Buy 1/2 off tickets at Eventbrite; to get 1/2 off tickets, click on ‘TICKETS’ then click on the ‘Enter the Promotional Code’ link; enter discount code: ‘ snowpals ‘ then click apply to receive the discount.
Buy 1/2 off tickets at Eventbrite, click on ‘TICKETS’ then click on ‘Enter the Promotional Code’ link. Enter discount code: ‘ snowpals ’ then click apply to receive the 1/2 off ticket discount.
HOW TO GET YOUR FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Order your Free General Admission Tickets for free entry tickets to the Santa Clara Festival and SF Festival. Get free entrance to the Festivals, ski and snowboard sale, access to exhibitors and festival entertainment. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET DOES NOT INCLUDE FREE LIFT TICKETS.
POWDER PASS AND VIP PASS BENEFITS
***Powder Pass and VIP Pass (Discounted 1/2 off when ‘ SNOWPALS ‘ promo code is used; discount available online only at Eventbrite, click on the links above for the desired festival location).
**POWDER PASS admission comes with three FREE LIFT TICKETS.
POWER PASS includes 3 FREE LIFT TICKETS: Sierra-at-Tahoe (Valid Tuesday to Thursday, blackout/not valid on holidays), China Peak (Valid Sunday to Friday, blackout holidays), and Bear Valley (Valid Sunday to Friday, non-holidays).
VIP PASS includes 3 FREE LIFT TICKETS as described above and UNLIMITED BEER OR WINE TASTING PLUS a BONUS Free Squaw Valley/Alpine lift ticket (buy one get one free; Valid Sunday – Friday, non-holiday. Both lift tickets must be used on the same date.
*VIP admission includes beer unlimited tasting 1 PM – 5PM for the SF Festival location. Plus get 3 FREE LIFT TICKETS included with Powder Pass PLUS a BONUS Free Squaw Valley/Alpine lift ticket (buy one get one free).
Weekdays ski and ride perks
(1) Powder days usually happened when we least expect it: on weekdays 🙂
(1) Tahoe resorts on weekdays: practically empty slopes – you basically have the entire mountain to yourself
(2) Services such as eateries and ski/snowboard lessons are more enjoyable/less rush/less crowded (which means you get a semi-private lesson for the cost of a group lesson since there are less sign-ups on weekdays) and quality of service is much better
(3) No waiting in line to get on the lifts and no waiting in line for lunch or drinks
(4) Resort parking is a breeze; no road traffic on weekdays
(1) SF Festival: Unlimited Tasting Available with VIP Pass.
Saturdays: Enjoy Some of the Best Beer in the World from California.
Sample Sundays: Unlimited beer tasting sponsored by Lagunitas.
Tasting times are from 1pm – 5pm Saturday, noon – 4pm Sunday.
(2) San Jose Festival: Wine/beer tastings not available.
SKI/SNOWBOARD SALE, SKI RESORTS REPS, VENDORS: Over $1 Million dollars in snow sporting goods from top brands such as Burton, K2, Atomic, Rossignol and many, many more… UP TO 75% OFF. Over 25 premier ski resorts from all over North America. Leading manufacturers in the ski and snowboard industry. Hoteliers and destination getaways. Featured auto show.
ENTERTAINMENT: Bounce House for Kids, Pro Athletes, BMX/Skate Ramp Show & Live Music. Get a chance to win lift tickets, season pass and prizes when you play games at most ski resort booths. Attend to get a chance to buy discount ski season pass to your favorite Tahoe ski resort and chat with resorts’ reps.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Which Snowbomb Ski Festival location is more fun?
Answer: Hands down SF ski festival is typically more fun because: (1) it’s bigger (2) more ski resorts (3) more vendors (4) more chances to win prizes and lift tickets/season pass when you play games at the resorts’ info booth (5) four hours of wine/beer tasting. Bring family and friends together and make it a fun filled day together.
Question: How do I activate my Snowbomb Festival Free Lift Tickets included in the Powder Pass and VIP admission tickets?
Answer: Important, remember to redeem your 2018 Snowbomb Festival Activation Code to get your free Tahoe lift tickets before December 1, 2018; enter your festival pack code at http://www.sfskifest.com/activation/
♥ Invite family and friends to go by link http://www.snowpals.org/2018/half-off-2018-snowbomb-festival-tickets/ to them or invite via facebook.
Summary of Ski & Snowboard Movies And Film Screenings Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area
Mt Rose and Boreal Mountain resorts are now opened. Other Tahoe resorts to follow next week.
What’s there to do between now and then? Mark your calendar and gather some friends to watch a ski and ride movie to get excited for the coming snow season.
The 2016-17 snow season was truly epic breaking record snowfall levels enabling Mammoth and Squaw Valley USA resort ski lifts to spin until July 4. Let’s hope the 2017-18 snow season will be just as spectacular.
Watch ski & snowboard films/movies and get a free Tahoe area resort lift ticket*. Also at most film screenings, get a chance to win swag, prizes and ski/ride destination trips.
*Most showings will give out a free mid-week non-holiday lift ticket or a 2 for 1 lift ticket aka BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon/voucher.
Why it’s best to play hooky and go skiing and riding mid-week? Priceless perks...
(1) Powder days usually happened when we least expect it: on weekdays 🙂
(2) Tahoe resorts on weekdays: you basically have the entire mountain to yourself
(3) Services such as eateries and ski/snowboard lessons are more enjoyable/less rush/less crowded (you bascially get a semi-private lesson for the cost of a group lesson b/c there are less sign-ups on weekdays) and quality of service is so much better
(4) No waiting in line to get on the lifts and no waiting in line for lunch or drinks
(5) Resort parking is a breeze; no road traffic on weekdays
Screenings: Wednesday October 25, 2017 @ AMC VAN NESS 14, SF, California. Buy tickets.
TAHOE AREA SHOWINGS
The film will come to the Tahoe region with an Oct. 11 showing at Olympic Village Lodge at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 12 at Bundox Bocce in Reno, Nev. | Buy tickets at skimovie.com
Oct. 11 | 8 p.m.
Olympic Village Lodge | Olympic Valley
This one starts in a way that’ll be familiar to ski-film connoisseurs: aspirational voiceover and some cinematic ski porn. As the epic-movie-trailer-voice starts listing superlatives (bigger, deeper, gnarlier), it starts to get self-aware and ironic: Thank God, they’re joking! Drop Everything looks to do an amusing job of poking fun at ski movies that are too serious or trying a little too hard to draw meaning out of what’s happening (which is…a lot of skiing). The trailer is punctuated with full-screen titles making declarations about what this film has that others don’t, like “90 percent less interviews with athletes” and “100 percent more women.”
If there’s one thing Drop Everything takes seriously, it’s the skiing. With a ripping cast featuring Michelle Parker, Elyse Saugstad, Sammy Carlson, Cody Townsend, and Chris Rubens, this film looks like a lighthearted viewing experience that still delivers on the send.
+ October 11, 2017 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ the Palace of Fine Arts. Buy tickets.
+ October 12, 2017 in SF, CA – WHISKI SERIES @ the Delancey Street Theatre. Buy tickets.
+ OCTOBER 12, 2017 @ the RIO THEATRE in Santa Cruz, CA. Buy tickets.
TAHOE AREA FILM SHOWINGS
Sept. 23 | 7:30 p.m.
KT Base Bar | Village at Squaw
Shot in the aforementioned magical winter of 2017 in the pow zones of California, Alaska, British Columbia, the Alps, and more, you can be sure the skiing in Rogue Elements will be appropriately dreamy. Like the title suggests, it’s centered around this idea of wild adventurers who are drawn to these equally wild and raw places. They seek the edge––the imposed limits and their own––in the face of (you guessed it) rogue weather to ski dream lines. Who are “they”? Crushers like Angel and Johnny Collinson, Sammy Carlson, and Elyse Saugstad.
Since the dawn of time, everything that has lived and breathed on this planet has been subject to the whims of Mother Nature. The nature of an adventurer is inherently rogue; typically wild in character, subject to the fancy of their imagination. We are unequivocally drawn to nature’s rawest fury and deepest mysteries. These are the irreverent souls who pursue the edge.
In the winter of 2017, the magnitude of winter’s force was on full display. Telephone-pole-snapping storms pounded the Wyoming landscape. Regions to the west, recently left arid and forgotten, were gifted with unprecedented accumulation. Blizzards in Europe buried towns in an instant before disappearing just as fast, leaving the lucky few who were there to wonder if it even happened. A Bolivian expedition found grace above 18,000 feet before the elements went rogue and the humans reluctantly heeded warnings from above.
Join the TGR team as they embark on an adventure filled with fury and glory, and witness the unimaginable. Presented by REI.
Trailer song: “Free Animal” by Foreign Air
'LINE OF DESCENT'
This fall, the annual tradition is back to salute the start of winter as Warren Miller Entertainment celebrate our 68th ski and snowboard film with downhill thrills, global adventure and a nod to those that taught us to slide on snow.
Snowriders are a family—one big tribe comprising of many smaller ones. Familial rites pass down through generations. Skier roots grow deep in high mountain soil. Line of Descent celebrates just that, the lineage of legendary athletes through a multi-generational cast of skiing’s icons and fresh faces, including Tommy Moe, Jonny Moseley, JT Holmes, Lexi duPont, Seth Wescott, Kalen Thorien, Marcus Caston, Jeremy Jensen, Griffin Post, and more.
This year, Volkswagen joins us as the presenting sponsor of the Line of Descent U.S. film tour. The partnership builds on the heritage and passion associated with both the Volkswagen and Warren Miller brands. Volkswagen’s partnership will grow authentically well into 2019, elevating the event experience that is the Warren Miller institution and marking the beginning of every winter season.
Ride along on a stunning cinematic journey as we travel near and far, descending some of North America’s deepest lines in Jackson Hole, Montana, Silverton, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Steamboat.
From powsurfer to splitboard, motorcycle, dogsled or snowmobile, watch as athletes chase winter along the Beartooth Pass, the French Alps, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Norway.
“This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” notes producer Josh Haskins. “More often than not, it’s family who introduces us to the sport or steers us on the path towards an ongoing passion—be it a ski bum lifestyle, a professional career or simply the desire to pass on the same feeling to the next generation. There is a kinship unlike any other in the ski community, and Warren Miller is the elder, bringing generations of skiers and riders together for 68 years, and this year is no different.”
Since 1949, ski families have cheered the official kickoff of winter with the ski film company that started it all. As the family grows, the traditions grow richer. Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent will premiere worldwide in three locations on October 13, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT, Portland, OR and Bozeman, MT. Screenings will then sweep across the U.S. from October to January.
Tickets go on sale September 12, 2017; local San Francisco Bay and Tahoe Area show dates and times can be found at warrenmiller.com
Pre-Season Kick-Off Parties
Go to our upcoming pre-season kick-off parties and get a chance to win door prizes and swag: win 2 VIP Beer/Wine Tasting Tickets to Snowbomb Snow Festival in SF Nov 4 and 5, 2017. Other prize giveaways in the works.
Tahoe Area Ski and Snowboard Movie/Film Screenings
Our friends over at Absinthe Films just dropped the official trailer for their highly anticipated film, “TurboDojo.” The certified snow ninjas at Absinthe Films have produced some of the heaviest snowboard movies of the past decade, and we expect “TurboDojo” to be no exception.
Featuring: Mikkel Bang, Nicolas Müller, Hans Mindnich, Brandon Cocard, Austen Sweetin, Brendan Gerard, Ben Ferguson, Max Buri, Severin VanDerMeer, Kimmy Fasani and more.
Directed by Justin Hostynek.
'Vibes and Stuff'
BURRRLAPZ announces its three-part Web series dropping this fall. Shot in British Columbia, “Vibes and Stuff” is a collection of skiing footage set to favorite songs.
Look for the Web series to drop with Episode 1 “Home” on Nov. 18; Episode 2 “Road” on Nov. 25; and Episode 3 “Woods” on Dec. 2.
November 18th Episode 1: Home
November 25th Episode 2: Road
December 2nd Episode 3: Woods
We're stoked to announce our 3 part web series dropping this fall. Shot in BC over the course of the winter, Vibes and Stuff is a collection of skiing footage set to songs we like. We hope you like it
Song: Whitney, No Women
Cover Photo: Nick Nault
“Numinous” is a film two years in the making as Kye Petersen and friends travel the world in search of steep lines and epic terrain, capturing beautiful footage of nature’s raw landscapes.
Petersen is one of the most aggressive and talented freeskiers of our age. Born and raised in the British Columbia back country, with a bloodline alive with adventure and a style carved from the landscape itself, Petersen is about to blow the doors off big mountain skiing.
“Numinous” explores the relationships and connections with the natural world that are necessary to safely dance with mountain faces covered in snow. Tuning out and tuning in. Shot exclusively in British Columbia, Numinous follows Peterson and a cadre of fellow snow-sliders into the heart of the some of the most aesthetic and demanding landscapes around.
NUMINOUS - a film by Dendrite Studios and Kye Petersen
(runtime - 50 minutes)
Full Film Released on Vimeo-on-Demand in 4k on October 9, 2017.
Awed and Attracted.
He is one of the most aggressive and talented freeskiers of our age. Born and raised in the BC backcountry, with a bloodline alive with adventure and a style carved from the landscape itself, Kye Petersen is about to blow the doors off of big mountain skiing.
Fearful yet Fascinated.
Numinous explores the relationships and connections with the natural world that are necessary to safely dance with mountain faces covered in snow. Tuning out and tuning in. Shot exclusively in British Columbia, Numinous follows Kye and a cadre of fellow snow-sliders into the heart of the some of the most aesthetic and demanding landscapes around.
Overwhelmed but Ultimately Inspired.
Featuring Kye Petersen with Matty Richard, Logan Pehota, Pep Fujas, Ryland Bell, Tatum Monod, Chris Rubens, Callum Pettit, Dane Tudor, and Wiley Miller.
Shot exclusively in British Columbia, on location at Whistler Blackcomb, Tantalus, Coast Range, Interior, Chatter Creek - Golden, Mt. Meager Massif, and Pemberton.
In association with Patagonia, Gibbons Apres Lager, Buff, Rossignol, Whistler Blackcomb, Oakley, Coast Mountain Culture and supported by Intuition, MSR, Chatter Creek, and G3.
World Premiere and Afterparty Friday, September 22nd the Imperial downtown Vancouver. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Party until late. 19+. Tickets http://numinousfilm.com/
Produced/Directed by Dendrite Studios
Cinematography: Athan Merrick, Nicolas Teichrob & Guillaume Tessier
Editor: Nicolas Teichrob
Graphics: Blair Richmond
Sound Design: Jeffery Yellen
Aerial Cinematography: Chris Flynn, Jamie Tanner & Andre Nutini
Music: Vision Quest by Mob Bounce
'Room for Improvement'
Tahoe film company, Janky Films, presents its Web series, “Room for Improvement,” featuring local skiers and snowboarders riding ski resorts and back country in California. The Janky crew enjoyed some of the best conditions the Tahoe region has seen in six years, capitalizing on the amazing storm skiing and a few cold, sunny days. The film also includes a segment from South America with footage from Cerro Catedral in Argentina that was filmed this summer.
Featuring Jed Kravitz, Henry Holdsworth, Anthony Santos, Chris Hounsell and Hazen Woolson. Homewood Mountain Resort hosts a showing of the film on Oct. 5, along with a showing of “Numinous,” at the North Lodge at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at skihomewood.com. | jankyfilms.com
Part 2 of our 3 part web series 'Room For Improvement.'
The stars and storms aligned for the eastern Sierra to have all-time conditions when the Janky boys arrived at the beginning of March. Featuring Jed Kravitz, Henry Holdsworth, Anthony Santos, Chris Hounsell and Hazen Woolson. Thank you so much to both Chris Hounsell and Zach Steele for helping man the cameras.
Song - Haerts - Wings
The 18th movie from Level 1, “Habit,” premiers on Sept. 16 as a guide to skiing:
“There are as many paths as there are people. Some choose to be carpet salesman, others choose to be skiers. These behaviors are part of life’s routine, and consciously or not, we’re all slaves to it somehow,” write the filmmakers. “But you can’t have the result without the process; you must get up to go down. Let this be your field guide to the minutia, the frivolities and of course the addiction to pure, uncut, freedom. Go ahead, scratch that itch. Because after all, we are creatures of Habit.”
Moment Skis hosts the local premier on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. featuring four breweries in the beer garden with Great Basin, Lead Dog, Mill Street Still & Brew and The Depot, along with Nomeats food truck. There will be free giveaways during the evening. The event benefits The Holland Project.
Tickets are $10 for the film and beer garden, and $5 for the film only. Tickets are available online at momentskis.com. | level1productions.com
Sept. 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Moment Skis | Sparks, Nev. – Buy Tickets
Mark your calendar and head to Tahoe resorts for some fun and laughter with the annual pond skim. What is a pond skim? Contestants ski or snowboard into a frigid pond with the goal of skimming across to the other side. The pond skim event marks the end of the winter season and get folks excited for Spring’s blue-bird sunny ski/ride days.
Two of our favorites Tahoe resorts pond skim events:
✔ Saturday May 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM Squaw Valley USA pond skim aka 27TH ANNUAL CUSHING CROSSING:
The 27th Annual Cushing Crossing is the best event of the spring season. The original pond skimming event that started a spring resort ritual. Every year we gather a celebrity judging panel and amazing emcee’s for this spectacle. Filled with big spills and laughable thrills this is one spring event that you don’t want to miss. Event kicks off at 1pm, awards at 3pm at the KT Base Bar.
Event Details & Registration
Registration: 9am at KT Base Bar (limited to 50 participants, $20/person, cash only).
Participants must be 18+. Helmets and personal flotation device is mandatory.
Awards: 3pm at KT Base Bar – Squaw
✔ Saturday April 15 Heavenly Ski Resort pond skimming
Spring Loaded culminates with everyone’s favorite event – costumed skiers and riders attempting to skim across a pond judged on success, style and crowd reactions. Don’t be surprised if you see folks skiing and riding wearing swimsuits. – Heavenly.
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Join us for Warren Miller’s 67th ski and snowboard film screening at 9 PM on Saturday November 19, 2016 of Here, There & Everywhere with Snowpals’ exclusive pre-show pizza social. Here’s a great opportunity to meet local skiers and boarders to expand your social circle/meet a few new friends for Tahoe ride share and ski trips for the winter season.
Got season pass? Maximize your ski season pass by joining a ski lease and expand your circle of friends and activity partners in the process.
Pre-show Pizza Social Tickets Remaining: 3 tickets left as of 11/17/2016. Ticket sales via Snowpals close at 11:59 PM PST on Friday Nov. 18, 2016.
Join us for our exclusive pizza social prior to the movie from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Pizza is included. Buy your own drink(s). Pizza social location is in Campbell; exact address will be given to all participants by email on Saturday Nov 19, 2016 by 11 AM.
Once you have purchased your ticket(s); PayPal will send you a receipt by email. Please print the receipt and bring it to the Pizza Social get together to redeem. If you have any questions, please Tim or text/sms 408.341.9744.
*Pizza social tickets are non-refundable but transferable to someone else; you are responsible to sell /transfer your ticket if you can not go. If you missed or can not make it to the pizza social, there’s no refund.
Film Ticket Holders will receive coupons at the film showing for:
2-FOR-1 LIFT TICKET TO SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for One (1) 2-FOR-1 lift ticket to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. Buy One (1) adult lift ticket at the resort rate and receive a second lift ticket for FREE. Offer valid from Opening Day 2016 through Closing Day 2017. OFFER NOT VALID Saturdays AND the following blackout dates: 12.17.16 through 12.31.17, 1.14.17 through 1.15.17, AND 2.18.17 through 2.25.17. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.
FREE LIFT TICKET TO MT. BACHELOR: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher to Mt. Bachelor good for One (1) FREE lift ticket valid Opening Day 2016 through Closing Day 2017, Sunday through Friday (non-holiday). One (1) coupon per person. Not valid with any other discount offer. No refunds. No cash value. Non-transferable.
FREE EARLY- OR LATE-SEASON LIFT TICKET TO STEAMBOAT: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for One (1) FREE lift ticket to Steamboat. OFFER VALID 11.24.16 through 12.16.16 OR 4.1.17 through 4.16.17. Non-transferable. Not valid with any other discount offers. No cash value. No refunds.
20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE AT SPORTS BASEMENT: Everyone attending this screening of Here, There & Everywhere will receive a voucher good for 20% OFF your entire purchase. One (1) coupon per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Some exclusions apply. OFFER EXPIRES 11.30.16.
About the movie:
It’s been 67 years since ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humor and the beauty that is skiing. Since that time, Warren Miller film crews have traveled the globe—from storied slopes to hidden, snow-covered corners—to celebrate all things snowsports. Their quest has taken powder-hungry filmgoers, well, Here, There & Everywhere—and this year continues that legacy.
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a freeski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the backcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia.
Travel along as Warren Miller Entertainment commemorates Stein Eriksen in Deer Valley, captures the big air at Boston’s Fenway Park (yes, that Fenway Park!) and rides the steeps of Squaw Valley to the big lines of Cordova, Alaska, plus much more. This year, don’t miss original ski bum and filmmaker Warren Miller himself in on-screen interviews as he spins tales of the past as only Warren can do, reminding us that through the years, these films have truly taken audiences Here, There & Everywhere.
Sponsors of the 2016 Warren Miller Film Tour include: Western Montana’s Glacier Country, Gosling’s, L.L. Bean, Moosehead, Switzerland Tourism, Helly Hansen, Korbel and SKI Magazine.
Featured Athletes: Aaron Blunck • Chris Anthony • Collin Collins • Grete Elliassen • Ingrid Backstrom • Jeremy Jones • Jess McMillan • Jonny Moseley • JT Holmes • Kailyn Richardson • Keith Curtis • Marcus Caston • Matt Elliott • Morgan Hebert • Rob Kingwill • Ryland Bell • Seth Wescott • Tyler Ceccanti • Wendy Fisher
Narrated by: Jonny Moseley and Featuring Warren Miller
Featured Locations: Squaw Valley, CA • Crested Butte, CO • Deer Valley, UT • Montana • Switzerland • Kicking Horse Mountain Resort • Cordova, AK • Greenland • Boston’s Fenway Park • Steamboat Springs, CO
January 2016 brings back to back storms with over 4 feet of new snow in 7 days and more snow in the forecast; it’s the best snow in five years so get to your favorite Tahoe resort and enjoy skiing/riding or learn a fun new snow sport since it’s the most snowfall record in years; gather some family and friends together for a getaway(browse our list of Tahoe vacation rentals). Here are some great lift ticket discounts and deals..
What’s the cheapest Tahoe resort lift ticket deal?
For college students, if you are free to go skiing/riding on Fridays, Boreal offers the cheapest/best lift ticket deal at only $15. Ski and ride from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, enjoying the area’s closest ski resort right off Highway 80. Available for only College students and active duty military at Boreal. Must have valid I.D.
Not a college student? You can still get $25 lift tickets on Feb 5 and March 18, dubbed as FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS
Only $25 for anyone with $5 of that going back to either High Fives Foundation and Truckee Humane Society. Make sure to head to the Boreal Bar for an awesome after party with music, good times, and food specials.
Discounted ski bus trips: If you’re looking for a discounted ski bus from the SF Bay Area to Tahoe ski resorts, check out the discounted one day and overnight ski bus trips with pick-ups around the Bay Area. Sleep on the bus, have a fun day of skiing and snowboarding and watch movies on the return bus ride. You can add a learn to ski or snowboard package or book a round trip bus ride only if you already have a lift ticket or season pass.
Tip: SF Bay Area Hyundai is running a promo where you get two free lift tickets to Bear Valley ($140 value) with any test drive.
For our latest scoop on Tahoe discounts and deals on lift tickets and vacation packages, get our newsletter.
Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC) Discount Lift Tickets in the Tahoe Area:
“Purchase a ticket and enjoy a day of skiing or riding all season long, non holidays. All proceeds benefit backcountry avalanche forecasting in the Lake Tahoe Region.
Sierra Avalanche Center has partnered with Tahoe’s top resorts to offer SAC Ski and Ride Days. Each of the participating resorts have donated lift tickets or trail passes to the Non Profit to support educational programs and the avalanche advisory. When you purchase a lift ticket through SAC your money goes directly toward Know Before You Go avalanche safety education across the Lake Tahoe region.
SAC SKi & Ride Days are a great way to support our mission and enjoy a day of skiing or riding at your favorite Tahoe resort. Look for the yellow ticket button on the home page to learn about participating resorts and details. Once we sell through our supply the link will be inactive for purchase.” – updated on 1/14/16
The participating resorts are offering skiers and snowboarders special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. One hundred percent of the lift ticket proceeds go to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for our local students. Please see listings below for ticket details. Updated: 1/14/16
$30 lift tickets valid Sunday – Friday, all season, non-holiday (Dec. 18 – Jan. 3; Jan. 15 – 18; Feb. 12 – 20). Tickets on sale herePlease allow up to 24 hours for ticket to be mailed. Tickets also available at Tahoe Dave’s.
$15 trail passes valid Sunday – Friday, all season, non-holiday. SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support.
Purchase downhill ski tickets in advance at Tahoe Dave’s (Truckee, Kings Beach, Tahoe City). Purchase cross-country passes in advance at Paco’s in Truckee and Alpenglow in Tahoe City. A limited supply of tickets are sold on a first-come, first served basis and will not be available at the resorts. Tickets are not refundable. All Skiing for Schools proceeds are donated to Excellence in Education through your lift ticket purchase and the generous support of participating ski resorts. The Foundation would also like to acknowledge both Northstar and Squaw /Alpine for their generous $15,000 cash contributions in addition to the discounted lift tickets provided.
For more information, please call 530-550-7984
Special lift ticket deals and promos for Tahoe visitors:
SQUAW VALLEY | ALPINE MEADOWS
Fly & Ski Free at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Guests arriving by airplane can ski or ride the afternoon for free (and evenings during night operations). Present your same-day commercial airline boarding pass with a matching photo ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows and receive a complimentary afternoon lift ticket valid from 12:30 – 4pm.
Fly in and ski or ride free that same day at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort! Must present same day boarding pass and a valid I.D. to receive complimentary lift ticket. Lift tickets are valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday* are non-transferable, not for resale and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. *Holiday Dates include December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016; January 16-18, 2016; February 13-20, 2016.
Fly & We’ll Buy at Heavenly
Fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ski that afternoon, for FREE! After all, Heavenly is for those who are up for first chair and are still going strong well after last call. You come here to go all in, and worry about sleep later. Present your boarding pass and photo ID at the Guest Service office to receive your free afternoon lift ticket, valid same-day from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
From the Plane to Powder!
Flying into Reno to enjoy the legendary snow and terrain at Kirkwood? Don’t throw away your boarding pass, bring it to the guest service office located in the Village Plaza the same day as your flight and we’ll set you up with a FREE half-day lift ticket! Please bring a photo ID with your boarding pass to redeem your half-day ticket which is good from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
Flying? First Runs Are On Us at Northstar California
Flying to Northstar through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport? Show us your boarding pass from the same day and enjoy a half-day lift ticket on us. There’s no better way to shake out your travel legs than with an afternoon on the slopes. To redeem, simply show your boarding pass and photo ID at the Guest Service office to receive your free afternoon lift ticket, valid same-day from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
MT. ROSE-SKI TAHOE
Ski the Day you Fly for only $37!
Present your boarding pass the day you arrive in Lake Tahoe (the day your flight arrives) and receive a $37 lift ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services Office. Offer is valid non-holiday*. *void holiday periods: December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016; January 16-18, February 13-14, 2016.
Snowpals’ Top Pick for Bay Area Ski Shop goes to California Ski Company
California Ski Company is a premier San Francisco Bay Area’s ski equipment shop specializing in:
alpine skiing(aka downhill skiing)
backcountry – the only SF Bay Area ski shop specializing in backountry
expert custom boot fitting
professional ski tuning
high-performance ski rentals
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Parting thoughts: Great all around ski. Can be a quiver of one ski.
What follows is a gear review of the Praxis MVP skis from your everyday working man who’s passionate about that sensation of floating on untracked powder:
I just finished three days on my new MVP’s and thought I’d tell you about them since there doesn’t seem to be much out there about them. I’ll start by telling you a bit about me so that you can determine if you want to take what I say with a grain of salt or decide that maybe this may be helpful to you. then I’ll describe my observations with this ski and you can do what you want with the info. My hope is that you will gain some sort of insight (good or bad) about this ski if you are in the process of pulling the trigger or not.
So, I am a early 40’s guy, 6’0, 205 lbs (athletic, gold medal at SF tri last year, scratch golfer that wins amateur tournaments), that is now able to ski again because my kids are now old enough to enjoy time on the mountain. I used to ski lots in high school and college and was considered an expert. Zipper lining was my favorite past-time. the bigger the bumps the better. I would also huck cliffs and anything else that would impress my friends and girls because I was fearless. They tried to get me to race in Nastar stuff, but I just wanted to rip around with my buds.
So, fast forward many years, three kids later and a great career. I’m back to skiing again and its like riding a bike. You never forget how to although it seems like “carving” is all the rage these days. When I learned, I was taught to ski as fast as you can in as strait a line as you can, keep your upper body pointed downhill and only pivot your skis to control your speed. I skidded my turns to control speed.
With this “carving” thing all the rage, my trusty 195 K2 5500’s weren’t going to cut it anymore so I bought some used Atomic Slalom skis and skied them all last season. They are pretty awesome skis and you can turn so quick in them. They are stiff as boards too.
Then all I kept hearing about last season is “rocker” and wide skis. So this year I bought a pair on a leap of faith without trying any. I orignally ordered Praxis Pist Jibs. Keith then recommended that I go with MVP’s and that’s what I did. Praxis MVP, 184’s, Medium/Stiff with Carbon/glass layup. Bindings mounted on boot center on dot indented on left side of ski. They are not nearly as stiff as my Atomics.
I skied them for the first time on Friday at Squaw. Basically all on groomers, the steepest terain being Siberia Bowl, but mostly on the runs off Shirley Express. I love moguls so was happy to see little bumps form. Anyhow, on Friday the skis felt very “spinny” or pivoty. They wanted to pivot at the slightest movement. I’m guessing my first experience with rocker?
The tails kept washing out on me and the tail tips would cross a lot. I also felt very forward on this setup and noticed that the bindings looked too centered on the skis. When the speed increased the tails seemed to behave a lot better and so I started seeing how fast I could go until I felt unsafe on them. At higher speeds, they would start twisting around on me. Its like there is some sort of speed sweet spot on these. Not enough speed and the tails misbehaved and too much speed and they start being thrown all over the place. I was not happy on Friday. I hated these skis. I wanted my Atomics back.
So after Friday I needed to do something about these skis since I dropped a boatload on them. I took the skis to the Squaw shop and asked them to remount them for me. The centeredness of the bindings bothered me so I eyeballed the binding position that looked right to me and asked the guys in the shop to remount them there. That ended up mounting the bindings with the boot center mark 4 cm behind the mark on the left side of the skis.
What a difference that made!! It is like a totally difference ski. Not sure of the technicalities of moving the mount position but it looks right now. Better for my old style of skiing? Don’t know.
By today, I’ve got them so dialed in and I feel I have total control over them. Not one crossed tip or tail, zip through bumps, great skidded turning and sometimes I would even get on the edges and carve some nice turns that felt locked into the snow and solid. I had lots of fun Saturday and today. I don’t feel a speed limit anymore and they are now stable at high speeds. I did plenty of beginner slopes too, teaching my kids skiing and these skis are much better when going faster.
Anyways, that’s what I have to say about these so far. Again only three days on these and all on piste. I feel like I have the control like my Atomic slalom skis with solid edges that I can lock into the snow, but also with the rocker for deeper snow that hopefully I’ll be able to experience soon.
I totally love them now and have confidence to do anything on them now. I have the feel of my Atomics in a modern form factor that will add to the terrain I can ski with them. I want to try the 187 to see if I can control them as well as I can mine at 184.
Those are my thoughts on these. Hope this review helps someone in the purchasing decision process . Take care!
Gear review by Joe Woo who mainly ski Squaw and Alpine; he’s based out of the North Bay.
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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:
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.
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.