Squaw & Alpine Meadows Lift Ticket Giveaway on Sundays until Dec 30

Squaw Valley USA / Alpine Meadows Lift Tickets Giveaway, one lift ticket giveaway(a $99 value) every Sunday for eight weeks. Would winning a 2012-13 Squaw/Alpine lift ticket get you stoked for the ski & ride season? 

Snowpals is giving away eight Squaw Valley USA & Alpine Meadows Lift Tickets, one lift ticket given away every Sunday starting on Sunday November 11, 2012. The final Sunday lift ticket giveaway will be on Sunday December 30, 2012.

For eight Sundays until the end of 2012, we’ll pick a winner from those who’ve entered the giveaway before 11:55 PM (PST); we’ll post the name of the lucky winner to Snowpals page and here:

 

 

 

Winners

Week 1 – Sunday Nov 11: Congrats Vicki O

 
“While I love Kirkwood for the snow and the people and the scenic splendor, it can take hours to get there from SF if the one-lane Hwy 88 roads are icy. I also like Sierra-at-Tahoe: lots of trail, tree and off-piste skiing options; hi-speed lifts and designed to get around easily; 3 on-mountain hubs; good mogul runs and a relaxed vibe. Yet, it’s gotta be Squaw for me! My absolute favorite is also the most expensive, but for good reason. Squaw is huge with 3 on-mountain hubs catering to a wide range of apres-ski activities and appetites; unbeatable variety of terrain for beginners to experts alike; well-designed resort for vista eye-candy and flow of riders w/different destinations in mind; and the people are great! … an international crowd; amazing riders doing crazy stuff everywhere you look! And if you like great food and drinks there are many choice scenes (I like PlumpJack, myself). Downsides? Yes, the crowds; the $$$; the weekend lift line waiting … mais, c’est la vie.”
 

Week 2 Winners–  Sunday Nov 18: we’re feeling generous this Monday 11/19; we’re actually breaking some rules here: we are giving away TWO Squaw/Alpine lift tickets for this one Sunday – one goes to

 Cat D. ‘I don’t know Tahoe well, but I like a down home atmosphere, a warm fire, a great selection of microbrews on tap, or a cup of rich hot chocolate and good company.”
 

and the other free lift ticket goes to: 

 Jim D. ” The Tourist Club in Truckee for cheap drinks in a locals dive bar, nice change of pace from the “trendy” scene.”
 
Week 3 winner: Congrats to Chris C for winning a Squaw/Alpine lift ticket on SUN 11/25 giveaway – “I usually prefer to drive all the way… but… Woodstock pizza just south of Sacramento is pretty yummy.”
 

Week 4 winner: SUN 12/2 winner is Lilly K. – “My favorite is Lone Eagle Grille because of the views and ambiance!” – Congrats Lilly!

Week 5: Congrats to Alvin C. – our winner for 12/9 “Shirley Lake Squaw Valley. But love going back to base starting with Funitel.”

Week 6: 12/16 winner is Andrea M-J, “The hills were alive with the sound of music…and I didn’t have my iPod turned on. I could hear John Phillips Sousa reverberating through the trees and shaking the snow. I changed course and headed to the other side of Kirkwood to see what the hullabaloo was about. And then I saw it…a full marching band playing their instruments WHILE skiing down the mountain. The sun reflected off the trumpets while the tuba player had to bend over to resist the drag of filling his horn with air. They were on snowboards and skis with every instrument represented and they rocked that mountain. My goose bumps had nothing to do with the weather!”

Week 7: Congrats to Mark T. -“Time to get busy on the slopes so I usually just pack some energy bars and a hydration pack and I am good to go. Its all about that huge continental breakfast and huge day slicing up the slopes and find any pub with hand crafted beers and a monster plate of Nachos. Go solo or go with 4 your best buds. More time on slopes going hard and plenty of time to party or just relax in all that enjoyment later.”

Week 8: Congrats to Madison W, our SUN DEC 30 Squaw/Alpine lift ticket giveaway lucky person. Thanks everyone for sharing.

Have a fun & safe NYE!

We’re blessed with abundant POWder; share a ride to tahoe to enjoy the snow; share expenses & perhaps expand your circle of friends by connecting for ride shares to and from the SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski resorts.

 

Time remaining to enter the giveaway:

 

To enter:

1) Like us – Share our passion, 14 years plus of community, events and great deals; we’re passionate about Tahoe ride share hook-ups, engaging events, Tahoe deals, useful Tahoe resorts content, cool giveaways, ski lease connections, and vacation rentals for family and friends looking for a place to stay in Tahoe. Snowpals got a late start on facebook so we need some help in getting the word out. Your support is much appreciated. Thanks!

 

 

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2) Those who didn’t win last week, please re-enter the contest to win for SUN 12/30. To enter the contest, please share with us on our facebook photo timeline what  your first ski/ride day in Tahoe was like this season.. bonus points for sharing a link to video or photo of you enjoying the POW. 

Giveaway rules: to enter the giveaway, both of the above steps must be completed; winners have seven days to claim their free lift ticket by when they see their name listed on Snowpals page. Other than that, good luck! 😉 Be sure to check on Sundays at midnight to see who has won.

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* If you would like to meet local skiers and boarders for Tahoe trips, make sure to attend our Snow Season Kickoff Parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahoe Resorts Powder Alert, Snow Totals & Videos

photo source: http://www.squaw.com/the-mountain/photos-and-videos photo source: by Grant Barta of Sugar Bowl

2012-13 Winter Season Tahoe Ski Resorts Opening Dates & Videos Straight from Resorts

December 25, 2012: Happy Holidays SnowPals!

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

Tahoe Resorts Snow Totals as of Dec 25

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Source: tahoetopia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got lift tickets? Eight Sundays, eight Squaw/Alpine lift tickets giveaway; starts Nov 11, ends Dec 30, get dialed in.

 

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Heavenly is opened Trail Map | Live Resort Cams

Click on ‘Play’ to watch 

Sierra at Tahoe is opened  Trail Map | Cam

 

Kirkwood is opened Trail Map | Cam

 

Squaw Valley USA is opened. Night skiing and snowboarding daily until 9pm. Trail Map | Cam

 

Alpine Meadows is opened Trail Map | Cam

 

Northstar-at-Tahoe is opened  Trail Map | Cam

 

Sugar Bowl is opened  Trail Map | Cam 

 

Boreal is opened; Boreal is typically the first resort to open(opening date was Oct 31, 2012) Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm; night skiing from 3:30pm to 9pm. Trail Map | Cam

 

Homewood is opened  Trail Map | Cam

 

Diamond Peak is opened Trail Map | Cam

Mt. Rose is opened Trail Map | Cam

Tahoe Donner  is opened Trail Map

Donner Ski Ranch  is opened Trail Map

Bear Valley  is opened Trail Map | Cam

 

China Peak  is opened Trail Map

Dodge Ridge  is opened Trail Map | Cam

Soda Springs  is opened Trail Map

Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area  is opened Trail Map | Cam

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

 

Granlibakken Resort  is opened Trail Map | Cam

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort  is opened Trail Map

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area  is opened Trail Map

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area  is opened Trail Map

Southern California/Sierra

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort is OPENED Trail Map | Cam

 

*All opening dates posted above are based on snowfall and could change. Check with the resort before you go for the most updated information.

Map of Lake Tahoe Area Ski Resorts
 
 

 

 
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, the World Meteorological Organization supports this finding with their detailed analysis.

 

You’re invited, join Bay Area skiers and boarders for our annual snow season kickoff parties to connect with skiers and snowboarders near you for ridesharing to your favorite  Tahoe resort. Looking to join a Tahoe ski lease? Browse our listing, or list yours.

 

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FREE TICKETS to Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival

 

 

 

 

Gather family and friends to attend the 2012 Snowbomb’s Ski & Snowboard Festival aka Ski and Board Fest.

2012 SILICON VALLEY SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL ON SAT & SUN 11/17-18 AT THE SAN JOSE FAIRGROUND 

 

FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

 

Use our ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code to receive ONE FREE general admission; one ticket per person(1,000 tickets will be given away; when the code doesn’t work any longer, it means all the free tickets have been given out). If you appreciate these free tickets, like us on our facebook page to get connected for future promos and giveaways.

HALF OFF VIP WINE AND BEER TASTING TICKETS, now $20, was $40

 

For those who’d like to enjoy unlimited wine and beer tastings, buy the VIP ticket; use our ‘ snowpal ‘ discount promo code to get 50% off VIP wine and beer tasting tickets for $20(regular $40). VIP tickets also include free two nights hotel stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The closest ski resort is Mt Rose which is only a 35 minutes drive away.

General admission and VIP event tickets include two free lift tickets(see below for details and restrictions).

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Santa Clara County Fairground 344 Tully Rd San Jose, CA 95111 – map and directions:


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This event is open to all ages. The ski & snowboard show will have lots of games for adults and kids where you can win lift tickets, season passes from resorts and prizes for playing; your event ticket might pay for itself if you win a lift ticket or a season pass. One price structure: admission tickets are for all ages(adults, children, seniors).

ID check for those who’d like to enjoy the libations – VIP tickets for wine and beer tastings are for 21 and older.

If you’d like a special ski show expo only discounted pricing on a Season Pass(regular, college pass, seniors, etc) to your favorite Tahoe resort, attend to get in on discounted season pass offerings.

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What are the available ticketing options?

General Admission Tickets (regular price of $20). Includes 2 FREE LIFT TICKETS: China Peak & Dodge Ridge – *some restrictions apply, see below.

OR

VIP Admission Tickets (Discounted $10.00 with ‘ snowpal ‘ discount code; the discount represents a 25% off regular price of $40)

VIP tickets include all benefits of Gen Admission Ticket PLUS free commemorative wine or beer glass and unlimited beer or wine tasting for 4 hours & a free two night stay at The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (See below for restrictions*)
 

Event Hours:

Saturday @ 11AM – 8PM

Sunday @11AM – 6PM
Ticket is good for (1) day only – either Saturday OR Sunday.

VIP TICKETS DISCOUNT: Use ‘snowpal’ discount promo code to get 50% off VIP tickets 

 
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SATURDAY WINE TASTING
  • Over 50 Wineries
  • Starts at 1pm
  • Ends at 6pm
SPEND THE DAY SIPPING YOUR FAVORITE WINES, TRYING NEW LABELS ALL WHILE GEARING UP FOR THE 2012/13 WINTER SEASON.

THE WINE EXPO PORTION PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WINE, ITS PRODUCTION AND ITS MANY COMPLEXITIES IN A FUN, RELAXED ATMOSPHERE.

 

SUNDAY BEER TASTING

  • Over 30 Breweries
  • Starts at Noon
  • Ends at 5pm

REGARDLESS IF YOU PREFER A PILSNER, STOUT OR AN AMBER ALE, THE BREW EXPO COMPONENT OF THE FESTIVAL HAS YOU COVERED.

SAMPLE MICRO-BREWS FROM AROUND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND TALK TO BREW MASTERS ABOUT HOW DIFFERENT SEASONALS ARE CREATED. 

 
 
 
Event Details:
 

FREE LIFT TICKETS: EVERYONE receives TWO FREE LIFT TICKETS for attending!

TWO free nights at Grand Sierra Resort with VIP tickets
Restrictions: Valid Sun-Thurs Nov 1st – Jan 31st Based Upon Availability

 

* ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO SKI OR TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARD MAGAZINE WITH ADMISSIONWith admission, receive a subscription to your choice of either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding Magazine ($5 value).

 

* Free Lift Tickets Restrictions:

+ China Peak
Valid Sunday-Friday
Black out days: December 23-31, 2012 / January 1-4, 2013 / January 20-21, 2013 / February 17-18, 2013.

+ Dodge Ridge
Ticket will be valid everyday through December 25th, 2012.
Ticket will also be valid Monday – Friday January 7 – 17, 2013 & Monday – Friday March 4 – Closing Day, 2013.

+ Sierra at Tahoe
2 for 1 Lift Ticket Deal
Restrictions Coming Soon

OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: www.skiandboardfest.com

WINE/BEER TASTING: Festival features wines and beer tasting from over 100 top wineries and breweries. Four hours of UNLIMITED tasting and commemorative glass with VIP ticket. Check event website for participating wineries and breweries.

SKI/SNOWBOARD SALE EXPO SHOW: Hosted by Lombardi Sports we’ll have over $1 Million dollars in goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… ALL AT UP TO 80% OFF!!!

**PARKING IS LIMITED: Public transit, walking & biking is encourage as parking is limited at the venue.  Additional parking is available at Marina Green on a first come basis.

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Completed:

 

(1) Saturday, November 10, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PST) at the Cal Expo Center 1600 Exposition Blvd Sacramento, CA 95815

Get 1/2 off general admission or 1/4 off VIP tickets 2012 SACRAMENTO SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

(2) Nov 3-4, 2012: Get 1/2 off general admission or 1/4 off VIP tickets 2012 SF SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL

Saturday, November 3, 2012 starts at 11:00 AM – ends Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT) at the Fort Mason Center Marina Blvd. & Buchanan St. San Francisco, 94123 |  View Map and Get Directions 

Resort Exhibitors:
 

Silicon Valley 3rd Annual Film Festival

Silicon Valley Film Festival 2012 . This is the 3rd annual festival hosted by Silicon Valley Waves, Intel, South Bay Area Cities, Companies, Organizations, and Geek Communities of Silicon Valley and around the World.

Silicon Valley originated many technologies and innovations that have changed the lifestyle of mankind in last 30 years. And it continues everyday with new start-ups with vision for ‘Tomorrow’s World’. Silicon Valley truly is the birth place of Digital Film Making and Digital Media including the big 4 A’s (Adobe, Apple, Avid, Auto Desk). In the heart of Silicon Valley, the Hi-Tech community is celebrating the Spirit of Silicon Valley: Technology, Innovations and Entrepreneurship in the most powerful visual media – Digital Film-making at Silicon Valley Film Festival by screening films from emerging and independent filmmakers around the world.

Mark your calendar and purchase discounted tickets to attend(see below); the film fest spans four days, from Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (starts at 6:00 PM) until Sunday, November 4, 2012(concludes with the 7:00 PM (PDT) showing).

Films will show for four days at two locations:

1) Santa Clara Convention Center(SCCC) 5001 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA 95054 

and

2) at the Intel SC12 Theater, Intel Corporation 3600 Juliette Ln Santa Clara, CA 95054, Building: SC12

Film dates, showtimes and locations:

OCT 31 : WED – film: Uprising shows at 6 PM at SCCC
NOV 1 : THU films shows at the SCCC 6 PM – 8 PM (2 hrs)
NOV 3 : SAT shows at INTEL 11 AM – 7 PM (6hrs (8 ))
NOV 4 : SUN shows at INTEL 11 AM – 7 PM (6hrs (8 ))

Find film schedule, showtimes and movie trailer highlights at
www.svfilmfestival.org

Film Fest Tickets Giveaway:

We’re giving away 10 free ALL SHOW PASS(includes all film showings, multiple day pass, a $35 value)

If you’d like to win a free pass, tell us on Snowpals’ facebook page which film(s) you’d like to watch and by 5 pm today, October 31, 2012, we’ll give 10 passes away to ten lucky folks.

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Tremendous appreciation and thanks goes out to the movie and film makers who submitted their original artistic work to the third annual Silicon Valley Film Festival.

The SVFF judges hand picked the best films to showcase during the four days of the festival.

Join Silicon Valley’s Innovative Community to watch life changing, motivating movies that have had or is currently shaping our lives.

Outstanding Entrepreneurial Films in the Spotlight:

+ Crocodile in the Yangtze (The amazing story of Jack Ma building Alibaba.com vs Ebay – A must see for every tech entrepreneur to re-energize their spirit and belief, this is not another ‘Social Network’.

“Crocodile in the Yangtze follows China’s first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US giant eBay on the way to building China’s first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. An independent memoir written, directed and produced by an American who worked in Ma’s comany for eight years, Crocodile in the Yangtze captures the emotional ups and downs of life in a Chinese Internet startup at a time when the Internet brought China face-to-face with the West.
Crocodile in the Yangtze draws on 200 hours of archival footage filmed by over 35 sources between 1995 and 2009. The film presents a strikingly candid portrait of Ma and his company, told from the point of view of an “”American fly on a Chinese wall”” who witnessed the successes and the mistakes Alibaba encountered as it grew from a small apartment into a global company employing more than 16,000 staff.”

 

+ Uprising (The Facebook revolution that changed a whole Country of Egypt – A must see what Social Network is really worth and see how it impacts our lives).

UPRISING tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers. Featuring major figures including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White House officials, along with never before seen footage, UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.

 

+ Traveling Salesman ( An algorithm that could solve itself; does one exists?). Travelling Salesman is an intellectual thriller about four mathematicians hired by the U.S. government to solve the most elusive and powerful problem in computer science history — P VS. NP. The four have jointly created a “system” which could be the next major advancement for our civilization or destroy the fabric of humanity.

And about 35 other outstanding films. Find film schedule, showtimes and movie trailer highlights at www.svfilmfestival.org

Discounted film tickets:

Questions? rep.

Ticketing is also available at Eventbrite.com

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