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Lake Tahoe ski resorts score high on the environment

Two Lake Tahoe ski resorts – Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA – scored top 10 placement on the Ski Area Citizens Coalition environmental scorecard, reflecting their leadership in creating green best practices. Here is coalition’s breakdown of top-scoring ski areas:

# Name Grade
1 (A) Aspen Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado 85.7%
2 (A) Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado 85.2%
3 (A) Sundance Resort – Utah 82.2%
4 (A) Park City Mountain Resort – Utah 79.1%
5 (A) Squaw Valley USA – California 78.3%
6 (A) Alpine Meadows Ski Area – California 77.4%
7 (A) Aspen Highlands Ski Resort – Colorado 76.7%
8 (A) Bogus Basin Mountain Resort – Idaho 74.8%
9 (A) Mount Bachelor Ski Area – Oregon 74.8%
10 (A) Telluride Ski Resort – Colorado 74.3%



It should be noted that although others in the ski industry are hard at work minimizing their environmental footprint, the scorecard reflects negative value for new development – and several resorts are expanding their villages, on-mountain amenities and terrain.

Tahoe skiers show skills in newest Warren Miller film

Warren Miller LogoWhat do Marco Sullivan and Daron Rahlves have in common? They are both badass skiers, they both hail from Lake Tahoe home mountains and they both have roles in Warren Miller’s newest ski-bum-movie incarnation, “Children of Winter.”

Miller has long ties to the Tahoe area, and although the movies that bear his name have evolved over the last few years, those ties remain strong as a new generation of filmmakers, athletes and producers continue his ski film legacy.

Check out the breakdown over at First Tracks, and if you can make it to the Reno screening of “Children of Winter” on Nov. 22, you’ll get to share the experience with a few thousand ski/board enthusiasts who turn the Reno Events Center into the region’s biggest pre-season party.

Video: Preseason in the park at Boreal

Boreal Mountain Resort is open and already boarders and skiers are hitting the park, which has new features for even bigger tricks. The fine folks over at Porters Tahoe caught some video on opening day. Check it out:

Fundraiser for Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program

claim titleWe use this blog to brag about – and promote – our local Lake Tahoe Basin ski resorts, but few readers may know about the Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program, which kickstarts a lifelong passion for skiing for so many of our local residents.

Sky Tavern is a one-lift hill located above Reno and below Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe along the Mt. Rose Highway. There, for a nominal fee, kids learn to ski and board with their peers and make friends while their parents volunteer. My wife, now in her 30s, started skiing there back in the day … practically before she knew her ABCs.

This Saturday, Nov. 8, a fundraiser will be held at the Billinghurst Middle School Gym in Reno for the Junior Ski Program, with a presentation of Matchstick Production’s CLAIM, the Greatest Ski Movie Ever. Doors open at 7 p.m. with raffles and freebies. The big highlight for many will be watching the Moment Freestyle Team riding the mobile terrain park.

Admission is $8 plus a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Keep skiing and boarding strong in Reno-Tahoe and come out and support this great event.

  • For more information on Sky Tavern’s history, click here.
  • Read Lou Dawson’s review of CLAIM from WildSnow.com.

It’s on! Boreal opens the 2008-2009 ski season in Tahoe

boreal castle peak quad chairBoreal ski resort, located near Donner Summit along Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada, has once again claimed the first opening of the season.

A reported 14”-19” -inch base greeted skiers and boarders who flocked to the resort today for first tracks, following a series of storms last week. They also got the chance to ride Boreal’s new Castle Peak Quad (pictured), installed during the off-season.

The chair will replace the existing Gunnar’s and Claimjumper chairs, increasing base area capacity on beginner/novice runs and evolution parks.  The new lift will take skiers and riders to a slightly higher end point than the Gunnar’s chair, offering terrain to the resorts mid-mountain.

Early skiers receive a discounted rate of $30 for full day tickets.

Over the next couple weeks several more Tahoe-area resorts plan to open … and the forecast calls for another storm this weekend to deepen the base. So get your skis or board waxed and get to Reno-Tahoe!
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Ski resorts start talking opening days in Lake Tahoe Basin

Recent storms in the Lake Tahoe basin have been low in temperature and high in moisture content, which can mean one thing: Deep snow. Some resorts have reported more than a foot of fresh powder and are talking about opening. Here’s a run-down of tentative opening days:

  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe: Dec. 8
  • Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort: Nov. 22
  • Alpine Meadows: Nov. 26
  • Squaw Valley USA: Nov. 22
  • Diamond Peak: Dec. 11
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort: Nov. 21
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort: undetermined December
  • Boreal: Nov. 7
  • Sugar Bowl: Nov. 27
  • Kirkwood: mid- to late-November

Resort Webcams: Get your own snow reports

mt. rose webcam staticSki resorts in Reno-Tahoe have been getting a dusted by a series of small storms this weekend, with another system on the way this week. But who needs snow reports when you can view live conditions at your favorite resort? Click on these Webcam links to see what Mother Nature has been laying down …

It’s snowing in Tahoe …

Now that the ghouls and ghosts are going into hibernation until next year, it’s time to start thinking about ski season. Lake Tahoe has been getting snow for a couple days. Here’s the first video “snow report” from Alpine’s Errol Kerr (also a member of the Jamaican National Ski Team):


Orbitz: Lake Tahoe the most popular ski destination for 2008-2009

OrbitzLast year marked a record-setting ski season for U.S. resorts with 60.5 million skier visits, according to the National Ski Areas Association. As travelers begin thinking about where to find the best deals and the most snow for the upcoming season, Orbitz predicts Lake Tahoe will be this year’s most popular destination.

“While ski vacations are more popular than ever before, the current economy presents new challenges for travelers on tighter budgets than in past years,” said Heather Leisman, senior director of merchandizing for Orbitz. “Travelers looking for ski season savings need only a bit of expert advice on when and where to travel, and Orbitz has the insider knowledge to help them hit the slopes.”

2008-2009 Orbitz Insider Ski Index (Ranking* and average daily hotel rate**)

  1. Lake Tahoe, CA/NEV    $116
  2. Breckenridge, CO    $225
  3. Park City, UT    $239
  4. Vail, CO    $286
  5. Aspen, CO    $227
  6. Keystone, CO    $149
  7. Winter Park, CO    $193
  8. Whistler, BC    $292
  9. Banff, Canada    $189
  10. Steamboat Springs, CO    $204

*Based on hotel and vacation package bookings from 11/1/08 to 4/30/09 for bookings as of 10/14/08
** Based on average daily hotel rates from 11/1/08 to 4/30/09 for bookings as of 10/14/08

Countdown to ski and board season

We’re barely a month into fall, and already Reno-Tahoe has had a nice dusting of snow – with more (hopefully) on the way soon. Local ski and board resorts are getting ready too, with opening dates set for next month.

If you’re not ready, here’s a taste of Tahoe powder to whet your appetite: