall levels enabling Mammoth and Squaw Valley USA resort ski lifts to spin until July 4. Let’s hope the 2017-18 snow season will be just as spectacular.

Watch ski & snowboard films/movies and get a free Tahoe area resort lift ticket*. Also at most film screenings, get a chance to win swag, prizes and ski/ride destination trips.

*Most showings will give out a free mid-week non-holiday lift ticket or a 2 for 1 lift ticket aka BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon/voucher.

Why it’s best to play hooky and go skiing and riding mid-week? Priceless perks...

(1) Powder days usually happened when we least expect it: on weekdays 🙂

(2) Tahoe resorts on weekdays: you basically have the entire mountain to yourself

(3) Services such as eateries and ski/snowboard lessons are more enjoyable/less rush/less crowded (you bascially get a semi-private lesson for the cost of a group lesson b/c there are less sign-ups on weekdays) and quality of service is so much better

(4) No waiting in line to get on the lifts and no waiting in line for lunch or drinks

(5) Resort parking is a breeze; no road traffic on weekdays

Summary

 

‘Drop Everything’

Screenings: Wednesday October 25, 2017 @ AMC VAN NESS 14, SF, California. Buy tickets.

TAHOE AREA SHOWINGS

The film will come to the Tahoe region with an Oct. 11 showing at Olympic Village Lodge at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 12 at Bundox Bocce in Reno, Nev. | Buy tickets at skimovie.com

Oct. 11 | 8 p.m.
Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley

Oct. 12
Bundox Bocce | Reno, Nev.

Production Company: Matchstick Productions

This one starts in a way that’ll be familiar to ski-film connoisseurs: aspirational voiceover and some cinematic ski porn. As the epic-movie-trailer-voice starts listing superlatives (bigger, deeper, gnarlier), it starts to get self-aware and ironic: Thank God, they’re joking! Drop Everything looks to do an amusing job of poking fun at ski movies that are too serious or trying a little too hard to draw meaning out of what’s happening (which is…a lot of skiing). The trailer is punctuated with full-screen titles making declarations about what this film has that others don’t, like “90 percent less interviews with athletes” and “100 percent more women.”

If there’s one thing Drop Everything takes seriously, it’s the skiing. With a ripping cast featuring Michelle Parker, Elyse Saugstad, Sammy Carlson, Cody Townsend, and Chris Rubens, this film looks like a lighthearted viewing experience that still delivers on the send.

Trailer:

‘Rogue Elements’

Screenings:  
+ October 11, 2017 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ the Palace of Fine Arts. Buy tickets.
+ October 12, 2017 in SF, CA – WHISKI SERIES @ the Delancey Street Theatre. Buy tickets.
+ OCTOBER 12, 2017 @ the RIO THEATRE in Santa Cruz, CA. Buy tickets.

TAHOE AREA FILM SHOWINGS

Sept. 23 | 7:30 p.m.
KT Base Bar | Village at Squaw

Oct. 12 | 8 p.m.
The Freight House | Reno, Nev. – BUY TICKETS at https://www.tetongravity.com/films/rogue-elements/tour/

Production Company: Teton Gravity Research

Shot in the aforementioned magical winter of 2017 in the pow zones of California, Alaska, British Columbia, the Alps, and more, you can be sure the skiing in Rogue Elements will be appropriately dreamy. Like the title suggests, it’s centered around this idea of wild adventurers who are drawn to these equally wild and raw places. They seek the edge––the imposed limits and their own––in the face of (you guessed it) rogue weather to ski dream lines. Who are “they”? Crushers like Angel and Johnny Collinson, Sammy Carlson, and Elyse Saugstad.

Since the dawn of time, everything that has lived and breathed on this planet has been subject to the whims of Mother Nature. The nature of an adventurer is inherently rogue; typically wild in character, subject to the fancy of their imagination. We are unequivocally drawn to nature’s rawest fury and deepest mysteries. These are the irreverent souls who pursue the edge.

In the winter of 2017, the magnitude of winter’s force was on full display. Telephone-pole-snapping storms pounded the Wyoming landscape. Regions to the west, recently left arid and forgotten, were gifted with unprecedented accumulation. Blizzards in Europe buried towns in an instant before disappearing just as fast, leaving the lucky few who were there to wonder if it even happened. A Bolivian expedition found grace above 18,000 feet before the elements went rogue and the humans reluctantly heeded warnings from above.

Join the TGR team as they embark on an adventure filled with fury and glory, and witness the unimaginable. Presented by REI.

Trailer song: “Free Animal” by Foreign Air

'LINE OF DESCENT'

This fall, the annual tradition is back to salute the start of winter as Warren Miller Entertainment celebrate our 68th ski and snowboard film with downhill thrills, global adventure and a nod to those that taught us to slide on snow.

Snowriders are a family—one big tribe comprising of many smaller ones. Familial rites pass down through generations. Skier roots grow deep in high mountain soil. Line of Descent celebrates just that, the lineage of legendary athletes through a multi-generational cast of skiing’s icons and fresh faces, including Tommy Moe, Jonny Moseley, JT Holmes, Lexi duPont, Seth Wescott, Kalen Thorien, Marcus Caston, Jeremy Jensen, Griffin Post, and more.

This year, Volkswagen joins us as the presenting sponsor of the Line of Descent U.S. film tour. The partnership builds on the heritage and passion associated with both the Volkswagen and Warren Miller brands. Volkswagen’s partnership will grow authentically well into 2019, elevating the event experience that is the Warren Miller institution and marking the beginning of every winter season.

Ride along on a stunning cinematic journey as we travel near and far, descending some of North America’s deepest lines in Jackson Hole, Montana, Silverton, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Steamboat.

From powsurfer to splitboard, motorcycle, dogsled or snowmobile, watch as athletes chase winter along the Beartooth Pass, the French Alps, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Norway.

“This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” notes producer Josh Haskins. “More often than not, it’s family who introduces us to the sport or steers us on the path towards an ongoing passion—be it a ski bum lifestyle, a professional career or simply the desire to pass on the same feeling to the next generation. There is a kinship unlike any other in the ski community, and Warren Miller is the elder, bringing generations of skiers and riders together for 68 years, and this year is no different.”

Since 1949, ski families have cheered the official kickoff of winter with the ski film company that started it all. As the family grows, the traditions grow richer. Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent will premiere worldwide in three locations on October 13, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT, Portland, OR and Bozeman, MT. Screenings will then sweep across the U.S. from October to January.

Tickets go on sale September 12, 2017; local San Francisco Bay and Tahoe Area show dates and times can be found at warrenmiller.com

Pre-Season Kick-Off Parties

Go to our upcoming pre-season kick-off parties and get a chance to win door prizes and swag: win 2 VIP Beer/Wine Tasting Tickets to Snowbomb Snow Festival in SF Nov 4 and 5, 2017. Other prize giveaways in the works.

Tahoe Area Ski and Snowboard Movie/Film Screenings

 

'TurboDojo'

Shows:  

+ September 29, 2017 in TRUCKEE, CA @ THE ALIBI, 10069 BRIDGE STREET
DOORS 7 PM / SHOWTIME 8 PM; TICKETS AT THE DOOR

+ September 30, 2017 @ MontBleu Casino

Production Company: Absinthe Films

Our friends over at Absinthe Films just dropped the official trailer for their highly anticipated film, “TurboDojo.” The certified snow ninjas at Absinthe Films have produced some of the heaviest snowboard movies of the past decade, and we expect “TurboDojo” to be no exception.

Featuring: Mikkel Bang, Nicolas Müller, Hans Mindnich, Brandon Cocard, Austen Sweetin, Brendan Gerard, Ben Ferguson, Max Buri, Severin VanDerMeer, Kimmy Fasani and more.

Directed by Justin Hostynek.

'Vibes and Stuff'

BURRRLAPZ announces its three-part Web series dropping this fall. Shot in British Columbia, “Vibes and Stuff” is a collection of skiing footage set to favorite songs.

Look for the Web series to drop with Episode 1 “Home” on Nov. 18; Episode 2 “Road” on Nov. 25; and Episode 3 “Woods” on Dec. 2.

November 18th Episode 1: Home
November 25th Episode 2: Road
December 2nd Episode 3: Woods

We're stoked to announce our 3 part web series dropping this fall. Shot in BC over the course of the winter, Vibes and Stuff is a collection of skiing footage set to songs we like. We hope you like it

Song: Whitney, No Women
Cover Photo: Nick Nault

'Numinous'

“Numinous” is a film two years in the making as Kye Petersen and friends travel the world in search of steep lines and epic terrain, capturing beautiful footage of nature’s raw landscapes.

Petersen is one of the most aggressive and talented freeskiers of our age. Born and raised in the British Columbia back country, with a bloodline alive with adventure and a style carved from the landscape itself, Petersen is about to blow the doors off big mountain skiing.
“Numinous” explores the relationships and connections with the natural world that are necessary to safely dance with mountain faces covered in snow. Tuning out and tuning in. Shot exclusively in British Columbia, Numinous follows Peterson and a cadre of fellow snow-sliders into the heart of the some of the most aesthetic and demanding landscapes around.

The full film will be released on Vimeo on Demand on Oct. 9. | dendritestudios.com

Local Showings
Oct. 5 | Homewood Mountain Resort – Buy Tickets

NUMINOUS - a film by Dendrite Studios and Kye Petersen
(runtime - 50 minutes)

Full Film Released on Vimeo-on-Demand in 4k on October 9, 2017.

Awed and Attracted.
He is one of the most aggressive and talented freeskiers of our age. Born and raised in the BC backcountry, with a bloodline alive with adventure and a style carved from the landscape itself, Kye Petersen is about to blow the doors off of big mountain skiing.
Fearful yet Fascinated.
Numinous explores the relationships and connections with the natural world that are necessary to safely dance with mountain faces covered in snow. Tuning out and tuning in. Shot exclusively in British Columbia, Numinous follows Kye and a cadre of fellow snow-sliders into the heart of the some of the most aesthetic and demanding landscapes around.
Overwhelmed but Ultimately Inspired.

Featuring Kye Petersen with Matty Richard, Logan Pehota, Pep Fujas, Ryland Bell, Tatum Monod, Chris Rubens, Callum Pettit, Dane Tudor, and Wiley Miller.

Shot exclusively in British Columbia, on location at Whistler Blackcomb, Tantalus, Coast Range, Interior, Chatter Creek - Golden, Mt. Meager Massif, and Pemberton.

In association with Patagonia, Gibbons Apres Lager, Buff, Rossignol, Whistler Blackcomb, Oakley, Coast Mountain Culture and supported by Intuition, MSR, Chatter Creek, and G3.

World Premiere and Afterparty Friday, September 22nd the Imperial downtown Vancouver. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Party until late. 19+. Tickets http://numinousfilm.com/

Trailer Credits
Produced/Directed by Dendrite Studios
Cinematography: Athan Merrick, Nicolas Teichrob & Guillaume Tessier
Editor: Nicolas Teichrob
Graphics: Blair Richmond
Sound Design: Jeffery Yellen
Aerial Cinematography: Chris Flynn, Jamie Tanner & Andre Nutini
Music: Vision Quest by Mob Bounce

www.numinousfilm.com

'Room for Improvement'

Tahoe film company, Janky Films, presents its Web series, “Room for Improvement,” featuring local skiers and snowboarders riding ski resorts and back country in California. The Janky crew enjoyed some of the best conditions the Tahoe region has seen in six years, capitalizing on the amazing storm skiing and a few cold, sunny days. The film also includes a segment from South America with footage from Cerro Catedral in Argentina that was filmed this summer.

Featuring Jed Kravitz, Henry Holdsworth, Anthony Santos, Chris Hounsell and Hazen Woolson. Homewood Mountain Resort hosts a showing of the film on Oct. 5, along with a showing of “Numinous,” at the North Lodge at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at skihomewood.com. | jankyfilms.com

Local Showings
Oct. 5 | Homewood Mountain Resort – Buy Tickets

Part 2 of our 3 part web series 'Room For Improvement.'

The stars and storms aligned for the eastern Sierra to have all-time conditions when the Janky boys arrived at the beginning of March. Featuring Jed Kravitz, Henry Holdsworth, Anthony Santos, Chris Hounsell and Hazen Woolson. Thank you so much to both Chris Hounsell and Zach Steele for helping man the cameras.

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'Habit'

The 18th movie from Level 1, “Habit,” premiers on Sept. 16 as a guide to skiing:

“There are as many paths as there are people. Some choose to be carpet salesman, others choose to be skiers. These behaviors are part of life’s routine, and consciously or not, we’re all slaves to it somehow,” write the filmmakers. “But you can’t have the result without the process; you must get up to go down. Let this be your field guide to the minutia, the frivolities and of course the addiction to pure, uncut, freedom. Go ahead, scratch that itch. Because after all, we are creatures of Habit.”

Moment Skis hosts the local premier on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. featuring four breweries in the beer garden with Great Basin, Lead Dog, Mill Street Still & Brew and The Depot, along with Nomeats food truck. There will be free giveaways during the evening. The event benefits The Holland Project.

Tickets are $10 for the film and beer garden, and $5 for the film only. Tickets are available online at momentskis.com. | level1productions.com

Local Showing
Sept. 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Moment Skis | Sparks, Nev. – Buy Tickets

UPCOMING...

+ Check out our upcoming ski and snowboard preseason kick-off parties with door prize raffle giveaway

+ ENJOY FOUR HOURS of wine and beer tasting plus free lift tickets; get 1`/2 off SNOWBOMB SKI SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL SHOW TICKETS

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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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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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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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