Tahoe POWder Alert Updated on Dec 25 2012, 12:45 pm PST. Light Snow and 32 F at Truckee, CA. Winds are South at 9.2 MPH. The humidity is 75%. The wind chill is 24 F. – “A very Merry White Christmas Day with another two feet of snow expected by this evening.” – weather-geek
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.
Question: Will the 2012-13 season be an El Niño or La Nina winter season?
Answer: The probability of an El Niño event is high according to “computer models developed by long-range weather forecasters project a wet winter across most of Northern California with above-average snowfall for Tahoe, the high Sierra and the Rocky Mountains.” – Tom Stienstra of Slope Dope. In addition, theWorld Meteorological Organizationsupports this finding with their detailed analysis.
August & September 2012 – California Ski Company will hold their annual Parking Lot Ski Sale from 10am to 6pm. Here’s a chance to buy skis on sale and discounted gear. Drop by and mingle with members in the East Bay & Berkeley, CA. Save the following dates to your calendar and drop by on:
Aug 25, 26
Sep 1, 2, 3
Sep 8, 9
California Ski Company
843 Gilman Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Last year’s gear reduced up to 60%. Great deals on 2013 equipment.
Manufacturer reps and staff will be there to answer any and all questions.
Deals on pre-season ski tuning and waxing. Arrange for a boot fitting or custom
insole. Backcountry gear in stock this season.
Win $299- Leki Special Edition, adjustable carbon poles with carrying case!
Drop us a line via if you’d like to join our gathering to watch the 2012 Fleet Week Air Show in SF on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM. Bring drinks to share and something to sit on. Food vendors onsite or pack a picnic. Here’s your chance to mingle with local skiers and boarders and get a head start on connecting for 2012-13 Tahoe trips. New members welcomed.
Drop us a line with your first name and phone number and we’ll let you know the exact meetup location for this event. If you can’t make it to this event, bookmark our events page for upcoming meetups.
Fleet Week Schedule of Events
8am-5pm Weapons Display at Alameda, near USS Hornet free
9-5 Humanitarian Assistance Village on Marina Green
1pm PIER 39 USN Sea Cadet Corps Band of The West Concert
9:30pm Fireworks sponsored by Hornblowers, Pier 3
Attending the Fleet Week Tips: start early and make it a day. Get there before 10 am otherwise you will probably run into both heavy traffic and parking difficulty.
A good strategy is usually to park a distance away from the crowds and walk, bike in or take public transit(in addition to being less expensive, it is much easier to escape when, later in the day, traffic snarls develop).
Generally, when visiting San Francisco, dress in layers(bring along a light jacket/wind breaker). The climate is usually moderate but if you move around there will always be places where you will be too hot or too cold depending on the sun, wind, fog, and time of day.
The World Film Tour of Jeremy Jones’ Further kicks off in Squaw Valley, California on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM. Meet Jeremy Jones and the rest of the athletes, enter to win swag(prizes from O’Neill, Clif Bar, Jones Snowboards, Contour & more) and watch the film under the stars.
The world premiere of Further is the second installment in the Jeremy Jones snowboarding adventure film trilogy, Deeper, Further, Higher presented by O’Neill. Further will explore some of the world’s most remote terrain while continuing Jones’ mission to camp deep in the backcountry and on the summits of unridden lines to access nearly vertical spines and wide open powder fields. “Further” will open at Squaw Valley’s KT Base Bar Friday, September 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.
“The premiere of Further will kick off with an opening DJ set by DJ Treez, and Squaw’s own JT Holmes will be skydiving into the event at approximately 7:30 p.m. accompanied by members of the Red Bull Air Force. Jeremy Jones and other athletes from “Further” will be on-site for the premiere and the evening will wrap up with a star-studded after party at Rocker at Squaw.
Prior to the show, music lovers can check out legendary sounds of Santana with Caravanserai, a leading Santana tribute band. Acclaimed for their attention to detail and their repertoire of material from all eras of Santana’s 30-plus year career, Caravanserai is sure to get concert-goers on their feet.” – Squaw
Freebie Bonus: All attendees will receive a two-for-one lift ticket coupon offer(valid midweek, non-holiday) to Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows, AND Mt. Bachelor.
Squaw Valley USA
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Snowpals got you dialed in for a discount: use ‘snowpals’ promo code to get $3 off every film ticket purchased online before September 7, 2012. Discount is only valid online with pre-purchased eticketing. Buy tickets at https://www.tgrtix.com/tickets/further/
Where do I enter the discount code?
After you click on the link “proceed to checkout”, the next page will ask you to enter the ‘snowpals’ promo code.
Free event – Come by SFO Outdoors / Snowboarding shop on Saturday September 15th at 5:00 PM to see Burton’s movie premier of “The 13”! Free BBQ, beers and spin to win prizes! Go with some Snowpals, join us!
1630 Haight St
(between Belvedere St & Clayton St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Watch the movie trailer:
From the team that brought you Standing Sideways, comes the latest in snowboard cinematography from Burton Snowboards. 13 features footage from state-of-the-art cameras showcasing the top riders at exotic locations around the globe including Whistler, Alaska, Lake Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Heavenly, Sun Valley and Europe. Featuring Danny Davis, Mikkel Bang, John Jackson, Mark Sollors, Mikey Rencz, Jussi Oksanen, Terje Haakonsen, Jeremy Jones, Zak Hale, Ethan Deiss, Seppe Smits, Werni Stock, Roope Tonteri and more.
SkiDUCK(Skiing and snowboarding for Disabled and Underprivileged Children and older Kids) is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled and underprivileged children by sharing the joys of skiing and snowboarding! (Launched in Lake Tahoe… and growing to other ski communities to serve local disadvantaged youth!)
SkiDuck is ENTIRELY volunteer-based (NO paid salaries!) so ALL donations received go directly to support children’s ski and snowboard programs!
SKIDUCK TURNS 3 and WANTS TO HELP MORE DISADVANTAGED KIDS ONTO THE SLOPES! SkiDUCK is requesting donations to continued to offer kids a chance to ski/ride in Tahoe. A $10 donation provides a FREE day on the slopes for another kid.
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
October 7th is SkiDUCK’s “official” 3rd birthday (“official” meaning our 3 year anniversary of the IRS recognizing us as a formal 501c3 charitable non-profit organization).
In the past two years since our first season, we’ve grown nearly 900%, and have provided over 1,700 financially disadvantaged and at-risk youth with almost 3,000 FREE ski and snowboard visits!!
Yep, that’s 1,700 kids who would have never had the chance to ride on snow! That ROCKS! – But what would rock even more would be for you to help us put even MORE kids on the slopes THIS SEASON!
Making a donation (of any amount) is EASY & we can ALL use some pre-season snow karma! A $10 donation provides a FREE day on the slopes for another awesome kid! As of September 23, 2012, SkiDuck is at $160 of their $3,000 target goal. Click here to make a donation; all donations are tax deductible.
Besides the biggest expenses (insurance & transportation), this year we’re going to focus on keeping the kids safe & comfortable on even the stormy days by getting more helmets and goggles!! (So if you just can’t afford a donation… YOUR OLD GOGGLES! 🙂
The San Francicso Bay Area and Silicon Valley is at the heart of new technologies and innovations that benefit society and improve our lives.
At Snowpals, we love to support innovators and those who are passionate about making our world a tad better. Every week or so, we’ll feature a Kickstarter project that we feel merit visibility and funding support. If you have a Kickstarter project you feel passionate about and would like to have it affiliated with Snowpals, .
Introducing this week’s featured Kickstarter project:
Designer’s experience: “In our day jobs, we design components and systems and manage suppliers to deliver them. Our “portfolio” includes work on the Airbus A350XWB airliner, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, James Webb Space Telescope and others.”
What is this project about?
Waterproof case mounts your iPhone anywhere. Secure quick-release adapter, wide angle optics, free app for wireless control and share.
Click on the ‘play’ button to watch the prototype case in use:
Launched: Oct 29, 2012
Funding ends: Nov 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST
$13,924 raised as of 11:05 AM on Nov 19, 2012
time left to reach goal: 72 minutes to go as of 11:45 AM on 11/19 – project ends at 1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST on Monday Nov 19 2012
We met in LA while working as engineers designing aircraft and satellites. We started this product about a year ago coming back from a trip to the lake after realizing that we all cautiously stowed our iPhones in ziploc bags. We wanted to use our iPhones to record outdoor video, but found that nothing existed to address our need. We siezed the opportunity to design something our friends would be excited to use.
Paul: Paul is a surfer, skier and mountain biker who spent college winters in Tahoe and now builds telescopes. Paul is responsible for the optics and web development.
Tim: Tim is a snowboarder and volleyball player who has been controlling vibration on aircraft and spacecraft for the last 6 years. Tim is responsible for app development.
Zoltan: Zoltan is a mountain biker and snowboarder who was making flight control systems for 6 years before going to USC to get his MBA. In his spare time, he volunteers with FIRST (high school robotics) team 1197. Zoltan is responsible for mechanical design.
Alex:Alex is a surfer, snowboarder and volleyball player who worked as a materials engineer in semiconductor manufacturing before going back to school at UCLA. He is one of the founders and now serves as an advisor to the team.
Where we are now and how we will close with the Kickstarter pre-sales:
We’ve designed, prototyped, and then redesigned the case and mount over and over. We’ve performed a lot of analysis to ensure it works well and can stand up to abuse. We’ve been using the product and improved on all the things you only discover after testing something in the real world.
We met with our manufacturing partners and inspected their factories. We collaborated with them on the design to ensure that it is producible and affordable. We developed the app, designed and manufactured samples of our custom lenses, and completed our 3D printed mounts. The time has come to build injection molding tooling for manufacturing the production run of the case.
This is where you come in: The Kickstarter funds are dedicated entirely to tooling and material for the production run. We specified the highest grade of tooling for the best surface finish and part consistency. We’ve taken the project this far, now it is up to you to help us bring this project from prototype to production.
So if you are ready to start getting great video from some creative angles, lock in your pre-order now. You know Kickstarter isall or nothing so tell your friends about iconic.am and share it on Facebook, every contribution level helps.
schedule starts after funds are processed (typically 2 weeks)
Week 1: place orders for injection molding tooling, place order for die casting tooling, place lens order, place die cut material order
Week 2-3: set up assembly tooling with rapid prototyped parts, die cut components (screens, acoustic pass-throughs, sticky pads) arrive
Week 4-5: injection molding tooling finished, proved out, prove-out units assembled, prove-out units tested for IP rating (waterproofness)
-Optics Accuracy: We have a preferred vendor that we chose based on their technical capabilities rather than price. We bought and tested lenses to our final specification from them.
-Injection Molding Tooling Producibility: Our vendor has provided quotes based on final CAD models, but there will almost certainly be details that need to be worked out. We plan to mitigate risk by being co-located with our vendor during the detail design phase of the tooling and initial production.
-Case Waterproofness: We performed all of our testing with rapid prototyped parts. They are not as waterproof (because they’re porous) as the final injection molded parts will be. We dunked our iPhones with these prototypes plenty of times, but our waterproofness rating tests need to be performed on production parts. This presents a schedule risk that we will mitigate by testing design elements in mock-ups. For example: a tube machined to look like the optics portion of the housing assembled with real optics, o-ring, and retainer to test that seal. We are working with a vendor that produces IP rated sealed electronics and incorporated their recommendations into the design of the iconic.am case.
Our Risk Mitigation Qualifications: In our day jobs, we design components and systems and manage suppliers to deliver them. Our “portfolio” includes work on the Airbus A350XWB airliner, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, James Webb Space Telescope and others.
March brought more than eight feet of snow to Tahoe resorts and even more snow this week. Get yourself to Tahoe and enjoy some powder turns before the season is over.
Most resorts will close daily operations after Sunday April 15, 2012. Alpine Meadows will be the last resort to close on May 13, 2012.
Tahoe Resorts Closing Dates for 2012:
Boreal: Open daily throughout April 15
Alpine Meadows: Open daily through April 29; Open Friday-Sunday through May 13 snow permitting
Sugar Bowl: Open through April 29
Homewood: Open daily through April 8th and April 13-15
Squaw Valley USA: Open through April 29th
Northstar at Tahoe: Open through April 15th
Sierra At Tahoe: Open through April 23rd
Heavenly: Open 7 days a week through April 15th, then re-open Fridays to Sundays on April 20-22 & April 27-29
Kirkwood: Open 7 days a week through April 22nd, then re-open Fridays to Sundays into May conditions permitting
Mt. Rose: Open through April 15th
Tahoe Donner/Tahoe Donner XC – Closing April 15th
Tahoe XC – Closing April 15th.
Looking for extended skiing/riding? Mammoth Mountain resort in Southern California will be opened for extended spring skiing until July 4, 2012.
Enjoy a full day of skiing or riding and let a professional driver transport you to your favorite Tahoe resort – use ‘snowpals12′ to get $6-$40 off Bay Area Ski Bus trips and ski & ride travel destinations.
“Vail Resorts To Acquire Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Creating an Unparalleled Offering for Skiers and Riders in the Tahoe Region with the Combination of Heavenly and Northstar
Heavenly and Northstar pass holders get immediate access to Kirkwood and Kirkwood pass holders get immediate access to Heavenly and Northstar
BROOMFIELD, Colo.—Feb. 22, 2012—Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kirkwood Mountain Resort at Lake Tahoe, Calif., recognized by skiers and snowboarders as offering some of the best high alpine advanced terrain in North America. Vail Resorts is purchasing the ski resort as well as the undeveloped sites at the center of the base area which are zoned for residential and commercial development for a purchase price of approximately $18.0 million. The seller will retain a participation interest in the base area parcels and will continue to own the remainder of the real estate development sites. Following the acquisition, Vail Resorts will now operate three world-class mountain resorts in the Lake Tahoe region which between them offer the entire breadth of the skiing and riding experience, including Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Northstar California on the north shore and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
Vail Resorts also announced that, effective immediately, Heavenly and Northstar pass holders will have access to Kirkwood and Kirkwood pass holders will be able to ski and ride Heavenly and Northstar.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kirkwood into our family as our seventh world-class mountain resort. Kirkwood offers some of the most extraordinary ski terrain found anywhere in North America with high alpine trails and the most annual average snowfall in Lake Tahoe. Kirkwood represents skiing and riding at its purest, something we intend to retain and protect long into the future,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “When combined with Heavenly and Northstar, we will be able to offer our guests and pass holders unparalleled value with the very best that Lake Tahoe has to offer. We are excited to be able to offer Kirkwood to our pass holders right away – it’s like opening day to a whole new season.” As of today, Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders will have unrestricted access to ski and ride Kirkwood. Tahoe Value Pass holders can ski and ride there every day except on Saturdays. Kirkwood pass holders with the following passes will have access to Heavenly and Northstar: Premium Pass holders and 7 Wood Pass holders will have unlimited, unrestricted access to Heavenly and Northstar, while 6 Wood Pass holders will have access to Heavenly and Northstar six days a week, Sunday-Friday, with no holiday restrictions. 5 Wood Pass holders will have access to Heavenly and Northstar five days a week, Monday-Friday. The Company also announced that it intends to retain a Kirkwood-only season pass and Kirkwood-only daily lift tickets, priced comparably to what’s offered today. For more information on how to use your pass at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, visit www.bestoftahoe.com.
Located about 35 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers pure high alpine skiing and riding at its best. The ski resort’s unique location, completely surrounded by National Forest atop the Sierra Crest combined with elevations ranging 7,800 to 9,800 feet, create a geographical predisposition to receive the lightest, driest and most plentiful snow in the Tahoe region with an average of 472 inches annually. Kirkwood offers 2,000 feet of vertical drop and more than 2,300 acres of terrain from groomed beginner runs to hair-raising cornices, cliffs and the most high-angle grooming around. The resort offers four terrain parks, from beginner to advanced, as well as a Boarder X course.
Vail Resorts expects to close on the acquisition of Kirkwood Mountain Resort within the next month. Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Closing is subject to certain conditions, including transfer of the U.S. Forest Service Permit.
About Vail Resorts Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly and Northstar in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website iswww.vailresorts.com ” – http://news.vailresorts.com