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NLT Winter Ski Resorts Raise the Bar

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Although you might not feel it, the weather is starting to change in North Lake Tahoe. Days are still warm, with temperatures averaging in the 60s, but nights are dropping to approximately 35 degrees. It’s the time of year that the region’s upper elevations start seeing a dusting of snow.


We’ve been reviewing all the long-range forecasts, and if Mother Nature keeps up her end, we should have above-average snowfall this winter.


That’s music to the ears of North Lake Tahoe ski resorts, many of which have been pumping millions of dollars into their ski and non-ski products to enhance the winter enthusiast’s experience.


This season marks year two of Squaw Valley’s $50 million renaissance. The improvements, unveiled for winter 2012-2013, will greatly enhance the first-time and beginner experience, the terrain park and improve the overall flow of the upper mountain.


The resort will install Big Blue Express, a new, high-speed six-pack chairlift, to replace the High Camp chairlift. The base terminal of Big Blue Express will start where the base of the High Camp lift was formerly located and will extend to the top of the ridge, providing easy access to the Shirley Lake, Solitude and Granite Chief chairlifts. The Links double chairlift will be removed and replaced with a triple chairlift call Mountain Meadow, which will be realigned to bring skiers and riders up to the ridgeline near the top of the terminals of the Solitude and Silverado lifts. Additional changes include Squaw’s three million snowmaking improvements and grooming initiatives.


Building on the $30 million recently invested at Northstar California, the resort celebrates this winter and its 40th anniversary with more glade skiing on The Backside, first-ever snow cat and backcountry tours on Sawtooth Ridge, a new Burton Riglet Park that introduces snowboarding to 3-6 year olds and EpicMix Racing that has participants comparing their race times against accomplished Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn. Also new this season is Tavern 6330’ in the Village at Northstar with seating for up to 200. The new restaurant features American grill dishes inspired by California farm fresh ingredients served up in a cozy, tavern-esque atmosphere suitable for the whole family.


Making headlines around the country is Northstar’s new CMO, canine marketing officer, “Marsh Mellow.” The lovable three-month-old pup was abandoned at the resort last August. After a long search in which no owner was found, the resort’s marketing team adopted him. Over the last few months, Marsh Mellow has developed a following of guests who keep up to speed with his activities via the resort’s social media channels and who regularly visit the Village at Northstar to see him.


On Donner Summit, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort signed an agreement October 1 to operate Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, America’s largest cross-country operation, which is being purchased by the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Trust of Public Land and the Northern Sierra Partnership. The resorts are already connected by an “interconnect” trail that allows skiers to ski back and forth between the two, with plans in the works to further enhance the connection with two additional beginner-friendly routes. Sugar Bowl, who plans to invest $500,000 in Royal Gorge this season, is now offering a season pass that allows holders to downhill at Sugar Bowl and cross-country ski at Royal Gorge. Sugar Bowl pass holders can add on an unrestricted Royal Gorge pass for $149 (adult price), and can purchase an unrestricted, standalone Royal Gorge pass for $299.


Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe, just outside of Incline Village on Highway 431, has continued to work on a multi-year forest management project in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Forestry. The project stretches from the Galena trail to the Mt. Rose Highway and involves concentrated efforts for selected thinning and the removal of dead, damaged and diseased trees with the goal of a healthier forest. Other resort projects include the realignment of the Little Mule conveyor lift and improvements to the Rosebuds teaching terrain. Decorative rock walls were added around the Main Lodge with the added perk of aiding in erosion control.


Woodward Tahoe, a world-class action sports training center and youth camp which originally opened in June, will be open seven days/week for public access and daily drop-in sessions through the winter until April 14, 2013. The 33,000-square foot indoor facility at the base of Boreal Mountain Resort on Donner Summit, offers multi-level Olympic trampolines, a Super Tramp, a concrete skate park for skateboarding and BMX biking, a pump track and skatelite ramps to foam pits for aerial ski, snowboard, BMX and skateboard training. A season pass, called the “Bunker Pass,” is available for $279 and includes eight months of access, seven days/week for two-hour sessions.

Egg-citing Happenings in North Lake Tahoe

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Photo Credit - Alena Grace Photography


Spring has sprung and Easter is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already bought your ham and invited the in-laws over, here’s a list of happenings in the North Lake Tahoe area.  Weather is looking like highs in the mid 50’s and partly cloudy skies… in other words, a perfect spring day.


Egg Hunts

Easter EGG HUNT at the Hyatt Regency
11:30 a.m. – Join us for Tahoe’s best lakeside Easter Egg Hunt! At 11:30 a.m., children ages 2 to 5 years old will have their very own Easter egg hunt and at 1:30 p.m. kids 6 and up will hunt for eggs including the GOLDEN EGG! Also making an appearance on Easter Sunday is the Easter Bunny! It’s going to be a ton of fun for all ages!


Easter Egg Hunt – Resort at Squaw Creek

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9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Resort at Squaw Creek will offer three different Easter Egg Hunts for kids of all ages. At 9:30am in the Alpine Ballroom, children ages 2-6 years are invited to join in some traditional Easter fun followed by a Junior Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30am for kids ages 7-13. Families are welcome to our first ever Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at the Resort Pool from 2:00pm-2:30pm.


Easter and Egg Hunt at Squaw Valley
An all day event – Squaw’s annual on-mountain Easter egg hunt begins the moment the lifts open on Sunday. Get your Easter basket ready and hunt for colored eggs all over the mountain. This year, one lucky winner will find a GOLDEN EGG. Within the golden egg lies a 2012-13 Bronze season pass. Clues will be provided throughout the day via twitter, the Squaw smartphone app and Facebook.



Easter Sunday Brunch at River Ranch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Affordable brunch menu at the River Ranch including traditional brunch items and some lunch favorites from $12.95-$18.95. Enjoy a table overlooking the river. Reservations highly suggested and can be made by calling (530) 583-4264.


Easter Brunch at Resort at Squaw Creek
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Resort at Squaw Creek will offer an interactive “open kitchen” brunch. A special kid’s menu will be offered for the young ones. For reservations call (530) 581-6615.


Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at Jake’s, Tahoe City
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Head to Jake’s for a Easter Brunch Buffet featuring mouth watering items such as fresh ceviche, veggie & goat cheese frittatas, chicken apple sausage, made-to-order omelets and much more. $24/adult, $12/child. Kids may even find a few Easter eggs. Reservations recommended. Please call (530) 583-0188 or visit


Easter Brunch at Lone Eagle Grille
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Lone Eagle Grille has Easter all planned out. Join them for an amazing lakeside Easter Sunday brunch buffet. See the full menu here. Peep peep.


Other Happenings

Community Appreciation Day – Diamond Peak, Incline Village, NV
An all day event – anyone who lives within a 50 mile radius of Diamond Peak can purchase an adult lift ticket for only $20. Must show proof of residency. For more information call (775) 832-1177.


Spring Music Series featuring Mojo Green – Alpine Meadows Sun Deck, Tahoe City
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Join Alpine on the Sun Deck for a rockin’ good time with Mojo Green.



Spring Brings Snow

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Photo Credit: Hank deVre, Squaw Valley


So it may be the first day of spring, but we’re busy playing in some fresh snow up here in North Lake Tahoe. Recent storms brought us up to 9 feet of new snow at upper elevations, making for some of the best conditions of the season.


And, Mother Nature isn’t done with us just yet. We actually get some of our biggest snow storms in March and April so keep your skis waxed as there are still plenty of powder days to come.

Photo Credit: Hank deVre, Squaw ValleyPhoto Credit: Hank deVre, Squaw Valley

Luck O’ The Irish in North Lake Tahoe

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Photo Credit Northstar California Resort


It happened.


A tiny leprechaun swooped down from his rainbow and brought us a gift: SNOW.


The National Weather Service is predicting that some areas of North Lake Tahoe could receive up to 7 feet or more of snow by Sunday. So head to your favorite NLT resort lodge, enjoy an Irish Coffee and hit the slopes… or maybe that’s the other way around.


Check out all of NLT’s St. Patty’s Events taking place this Saturday:


St. Patty’s Twilight Ski, Homewood Mountain Resort
Guests are invited to hit the slopes from 4-7 p.m. (after the resort typically closes) via the Quail triple chair in addition to daytime skiing and riding. The Resort is also offering commemorative St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts, green beer, corned beef and cabbage and a hidden pot o’ gold this St. Patty’s Day.


Ski Green, Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe
The resort is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a party including food and beverage specials, as well as the resort’s Pot O’ Gold Poker Run from 10-11:30 a.m.


St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt and Apres Party – Northstar California
1:30 – 3 pm – Join Northstar California and EpicMix for the first ever St. Patrick’s Day EpicMix Scavenger Hunt. Join fellow EpicMixers in an on-mountain scavenger hunt, compete in challenges, earn EpicMix pins, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Solve riddles to unlock special EpicMix virtual pins in various locations throughout Northstar.

3:30 – 4:30 pm – After the big “hunt” head to the Lodge at Big Springs at mid-mountain for an Epic après party where each scavenger hunt participant will receive a free slice of pizza and 14 oz. beer or soda. We will also hold a raffle and celebrate green the color of St. Patrick’s Day and EpicMix in true style. Prizes will be given to most visible green outfit and best Irish-themed outfit.


BARmuda Triangle St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Lakeside Tahoe City
4:30 pm – 2 am – Lakeside joins Jake’s on the Lake & Hacienda del Lago for a blow-out event. The fun starts at Jake’s with traditional Irish food all day (also Lunch/Café/Dinner), Happy Hour discounts 4:30-6:30 pm and live music with Mark Wilson at 6 pm. The party continues at Hacienda del Lago (upstairs) with live funk “Terraplane” 9:30 pm-2 am, and L.A. DJ Dre Tuna at Lakeside (next door) 10 pm-2 am. Bar hop to enjoy Bush-Mills Girls, music and drink specials all night at all three venues!

Jake’s On The Lake 530-583-018, Hacienda 530-581-3700, Lakeside 530-583-2000


St. Patricks Day Celebration – Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City
9 am – 5 pm – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Alpine! Ski the green slopes, dress in green, and search for the hidden pot of gold! They will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party to remember – complete with Irish food, drink specials and live music by the Nibblers.


St Patrick’s Snowshoe Search for the Pot O’ Gold
10 am – Tahoe Mountain Sports and the TRTA are teaming up for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. There is hidden treasure buried in the snow and it’s up to you to locate each pot o’gold. This is a fun family event where everyone is a winner. Strap on your snowshoes this St. Patrick’s Day and stretch your sleuth skills. Call 775-298-0231 for more information. The event is free but registration is required.


St. Paddy’s Day Blowout Hot Buttered Rum and Cornmeal at the Crystal Bay Club

9pm – Tickets available now. After party in the Crown Room. The Last Bluegrass co-bill was so great, the club decided to do it again with the same format. Each band will do a set and then an encore jam together. Do not miss this St. Paddy’s day throw-down.


St. Patrick’s Day- Lenny the Leprechaun on the Slopes at Squaw Valley
Celebrate the holiday at Squaw Valley with all of your favorite Irish traditions! Ski the green ski slopes, dance to Irish music on the KT Base Bar, and enjoy festive drink specials including GREEN beer! Catch Lenny the Leprechaun on the slopes with his pot of gold!


The Village at Squaw Valley Apres Ski Music Series ~ The Blarney Band, Squaw Valley USA
3 -5 pm – Finish your day off right with free live après ski music in The Village. Music will be centrally located in The Village Events Plaza.



Pot O’ Gold Hunt, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
The annual Pot O’ Gold hunt is on. Find clues scattered around the mountain which will lead you to the famous gold pot containing a Summit Sunday pass for 2012/2013!




This Week: Snow, Snow and Of Course Some Epic Ski Deals and Events

Monday, February 27th, 2012


Photo Credit Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe



North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 1.5 feet of new snow in the last 24 hours at their upper elevations… and Mother Nature isn’t done yet. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is predicting a chance of snow all week with skies clearing on Friday and the weekend.


This is great news since Squaw Valley recently unveiled the resort’s newest terrain park feature, a jib pipe. It’s a hybrid feature, consisting of a banked half-pipe with a variety of rails and boxes. Epic!


Conditions will also be ideal for Diamond Peak Ski Resort, which is celebrating 2012’s extra day… Wed., Feb 29 which is Leap Year for those who missed their coffee this morning… with a $29 all-day lift ticket. Diamond Peak is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This weekend also marks the beginning North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest, the largest winter carnival West of the Mississippi, on Fri., March 2 and lasts through Sun., March 11. Many events are free and open to the public, including a polar bear swim, hometown parades in Tahoe City and Kings Beach and ice carving extravaganzas. And, don’t miss the official opening ceremonies Friday, March 2 at Squaw Valley with On-Mountain Fireworks and Laser Show Display.


Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will host the 4th Annual “Shred the Love” Rail Jam Sat., March 3 to raise funds and awareness for Boarding for Breast Cancer. The competition will take place in the Coldstream Terrain Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $25/person from 8:30-10 a.m.


Diamond Peak Ski Resort is hosting Celebrity Winterfest Sat., March 3, the largest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada, when corporate teams are paired with a Special Olympics athlete and a celebrity skier for a dual giant slalom. The event concludes Sunday, March 4 at PlungeFest, an opportunity for guests to brave Lake Tahoe’s chilly waters at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Beach to raise additional funds.


Last, but definitely not least, the Rahlves’ Banzai Tour. Considered the world’s premier big mountain freeskiing meets skier/boarder-cross experience, this event is becoming one of the region’s most popular spectator events. The four-stop event continues at Squaw Valley for the KT-22 Banzai (March 3-4) and concludes at Sugar Bowl with the Silver Belt Banzai (March 10-11) when event organizer and former U.S. World Cup and Olympic ski racer Daron Rahlves will compete in the “Super Final.”


Check out this video from last week’s festivities at Alpine Meadows.


So come join the party… the weather is… well, epic.



February is Packed with Events in North Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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We’re enjoying perfect conditions for skiing, boarding, tubing or building snowmen on the beach this week, with clear, sunny skies and highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s.


Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe has selected Chute Gates open, including Cutthroat, Lowball, Miller Time and Beehive. Did you know the Chutes offer 1,500 feet of vertical at 40-55 degrees? Pretty epic.


Squaw Valley continues with Kid-O-Rama through Sunday, Feb. 26 with a Dance Party on Ice, Big Truck Night (the massive machinery that makes the mountain tick), S’Mores and Tubing, Kids’ Concert with Todd Wees, Family Ski Racing and Kids Crafts and Game Room in the Village.


PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley continues its Winter Winemaker Series Thursday, February 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m., with Bardessono Vineyards. Guests can mingle with the winemaker and enjoy sips by the glass, flight or paired with PlumpJack’s special Chef’s Tasting Menu.


On Saturday, February 25, TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine will once again host an amateur snowboarding contest at Northstar California as part of the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAM Series – a six-stop tour hosted by the most progressive park resorts from coast to coast. This is a great spectator event and will host some of the best up and coming riders in the region.


Rideout Community Center on the West Shore hosts its popular 3rd Annual Soup & Chili Showdown Saturday, February 25, 6-8:30 p.m. Guests taste the best in North Lake Tahoe family recipes. This event is great for families.


Alpine Meadows Ski Resort hosts the Ice Bar Grand Opening Saturday, February 25 at noon. This iconic Alpine hotspot is a great place to gather with friends and soak up the sunshine. Grand Opening activities include live on-snow music and inevitable snowball battles.



Presidential Snow and Events in North Lake Tahoe

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Jeff McKittrick in the Red Dog area. February 13, 2012. Photo: Hank deVre at Squaw Valley.


North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to two feet of new snow which is perfect conditions leading up to President’s Day Weekend. So check out these updates for the weekend and head on up to visit us.


Resorts and Towns’ Update: North Lake Tahoe ski resorts are offering great ski deals. Check out Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow’s Tahoe Super 2, which offers two unrestricted days of skiing and riding at either resort for just $49 per day. This is a limited time offer, available through Friday, February 17.


The Rat Pack is coming home! The Cal Neva Resort & Spa in Crystal Bay, a historic playground for legendary singer and business operator Frank Sinatra and friends, is hosting “The Rat Pack: A Tribute Live from Vegas” Friday, February 17, 8 p.m. Tickets are $27/person the day of the show.


Northstar California is offering its popular First Tracks program Saturday, February 18. Guests meet at 7:30 a.m. with guides accompanying them to the Tahoe Zephyr Express to the top of Backside and Lookout Mountain with runs to themselves before the lifts open to the public. Cost is $80/person and includes a full breakfast. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.


The 4th Annual Black Tie & Tails Gala, a benefit for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, takes place Saturday, February 18, 5:30-11 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. More than 300 guests are expected and will be greeted with a Hollywood-style red carpet entry. Tickets are $150/person.


PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Olympic Valley continues its Winter Winemaker Series Thursday, February 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m., with Bardessono Vineyards. Guests can mingle with the winemaker and enjoy sips by the glass, flight or paired with PlumpJack’s special Chef’s Tasting Menu.


Head to the events calendar for a full list of upcoming events.



Pack Your Bags…Snow is Here

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

First tracks at Diamond Peak.

Mother Nature is making up for a late arrival with 1 to 2 feet of new snow falling at North Lake Tahoe ski resorts’ upper elevations over the last two days.

According to meteorologists, the storm door has opened with a series of systems lined up and a possible six feet of snow falling above 8,000 feet by Monday. Can you say, “righteous!”

“North Lake Tahoe ski resorts have done a stellar job cranking the snow machines around the clock,” said Chief Marketing Officer Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “It’s great to have Mother Nature lending a hand.”

Snow removal crews are making it easy for you to get up here too. Crews have been hired to keep the roads clear throughout the storm system making way for skiers and riders eager to catch all the fresh POW.

North Lake Tahoe lodging, restaurants, retail and non-ski activity providers are also gearing up…just for you.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get it to!

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Learning to ski at Homewood.

North Lake Tahoe is For Families

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Many images come to mind when picturing winter in North Lake Tahoe. One may think of world-renowned ski and board resorts like Squaw Valley, Northstar California or Sugar Bowl and images to the likes of Jonny Moseley and Shaun White tearing up the mountain. However, North Lake Tahoe isn’t just for the pros. North Lake Tahoe is for families. Below are just a few of the top reasons why North Lake Tahoe is the all-ages getaway for 2012.


January – Learn to Ski and Ride Month

Now is the perfect time to learn how to ski or ride. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt Rose and Boreal Mountain Resort are all celebrating this month offering special discounts and deals to get the whole family on the mountain and ski or ride like pros.

Grab Tahoe Eats… and Drinks!

The Squeeze In  has been pleasing kids since 1974. Kids get toy baskets, get to write on the walls, have a special menu and are treated like actual guests at the Squeeze In home. Order their rockin’ hot cocoa piled high with whipped cream and sprinkles. It’s a winner every time, along with the signature Teddy Bear Pancake! A bear shaped smile for every kid, young and old!


At the Tahoe House,  kids feel right at home by the cozy fire, with loaner crayons, colorings books and plastic and wooden toys – all of which keeps them busy as they wolf down their bagel. Family owned and operated since 1977, the Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet features baked breads and pastries, the “best coffee on the lake,” sandwiches and much more!    


Tubing, Sledding, Snow Play!!

Granlilbakken Granlibakken ski area features a groomed snowplay area with rental saucers for sledding. Open daily, weather permitting.


Snowtubing at Squaw Valley USA Squaw’s tubing park at the Papoose Learning Center offers two tubing lanes for varying thrill levels. Open daily, weather permitting.


Sledding and Tubing at Soda Springs Winter Resort Currently only open on weekends,  at Soda Springs you can sled and tube! Sledding lanes, tubing lanes and a Little Dipper children’s area provide a variety of thrill and fun for adults and children alike.


Tubing Hill at Northstar-at-Tahoe Northstar-at-Tahoe offers tubing serviced by two separate tow lifts at mid-mountain just above the Gondola.


Ice Skating

Right now are perfect conditions to put on those skates and head to one (or all!) of North Lake Tahoe’s ice skating rinks:  


Ice Skating Rink at the Village at Northstar Located at the heart of the Village at Northstar, this 9,000 square foot rink is the center of a hubbub of activity, day and night. Rentals, lessons available.


Olympic Ice Pavilion Enjoy scenic views of the Lake while skating atop Squaw Valley on an Olympic-size rink at High Camp recreation complex. Open 11am – 9pm during the winter season. Rentals, lessons available.


Ice Skating Rink at the Resort at Squaw Creek Skate on the Resort at Squaw Creek’s own private rink with heated waterfalls, hot tubs, a pool and the peaks of Squaw Valley as a backdrop. Rentals available. Open December to April.


Truckee Ice Skating Rink The Truckee rink features skate rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons for all age groups taught by experienced instructors, broomball leagues, and more.  


These are just a handful of the family opportunities up in North Lake Tahoe right now. What are your favorite family activities?

Diamond Peak is Open for Business and Business is Good

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Credit by Diamond Peak Ski Resort

2011 has become the year of snowmaking and Diamond Peak continues to make record amounts of snow and provide some of the best conditions in the region.

Did you know that it was actually the first resort in Lake Tahoe to install snowmaking?  And they continue to try to improve the process. Using good foresight (and a little luck!), the resort increased their snowmaking capacity this year by 35% allowing the resort to provide excellent snow coverage and 1,840 feet of top-to-bottom skiing and riding. It has already made as much snow this year as they normally do in a full season. Snowmaking has run for 18 straight days.

Currently Diamond Peak is providing more vertical feet of skiing and riding than Squaw Valley / Alpine, Sugarbowl, Mt. Rose, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood. 100% of Diamond Peak’s beginner terrain is open with the Child’s Ski Center and Adult Ski /Snowboard School in full operation. Beginner Learn-to-Ski or Snowboard Packages are just $75.

The view from resort is also pretty epic. Crystal Ridge Run, at elevation 8,540, offers the some of the best views of Lake Tahoe and is accessed by the Crystal Express Quad. Snowflake Lodge overlooking Lake Tahoe is open daily with stunning views of the lake on its expansive deck.

Diamond Peak also offers impressive value for our region. Adult All Day lift tickets are $54 everyday including holidays. Children 7-14 are $20. Kids 6 and under are free.

So ignore those rumors that we don’t have any snow up here because our resorts are open for riding!