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Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam at Squaw Valley

Snow park rats and spectators alike are invited to participate in the Cogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam taking place at Squaw Valley USA on Dec. 14. The event, sponsored by SnowBomb and Squaw, honors the memory of a rising talent in the Reno-Tahoe snowboarding community.

Coogan was a successful competitor on the rail jam and snowboard competition circuit around Tahoe. In its second year, the Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is a tribute to Coogan whose death shocked the community when he was slain at a party. SnowBomb will donate all competitor registration fees to the Coogan Kelly Memorial Foundation.

Check out for event details and come out and support this event.

Coogan Kelly growing up and ripping it up:

Video: Doing the Reno-Tahoe snow dance

Cold-fronts, jet streams and el nino are all well and good, but in Reno-Tahoe we don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to winter powder:

Heavenly opening for 2009-2010 ski season, other resorts to follow

Sierra resorts are giving thanks, after Mother Nature dropped a few inches of fresh powder over the holiday. Heavenly announced a Friday opening, with more openings on the horizon. Check out our resorts finder and check in for announced opening days.

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

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 …