Lake Tahoe Resorts Closing Dates, Snow Report, Live Cams

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2020/21 Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Closing Dates, Snow Totals Report, Tahoe Resorts Live Cams

Page Last Updated March 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST. Bookmark this page for quick access.

Squaw Valley: May 31, 2021

Alpine Meadows: May 31

Heavenly: April 18

Northstar: April 18

Mt. Rose: April 18

Boreal: April 18

Sugar Bowl: April 11

Homewood: April 11

Kirkwood: April 11

Sierra at Tahoe: April 11

Diamond Peak: April 11

During COVID, most resorts require you to buy lift tickets online ahead of time; if you’d like to book your resort visit for fresh POWder days and holiday weekends, the best strategy is to..

Plan ahead by booking your lift tickets and lodging stay especially whenever there’s snow in the forecast since resorts are limiting their capacity during the coronavirus pandemic. Check the ski resort or ski area where you are headed: El Dorado (South Tahoe) or Placer County (North Tahoe), and your county’s COVID Tier and travel restrictions before you plan your trip.

Will you be sharing a ski lease or vacation rental? Tips on how to reduce your risk of COVID coronavirus when sharing accommodations.

Lake Tahoe Resorts Snow Report, Live Cams & Trail Maps

Boreal is opened . Check their website for night skiing hours. Trail Map | Cam

Heavenly Mountain Resort is opened Trail Map | Live Cams

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Sierra at Tahoe is opened Trail Map | Cam

Kirkwood opens Dec 4 Trail Map | Cam

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Squaw Valley USA is opened Trail Map | Cam

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Alpine Meadows is opened Trail Map | Cam

Northstar-at-Tahoe is opened Trail Map | Cam

Sugar Bowl is opened Trail Map | Cam

Homewood Dec 11 Trail Map | Cam

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Diamond Peak Dec 10 Trail Map | Cam

Mt. Rose is opened Trail Map | Cam

Tahoe Donner TBD DECEMBER  Trail Map

Donner Ski Ranch TBD Trail Map

Bear Valley is opened Trail Map | Cam

China Peak  is opened Trail Map

Dodge Ridge TBD Trail Map | Cam

Soda Springs TBD Trail Map

Yosemite’s Badger Pass® Ski Area TBD Trail Map

Mt. Shasta Ski Park Resort TBD DEC 15 Trail Map | Cam | Extended night skiing/riding hours 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

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* North Lake Tahoe Public Transportation Information

PUBLIC SHUTTLES

TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit)

Call 530-550-1212. Regular schedules run 7 days / week from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM. TART service runs along 30 miles of the North Lake Tahoe shoreline including a shuttle between Tahoe City and Truckee via Hwy. 89. Buses equipped with bike racks in summer and ski racks in winter.

Truckee Transit

Call 530-587-751 for information. Buses run from 9 AM to 5 PM, no service between 1:15 to 2:15, Monday through Saturday. Service from Truckee Airport / Downtown Commercial Row / Donner Lake.

Ski Resort Shuttles and Schedules

– Free Ski Shuttle. Call 800-736-6365 for information. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Homewood resorts: TART service offers weekend and holiday week schedule.

Night Rider Free Night Service

Call 530-546-2912 for information. Free service stopping at all TART public bus stops at night through the summer and winter with variable schedules.

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

– Public bus service from and to South Lake Tahoe Airport
Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) has a bus stop located at the airport. The bus stop is on route 18X N.B. and E.B.

– BlueGO
BlueGO is a service of the South Tahoe Transit Authority, operated by the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD). BlueGO provides fixed route, demand response, sky shuttles, seasonal trolley service, and commuter express routes on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and to the Carson Valley.

– BlueGO operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit the Tahoe Transportation District website: https://www.tahoetransportation.org/transit/south-shore-services.

– Shuttle Service to & from Reno/Tahoe international Airport
South Tahoe Airporter
(530) 544-5289
http://southtahoeairporter.com

South Tahoe Express
This luxury bus shuttle service offers nonstop service between the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and South Shore casinos and hotel properties. There are 8 daily departures each way from Reno between 5:45 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. and from South Shore beginning at 3:30 a.m. and ending at 11:15 p.m. Purchase tickets through your travel agent, the Welcome Center at the Reno Airport and South Shore Casinos. $27.50 per person, each way. $49.00 round trip. Children 4-12 travel for $15.50 each way or $28.00 round trip with paid adult. CALL 866-898-2463

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Busses for Airport Transfers, Casino Trips, Convention Event Shuttles, Golf Outings, Government contracting, Parties, Party Bus, Ski shuttles, Sporting events, Weddings, Reno ~ Lake Tahoe Bus Trips. 635 Ferrari-Mcleod Blvd. Reno, NV 89512 | 775-324-4444

Heavenly Ski Resort
During the ski season, this resort offers FREE fixed route shuttle service to most South Shore lodging properties. The shuttle runs between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Call for designated stops. 530-541-7548

Sierra At Tahoe Ski Resort
During the ski season, this resort offers FREE fixed route shuttle service to most South Shore lodging properties. The shuttle runs between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Call for designated stops. 530-541-7548

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* Check to see when the next snow storm is in the forecast. Browse traffic and road webcams. Check Caltrans live feed.

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* Roads, Traffic – Check Current Highway Conditions

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* LIVE TRAFFIC CAMS

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* CHP Traffic Incident Information

http://cad.chp.ca.gov/

* TAHOE ROAD LIVE CAMS

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* NORTH TAHOE LIVE CAMS

https://tahoetopia.com/webcams

* SOUTH TAHOE LIVE CAMS

https://tahoesouth.com/lake-tahoe-web-cams/

* Tip: before you drive to Tahoe, check Current California Highway Road Conditions & Traffic; Enter Highway Number(s)

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On the Beyond Tahoe Snow Destination ‘Bucket List’: where can you ski and ride at midnight, soak in a hot mineral water pool, then follow that up with soju shots and BBQ eats? Dragon Valley, South Korea – site of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Cross Country Tahoe Ski Areas Opening Dates (Lake Tahoe Nordic skiing and snowshoeing areas)

Granlibakken Resort  DEC Trail Map | Cam

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort  DEC Trail Map

Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area  DEC Trail Map

=== SoCal – Southern California/Sierra ===

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort  is opened Trail Map | Cam

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Mountain High Resort (located in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County in California) 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

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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.

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Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding (spilt-boarding) Q&A Series, part 7

Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding (spilt-boarding) Q&A Series

Part 7: interview with Mathias Bjoern, Founder of 48 FreeRiders, a backcountry skiing, riding community based out of Denmark

’48 FreeRiders is a community of backcountry enthusiast and freeride skiers/boarders ⛷🏂❄️
Our goal is to spread avalanche awareness and connect like-minded people. A place where you can share your adventures, knowledge, experience and find other freeriders in your area or areas you are traveling to’

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Photo Credit: Mathias Bjoern

Background timeline context

The boom in backcountry skiing, snowboarding and other snow-sports was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic as ski resorts started closing down like falling dominoes starting in March of 2020 as state and local counties mandated ‘stay at home’ (SIP) orders as coronavirus outbreaks spiked.

Winter season 2020/21 will likely see similar trends especially pronounced if resorts are unable to implement effective protocols of limiting on-site visitors’ capacity, and social distancing especially indoors in common areas which will result in COVID infection outbreaks resulting in resorts’ closures.

Of particular concern is that finally CDC acknowledges that the coronavirus infection transmission is airborne by aerosols which means it is highly contagious. This fact does not bode well so we’ll see how this flu season and winter months play out.

Back to our topic, our backcountry Q&A feature looks at backcountry from a range of diverse perspectives, from an amateur to expert backcountry skier, from a ski shop small business retailer to backcountry touring guide, these Q&A series provide some key insights and also we’ll list resources to consider for avalanche safety training that is critical to stay safe in the backcountry. Most importantly, we list key resources to connect you with folks who share a passion and love for the backcountry.

Part 7 Q&A interview with Mathias Bjoern, an expert backcountry skier and Founder of 48 FreeRiders

Could you tell us a little about your background in BC, snow-sports and how you came to create 48 FreeRiders?

The idea of creating 48 FreeRiders has been brewing with me for a few years. My name is Mathias Bjoern, and I’m the founder of 48 FreeRiders, a community for backcountry enthusiasts, freeride skiers, and snowboarders.

I’m a certified ski instructor and have had six years of experience. I have been skiing and teaching all over the world and I often come across skiers and snowboarders in the backcountry without any avalanche gear or knowledge about what they are doing.

I look at them and think back at my self and how much I have learned through these four years as I used to be one of the guys in the backcountry without any gear, but as I learned more about the dangers in the backcountry and educate myself through avalanche courses and hands on training, I’ve learned how ignorant and naive I had been! I had not only placed my own life in danger, but also the people around me on backcountry outings!

From everything I have learned in the past four years of being in the backcountry, I decided that there must be a way to spread this information to other people and prevent others from making the mistakes that I have made.

We live in a world that is heavily influenced by what we see on TV and social media and there’s not many who addresses issues like avalanches and other dangers in the mountains on social platforms that comes across in an easy to understand format. People are too busy with showing their glamorous lifestyle, the deepest powder turns of their life without taking time to share the lifesaving importance of the backcountry education, preparation and planning that goes into getting to these spots, skiing gnarly lines, etc.

I decided that I would build a community where backcountry enthusiast and freeride skiers and snowboarders can share the preparation, avalanche knowledge, helping each other with staying safe, and meet like-minded people, as well as a place where I can invite mountain guides to share conversations about avalanche awareness, letting the professional share their knowledge and experience with the community, and hoping for this to catch people’s attention so they become more interested in avalanche awareness and backcountry safety. By getting people interested, I hope that they will look for more knowledge themselves and do avalanche courses. That way we can create backcountry with people who are not only amazing skiers and snowboarders, but also fully knowledgeable of avalanche dangers and ready to help in case of accidents.

Now with the COVID pandemic, more people are stocking up on ski touring gear and split boards, and mountain guides are going to be busier than ever teaching avalanche awareness, to the people that understand that there are dangers in the backcountry and want to proceed with it with caution, but not everyone understands this, and we will see people wandering into the backcountry with no avalanche gear and no idea about what they are doing which will put undue risks upon themselves and on people who are with them. As I mention earlier, they are not only going to be placing themselves into danger, but also the people around them in the backcountry, as they can set off an avalanche, that can hit the people below them, and then there is no one to save the people getting buried as the people setting off the avalanche have no gear to find them or dig them out with. This is a topic that I speak with Jees Hotter (Freeride World Tour athlete about in episode 6 of our series “Backcountry Talk”, that you can find on our new website (48FreeRiders.com), YouTube, and also as a podcast on SoundCloud.

Even before the COVID pandemic, I was seeing an increase in skiers and snowboarders getting into backcountry and ski touring/split boarding. The COVID pandemic was the catalyst that brought on the spike of interest and influx of newbies to the backcountry.

48 FreeRiders is a social media-based platform with members all over the world. Our goal: if you join 48 FreeRiders both on Instagram and Facebook, you can use these platforms to find people in your area or areas that you may be traveling to. Our Facebook group is made for the members to post their tours, experience, knowledge but also a place where you can post and ask if there are members in your area there want to go ski touring with.

What gear do you need to get into backcountry skiing/snowboarding?

The most important gear when you wander into the backcountry is your avalanche gear which is made of a transceiver, shovel, and probe. This is the 3 most essential things you will need. Without these 3 things, it will be pretty much impossible for you to find a buried person in an avalanche. I use a BCA Tracker 3, a metal shovel, and a 3-meter long probe. (You can buy this as a set). There are many different brands out there that make great transceivers, the most important is that you practice so you become an expert at using yours, especially how to find multiple people and flagging people with the probe. I personally find the BCA Tracker 3 the easiest to use, which is why I chose it.

To decide which skis and split boards to buy, ask what you want to get out of your skis?

Do you want lightweight for uphill treks?
Do you want something that you can charge with on the way down?
Do you want pin- or frame-binding?
Do you want a wide or narrow ski?
Do you want stiff or soft skis (I prefer stiff ski to charge down the mountain)?
Do you want to snowshoe or split board?
Stiff or soft board?
etc

How can a newbie get into backcountry skiing and snowboarding?

We recommend doing an avalanche course; there are plenty of them around the world, or you can hire your own mountain guide and get them to teach you the basics, which will give you a rough understanding of how avalanches work and what to look out for.

Find a crew of people to go into the backcountry with, where everyone has the possibility to get to lead the tour, so everyone knows what is going on and is learning from the experience as well as making sure everyone gets a saying in the decision making. Make sure there is a culture of never be afraid of saying what you think, and that it is okay to turn around if the danger/risk is too high. It’s best to be conservative in the backcountry, a life-saving rule to adhere to is: if one person in the group has a reason to turn around, the whole group will as a team, will turn around. It needs to be a reason based on factual backcountry observations and evaluation.

Starting with small and easy tours! You can maybe ski all the runs in the resort with your eyes closed but the backcountry is a completely different beast, so start small and build your skill up to the more gnarly stuff. Remember that avalanche terrain often starts around 30 degrees.

I think some people are terrified without any reason or knowledge, and some are overconfident. Finding a balance between these two by using knowledge and experience to judge the condition with the focus on getting safely back to shred another day is the healthiest approach to backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Reflecting on the decision that you and your group made in the backcountry is key to improving; ask:

What decision did we make that was good?
What decision did we make that was not so good?
What can we learn from this?
How can we make sure we don’t make these mistakes in the future?

We hope you find this interview useful and perhaps our paths cross and we’ll have an opportunity to share some powder shredding with you in the backcountry. We also hope that you will be interested in joining our community to share your wisdom and to help spread avalanche awareness so that backcountry skiing is not only fun but safe place for recreational snow sports.

Best Regards,

Mathias Bjoern
Founder of 48 FreeRiders. Currently, I live in Denmark where I’m from. I have been fortunate to be able to travel for four years on the road skiing all over the world.

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Part 1 

Part 1 Backcountry skiing Q&A interview with Alyssa Olenberg-Meltzer who got into backcountry skiing and loves it from the start; she has four winters of experience.

Part 2 

Read our Q&A with Greg of California Ski Company, a retail store specializing in ski, backcountry, and touring gear and service based in Berkeley, CA.

Part 3 

Interview with Robert Shattuck, founder of San Francisco Backcountry Skiers (SFBS) Community on Facebook Groups.

Part 4 

Interview with Richard Bothwell, Backcountry Touring Guide and Director of the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC)

Part 5 

Interview with Carl Hlavenka, ski patroller with Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol and California Winter Search and Rescue Team North

Part 6 

Interview with Shane Robinson Owner & Lead Guide at Graybird Guiding based out of Baker Mt, WA

Backcountry Skiing, Snow-Sports Resources

✔ San Francisco Backcountry Skiers Facebook Group: ‘San Francisco Backcountry Skiers (and Riders) is a resource and inspiration for people in the San Francisco area (and beyond) who are interested in backcountry skiing and riding. SFBS welcomes both experienced and aspiring backcountry skiers and riders.’ Membership type: free, public group. 3.3k members. Visit their FB group page.

✔ SnowPals.org is a non-traditional snow-sports club for busy Bay Area professionals. Join SF Bay Area professionals to expand your circle of ski and ride buddies (resort based and backcountry), btw, that’s how we came up with our name: Snow (Snow-Sports) + Pals. Membership type: one-time paid membership fee of $20; join SnowPals. Read members’ intros to get an idea who joins. Founded in 1999 by a small group of friends; we are now 8,249 members and growing. Celebrating our 21st year of connecting folks to expand their circle of snow sports activity partners.

Sierra Avalanche Center’s education resources where you can get the backcountry safety education and hands on training

Lake Tahoe Backcountry Ski Topographic Maps and Guidebook

California Ski Company in Berkeley is one of the top ski shop retailer for ski gear for sale and rentals, plus boot fitting and equipment service. Cal Ski Co is a ‘specialty ski shop focused on ski equipment sale and rental since 1989. They sell and rent equipment for both Resort and Backcountry Ski Touring. Their team of expert ski boot fitters are the best in the business. They repair and tune about anything that slides on snow. Looking for a job? Cal Ski Co is currently hiring as of October 29, 2020. Full-time and part-time employment available: job openings, ski tech and boot-fitter. Experience is desirable but not necessary. The only criteria is that you are a skier. Interested or know of someone who is? Email resumes to .’

✔ Backcountry and Outback Adventures for Telemark and Randonee Ski Rentals, Fremont, CA and Larkspur, CA – Outback Adventures is a comprehensive outdoor adventure guide service, rental shop, and paddlesports and nordic ski specialty retailer located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sequoia National Park Lodging WUKSACHI LODGE

Located in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park, Wuksachi Lodge is a modern lodge with 102 guestrooms. It offers a cocktail lounge, a full service restaurant and both a retail and ski shop. At an elevation of 7,050 ft. (1,980 m), Wuksachi Lodge is only 4 miles away from the Giant Forest Museum.
Delaware North Parks & Resorts offers multiple services like overnight accommodations, retail, food and beverage, etc. at Kings Canyon National Park in the area of Grant Grove and Cedar Grove. Limited Internet is available in some areas of the main lodge. Wuksachi Lodge is open throughout all the seasons.

GRANT GROVE CABINS

At an elevation of 6,500 ft (1,980 m), the Grant Grove Cabins is located in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. It offers 6 types of cabins; some are even opened all year. Main attractions like a sequoia grove, gifts shop, markets and restaurants are half a mile (800m) away from the Grant Grove Cabins. Open: All Year (limited in the winter)

✔ PEAR LAKE WINTER HUT

Managed by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, Pear Lake Winter Hut is a rustic hut of 10 bunk beds that opens during winter and requires reservations but only for wilderness skiers who travel to Pear Lake during the cold season. At an elevation of 9,200 ft. the hut sits high above Lodgepole. This hut includes a wood-pellet stove. To get to it, you need to go through six miles on skis or snowshoes. Reservations can be made online or by phone: 559-565-3759.

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Favorite tropical retreat getaway

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Yearning for a well deserved vacay from the hectic Western lifestyle where each day flashes by with little in the way of cultivating our inner soul and playful spirit?

With the Covid pandemic still limiting air travel to other countries, what’s the latest information on requirements for U.S. passport holders traveling to Thailand? Travel Off Path details THAILAND COVID-19 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TRAVELERS NEED TO KNOW.

When was the last time you’ve enjoyed some quality personal time at a writers’ retreat to tap in to your creative side or a yoga retreat for some much needed rest & relaxation (R&R) and meditation to rejuvenate?

Or if food is your motivator, treat your palate to a Thai foodie adventure and add a side trip to learn how to cook Thai dishes.

Where can you find a warm sun drenched tropical beach town away from the main tourist destination where your dollar goes a long way?

Beach town balmy Prachuap, Thailand offers one of the best value off the beaten path vacation getaway.

Prachuap Khiri Khan, a scenic beach town 4.5 hours by train from Bangkok, checks off our list of requirements:

✔ Off the beaten tourist path
✔ Swaying palm trees
✔ Scenic beaches and warm ocean water
✔ Tropical climate in an exotic locale
✔ Peaceful, relaxing setting
✔ Inexpensive lodging (unbeatable price value comparatively)
✔ Inexpensive Thai food with availability of Western restaurant options
✔ Local small beach town charm
✔ Outdoor recreation: scuba, snorkeling, water snow sports, hiking, biking
✔ Lively Night Markets Offering Good Eats and Local Artesian Products
✔ Open air farmer’s market with fresh tropical fruits, vegetables and made to order good eats
✔ Fun live music scene entertainment
✔ Enjoy inexpensive massages ($5 foot massage to relax tired feet from a day of touring) and spa treatments (facials, manicure, pedicure, Thai massage & other “me time” pure bliss relaxation spa treatments) for a fraction of the price in the USA.

Enjoy a sun drenched tropical getaway destination that’s easy on the pocket book and also makes a great foodie adventure combined with a yoga retreat to destress and rejuvenate.

Especially enticing if you live somewhere cold like Chicago, New York; West Virginia; Washington; Buffalo; Detroit; Louisville; Nashville; Milwaukee; Kansas City, Kan.; Des Moines; Minneapolis; Denver; and Boise, Idaho or in Canada like Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

For a $1,000 USD monthly vacation getaway budget; this rental in Prachuap, South Eastern Coastal Thailand checked off all of our requirements in addition to being inexpensive with prices starting at $21 USD per night so a one month stay (31 nights) would cost $651 which leaves $349 for food, entertainment, and Thai massages, etc. In terms of food cost, a meal of savory grilled chicken or fish with sticky rice plus freshly made to order papaya salad and Thai iced tea will set you back only $3.50 USD.

If a non-touristy small beach town appeals to you, balmy Prachuap is that place.

This vacation rental retreat aptly named Baan Aomjai (which means “home of warm hearts” in the Thai language) is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan, a beach side town in Thailand accessible by daily air conditioned deluxe express bus directly from the Bangkok International airport. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport (aka Suvarnabhumi Airport code: BKK) you can choose to take the express bus to Prachuap or alternatively take a taxi/Uber into Bangkok then take a scenic train ride from the Bangkok Train Station – namely the Hua Lamphong Railway Station to the beach town of Prachuap.

Baan Aomjai is available as a nightly rental or long term vacation rental; great for all travelers, digital nomads and writers. This beach town is a perfect retreat getaway from the busy city life in Bangkok. “Baan Aomjai consists of just five unique boutique holiday rentals, varying from a petite 15 square meter studio to a spacious 80 square meter 2 bed, 1 bath unit, all equipped with WiFi, air-condition and modern amenities.”

Fully air-conditioned apartments features free WiFi, a mini-fridge, towels, bed linen, terrace, free parking, washing machine​ ​and​ ​flat-screen TVs. Enjoy their ​​relaxing patio aka sala​ ​equipped with an​ ​opened kitchen, brick pizza oven and dining area.​ It is a very relaxing location surrounded by swaying palm trees. There’s also a swimming pool​, gym ​and ​restaurant ​​​​within 5 mins walk of the guesthouse apartment and the scenic Ao Manao beach is within a 20 minutes bike ride.

If you’d like a change from the local Thai food, there are excellent Western food options such as pizza, pasta (Italian), German and French food available​ ​in town.

The owners are helpful in getting you acquainted with Prachuap and​ ​can help​ ​you pick daily activities to enjoy your vacation or relax at scenic beach near by and ​go for a swim, get a tan or ​kick your feet up and relax under a palm tree reading your favorite book.

Interested in bike tours? Check out their fully supported fun bike tour adventures; sign up for their Ride, Eat & Sleep Package Tours.

Prachuap is a scenic beach town for those seeking an alternative vacation destination to noisy​ ​city life in​ ​Bangkok.​ Added perks include inexpensive Thai massages in town that start at only 150 Baht (which equals to approximately $5 USD) and enjoy night markets for good value tasty eats and a great place to buy local artesian souvenirs for friends and family.

This is a newly built August 2016 vacation rental; the property is well maintained with daily maid service. A great place to stay for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families with or without kids.

For freelancers, digital nomads, those looking to retire or live a life of an expat, Prachuap is one of the best expat options because of the (1) inexpensive cost of living (2) modern healthcare system where many doctors are trained in the UK, Australia and the USA (3) safe with significantly low incidence of crime (4) modern transportation infrastructure with easy international airport, train and modern bus connections (5) high speed internet (6) availability of many food options including Western styled restaurants and (7) abundant indoors entertainment options and outdoor adventures, and (8) Bangkok is the inexpensive travel hub for Southeast Asia where you can hop on an inexpensive flight to explore other regional destinations like Penang, Malaysia, Ankor Wat in Siem Riep, Cambodia, Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Bagan Myanmar, Coron, Philippines, Bali, Indonesia, Luang Prabang, Laos and Singapore among other South East Asia travel destinations.

Browse Baan Aomjai’s Website: https://www.baanaomjai.com

For short stays, check availability by browsing their Airbnb rental calendar at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14749791.

For stays longer than two weeks, make a reservation by contacting them on their Facebook page.

YouTube Video from a tourist who booked a stay at Baan Aomjai:


Scenic aerial view of the beach town Prachuap:

Baan Aomjai’s Vacation Rental Photo Gallery

Foodies, explore and enjoy some of Thailand’s best street food; your palate will dance happily.. for reference: $1 USD = 30 Thai Baht (as of November 2019); a bowl of Tom Yum Shrimp noodle soup will set you back about $2.50 USD or about 80 Baht; a freshly made to order Papaya Salad (som tum) will set you back about $1.25 USD or 40 Baht.

Can’t wait to start making some Thai dishes; try out recipes from the cookbook, “A Culinary Odyssey: A Cookbook Diary of Travels, Flavors and Memories of Southeast Asia” by Andrew X Pham – This is the culmination of a lifetime of passionate eating, traveling, writing, and cooking: 45 favorite and simple recipes from the cuisines of Thailand and Vietnam, then and now. “It’s so much more than a cookbook. It’s love, it’s life. It’s about living, culture, and food from the land of my birth and my chosen home for the past decade.” – Award wining author Andrew X Pham

A Culinary Odyssey

Here’s what a Thailand Foodie Adventure looks like:

Before you go, read up on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “The Best Street Food in Bangkok” which serves as a handy guide to what’s best to eat while touring Thailand.

Getaway to Thailand on your bucket list? Here’s why it should be:

If you plan to go, key resources to check out:

+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand.

+ Browse airfare pricing from Google Flights from Toronto, Canada International Airport (YYZ) to Bangkok (BKK), Thailand.

+ Scenic Train Ride From Bangkok, departs from Hua Lamphong Railway Station to Prachuap:

Click on the map below for real-time Google Map Directions from Bangkok main train station to Prachuap:

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+ Express Airport Bus to Hau Hin (check-in airport counter on Level 1, Gate No. 8), a beach side city close to the beach town of Prachuap. Check out the bus schedule and info at http://www.airporthuahinbus.com/V2/airport-to-huahin/

+ For a travel guide to the city of Prachuap, read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prachuap_Khiri_Khan_Province.

+ For transportation options from Bangkok to Prachuap, Thailand, read http://www.prachuapkhirikhan.org/practical-prachuap/transportation-prachuap-khiri-khan/prachuap-bangkok/.

Watch the video below for the key attractions and things to do if you’re planning a Thailand vacay getaway and aiming to check off traveler’s top ten to do list:

“Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the scenically stunning world-class beaches in the south or the mountain villages in the north, Thailand will not disappoint.” -planetware.com

A side-trip to consider:

If you’ve seen the movie,’The Beach’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio filmed in Thailand, you might want to visit the famous FILM SET of Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Lay, an enclave of paradise on the coastline of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Southern Coastal Thailand. Imagine a stunning beach cove, located 30 minutes away from a populated island. A cove whose crystal blue waters are almost glowing (swim, scuba, snorkel to your heart’s content), the sand silky soft dancing between your toes, the surrounding cliff faces beautifully dominant in a protective hug and where the surrounding choppy waters protect the enclave from human invaders.

“You fish, swim, eat, laze around, and everyone’s so friendly. It’s such simple stuff, but… If I could stop the world and restart life, put the clock back, I think I’d restart it like this. For everyone.” – Alex Garland, ‘The Beach’.

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List of Ski & Snowboarding Movies, Film Screenings Dropping Fall of 2020

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Fall 2020 Best Ski, Ride/Snowboarding Movies, Film Screenings

Mark your calendar for Ski and Snowboard Movie Screenings Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area either virtually on-demand/live streaming or at a local drive-in.

Gather friends and family to watch ski and snowboard film screenings and get stoked for the coming snow season; bonus: score a free lift ticket at selected showings.

*Most ski film/movie screenings will give out a free mid-week non-holiday lift ticket or a 2 for 1 aka BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon/voucher. With adult lift tickets pricing of $125 and up, a free lift ticket is a nice bonus for watching a ski and ride film. Swag giveaway and end of tour ski/ride trip to a powder destination is given away to a lucky movie-goer.

There is a first for everything so this year amidst the pandemic, Teton Gravity Research is showing their ski movie at open air drive-in theaters across the USA.

–>> 1st up, Ski Movie Title: “MAKE BELIEVE”

Film Production Company: Teton Gravity Research
September 2020 Release Date

About the movie:

“Inspiration is evoked spontaneously and without intention…”

Sometimes it comes in the form of a photograph, a chance encounter on a chairlift, or a glimpse at a mountain never seen before. When combined with motivation, the spark of inspiration becomes a dream, and when pursued gives our lives a new purpose.

For 25 years TGR has focused on turning Make Believe into reality, from exploring powder stashes in our backyard playground to first descents on unnamed peaks, the ethos of “live the dream” has defined our adventures.

“MAKE BELIEVE” celebrates today’s athletes who have committed to this ethos, the ones who have fallen deeply in love with the mountain life, the people who have chosen to live their lives in a particular way, from inception to reality, the ones who choose to make and believe in their dreams.”

2020 NorCal drive-in movie screenings:

9/30 SACRAMENTO, CA
West Wind Sacramento Drive-in

10/10 CONCORD, CA,
West Wind Solano Drive-in

Oct 9 & 10 ORINDA, CA,
Bruns Amphitheatre (WhiSKI Series)

10/14 SAN JOSE, CA
West Wind Capitol Drive-in

Watch the YouTube movie trailer:

Tickets at

http://tetongravity.com/makebelieve

with family & friends 😉

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–>> 2nd, Warren Miller’s 71st ski film, “Future Retro,” comes to the Bay Area via Live Streaming

Film Production Company: Warren Miller Entertainment

Release Date & Film Tour Info: this year’s ski/ride movie will be live streamed November 2020 TBA; keep tabs on announcement of movie streaming date, details at https://warrenmiller.com/events.

“Vermont embodies a quaint quintessential New England charm that one might expect from the Green Mountain State, but it is more than just winding backwoods roads and historic covered bridges: it’s also the heart of ski culture in the American Northeast. And no mountain embodies this Vermont ski scene more than Killington, host of the 2019 Audi Fis Women’s World Cup Race, where the fastest racers in the world gathered last November to lay their edges into Killington’s finest East Coast powder. Joining the 30,000 live spectators are former American alpine racer Kaylin Richardson and Killington native-turned-big-mountain skier Jim Ryan, who are ready to revel in the thrills and frills of World Cup action, while also laying down some corduroy carves themselves.”

with family & friends 😉

Watch the sneak peek YouTube trailer:

–>> 3rd, Purple Mountains

Film Production Company: Teton Gravity Research

Release Date & Film Info:

World Premiere September 16, 2020 – stream it free at your leisure.

Our outdoor playgrounds are in peril and our votes this November will decide their future. Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has watched winters change drastically during his 45 years spent in the mountains. More extreme weather, fewer snow days, and economic strain on mountain towns.

And yet, climate change remains a divisive issue. In the new film Purple Mountains, Jeremy seeks common ground in the heart of America’s purple states, having honest discussions with individuals who don’t see eye to eye with him.

Watch the sneak peek YouTube trailer:

Learn More, stream the film free: https://www.purplemountainsfilm.com

Our Common Ground Unites Us to preserve our natural world for future generations to come.

Together, we have the ability to protect our outdoor lifestyles from the effects of climate change. Make a plan to vote with Protect Our Winters and you’ll get all the info you need to make sure your voice is heard this November 2020: make a plan to vote early/drop off ballots instead of USPS mail to make sure your vote gets counted.

climate-change@weather_west on Twitter.

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Visit Patagonia’s Twitter feed to read their latest effort to save our home planet earth. Watch their documentary film,”Public Trust“.

“On December 3rd, 2020, the NSCD Future Leader Board will present back-to-back screenings of two epic ski movies.

This virtual celebration will kick off the winter season by opening with Fresh Tracks, a documentary that highlights the adaptive sports movement that will make you rethink ability. Stay for a Level 1 film to get us stoked for this year’s powder turns!” – National Sports Center

About Fresh Tracks
Fresh Tracks follows the journey of a war hero, innovator and adaptive skiing pioneer. This true-life documentary tells the story of Paul Leimkuehler, who lost his leg during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, and turned his amputation into an opportunity by building his own artificial leg and opening a prosthetic business. He returns to the world of sports triumphantly after designing the first pair of ski outriggers in the U.S., helping launch the adaptive skiing movement. The film follows the influence of Paul’s legacy on today’s Paralympic skiers and snowboarders including NSCD athletes, Kyle Taulman and Kyle Moxley, and the evolving of technology in adaptive sports.

"Fresh Tracks" Trailer from TFA Group on Vimeo.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/347182248

About Romance, A Level 1 Production
Romance, the final chapter by Level 1 captures a modern-day Golden Age in skiing. Featuring a generation of talent that came of age in the best time to ever do it. Tweaking the formula, tweaking the grab, and in it for nothing but the love.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUNvGFuX23I

–> As new ski, snowboarding movies get announced, we’ll add to this year’s list on this page – , friends; bookmark and check back for new listings 😉

For Tahoe snow sports, connect with San Francisco Bay Area professionals who love to ski, ride & backcountry @

http://www.snowpals.org/2019/how-to-join-snowpals/

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Dream Trip: Ski/Snowboard Powder

.. in Kashmir Free Ski Movie You Can Watch Now

‘where culture, travel exploration and skiing meet’

“Twenty-two year old Swede, Lovisa Rosengren, chooses Gulmarg, Kashmir as her dream trip spot with Cody Townsend and Kalen Thorien. What was supposed to be a cultural trip, turns into so much more when a 3 meter snow storm rolls through the resort.” – Salomon TV


What's it like to ski/ride

.. the Japanese Alps famous dry champagne powder?

JaPOW is a word coined for a very good reason: heavenly bucket list worthy powder; see what’s it like to ski/ride Japan’s famous dry champagne powder which is consistently rated as top three in the world and where the Freeride World Tour regularly chooses as one of the tour competition location?

“The Freeride World Tour is an annually toured series of events in which the best freeskiers and snowboard freeriders compete for individual event wins, as well as the overall title of World Champion in their respective genders and disciplines.” – Wiki

Playtime: Dream Ski Trip

from Salomon Freeski TV

“After 8 seasons of Salomon Freeski TV, and thousands of comments from our fans begging for a chance to star in an episode, we’ve listened! For 3 weeks in December, Salomon Freeski TV viewers were given the chance to win their ultimate Free Ski Dream Trip. The contest was simple – tell us where would you go and who would you would want to go with?

On December 29th, 2014 10 winners were selected from a list of thousands, then one lucky fan received a phone call giving him/her the opportunity to live out his ultimate skiing fantasy in Japan with Mike Douglas, Cody Townsend, & Kaj Zackrisson.”- Salomon TV

Charge – Salomon TV

“Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing in BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can every day.

Key Credits:
– Featuring: Stan Rey, Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Alexi Godbout and Jordan Temkin.
– Production: Switchback Productions
– Music: Holler by Band Of Rascals – Courtesy of Blue Heron Music” – Salomon TV

Charge 2 – Salomon TV

We took five top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot to Mustang Powder Cat Skiing in BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can.

Featuring:

Stan Rey
Leah Evans
Alexi Godbout
Josh Daiek
Drew Petersen

Location: Mustang Powder Catskiing

https://www.mustangpowder.com/cat-ski

Music: Fatback by Mr. Wiggles Courtesy of Secret Stash Records
Shot, produced and edited by Switchback Entertainment

For Tahoe snow sports, connect with San Francisco Bay Area professionals who love to ski, ride & backcountry @

http://www.snowpals.org/2019/how-to-join-snowpals/

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Snow-Sports Businesses Spotlight

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Last updated: January 22, 2021.

Snow-Sports Businesses Spotlight

At SnowPals, we invite snow-sports businesses (world-wide) to become an affiliate. Spotlight your business to San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Area snow-sports consumers about what you do best:

  • Services you offer, and/or
  • Products you sell
  • At SnowPals, we work diligently to earn a Five Star Rating. We strive to build stellar long term business relationships with our fans and with consumers. We strive to deliver great value and service to customers in order to build a genuinely loyal customer base. If this resonates with what your business strives to do, please reach out to become an affiliate by submitting the form at the end of this page.

    Don’t have a partners’ or an affiliates page on your business website? Consider adding one.

    Here are some reasons why an affiliates page is the most effective way to help you grow your business:

    1) serves to increase cross promotional marketing which is the ideal way to attract new visitors to your website instead of paid advertising via Google, etc.

    2) cross marketing provides organic targeted advertising that attracts snow sports niche audience to your website

    3) cross promotion is about expanding the marketing reach of your product and/or services so by helping to promote others, you also in turn receives organic visitors traffic to your business website whenever people search for businesses that are snow sports related

    4) Lastly, success comes from collaborating, rarely from isolation – that’s our takeaway from 20+ years at SnowPals and we have the success track record to show; in 1999 we started SnowPals.org with a few friends, fast forward until 2020, we have gained over 8,000+ members and we continue to grow with the help and support of our fans.

    Our 2020/21 Affiliates & Partners List

    == SF Bay Area ==

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    Tahoe Ski Trips, since 1996, over 23 years of stellar service: “operating with integrity and a commitment to quality, Tahoe Ski Trips (also know as the Bay Area Ski Bus) contracts with the finest transportation companies and recreation outfitters/ski resorts with fantastic reputations and safety records; we focus on the details, while you focus on having Fun! Our quality and service is unmatched.” – Kevin, TST CEO. Get a private ski bus group quote or a corporate price quote for your company as a team building ski, snowboarding outing in Tahoe. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: new Tahoe ski trips users receive up to $50 off day and overnight ski bus trips/gift cards available.

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    Sports Basement with 10 Bay Area Store Locations: ’21 Years of Sports Basement’. a sporting goods store that “catered to everyone that wanted to enjoy the outdoors, with no high-cost barrier to entry. The whole idea was to work with the smallest margins possible so Sports Basement could have the best brands at, well, Basement prices. It worked, and now Sports Basement is able to deliver great gear at great prices at 10 different stores in the greatest place on Earth! Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: Basementeer membership gives you a discount for all purchases which also adds to even sale and clearance discount sporting goods items (online and in store).

    snowbomb ski snowboard festival sf santa clara sacramento

    SnowBomb: SnowBomb produces NorCal’s yearly Ski & Snowboard Festival in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento featuring wine/beer tastings, ski resorts from all over North America, snow-sports exhibitors & leading manufacturers in the ski and snowboard industry, hoteliers and destination getaways and auto industry showcase. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: Get 1/2 off POWDER PASS AND VIP WINE/BEER tasting tickets.

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    Apres’ Ski Club Lodge at Kings Beach, CA (North Lake Tahoe): join Apres ski and snowboard club based out of the Santa Clara, CA (South Bay), a year-round singles club for active adults residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: view Apres ski, ride club benefits.

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    Casa Tours: Chile Argentina Snow Adventures (CASA), is a grassroots organization whose mission is to increase exposure to South American landscapes, mountains, and cultures. CASA is about traveling safely in the mountains; introducing our guests to new places, people, cuisines, language and customs; achieving personal ski and snowboard goals; and developing lifelong friendships and memories. By building cultural bridges and embracing sustainable travel principles, we hope to promote global peace and prosperity while introducing people to some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet. Partner’s Promotional Page: ski, ride year round; sign up for our endless winter powder trip tours.

    == Lake Tahoe ==

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    Backcountry Ski Maps is the best all-in-one backcountry ski touring maps on the marketplace where you can find all the route information you need on one piece of paper or via digital format on your smartphone or laptop. Partner’s Promotional Offer Page: get 10% off backcountry topo ski maps.

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    SkiDUCK is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010; SkiDUCK offers a free program to bring disadvantaged and financially underprivileged youth to the snow to teach them the joys of skiing and snowboarding. Partner’s Page: seeking volunteers to teach underprivileged kids how to ski and snowboard.

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    Tahoe Fund TahoeFund.org is a registered nonprofit in the States of Nevada and California. The goal of the Tahoe Fund is to become a major source of private funding for environmental projects around the Lake Tahoe Basin with an emphasis on forest health, lake clarity, sustainable recreation, transportation and stewardship. Partner’s promo: Buy a Tahoe License Plate or Nevada License Plate and get a Tahoe resort lift ticket or get a day pass to access Lake Tahoe cross-country areas.

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    Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge is Hiring North Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl | Royal Gorge is Hiring. Partner’s Employment Openings Page: apply for job openings at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge.

    == Canada ==

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    SkiBuds: Find friends to ride with based on skill level making the skiing experience in Whistler, British Columbia more enjoyable. Affiliate’s Website: http://www.skibudsapp.com

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    Canadian Mountain Holidays aka CMH is touring California; see what it’s like to heli-ski, ride untracked powder with our virtual reality (VR) heli-ski experience. We’ll have the goggles and guides available at all events. Partner’s VR Tour Event RSVP Page: What is it like to heli-ski untracked POWDER? RSVP for CMH’s virtual reality heli-ski experience.

    == Our 2020/21 Partners List ==

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    Since 1999, we have been passionate about connecting San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe to enjoy snow-sports and to engage in outdoor recreational activities in Tahoe and in other powder destinations. Our partners have chosen to advertise on SnowPals, year after year, because we quantify referrals that contribute to their success!

    What are the benefits of partnering with SnowPals?

    New customer referrals and increase your brand’s visibility are two of the key benefits of partnering with SnowPals.

    Partner with us to reach Bay Area Professionals, their family and their circle of friends. Let us spotlight your business to reach and exceed your business goals.

    For partnership inquiries, please reach out to for a digital media kit for key metrics and benefits of partnership.

    What does becoming an affiliate entails? There is no cost to become an affiliate.

    We are looking for snow-sports related affiliates who would like to establish a cross marketing relationship.

    How to become an affiliate?

    On your partner/affiliates page, please add the following sentence and logo to add SnowPals to your affiliates’ page (your business must have an affiliate page that you can easily include us on your page).

    snowpals-logo

    For Lake Tahoe ski trips, join SnowPals.org – San Francisco Bay Area snow-sports club for busy professionals, since 1999.

    In return, we will include your business on this page. View what an affiliates’ page looks like on SkiBuds’ website.

    Use the form below to send us a one sentence description detailing what your business offers, a URL link to your biz’s website and your business logo. after you have added our logo, link and description to your affiliates page and we’ll do likewise.

    Become an Affiliate

    Submit this form to become a SnowPals affiliate,
    • Send us a one sentence description detailing what you offer as a business.

    Next Step After Submitting the Form:

    After adding our logo and the above sentence on your Affiliates page, please contact (Monday to Friday, non-holidays, 9 AM to 5 PM). We will proceed with listing your business on this page. Please allow a 24 hours turn-around since we need to review your submission and work on listing your business if it meets our snow-sports category listing. Advance thanks!

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    What’s the best value season pass deal for 2019/20? Get the most mountain for your money

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    Updated on August 8,2019

    What’s the best value ski season pass deal for 2019/20?

    IKON Pass ($749/$1049), Epic Pass ($699/$939), or Mountain Collective Pass at $489?

    Here’s why the MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS 2019/20 is the best value season pass:

    Ski, Ride & Explore 18 Mountains Around The World. 2 Days At Each Resort. No Blackout Dates, 2 Days at the Collective Ski Resort Destinations for Passholders.

    For the 2019-2010 season included is a BONUS THIRD DAY AT THE DESTINATION OF YOUR CHOICE. Perfect Ski Getaway. Adults and Kids’ Passes. That’s a total of 35 lift tickets included with the pass.

    Unlimited 50% off single day lift tickets after the 2 days of lift tickets per resort, plus exclusive lodging deals at each destination. Includes big name resorts like Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Aspen Snowmass in Colorado, Taos in New Mexico, Niseko United (Japan) & more (see full list below)

    The pass includes two days of lift tickets at each of the following resorts:

    + Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (Northern California)
    + Mammoth Mountain (Central Sierra, California)

    + Alta (Utah)
    + Snowbird (Utah)

    + Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

    + Taos Ski Valley (New Mexico)
    + Jackson Hole (Wyoming)
    + Big Sky Resort (Montana)
    + Sugarbush Resort (Vermont)

    + Revelstoke Mountain Resort (British Columbia, Canada) – sets record for highest vertical at 5,620 feet & longest ski season in Canada and is only 35 miles away from Banff Sunshine

    + Banff Sunshine (Alberta, Canada)
    + Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada)

    + Niseko United (Japan) – watch the epic powder riding video below; Japan skiing is on many skiers’ bucket list

    + Coronet Peak | The Remarkables (New Zealand)
    + Thredbo Alpine Village (Australia)

    + Mt Buller (Australia) – added for 2019/20
    + Valle Nevado (Chile) – added for 2019/20

    Read more/buy the Mountain Collective Pass for $449 Adults. Kids 12 and under only $99.

    How is THE MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE SKI SEASON PASS a best value deal?

    1) Ski or ride three days and the pass will have more than paid for itself; keep in mind a single adult regular lift ticket goes for $169 at Squaw Alpine and similar resorts cost just as much. Once you have redeemed three days of lift tickets, you still have 32 more days of skiing at other resorts. The more days you ski and ride, the more value you get from the pass. So the key question is from your past experience, how many ski days do you actually take? If you have a busy work schedule, this pass offers the best value for the price aka the best bang for your buck.

    2) THE MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE SKI SEASON PASS gives you the opportunity to ski and discover big name resorts like Alta, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Niseko United (Japan), Banff Sunshine, and Taos Ski Valley resort. The pass gives you an excuse to explore new resorts. Take to 2-3 days at one resort, then take a road-trip to another as opposed to staying in one place for a week or longer. This pass is your ticket to adventure.

    3) If Tahoe area resorts suffer from lack of snow as a result, you can chase powder dumps at your choice of 16 other resorts included in the pass, namely Alta (Utah), Aspen Snowmass (Colorado), Big Sky Resort (Montana), Banff Sunshine (Alberta), Coronet Peak | The Remarkables (New Zealand), Jackson Hole (Wyoming), Lake Louise (Alberta), Mammoth Mountain (California), Niseko United (Japan), Revelstoke Mountain Resort (British Columbia), Snowbird (Utah), Sugarbush Resort (Vermont), Taos Ski Valley (New Mexico), and Thredbo (Australia). THE MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE SKI SEASON PASS lets you go where the powder is. In case Lake Tahoe area resorts suffered from insufficient snow, you have a list of other resorts you can go to.

    With the Mountain Collective, it’s possible for passionate skiers and riders to discover thousands of vertical feet and chase ideal winter snow conditions across Alberta, Australia, British Columbia, Japan, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, New Zealand, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.

    ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR PASSHOLDERS

    + 2 days at Chamonix in France*

    Chamonix — France

    * Benefits at Chamonix apply to their 2019/20 season. Mountain Collective global affiliate benefits are valid only at the current Mountain Collective Global Affiliates. Global Affiliates are subject to change each ski season.

    + Complimentary 1-year Protect Our Winters (POW) membership

    Get more details about the Mountain Collective Pass details/purchase.

    “The Mountain Collective Pass encourages skiers to plan adventures and explore new areas, to chase snow and to cross off bucket list destinations.”

    Got ski & ride road trip?

    How about an eight day road trip to ski resorts covered by the Mountain Collective Pass:

    1st stop: Mammoth Mountain Resort, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

    2nd stop: Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

    3rd stop: Alta Ski Area, 10010 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Alta, UT 84092

    4th stop: Snowbird Resort, 9385 S, Snowbird Center Dr, Sandy, UT 84092

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    Connect with ski and ride buddies to plan a POWder ski trip, share expenses and make this winter season one of your best.

    Read CNN TRAVEL’s featured piece on “What’s the best ski pass for you: Ikon, Epic or Mountain Collective?” by Stacey Lastoe.

    Looking for an EPIC POWDER ski/ride trip that will stay with you for life? Watch the YouTube video below to see why Japan is on many skier’s POWder galore bucket list.

    Every year consistently Epic POWder: Niseko, Japan

    Included in the pass is one of the top ski destination: Niseko United (Japan), where you’ll discover simply some of the driest, lightest powder aka champagne powder in the world. Consistently recording winter seasonal snowfall of 45.9 feet of snow or more, it’s a favorite powder skiing and riding destination.

    The ski resort Niseko United – Annapuri/Grand Hirafu/Hanazono/Niseko Village is located on Hokkaido (Japan). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 44.5 km of slopes available. 32 lifts transport skiers and riders to the summit (check out the resort’s trail map). The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 300 and 1,200 m.

    Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent pick up moisture over the warm currents of the Sea of Japan to form snow clouds and in turn some of the driest, lightest powder in the world. With its rich variety of terrain and beautiful winter woods, Niseko offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of skier/snowboarder.

    The Niseko United is composed of four resorts on one pass: Annupuri, Niseko Village, Grand Hirafu, and Hanazono. With over 14 meters of powder per year, fantastic lift-accessed backcountry, a short 20-minute hike from the top lift to the 1308m-high peak, and night skiing until 8:30pm throughout the season; Niseko offers the best ski resort experience worldwide. The international nature of the resort means that even English speakers can travel to Japan without any language barrier worries.

    Watch the video below to see what riding powder looks like at Niseko United (Japan):


    Mountain Collective Pass details, to purchase



    Join us for an epic silky powder ski/ride trip to Hakuba + Niseko, Japan Feb 1 to 12, 2020; details @

    http://www.snowpals.org/2019/japow-hukuba-niseko-skiride-trip-feb-2020/

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    REI Deals: Sale, Clearance + REI Outlet

    Browse REI Sale and Clearance Deals

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    What’s the most wanted tech gadget?

    This year’s most popular tech gadget is a GoPro Hero 7 Black. GoPro Hero 7 is definitively unmatched for action videography; key features..

    ✔ HyperSmooth stabilization achieves gimbal-like video—without the gimbal; it predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage
    ✔ Rugged design is waterproof down to 33 ft. (10m) without a housing, letting you capture and share experiences you can’t record with your phone
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    TGR’s San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Film Premiere of Winterland + Before Show Happy Hour

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    What: San Francisco premiere of Winterland (Ski Snowboard Film Screening)

    ABOUT WINTERLAND starring Jeremy Jones + Angel Collinson + Cody Townsend + Sage Cattabriga-Alosa + more..

    “Winterland is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture. Today’s mountain athletes can only stand as tall as those who came before, the pirates of the past who followed their own path and passion. This story of adventure is far from over, as a new crop of modern-day pioneers are eager to etch their names in the annals of history. The technology and style might evolve, but the rush, excitement, and pure fun remain eternal, bonding past, present, and future riders. The film will follow these individuals as they leave their own mark on these fabled locations.”

    How Much: Show Tickets are $20 each, only $10 for ages 16 & under at the early show.
    Details: Lift ticket offer to Mt Bachelor for all attendees! 2-of-3 days for only $109

    When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019Buy Early Show Tickets: Doors at 6:00 pm. Film at 6:30 pm. Buy Late Show Tickets: Doors at 8:30 pm, Film at 9:15 pm.

    Where: Palace of Fine Arts

    ==> BEFORE THE FILM HAPPY HOUR

    Join to meet SF Bay Area skiers/boarders, especially those with a ski season pass, either resort specific or multi-resort season pass like IKON, EPIC, POWDER ALLIANCE, or MOUNTAIN COLLECTIVE PASS, to connect for ride-sharing to/from Tahoe resorts for the 2019-20 winter; share expenses, expand your circle of ski/ride buddies and reduce impacts to our environment; details + RSVP at http://www.snowpals.org/events

    During the winter season, do find yourself driving to / from Tahoe resorts with mostly empty seats? Join SnowPals to ride-share and expand your circle of snow-sports friends in the process.

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    TGR’s WINTERLAND YOUTUBE FILM PREVIEW


    FILM/EVENT DESCRIPTION

    San Francisco, get ready! On Tuesday, October 29th, TGR is returning to the Palace of Fine Arts for the winter kick-off party of the year. Join us to get hyped for the coming winter with our new feature length ski and snowboard film, Winterland.

    Whether you choose to come to the family-friendly early show or to experience the party of the late show, it’s sure to be a great night. There will be a ton of prizes from our partners at Atomic, Volkl, The North Face and more. Plus, everyone in attendance will have a shot at the tour grand prizes – including trips to Sierra Nevada’s beer camp in California, TGR’s hometown Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and more. Don’t miss your chance to see Winterland on the big screen!

    New this year – bring the groms for early entry, where families will have early access to seats, receive an exclusive TGR Grom Squad helmet sticker, and an athlete meet and greet. Doors will open at 5:45 pm for families with kids under age 16 only.

    For those of you looking for a more exclusive experience, we are also bringing Winterland for an early look at the film at our WhiSKI Series at the Delancey Street Theatre, on Friday, October 11th. This intimate event includes a high-end whiskey tasting (featuring High West Distillery whiskeys), athlete and production team Q&A, and VIP screening of the film.

    –> VIP SCREENING Friday, October 11, 2019 WINTERLAND WhiSKI Series BY High West Distillery EVENT DETAILS

    What: WhiSKI Series – San Francisco premiere of Winterland
    When: Friday, October 11. Doors at 6:45 pm, Whiskey tasting and Q&A at 7:00 pm, Film at 8:00 pm.
    Where: Delancey Street Screening Room

    EVENT DESCRIPTION

    TGR is bringing our small batch experience back to San Francisco! Join us in a more exclusive setting on Friday, October 11th as the TGR WhiSKI Series heads to Delancey Street Theatre. This intimate event pairs a VIP screening of our new ski and snowboard film, Winterland, with a high end Whiskey tasting (featuring selections from High West Distillery) and Q&A from athletes and production team. In addition to the whiskey, all attendees will receive gift bags at this limited capacity event.

    How Much: Tickets are $75 and include: High West whiskey tasting, Q&A, gift bags and a VIP screening of Winterland.
    ADULTS ONLY: 21+ only. BUY TICKETS AT TGR.

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