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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 …

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:

Warren Miller to emcee Squaw fundraiser

Warren Miller, the godfather of ski cinema, will emcee an event at Squaw Valley next month. Details from On The Snow:

The Squaw Valley Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural, and educational values for the surrounding community, is host a fund-raiser that is sure to be a hoot.

Legendary filmmaker – and onetime Squaw Valley ski instructor - Warren Miller will emcee A Toast to Tahoe Skiing on the evening of Nov. 15 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

The event, which figures to be North Lake Tahoe’s biggest and liveliest party to kick-off the 2008-09 ski and snowboard season, is a celebration of the region’s deep-seated winter sports roots.

A Toast to Tahoe Skiing will feature a cocktail reception, a variety of food stations, an energetic ski/snowboard fashion and equipment show featuring local ski celebrities - Tamara McKinney, Eric DesLauriers, Shannon Bahrke and Robb Gafney are among the “models” - world-class music and lighting by Swank Audio Visual, and a live auction all commentated by Miller, whose dry wit and droll observations are known to all.

Miller also will wield the gavel as A Toast to Tahoe Skiing will auction off vacation packages to such get-away spas as Sunriver in Oregon, Palm Springs, Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, Vail Cascade in Colorado, and Monterey Plaza Resort and Spa.

Sounds like a great event for a great cause. Check it out if you can. (In case you’re wondering, Squaw Valley is set to open for the season on Nov. 22.)

Tickets for the event – which begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner at 7 p.m. – cost $85 per person, with a limited number of front-row sponsored tables available. Call (530) 581-4138 for more information or reservations.

Sounds like a great event for a great cause. Check it out if you can. (In case you’re wondering, Squaw Valley is set to open for the season on Nov. 22.)