September California Ski Co Parking Lot Sale

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
(510) 527-6411
[gmap width=”600″ height=”400″ address=”843 Gilman Street Berkeley, CA 94710″]

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!

Win Sugar Bowl Resort Lift Tickets!

Get info about joining Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol or other volunteer NSP’s.
http://www.sugarbowlskipatrol.com/
http://nsp.org/
http://www.californiaskicompany.com/

 

 

Join us to enjoy Fleet Week

Join us for the 2012 Fleet Week!

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
9-4               Free Ships tours aboard LHD 8 USS MAKIN ISLAND
10am           Powell St. Cable Car Turn around 1st Marine Division Band Concert
11am           Parade of Ships (Ships coming in under GGB to their piers)
12:30-4        Fleet Week Air Show
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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.

Jeremy Jones’ Further Film Show in SF on Sept 12

If you’ve missed Jeremy Jones’ “Further” Film Showing in SF on 9/12/12, there’s another film in the works…

Dream Factory” by Teton Gravity Research(TGR) is scheduled to be shown on October 30, 2012 in SF.

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Second city on the (Teton Gravity Research) TGR’s film tour of Jeremy Jones’ Further is in San Francisco with two showtimes on Wednesday September 12, 2012 at the Palace of Fine Arts:

(1) 6:30 PM

and

(2) 9:30 PM

Address:

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123

Freebie Bonus: All attendees will receive two free lift ticket coupons (valid midweek M-F, non-holiday); one to Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows(a $92 value), AND the other lift ticket to Mt. Bachelor.

One lucky person will win a 2012-13 Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows Ski Season Pass at the show.

Discount promo code: enter ‘snowpals‘ promo code to get $4 off every film ticket pre-purchased online. Discount is only valid online with pre-purchased eticketing.

Buy tickets at https://www.tgrtix.com/tickets/further/

Where do I enter the discount promo code?

After you click on the link “proceed to checkout”, the next page will ask you to enter the ‘snowpals’ promo code.

Send our page link to invite your family and friends.

Watch “Further” Film trailer:

 

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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.

Address:

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.

 

 

 

TGR’s The Dream Factory Film Shows in SF

Set aside the evening of Tuesday October 30, 2012 and gather some friends to watch “The Dream Factory” ski movie by Teton Gravity Research(TGR) and score a comp Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows lift ticket(a $92 value).*

When: October 30, 2012 in SF at the Palace of Fine Arts with two showtimes, 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Where: Palace of Fine Arts at 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, California 94123


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Tickets:

On Sale NOW at: https://www.tgrtix.com/tickets/dream
$15 Advance with ‘snowpals’ discount promo code or $20 at the Door
$8 Youth early show tickets available at the door (12 and younger)

Film ticket discount promo code: enter ‘snowpals‘ promo code to get $3 off every film ticket pre-purchased online. Discount is only valid online before October 30, 2012 with pre-purchased eticketing. 🙂

Where do I enter the discount promo code?

After you click on the link “proceed to checkout”, the next page will ask you to enter the ‘snowpals’ promo code.

Before the movie drinks, pizza & conversationsJoin us for a pre-movie pizza meetup and meet local skiers and riders from Snowpals.

*Receive a complimentary lift ticket to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows; lift ticket valid Monday – Friday, non-holiday. Comp lift ticket plus shoulder season weekends. Shoulder season weekends include: Opening day through Dec, 21, 2012 and April 8, 2013-closing. Non-Holiday; Holidays include: Dec. 26-31, 2012; Jan. 19-20, 2013; Feb. 16-24, 2013.

AND also receive a comp MT BACHELOR lift ticket.

Everyone attending The Dream Factory premiere will receive a voucher to Mt. Bachelor,  good for One (1) FREE lift ticket valid Opening Day through 12.14.2012 OR 4.01.2013 through Closing Day, or Monday through Friday from 1.7.2013 through 3.29.2013. COUPON NOT VALID: 1.21.2013 OR 2.18.2013. One coupon per person. Not valid with any other discounted offer. No refunds. No cash value. Non-transferable. Expires after 5/26/13

Meet the athletes and enter to win prizes from our partners at The North Face, Atomic, Go Pro and more..

Watch “The Dream Factory” film trailer/teaser:

ContestEnter our powder photo contest to win a pair of TGR’s movie tickets for Oct 30, 2012 showing of the ‘Dream Factory’ in SF.

Tahoe’s First Storm Snow Trivia Contest: as of Tuesday, October 23 at 7am, which Tahoe resort recorded the most inches of snow & how many inches was it?

Post your answer to our fb page http://www.facebook.com/pages/SnowPals – The first person to correctly post an answer wins a ticket to TGR’s The Dream Factory ski movie ticket on Tues. Oct 30 at the Palace of Fine Arts, SF. We’ll notify the winner by day’s end on Oct 24, 2012.

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Film info:

“The Dream Factory: Flying in a helicopter through a remote mountain range, landing on untouched peaks, and floating down pristine powder is every skier’s dream. It’s the reason Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has made the pilgrimage to America’s last frontier for the past 16 years. There is only one place in the world where all of this is possible – Alaska: The Dream Factory. Follow TGR’s modern day athletes on this cinematic voyage through Alaska’s awe-inspiring expanse, rich history, and colorful characters. Watch as Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Dash Longe, and the rest of the TGR team delve deep into the Alaskan way of life, finding the best snow on earth and skiing the terrain that most of us only dream about.

For the past 16 years, Teton Gravity Research has made the pilgrimage to America’s last frontier, Alaska: The Dream Factory. Throughout history, Alaska has been a place of dreams. From the early gold rush days, to the rise of commercial fishing, to the explosion of the ski and snowboard freeride movement, people have left everything to follow their dreams and journey to this foreign, mystical land. Like the frontiersmen before them, the pioneers of the freeride movement like Doug Coombs, Eric Pehota, and Trevor Petersen made the dream of skiing in Alaska a reality.

Follow TGR’s modern day athletes on this cinematic voyage through Alaska’s awe-inspiring expanse, rich history, and colorful characters. Watch as the TGR crew ventures from AK training grounds Jackson Hole, WY, and Pemberton, BC, and delves deep into the Alaskan way of life during a record snowfall year in AK, skiing terrain most of us only dream about.

On Location: Jackson Hole, WY / Valdez, AK / Haines, AK / Anchorage, AK / Whittier, AK / Northern Chugach, AK / Valdez Heli Ski Guides / Alyeska Resort / SEABA Heli / Alaska Heli Skiing / Girdwood, AK / Pemberton, BC” – TGR

Free screening of Burton’s film “The 13” in SF

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
Neighborhood: Haight-Ashbury

(415) 626-1141

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.

 

Spotlight: help SkiDUCK give disadvantaged kids a chance to ski & snowboard

ski-duck-tahoe   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.

If you’d like to volunteer your time, visit SkiDuck and sign up.

“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! 🙂

Read more about SkiDUCK at skiduck.org

 

 

Kickstarter – 72 min left; want a waterproof mountable case for your iPhone 4/4s/5?

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:

iconic.am: waterproof mountable case for iPhone 4/4s/5

by Paul; connect with Paul on facebook

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
  • 122 backers
  • $13,924 raised as of 11:05 AM on Nov 19, 2012
  • $35,000 goal
  • 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

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HELP THIS PROJECT REACH GOAL WITH A PLEDGE

 

PLEDGE LEVELS & REWARDS:

  • Pledge $5 or more gets you a 

App Start Wristband – With this wristband and our free app you can start and stop recording on your iPhone without touching the screen.

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Add $5 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $25 OR MORE GETS YOU A

    Trucker Hat and Wristband – This highly functional trucker hat keeps the sun out of your eyes and shows your support in style.

    Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $45 OR MORE

     50 backers Sold out

    Early backer – iPhone 4/4S case and adapter with two flat sticky bases.

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $55 OR MORE

     11 backers

    iPhone 4/4S case and adapter with two flat sticky bases. ($70 estimated retail price.)

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $65 OR MORE

     9 backers

    iPhone 5 case and adapter with two flat sticky bases. ($80 estimated retail price.)

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $110 OR MORE

     2 backers

    upgrade pack: 1 each iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5 cases, 2x adapters and 4x sticky bases.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $130 OR MORE

     18 backers Limited (32 of 50 left)

    Kickstarter Edition iPhone 4/4S case and adapter with flat and curved sticky bases. Case is upgraded with anodized green latches, laser etched with backer number.

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
  • PLEDGE $130 OR MORE

     2 backers Limited (48 of 50 left)

    Kickstarter Edition iPhone 5 case and adapter with flat and curved sticky bases. Case is upgraded with anodized green latches, laser etched with backer number.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
    Add $20 to ship outside the US
     
     

    I am new to Kickstarter; how does this all work?

     
 

Capture Everything, Anywhere, with your iPhone

  • Waterproof – take it anywhere
  • Shockproof – takes a beating
  • Mountable – quickly change mounts
  • Wide-Angle – see more of the action
  • Full access – use touchscreen and all buttons
  • Easy setup – pop your phone in or out with ease
Waterproof and Shockproof:  TPE bumpers absorb shock, oversized o-rings seal out water, aluminum latch locks it tight
Waterproof and Shockproof: TPE bumpers absorb shock, oversized o-rings seal out water, aluminum latch locks it tight
Mountable: Sticky base is versatile and included in all case pledge levels
Mountable: Sticky base is versatile and included in all case pledge levels
Other Mounts: We design custom mounts for you, available at our Shapeways.com shop (link)
Other Mounts: We design custom mounts for you, available at our Shapeways.com shop (link)
Wide Angle Lens: Custom designed  lens, optical grade glass, distortion free in and out of water
Wide Angle Lens: Custom designed lens, optical grade glass, distortion free in and out of water
Full Phone Access: Access all buttons and full screen
Full Phone Access: Access all buttons and full screen

iTunes App: 

  • Wave our wristband by the phone to record or stop
  • Works with gloves and under water
  • Instantly preview your shots
  • Edit video and one touch share
iconic.am wireless control app and wristband (link to iTunes)
iconic.am wireless control app and wristband (link to iTunes)

 

Who we are: 

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.

Yes, we did the analysis
Yes, we did the analysis

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.

Zoltan - Grinding
Zoltan – Grinding

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 is all or nothing so tell your friends about iconic.am and share it on Facebook, every contribution level helps.

Manufacturing Plan 

  • 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)
  • Week 6: production units begin assembly
  • Week 7: production units begin shipping
Thanks for all the support!

http://entrepreneur.marshall.usc.edu/

http://www.1013media.com/

http://orangeavenuemusic.com/

http://cruzontour.com/

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

LEARN ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY ON KICKSTARTER

-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.

 

 

 

 

Tahoe resorts closing dates

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.

Check out resorts’ live webcams and snow conditions when planning your trip.

Have fun & stay safe!

 

More April snow in Tahoe..view webcams

April 12, 2012 6:00 AM PST

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. View a list of Tahoe resorts closing dates.

View a ten day weather forecast for the Lake Tahoe area.

Check current road conditions by the California Department of Transportation:

Highway 88

Highway 89

Highway 50

All California Highways

You can also call CalTrans at 800-427-7623 for updated road info, traffic and chain control requirements.

Check out live webcams for:

POWder Video – “It’s now time for POW time..bring it on”:

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Planning a trip? Check out our tips on winter driving, and Caltrans road conditions and chains requirement.

Latest in videos direct from resorts: our top picks –

Kirkwood Mountain Resort:

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Heavenly Resort:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-GCHSUswvE” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Northstar at Tahoe:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b_Zvqu9MhA” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Squaw Valley USA:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGPnHk-3ANc” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Alpine Meadows:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtaQNUmjnDc” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Sugar Bowl Resort:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwwcfKAXi3U” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Sierra at Tahoe:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz6B52Zl5jY” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Mt Rose Resort:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO97cX4uxdo” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Diamond Peak Resort:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7b68WONWNc” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Bear Valley Resort:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNtg1i3SJrg” width=”600″ height=”400″]

Southern California

Mammoth Mountain Resort:

[media url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZTNt8DbXKI” width=”600″ height=”400″]

*Snowfall totals summary by tahoeweatherdiscussion.com – see the latest snow totals.

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Vail Resorts To Acquire Kirkwood Mountain Resort

New Flash:

February 22, 2012 – source: http://news.vailresorts.com

“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