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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 …

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.)


Tahoe recognized in Top Resorts ranking

If you haven’t seen the latest issue of Ski Magazine, the cover story is the “Top 50 Resort Guide,” with Reno-Tahoe-area resorts getting some major props from readers.

In the last decade, the resort industry has definitely taken a turn, shifting its attention from a niche of solely ski/board enthusiasts, to travelers and families who want the fresh tracks, but also after-hours activities, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Throughout Reno-Tahoe, resorts have been keeping up with demand – and readers of Ski have taken notice. Here are some of the rankings:

  • Squaw Valley USA, ranked number 15 overall, was recognized as “A giant playground. Never boring and always challenging,” with it’s 4,000 acres sprawled across six peaks.
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort’s addition of a new gondola a few years back certainly helped it earn the 17th spot in the poll, along with its expansive terrain bridging two states and 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, ranked 23rd overall, is a local favorite, and with a “terrific” new village, its reputation is growing in the larger ski community. The resort recently added expert terrain at Lookout Mountain, and the Ritz Carlton Club under development at mid-mountain will add a touch of class when it is finalized in a year.
  • Alpine Meadows, earning a ranking of 29th overall, looks like a hometown mountain at first peek, but the 2,400 acres of awesome terrain and snowfall that tops 500 inches some years tells a different story. Alpine is a good fit for skiers of every ability, but still exudes that Old Tahoe charm.

Other notable Ski Magazine rankings:

  • Family Programs: 8. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
  • Best Terrain Park: 3. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
  • Best Scenery: 2. Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Best Terrain/Variety: 5. Squaw Valley USA
  • Best Terrain/Challenge: 6. Squaw Valley USA
  • Best Lifts: 9. Squaw Valley USA
  • Best Apres Ski: 4. Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Best Off-Hill Activities: 5. Heavenly Mountain Resort

In other news, Squaw Valley USA received high marks in Outside Magazine’s November listing of the 15 Best Ski Resorts in North America, coming in at a respectable number nine.

What is your favorite Reno-Tahoe resort (and why)?

Powder days are here again (almost)

Last weekend’s snow in Reno-Tahoe reminded us of the reason for the season – skiing and boarding! Hopefully the early season flurries are indicative of a snowy winter ahead.

For regular, even semi-regular, skiers and boarders a season pass is a worthwhile investment. Here’s a breakdown of pass prices at local resorts (adult). Drop a few coins on a pass now … it will pay off when the big dumps come this winter!

* Prices may reflect early season specials/online discounts.

Lake Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows home of the Jamaica Ski Team

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort joined forces with the Jamaica Ski Team with an unprecedented partnership inspired by the newest skier cross phenom, Errol Kerr. A resident of Truckee, Calif. who has dual citizenship in the United States and Jamaica, 22-year-old Kerr will represent Jamaica at the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, Canada.

“I want to represent the land of my father,” Kerr told a reporter at the Jamaica Gleaner this spring. “That’s the dream,” he added. Kerr’s father passed away 10 years ago, which gives his journey to the Olympic podium extraordinary representation of kindred father-son connection.

“I believe everyone has to appreciate where they came from. I feel like one day in his own way, he’ll say to me, ‘I’m proud of you, son!’”

Kerr’s number-one Olympic mission is to win the newest winter ski discipline, skier cross. Emerging on the scene during the 2007/2008 on the international skier cross circuit, his performance surprised the world with his 5th place finish in his first Winter X-Games competition in 2008. Former U.S. Olympic coach, Raul Guisado will train Kerr for the Games.

For the complete story, visit Alpine Meadows online. For more Alpine Meadows photos, check out their Flickr page.

- Photo and information courtesy of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort