Originally posted: 02.06.2019


Welcome to SnowPals’ Tip Column where we dish out a new tip on Tuesdays and Thursdays (excluding holidays since you’ll likely find us skiing at our favorite Tahoe resort). We give Tahoe money saving tips and deals on lift tickets, lodging, and happy hour/dining deals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

with family and friends to plan a fun filled Tahoe trip. Prior to Feb 8, tips were given daily, however, we have recently changed the format to Tues.-Thurs. instead.

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Thursday February 8, 2019 Tip ..

South Lake Tahoe: Sierra-at-Tahoe offers three notable lift ticket deals..

(1) Fly + Ski Same Day Deal: Fly in to Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ski or ride FREE that very same day at Sierra-at-Tahoe (free lift ticket same day)!

You must present same day boarding pass and a valid I.D. to receive your complimentary lift ticket.

Lift tickets are valid Sunday-Friday, excluding peak dates. Are non-transferable, not for resale and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.

(2) Firefighters | Police | EMT lift ticket deal: Sierra Resort welcomes firefighters, police officers and EMTs to ski or ride all day at an afternoon rate. Official credentials and a photo ID must be presented in order to receive a lift ticket at these rates.

Valid Monday through Friday throughout the 2018/19 season, excluding peak dates.

(3) Military Appreciation: In honor of our service men and women, Sierra Resort is offering active duty military personnel FREE skiing or riding on Sundays. Present your CAC card at the Ticket Office for your free ticket. One ticket per person, per day.

Valid every Sunday throughout the 2018/19 season, excluding peak dates.


About Sierra-at-Tahoe

Brothers Ray and Floyd Barrett successfully opened ski operations in 1946 when they cranked up the bullwheel at what was then known as Sierra Ski Ranch. A few years later in 1953, long-time local Vern Sprock purchased Sierra Ski Ranch. The Sprock family was successful in operating the resort until 1993 when the resort was sold to Fibreboard and the resorts name changed from Sierra Ski Ranch to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

The “Ranch,” as it was then known to skiers all over the area, was located further down Highway 50. The ski resort was moved to its present location in 1968, when the California Department of Transportation began widening Highway 50.

Over time, Sierra-at-Tahoe has grown to be one of Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resorts with over 2,000 skiable acres, serviced by ten chairlifts, including three express quads. In July 1993 new owner Fibreboard brought many changes to Sierra Ski Ranch including the new name – Sierra-at-Tahoe. Fibreboard also brought several innovative programs and guest focused services to Sierra.

Booth Creek Ski Holdings’ purchase of the resort in 1996 continued to fuel additional industry firsts for Sierra. Sierra has a long reputation of legendary terrain, excellent location and great value. Sierra’s strategy of being “Lake Tahoe’s Full Service, Value Oriented Day Use Snowsports Resort,” is continually emphasized by providing great service, great value, big fun and a commitment to innovation. Sierra strives to provide the level of service that our guests go home talking about and come back expecting.

Visit Sierra-at-Tahoe for details and to buy advance discount lift tickets:


Tuesday February 12, 2019 Tip ..

Looking for lift ticket deals?

North Lake Tahoe: Mt. Rose Ski Resort got you covered; Mount Rose offers the following lift ticket deals..

Get two lift tickets for the price of one lift ticket every Tuesday (not valid Dec 25 & Jan 1 holidays). Purchase online at skirose.com or at any ticket window.

Offer only valid on Tuesdays
Both tickets must be used that day only – 2nd ticket is not valid for a different day (this is not a multi day product). Offer does not apply to Tyke lift tickets. Two’fer must apply to “like priced” lift tickets (ex 2 adults) If Adult + Child, rate will default to higher ticket rate.

$200 for a VIP experience (void Dec 26 holiday) including full day lift ticket, mountain tour, performance rental equipment, specialty lunch, après beverage beer or wine.

$49 lift tickets for ladies on Thursdays (not valid Nov 22 or Dec 27 holidays.) Purchase online, or at any ticket window. Offer valid on Thursdays only.

Details TBD

Sunday Locals Special: Lift Ticket + Pizza Slice & Soda

$69 Adult (ages 16+)
$29 Child (up to age 15)

Local ID required for redemption (must show that your home residence is within a 1 hour driving radius of Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe… (basically Reno/Sparks /Carson Valley / Lake Tahoe / Truckee / Fernley / Dayton)
Void Holiday Periods: 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/17

Show your boarding pass and photo ID to Guest Services the day you fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport for a $69 lift ticket excluding holiday periods. Airline ticket must reflect the same day as you are purchasing a lift ticket.

Show your active military ID to any ticket window for a $69 lift ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: Daily Specials are NOT valid during Holiday Periods 2018/19:

December 22-Jan 1, 2019
January 19-20, 2019
February 16-17, 2019


About Mt Rose

Great Snow! Never to be overlooked is the fact that Mt. Rose offers Tahoe’s highest base skiing and snowboarding. With a base elevation of 8,260’ our parking lots are higher than some resorts peaks, ensuring the most supreme snow conditions throughout the season, even on the warmest spring days.

CLOSE PARKING / EASY ACCESS! Get to the slopes and start skiing right away! Skip the exhaustive hikes through villages and avoid the mandatory shuttles from distant parking lots. At Mt. Rose we continue to keep the process simple and easy with convenient slope-side parking lots that are incredibly close to the lifts.

CONVENIENCE! Ideally located just 25 minutes from Reno—or an even faster 10 minutes from Lake Tahoe‘s north shore—Mt. Rose offers Lake Tahoe’s closest skiing and snowboarding to Reno. Not only does that equal less time on the road, but opportunities to take quick escapes when you might not normally think it was possible.

EXCELLENT TERRAIN VARIETY! Mt. Rose has the all the terrain you need to fit the needs of everyone in your crew. From the ideal beginner slopes in our Enchanted Forest zone, novice skiers and riders will quickly advance to the expansive groomers in the Slide Bowl. Cap it off with the adrenaline charged steeps of The Chutes, offering some of the most accessible extreme terrain in Lake Tahoe, not to mention the longest continuous vertical in North America. Actually, we’ll go ahead and mention it. It’s pretty cool.

EXPANSIVE LODGING OPTIONS! Reno is home to 9,000+ unbelievably affordable hotel rooms, many in luxury casino properties with top-rated amenities. Quite simply, with Mt. Rose a mere 25 minutes away, a ski getaway out of Reno is the best value ski trip anywhere in the world! Even closer is Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s north shore providing abundant condo choices in addition to premier hotels.

Visit Mt Rose for details and to buy advance discount lift tickets:


Friday February 8, 2019 Tip ..


Where can you get in two hours of skiing and snowboarding for $49 which also includes a lunch voucher for $15 to spend at the resort?

“During the 2018-19 ski season, $49 gets you a lift ticket valid from 11 am – 1 pm (Monday – Friday, non-peak only) and a $15 food voucher. Ski or snowboard on your lunch break and then eat lunch or take it to-go.

Purchase at any ticket window. Local residency not required.

2018-19 Peak dates: December 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019; January 19-21, 2019; February 15-24, 2019” – Diamond Peak Resort, Incline Village, NV (North Tahoe).

‘Diamond Peak Ski Resort is Lake Tahoe’s hidden gem. Located above Incline Village, things are different here. This is a community-owned resort with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe; miles of welcoming, uncrowded runs; easy access from the parking lot to the slopes; a dedicated Child Ski Center for the littlest skiers and snowboarders; and a great Ski & Snowboard School for older skiers/riders.’ 😉 View: lift ticket prices | live cams | trail maps | photos and virtual tour | current snow conditions

Thursday February 7, 2019 Tip ..

Have you ever wanted to know how ski and snowboard shops go about waxing your skis or snowboard? Learn which type of wax to use for the type of snow condition and temperature range.


Here’s your opportunity to get an inside scoop on how it is done and learn how to wax your skis and board with our FREE hands-on workshop, get on the list at



Wednesday February 6, 2019 Tip ..


Where can you buy discount Tahoe area resort lift tickets and also support a great nonprofit cause?

The Sierra Avalanche Center sells discount lift tickets; funds raised supports their program.

Currently they are selling discount Lift Tickets to Homewood Mountain Resort..

Valid Dates:
01/29/2019 to 03/31/2019

Price: $55 (Adult lift ticket Homewood resort window pricing is $109 to $129 depending on daily, peak or holidays)

Support the Sierra Avalanche Center by purchasing a discounted lift ticket for a day of skiing or riding at Homewood Mountain Resort. These lift tickets are valid every day of the season except Saturdays and President’s week, 2/16/19 – 2/23/19. Homewood has graciously donated these lift tickets to Sierra Avalanche Center to help raise funds to support our programs. Your purchase supports youth and community avalanche awareness and backcountry avalanche forecasting in the greater Lake Tahoe area.

Purchase as many tickets as you like and redeem this season! Homewood donated a set of lift tickets to SAC; once lift tickets are sold out, SAC will list the next set of donated Tahoe resort lift tickets for sale so keep tabs on SAC website if current lift tickets are sold out/are no longer listed.

Buy tickets at https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org

Homewood Mountain Resort | View live cams | Snow Report
5145 West Lake Blvd.
96141 Homewood , CA
United States
See map: Google Maps
California US

Ticket Disclaimer and Redemption Instructions:
Once your purchase is made you will receive an email with a confirmation bar code that you may take to any ticket window to redeem for a single day ticket. The purchasing system will require a date selection, but the ticket will be honored any valid day of the season. All purchases are final and can not be canceled, refunded, changed, or transferred. Once you make the purchase, your credit card will be charged for the amount shown regardless of whether or not the ticket is used.

The Truckee Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest houses and runs the avalanche forecasting operations of the avalanche center. It houses three full-time, seasonal avalanche forecasters and provides infrastructure including office space, computers, internet access, phones, vehicles, fuel, safety equipment, and supervision. The forecasters gather avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations then use this data to create and issue avalanche advisories and avalanche warnings.

The 501(c)(3) not for profit organization known as Sierra Avalanche Center is focused on educational and safety programs to support winter recreation and fundraising to support the financial needs of the program. It consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, a volunteer Advisory Panel to the Board of Directors, and a paid Executive Director to run programs and operations. Through its fundraising efforts this group provides two thirds of the funding necessary to cover budget expenses and operations. Other expenses paid for by the not for profit include the costs of continuing education and some of the cost of the equipment necessary for the forecasters to operate safely in the field. The not for profit also funds sub contracted field observers to collect additional information for avalanche, snowpack, and weather data. Fundraising for these expenses is accomplished through the organization of the SAC Ski Day fundraisers, by securing sponsorships and grants, as well as by gathering private donations and conducting a membership drive for user support. Additionally, the Board of Directors works jointly with the Tahoe National Forest to make decisions regarding the future direction of the avalanche center that are acceptable to both parties.

Mission Statement
Sierra Avalanche Center’s mission is to inform and educate the public about backcountry avalanche conditions in the greater Lake Tahoe area.

source: https://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/about


Tuesday February 5, 2019 Tip ..


How to score a free lift ticket?

The Tahoe Fund is offering ‘LICENSE PLATE FOR POWDER’

Starting 11/1/18: Buy a Tahoe License Plate and SKI FOR FREE!

Get a FREE Alpine or Nordic (cross-country ski area such as Tahoe XC) ticket to the resort of your choice when you buy a CA or NV Tahoe license plate between November 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019. Ticket valid for the 2018-2019 season while supplies last, limited black-out dates.

Through a public-private partnership, the Tahoe Fund works with the California Tahoe Conservancy and Nevada State Lands to promote the sale of their Tahoe license plates. CA and NV Tahoe license plate fees go directly to environmental improvement projects of the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Nevada Department of State Lands, which include trails, parks, water quality and restoration efforts at Lake Tahoe.

* The Plate for Powder program is valid for new license plate purchases only.

To apply for a Tahoe License Plate and score a free lift ticket to your favorite Tahoe resort such as Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra at Tahoe, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Homewood Mountain Resort, etc., go to

https://www.tahoefund.org/tahoeplates/license-plate-for-powder/ to apply and to read the Terms & Conditions.


Monday February 4, 2019 Tip ..


Would you like to learn how to ski and snowboard without breaking the bank?

Donner Ski Ranch is your answer to low cost learn to ski and snowboard package deal.

“Among the oldest and most iconic ski areas in the Western U.S., Donner Ski Ranch is a family-friendly resort in the Lake Tahoe area that features a wide variety of terrain, inviting skiers and riders of all abilities to enjoy the fully-featured mountain oasis.

With one of the highest base elevations in the Sierras, we boast epic powder. And, with aggressive high-mountain and backside terrain, advanced skiers and riders can escape the crowds and enjoy untouched lines.

Donner Ski Ranch boasts more than 500 acres of sheer fun. For beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, Donner Ski Ranch offers easy access to novice runs, group and private ski/snowboard lessons, equipment rentals, and a fully equipped retail shop. For advanced riders, we have awesome steep terrain, exhilarating tree skiing, and with smaller crowds, we always have short lift lines so you can spend more time on the snow and less time waiting.

More than 500 acres, front & backside terrain, and 360 sweeping views.

Skiing shouldn’t be a sport reserved for the rich and famous. We believe skiing should be accessible to everyone. That’s why for 80 years Donner Ski Ranch has offered one of the most affordable skiing experiences, so whether you’re a hard-core local, or a first timer, you can have the time of your life without breaking the bank.

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

9 AM, 10:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM
Lift tickets and rentals valid for full-day skiing and riding.
Anyone who purchases a Learn to Turn package may use the moving carpet to practice on one’s own prior to his/her lesson.
Visit the ticket window to secure your space. Lessons will be offered on a first come, first served basis


Adult Learn to Turn Package
Ages 18-69

Youth Learn to Turn Package
Ages 13-17

Child Learn to Turn Package
Ages 7-12

Senior Learn to Turn Package
Ages 70+

Add Extra 1.5 hour Group Lesson to Learn to Turn Package
All age groups

Young Child Learn to Turn Package
Ages 6 and under not available.

For parents who opt to teach their children to ski without instruction, we offer a highly affordable way to do so. We offer $15 moving carpet-only tickets for all ages, and young child equipment rental (ages 0-6) is just $15, so it’ll cost just $45 for a day of fun for you and your kid.”

Donner Ski Ranch is the small local family owned resort we go to to get away from the maddening crowds especially when the big name resorts are crazy busy on holiday weekends.

39.3183°N, 120.3301°W
19320 Donner Pass RoadNorden, CA 95724

P: 530.426.3635

Lodge Opens 8 am
Lifts Open 9 am – 4 pm
Snow Tubing 10 am – 4 pm

Source: https://www.donnerskiranch.com/learn-to-turn


Friday February 1, 2019 Tip ..

Are you a beginner or intermediate level skier or snowboarder looking to improve? Searching for a great value learn to ski / snowboard deal?

Boreal Mountain Resort Hands Down Offers the Best Value for your hard-earned $

Boreal’s signature Take 3, Ride Free program automatically enrolls you into this package that includes three, two-hour group lessons (including rental equipment) and a free 2018-19 Unlimited Season Pass upon your fourth visit. This lesson program is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders alike. Boreal also offers lesson packages catering specifically to adults, children, large groups and even those interested in honing their terrain park skills.

Source/more info: http://www.rideboreal.com/plan-your-trip/lessons-rentals/lessons/take-3-ride-free

Which days are best to sign up for a learn to ski/board group lesson?

Group lessons on weekdays are less crowded (if you can getaway) which means you get more personalized attention (oftentimes on weekdays, it might just be you, the instructor and 1 or 2 other students) + no worries about crowded slopes, long wait times for lunch and long lift lines are rare on weekdays 😉


Thursday January 31, 2019 Tip..


Free lift ticket on your birthday at Diamond Peak Resort (located in North Tahoe Incline Village, Nevada). Adults, present your ID with proof of birth date. Children, present a copy of your birth certificate or ID card with birth date. If your birthday falls outside our ski season you can ski for free on our annual UnBirthday Day on March 22nd, 2019..

Birthdays only come around once a year, and Diamond Peak want to make it extra special for each and every celebrant. “We allow all of our guests to ski for free on their birthday. For those of you with birthdays that fall outside the ski season, we celebrate UnBirthday Day! If your birthday falls anytime between April 15 and December 12, come join us on Friday, March 22, 2019 for a free lift ticket! Just bring your valid photo ID to the ticket window to receive your free UnBirthday ticket. (For children, please bring a photocopy or photo of their birth certificate.)”

For those with winter birthdays, if Diamond Peak is opened on your birthday, you get to ski, board free on your actual birthday!

‘Diamond Peak Ski Resort is Lake Tahoe’s hidden gem. Located above Incline Village, things are different here. This is a community-owned resort with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe; miles of welcoming, uncrowded runs; easy access from the parking lot to the slopes; a dedicated Child Ski Center for the littlest skiers and snowboarders; and a great Ski & Snowboard School for older skiers/riders.’ 😉 View: lift ticket prices | live cams | trail maps | photos and virtual tour | current snow conditions

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