Lake Tahoe area ski resorts prepare for opening day launch of 2014-15 ski and board season
Tuck away your golf clubs and bring out your skis and snowboards, opening day is less than two weeks away at several Lake Tahoe area ski resorts. Make plans now to be among the first to ski and board in Tahoe this season.
The Ridge Tahoe is offering ski getaway packages that include choices of either a deluxe king room, one or two bedroom condominium suites. Ski packages include two interchangeable ski lift tickets to Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar and Squaw Valley Resorts, two hot breakfasts, and full access to clubhouse amenities at the resort.
Among the first resorts to open will be Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar, Nov. 21, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Nov. 22 and Squaw Valley, Nov. 26. Sierra-at-Tahoe’s opening date will be announced soon.
Heavenly, which has the largest snow making operation on the West Coast, has spent the past few weeks adding layers to the storm systems that have passed through the Sierra earlier this fall. With snow making guns blowing nightly and a series of winter systems late this week and possibly into next week, Heavenly has geared up for its Nov. 21 opening ready for the season.
Again this year, Heavenly features Unbuckle at Tamarack, rated as the No. 1 après ski party in North America by Forbes. It is Lake Tahoe’s highest elevation après ski party featuring music, drinking, dancing and the lovely Heavenly Angels. Après takes place daily from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with half-priced drinks and food specials and, exclusively on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a guest DJ and giveaways. Last season, Heavenly elevated Unbuckle once again by taking the party out onto the patio at Tamarack Lodge with additional outdoor lighting and, best of all, another bar to serve those half-priced drinks.
Also set to open Nov. 21, Northstar California is home to a base area village featuring an array of shops and restaurants, conference centers, a 9,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more.
A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Northstar is located on Highway 267, six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee.
Known for its abundant snow and big mountain experience, Kirkwood Mountain Resort will open Nov. 26. This remote ski mountain, located 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe, features some of the country’s most diverse and challenging inbounds terrain. From cornices to couloirs, wide-open bowls and chutes, Kirkwood, with its lifts in full operation, offers 2,300 acres of mountain that will challenge skiers and riders from first to last chair.
Ready for its Nov. 26 opening, Squaw Valley and its sister Alpine Meadows are in year four of a five-year, $70 million renaissance, which has brought new chairlifts, an iconic yoga studio and the world’s first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks to the mountains. This ski season the resorts promise a new ski and technology experience with the first ski resort Google Glass App and guide programs that get skiers and snowboarders on more of the mountain than ever before, as well as new on-mountain dining experiences and world-class events.
Opening soon is Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, known for its wind-protected slopes, incredible tree skiing, and 320 acres of backcountry terrain out the Huckleberry Gates, Sierra Resort is a bastion of the authentic California ski experience. For beginner skiers and riders Sierra Resort is home to the world’s only Burton Star Wars™ Experience, has over 100 acres of dedicated terrain, four beginner-only conveyor lifts, and PSIA Certified Instructors. For freestylers, a commitment to innovative terrain parks has led to Sierra Resort being recognized by TransWorld SNOWboarding as a Top 10 Overall Resort as well as among the Top 10 Best Parks and Pipes in the nation.
Have you made plans to be on the slopes at Tahoe opening day?